Sangguniang Panlalawigan

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The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (English: Provincial Council), commonly known as the Provincial Board, is the name given to the legislatures of each of the provinces in the Philippines. They pass ordinances and resolutions and their powers and responsibilities are defined by the Local Government Code of 1991.[1]

History[edit]

During the early period of Spanish colonization, newly conquered areas were designated as encomiendas which were headed by an encomendero chosen by the Spanish from among the ranks of the powerful local nobles. Encomiendas were organized only for the purposes of collecting tribute that went in part to the Roman Catholic Church, the Spanish army, and to the Royal Treasury. Later on areas which were organized and given the designation of "province" (provincia) were led by an appointed alcalde who performed judicial, fiscal and executive functions. This system of government lasted for almost three hundred years until 1886 when a governor (gobernador) was first appointed in each of the eighteen existing provinces, relegating the alcalde to carry out only judicial functions.[2]

American rule brought radical changes to the system of local government in the country. In 1901 the Philippine Commission enacted Act No. 83, known as the Provincial Government Act, which outlined the powers, responsibilities and composition of the provincial government. Each regularly organized province was provided a Provincial Board composed of three provincial officials: the governor, the treasurer, and a "third member" who in most cases was known as the supervisor. The governor in regularly organized provinces under civilian control were initially elected by municipal vice-presidents and councilors within the province through a convention held in the provincial capital every even-numbered year.[2] As civil government took hold, the governorship was made elective. The composition of provincial boards were also later modified, with the treasurer and "third member" taken out and replaced by two members elected by popular vote. Not all provinces had the same type of government. Officials in specially organized provinces (those termed "Non-Christian provinces") were appointed by the Governor-General with the approval of the Philippine Commission[3] until legislation gradually brought each of them in line with regularly organized provinces, that by the time of independence in 1946 all provinces had largely similar governments.

The passage of Republic Act No. 2264 (the "Local Autonomy Act") on June 19, 1959 not only granted greater autonomy to local governments, but also expanded the composition of the Provincial Board by creating a new elective office, the vice-governorship, as well as providing for provinces of the first, second and third income class to have one additional elected board member.[4] However, the Board still had limited real legislative powers, as the provincial government was merely serving as an extension of national government.[5] Republic Act No. 5185 was enacted in 1967 with the intention of decentralizing authority and further empowering local governments to address the needs of their constituents more effectively.[6]

By virtue of Presidential Decree No. 826 issued by President Ferdinand Marcos on November 14, 1975[7] all existing governing boards and councils in each province, city and municipality were renamed Sangguniang Bayan. The province-level Sangguniang Bayan (later given the name Sangguniang Panlalawigan,[8] commonly abbreviated to SP) consisted of all the incumbent provincial board members (including the governor and vice-governor), plus a representative from each municipality within the province, and the provincial president of the Katipunan ng Mga Kabataang Barangay or Association of Barangay Youth.[7]

Batas Pambansa Blg. 51, enacted in 1979, standardized the composition of all provincial legislatures by reducing the membership of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan. All provinces were entitled to 6 elective SP members, unless they had more than one million residents (8 members) or less than 100,000 residents (4 members). Direct municipal representation was eliminated, and in its place was indirect "grassroots" representation through the president of the provincial association of barangay chairmen who was appointed by the President, who also happened to be the Prime Minister. Other members of the new Sanggunian were the governor and the vice governor, both elected by popular vote, and the president of the provincial federation of the Kabataang Barangay, appointed by the President/Prime Minister.[9] The provincial government's jurisdiction over chartered cities, which became a point of contention in the Supreme Court case Teves v. COMELEC,[10] was resolved in BP 51 by placing only cities not classified as "highly urbanized" under the scope of provincial government.

