8,000 Manila ordinances up for review

Under his plan, Nieto said that such ordinances will be delegated to the different standing committees of the council. Since each of the 38 councilors heads a committee

The Manila City Council has announced its plans to go over all the existing ordinances in the city of Manila, numbering at least 8,000 in total, to either repeal those that are not applicable to the city, or to amend them so that they may be relevant and in keeping with the times.

In an interview with Vice Mayor Yun Servo-Nieto, he detailed the coordination with the 38 members of the Manila City Council to help him achieve his plan more swiftly.

Nieto enthused that up to now, the ordinance requiring one to wear Barong Tagalog for men and Baro’t Saya for women before one can walk through the busy streets of Escolta still exists.

Under his plan, Nieto said that such ordinances will be delegated to the different standing committees of the council. Since each of the 38 councilors heads a committee, Nieto said he deems it best to task the aldermen with taking care of what to do with ordinances that have something to do with the committees they chair.

Nieto added that he intends to convene the council for the formulation of the best possible solution or appropriate action on the review of the ordinances.

He expressed his profound intent to creak an Information Technology team at the Records Section to aid the City Council of Manila to improve the system of bookkeeping ordinances and resolutions and to easily obtain or review such.

Most of all, he wants to give the Manilenyos an avenue to see the progress of the City Council of Manila and to keep them updated with the daily tasks of the Council.

According to Nieto, a team composed of at least 20 staff members from the city council and the Vice Mayor’s Office will be primarily handling the amendment processes.

“They (team) will codify all penal ordinances so as to keep all such relevant laws in one book to be used by the executive, legislative and judiciary branches of government in the City of Manila,” he said.

The Vice Mayor aims to finish the said plans within his first year in office.


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