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.
Last June 26, 2015, the 12th Sangguniang Panlungsod conducted their last regular session for the month of June at the Barangay Hall of Cabawan. The session was the 9th Out of the City Hall Session conducted jointly with the Barangay Council of Cabawan.
The session was led jointly by 12th Sangguniang Panlungsod Presiding Officer Jose Antonio S. Veloso and Punong Barangay Luis Coto of Barangay Cabawan.
Bohol District Jail Chief Inspector Jose T. Abueva and City Jail Senior Inspector Roberto Crisanto Alpon III joined the joint session and took the opportunity to air out requests and concerns in their respective offices.
Chief Inspector Abueva requested the body to help in the lighting of the street posts along the way to the Bohol District Jail. He emphasized the importance of the street lights, especially during times when they have to usher inmates to the hospital during night time. He also said that inmates might plan an escape route and take advantage of the cover of darkness.
Senior Inspector Alpon also the help of the Sangguniang Panlungsod to remind the City Government of their requests made during the Executive, Legislative Agenda (ELA) such as the lot titling and the naming of the lot currently occupied by the City Jail, which is under the name of the City School Board, a service vehicle and the strengthening and expansion of the perimeter fence of the City Jail. Alpon stressed that if the lot occupied by the City Jail would be transferred under its name, the City Jail can make improvements and receive counterpart appropriations from the bureau. He also added that there is an increase in the number of inmates after the successive drug bust operations within the City but only one service vehicle in a not-so-good condition.
Hon. Jeremias Pabe took charge of Abueva’ s concern and will coordinate with the City Engineering Office and the Barangay Council of Cabawan to provide and install the street lights.
Hon. Bebiano Inting informed the body that there is a Program of Works for the City Jail and will make the necessary follow-up to ensure that these programs will be realized.
During the last regular session for the month of June of the 12th Sangguniang Panlungsod which was held jointly with the Barangay Council of Cabawan, Presiding Officer Jose Antonio S. Veloso mentioned during his presiding officer’s time that it will be the last session that Hon. Edgar Bompat will be joining them as member of the 12th Sanggniang Panlungsod since Hon. Bompat will be relinquishing his position. Hon. Edgar Bompat is the Punong Barangay of Dampas and is an ex-officio member of the 12th Sangguniang Panlungsod since he is the current President of the Liga ng mga Barangay. Hon. Bompat will be succeeded by Hon. Nicanor Besas, the Punong Barangay of Cogon, who is the Vice-President of the Liga ng mga Barangay starting this July 1. City Vice Mayor Veloso thanked Hon. Bompat for his time, talent and resources during his a year and a half of service to the 12th Sangguniang Panlungsod and wished him the best of luck in all his endeavors in the realm of public service.
The 12th Sangguniang Panlungsod led by Presiding Officer Jose Antonio S. Veloso held its 9th Out of the City Session at the Barangay Hall of Cabawan last June 26. The regular session was held jointly with the Barangay Council of Cabawan led by Punong Barangay Luis Coto.
During the said session, roads and infrastructure problem were the majority of the concerns of the Barangay. It cannot be denied that most of the roads of the Barangay Cabawan have not yet been concreted and the barangay council sought the help of the 12th Sangguniang Panlungsod on how they can avail funds and asked guidance as to who is the proper agency they can approach so that these roads can be concreted.
To help raise their concerns to City Engineering Office under the Office of the City Mayor, the 12th Sangguniang Panlungsod referred their concern to the Committee on Engineering. Since its current Chairman Hon. Edgar Bompat will be vacating his position in the 12th SP, Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Engineering Hon. Jerry Pabe will be responsible for indorsing their requests to the Office of the City Mayor.
After 2 months of having no Joint sessions with any barangay, the Sangguniang Panlungsod of the City of Tagbilaran led by the City Vice Mayor Jose Antonio “Toto” S. Veloso, is bracing up for their 4th Joint Session for the year 2015, this time, with the Barangay of Cabawan.
