The rehabilitation of the Tagbilaran City Hall has already commenced. Galvanized iron sheets were already fenced around the premise to facilitate with the repairs of the roof and walls which were badly damaged by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake. The City Vice-Mayor was informed by Governor Edgar M. Chatto that the 2.3 billion budget for the rehabilitation and restoration of the damaged city and municipal halls and public markets and other local government edifices was approved yesterday by President Benigno C. Aquino III. This already includes the 80 million budget for the restoration of our City hall alone. With the approval of the budget, we can be assured that the restoration of our city hall will already speed up and the employees can already go back to their offices and documents will be properly stored and kept. However, not all employees will be able to go back inside the walls of the soon-to-be restored City Hall because in another information gathered from the Honorable City Administrator Leonides Borja, the legislative department, composed of the Office of the Vice Mayor, Office of the Sangguniang Panlungsod Secretary and Administration and the different offices of the City Councilors, shall have their office in the Agricultural Promotional Center (APC) which is adjacent to the City Hall. For the meantime, while the repairs are on-going, the Legislative department shall hold office in the Lao Building, Dampas District, Tagbilaran City.


The long wait is over! the resolution granting authority to the Hon. City Mayor John Geesnell L. Yap II, to enter and sign for and in behalf of the City Government, a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Tagbilaran City Government Employees Union (TCGEU) represented by Engr. Ingrid B. Pocot, President, in connection with the Collective Negotiation Agreement (CNA) is finally approved by the 12th Sangguniang Panlungsod presided by the Hon. City Vice-Mayor Jose Antonio S. Veloso.

The CNA bonus is given every three years to regular employees, plantilla positions and contract of services who are members of the Tagbilaran City Government Employees Union (TCGEU). The bonus which is highly anticipated by everybody is given in time for the preparation of the incoming start of school this June. This will surely bring smiles to the hard-working employees of the City Government of Tagbilaran. The CNA bonus will help motivate the employees to continue working and promote loyalty in their service to the City Government.



April 25, 2014, Friday – The 12th Sanggguniang Panlungsod in today’s regular session has confirmed the appointment of Ms. Cathely O. Torremocha as City Government Head I of City Human Resource Management of the Office of the City Human Resource and Management Offices effective on April 10, 2014.
Ms. Torremocha is an accounting graduate of Silliman University and is a Certified Public Accountant. She once worked as the Accounting Supervisor for Purefoods Corporated assigned Visayas-Mindanao area. She joined government service in 1999 in the National Food Authority and worked as Accounting Supervisor. By 2009, she changed profession and worked in the Human Resource Management Office as the Administrative officer at the National Food Authority. She joined the City government effective this April 10, 2014.
With Ms. Torremocha extensive work experience, the City is confident that she will handle the City’s Human Resource and Management Office effectively and efficiently.



Saulog 2014

It’s been years since Tagbilaran have become this festive as the annual Fiesta sa Tagbilaran approaches. The early signs of merry-making are now evident on the streets of City of Friendship. The colorful banderitas adorning above our streets are dead give-away of the fast approaching fiesta which will be celebrated this Labor Day. Pageants are being held in different districts in order to choose the most fitting representative in each district to vie for the Mutya ng Tagbilaran 2014. There are different festivities already being lined up for this upcoming fiesta. One couldn’t just help it but feel excited for what’s to come. Just this morning, the City officials led by Hon. Mayor John Geesnell L. Yap and Hon. Vice Mayor Jose Antonio Veloso celebrated the Tabo sa Tagbilaran ug Kumbira at the Central Market Area fronting the Integrated Bus Terminal.
The program started with a motorcade flaunting the lovely candidates of the MUtya sa Tagbilaran. The motorcade’s route was from the City Hall towards the Tagbilaran City Central Public Market. Hon. Bebiano M.Inting, Vice Chair of the Saulog Tagbilaran 2014 welcomed all the guests and participants of the event. Inspiring messages were delivered by the Mayor of Tagbilaran City, Mayor Yap and by Governor of the Province of Bohol, Gov. Edgar M. Chatto. The ribbon was cut by Gov. Edgar M. Chatto, Mayor John Geesnell L. Yap, Tagbilaran City Vice Mayor Jose Antonio S. Veloso and the First Lady of Tagbilaran Mrs. Jane Censoria Cajes-Yap. Participants of the Booth Showcase Competition did not fail the viewers for they truly wowed the audience with their booths. The morning program ended with the showcasing of the booths. However, the fun did not end there because this afternoon the Tagbilaran Central Public Market held another contest which indulged the audience to a very delicious smell that would make mouths water and stomachs go hungry. The afternoon event graced by Hon. Leonides L. Borja and Hon. Edgar R. Bompat is no other than the Humba Cooking Contest. Savory aroma of the humba wafted through the air while everyone watched who could cook the most sumptuous humba. The participating barangays were given certificates and the winning barangays were awarded by none other than the Hon. Mayor himself while he was assisted by Mr. Pedrenio U. Besa, Jr., the head of the Economic Business Enterprises.
The fun will not stop today for there are more to come because the creative minds of the geniuses behind the Saulog still have more in store. So come one, come all sa Saulog sa Tagbilaran.

