Tagbilaran City Relief Operations…Updates on the City Hall Complex

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Tagbilaran City Relief Operations

October 25, 2013, Friday – The 12th Sannguniang Panlungsod conducted its regular session in JJ’s Seafood and invited the heads of different departments. The SP presiding officer Vice-Mayor Jose Antonio “Toto” S. Veloso and the whole council took the opportunity to get updates regarding the City’s Relief Operations from City Administrator Leonides “Edi” Borja.
Despite having experienced the 7.2 magnitude earthquake last October 15, 2013, the City was able to sustain minor damages as compared to the neighboring towns of Antequera, Maribojoc, Loon, Sagbayan, Inabanga and Calape which were heavily damaged. Although the City Hall Complex was declared not fit for use, the City has managed to continue its operations albeit the lack of a more conducive working area. The City under the Yap-Veloso administration had taken foremost consideration to the needs of its people and immediately attended to those areas in Tagbilaran City which were greatly affected by the quake. Relief operations have started since October 15 and packs have been given mostly to the coastal areas of Manga and Taloto and the City has also set aside a portion of the relief packs to other municipalities To date, the City has given relief packs to Loon, Calape, Maribojoc , Sagbayan and Inabanga. An estimated 2,500 packs have already been given to Inabanga, Loon and Sagbayan last October 24,2013. Another 2,000 relief packs will be given to other barangays, and 1,160 packs will be given to Pangangan Island, Calape today.
True to the adage that, “It is better to give than to receive” the City Government has extended its helping hand to other municipalities even if the city itself has experienced damages of its own because of the quake. The City is also thankful that many generous and kind-hearted individuals and corporations have joined The City’s efforts in providing goods. Among the many donors and sponsors are Mister Donut, Alturas Group of Companies, Philippine Red Cross Bohol Chapter, CFI Cebu Cooperative, GMA 7, Globe Telecom, M Lhuillier, Bohol Light Corporation and Bohol Water Utilities Incorporated.

Updates on the City Hall Complex

During the Sangguniang Panlungsod session conducted yesterday October 25, 2013, one of the main concerns raised is the lack of the working area for the City Hall employees especially the Sangguniang Panlungsod personne. Currently, city hall employees are situated in the adjacent Bohol Agricultural Promotion Center or APC building. Different offices have been lodged in the said building leaving cramped office spaces which are not exactly ideal for working. Hence, the Sangguniang Panlungsod wanted to be informed what are the plans regarding the restoration of the City Hall Complex and the current plans with regards to the current situation of the employees.  The City Administrator Leonides “Edi” Borja and City Engineer Piancita Castolo have graced the said session and provided the needed information.

City Administrator Edi Borja is working on the resolution passed during the previous session requesting the APC management to vacate the building so that City Hall employees can have ample working space. Borja also informed the body that he and his team are negotiating with the APC management to have the L-shaped side of the said building where the canteen is located so that other City Hall Offices can transfer and set up properly. They are also looking into the possibility of salvaging other materials in the City Hall Complex which can be utilized in creating make shift offices in the APC bulding.

Engr. Castolo on the other hand provided information on the status of the City Hall Complex. She and a couple of structural engineers from Manila have conducted an in depth inspection of various buildings in the city including the City Hall Complex. Although they have declared the City Hall Complex not suitable for occupancy as of the moment, they have however stated that the columns supporting the City hall are in no danger of collapsing. Hence, there is a possibility that the city can still repair and utilize the building. Engr. Castolo said that major repairs are needed on the third floor of the building, its ceilings, walls and the elevator. Additional beams are also needed to ensure stability of the building’s structures. An estimated amount of P60M will be needed for the repairs of the said building. The plan for the repairs is already in process and it is hoped that after a month of the quake, clean-up can already be started so that the actual repairs can commence. Engr. Castolo also informed the body that having a newly constructed building would be much easier as compared to doing the repairs. The council therefore requested Engr. Castolo to prepare a study and analysis on what is the best alternative whether to repair or build a new building. Engr. Castolo will present the results of her study after 45 days so that the body can decide whether to proceed with the repairs or have a new building instead.

The Yap-Veloso administration is now faced with the daunting task to rebuild its City Hall complex and to rebuild the City.  But it is in these times of great adversities that true leaders emerge. Even when the City Hall Complex has fallen, the service to the Tagbilaranons will never stop.

Special Emergency Leave to Government Employees Affected by Natural Calamities/ Disasters

In line with the recent calamity suffered by Boholanos, the City of Tagbilaran government has circulated to its employees last Thursday October 24, 2013 the resolution issued by the Civil Service Commission granting a five-day special emergency leave for government employees directly affected by natural calamities or disasters.

