During their second regular session for this month, the 13th Sangguniang Panlungsod exercised its review powers on two meaningful barangay ordinances.

Hon. Joseph Bompat of the Committee on health, Sanitation and Environmental Protection, submitted Proposed Resolution no. 14-17, Declaring Barangay Ordinance No. 04, series of 2016- An Ordinance Institutionalizing Proper Solid Waste Management Practices in Barangay San Isidro, City of Tagbilaran.

Hon.  Dulce Amelia C. Glovasa of the Committee on Agriculture, Food, Fisheries Resources, Livelihood, and Cooperatives, submitted Proposed Resolution No. 21-17, Declaring that Cogon Barangay Ordinance no. 2017-03, series of 2017, entitled, “An Ordinance Directing All Homeowners and Building Owners to Plant Trees/Fruit-Bearing Trees in their Backyards or at the Frontage of their Houses or Building or at Barangay Pocket Forest.”

City Vice Mayor Jose Antonio S. Veloso is hopeful that with the passage of such barangay ordinances, we can help protect and maintain the cleanliness in our barangays.



Series of 2016

(Sponsored by: Hon. Bebiano M. lnting, City Councilor)
WHEREAS, despite the restrictions and prohibitions of parking as provided for under City Ordinance No. C-189 s.2005, violations continued to be unabated because motorists simply ignore the citation tickets issued by our traffic enforcers/aides;
WHEREAS, our request with the Land Transportation Office to deputize our Traffic Enforcers and Traffic Aides are still pending in their Head Office;
WHEREAS, considering the increase of the number of motor vehicles annually, there is a need to give teeth to our Ordinance to instill discipline to our motorists and to ease congestions in our streets;
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED, As It Is Hereby Ordained by the members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod in a session duly assembled:
Section 1. The City PNP Traffic Enforcers and the City of Tagbilaran Traffic Aide (CITTRA) are hereby authorized to immobilize or tow-away motor vehicles illegally parked or found violating parking regulations, restrictions and prohibitions as provided for under all existing traffic Ordinances of the City of Tagbilaran.
Section 2. DEFINITION OF TERMS – For purposes of this ordinances the following terms shall have the corresponding meaning:

ILLEGAL PARKING – When a motor vehicle manned or unmanned stops completely on areas not designated for parking, double parking, parking on the wrong side of the road,parking more than one (1) meter from the side of the road towards the center or has not paid the corresponding parking fees on designated parking areas.
• CLAMPING – A Tire Lock devise or any improvised gadgets employed to render the vehicle immobile.
• TOWING – A process of transporting illegally parked vehicles to the impounding area.

Section 3. GUIDELINES and PROCEDURES – a.) Before a vehicle will be immobilized or towed, the Traffic Enforcer or Traffic Aide should first try to locate the owner or driver of the illegally parked vehicle and request that the vehicle be moved before immobilization or towing.

b.) IMMOBILIZATION AND TOWING OF MOTOR VEHICLES – Any motor vehicle illegally parked or found to be violating any provision of all existing traffic Ordinances of the city shall be immobilized by clamping any tire of the violating motor vehicle or may be towed to the City Impounding Area if greatly hampers the flow of traffic.
c.) INSTALLATION OF SIGNS – The City Traffic Management Office (CTMO) shall cause the installation of Parking Regulations, Restrictions and Prohibition signs visible enough for information to the general public and motorists.
d.) The City Traffic Management Office, the City PNP Traffic Enforcers or members of the City of Tagbilaran Traffic Aides shall not be responsible for any damaged caused by the immobilization and towing of vehicles.

Section 4. PENAL TIES – Vehicles immobilized or towed shall be meted the following penalties:

a) Owner or driver of the motor vehicle immobilized shall pay the corresponding fine as provided for under City Ordinance C-189 s.2005 plus an additional administrative penalty as follows:
• One Thousand Pesos (P1 ,000.00) for vehicles 6 wheels and above.
• Five Hundred Pesos (PS00.00) for four wheel vehicles.
• Two Hundred Pesos (P200.00) for tricycles and motorcycles.

