HON. GHIEL “OYING” G. ROSALES is a second-term City Councilor of Naga City presently serving as chairperson of the committees on Laws, Ordinances, and Reorganization; Environment and Energy; and Manpower, Livelihood and Cooperatives Development.
POLITICS AND ADVOCACY
He started his political career at the age of 21 when he ran for Barangay Kagawad of San Felipe and served therein for two terms before joining the City Council in 2019 as the youngest elected member of the 13th Sangguniang Panlungsod of Naga.
During his first term, he strongly advocated for the rationalization of the City’s investment planning and budgeting through fiscal discipline and people participation in the City’s budget operations. Noted for his active campaign in the prompt and effective submission of barangay budgets for review by the Sangguniang Panlungsod, the recurrent delay in the approval of barangay budgets every year was greatly mitigated.
Oying also authored ordinances which strengthened the role of cooperatives in Naga City in contributing to sustainable economic and social development by providing the updated guidelines in the structure, operation and organization of the Naga City Cooperatives Development Council and the institutionalization of the Naga City Cooperatives Development Office.
As chairperson of the Committee on Environment and Energy, he was known to have promoted the reinforcement of waste reduction measures by the City Government of Naga during the recently held 2022 Penafrancia Fiesta, having urged collaboration with the Archdiocese, the business sector, academe and civic society through SP Resolution 2022-748. During the 13th Sanggunian, he persistently objected to the cutting of 71 century-old trees along Maharlika Highway at Barangay Del Rosario to give way for road widening projects of the DPWH, heeding the call of environment groups to implement more responsive road designs in our national roads. He also authored a proposed ordinance establishing mechanisms to promote energy efficiency and conservation in the City of Naga which will effectively localize the implementation of R.A. 11285 or the “Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act”.
With his recognized commitment to enhance the role of the private sector in the City’s legislative process, he is currently pushing, as principal sponsor, for the passage of the proposed “I-engage Ordinance” which will provide an avenue for individual citizens to formally contribute in the policy-making process without the need to be members of accredited civil society organizations complementing our existing measures on people empowerment and participation.
Aside from his elective post, Oying is also newly engaged in law practice with his recent admission to the Philippine Bar, joining his family’s legal profession lineage which runs from his grandfather, Atty. Florencio R. Rosales, and his father, Prosecutor Fiel L. Rosales, former Naga City Councilor (1992-2001).
His active civic and community involvement dates back during his college years when he led an international service fraternity – collegiate chapter, as President in 2010-2012, which became the only greek-letter fraternity recognized by the University at that time. At the height of the pandemic, he organized young businessmen and professionals in Naga City to charter the Rotary Club of Naga Heights which established one of first barangay community Wi-Fi centers in the City of Naga last April 2022.
Oying, a young family man, is married to Darlene Joy and father to Stephen Gael. He is the eldest of three child born to Fiel Lara Rosales and Gladys Pardo Gomez, a college dean of the Central Bicol State University of Agriculture. His siblings are Raymac, a physician, and Jillian, an aspiring dentist.