12th SP joins 116TH anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence

The 12th SP of the City Government of Tagbilaran headed by City Vice Mayor Jose Antonio “Toto” S. Veloso joins the 116TH anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence on June 12, 2014 at the Rizal Park CPG Avenue, Tagbilaran City.
The theme of this year’s Independence Day anniversary celebration is “Pagsunod sa Yapak ng mga Dakilang Pilipino, Tungo sa Malawakan at Permanenteng Pagbabago.”
The theme corresponds to the continued efforts of Vice Mayor Toto and his SP Councilors by creating pertinent resolutions and ordinances to promote and develop Tagbilaran City in terms of promoting investments by opening new doors to investors, protection of the environment, providing livelihood and employment, traffic management, reducing graft and corruption by investigating anomalous transactions , ensuring adequacy of the drinking water and protecting life and property.
With the commemoration Philippine Independence, VM Toto and his SP Councilors with renewed vigilance shall exert double effort for city-wide permanent change.


TAGBILARAN CITY – The City Government of Tagbilaran has taken rigid steps in response to the burgeoning crime rates committed in the city. The Sangguniang Panlungsod of Tagbilaran City headed by City Vice Mayor Jose Antonio S. Veloso has affirmed his signature for the passage the ordinance mandating business establishments operating within the territorial jurisdiction of the City of Tagbilaran to install closed circuit television system (CCTV).
The use of closed-circuit TV (CCTV) cameras is at the forefront of crime-fighting technology not just in the Philippines but also around the world. It is an effective way of minimizing crimes in Tagbilaran City and is an effective record of evidence of criminal activity to help law enforcement agencies in solving crimes and to ensure peace and order in the city.
To encourage the adoption and use of CCTV systems throughout the city, and in order to intensify the City’s drive to solve criminality and to preserve visual footage as evidence, the Twelfth Sangguniang Panlungsod of the City of Tagbilaran deems it proper to institutionalize the use of CCTV systems in business establishments within the territorial jurisdiction of the City of Tagbilaran.
The ordinance covers all business establishments employing more than twenty (20) employees and with work premises of not less than fifty (50) meters are hereby mandated to install surveillance and/or (CCTV) cameras in all their entrance and exits, within the premises and perimeter of their work areas, and other vital areas in order to deter crime.
Business establishments employing less than twenty (20) people or whose work premises are less than fifty (50) meters, but whose transactions amount to not less one hundred thousand pesos (Php100,000.00) each day, shall also install and maintain surveillance and/or CCTV cameras.
Other business establishments not covered in the preceding paragraphs but operating beyond 8 o’clock in the evening shall also install and maintain surveillance and/or CCTV cameras.
The ordinance requires the use of CCTV systems in business establishments that shall include but shall not be limited to banks, malls, hospitals, restaurants, supermarkets, shopping centers, moviehouses, theaters, gasoline stations, convenience stores, pawnshops, money-changers, lending institutions, internet cafes/shops, hotels, resorts, warehouses, office buildings, lotto outlets, money-transfer establishments, KTV, clubs or bars, terminals, and other similar establishments. The fact that surveillance/CCTV cameras have been installed in a business establishment shall be made known to the general public through a written notice prominently displayed at the entrance of the establishment.
The ordinance mandates establishments to preserve the camera recording for at least a period of not less than sixty (60) days from the date of recording to help law enforcement agencies in investigating the offense,in identifying the perpetrator and as evidence in any pending criminal, civil, or administrative proceedings.
The Office of the City Mayor is mandated to make the implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) within thirty (30) days after the effectivity of this Ordinance and is hereby tasked for the implementation of the IRR.
The ordinance grants all establishments covered by the ordinance a period of five (5) months after the publication of the implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) in a newspaper of general circulation, to comply with its requirements. Establishments who fail to comply with the ordinance shall be subjected to the penalties provided for in the ordinance.


  • All City Officials, Department Heads and Employees of the City Government of Tagbilaran are invited to join the Wednesday Novena Mass at 12:00 noon on June 4, 2014 at the Agricultural Promotion Center (APC) Building. The Novena Mass shall be sponsored by the Office of the Vice-Mayor, Sangguniang Panlungsod and the SP-Admin Office.




  • June 2-6, 2014: Seminar Workshop on the Updating of  the Local Revenue Code to be held in Cebu City
  • June 4-6, 2014: Philippine Councilors’ League Second Quarterly National Executive Board Meeting


  • The 12th SP will hold its next regular session on June 6, 2014 at 9:00 am in the Lao Building, Dampas District, Tagbilaran City.


Joint Session Dampas

May 30, 2014 — The 12th Sangguniang Panlungsod held its first out-of-city-hall session today at the Barangay Hall of Dampas Barangay. The said session was also a joint session with the Sangguniang Pambarangay of the Barangay Dampas. All the SP members with presiding officer, the honorable city vice mayor Jose Antonio S. Veloso were all present along with the Punong Barangay of Dampas Hon. Edgar Bompat and his barangay kagawads. The sangguniang pambarangay officials took this rare opportunity to air out the rampant issues and the nagging problems of the barangay. Barangay Kagawad Adelaida Barafon enumerated five concerns of their barangay and its corresponding recommendations. Their concerns are as follows:
a) Proliferation of Undocumented persons and Informal settlers in the vicinity of The Divine Mercy Chapel
b) Conduct of Activities & Programs of NGOs, Private Entities and other Similar Groups or Organizations In the Dumpsite Area
c) Groups of Individuals (Non-residents of Citizens) utilizing a spot along Mansasa-Dampas Road especially during nighttime as staging point of their Criminal activities
d) Proposed Opening of Barangay Roads
e) Vehicular traffic along Ramon Enerio St. and also along Luis Alaba St., Dampas, this city
The 12th SP has commended the Sangguniang Pamabarangay of Dampas for determining the issues and problems they are facing and have in fact listed a number of recommendations for the resolution of their problems. The first step in solving a problem is the identification of the problem itself and these proactive steps taken by the officials of Dampas Barangay should serve as an example to other barangays of Tagbilaran City. The 12th SP recognizes the efforts of the Sangguniang Pambarangay of Dampas and encourages its officials to continue with their efforts for the resolution of their issues. The 12th SP extended help on matters that cannot be resolved by Sangguniang Pambarangay on their own. Issues such as the opening of the barangay roads which is not made possible due to limitations on the barangay ‘s budget and should be coordinated with the City government. With this, the Sangguniang Pambarangay of Dampas was enlightened and will seek further assistance to the Office of the City Mayor for those issues needing proper executive action.
After discussing the issues faced by Barangay Dampas, the 12th SP proceeded to tackle the issues that are faced by the City.



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.