The powers and duties of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan was codified under Batas Pambansa Blg. 337, also known as the Local Government Code of 1983. The governor served as an ex officio member, who did not vote except only to break a tie, but had the power to veto items within, or entire, Sanggunian ordinances and resolutions. However the veto can be overridden by a two-thirds vote of all voting SP members.[11]

The Sangguniang Panlalawigan was retained as the legislative branch of all provincial governments under the 1987 Constitution and the Local Government Code of 1991. However, unlike the old Provincial Boards or the pre-1992 Sanggunian, which included in their memberships provincial executives, under current laws the governor is not considered as a Sanggunian member (although he or she retains the power to veto SP legislation, which can still be overridden by a two-thirds vote of all voting members), and the vice-governor, who has now become the presiding officer, only participates in breaking ties in voting. Since 1992 SP members are elected from districts to ensure geographical representation, and the size of the province's Sanggunian was dependent on its income classification rather than population.[1]

Powers, duties and functions[edit]

The powers, duties and functions of the Sanggunian are outlined in Section 468 of the Local Government Code of 1991.[1] The legislative body is tasked in general to "enact ordinances, approve resolutions and appropriate funds for the general welfare of the province and its inhabitants... in the proper exercise of the corporate powers of the province." Its powers, duties and functions are outlined into five broad mandates:

  • "Approve ordinances and pass resolutions necessary for an efficient and effective provincial government," which includes:
    • Reviewing all ordinances approved by the Sangguniang Panlungsod and Sangguniang Bayan of the province's component cities and municipalities to ensure that they and their mayors are within their scope of powers as outlined in the Local Government Code
    • Enacting measures to maintain peace and order and imposing penalties on violations of such ordinances
    • Approving ordinances that impose fines and/or imprisonment for violations of provincial ordinances
    • Adopt measures to protect the inhabitants of the province from harmful effects of man-made or natural disasters, and provide relief services and assistance for victims not only during and in the aftermath of disasters and calamities, but also in their "return to productive livelihood" following the events
    • Enacting ordinances intended to prevent, suppress and impose appropriate penalties for "activities inimical to the welfare and morals of the inhabitants of the province," such as prostitution, juvenile delinquency and drug addiction.
    • Protect the environment and impose appropriate penalties for acts which endanger the environment
    • Determine the powers and duties of officials and employees of the province in accordance with the Local Government Code and pertinent laws, and also determine their wages, salaries, allowances, honorariums, compensation and other emoluments and benefits, and provide for expenditures necessary to properly carry out programs, projects, services and activities of the provincial government
    • Provide a mechanism (and appropriate funding for it) to ensure the safety and protection of all provincial government property, public documents and records
    • When the finances of the provincial government allow, provide for additional allowances or other benefits to officials and public servants working in the province
  • "Generate and maximize the use of resources and revenues for the development plans, program objectives and priorities of the province... with particular attention to agro-industrial development and country-wide growth and progress and relative thereto," which involve the following:
    • Enact annual and supplemental appropriations of the provincial government and appropriate funds for specific programs, projects, services and activities of the province, or for other purposes not contrary to law, in order to promote the general welfare of the province and its inhabitants
    • Subject to the provisions of Book II of the Local Government Code and applicable laws and upon the majority vote of all the members of the sangguniang panlalawigan:
      • Enact ordinances levying taxes, fees and charges, prescribing the rates thereof for general and specific purposes, and granting tax exemptions, incentives or reliefs
      • Authorize the provincial governor to negotiate and contract loans and other forms of indebtedness
      • Enact ordinances authorizing the floating of bonds or other instruments of indebtedness, for the purpose of raising funds to finance development projects
    • Appropriate funds for the construction and maintenance or the rental of buildings for the use of the province; and upon the majority vote of all the members of the sangguniang panlalawigan, authorize the provincial governor to lease to private parties such public buildings held in a proprietary capacity, subject to existing laws, rules and regulations
    • Prescribe reasonable limits and restraints on the use of property within the jurisdiction of the province
    • Review the comprehensive land use plans and zoning ordinances of component cities and municipalities and adopt a comprehensive provincial land use plan, subject to existing laws
    • Adopt measures to enhance the full implementation of the national agrarian reform program in coordination with the Department of Agrarian Reform
  • "Grant franchises, approve the issuance of permits or licenses, or enact ordinances levying taxes, fees and charges upon such conditions and for such purposes," which include the power to:
    • Fix and impose reasonable fees and charges for all services rendered by the provincial government to private persons or entities
    • Regulate and fix the license fees for such activities as provided for under the Local Government Code
  • "Approve ordinances which shall ensure the efficient and effective delivery of basic services and facilities" and, in addition to the services and facilities outlined in Section 17 of the Local Government Code, also:
    • Adopt measures and safeguards against pollution and for the preservation of the natural ecosystem in the province, in consonance with approved standards on human settlements and environmental sanitation
    • Subject to applicable laws, facilitate or provide for the establishment and maintenance of waterworks system or district waterworks for supplying water to inhabitants of component cities and municipalities
    • Provide for the establishment and operation of vocational and technical schools and similar post-secondary institutions; and, with the approval of the Department of Education and subject to existing laws on tuition fees, fix reasonable tuition fees and other school charges in educational institutions supported by the provincial government
    • Establish a scholarship fund for the poor but deserving students in schools located within its jurisdiction or for students residing within the province
    • Approve measures and adopt quarantine regulations to prevent the introduction and spread of diseases within its territorial jurisdiction
    • Provide for the care of "needy and disadvantaged persons, particularly children and youth below eighteen (18) years of age"
      • Establish and support the operation of centers and facilities for them and facilitate efforts to promote the welfare of families below the poverty threshold, the disadvantaged, and the exploited
    • Establish and provide the maintenance and improvement of jails and detention centers, institute a sound jail management program, and appropriate funds for the subsistence of detainees and convicted prisoners in the province
    • Establish a provincial council whose purpose is the promotion of culture and the arts, coordinate with government agencies and non-governmental organizations and appropriate funds for the support and development of the same
    • Establish a provincial council for the elderly which shall formulate policies and adopt measures mutually beneficial to the elderly and to the province, and appropriate funds and provide incentives for NGOs to support the programs and projects of the elderly
  • "Exercise such other powers and perform such other duties and functions as may be prescribed by law or ordinance"

