In the News

city-council-concurs-appointmentresolution-supporting-the-ten1 copy



        The 17th City Council has a new member. Former Sangguniang Kabataan Federation President Bai Halila Y. Sudagar of the Kagan Tribe was elected the new Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representative (IPMR).

       Pursuant to Sec. 7, Term of Office, of Ordinance No. 0448-10, Series of 2010, “An Ordinance Providing for Mandatory Representation for Indigenous Peoples in the City Council of Davao and Providing Funds Therefor”, which states that: “The mandatory representative shall serve for three (3) years as provided in RA 7160”, Councilor Sudagar replaced former IPMR Berino A. Mambo-o Sr. of the Ata Tribe. She is the second IP Mandatory Representative to the council, with a vote of 147 out of 373 Baragwas or Council of Elders.

       In her privilege speech in the 13th Regular Session held last April 7, 2015, Councilor Sudagar thanked Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte as well as Vice Mayor Paolo Z. Duterte for the opportunity to once again serve her constituents, particularly the indigenous people.

            Councilor Sudagar assumed office last March 31, 2015.

Submitted by:

SP Blogsite Member


             CHARITO N. SANTOS
Secretary to the Sangguniang Panlungsod
City Government Department Head II

City Council bans mining from Davao

       At the 17th Regular Session of the 17th City Council last May 5, 2015, the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Davao finally approved on Third and Final Reading the Ordinance that bans mining in all parts of Davao City.

       Section 5 of City Ordinance No. 0325-15 stipulates that “No approval shall be granted or issued by the City through its Sangguniang Panlungsod to any person, natural or juridical, to undertake any and all forms of mining operations in any area within the territorial jurisdiction of Davao City, except rocks and mineral substances classified under the category of quarry resources.”

       While the ordinance recognizes that mining is identified as a highly important economic program of the national government, the city also recognizes the irreversibility of the destructive effects that mining brings to the ecosystem. The City Government believes that government policies and programs must integrate biodiversity protection to ensure that future generations get to enjoy a healthy and balanced ecology. The Ordinance is the latest in a number of local laws that protect the environment, such as the Watershed Code of Davao City, the Rainwater Ordinance and the Ecological Solid Waste Management Ordinance, to name a few.

       The ordinance also states that no permit shall be issued by the City Government or any of its offices that would allow any entity to directly or indirectly engage in businesses involving mining operations in the city.

        Persons found guilty of violating the ordinance, may, at the discretion of the court, face either imprisonment of less than a year or a fine of not more than Php5,000.00 or both.

       Davao City now joins about a dozen local government units that have thus far banned large-scale mining.

Submitted by:

SP Blogsite Member


           CHARITO N. SANTOS
Secretary to the Sangguniang Panlungsod
City Government Department Head II






Quitain resigns from City Council, takes post as City Administrator

On Tuesday, September 3, Davao City First District Councilor J. Melchor V. Quitain tendered his resignation from the 17th Sangguniang Panlungsod, effective at the close of office hours on September 9, 2013.
Quitain will be taking the City Administratorship post offered to him by City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte.
Prior to becoming Councilor, Quitain, a lawyer by profession, served as head of the City Legal Office and also briefly as Acting City Administrator during Mayor Duterte’s previous administration.
In his privilege speech, Quitain said he has always joined Duterte’s twofold mission of “fortifying the truth that ours is a government of the people, by the people and for the people and in transforming Davao City into a government for the least, the last and the lost.”
His colleagues in the City Council thanked Quitain, and considered it a privilege to have worked with him.
Vice Mayor Paolo Z. Duterte admitted that Quitain’s move to the executive branch will be a big loss to the Council but a huge advantage to the city. Councilor Victorio U. Advincula, Jr. said the executive will not be at a loss in having a City Administrator exposed to the legislative process. He praised Quitain for being meticulous and for doing his job without expectation of acknowledgment or applause, and these attributes will give the city a better administrator.
Councilor Diosdado A. Mahipus said that Quitain was one of the best discussants in the plenary, always assuring that Council proceedings are in accordance with the rules.
Councilor Bonifacio E. Militar admitted he had mixed emotions losing the company of a great man, who was a fountain of patience and wisdom, but was glad that Quitain will be the City Administrator as the city and its people will be in good hands.
Other councilors shared how Quitain helped them in their role as councilors.
Councilor Bernard E. Al-ag said that he will miss Quitain, who was always generous with his insights and opinions, enlightening the councilors. Al-ag said Quitain made him a better legislator.
Majority Floor Leader Tomas J. Monteverde IV said that he was able to surmount the challenges of being Floor Leader despite not being a lawyer because of the legal advice that Quitain always extended to him. He said Quitain was both a father and a teacher to him, teaching him the principles of the law with great patience.
Quitain served as President Pro Tempore of the 16th City Council.
Prior to Quitain, Mr. Marcelino P. Escalada Jr. and eventually Atty. Jhopee Avanceña-Agustin served as Acting City Administrators at the start of Duterte’s new term last July.
Prepared by: Mary June T. Miguel
Approved by: Charito N. Santos

