The resolution no. 108-14 adopting resolution no. 02-14 series of 2014 of the City Development Council  Executive Committee has been approved by the 12th Sangguniang Panlungsod at its first regular session in the month of July.

The resolution seeks for the approval of  the 2014 2nd Supplemental  Investment Plan (SIP 2) of the City of Tagbilaran amounting to  one hundred forty seven million seven hundred fifty five thousand and eighty seven pesos (Php 147,755,087.00)

The SIP includes 116.6 million financial grants from the National Government from the Office of the President coursed to the Provincial Government of Bohol to be included in the investment plan so it can be included in our 2014 budget. The budget office cannot  appropriate the financial assistance  if it is not included in the SIP.

Also included in the 147 million are the investment plan in the Disaster Risk Reduction Management Fund amounting to 7.6 million for tools and equipment procurement, 7.5 million for improvement for drainage system,  4 million from general fund, and the rest of the for the repairs for the Fire Station, Senior Citizen building,Health Center, and Barangay Halls of Ubujan, Manga and San Isidro.


The august body of the Sangguniang Panglungsod, in its first regular session for the month of July,  approves resolution No. 105-14  which strongly supports and endorses to regional director Ador G. Canlas, CESO I DPWH, Region VII for the inclusion of road improvements in the by-pass road development project of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

The passage of such as resolution is in consonance with the vision of the YAP-VELOSO administration to embark on improving the infrastructure programs/plans and projects in the City of Tagbilaran.

The city government has aligned on top of its priorities for its infrastructure projects the road in front of the Tagbilaran City Central Public market (both left and right lanes) leading to the by-pass road and the entrance and exit road at the back portion of the Integrated Bus Terminal (IBT).

The total project would cost approximately 19.9 million. With 11.2 million estimated cost for road in front of the Central public market’s estimated length/distance of 231 meters and width of 12 meters each lane and 8.7 million for the Integrated Bus Terminal (IBT) road with an estimated length/distance of 281 meters and width of 15 meters.


July is a much-awaited  month for Boholanos. Thousand of foreign and local tourist flock the province for its month-long celebration of the Sandugo festival. Sandugo is  Bohol’s annual commemoration of the Blood compact between  Spanish explorer Miguel López de Legazpi and Datu Sikatuna the chieftain of Bohol on March 16, 1565, to seal their friendship as part of the tribal tradition. This is considered as the first treaty of friendship between the Spaniards and Filipinos. “Sandugo” is a Visayan word which means “one blood”.

The Bohol Provincial Tourism Council, Inc., is spearheading the  celebration of the Bohol Sandugo Festival 2014 with the aim in view of promoting Bohol as a prime eco-cultural destination and spread awareness and appreciation of the historical importance of Sandugo.

The City has expressed all-out support for the Bohol Sandugo Festival by providing financial assistance amounting to five hundred thousand pesos (Php 500,000.00) to the Bohol Provincial Tourism Council, Inc. to help promote the tourism of the province through the Bohol Sandugo Street Dancing Competition 2014, Search for Miss Bohol 2014, Marketing and Promotion and other contingencies.

The 12th Sangguniang Panglungsod approved Resolution No. 111-14 – Authorizing the Hon. City Mayor John Geesnell L. Yap II to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Bohol Provincial Tourism Council Inc., in connection with city’s financial assistance in the amount of Php500,000.00 for the 2014 Bohol Sandugo Celebration, in its first regular session forJuly.

Aside from the Sandugo street dancing & Miss Bohol pageant, agri-trade fairs, art and cultural exhibits and performances are also to watch-out for in the month long nightly activities. This will not only boost tourism, but an opportunity to showcase the showcase the local creativity and ingenuity of the Boholanos and making the festival a venue of cultural expression of the province.


Good news for our elderly citizens. The 12th Sanggunian Panlungsod has approved resolution 104-14 which was included in the special order of the day in the first regular session for July. The resolution, which authorizes Hon. John Geesnell L. Yap II, City Mayor of Tagbilaran City to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), represented by Mercedita P. Jabagat, Regional Director DSWD, Region VII, regarding the Social Pension Program for indigent senior citizen in the City of Tagbilaran.

 Republic Act No. 9994 or Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010 which provides additional benefits and privileges to senior citizen and maximize their participation in nation building institutionalized social protection by providing monthly  stipend to indigent senior citizens as support the family to provide care for the sick and the disabled senior citizen.

 The Social Pension Program for indigent senior citizen is in provision of monthly pension for qualified indigent senior citizen in the amount of five hundred pesos (Php500.00)  as government assistance to augment the daily subsistence and other medical needs of senior citizens.

 The Social pension program is in fulfilment of the obligation of the government to protect the most vulnerable sector of our society. The program shall be coursed through the local government unit. The guidelines for the implementation of the project, including the database of the qualified indigent senior citizen shall be provided for in the MOA that will be signed by the Mayor  Baba Yap and DWSD Regional Director Merecedita P. Jabagat.

