The recent power outages that had beset the Province, prompted the Thirteenth Sangguniang Panlungsod to pass Resolution No. 16-190, “A resolution requesting the Department of Energy to Investigate and Verify the Causes of the Successive Power Outages in the Province of Bohol.” DOE endorsed the resolution to the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) and asked the NGCP to provide their reasons for the power outages, their plan of actions to prevent future power outages and possible dates when the next series of power outages will occur.

On February 23, NGCP’s  Engr. Gil V. Melencion, Engr. Joseph R. Sagaral, Engr. Ma. Rosette Martinez and Engr.  Octavio B. Briones presented themselves  to City Vice Mayor Jose Antonio “Toto” S. Veloso and City Councilor Eliezer “Ondoy” L. Borja  to give updates on the power situation in Bohol and to explain that the power outages were attributed to the trippings of the NGCP’s Ormoc-Maasin Line which were cascaded to the Ubay-Maasin line and eventually to the feeders serving the Bohol area.   The planned outages were necessarily done to facilitate the comprehensive maintenance of the feeders in Bohol Grid. While the unplanned outages were due to lightning which hit some of the towers along the line.

The power outage last December that lasted longer than expected was due to the energizing of the new Ormoc –Maasin line 2. Currently, the NGCP has 2 functioning lines to further strengthen the transmission network in the Visayas Grid  specifically to improve the link of Bohol Grid with Leyte Grid.

Right now, the NGCP is also proposing the Cebu-Bohol Interconnection Project to complement the existing Leyte-Bohol circuit which is nearing to be overloaded.  NGCP also provided a tentative schedule of the proposed power outages for this 2017.  These 1-2 hour power outages (except for June-total shutdown) are done for the comprehensive maintenance of the lines.

Circuit                                                                   Date

Tagbilaran-Garcia                                             Feb 11,  2017

Trinidad-Carmen                                              Feb 18, 2017

Alicia-Garcia                                                       Feb 24-25, Mar 17-18, 2017

Ubay-Trinidad                                                   Mar 25, 2017

Corella- Tubigon                                               June 17, 2017  (TOTAL SHUTDOWN)

Ubay-Alicia                                                         June 17, 2017  (TOTAL SHUTDOWN)

Corella- Tubigon                                               Jul 1, 29, 2017

Tagbilaran- Garcia                                            Jul 8, 2017

Catigibian-Carmer                                            Jul 15, 2017


In line with the City Government’s vision to become a Highly Urbanized and Liveable City by 2030, the 13th Sangguniang Panlungsod approved Proposed Resolution 23-17, “Authorizing the Hon. City Mayor John Geesnell L. Yap II for and in behalf of the City Government of Tagbilaran to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Department of Health, Regional Office-VII represented by Dr. Jaime S. Bernadas, Regional Director for the implementation of  the Integrated Clinic Information System (iClinicsSys).”

iClinicsSys is a reference model for electronic medical records and health information system. This is in response  to the need for a better and equitable access to quality health care services, and easier access to secure real time and quality health data through the use of information and communication technologies in health.

City Vice Mayor Toto Veloso supports the decision of City Mayor Baba Yap to enter into this Memoradum of Agreement knowing well that with the implementation of iClinicsSys , it would greatly improve health services, manage the patient demographics, medical histories, diagnoses, treatments, medications, laboratory requests and results and generate the required data for the LGU’s use and also submission of data to DOH and Philhealth.


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.