oathtaking pic collage17th-city-council-takes-oath16th city council farewell session_pic

16th City Council conducts Farewell SessionMayor Sara delivers final SOCA, highlights accomplishments from 2011-2013


BAM_4341 copy2
BAM_4320 copy2



SP Secretary



On June 24, 2013, the 16th City Council held its Farewell Session where plaques of appreciation and distinction were presented to its outgoing Members.A brief session was still held to approve important measures, i.e., the ordinance on Third & Final Reading for Item No. 1515 re: an Ordinance amending the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance of Davao City and providing for the Administration, Enforcement and Amendments thereof and for the repeal of all Ordinances in conflict therewith, now otherwise known as “The Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance of Davao City for 2013-2022, incorporating as integral parts thereof, Volume 1 (Comprehensive Land Use Plan) and Volume III (Sectoral Studies) of the Comprehensive Land Use Plan of Davao City for 2013-2022”.
During the short program, plaques of recognition and distinction were awarded by President Pro Tempore, Hon. J. Melchor V. Quitain, to the outgoing Members of the City Council, namely, Councilors Dante L. Apostol Sr., Conrado C. Baluran, Pilar C. Braga, Arnolfo Ricardo B. Cabling, Emmanuel D. Galicia Sr., Jackson V. Reyes and Jose Louie P. Villafuerte.
After which, gifts and flowers were offered by the City Councilors’ staff to their bosses and a picture-taking of the 16th City Council likewise followed. Floor Leader Monteverde then called on Hon. Emmanuel D. Galicia Sr. for his farewell address.
Quoting the words of Mahatma Gandhi who said that “the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others”, Councilor Galicia said that service is not to be taken lightly as it connotes duty for those who are in public service. As such, they should give to the people what is due to the Davaoeño people. He thanked Mayor Sara and Vice Mayor Rody Duterte for the privilege to have served the people of Davao, to everyone who shared the good and bad times with him and congratulated and challenged the incoming Council to give what is due, owed, proper and just to the constituents of Davao.
Councilor Villafuerte, in his farewell speech, said that “many men dream but few are chosen”. He added that when he was chosen to run for City Councilor last May 2004, he was given the opportunity to continue the legacy and to follow the footsteps of his father, who served Davao City for twenty (20 years, as a public servant. He likewise thanked incoming Mayor Rodrigo Duterte for the chance to be part of the history of Davao City and the 3rd District voters for giving his wife the distinction to be the first Lady Physician elected as Councilor in the City of Davao.
Councilor Braga said that “parting is such sweet sorrow but all good things must come to an end”. After 19 years of public service as a City Councilor, she expressed her gratitude to the people of Davao, to her staff, to her fellow workers in the Sangguniang Panlungsod, to her colleagues and lastly, to Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Mayor Sara-Duterte-Carpio for the rare privilege given her. Lastly, she thanked her family for their support whom she said was the “wind beneath her wings”.
“There is a given time for everything and a time for every happening under heaven”, according to Councilor Apostol, who said he was still overwhelmed with gratification for having reached the pinnacle of his term.
Having authored approximately 135 resolutions and ordinances, as Chairperson of the Committee on Games and Amusement and co-authored 241 resolutions and ordinances from various committees, he thanked Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and Vice Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte for their support, his staff, for their understanding and unwavering loyalty, and his political supporters whom he urged to continue their dreams and aspirations to be a potent force in maintaining Davao City as a better place to live in.When it was Councilor Baluran’s turn to give his farewell address, he saluted his colleagues who were chosen to represent the people of Davao. Having served the city as a Member of the City Council for nine (9) years, he will face the horizon filled with hope and expectation.
Thanking Mayor-elect Rodrigo Duterte, outgoing Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and Vice Mayor-elect Paolo Z. Duterte for their support, Councilor Baluran likewise thanked the people of the 3rd District and the almighty Father, for making his dreams come true.
As Chairperson of one of the busiest committees, Councilor Cabling said that the final adjournment of the 16th City Council came unnoticeably. He said that it was time to assess what they have done for the people of Davao. On his part, he caused for the passage of several landmark legislation which will translate to the general development of the city, i.e., Watershed Code, Shelter Code of Davao City, Marine Protected Ordinance, Mandatory Representation of the Indigenous People in the Local Council, the Comprehensive Land Use Plan of Davao City and the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance of Davao City.
In closing, he took the opportunity to thank his family, his staff, the urban poor sector, the fisherfolks, the environment groups, his colleagues, most specially, Councilors Braga and Salvador-Abella, who were his partners in environmental protection and Councilors Al-ag and Zozobrado, as Chairpersons of the Sub-committees on Housing and Subdivision Development. Likewise, incoming Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and outgoing Mayor Sara Duterte. Lastly, he thanked the Almighty Father for making him an instrument of social change and social reform.
Last to give his farewell speech was Councilor Jackson V. Reyes, who said that even with his short stint in the City Council and limited resources, he still endeavored to fulfill his duties as a public servant. He added that he supported the programs and projects of City Mayor Sara Duterte and voted for all the resolutions and ordinances considered important and urgent by the city’s administration.
Thanking outgoing Mayor Sara Duterte and incoming Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, the different departments and offices for their help, Councilor Reyes also thanked Senator Aquilino Pimentel Jr., for the Five Hundred Thousand Pesos (P 500,000.00) medical assistance given to his office intended for the indigent patients at Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC).
After all the farewell speeches of outgoing Members of the 16th City Council, Councilor Quitain gave his closing remarks. The session was adjourned at 5:25 in the afternoon.
Prepared by:
Ma. Theresa A. Reyes
Charito N. Santos


