Muntinlupa Mayor in the Netherlands for study tour; Vice Mayor and Majority Floor Leader to take care of City Government

Recently in the progressive city of Muntinlupa, it has been announced that Mayor Ruffy Biazon traveled to the Netherlands to attend a study tour related to governance while Vice Mayor Artemio Simundac and Majority Floor Leader Raul Corro will take care of the City Government as acting Mayor and acting Vice Mayor respectively, according to a Manila Bulletin news report. The study tour overseas will last until April 25, 2023.

To put things in perspective, posted below is the excerpt from the Manila Bulletin news report. Some parts in boldface…

Muntinlupa Mayor Ruffy Biazon and other Metro Manila local chief executives flew to the Netherlands for a study tour to learn about best practices in sustainable development.

In the Netherlands, Metro Manila mayors and Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Don Artes will be on a study tour about flood control, solid waste management, waste to energy and renewable energy from April 18 to 25.

In Biazon’s absence, Vice Mayor Artemio Simundac will be the acting mayor while Majority Floor Leader Raul Corro will be the acting vice mayor and presiding officer of the Muntinlupa City Council.

In a letter, Interior and Local Government Sec. Benjamin Abalos Jr. designated Simundac and Corro in acting capacities.

Based on Administrative Order No. 15 issued by the President and DILG Memorandum Circular 2019-21, “the undersigned hereby designates you in an acting capacity, as the Vice Mayor of Muntinlupa City to fill up the temporary vacancy created due to the approved travel of Mayor Rozzano Rufino B. Biazon,” Abalos said in a letter to Corro.

Under Section 46(a) of the Local Government Code of 1991, Vice Mayor Artemio S. of Simundac the Mayor, shall automatically exercise the powers and perform the duties and functions of the mayor, except the power to appoint, suspend or dismiss employees, during the period of the approved travel abroad of Mayor Biazon,” Abalos added.

He told Corro, “As such, you are hereby ordered to assume the power and perform the duties and functions of a Vice Mayor as mandated by law, except making or participating in any decision related to the items enumerated under Part V, Item No. 1 in DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2019-21, during the above-mentioned period.”

This designation shall terminate upon submission to the sanggunian of a written declaration by Mayor Biazon that he has reported back to office, in accordance with Section 46(b) of the Local Government Code of 1991,” said Abalos.

Let me end this piece by asking you readers: If you are a Muntinlupa City resident, what is your reaction to this development? Do you hope that the city will gain something from the study tour in the Netherlands?

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