ILOILO CITY: Local politicians heading six task forces under the office of the mayor were stripped of their functions after they filed their certificates of candidacy (COCs) for the 2016 elections.
Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said this had to be done so the positions would be void of partisan politics.
He said that since the election season has started, he deemed it necessary to designate City Administrator Norlito Bautista as the new chairman of the Anti-Smoking Task Force, which was formerly chaired by Councilor Joshua Alim.
The other task forces are the Task Force that Implements Ordinances Imposing Curfew and Prohibit the Sale of Alcoholic Beverages to Minors, the Task Force on Plaza, Slaughterhouse and Public Cemeteries, Task Force on Parks, Playgrounds and Open Spaces and the CCTV Camera Council.
Alim and Councilor Plaridel Nava are running for reelection under the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), while Estante, who chairs the Task Force on Parks and Playground, is running for city councilor under the Liberal Party.
Mabilog said the added responsibilities of Bautista are temporary or until such time that a new chairman is designated.