The CSC Resolution No. 1200289 issued on February 8, state workers in officially-declared calamity areas may avail of the special emergency leave for five straight working days or on staggered basis. Said special leave is separate and will not be deducted from the employee’s leave credits, and may be availed of within 30 days from the first day of calamity declaration by proper government authorities. The purpose of the leave may be any of the following: for urgent repair and clean-up of damaged house, being stranded in affected areas, disease/illness of employees brought by natural calamity/disaster, caring of immediate family member affected by natural calamity/disaster.

A natural calamity or disaster may include “earthquakes, flooding, volcanic eruption and landslide that have profound environmental effect and/or human loss and frequently cause financial loss”.

The CSC policy orders heads of offices to take full responsibility in granting special emergency leave and in verifying the employee’s eligibility to avail of such.

CELEBRATING THE FIRST 100 DAYS OF THE YAP-VELOSO ADMINISTRATION

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Tagbilaran City Mayor John Geesnell “Baba” L. Yap II celebrated his first 100 days as the local chief executive of the City of Tagbilaran today, October 14, 2013 at the Tagbilaran City Hall Atrium.
Mayor Baba delivered his accomplishments for the development of the City and enumerated the following such as the New façade of the City Hall which Mayor Baba pointed as the show window of the City, the Improved Traffic Flow, the establishment of the City Tourism Council in the near future, Launching of the City of Tagbilaran’s Newsletter and the awarding of the Department heads in appreciation of their achievements for the first 100 days of the new administration.
Among those who graced the affair are Hon. Jose Antonio “Toto Veloso” who delivered the words of welcome, Mr. Archie Lungay, the Chief of Staff of Congressman Rene Lopez- Relampagos who attended in behalf of the congressman, Mr. Isabelito “Billy” Tongco, who attended in behalf of Governor Edgardo M. Chatto and the members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod, led by majority floor leader Hon. Adam Relson Jala who gave the closing remarks and appreciated all those who were present. The affair was hosted by the eloquent City Administrator Leonides “Edi” Borja.

BOHOL ALAY LAKAD 2013

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The City Tagbilaran Government officials led by Tagbilaran City Mayor John Geesnell “Baba” L. Yap and the Sangguniang Panlungsod headed by City Vice Mayor Jose Antonio “Toto” S. Veloso joined the rest of the government employees in the Alay Lakad 2013 on October 13,2013 Sunday at the Booy Elementary School going to CPG Sports Complex.
This year’s Alay Lakad is themed: “Pakighiusa, Pakiglambigit Alang sa Kaugmaon sa Kabata-onan.” Alay Lakad A national government project which is spearheaded by the Alay Lakad Foundation, Inc. in cooperation with the DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development) and other government agencies and other members of the Alay Lakad Foundation aims to spread awareness to the Boholonosn on the plight of out-of-school youth and at the same time help this disadvantaged sector of society obtain a better life. Everyone is encouraged to participate in this walk for a cause project and donate an amount of fifty pesos (P50.00) in order to raise the needed funds for their projects such as providing scholarship programs and skills training projects.

The Alay Lakad 2013 culminated at the CPG Sports Complex with a grand presentation and awarding of the Miss Teen Alay Lakad 2013 which will be done based on the highest amount raised from the first and last canvassing. The out of youth scholars who will benefit from the project were also presented during the ceremony. The culmination was graced by no less than our Bohol Provincial Governor Edgardo M. Chatto.

Alay Lakad’s accomplishments in the field of youth development are testament to what the public and private sectors can achieve when working together for a common good. It is through Alay Lakad that both government and non-government organization unite to generate sources to help the needy out-of school youth engage in livelihood and other development projects including educational assistance, providing the youth opportunities to become self-sufficient and responsible citizens.

HONORING THE ELDERY

Vice Mayor Jose Antonio “Toto” S. Veloso praised and lauded the senior citizens of Tagbilaran City who culminated their celebration of Filipino Elderly Week at the Cogon Gymnasium last October 12, 2013 Saturday. Vice Mayor Toto expressed his appreciation for the endeavors of the senior citizens in shaping Tagbilaran to what it is today and their continued advocacy to help build a better society. Vice-Mayor Toto further encouraged the senior citizens to let their voices be heard especially in issues affecting the elderly in cooperation with the local government.

THE FEDERATION of Senior Citizens Association of the Philippines (FSCAP) – Tagbilran chapter celebrated Filipino Elderly week last October 1-7, 2013 pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 470 mandating the annual celebration of Elderly Filipino Week or Linggo ng Nakatatandang Filipino every first week of October to emphasize the important role that older persons play in nation building, as well as raise and address issues concerning the older persons’ sector.