It can be recalled that the Sangguniang Panlungsod conducted its last Joint session with Barangay Bool last March 2015. Joint sessions were postponed momentarily for the months of April and May because of the various activities undertaken by the Sangguniang Panlungsod. The whole SP had their Lakbay-Aral last April and last May, the whole City Government was busy for the Saulog Celebration.
As early as now, Punong Barangay Luis Coto of Barangay Cabawan is preparing for the upcoming Joint session. Punong Barangay Coto had been consulting VM Veloso and the SP office to ensure that the Joint session will be productive and successful.
Vice Mayor Toto Veloso is looking forward for the SP’s next joint session this coming June 26 with the Sangguniang Barangay of Cabawan. VM Toto acknowledges that Joint Sessions with the barangay is the most effective way that the Sangguniang Panlungsod can bring the government closer to the Tagbilaranons. He added that it is usually during joint sessions that the Sangguniang Barangay can openly voice out the problems that their respective barangays are facing and with both councils discussing the possible next steps, it would help expedite the resolution of problems.
The Engineering and Development Corporation of the Philippines (EDCOP), in association with SCHEMA Konsult, Inc is working on the Bohol and Water Sanitation (BWS) Project. EDCOP is the leading Engineering Consultancy in the Philippines and is noted for bringing sound, rational and practical exposure in water resources planning, engineering and project implementation.
EDCOP had already accomplished data gathering, site visits and formulation of preliminary schemes for the proposed bulk water supply systems. At this stage, EDCOP is working on the Environmental Impact Assessment of the Project. This stage is very crucial for EDCOP and at this point, they needed to consult the 12th Sangguniang Panlungsod of Tagbilaran to discuss the impact of the BWS project. This will also be a good venue where EDCOP will formally introduce the project to the 12th SP and discuss on how they can hold a public consultation with the barangays that will be benefitted by the project. If pursued, the BWS Project will be able to provide an efficient urban water supply and sanitation system for 18 Local Government Units in Bohol.
City Vice Mayor Jose Antonio S. Veloso, presiding officer of the Sangguniang Panlungsod, welcomed this opportunity to discuss with EDCOP on how the water supply can be efficiently distributed, especially with the growing population in Tagbilaran and Bohol and the increasing demand for water supply. VM Veloso gladly let the EDCOP team join the 12th Sangguniang Panlungsod in their regular session last week so that the 12th SP can give valuable inputs for the success of the BWS project.
The last regular session for April was conducted last April 27, 2015 instead of the usual Friday session in lieu of the May 1 Labor Day Celebration. The body agreed to have the session on April 27 because the City Councilors would also be attending the Philippine Councilors’League Visayas Island Congress on April 28 -30 @ the Bellevue Resort, Panglao Island, Bohol.
During the session, City Vice Mayor Jose Antonio S. Veloso gave the floor to Hon. Jerry Pabe so that he can deliver his impassioned privilege speech regarding the seemingly exorbitant and unnecessary charges of the Traffic Management Group and for blatantly ignoring the Helmet Ordinance authored by Hon. Pabe.
In his speech, Pabe shared the plight of an individual driving a motorcycle, apprehended by a Traffic Management Group (TMG) officer because of not wearing helmet. The said individual reasoned out that the local ordinance allows motorcycle drivers to not wear helmet when plying the City, however the TMG personnel said that they uphold the national law RA no. 10054 or the Motorcycle Helmet Act of 2009 over the Ordinance passed by the 12th Sangguniang Panlungsod. The apprehended individual was asked to pay a penalty of P1,500.00 for the violation. Adding insult to injury, he was also charged with another violation of P1, 000.00 for an unfastened seat belt.
The body unanimously agreed that the unfastened seat belt charged was ridiculous considering that the man was riding a motorcycle and this calls for an inquiry on the unnecessary violation charged by the Traffic Management Group. Hon. Nerio Zamora II clarified that the TMG officer may have reason to apprehend the individual because of non-wearing of helmet because the local ordinance only prohibits the wearing of full-faced helmet but it he agrees that it is unacceptable that the man be charged for the unfastened seat belt violation. Vice Mayor Veloso agreed with the suggestion of the body to invite representatives from the Traffic Management Group and even the Land Transportation Office so that the 12th SP can also hear their side.