DAVAO CITY, July 11 (PIA) - Vice Mayor Sebastian Duterte is planning to have a more transparent Sannguniang Panglungsod of City Council by informing the public more often on matters pertaining to their job as members of the SP Dabaw.
Speaking during the first media briefing as head of the City Council, he said his first days in office were more of helping residents who sought assistance from his office.
Duterte said the events during his first days in office fitted to his expectations as he guaranteed accessibility to everyone who needs his assistance.
"So far we have catered to everyone. We have it a point to assist everyone who come to our office," he said.
Duterte said his first two sessions were surprisingly running smoothly where he was able to manage the procedure despite few debates.
He said he altered the schedule of the session from 10:00 o'clock in the morning to 1:00 o'clock in the afternoon, when he can function effectively.
Duterte also observed that other members of the 19th City Council can also come on time for the session.
He said the 19th City Council has 90 days to change its house rules and no member has complained with the procedure that they have established.
"As of now, no big changes have been followed, except the time when every session starts," Duterte said.
He said he wants to legislate more on health and environment issues.
Duterte said health problems beset many people in Davao City and that the 19th City Council is studying the delivery of health services to the public given that the city has 17 health districts.
"We are looking closely its function and accreditation to the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation," Duterte said.
On the status of the Indigenous Peoples' Mandatory Representative to the City Council, he clarified that the post is vacant and it is up for the court to decide on the issue, especially that it has a pending case.
He also expressed support to the non-inclusion of Davao City to the Martial Law.
Duterte said Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has the capability to provide security to the city.
"In the first place, she would not have proposed excluding the city from Martial Law, if she does not know how to handle the city's security," he pointed out. (PIA XI-Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)