Davao City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte delivered her third and final State of the City Address (SOCA) during the 21st Regular Session of the 16th City Council last June 11, 2013. The session, presided by her father, Vice-Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte, was attended by the members of the City Council, department heads, barangay captains and guests from various government offices and the private sector.Before detailing the achievements of her administration for the past two years, Duterte acknowledged the projects left unaccomplished, including the mass transit plan for the city, the tenement housing project, and the waste-to-energy facility.
Her SOCA was anchored on her BAROG administration, which focuses on Barangay Empowerment, Academics, Resource Generation, Peace and Order, and Governance.
A Host of Awards
The awards garnered by the city during her term bannered her SOCA. Last year, the City Government was named Hall of Famer and Most Outstanding Local Government Unit under the Highly Urbanized City Category by the National Literacy Awards Council. Early this year, the city also won the Presidential Award for the Most Child-Friendly City in the country. Also in 2012, the City Government was elected into the Hall of Fame after garnering its third consecutive Red Orchid Award, which encourages local government units to advocate a 100% tobacco-free environment. The city was also in the Top 10 Next Wave Cities of the Philippines for 2012, a list of top ICT hubs outside Metro Manila chosen by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) & the Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines.
Offices within the LGU also won awards. The City Health Office was named the 2012 Most Outstanding Healthy Lifestyle Advocate – Government Office Category, while early this year the City Treasurer’s Office was recognized by the Bureau of Local Government Finance for exceeding its revenue targets. The City Cooperative Development Office was also recognized as the Most Outstanding Local Cooperative Development Office in Region XI in 2012. Meanwhile, the city’s Public Employment Service Office (PESO) was awarded the 2011 National Best PESO Award – Highly Urbanized City Category by the Department of Labor and Employment.
Firm Implementation of Laws
The younger Duterte’s administration saw a firm implementation of laws, including the implementation of the “No Segregation, No Collection” policy and the banning of non-biodegrable plastic bags and polystyrene foam or styrofoam as checkout bags and food & beverage containers.
The city’s anti-smoking stand was also strengthened with the approval of the New Comprehensive Anti-Smoking Ordinance (City Ordinance No. 0367 of 2012) which now prohibits smoking of all tobacco products, e-cigarettes and shishas in public places and restricts smoking only inside one’s residences and private vehicles and in designated outdoor places.
Modified motorcycle vehicles with sidecars, commonly known as “payong-payong” were also mandated to convert to closed cabs to ensure the safety of the riding public.
Less than a week before the SOCA, the LGU also launched the Intelligent Operations Center (IOC) at the Davao City Public Safety and Security Command Center (PSSCC), a technology powered by IBM which integrates all the services and data from the city’s offices involved in public safety to better manage crime, terrorism, traffic and emergency responses in the city. Along with this, additional CCTV cameras are also being installed along major roads and critical locations.
Traffic safety was also strengthened with the creation of the Traffic Eagle Squad, to monitor the implementation of traffic laws and apprehend traffic violators, and the Davao City Anti-Crime Unit (DC-ACU) to augment police visibility through constant and intermittent patrol along busy and high-risk areas.
Tourism, Economic Enterprise, and Employment
To push the city’s tourism industry, Duterte launched the “Davao City: Life is Here” campaign, and created two additional annual events aside from Araw ng Dabaw and Kadayawan – the Summerfest in April and May and Pasko Fiesta in December. This led to an unprecedented 29.21% increase in weekly flights to the city, with tourist arrivals hitting the one million mark in 2012, a 10.12% increase in the number of licensed tourism establishments, and 95% employment rate.
