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6th City Council Internal Rules and Procedures

Internal Rules and Procedures (IRP)

Republic of the Philippines
Province of Ilocos Sur
CITY OF VIGAN

OFFICE OF THE SANGGUNIANG PANLUNGSOD

SIXTH CITY COUNCIL
RESOLUTION NO. 28
SERIES OF 2016



“A RESOLUTION APPROVING  THE INTERNAL RULES OF PROCEDURE OF THE SIXTH SANGGUNIANG PANLUNGSOD OF VIGAN CITY, ILOCOS SUR.”

WHEREAS, the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Vigan is a legislative body duly organized pursuant to law for the enactment of ordinances and the adoption of resolutions for the governance of the City of Vigan;


WHEREAS, pursuant to the provisions of  the Local Government Code and its implementing rules and regulations provides that local legislative bodies have the inherent right and obligation of adopting its own rules of procedure for the proper discharge of legislative functions;


WHEREAS, in the maintenance of good order and pursuant to its legislative functions, it is necessary that specific rules be adopted and enforced in its deliberations in the interest of effective legislation;

BE IT RESOLVED AS IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED  by the Sixth  Sangguniang Panlungsod in session duly assembled to adopt the Internal Rules of Procedure of the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Vigan City, Ilocos Sur:
INTERNAL RULES OF PROCEDURE OF THE SIXTH SANGGUNIANG PANLUNGSOD OF THE CITY OF VIGAN, ILOCOS SUR
RULE I – COMPOSITION
SECTION 1. The composition of the Sangguniang Panlungsod shall be as provided by existing laws, specifically by R.A. 7160 otherwise known as the “Local Government Code of 1991 and Republic Act 8988, known as An Act Validating and Recognizing the Creation of the City of Vigan by the Royal Decree of September 7, 1757 issued by Fernando VI, King of Spain.
RULE II – POWERS, DUTIES AND FUNCTIONS OF THE SANGGUNIANG PANLUNGSOD
SECTION 2. The powers, duties and functions of the Sangguniang Panlungsod shall be as provided for by Article 4, Sec. 10 of RA 8988 and under Rule XVII of the Rules and Regulations Implementing the Local Government Code of 1991.
RULE III – DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS
SECTION 3. Every member of the Sangguniang Panlungsod shall make a full disclosure of his financial and business interests as required in him under Art. 104 Rule XVII of the Rules and Regulations Implementing the Local Government Code of 1991 and Article V, Sec. 12 of RA 8988.
SECTION 4. Every member shall attend all the sessions of the Sangguniang Panlungsod unless he is prevented from doing so by reason of sickness or other unavoidable circumstances. Provided however that, should there be official business of any member for which reason he/she cannot attend a session, he shall not be considered absent for that day.
SECTION 5. As a general rule, every member is required to vote on every question or proposed measure being voted upon by the Sangguniang Panlungsod. Abstentions may be allowed if it can be shown that the member concerned has conflict of interest, either directly or indirectly on the matter being acted upon.
SECTION 6. Every member shall observe proper deportment and decorum during sessions. The proper attire during sessions shall be Barong Filipino (long or short sleeves), long sleeves   with tie or coat for the men and business attire like skirts, pants or Filipiniana for the women members. During special session the dress code shall be suspended.
RULE IV – PRESIDING OFFICER
SECTION 7. The Vice Mayor shall be the Presiding Officer of the Sangguniang Panlungsod and as such shall have the following rights and duties:
a)    To preside over the sessions of the Sangguniang Panlungsod;
b)    To exact from all the members present during the session proper deportment and decorum;
c)    To enforce the Internal Rules and Procedures of the Sangguniang Panlungsod;
d)    To maintain order during sessions and render a ruling on questions of order, subject to appeal by the member concerned to the body for final decision;
e)    To sign all the legislative documents, papers, vouchers and payrolls or checks requiring his signature;
f)    To declare a recess during sessions anytime he deems it necessary, provided, that the duration of the recess is less than fifteen (15) minutes;
g)    To declare the session adjourned to some other date, time and place in cases of extreme emergencies, serious and uncontrollable disorder, public disturbances and other unavoidable circumstances;
h)    To make brief remarks, comments or clarificatory questions on any measure pending and under deliberation by the body provided that he shall not express himself either for or against the said measure or question.
i)     To participate in the deliberation of any legislative measure provided he shall relinquish the chair in favor of any member of the Sangguniang Panlungsod who shall act as the temporary presiding officer for that particular session. The right to participate during deliberations shall also include the right to vote.
j)    When presiding, he can only cast his vote in order to break a tie. However, such right is not compulsory  hence, he may or he may not exercise it. Should he wish not to exercise to vote, the matter being voted  upon  shall be considered “dead”. In no case that he shall vote in order to create a tie.
k)    As the Presiding Officer, he shall have the authority to inquire and look into the order of business before each and every session of the Sangguniang Panlungsod which shall be prepared by the Sangguniang Secretary  and shall be subject to his/her approval.
l)    Decide on all Points of Order.

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