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12th SP Reorganizes Standing Committees


February 7, 2014– During the first regular session for this month of February, Hon. Adam Relson Jala introduced to the 12th  Sangguniang Panlungsod, presided by City Vice Mayor Jose Antonio S. Veloso, proposed resolution no. 13-14 entitled,”Re-Organizing the Officers of the Sanggunian and the Membership of the different Standing Committees of the Twelfth Sangguniang Panlungsod of the City of Tagbilaran.” The proposed resolution was created in response to the recent change in the the 12th Sangguniang Panlungsod when former ABC President Faro M. Cabalit and SK CHairman Mary Liene Shaene P. Karaan finished their term last November 30, 2013 and Hon. Edgar R. Bompat, the Barangay Chairman of Dampas District, assumed office as the new ABC President last December 16, 2013. Prior to the changes of the 12th SP, Hon. Oscar Glovasa had already raised to the body the need for the re-organization due to the non-acceptance of committee chairmanship of the councilors under former Mayor Dan Lim’s party.
The reorganization would establish the chairmanship and membership of the now 11 councilors who were once a 12-member body. The standing committees need to be changed for it has left the committees chaired by Hon. Karaan without a chairman due to the abolition of the Sangguniang Kabataan. The committees chaired by Hon. Cabalit cannot be automatically assumed by Hon. Edgar Bompat hence the need for the re-organization.
With the proposed change,  the majority bloc will have as its members, majority floor leader Hon. Adam Relson Jala, Assistant Majority Floor Leader Hon. Bebiano M. Inting, together with Hon. Joseph T. Bompat, Hon. Jeremias Pabe and Hon. Edgar R. Bompat. The  Minority bloc will be composed of Hon. Alexander Lim as the floor leader, Hon. Nerio Zamora II as the assistant floor leader, and Hon. Oscar Glovasa and Hon. Lucille Lagunay  as the minority members. Hon. Phillip Besas and Hon. Alberta Torralba abstained their votes of which bloc they would belong. Both states that as a councilor-elect, their support will not depend on either bloc but rather for the common good of the citizens of City of Tagbilaran.

12th SP Enacts 2014 Budget Ordinance

After several deliberations and after the careful and thorough study of our honorable councilors, they have finally reached a consensus and enacted the Proposed Ordinance No. 19-3, “APPROPRIATING THE SUM OF FIVE HUNDRED TWENTY NINE MILLION THREE HUNDRED SEVENTY SIX THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED FORTY ONE (Php 529,376,541.00) PESOS FROM THE GENERAL FUND FOR THE OPERATION OF THE CITY GOVERNMENT OF TAGBILARAN FROM JANUARY 01 TO DECEMBER 31, 2014 AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.”  The passage of the budget ordinance has been the topmost priority of the Sanggunian considering that the fiscal calendar year has begun.  As stated in Section 319 of the Local Government Code of 1991, “ On or before the end of the current fiscal year, the Sanggunian concerned shall enact, through an ordinance, the annual budget of the local government unit for the ensuing fiscal year on the basis of the estimates of income and expenditures submitted by the local chief executive” The ordinance enacting the annual budget ought to take effect at the beginning of the ensuing calendar year, however, due to calamities we had experienced last year leading to temporary loss of work place, there has been a delay in the preparation of the 2014 annual budget and the passage of budget ordinance. However, another provision in the Local Government Code specifically in Section 323, provides that the Sanggunian is given 90 days from the beginning of the fiscal year to enact such ordinance, otherwise, the ordinance authorizing the appropriations of the preceding year shall be deemed reenacted and shall remain in force and effect until the ordinance authorizing the proposed appropriations is passed by the Sanggunian.