Composition[edit]

Number of regular seats in every provincial board.

The Sangguniang Panlalawigan is composed of regularly elected members and ex officio members. The provincial vice-governor serves as its presiding officer, who do not vote except in cases to break a tie.

Regularly elected members are elected from Sangguniang Panlalawigan districts. The total number of SP members to be elected within the province, and the number within each SP district, varies depending on several factors, including the province's income class and the population count within districts.

Ex officio members in the Sanggunian include:

  • the president of the provincial chapter of the Liga ng mga Barangay
  • the president of the provincial federation of Youth Councils (Sangguniang Kabataan)
  • the president of the provincial federation of Sangguniang Panlungsod and Sangguniang Bayan members from component cities and municipalities
  • the IP Representative is pursuant to the Republic Act 8371, or the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act of 1997, which calls for the mandatory representation of IPs which is formally certified by the concerned NCIP regional director, upon recommendation of the provincial or community service center head and shall serve for a period of three years from the date of assumption to office and can be re-indorsed for another term as long as he or she would not serve for more than three consecutive terms.

The Local Government Code of 1991 also provides for the election of 3 "sectoral representatives,"[1] which are supposed to come from:

  • women's sector
  • agricultural or industrial sector
  • other sectors, including the disabled, the urban poor, or indigenous cultural communities

Although several attempts have been made in the past to provide for the election of these sectoral representatives, the lack of a more concrete enabling law upon which the manner of election of these sectoral representatives can be legally based continues to prevent this feature of local governments from being fully realized.[12]

Allocation and apportionment of regularly elected members[edit]

The number of regular Sanggunian members is based on the income of the province as classified by the Department of Finance. The Commission on Elections issues resolutions allocating the number regular members of the Sanggunian a province may elect should a province's income classification change. First-class and second-class provinces have 10 regularly elected members, 8 for third- and fourth-class provinces and 6 for fifth- and sixth-class provinces. Exceptions to the rule are provinces which are divided into more than five congressional districts. Each Sangguniang Panlalawigan district in the provinces of Cavite, Cebu, Negros Occidental and Pangasinan elect two members to the Sanggunian, resulting in a total number of 14 regularly elected SP members in Cavite, and 12 in the three other provinces.

