Public Hearings are a necessary aspect of the legislative process. Ordinances, particularly those with penal sanctions and those for taxation purposes, are required by law to undergo a public hearing before the same can be enacted into law. Such requisite cannot be ignored, lest, an ordinance may suffer an inherent infirmity in its validity.
Public hearings are essentially for the purpose of getting the opinions of various stakeholders who may be affected, one way or another, by the proposed ordinance. In a public hearing, each stakeholder who may wish to do so is given the chance to speak his/her mind on what he/she thinks would be the pros and cons of a proposed ordinance and whether or not a stakeholder is in favor of or against the proposed ordinance, or has additional recommendations.
The result of the public hearing is invariably a valuable input in the finalization of the proposed ordinance. In some cases, the public hearing may even result in the possible scrapping of a proposed legislation if it is determined clearly that the public is very much against the passage of the same and there is clear showing of its adverse implication against the public at large.
As part of its mandate to provide Constituent Service, the Sangguniang Panlungsod which enables itself to veer outside the formal legislative process, may from time to time require particular personalities to appear in order to provide some insights, perspectives and information on matters which would prove as useful tools in public policy formulation. In the exercise of this power and mandate, the City Council will invite various personalities and representatives of different entities to appear during the regular sessions.