The 12th Sangguniang Panlungsod had the privilege of having a joint legislative session with the Barangay Council of Cabawan last June 26, 2015. Most of the concerns and issues raised by the Barangay Council of Cabawan were related to road and infrastructure problems. City Vice Mayor Jose Antonio S. Veloso, presiding officer of the 12th Sangguniang Panlungsod, had referred these issues to the Committee on Engineering and Public Works, under the leadership of Hon. Philipp S. Besas.
Hon. Besas sought the help of City Engineer, Engr. Pianicita S. Castolo, to shed light on the concerns raised by the Barangay Council of Cabawan.
Engr. Castolo one by one tackled the problems and gave input on the next possible action to help the barangay of Cabawan. Engr. Castolo said that Provincial Administrator Alfonso R. Damalerio, III, of the Provincial Government of Bohol had committed to undertake the repair and maintenance of the roads going to Bohol District Jail and Tagbilaran District Jail. Engr. Castolo promised that the City Engineering will work on the holes on the road that leads to Gawad Kalinga settlement. As for the damages on the access ramp where the culverts were washed away by the typhoon Senyang, this project will be undertaken by the Department of Public Works and Highways. The rest of the roads mentioned during the joint legislative session such as the road from Casa to Greenhouse and Bacareza St. will be subjected to usual city-wide road maintenance activities once the funds are available.
During the regular session held last August 14, 2015 at the Lao Building, Hon. Philipp S. Besas, Chairperson of the Committee on Engineering and Public Works, reported that the concern raised during the Joint Legislative Session with Barangay Cabawan, had been resolved. It can be recalled that during the joint session last June 26, 2015, Jail Chief Inspector Jose Rusylvi T. Abueva of the Bohol District Jail (BDJ) and Jail Inspector Robert Crisanto L. Alpon II of the Tagbilaran City Jail (TDJ) requested the help of the 12th Sangguniang Panlungsod for the installation of street lights along the road going to BDJ and TDJ. Chief Inspector Abueva expressed concern that the dark roads at night time is not safe for travel, especially when they need to transport inmates during emergency situations. Inspector Alpon also added that notorious inmates might take advantage of this situation and escape under the cover of darkness.
Hon. Besas wasted no time and invited Engr. Felito Francisco of City Engineering’s Office – Electrical Division to help, during their committee meeting to help resolve the issue. Engr. Francisco promised that he will see to it that the street lightings will be installed on the roads leading to BDJ and TDJ.
City Vice Mayor Jose Antonio S. Veloso, presiding officer of the 12th Sangguniang Panlungsod, appreciated the swift response of the committee regarding this issue. Vice Mayor Veloso emphasized that the Committee should regularly monitor the developments of Engr. Francisco’s promise until the lights will be actually installed.
In the pursuit of providing quality service and promoting client satisfaction, the City Government will launch the Enhanced Business Permit and Licensing System (BPLS) also known as “The Project,” which is a Cooperation Agreement entered into between the Department of Interior Local Government (DILG) and the International Finance Cooperation of the World Bank. The project will be implemented in the City’s local system and would systematically reduce the registration time and the cost of the registries and attract more investors.
To set the wheels turning for the enhance the BPLS Project, Hon. Joseph T. Bompat, Chairperson of the Ways and Means Committee, submitted Resoution No. 121-15, “Authorizing the Honorable City Mayor John Geesnell L. Yap II, in behalf of the City of Tagbilaran, to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement with the Department of Interior and Local Government, Region VII, represented by Rene K. Burdeos, CESO III, Regional Director, for the implementation of the Enhanced Business Permit and Licensing System (BPLS) Project. “
Knowing the importance and significance of the said project, City Vice Mayor Jose Antonio S. Veloso, presiding officer of the 12th Sangguniang Panlungsod, banged his gavel, signifying the approval for Resolution no 121-15 during the second regular session for the month of August, the 12th Sangguniang Panlungsod last August 14, 2015.
City Vice Mayor Jose Antonio S. Veloso, during his presiding officer’s time in the session jointly held with the Barangay Council of Manga last August 07, 2015, informed the body of the demise of two former city councilors namely, Hon. Uriel del Rosario Leopando and Hon. Nemesia Café Uy.
Former City Councilor Uriel del Rosario Leopando, who passed away last August 04, 2015, served for 13 years in the Sangguniang Panlungsod. He was best known for his down-to-earth approach in crafting resolutions and ordinances.
Former City Councilor Nemesia Café Uy, who was also a former assistant city prosecutor, passed away last August 6, 2015. She was one of the leading advocates of women’s and children’s rights and was very dedicated to uphold the rule of law and justice.
During the session, City Councilor Agustinus V. Gonzaga, motioned that he will author the resolutions honoring the two former city councilors. City Councilor Gonzaga expressed the sentiments of the 12th Sangguniang Panlungsod in their appreciation of the valuable contributions of the two former city councilors through the resolutions. His motion was unanimously agreed by the whole council and they have agreed to sponsor it en masse.
During the joint session of the 12th Sangguniang Panlungsod and the Barangay Council of Manga held last August 07, 2015 at the Barangay Hall of Manga, Punong Barangay Leda Saco asked the help of the 12th Sangguniang Panlungsod regarding ordinances and laws that were not properly implemented. The Barangay Council of Manga expressed their concern on the increasing number of fish cages along the Manga Coastal Area which is covered by an existing city ordinance.
City Vice Mayor Jose Antonio S. Veloso, the presiding officer of the 12th Sangguniang Panlungsod, explained that the Sangguniang Panlungsod can only craft ordinances and resolutions, but the enforcement of laws is under the executive function. Nevertheless, Vice Mayor Veloso assured the Barangay council of Manga that the SP will help review the ordinance and check if there are amendments needed so that it can properly address the concern of Barangay Manga. Vice Mayor Veloso added that the 12th SP encourages the barangays to express all their concerns during the joint session and the SP would gladly inform the executive departments led by City Mayor John Geesnell L. Yap II, regarding ordinances that needed proper implementation and enforcement.
True to their promise to bring the government closer to the people, the 12th Sangguniang Panlungsod, led by Presiding Officer Hon. Jose Antonio S. Veloso, once again had a successful joint session last August 07, 2015, this time, with the Barangay Council of Manga led by Punong Barangay Leda S. Saco, at the Barangay Hall of Manga.
Punong Barangay Saco, with the cooperation of the whole Barangay Council of Manga, was able to come up with 17 major issues and concerns that Barangay Manga is facing. The majority of the 17 issues was related to road and infrastructure projects and the SP truly appreciated the presence of Engr. Ingrid Pocot, as representative of the City Engineering Office, who directly addressed the road and infrastructure problems of Barangay Manga. Although some infrastructure problems, such as the Manga Fishport, the development of Tubig Dako Spring and Antajon Swimming Pool, and the open canal near Manga Elementary School, were not directly under the jurisdiction of the City Engineering Office, Engr. Pocot gladly assured the body that their office will make follow-up to the proper offices such as the DPWH and the Department of Agriculture (for the Manga Fishport).
Other concerns of the Barangay Manga such as Traffic Congestion, Illegal Drugs, Increasing Number of Fish Cages,Motorcycle nuisance at night, Air pollution coming from Cortes Piggery,the enforcement of their regulatory fee for MATODA, and the creation of programs for the youth and unemployed housewives and mothers, were all addressed by the City Councilors and referred to the respective committees for further action.