EditorialSaving the day

Saving the day

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Last week’s passage of the budget for the City of Dumaguete by the Sangguniang Panlunsod gave Dumaguitnons a good view of how the democratic process works.

The Executive proposed a budget, and the Legislative department, which has the power of the purse, went through it, studied it, and made some suggestions. There was a brief standoff because the Mayor insisted against calling back all the members of the City Development Council, whose composition had greatly changed after the barangay and SK elections; the City Council, on the other hand, insisted on going by the letter, and following the procedure outlined in the Local Government Code.

When push came to shove, both sides resorted to unconventional ways of resolving the conflict. Councilor JV Imbo is credited for the idea of letting the City Development Council decide on the Annual Investment Plan through a referendum instead of a meeting.

The City Mayor also did his part by promising to the legislators that what they wanted to be included in the budget will indeed be included, and in fact, increased the budget several times over.

As ABC President Jovencio Tan wonderfully put it, it may not have been the “1+2=3 equation” that most Councilors wanted to happen but still, the formula 1+1+1=3 achieves the same goal.

In the end, thinking outside the box saved the day for the City of Dumaguete.

In any democratic society, the synergy between the legislature and the executive is the linchpin of effective governance. Elected representatives bring a variety of perspectives to the table, representing the interests of their constituents. The legislative process, with its debates and discussions, serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas, and the careful consideration of proposed measures.

This democratic deliberation is crucial for the development of well-informed and balanced policies that can stand the test of time.

On the other hand, the executive branch, led by the head of government, is charged with implementing and enforcing the laws passed by the legislature. He is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the government, ensuring the smooth functioning of public services, and the execution of policies. A robust executive branch is essential for the efficient implementation of the legislative decisions, translating the intent of laws into tangible actions that benefit the citizens.

The collaboration between these two branches is not just about the division of powers outlined in a Constitution; it is about a partnership that maximizes the strengths of each department.

An effective working relationship between the legislature and the executive promotes checks and balances, preventing any single branch from becoming all-too powerful. Through dialogue and negotiation, these branches can find common ground, mitigating conflicts, and fostering a sense of unity in the pursuit of the government’s goals for the people.

 

 

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