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The 12th Sangguniang Panlungsod of Tagbilaran City


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

City Allots Lot for PDEA Building

In their effort to support the Duterte administration’s drive to eradicate illegal drugs, the City Government will be providing the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Bohol a 519 sq meter lot for the construction of a PDEA Office building.
The lot provided for by the City Government shall be located in Barangay Dampas, Tagbilaran City near the proposed site of the Tagbilaran City College. The PDEA Bohol shall be allowed to use the lot for 50 years. Currently, the PDEA office is located at K of C drive, Poblacion II, Tagbilaran adjacent to the Tagbilaran City Maritime Police.
This is not the first time that the City is allowing other national agencies to utilize the lots of Tagbilaran. It can also be recalled that last 2016, City Government also donated a lot near the City Hall Building to the Philippine National Police
The 13th Sangguniang Panlungsod, led by Presiding Officer Jose Antonio S. Veloso, unanimously approved the resolution sponsored by City Councilor Adam Jala, authorizing the City Mayor John Geesnell L. Yap II to enter into a usufruct agreement with the PDEA- Bohol.
Vice Mayor Jose Antonio Veloso believes that providing our police force and the PDEA with ample space for their offices will help boost their morale in maintaining the peace and order of the City of Tagbilaran.


During last Friday’s regular session, the 13th Sangguniang Panlungsod, presided by Vice Mayor Jose Antonio S. Veloso, expressed their approval for City Development Council Executive Committee Resolution approving the re-alignment of Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) Budget for the purchase of an ambulance boat.
CDRRM Officer Gerard Lavadia emphasized the need for the City to acquire an ambulance boat to improve the response efficiency of City Disaster Reduction Management Office and are essential in reducing scenes to hospital time especially during traffic rush hour.
Vice Mayor Toto agreed that boat ambulances operate as integral part of emergency response service. It can help our CDRRMO respond to medical emergencies and referral transport in areas that are better accessible by waterways than roadways.
Out of the 15 barangays of Tagbilaran City, there are 9 barangays along its coastline. Stretching from Barangay Bool in the South to Barangay Manga in the North with other coastal barangays Mansasa, Poblacion I, Poblacion 2, Cogon, Booy, Taloto and Ubujan. The ambulance boat would be particularly useful in responding to emergencies along these areas.


The members of the 13th Sangguniang Panlungsod unanimously approved the CDC Executive Committee Resolution No. 01-18, A Resolution approving the concreting of F. Enerio street at Barangay Dampas, Tagbilaran City submitted by the City Development Council during today’ session. The project which has an estimated cost of 7.2 million shall be funded by the savings from the 20% Development fund last 2017. The Annual Investment Plan for 2018 did not include the concreting of the F. Enerio Street as part of their priority projects which mostly focused on the drainages and concreting of more frequently travelled city streets. After adopting several cost-efficient measures, City government was able to save 7.2 million from the 20% Development fund. The CDC then decided that this savings should be used to concretize F. Enerio Street. After thorough deliberation, the Sangguniang Panlungsod members decided that the resolution would greatly benefit the Tagbilaranons and unanimously agreed to approve it. With the bang of his gavel, Vice Mayor Jose Antonio S. Veloso, signified the SP’s approval and gave their go signal for the CDC resolution.


February 14, Tagbilaran City  — During their third regular session, the 13th Sangguniang Panlungsod, presided by Vice Mayor Jose Antonio “ Toto” S. Veloso, approved the resolution introduced by the Committee on Engineering and Public Works Chair Hon. Vicento Polinar. The resolution authorizes the City Mayor John Geesnell L. Yap II to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) concerning the installation of modern street lightings in the strategic areas in the City of Tagbilaran.

Engr. Felito Francisco from the City Engineer’s Office joined the session and provided details regarding the 14 million street lighting project to be undertaken jointly by the City and the DPWH. DPWH shall fund the project and the City shall shoulder all the operation and maintenance related expenses. The streetlights (solar lights) shall be installed on the City’s main streets from barangay Dampas to Bool, CPG East Avenue.

Hon. Agustinus Gonzaga commended the efforts of the City Engineers Office to install lights on the said areas which is well-known to be dark and dimly lit.  He further encouraged  Engr. Francisco to  install solar road studs along Carlos P. Garcia Avenue similar to the ones installed in Ma. Clara Street going to the Tagbilaran Seaport.

In support of the DPWH and City’s efforts to ensure the safety, comfort and convenience of the city’s residents especially during night time, the 13th Sangguniang Panlungsod led by VM Toto unanimously approved the resolution With the installation of the streetlights, the City aims to further enhance the maintenance of peace and order in the community and security of the Tagbilaranons.