City Vice Mayor Jose Antonio S. Veloso introduced the newest members of the 12th Sangguniang Panlungsod, Hon. Dulce C. Glovasa, wife of the late councilor, Atty Oscar B. Glovasa, and Atty. Agustinus V. Gonzaga, replacing the seat of the late councilor, Atty. Alexander H. Lim, during the joint session of the Sangguniang Panlungsod and the Sangguniang Barangay of Poblacion II last Wednesday. This is the first regular session and first out-of-the-city hall session that the two new councilors had attended and will be their chance to witness first-hand the 12th Sangguniang Panlungsod in action. The joint session with Poblacion II emphasized the problems faced by their barangay. Discussions focused on the issues about local peace and order situation of Pob. II, the proliferation of vagrancy and rising number of out of school youth, the proprietary issue over the lot occupied by the current barangay hall, and the worsening traffic situation and congestion of vehicles and other inconsistencies in terms of traffic policy implementation in Barangay Poblacion II. Department heads of the Office of the Building Official, City Permit and Licensing and City Traffic were invited to answer possible queries of the members of both councils. During the session, it was found out that most of the issues require the action from the City Mayor for the implementation of previously passed ordinances. The body decided to refer the issues to the appropriate committees of the SP for further study and investigation in order to give the proper recommendation for action to the City Mayor.
During last week’s session, the 12th Sangguniang Panlungsod had the privilege to have the Head of the City Engineering’s Office, Engr. Piancita Castolo to discuss the recurring issues regarding BEA Funds of the Barangays, Pob I sinkhole, and the drainage systems of the different streets of Tagbilaran City. It can be recalled that in all the joint sessions of the Sangguniang Panlungsod and the barangays, issues regarding road projects and rehabilitation pojects usually come up. Unfortunately, Engr. Castolo had other pressing appointments during the previous sessions and was unable to grace the invitation of the Sangguniang Panlungsod. Engr. Castolo apologized for being unable to attend the previous sessions and made up for her absence by tackling the issues one by one and answering all the queries raised by the City Councilors.
Engr. Castolo clarified that all of the 26 Projects for Bohol Earthquake Assistance (BEA) projects had corrections, but 6 had been re-submitted and 4 were already issued Certificate of Availability of Funds. These 4 projects with CAF are Rehabilitation of Taloto Barangay Hall, San Isidro Baranagay Hall, Manga Barangay Health Center and San Isidor Barangay Health Center. The 2 re-submited projects, the rehabilitation of Cogon Market and IBT are being evaluated for final approval by the Provincial Project Monitoring Team. Engr. Castolo also added that the Rehabilitation of Tagbilaran City Hall is also under the PPMT for final approval.
As to the complaints of the barangays because of the lack of BEA funds or the lesser BEA funds for their barangays, Engr. Castolo explained that what is stated in the reports submitted to the Provincial governments was based on the evaluations conducted by the inspection team. The evaluation was based on the actual damage caused by the earthquake and it is possible that there might be other damages caused by the aftershocks or damages before the earthquake. The 12th SP accepted the explanation of Engr. Castolo and recommended that Engr. Castolo submit to the body a list of the evaluators and the barangays assigned to them, date and time of evaluation and the barangay officials present during evaluation and assessment of the evaluators.
For the Poblacion I sinkhole, Castolo already raised the issue to the City Mayor and suggested that an Engineering Geologist be consulted to assess because it concerns below the ground technicalities. Castolo added that the sinkhole is still under constant observation by the MGB because the ground is still moving. Vice Mayor Veloso proposed that the representatives of MGB should be invited in the next sessions to submit their suggestions or recommendations since it has been more than a year since they shared the last status of the sinkholes.
Lastly, Engr. Castolo and the 12th Sangguniang Panlungsod agreed that as for drainage problems of the City, since it concerns different roads, this will be referred to the appropriate SP committees for Environment, Engineering and Health so that thorough and further investigation and study can be conducted.