PMFAR for FY 2010- 2012 APPROVED

Resolution 109-14- approving for the the Public Financial Management Assessment Report (PFMAR) for the Fiscal Year 2010-2012 which highlights the approximately 94 million peso – aggregate savings of City of Tagbilaran for the past 3 years  was approved during the July 8 regular session of the 12th Sanggunian Panlungsod.

The Public Financial Management Assessment Report (PFMAR) is a requirement under the DBM – DILG- DSWD – NAPC Joint Circular No. 1 and is essential to establish a baseline information on the state of its Public Financial Management and can be used as a tool to improve the efficiency  of the Local Government to respond to the needs of the population

The submission of the duly approved Public Financial Management Assessment Report (PFMAR) FY 2010 -2012 is a prerequisite before the city  could implement the 2013 and 2014 Grassroots Participatory Budgeting (GBP) process formerly called Bottom-up Budgeting Projects

The Highlights of the report include City’s income for 2010 amounting to  403 million pesos, for 2011 amounting to 429 million pesos 2012 – 418 million pesos and the City’s expenditures amounting to  369 million pesos in 2010, 391 million pesos in 2011 and 390 million pesos in 2012.

For 3 years,  the LGU has an aggregate savings of 94 million,however  this includes continuing appropriations for projects that were not implemented in the previous years.  



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July 1 marks Tagbilaran City’s 48th Charter Day. On this day, the Tagbilaranons commemorate the day when Tagbilaran became a chartered city on July 1, 1966 by virtue of Republic Act 4660. This day also marks the first anniversary of the new leadership of the Yap-Veloso tandem and will be the best opportunity to look back and reflect on the performances of the City’s leaders when they took over the reins of government.

The Charter day celebration started with a solemn mass officiated by the Most Reverend Bishop Leonardo Medroso at the Cogon Shrine Parish. The crowd proceeded to the Bohol Cultural Center, where Mayor Baba Yap and Vice Mayor Toto Veloso led the celebration of the Charter Day.
The words of welcome delivered by Vice Mayor Toto Veloso emphasized the teamwork of the new administration and highlighted the outstanding men and women, which serve as inspiration in achieving our city’s vision in attaining a highly liveable city.
Both First district representative Hon . Rene Lopez Relampagos and the Provincial Governor Hon. Edgar M. Chatto lauded the commendable performance of the city’s leaders as evidenced by the high ratings it achieved in the recent 2014 HNU Polls and as shown by the increase in the collection of our city’s coffers. Both Relampagos and Chatto also assured the City that the First District and the provincial government shall be allies and will be friends of the City government and have further promised to support the City’s endeavors for progress and development.
It was a well-attended event and a number of bigwigs and well-known faces of the City were present to celebrate the Charter day. But the stars of that day are the Outstanding Citizen’s Awardees who were recognized for their invaluable service and outstanding performances and have hugely contributed to the success and the development of the City of Tagbilaran.
The celebration was capped off by the State of the City Address (SOCA) by the City Mayor Hon. John Geesnell L. Yap II wherein he enumerated his accomplishments after a year of service in the City of Tagbilaran. He promised to continue serving with sincerity, integrity and transparency and to make true the saying “Walang-iwanan dito sa Tagbilaran.”


The 12th Sangguniang Panlungsod in its regular Session last Friday had invited the heads of water service providers of the City of Tagbilaran, namely the City Waterworks System and the Bohol Water and Utilities Inc to call their attention on the rampant stealing of the water pipes. The SP had received several complaints regarding water meters placed in the stop-outs, far from the residence of the consumer, are prone to stealing.

Engr. Melissimo of BWUI had stated that the water meters are made of brass metal which have high market value in the junk shops. In case of stealing, the consumer and BWUI shall be equally  liable for the additional costs for the replacement of the water meter. Upon signing of the water service contract, BWUI informs their consumers of this policy which is also stipulated in the contract.

For CWS, Engr. Busano stated that it is solely the responsibility of the consumer to replace the water meter.

There is a necessity to put up stop outs in strategic areas where meter readers can easily see the meter and make an accurate reading to ensure the correct charge shall be billed to its consumers. Water service providers faced  the difficulty of reading water meters prior to installing stop-outs because dogs are guarding the water meters and/or the water meters are hidden. Installing of water meters inside the residence of consumers are also prone to illegal connections.

Gearing Up for the 48th Charter Day Celebration

The City government is busily gearing up for the Tagbilaran City’s 48th Charter Day celebration, which will fall on Tuesday next week  July 1, 2014. July 1 is a significant milestone for Tagbilaran City because it became a chartered city on July 1, 1966 by virtue of Republic Act 4660.

This is the perfect moment to give thanks to the Almighty for all the successes and triumphs, including the exponential growth that the City has attained when YAP-VELOSO administration took over the reins of government and introduced positive changes to the system.