The Commission on Elections apportions the number of Sanggunian members among the SP districts into which the province is divided. As much as possible, the members are equally divided among the legislative districts. If such equal division is improbable the remaining numbers are assigned to the districts with a bigger population count than the others. The COMELEC likewise factors out the population of independent cities which do not elect provincial officials in determining the apportionment of the Sanggunian members among the districts. Provinces which are composed only of one congressional district are divided into two sanggunian districts by the COMELEC for purposes of electing SP members.

A majority of Sangguniang Panlalawigan districts are contiguous to existing congressional districts. The exceptions are the following:

  • Provinces which comprise a lone congressional district are divided into two Sanggunian districts by the COMELEC.
  • Congressional districts that encompass independent cities which are not allowed to participate in provincial politics.
  • The 4th SP district of Bulacan encompasses the entire 4th Congressional district of Bulacan plus the city of San Jose del Monte, which in 2004 started to elect its own congressional representative but was not separated by law to constitute its own Sangguniang Panlalawigan district.

List[edit]

The following is a table with the number of members elected from each SP district, showing the apportionment in place for the 2013 elections

Allocation and composition of regularly elected members per Sangguniang Panlalawigan district
Province Total Regular members Ex
officio
Article Vice-governor Party composition
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th LP NP NPC NUP UNA Ind Other
Abra 11 4 4 3 Board Rosario Bersamin 7 0 0 0 0 0 1 Aksyon
Agusan del Norte 11 1 7 3 Board Ramon Bungabong 7 0 0 0 1 0 0
Agusan del Sur 13 5 5 3 Board Santiago Cane 0 0 0 10 0 0 0
Aklan 13 5 5 3 Board Marinela Calizo-Quimpo 6 1 0 0 2 0 1 Lakas
Albay 13 3 3 4 3 Board Harold Imperial 8 0 0 0 0 2 0
Antique 13 5 5 3 Board Edgar Denosta** 4 0 0 0 3 1 0
Apayao 11 4 4 3 Board Hector Pascua 6 1 1 0 0 0 0
Aurora 11 4 4 3 Board Rommel Angara 0 2 1 0 0 0 5 LDP
Basilan 11 4 4 3 Board Keehmar Sakkalahul 8 0 0 0 0 0 0
Bataan 13 5 5 3 Board Efren Dominic Pascual, Jr. 3 1 0 6 0 0 0
Batanes 9 3 3 3 Board Ronald Aguto 3 0 0 0 0 3 0
Batangas 13 2 3 2 3 3 Board Mark Leviste 9 0 1 0 0 0 0
Benguet 13 4 6 3 Board Nelson Dangwa 0 0 0 9 0 1 0
Biliran 11 4 4 3 Board Eriberto Tubis, Jr. 6 0 1 0 0 1 0
Bohol 13 3 3 4 3 Board Concepcion Lim 7 0 2 0 1 0 0
Bukidnon 13 3 4 3 3 Board Alex Calingasan 1 0 0 0 0 1 8 Bukidnon Paglaum
Bulacan 13 3 2 2 3 3 Board Daniel Fernando 1 1 0 8 0 0 0
Cagayan 13 3 3 4 3 Board Leonides Fausto 1 2 0 3 4 0 0
Camarines Norte 13 5 5 3 Board Jonah Pimentel 3 0 0 6 0 1 0
Camarines Sur 13 1 2 2 2 3 3 Board Fortunato Pe 1 6 2 0 0 1 0
Camiguin 9 3 3 3 Board James Ederango 0 0 6 0 0 0 0
Capiz 13 5 5 3 Board Esteban Contreras 8 0 0 2 0 0 0
Catanduanes 11 4 4 3 Board Jose Teves, Jr. 4 0 1 0 1 1 1 Lakas
Cavite 17 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 Board Jolo Revilla 4 1 0 2 0 0 7 Lakas
Cebu 15 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 Board Anges Magpale 6 0 0 2 0 0 2 One Cebu, 2 Bakud
Compostela Valley 13 5 5 3 Board Manuel Zamora 10 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cotabato 13 5 5 3 Board Gregorio Ipong 6 0 0 0 0 3 1 PMP