Since the start of 2014, the sessions conducted by the 12th Sanggunian has been solely dedicated to the discussion of the 2014 budget ordinance. Ms. Rose Palma, the City Budget Officer had been invited in these sessions to ensure that clarifications regarding the budget will be fully explained. There were several questions raised by the few concerned law-makers who have taken an active role in ensuring that all the financial resources of the City government shall be utilized to support the implementation of various programs and projects that best promote the development of the city. Almost all questions regarding the budget were answered; however, there is one point in the proposed ordinance that caught the eye of Hon. Alexander H. Lim which he adamantly objects.

Section 12.1.a  of Proposed Ordinance No. 19-3 states;

12.1.a.  The Honorable City Mayor is hereby authorized to engage the services of or enter into contracts of services with professionals, non-professionals, contractuals and consultants and/or hire job order casuals at the reasonable rate to be determined by LCE.”

This provision is tantamount to giving full authority to the Mayor in hiring professionals, non-professional, contractual, consultants and job order casuals without needing the prior approval from the Sanggunian, thereby, leaving the Sanggunian no option to perform its check and balance function. The said objection led the body to divide the house.

Those who objected to the inclusion of the said provision were Hon. Alexander Lim, Hon. Oscar Glovasa, Hon. Nerio Zamora II and Hon. Lucillle Lagunay. Majority of the body voted on enacting the whole budget, namely Hon. Bebiano Inting, Hon. Adam Jala, Hon. Joseph Bompat, Hon. Edgar Bompat, Hon. Jeremias Pabe, Hon. Philip Besas and Hon. Alberta Torralba.

The enacted budget ordinance shall be submitted to the Sangguniang Panlalawaigan so that they can review the ordinance authorizing the annual appropriations.

12th Sp welcomes new ABC President

After winning the election for presidency for the Association of Barangay Captains in Tagbilaran City against Barangay Capt. Arlene Karaan of Poblacion I, Dampas Barangay Capt. Edgar Bompat now seats as part of the 12th Sangguniang Panlungsod. He took the seat previously occupied by Barangay Captain Faro M. Cabalit.
With the addition of Brgy Captain Bompat, the council has decided to reorganize the chairmanship and the membership of the standing committees. The said reorganization will be held in a special session that will still be determined by the body after they discuss the more pressing issues in a special session to be held this  Monday December 16, 2013.
Brgy Capt. Bompat is a former city councilor who was able to prove his mettle in the City Legislative Body. He was considered a big asset in the various Committees, especially in the deliberations, most particularly on controversial issues, he was the topnotcher of the 9th Sanggunian. He passed and caused to be approved 100 Resolutions and Ordinances in his first term. The Committees he chaired were Public Utilities, and Commerce and Industry.
During his second term as Councilor of the 10th Sangguniang Panlungsod, he chaired the Committee on Rules, Committee on Commerce and Industry, and Committee on Protective Services.
With the experience of Brgy. Capt. Bompat in various committees, the 12th Sangguniang Panlungsod will surely take this in to consideration and offer him several standing committees to be handled.


