NEW IPMR IN THE CITY COUNCIL
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.
MA. THERESA A. REYES
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.
MARY JUNE T. MIGUEL
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
16th City Council conducts Farewell SessionMayor Sara delivers final SOCA, highlights accomplishments from 2011-2013
VICE MAYOR APPOINTS NEWEST SECRETARY :
A PROMOTION WELL DESERVED
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.
Ma. Theresa A. Reyes
Charito N. Santos