200 learn about community councils

Friday, 14 September 2012 From Issue Vol. XX No. 37 By  Warunya Thongrod

More than 200 Pattaya residents and community leaders learned how they can take more control over their neighborhoods by establishing community councils.

Deputy Mayor Wutisak Rermkitkarn chaired the Sept. 5 meeting featuring Chuchart Phewsawang, manager of the national affairs office for the Community Organization Development Institute. Representatives from 38 Pattaya neighborhoods attended, along with leaders of the Pattaya Ladies Development Group, Pattaya Elderly Club, Tourism Police Volunteers, Ban Munkhong Kgao Noi, Pattaya Public Health volunteers, and Nongprue labor volunteers.

Chuchart Phewsawang. Chuchart Phewsawang.

The idea of community councils stems from the Community Organization Act of 2008 that only took effect in February.

Councils will be comprised of neighborhood residents and representatives from local temples, utilities, schools, banks, associations and law enforcement groups. The idea is to allow a discussion of community problems and exchange of ideas and solutions.

“The heart of creating a community council is the people who have a part in thinking, acting, inspecting, following and benefiting to enter into an era where political power will be distributed,” Chuchart said. “Therefore, the politics in regards to citizens has become an important tool in building democracy within communities urging the cooperation of citizens in a form of a community.”

During the session, Chuchart reviewed applicable laws, procedures to establish a council and elect officers and the duties councils can attend to.

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