DUTIES AND FUNCTIONS
Provincial Vice Governor
- Be the Presiding Officer of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan and sign warrants for expenditures appropriated for the operation of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.
- Appoint all officials and employees of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan subject to the Civil Service rules except those especially provided on the code, assume the office of the Governor for expired term in the current permanent vacancy.
- Exercise powers and perform duties of the Governor in case of temporary vacancy.
- Exercise such other power and perform other duties and functions as may be prescribed by law and ordinance.
As mandated by Republic Act No. 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, being the legislative body of the province, shall enact ordinances, approve resolutions, and appropriate funds for the general welfare of the province and its inhabitants. Like in all other provinces, the SP has the following duties and functions:
- Hold regular session once a week and call a special session when the need arises.
- Approve ordinances and pass resolutions necessary for an efficient and effective provincial government and shall review all ordinances approved by the Sanggunians of municipalities and executive orders issued by the Mayors to determine whether these are within the scope of the prescribed powers of the Sanggunian or the Mayor.
- Maintain peace and order by enacting measures to prevent and suppress lawlessness, disorder, riot, violence, rebellion or sedition, and impose penalties for the violation of said ordinances;.
- Approve ordinances imposing imprisonment not exceeding one year or a fine not exceeding P 5,000.00 or both imprisonment and fine at the discretion of the court, or violation of provincial ordinances.
- Adopt measures to protect the inhabitants of the province from harmful effects of manmade or natural disaster and calamities and to provide relief services and assistance to victims during and in the aftermath of said disasters and calamities and return to productive livelihood following said events.
- Enact ordinances intended to prevent, suppress and impose appropriate penalties for habitual drunkenness in public places, vagrancy, mendicancy, prostitution, establishment and maintenance of houses of ill-repute, gambling and other prohibited games of chance, fraudulent devices and ways to obtain money or property, drug addiction, maintenance of drug dens, drug pushing, juvenile delinquency, the printing, distribution or exhibition of obscene or pornographic materials or publications, and such other activities inimical to the welfare and morals of the inhabitants of the province.
- Protect the environment and impose appropriate penalties for acts which endanger the environment such as dynamite fishing logging and smuggling of natural resources products and of endangered species of flora and fauna, slash and burn farming, and such other activities which result in pollution, acceleration of eutropication of rivers and lakes, or of ecological imbalance.
- Determine the positions and salaries, wages, allowances and other emoluments and benefits of officials and employees paid wholly or mainly from provincial funds and to provide for expenditures necessary for the proper conduct of programs, projects, services and activities of the provincial government.
- Authorize the payment of compensation to a qualified person not in the government service who fills up a temporary vacancy, or grant honorarium to any qualified officials and employees designated to fill a temporary vacancy in a concurrent capacity, at the rate authorized by law.
- Provide mechanism and appropriate funds therefore, to ensure the safety and protection of all provincial government property, public documents, or records such as those relating to proper inventory, land ownership, records of birth, marriages, debt, assessments, taxations, accounts, business permits and such other records and documents of public interest in the offices and departments of the provincial government.
- When the finances of the provincial government allow, provide for additional allowances and other benefits to judges, prosecutors, public elementary and high school teachers and other national officials stationed or assigned to the province.
- Generate and maximize the use of resources and revenues for development plans, program, objectives and priorities as provided in Section 18 of the Code, with particular attention to agro-industrial development and countrywide growth and progress and relative thereto, shall enact the annual and supplemental appropriation of the provincial government and appropriate funds for specified programs, project, 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
- Enact ordinances levying taxes, fees and charges, prescribing the rates thereof, and granting tax exemption, incentives or reliefs.
- Upon a majority vote of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, authorize the provincial governor to negotiate and contract loans and other forms of indebtedness.
- Upon the majority vote of all Sangguniang Panlalawigan members, 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 applicable 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 municipalities and adopt a comprehensive provincial land use plan, subject to applicable laws.
- Grant franchise, approve the issuance of permits or licenses, or enact ordinances levying taxes, fees, and charges upon such purposes intended to promote the general welfare of the inhabitants of the province, and pursuant to this authority, shall :
- Fix and impose reasonable fees and charges for all services rendered by the provincial government for private persons and entities; and
- Regulate and fix the license fees for such activities.