Davao del Norte 13 5 5 3 Board Victorio Suaybaguio, Jr. 4 0 0 0 0 2 4 Kusog Baryohanon
Davao del Sur 13 5 5 3 Board Aileen Almendras 0 4 6 0 0 0 0
Davao Oriental 13 5 5 3 Board Joel Almario 1 9 0 0 0 0 0
Dinagat Islands 13 5 5 3 Board Benglen Ecleo 1 9 0 0 0 0 0
Eastern Samar 13 5 5 3 Board Marcelo Picardal 8 2 0 0 0 0 0
Guimaras 11 4 4 3 Board Vicente de Asis 6 0 0 0 1 1 0
Ifugao 11 4 4 3 Board Pedro Mayam-o 2 0 0 0 0 6 0
Ilocos Norte 13 5 5 3 Board Eugenio Angelo Barba 1 8 1 0 0 0 0
Ilocos Sur 13 5 5 3 Board DV Savellano 1 8 1 0 0 0 0
Iloilo 13 2 2 2 2 2 3 Board Raul Tupas 5 0 1 0 2 1 1 Ugyon
Isabela 13 3 2 3 2 3 Board Antonio Albano 0 1 7 0 0 2 0
Kalinga 11 4 4 3 Board Allen Jesse Mangaoang 1 2 0 0 0 4 1 Lakas
La Union 13 5 5 3 Board Aureo Nisce 1 0 8 0 0 0 1 Lakas
Laguna 13 3 3 2 2 3 Board Katherine Agapay* 3 1 0 0 4 1 0
Lanao del Norte 13 5 5 3 Board Maria Cristina Atay 1 0 9 0 0 0 0
Lanao del Sur 13 5 5 3 Board Arsad Marohombsar 7 0 0 0 0 1 1 Ompia, 1 PDP-Laban
Leyte 13 2 2 2 2 2 3 Board Carlo Loreto 10 0 0 0 0 0 0
Maguindanao 13 2 5 3 Board Lester Sinsuat 9 0 0 0 0 0 1 PDP-Laban
Marinduque 11 4 4 3 Board Romulo Bacorro 5 0 0 2 0 1 0
Masbate 13 2 4 4 3 Board Vicente Revil 0 2 5 2 0 0 1 PMP
Misamis Occidental 13 5 5 3 Board Aurora Almonte 0 4 0 5 1 0 0
Misamis Oriental 13 5 5 3 Board Jose Mari Pelaez 5 4 0 0 0 1 0
Mountain Province 11 4 4 3 Board Bonifacio Lacwasan, Jr. 1 1 0 0 2 4 0
Negros Occidental 15 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 Board Eugenio Lacson 2 0 7 0 1 0 2 UNEGA
Negros Oriental 13 3 4 3 3 Board Edward Macias 4 0 6 0 0 0 0
Northern Samar 13 5 5 3 Board Gary Lavin 7 0 1 2 0 0 0
Nueva Ecija 13 3 2 2 3 3 Board Gay Padiernos 2 0 4 0 0 0 4 BALANE
Nueva Vizcaya 13 5 5 3 Board Epifanio Lamberto Galima 4 4 0 0 2 0 0
Occidental Mindoro 13 5 5 3 Board Peter Alfaro 7 1 0 0 0 0 2 Lakas
Oriental Mindoro 13 5 5 3 Board Humerlito Dolor 7 0 1 0 0 0 2 Sandugo
Palawan 13 5 5 3 Board Victorino Socrates 4 0 0 0 0 0 6 PPP
Pampanga 13 2 3 3 2 3 Board Dennis Pineda 0 2 0 0 0 1 7 Kambilan
Pangasinan 15 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 Board Jose Calimlim, Jr. 3 0 9 0 0 0 0
Quezon 13 2 3 2 3 3 Board Samuel Nantes 3 1 0 5 0 0 1 PMP
Quirino 11 4 4 3 Board May Calaunan 6 0 0 0 0 1 1 PDP-Laban
Rizal 13 4 4 1 1 3 Board Frisco San Juan, Jr. 4 0 5 1 0 0 0
Romblon 11 4 4 3 Board Jose Riano 4 4 0 0 0 0 0
Samar 13 5 5 3 Board Stephen James Tan 6 2 2 0 0 0 0
Sarangani 13 4 6 3 Board Jinkee Pacquiao 1 0 0 0 9 0 0
Siquijor 9 3 3 3 Board Fernando Avanzado 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 Lakas
Sorsogon 13 5 5 3 Board Antonio Escudero, Jr. 0 2 4 0 1 3 0
South Cotabato 13 3 7 3 Board Cecile Diel 0 0 5 0 5 0 0
Southern Leyte 11 4 4 3 Board Sheffered Tan 0 0 0 8 0 0 0
Sultan Kudarat 13 5 5 3 Board Ernesto Matias 2 0 0 0 1 7 0
Sulu 13 5 5 3 Board Abdusakur Tan 10 0 0 0 0 0 0
Surigao del Norte 13 5 5 3 Board Arturo Egay, Jr. 7 2 0 0 0 0 1 Padajon Surigao
Surigao del Sur 13 5 5 3 Board Manuel Alameda, Sr. 7 1 0 0 1 0 1 Lakas
Tarlac 13 3 4 3 3 Board Enrique Cojuangco, Jr. 1 2 5 0 0 0 1 Lakas, 1 PDP-Laban
Tawi-Tawi 11 4 4 3 Board Michail Ahaja 6 0 1 0 0 1 0
Zambales 13 3 7 3 Board Ramon Lacbain II 1 0 0 0 1 2 6 Sulong Zambales
Zamboanga del Norte 13 2 4 4 3 Board Senen Angeles 7 2 0 0 0 1 0
Zamboanga del Sur 13 5 5 3 Board Juan Regala 0 0 10 0 0 0 0
Zamboanga Sibugay 13 5 5 3 Board Rey Andre Olegario 1 8 0 0 0 1 0

