The 10th Manila City Council is set to pass new ordinances after electing its officers, led by first-ever female Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna-Pangan as presiding officer.
In its first regular session last week, the officers vowed to push for the programs espoused by Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada.
The new officers are President Pro Tempore Antonio Capistrano, Majority Floor Leader Casimiro Sison, First Assistant Majority Floor Leader Ernesto Dionisio Sr., Second Assistant Majority Floor Leader Edward Tan and Majority Whip Anna Katrina Yupangco.
Comprising the opposition are Minority Floor Leader Rodolfo Lacsamana, First Assistant Minority Floor Leader Eduardo Quintos XVI, Second Assistant Floor Leader Joey Hizon III and Minority Whip Laris T. Borromeo.
Estrada at the opening session of the council urged the councilors to unite and support his program of government and specific projects that will benefit of Manila residents.
“Unity between the City Council and the Office of the Mayor is important to fast-track many infrastructure projects, along with those in health, education, sanitation and cleanliness, nutrition, budget reforms, revenue and permits collection, parks and sports facilities, and others,” Estrada said.
Now that the vice mayor is a female, the city is expected to strengthen ordinances on gender and development that will protect the rights of women and children.
More than two months after the May 9 polls, Estrada has yet to meet former vice mayor Isko Moreno who lost his Senate bid.
There were reports that Moreno had shifted support to former mayor Alfredo Lim, who lost by a 2,000-vote margin to Estrada.
When Estrada first ran for mayor in 2013, he promised Moreno that he would only serve for one term if he won. But this did not happen.
JAIME R. PILAPIL