The “Road to Peace” infrastructure project, meanwhile, prioritizes the creation of a road network linking Paquibato, Calinan, and Marilog to the more populated areas in the Second Congressional District, giving them easier access to the city proper and enabling goods and services to travel to and from the areas faster and without having to enter another locality.
Existing facilities and buildings were also rehabilitated. The Paginhawaan Drop-in Center for Street Children and Quick Response Team for Children’s Concerns compound was renovated, and a Children’s Village is being constructed for children at risk and children in conflict with the law. Health centers and the Wireless Cemetery are currently being renovated. The Rizal Park Stage and the Davao City Overland Transport Terminal (DCOTT) were refurbished and the City Hall and Sangguniang Panlungsod Building were repainted.
New Ways of Reaching the People
To provide better services to the public, the government found new ways to engage Davaoeños.
The government services caravan brought the various offices of the City Government to both remote barangays and those in the poblacion to enable people to avail of government services without having to proceed to the City Hall or Sangguniang Panlungsod.
This program is augmented with the acquisition of a mobile hospital, a mass casualty ambulance bus, and an additional book mobile. Multicabs were also distributed to the barangays to provide the residents, thru their barangay officials, a means of mobility.
The LGU harnessed the power of technology, with a web portal ( and social media presence. The City Government is on Facebook and Twitter and there is also a Davao City mobile phone application. The City Accounting Office, meanwhile, utilizes the electronic Barangay Accounting System (e-BAS) to provide barangay officials real-time information regarding documents submitted to the CAO.
This is Mayor Sara Duterte’s first term as City Mayor. Prior to becoming the local chief executive, she served as Davao City Vice-Mayor from 2007-2010.
Prepared by:
Mary June Tesorero-Miguel
Charito N. Santos
2013 ushered in the newest Secretary to the Office of the Sangguniang Panlungsod, in the person of Mrs. Charito Narito Santos.
Ms. Santos officially assumed the post last December 12, 2012, in lieu of the retirement of former SP Secretary Margarito Dela Cruz after turning 65 years old, the mandatory age of retirement for government workers.
Before her appointment as SP Secretary, Maam Cha, as she is fondly called by SP employees, was the Assistant Secretary to the Sangguniang Panlungsod, a position she held since May 2011 until her designation as the Acting SP Secretary last February 2012. Bringing with her almost twenty-nine (29) years of government service, all in the Office of the Sangguniang Panlungsod, Ms. Santos started as Senior Stenographic Reporter, Records Officer II, Archivist II and rose from the ranks to Local Legislative Staff Officer V, the Division Chief of the Resolutions, Ordinances & Agenda (ROA) Division to Assistant Secretary to the Sangguniang Panlungsod, prior to her present appointment.
Sec. Santos hails from Boac, Marinduque but came to Davao during her younger years. She eventually settled and married Mr. Reynaldo M. Santos with whom they are blessed with four (4) wonderful children, Sandra, Jonas, Sarah and Sonya.
A consistent honor student, she graduated Salutatorian in elementary and obtained her Bachelor of Science in Commerce from Rizal Memorial Colleges (RMC). Further, she earned her Masters in Public Administration (MPA) at the Ateneo De Davao University under the Local Scholarship Program and was awarded as Best in Human Behavior and Organization.
With her appointment, Sec.  Santos is not new to the job as she has worked with the SP employees and knows the job well, which she has been performing in acting capacity for quite sometime now.For this reason, she knows what direction she wants the office to take and the goals she wants to accomplish. As she has risen from the ranks, she enjoys the full cooperation and support of the staff and employees of the office.
“I would like to express my gratitude to Vice Mayor Rody Duterte for the trust and confidence that he has given me as the Secretary to the Sangguniang Panlungsod,” she said.
“To reciprocate the Vice Mayor’s trust, I will endeavor to deliver good and quality public service,” she concluded.

