CITY OF SAN FERNANDO?DEspite the bitter political rivalry between outgoing Pampanga Gov. Eddie Panlilio and incoming governor Lilia Pineda, their representatives who are involved in ensuring a smooth transition of power have not encountered any problem so far.
The representatives of both camps said there were no glitches in the transition talks that started on May 21.
Lawyer Vivian Dabu, provincial administrator, said not one problem was raised by Pineda?s transition team after their first meeting. ?They are supposed to go to the different offices and ask questions regarding our reports,? she said.
Dabu said Panlilio?s team is preparing a blueprint for the transition, which would comprise of reports on the accomplishments of the outgoing administration.
Panlilio, a Catholic priest, lost in his reelection bid against Pineda. The Commission on Elections earlier declared Pineda the winner in the 2007 gubernatorial contest after a recount but Panlilio has appealed the decision.
Rosve Henson, Pineda?s spokesperson, said they were collating reports submitted to them by various provincial government departments.
?We?re trying to figure out how one agency works and how many people they employ. As of now, we don?t see any problem,? Henson said.
He said reports on the province?s financial standing have yet to be sent to Pineda?s team.
Dabu said some reports have yet to be completed because the Department of the Interior and Local Government?s memorandum requiring local governments to prepare transition documents was received by the capitol only on May 25.
She said Pineda?s team is always welcome to ask questions because Panlilio wanted a ?smooth transition of government that would not interrupt the delivery of basic services.?
Henson said the Panlilio administration cannot dictate what policies or programs would be retained or removed by Pineda once she assumes office.
?It is not for the Panlilio administration to dictate to the incoming administration which programs or policies are to be retained. As long as they submit status reports, then, it?s up to the administration of [Pineda] to apply the programs based on her commitment [to Kapampangans],? he said.
Henson said Pineda would focus on health care, education, proper fiscal management and use of resources, and revenue collection during her term.