- Approve ordinances which shall ensure the efficient and effective delivery of basic services and facilities as provided for under the Code, and in addition shall:
- Adopt measures and safeguards against pollution and for the preservation of the natural ecosystem in the province, in consonance with the approved standards on human settlements and environment sanitation
- Subject to applicable laws, facilitate or provide for the establishment and maintenance of a water works system or district water works for supplying water to inhabitants
- Subject to the availability of funds and to applicable laws, rules and regulation, provide for the establishment and operation of vocational and technical schools and similar post-secondary institution; and, with the approval of the Department of Education, Culture and Sports 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 scholarship fund for the poor but deserving students and 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 paupers, the aged, the disabled, the sick, persons of unsound mind, abandoned minors, abused children, juvenile delinquents, drug dependents and other needy and disadvantaged persons, particularly children and youth below eighteen (18) years of age; subject to availability of funds, establish and support the operation of centers and facilities for said needy and disadvantaged persons and facilitate efforts to promote the welfare of families below the poverty threshold, the disadvantaged and the exploited
- Establish and provide for the maintenance and improvement of jails and detention centers, institution of a sound jail management program, and appropriate funds for the subsistence of the detainees and convicted prisoners in the province.
- Establish a provincial council which purpose is the promotion of culture and arts, coordinate with government agencies and non-government organizations and, subject to the availability of 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 subject to the availability of funds, appropriate funds to support programs and projects for the elderly; and provide incentives for the NGOs to support the programs and projects of the same
Secretary to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan
- Attend meetings/sessions of the Sanggunian and keep a journal of its proceedings.
- Keep the seal of the Local Government Unit and affix the same with his signature to all ordinances, resolutions and other official acts of the Sanggunian and present the same to the Presiding Officer.
- Forward to the Governor for approval copies of ordinances enacted by the Sanggunian duly certified by the Presiding Officer.
- Furnish, upon request of any interested party, certified copies of records of public character in his custody.
- Record in the book kept for the purpose all ordinances and resolutions enacted or adopted by the Sanggunian, with the date of passage and publication thereof.
- Keep in his office all non-confidential records therein open to the public during business hours.
- Translate into the dialect used by a majority of the inhabitants all ordinances and resolutions immediately after their approval, and causes the publication thereof together with the original version in the manner provided in Rule XVII of the Code.
- Facilitate the preparation of ordinances, resolutions, contracts, rules, other legal forms and communications.
- Take custody of the local archives and, where applicable, the local library and annually account for the same.
- Exercise other powers and performs such other duties and functions as may be prescribed by law or ordinances relative to his position.
A. Administrative and Records Division
- Prepare proposals of Annual Budget, Supplemental Budget and Annual Procurement Program of the office.
- In-charge of records and correspondence management and disposal, budget preparation, personnel management, general services and control function
- Responsible for property and supply management activities of the office.
- Implement office policies and procedures affecting personnel in accordance with established norms, standards, line up, and proposal for movement of office personnel.
- Maintain a record center with systematic filing of records in consonance with standard record-keeping, and centralized mailing system in the office.
- Process vouchers, supplies/materials, requisitions, payrolls and reviews its correctness before submission for final action.
B. Legislative Division
- Attend and assist during regular sessions, special sessions, committee hearings, meeting, dialogues conducted by the legislative body in order to set forth or record significant and substantial issues being tackled therein.
- Draft documents such as ordinances and resolutions, rules and other legal forms and communications.
- Undertake research on proposed legislative ordinances and resolutions to determine its effect on the province.
- Plan legislative activities and studies regarding validity and legality of ordinances and resolutions.
- Examine and recommend action on contracts and other legal documents being entered into by the provincial government to ensure that its right are safeguarded.
- Translate ordinances and resolutions to dialect used by the majority of the constituents, this province, immediately after approval and cause the publications of the same together with the original version in the manner provided in the Local Government Code.
- Facilitate the preparation of ordinances, resolutions, contract, rules and other legal forms and communications
ACTIVITIES OTHER THAN LEGISLATIVE SERVICES
- The office provides technical, financial and social services and assistance to underprivileged and needy constituents, as well as, to various barangays, organizations, offices and associations.
- Selected officials and employees of the office deliver lectures, speeches and messages during programs, seminars and convocations.
- Officials and employees act as resource persons in conventions, programs, meetings, seminars, conferences and assemblies.
- Attend consultations and dialogues with the local and national government authorities.
- Assist and participate in the various provincial activities and events by acting as coordinators, chairmen or members of the different working committees created for the preparation and conduct of such.