Historical Development of the Office of the

Sangguniang Panlalawigan

On June 18, 1966, Quirino was created as a sub-province from its mother province of Nueva Vizcaya by virtue of Republic Act No. 4734.

Later, the province acquired its juridical personality by virtue of Republic Act No. 6398 which was passed on September 10, 1971 creating Quirino as a regular Province in honor of a great Ilocano, the late President Elpidio Quirino.

In the early 1970’s, the Office of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Quirino was called Provincial Board of Quirino until the late 1970’s when it was named the Office of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.  The institution then was presided by the Governor. The office then has only three personnel.

The first regular Presiding Officer of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) in its creation was Governor Dionisio Sarandi and later succeeded by Governor Orlando Dulay and Governor Mariano Pimentel. The first officially documented legislative measure by the Provincial Board was on June 30, 1972.

In 1991, Republic Act No. 7160 otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991, designated the Provincial Vice Governor to be the regular Presiding Officer of the Office of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan. The then Vice Governor Josie Castillo-Co became the first Presiding Officer of the SP. The office was then reorganized due to devolution and the number of personnel was increased.

Bonifacio B. Cristobal was elected in 1992 as the Provincial Vice Governor and Presiding Officer until 1998, succeeded by Reynaldo M. Galinato until 2001. In May 2001, Galinato was succeeded by Dakila Carlo E. Cua until June 30, 2007. Reorganization was again undertaken wherein the office came to have two divisions, the Administrative Services Division and the Legislative Services Division.

Cua was succeeded by Pasencia S. Bacani who served for one term (July 1, 2007-June 30, 2010).  The present Vice Governor is May Garnace-Calaunan.

Composition

In 1971 to 1974, the composition of the SP of Quirino was only four (4), namely, the Governor, the Vice Governor, and two (2) Board Members.

In 1975 to 1977, the SP had ten (10) members. In 1979 to 1986, the august body was composed of nine (9) members, namely, the Governor, the Vice Governor, the five (5) representatives of the then five municipalities, the President of the Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) of the Province, and the President of the Sangguniang Kabataan Provincial Federation.

In 1987, the SP was composed of six (6) members, namely, the Governor, the Vice Governor, and the four (4) Board Members. In 1988, the SP was composed of eight (8) members, namely, the Governor, the Vice Governor and the six (6) Board Members.

In 1989 to 1990, the SP was composed of nine (9) members to include the President of the ABC of the province.

In 1991 to 1998, the SP was composed of ten (10) members, namely, the Vice Governor, six (6) SP members equally representing District I and District II of the province (each having three (3) municipalities), the Philippine Councilors’ League Chapter President, the Provincial ABC President, and the Sangguniang Kabataan President.

In the 1998 elections, the composition of the SP was increased to twelve (12) adding one (1) SP member from each district. This composition exists until present.

 

 

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