By Dominic B. dela Cruz (Staff Reporter)

SOLSONA, Ilocos Norte—The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) central office thru Secretary Eduardo M. Año has formally ordered Sangguniang Bayan member Jonathan De Lara to assume as acting vice mayor of Solsona.

De Lara’s designation, dated August 5, 2021 as acting vice mayor of Solsona, was to fill up the temporary vacancy created in the said office due to the assumption as acting mayor of Solsona Vice Mayor Bob Sacro.

Sacro assumed as acting mayor due to a 60-day preventive suspension order issued to Solsona Mayor Joseph De Lara by Ilocos Norte Governor Mathew Joseph M. Manotoc dated July 16, 2021 for an administrative case.

DILG regional director Julie J. Daquioag further informed DILG OIC provincial director Roger P. Daquioag regarding the designation of acting vice mayor De Lara.

Solsona Sangguniang Bayan secretary Laurence Corpuz also announced during the last regular session that her office has already received the De Lara’s designation.

It was also the time when De Lara formally presided over the council’s regular session.

Ditoy met a nangrugi akun a nagpirma kadagitay masapulen kas kuma dgitay empliyado iti SB a saan pay nakapag suweldo,” De Lara said.

Earlier, the council majority voted De Lara as a presiding officer but they later voted for SB member Jovencio Pascua as temporary presiding officer the following virtual regular session.

Daquioag said his office only received De Lara’s designation as acting vice mayor as of press time.

Daquioag hopes that the acting vice mayors of Pagudpud Ferdinand Garvida and Edistio Valdez in San Nicolas will follow soon.

He added that only those acting vice mayor with official designation can sign transactions and documents pertaining to the office of the vice mayor.

Ket no awan pay tay official designation ket masapul a mapagbubutosan majority iti miyembros iti konseho ti agbalin a temporary presiding officer,” Daquioag explained.