The Vice Mayor’s League of the Philippines conferred last December 08-10, 2013 at the Heritage Hotel Manila, Roxas Boulevard corner EDSA, Pasay City, Philippines. This is the first meeting of the VMLP with its new set of officers which were elected last November 12, 2013 during the 21st National Convention in Baguio City.
The incumbent national officers ran unopposed during the election of the officers at the 21st National Convention held in Baguio City lead by its re-elected National President, Vice Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso along with the other re-elected officers as follows:
1. National President – VM Francisco Domagoso of Manila
2. National Executive Vice President – VM Ronald Allan M. Nalupta of Batac, Ilocos Norte
3. National Secretary General – VM Willie S. Villegas of Sulop, Davao Del Sur
4. National VP for Administration – VM Nicholas M. Yulo of Bago City, Negros Occidental
5. National VP for Operation – VM Ronnie T. Dadivas of Roxas City, Capiz
6. National VP for Finance – VM Davis Gregory K. Fider of San Pascual, Batangas
7. National Treasurer – VM Roy T. Macanlalay of Calasiao, Pangasinan
8. National Auditor – VM Jose Antonio S. Veloso of Tagbilaran City, Bohol
9. National VP for Mindanao – VM Anamel C. Olegario of Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay
10. National Deputy Secretary General for Mindanao – VM Edemar S. Alota of Tangub City, Misamis Occidental
Vice Mayor Jose Antonio S. Veloso, was not able to attend the said convention in Baguio City last November 12 because he opted to stay in Tagbilaran City and help address the needs of the people caused by super typhoon Yolanda and attended series of meetings of the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CDRRMC) together with the City Mayor John Geesnell Yap II and City Administrator Edi Borja. His first priority at that time was to attend the immediate needs of his people. Hence, when he attedended the VMLP meeting last December 08-10, 2013 he was surprised that he was elected as National Auditor of the VMLP National Board. The VMLP National President VM Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso of the City of Manila has expressed that the body believed in Vice Mayor Toto Veloso’s capacity as National Auditor and trusts that he can perform his responsibilities and duties on top of his responsibility as vice mayor of Tagbilaran City. Such was the confidence of the VMLP National Board in VM Toto Veloso that despite his absence during the Election of Officers, no one filed any objection to his nomination to the said position. To confirm his position as National Auditor, he took his oath of office under VMLP National President VM Isko Moreno last December 09, 2013.
The Vice Mayor’s League of the Philippines (VMLP) is an organization of all vice mayors of all cities and municipalities of the Philippines, totaling 1,632 member-LGU’s. Founded in 1988, the VMLP has been in the service to the local government for the past 22 years.
The VMLP’s motto is to have a Just and Humane Society, a Local Government that Shall Embody Our Ideals and Aspirations for a Peaceful, Economically Progressive and United People through Effective Governance and Responsive and Pro-Active Local Legislation.

Activities this December

The first regular session this December was attended by our City Administrator Leonides “Edi” Borja. His presence shed light on the questions of the many regarding the upcoming activities this December, mainly the rehabilitation of the City Hall Building, the working space of the Sangguniang Panlungsod members, the Christmas Bonus and the Christmas Party.

Hon. Edi Borja first enlightened the whole Sanggunian with the status of our City Hall. Clean up have been started last November and hopefully by this December or early January, some offices will be reinstated in the ground floor of the said building. The Committee assigned for the rehabilitation of the City Hall did not go with the planned demolition and the building of a new City hall instead because the columns of the old building are still intact. The Committee will work on replacing the cracked walls and retrofit the columns. They are optimistic that by January, the ground floor will already be occupied by some offices that are being cramped in the Agricultural Promotion Center. In line with this, Hon. Edi Borja also insinuated that with the transferring of some offices back to the City Hall, there will be more room for the whole Sangguniang Panglungsod including the Sanggunian        Administrative Office and the Vice-mayor Office. However, there is a new and spacious building near the Medical Mission Group Cooperative Hospital or simply Coop Hospital in Dampas District owned by former City Councilor George Lao who offered his building for rent to the Tagbilaran City Government at a very affordable price as a way of extending help to City Government. The body agreed that said building will be more conducive for work albeit its distance and have encouraged Hon. Borja to proceed with the negotiations so that the Sanggunian can already transfer to the said building as soon as possible. Hon. Borja agreed and informed the body that he will just inform Vice Mayor Toto Veloso on the outcome of their negotiation.

With Christmas just lingering in the corner, the body also sought confirmation regarding the Christmas Bonus. Hon. Borja brought good news to everyone and had confirmed that there will be an additional Christmas bonus that will be enjoyed by the City Hall employees this Christmas season. The bonus will hopefully be received by the employees before the third week of December.

Next topic that Hon. Borja tackled is the Christmas party for the City Hall Employees. As agreed, there will be no Christmas party but rather a gathering of the employees to offer thanksgiving for the blessings and graces received. The said gathering will also be a form of a psychological test debriefing for all employees who have undoubtedly experienced stress during and after the two calamities that have hit the province. The gathering will be held on December 20, 2013 at 4:00 in the afternoon at the Agricultural Promotion Center (APC) Grounds. The psychological test debriefing will be followed by a short program and every department will have their own presentation.  Fellowship will then follow. Food shall be prepared by each department instead of having the committee assigned to lead said gathering prepare the food for employees.

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