This year’s theme:  ”Nakatatanda: Pagtulungang Isulong Benepisyo’t Karapatan Tungo sa Maginhawa at Masayang Pamayanan reflects  the need to continuously advocate, promote, and protect the rights and welfare of older persons.

Among those who were invited in the said affair were the Governor of the Province of Bohol, Hon. Edgardo M. Chatto, First District Representative Rene Lopez-Relampagos and Tagbilaran City Mayor John Geesnell L. Yap II.

VM TOTO VELOSO EXTENDS FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO BRGY SAN ISIDRO

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Hon. Diosario M. Balani of Barangay San Isidro received the financial assistance from City Vice Mayor Toto Veloso today. The financial assistance worth twenty-two thousand pesos (P22,000.00) will be used by the Sangguniang Barangay of San Isidro to purchase public address system to be used by the Elementary School Parents-Teachers Association (PTA) of Barangay San Isidro, City of Tagbilaran.
The Elementary School of Barangay San Isidro had long endured the lack of an effective public address system especially during their regular meetings and other important school activities. The lack of said public address system minimizes the effectiveness of their meetings and the numerous school activities. The purchase of the public address system will greatly improve their meetings by allowing a person to address a large crowd without fear of not being heard because the amplifiers and speakers will distribute the sound throughout the venue.
Hon. Diosario M. Balani in behalf of the Barangay San Isidro, expressed his gratitude to Vice Mayor Toto Veloso for readily supporting their cause to purchase the public address system. Vice Mayor Toto Veloso on the other hand, expressed his continued support to help improve the welfare of Barangay San Isidro.

“BLOOD RULES” VICE-MAYORS’ LEAGUE REGIONAL ELECTION

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His “TITA” who is the vice mayor of Cebu’s shipbuilding town and Bohol’s very own Vice Mayor Jose Antonio “Toto” Veloso of Tagbilaran City are the new top two heads of the Vice Mayor’s League of the Philippines (VMLP) in Central Visayas.
Vice Mayor Rosario Binghay of Balamban, Cebu and Veloso were elected regional chairman and vice chairman, respectively, of the influential league during its regional assembly at the Quest Hotel in Cebu City on September 30.
Binghay and Veloso differ in political affiliation since she belongs to an opposition party while he is in the ruling Liberal Party (LP).
The vice mayor of Bohol’s capital and only city would have sought the VMLP regional leadership had he not been “prevailed upon” by the Cebu lady vice mayor who “motherly” asked him “favor” to give way to his tita and be her vice chair instead, league sources from Cebu said.
Binghay’s mother happens to be a Veloso.
The “law of relativity” principally applied to Binghay’s favor, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Regional Director Ananias Villacorta, who facilitated the election, was quoted as teasing the league.
A former mayor now succeeded by her child, Binghay is now the incumbent VMLP-Cebu president after she was earlier defeated in the provincial chapter election by Dumanjug Vice Mayor Efren Guntrano Gica.
Only about one-fifth of Cebu’s over 50 city and town vice mayors voted Binghay against Gica for the provincial chapter presidency, sources said.
This, sources said, could further explain why she had to convince Veloso to settle for regional vice chairman since there must be no other sure way to sway the Bohol votes — and the potential support for Veloso from Negros Oriental, Siquijor and Cebu vice mayors — into her chairmanship bid.
Cebu City Vice Mayor Edgardo Labella is a Boholano of Tubigon roots.
Binghay and Veloso were unopposed, however, in the election that gave three more Bohol vice mayors regional positions — Trinidad’s Francisco Gonzales as press relations officer, and Loon’s Elvi Peter Relampagos and Baclayon’s Jodel Theodore Cabahug as board directors.
Veloso is an elder brother of Gov. Edgar Chatto’s wife, Pureza Veloso-Chatto, who is the vice mayor of Balilihan and also had to join his brother in “granting” the wish of their tita.
Relampagos is an elder brother of First District Rep. Rene Relampagos.
The members of the league from Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental and Siquijor expressed their strong support for the new VMLP regional officialdom.
“Our positions are not merely symbolic of the organization in the organization. They are louder voices that ventilate, articulate and crystallize up to the national arena multi-faceted issues that affect the league’s city and municipal LGU members as well as concerns that affect local legislation,” Veloso said.
Unlike the separate leagues of the city mayors and the municipal mayors, the VMLP unifies all city and town vice mayors who are presiding officers of their respective sanggunians.
Veloso is a former president and incumbent adviser of the VMLP in Bohol which is headed by Batuan Vice Mayor Antonino Jumawid.
His Balilihan vice mayor sister is presently the secretary-general of the Bohol chapter of the league.
The rest of the new VMLP regional officers are Ronda, Cebu Vice Mayor Jonnah John Ungab, secretary-general; Lazi, Siquijor Vice Mayor James Monte, treasurer, Catmon, Cebu Vice Mayor Irish Gestopa, auditor, and Danao City, Cebu Vice Mayor Ramon Durano VI, San Juan, Siquijor Vice Mayor Lilian Sumalpong and Zam-boanguita, Negros Oriental Vice Mayor Glenson Alanano, board directors.
The election was assisted and witnessed by national VMLP representatives. (VenreboArigo)

