BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
The establishment of satellite offices for board members in the six localities of Negros Occidental 5th district is being pushed by board member-aspirant Patrick Miguel Montilla.
Through this way, Montilla, a former councilor of Isabela, said that it will make government services more accessible to the people in the respective local government units.
These satellite offices will also make it convenient for those asking for assistance from their board members, as they will no longer need to commute to the Provincial Capitol in Bacolod City, where board members hold offices, Montilla, the younger brother of the late Isabela Mayor Enrique Montilla, said
He added that they will no longer spend money for their fares, and more importantly exposing themselves to the virus will be avoided.
This could be done in partnership with the local chief executives who could allocate a small office for the purpose, Montilla also said.
Montilla is among the five aspirants for the two seats for board members in the Sanggunian Panlalawigan representing the 5th district.
Aside from incumbent Board Member Rita Gatuslao, other board member aspirants are businessman Anton Occeno, Engr. Rolito Espinosa, a director of the Negros Occidental Electric Cooperative and Julian Gatuslao, a former president of the Sangguniang Kabataan of Himamaylan City.
The 5th district is composed of the towns of Isabela, La Castellana, Moises Padilla, Hinigaran, Binalbagan and Himamaylan City.*