7 Responses to In the News

  1. Congratulations to Datu Berino L. Mambo-o Sr. as the first ever Sectoral Representative of Indigenous People. May you serve your people well with integrity and honor. More power from !

    • spdavao says:

      Sir, we have forwarded a printed copy of your comment to the Office of Hon. Berino L. Mambo-o Sr. Thank you for visiting our blogsite.

  2. sir meron kayong copy ng Sangguniang Panglungsod na Logo in HD? or higher resolution?
    medyo maliit kasi eh, kung meron po, paki upload then pa share ng link, thanks (im from the IT department of a councilor at davao)

    • spdavao says:

      Sir, sorry for the late response as our MIS staff still had to work on the SP logo with a higher resolution. If you belong to one of the Councilor’s staff here in Davao City, kindly look for Mr. Severino Arda Jr. of the Records & Correspondence Section, to facilitate your request. Thank you.

  3. Ayessa Tin says:

    Good day. This is from SP General Santos City. May we request a copy of any document/record/material re the staffing pattern of the offices of your City Councilors? Thank you very much. We intend to study your City Council’s staffing pattern to see if there are aspects we can improve on relative to our own staffing pattern. Thank you very much.

    • spdavao says:

      Sir/Maam, we apologize for the delay in our response. This is due to the system upgrade of the official website of the City Government of Davao. As such, the LANDMARK LEGISLATION ONLINE facility, where you can download PDF copies of landmark ordinances of the City of Davao, was temporarily inaccessible.

      However, the said facility can now be used and accessed. You can download a copy of ordinances through the ONLINE LANDMARK LEGISLATION facility in this website.

      Just go to the HOME PAGE, click on the ONLINE LANDMARK LEGISLATION icon at the said page and key in the ordinance numbers of your inquiry: 002374-94, 000064-99 and 000113-01 and click on the PDF icon at the right side of the title to download a PDF copy thereof. You may also key in the keyword, “staffing” in the search bar and proceed to download copies thereof.

      For your information and guidance.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s