13th SP Mid-Year Assessment, Team Building and out of City Hall Session

“Coming together is a beginning. Staying together is progress. Working together is success.”

In order to build a more effective and cohesive SP team, the Members of the 13th Sangguniang Panlungsod of Tagbilaran and their staff, led by City Vice Mayor Jose Antonio Veloso, conducted a two-day mid-year assessment and teambuilding activity last July 5-6, 2018 at Dumaluan Resort, Panglao. The activity was facilitated by USAid Surge Coordinator Dr. Rosalinda Paredes who, through games, discussions and role plays, highlighted the importance of working together as public servants for the common good of the City of Tagbilaran.
The City Council took the opportunity to hold an out-of-city hall session on the second day of the two-day affair. The Members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod warmly welcomed newly- inducted SK Federated President Tom Cesar Visarra Vergara as he joined them for the first time as a new member of the City Council on the first legislative session of the Month of July.


The Sangguniang Panlungsod of the City of Tagbilaran, led by City Vice Mayor Jose Antonio S. Veloso, approved on second and final reading the Investments and Incentives Code (IIC) of the City during yesterday’s regular legislative session. The IIC is intended to draw local and foreign investments into the City. These investments are expected to speed up economic progress in the City and provide employment opportunities for the Tagbilaranons.
Fiscal and non-fiscal incentives shall be granted to qualified enterprises who register under the Code.
Other key features of the Ordinance are the following:
1. Creation of the City Investment Council who shall act on applications for registration of enterprises;
2. Designation of the Local Economic Investment Promotion Office as the One-Stop-Center that shall provide assistance to enterprises covered under the Code;
3. Adoption of the City’s Investment Priority Areas;
4. The New Growth Areas of the City as Investment Sites;
The IIC draws legal basis from the provisions of Republic Act 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code, which mandate local government units to formulate local investment incentives to promote the inflow and directions of private investment capital.


City Vice Mayor Jose Antonio S. Veloso, led the 13th Sangguniang Panlungosd in approving two resolutions during their regular session today. The resolutions, sponsored by Hon. Eliezer L. Borja, aim to bolster and improve its early warning system for emergencies and disasters with the use of all possible means of communication and alert mechanisms through facilities available including the siren of the establishment of Coca-Cola Bottler’s Philippines and the church bells of the Roman Catholic parishes, which are managed by the Diocese of Tagbilaran.

In accordance to Section 12 of Republic Act 10121 or the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010 the City Government of Tagbilaran through its City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, is duly mandated to develop, strengthen, and operationalize mechanisms for partnership and networking with the private sector, civil society organizations, and volunteer groups for effective disaster response and for the general welfare of the city constituents.

Through partnering with Coca-Cola Bottler’s Philippines and the Roman Catholic parishes, the City Government hopes that we will have an effective early warning system that will warn the Tagbilaranons from imminent hazard and help protect and preserve lives and properties during emergencies.


The City Sangguniang Panlungsod, led by Presiding Officer, City Vice Mayor Jose Antonio S. Veloso approved Proposed Ordinance No. 08-18, An Ordinance Creating the Public Nuisance Administrative Board (PNAB) of the City of Tagbilaran during the regular session on May 18, 2018. The ordinance which was sponsored by Hon. Eliezer Borja is based on Sec 52 of RA 9165 otherwise known as the Comprehensive Dangerous  Drug Act of 2002, which empowers LGUs to declare any place or premises as public nuisance.
A place shall be considered as public nuisance if it has been used on two or more occasions as the site of unlawful use, sale or delivery of dangerous drugs.
The PNAB shall be responsible for the full compliance of RA 9165, control the proliferation of drug-related nuisances, rehabilitation or treatment process of drug dependents, ensure that the City of Tagbilaran Anti-Drug Abuse Council and the Barangay Drug Abuse Councils are actively and effectively functional and coordinate with the Dangerous Drug Boards.
With the passage of this ordinance, the City hopes that the campaign to eradicate illegal drugs will be fully implemented so that all forms of criminality stemming from illegal drugs shall also be abated.

The Historic Joint Session

The Historic Joint Session of the Sangguniang Panlungsod of the City of Tagbilaran and the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Bohol

All the members of the 13th Sangguniang Panlungsod and the members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan were present during their first joint session which was held at the Sandugo Session Hall. Acting Vice Governor Venzencio Arcamo and City Vice Mayor Jose Antonio S. Veloso jointly presided the session. The session focused on the proposed Infrastructure Development projects such as the 1) Road Improvement of JA Clarin, Opening of Calceta-Hangos Road, Alternate route of Cortes Road (Tagbilaran via Cabawan), Proposed Sports Complex and Hall of Justice in Cabawan, Proposed Tagbilaran- Panglao Transport Route Plan and Proposed Bohol Business Park (Tagbilaran Airport) which was presented by Provincial Administrator Ae Damalerio.
Also present during the session were Governor Edgar M. Chatto, Mayor John Geesnell L. Yap II and First District Representative Rene L. Relampagos.


In today’s regular session, Hon. Eliezer “Ondoy” Borja, Chairman of the Committee on Peace, Public Order and Safety, submitted a resolution favoring the Anti-Criminality Action Plan of the City PNP.
Every year, the City PNP presents their Anti-Criminality Action Plan to the Sangguniang Panlungsod for the latter’s approval in order to put the said Anti-Criminality Action Plan to action.
The 13th Sangguniang Panlungsod, led by City Vice Mayor Jose Antonio S. Veloso, unanimously agreed that there is a need to strengthen the government’s campaign on anti-criminality, internal security and anti-terrorism in order to preempt and prevent nefarious activities and without much further ado approved the said resolution.


The Ordinance adopting the Tuberculosis Control Program to strengthen and support all activities of the program to attain a tuberculosis-free community was approved unanimously during the regular session, presided by City Vice Mayor Jose Antonio S. Veloso.
Committee on Health Chair Eliezer L. Borja, sponsor of said ordinance, recognizes that tuberculosis remains a major public health concern in the City and that it has an annual mortality rate of 0.08%.

The passage of the ordinance shall ensure the efficient and effective delivery of the City TB Control Program through allocation of sufficient funds for the City TB program, proper implementation of the National Tuberculosis Program (NTP) and Directly Observed Treatment Short Course Chemotherapy (DOTS), investment for quality improvement and certification and accreditation of the LGU health facilities as DOTS centers, ensuring that the LGU supports the monitoring, supervision, evaluation, training requirements, and NTP drug supplies.


In response to the many complaints aired by concerned citizens through social media and by word of mouth, the City Government has reiterated the need to file a formal complaint. City Mayor John Geesnell “BABA” Yap emphasized the need to work together in order for the city to take the necessary action regarding erring tricycle drivers.
Vice Mayor Jose Antonio Veloso likewise in a separate statement lauded Mayor Baba’s initiative to answer the Tagbilaranon’s clamor for action. He added that Ordinance C-211 Governing the Operation of Motorized Tricycles for Hire in the City of Tagbilaran provided the prohibited acts, the grounds for suspension and revocation of tricycle franchises and the penalties thereof. However, it is in the power of the Executive department under the City Mayor to execute and implement the laws crafted by the Sangguniang Panlungsod. With proper implementation and execution, our ordinances cease to become spineless laws.

Click here for the copy of the ordinance C-211-Motorized-Tricycle-Ordinance