Newly-elected Davao City Vice Mayor Melchor “Jay” Quitain Jr. emphasized that he prefers a lawyer councilor to replace him as new majority floor leader in the City Council.
“My priority would be the lawyer councilors because as a lawyer myself I can work better with a lawyer floor leader,” he told media after the proclamation of winning representatives and councilors on Wednesday at the session hall of the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP).
He added that the candidate must be diligent and attentive.
“I have some people in mind na pero until such time I have really decided and we will consult also the mayor’s office. Okay sana kung abogado,” he said.
He said he has to finish all the works that are left to be done as floor leader in the City Council for a good turnover after his term so that all the works have been accomplished already as the next floor leader takes office.
Quitain also said that when he sits as vice mayor he will support all the programs and priorities of Mayor-elect Sebastian “Baste” Duterte.
He will also take a look at the Covid-19 situation in Davao City and will revisit the ordinances that aim to address Covid-19 to make them more relevant.
“We might need to revisit all of that to make it more relevant because, right now, the alert level is, at the best level, so we have to revisit the ordinances to make it more up to date and since mag face-to-face classes na, we will help the schools as the students go back to schools, we will also look into that,” he said.
Meanwhile, Quitain said he wants his fellow legislators to be attentive and participate in the discussions and ensure that all the resolutions and ordinances coming out from the council are the work of everybody.
“It’s very good we have new faces, the old councilors, the experienced, the more learned councilors are already retired, it’s time for new blood to come in. This will be a good training ground for the future leaders of the city. We need new people in the City Council,” he said.