Zamboanga City Council
|Zamboanga City Council |
Consejo de la Ciudad de Zamboanga
|3 terms (9 years)|
Cesar Iturralde, LDP
1 ex officio presiding officer
3 ex officio members
Length of term
Zamboanga City 1937 Charter|
Local Government Code of the Philippines
|May 13, 2013|
|May 9, 2016|
|Zamboanga Sangguniang Panglungsod Building|
|Official website of the City Council of Zamboanga|
Composed of 18 members, with 16 councilors elected from Zamboanga City's two legislative districts and two (2) members composed of the President of the Liga ng mga Barangay ng Lungsod ng Zamboanga (English: League of Barangays of the City of Zamboanga) and the President of the Pederasyon ng Sangguniang Kabataan (English: Federation of Youth Councils).
However, the composition of the Council changed when the representation of the youth was left unfilled during the 2013 Sangguniang Kabataan elections by virtue of Republic Act No. 10362, postponing the SK elections from 2013 to 2015 to pave way for reforms in the considered corrupt agency in the government. So since 2013, the youth sector in the city has no representative to the Council effectively decreasing its membership from 18 to 17. The youth representation will be filled again in the upcoming 2016 elections.
The presiding officer of the council is the Vice-Mayor, who is elected citywide.
The first legislative body of Zamboanga was established in 1914 composed of councilors who represented the different districts of barrios of then-municipality of Zamboanga. When the City Charter of Zamboanga was signed on October 12, 1936, the municipal council was replaced by the City Council presided by the mayor and consisted of five councilors, the city treasurer and the city engineer. All members are appointed by the President of the Philippine Commonwealth.
With the passage of Republic Act No. 1210 on April 29, 1955, the position of mayor became elective and the post of vice-mayor was created. The Council also became elective and its membership was increased to eight presided by the vice-mayor.
During the Marcos regime, the city council was renamed to Sangguniang Panglungsod and its membership shuffled. The mayor became the presiding-officer while the vice-mayor became a regular member. Other representatives such as the agriculture, business and labor sectoral representatives; chairman of the Kabataan Barangay Federation and the president of the Association of Barangay Captains was added to the council. All members of the council except for the mayor and the vice-mayor are all appointed by the President.
After Marcos was deposed, a new Local Government Code was enacted in 1991 and the mayor was restored to the executive branch. The city council organization existed since.
Manner of election
Each of Zamboanga City's two legislative districts elects eight councilors to the council. In plurality-at-large voting, a voter may vote up to eight candidates, with the candidates having the eight highest number of votes being elected. In addition, the Barangay chairmen and the SK chairmen throughout the city elect amongst themselves their representatives to the council. Hence, there are 18 councilors. The representative of the indigenous peoples (IPs) in the city is elected by bonafide members of the IP Council of Elders who will serve with the same functions of a city councilor.
City council elections are synchronized with other elections in the country. Elections are held every first Monday of May every third year since 1992.
As the presiding officer, Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde can only vote to break ties.
Powers, duties and functions
The Sangguniang Panlungsod, as the legislative body of the city, is mandated by the Local Government Code of 1991 to:
- Enact ordinances
- Approve resolutions
- Appropriate funds for the general welfare of the city and its inhabitants
- Ensure the proper exercise of the corporate powers of the city as provided for under Section 22 of the Local Government Code
Furthermore, the following duties and functions are relegated to the Sangguniang Panlungsod:
- Approve ordinances and pass resolutions necessary for an efficient and effective city government
- Generate and maximize the use of resources and revenues for the development plans, program objectives and priorities of the city as provided for under section 18 of the Local Government Code of 1991, with particular attention to agro-industrial development and city-wide growth and progress
- Enact ordinances granting franchises and authorizing the issuance of permits or licenses, upon such conditions and for such purposes intended to promote the general welfare of the inhabitants of the city but subject to the provisions of Book II of the Local Government Code of 1991,
- Regulate activities relative to the use of land, buildings and structures within the city in order to promote the general welfare of its inhabitants
- Approve ordinances which shall ensure the efficient and effective delivery of the basic services and facilities as provided for under Section 17 of the Local Government Code
- Exercise such other powers and perform such other duties and functions as may be prescribed by law or ordinance
|Agriculture and Agrarian Relations||Miguel Alavar III||Luis Biel III|
|Anti-Drugs||Jerry E. Perez||Roel Natividad|
|Appointments||Juan Climaco Elago II||Roel Natividad|
|Appropriations||Rogelio Valesco, Jr.||Benjamin Guingona IV|
|Awards||Miguel Alavar III||Luis Biel III|
|Cooperatives||Myra Paz Abubakar||Percival Ramos|
|Disaster and Relief Services||Cesar Jimenez, Jr.||Benjamin Guingona IV|
|Education||Rogelio Valesco, Jr.||Rodolfo Bayot|
|Elderly and Disadvantaged Groups||Luis Biel III|
|Energy and Public Utilities||Charlie Mariano||Roel Natividad|
|Ethics, Rules and Privilege||Luis Biel III||Charlie Mariano|
|Franchise||Luis Biel III||Roel Natividad|
|Games and Amusement||Josephine Pareja||Vincent Paul Elago|
|Good Government||Melchor Sadain||Charlie Mariano|
|Health and Sanitation||Vincent Paul Elago||Myra Paz Abubakar|
|Human Rights||Rommel Agan||Roel Natividad|
|Labor and Industrial Relations||Miguel Alavar III||Benjamin Guingona IV|
|Markets and Slaugtherhouse||Eduardo Saavedra, Jr.||Percival Ramos|
|Muslim and Cultural Affairs||Myra Paz Abubakar|
|Natural Resources and Environment Protection||Charlie Mariano|
|Ordinances and Resolutions||Charlie Mariano||Miguel Alavar III|
|Peace and Order||Jerry E. Perez|
|Public Works||Eduardo Saavedra, Jr.||Jerry E. Perez|
|Rural Affairs||Jerry E. Perez||Percival Ramos|
|Science and Technology||Vincent Paul Elago||Myra Paz Abubakar|
|Tourism, Arts, Culture and Foreign Relations||Vincent Paul Elago||Rogelio Valesco, Jr.|
|Trade, Investment and Industry||Benjamin Guingona IV||Miguel Alavar III|
|Urban Planning and Land Use||Percival Ramos||Jerry E. Perez|
|Urban Poor and People's Organization and NGO||Percival Ramos||Rodolfo Bayot|
|Ways and Means||Benjamin Guingona IV||Charlie Mariano|
|Women, Children and Family Welfare||Myra Paz Abubakar||Rogelio Valesco, Jr.|
|Youth and Sports Development||Roel Natividad|
- One nonpartisan seat left vacant due to postponement of SK elections to 2016.
- Official Gazette. "AN ACT TO POSTPONE THE SANGGUNIANG KABATAAN ELECTIONS ON OCTOBER 28, 2013, AMENDING FOR THE PURPOSE REPUBLIC ACT NO. 9340, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES". Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines. Retrieved 19 October 2015.
- Robillos, Alyosha J. "Sangguniang Kabataan polls moved to 2016". CNN Philippines. Retrieved 19 October 2015.
- "Zambo IPs elect rep to city council". MindaNews. Retrieved 19 October 2015.
- Left vacant due to the postponement of SK elections to 2016.