*Agapay, an independent board member, assumed the vice governorship when the erstwhile vice governor, Ramil Hernandez became acting governor after Governor ER Ejercito was disqualified in the 2013 election. This means Agapay's board member seat is vacant, as an independent, she has no party that could appoint a replacement.

|}**Denosta (LP) assumed vice governorship when erstwhile vice governor Rhodora Cadiao became governor after the disqualification of Exequiel Javier.

Historical provinces[edit]

The following provinces had elected Sangguniang Panlalawigan officials who served until the provinces became defunct, or until a new set of officials for the successor provinces had been elected in the next provincial elections:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Local Government Code of 1991
  2. ^ a b McGovney, Dudley Odell (1903). Civil Government in the Philippines. BiblioBazaar. p. 129. ISBN 978-0-559-69396-0. 
  3. ^ Worcester, Dean C. (1914). The Philippines: Past and Present. BiblioBazaar. p. 341. ISBN 978-1-4264-5850-7. 
  4. ^ Republic Act No. 2264 - Local Autonomy Act, Chan-Robles Law Library.
  5. ^ Eric Daenecke (February 1966). "Constitutional Law in the Philippines". ABA Journal (American Bar Association) 52 (2): 162. ISSN 0747-0088. 
  6. ^ Republic Act No. 5185 - Decentralization Act of 1967, Chan-Robles Law Library.
  7. ^ a b Presidential Decree No. 826, Chan-Robles Law Library]
  8. ^ Presidential Decree No. 925, Chan-Robles Law Library.
  9. ^ Batas Pambansa Blg. 51
  10. ^ Teves v. COMELEC, Philippine Laws and Jurisprudence Databank.
  11. ^ Batas Pambansa Blg. 337 - Local Government Code of 1983, Chan-Robles Law Library.
  12. ^ Local Sectoral Representation: A Legal Analysis.