July 1 also marks the opening salvo for the much-awaited Bohol Sandugo Festival in the month of July. There are a number of activities already being prepared in celebration of the Charter Day. These are the activities which the masses will surely look forward to joining:

June 28, 2014 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM         -  Career Expo 2014 at Galleria Luisa

July 1, 2014     4:00 AM                               -  Diana along the City Streets

7:15 AM                               -  Holy Eucharistic Celebration, Bohol Cultural Center  (will be celebrated by Bishop Leonardo Y. Medroso, D.D.

9:00 AM                               -  Charter Day Commemorative Porgram, Recognition of Awardees of Outstanding Citizens, Bohol Cultural Center     (Welcome address by Vice Mayor Jose Antonio S. Veloso and State of City Address by Mayor John Geesnell L. Yap II)

1:00 PM                                – Championship Games at the CPG Sports Complex

2:00 PM                                -  Visual Arts and Photo Exhibit at Island City Mall

7:00 PM                                -  Sandugo Carnival and Bazaar at Tagbilaran City Central Public Market

8:00 PM                                -  Tagbilaran City Charter day Dance Festival at Bohol Cultural Center

The momentous event will be held at the Bohol Cultural Center and it will be graced by all the Officials and Employees of the City government. Officials and Department Heads will wear Filipiniana Attire ( Barong Tagalog and Baro’t Saya for male and female respectively) while permanent will wear their new office uniforms.

12th SP joins 116TH anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence

The 12th SP of the City Government of Tagbilaran headed by City Vice Mayor Jose Antonio “Toto” S. Veloso joins the 116TH anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence on June 12, 2014 at the Rizal Park CPG Avenue, Tagbilaran City.
The theme of this year’s Independence Day anniversary celebration is “Pagsunod sa Yapak ng mga Dakilang Pilipino, Tungo sa Malawakan at Permanenteng Pagbabago.”
The theme corresponds to the continued efforts of Vice Mayor Toto and his SP Councilors by creating pertinent resolutions and ordinances to promote and develop Tagbilaran City in terms of promoting investments by opening new doors to investors, protection of the environment, providing livelihood and employment, traffic management, reducing graft and corruption by investigating anomalous transactions , ensuring adequacy of the drinking water and protecting life and property.
With the commemoration Philippine Independence, VM Toto and his SP Councilors with renewed vigilance shall exert double effort for city-wide permanent change.


TAGBILARAN CITY – The City Government of Tagbilaran has taken rigid steps in response to the burgeoning crime rates committed in the city. The Sangguniang Panlungsod of Tagbilaran City headed by City Vice Mayor Jose Antonio S. Veloso has affirmed his signature for the passage the ordinance mandating business establishments operating within the territorial jurisdiction of the City of Tagbilaran to install closed circuit television system (CCTV).
The use of closed-circuit TV (CCTV) cameras is at the forefront of crime-fighting technology not just in the Philippines but also around the world. It is an effective way of minimizing crimes in Tagbilaran City and is an effective record of evidence of criminal activity to help law enforcement agencies in solving crimes and to ensure peace and order in the city.
To encourage the adoption and use of CCTV systems throughout the city, and in order to intensify the City’s drive to solve criminality and to preserve visual footage as evidence, the Twelfth Sangguniang Panlungsod of the City of Tagbilaran deems it proper to institutionalize the use of CCTV systems in business establishments within the territorial jurisdiction of the City of Tagbilaran.
The ordinance covers all business establishments employing more than twenty (20) employees and with work premises of not less than fifty (50) meters are hereby mandated to install surveillance and/or (CCTV) cameras in all their entrance and exits, within the premises and perimeter of their work areas, and other vital areas in order to deter crime.
Business establishments employing less than twenty (20) people or whose work premises are less than fifty (50) meters, but whose transactions amount to not less one hundred thousand pesos (Php100,000.00) each day, shall also install and maintain surveillance and/or CCTV cameras.
Other business establishments not covered in the preceding paragraphs but operating beyond 8 o’clock in the evening shall also install and maintain surveillance and/or CCTV cameras.
The ordinance requires the use of CCTV systems in business establishments that shall include but shall not be limited to banks, malls, hospitals, restaurants, supermarkets, shopping centers, moviehouses, theaters, gasoline stations, convenience stores, pawnshops, money-changers, lending institutions, internet cafes/shops, hotels, resorts, warehouses, office buildings, lotto outlets, money-transfer establishments, KTV, clubs or bars, terminals, and other similar establishments. The fact that surveillance/CCTV cameras have been installed in a business establishment shall be made known to the general public through a written notice prominently displayed at the entrance of the establishment.
The ordinance mandates establishments to preserve the camera recording for at least a period of not less than sixty (60) days from the date of recording to help law enforcement agencies in investigating the offense,in identifying the perpetrator and as evidence in any pending criminal, civil, or administrative proceedings.
The Office of the City Mayor is mandated to make the implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) within thirty (30) days after the effectivity of this Ordinance and is hereby tasked for the implementation of the IRR.
The ordinance grants all establishments covered by the ordinance a period of five (5) months after the publication of the implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) in a newspaper of general circulation, to comply with its requirements. Establishments who fail to comply with the ordinance shall be subjected to the penalties provided for in the ordinance.