The immobilized motor vehicle shall only be released after the payment of the fine and administrative penalty at the CTMO or to the designated payment centers.

b) Towed vehicles shall pay an administrative fine of One Thousand Eight Hundred Pesos (P1 ,800.00) for the first twenty four (24) hours and additional Five Hundred Pesos (PS00.00) per day or a fraction thereof after the first 24 hours,
c) Any person who tampers or tries to release or destroys the immobilization device shall be meted an additional penalty of Five Hundred Pesos (PS00.00) plus the cost of the immobilization device if found damaged as compromise penalty or pay not more than Five Thousand Pesos or imprisonment of thirty
(30) days or both at the discretion of the court,
d) Any person who interferes or harass the traffic aide or hinders the smooth implementation of this ordinance shall be meted a fine of not more than Five Thousand Pesos (PS,000.00) or Imprisonment of Thirty (30) days or both at the discretion of the court,

Section 5. REPEALING CLAUSE – Any provision of ordinances found to be inconsistent with the provisions of this ordinance are hereby repealed, amended or modified accordingly.
Section 6. SEPARABILITY CLAUSE – Should any provision of this ordinance be declared unconstitutional or illegal by any court of competent jurisdictionr those which are not so declared shall remain valid and enforceable.

Section 7. EFFECTIVITY – This Ordinance shall take effect immediately upon its approval.


ENACTED,  June 17, 2016.

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The 13th Sangguniang Panlungsod of the City of Tagbilaran, led by City Vice Mayor Jose Antonio S. Veloso, approved a resolution requesting the assistance of the City Police Officers to be more vigilant against the notorious and unlawful acts of youth gangs.
The Committee on Peace, Public Order and Safety received a report submitted by the National Association of Public Secondary School Heads Incorporated (NAPSSHI) Tagbilaran City Division Chapter, that there is an average of 10 unlawful and threatening incidents inside and outside of the school premises involving gangs recorded in almost all of the secondary schools of the city this school year.
The resolution which was sponsored by Hon. Eliezer Borja, stressed that the presence of these gangs have adverse effects on the academic performance, safety of persons and property of schools. Since laws were already passed regarding loitering individuals as stated in Sec. 169 of the 2007 Revised Code of Administrative Ordinances of the City of Tagbilaran and children in conflict with the law as stated in RA 9344 or the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006, Hon. Borja called for increased visibility of our City PNP and all Barangays with existing Public high schools to augment presence of barangay tanods and ALERT personnel at the vicinity of schools to enforce these laws and deter the acts of these street gangs.


12TH Sangguniang Panlungsod, Presiding Officer, City Vice Mayor Jose Antonio S. Veloso anticipates its first joint session  with the Sangguniang Barangay of Mansasa this coming October 2.  Several members of the Office of the Vice Mayor and Sangguniang Panlungsod staff had been deployed to help the Sangguniang Baranagy of Mansasa in the preparation of the upcoming joint legislative session.

Punong Barangay Manolo P. Blanco of Mansasa, looks forward to the joint session as well and is eager to present all the issues and concerns of their barangay. Blanco is hopeful that through this joint session, the City Government through the Sangguniang Panlungsod can provide solutions to the problems of their barangay and guide the Sangguniang Barangay of Mansasa to the proper office/person who can help them with their issues.

Vice Mayor Veloso  pushes for the  conduct of  joint sessions with the Sangguniang Barangays in order to get a closer view on the problems of the barangay. Most of the issues being forwarded to the Sangguniang Panlungsod have a citywide level impact, but Vice Mayor Veloso acknowledges that behind this citywide issue, the rootcause of these problems can be traced to the barangay level.   Joint sessions give the Sangguniang Barangays the opportunity to express their concerns to the Sangguniang Panlungsod.


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.