TACLOBAN CITY -Members of the provincial board of Leyte will soon resume their “Sesyon sa Bayan”, an innovation of the provincial board to help residents of different towns in the province familiarize with their duties as local legislators. Sesyon sa Bayan was first implemented during the term of former Vice Governor Mimiette Bagulaya and was continued by her predecessor, current Vice Governor Carlo Loreto.
However, after the province was pummeled by supertyphoon “Yolanda” in November 8, 2013, it was temporarily suspended to give way to rehabilitation efforts. Sesyon sa Bayan is an activity of the provincial board conducted once a month where they visit a locality to check and talk with people on what their problems while they are doing their regular session.
“We are talking about it at the provincial board. However, the budget of the Sanggunian is still the same budget that we use to operate in 2004,” Loreto said. “That is why we have agreed that each member of the board will contribute by using our personal money to conduct Sesyon sa Bayan,” he added. The vice governor said that going to the towns is a good move as they will personally see and assess the actual condition and situation of the people and would not rely on information that they could get from the fields. “You can feel what they feel and see what they see in their towns while the people, for their part, will know that government exists and ready to listen to their plights,” he added. (ROEL T. AMAZONA)