A Day with the City Hall Family…

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The ominous clouds that threatened bad weather last October 4, 2013 were driven away by the sunny disposition of the City Hall employees who have donned their beach attires and headed to Dumaluan Beach Resort to celebrate the City Hall Family Day.
This year’s theme was United Tagbilaran: One Bohol, signifying the stance of our city government officials to unite and work for progress in the City and ultimately the progress of the whole Bohol.
The family day started with the invocation from Mr. Valentino Gamutin, followed by the Philippine National Anthem and the Bohol Hymn. The welcome address by our City Vice-Mayor Jose Antonio “Toto” S. Veloso opened the program proper. The welcome address was preceded by an inspirational message from City Mayor John Geesnell “Baba L. Yap.
After the messages, master of ceremonies, City Admin Office Leonides “Edi” Borja and lady of ceremonies, the famous disk jockey Inday Rufing proceeded to introduce the different offices of the City Hall for their songs and yells and then read the criteria for judging songs and yells.
The Songs and Yells prepared by the different offices manifested the competitive spirits of those who joined the Family Day.
The fellowship followed the Songs and Yells. Nothing brings a family closer like a meal does. The sumptuous lunch was like a feast which gathered all the people of the City Hall family to partake and share.
After filling the stomachs, the program continued to fill the senses of the audience with the City Hall Got Talent. The powerful songs and the popular dance moves of the contestants provided entertainment and at the same time amazed the audience. It was really a grand showcase of talents.
The fun did not end there though because a lot of fun games were prepared by the organizers.
The traditional fun games such as Maria Went to Town, the Egg Relay and the Centipede Race which never went out of style were still enjoyed by many.
The exhilarating Amazing Race with its series of obstacles brought everyone to their toes and shouting to the top of their lungs while vying for their teams.
For the sports enthusiasts, beach volleyball was their venue to show their moves and beach bods.
All in all, the City Hall Family day was a huge success. For a single day, the employees forgot about work and just enjoyed each other’s company. There was clearly an atmosphere of fun and merry-making. The Family Day’s theme to Unite Tagbilaran was indeed achieved and hopefully it would continue to instill in each City Hall employee to remain united as we continue with our daily routines.

October Convocation Programme

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October festivities would not be complete without the much awaited City Government’s Convocation program. This October’s Convocation program is sponsored by the Office of the City Vice Mayor, the Sangguniang Panlungsod, and the Office of the City Secretary.
The program started by a short but solemn and meaningful prayer led by Mario Lloyd “Dondon” I. Gutierrez. The National Hymn and the Awit sa Bohol was conducted by Ms. Elvie Gutas and followed by the Panunumpa ng Lingkod Bayan by Suzette Magallano.
After the Panunumpa, it was preceded with opening remarks from the Committee Chairman of Public Utilities and Labor, Agriculture and Fishing, Hon. Jeremias Pabe. The solemn portion concluded, our ever-gracious Lady of ceremonies Ms. Fiel Angeli A. Gabin, raised the excitement of the crowd by introducing the different presentation showcasing the talents from the Office of the City Vice Mayor, the Sangguniang Panlungsod and the Office of the City Secretary.
The ladies and gentlemen of the Office of the City Vice mayor led the pack by rendering their 80’s themed dance number which readily enraptured the crowd’s attention. The acoustic number by the LSA personnel proved to be a match for the Voice of the Philippines. The sultry dance number by the beautiful ladies and gentleman of the Sangguniang Panlungsod was enticing enough to make you sway your hips to the beat of the catchy music. The gentlemen of the Sangguniang Panlungsod were not to be outdone, they capped the whole presentation by rendering a timeless song Let it Be Me.
The program culminated with a message of thanks from Hon. Faro Cabalit, expressing his appreciation to the audience and to the people who organized the program and for those who unselfishly shared their talents.
The administration of Mayor Baba Yap and Vice Mayor Toto Veloso’s continued support for the convocation program shows their sincerity in not only providing quality service but also developing the talents of their employee.