For the next three (3) years of service of the members of the Sangguniang Bayan as duly elected representatives of the people of Miagao, the August Body vows to live up to the expectations of its constituents and shall pass and enact legislations aimed towards the development and progress of the Municipality and the improvement of the quality of life and general welfare of the Miagaowanons.
As the legislative council of the Municipality, the Sangguniang Bayan of Miagao pledges its full support and cooperation to the programs and projects of the present local administration as outlined in the fifteen-point executive agenda for the years 2004-2007 of our Municipal Mayor, the Honorable Mayor Gerardo N. Flores.
For the coming three years, from July 2004 until June 2007, the Sangguniang Bayan of Miagao shall undertake the following concerns:
I.Revise the 1996 Tricycle Franchise Ordinance
The Municipal Ordinance No. 1, series of 1996 is the local law prescribing the guidelines for the issuance of franchise to operate tricycle-for-hire within the Municipality of Miagao as provided for under.It was last revised in the year 1996.It is deemed necessary that the said ordinance be amended and revised in order to properly address concerns such as the emergence of the separate tricycle operators and drivers associations in Zone A, or the poblacion route, and the emergence of alternative short-distance public transport systems such as the (Filcab) – multi-cabs.
The introduction of new administrative procedures in the issuance of tricycle franchise is also deemed imperative in view of the rapidly increasing number of tricycles-for-hire operating in the Municipality.
II.Revise the 1996 Municipal Traffic Ordinance
The Municipality of Miagao is a fast progressing and developing town.The number of private vehicles increased in view of the rise in the economic capacities of Miagaowanons, many being dollar earners.The number of tricycles-for-hire and other public utility transport systems have likewise increased thereby creating new problems and challenges in municipal traffic management.Accident incidence statistics also show a noticeable increase in traffic accidents mostly involving tricycles-for-hire.
Hence, the revision of the municipal traffic ordinance, last amended and compiled on October 1996, is considered timely and proper.
III.Identify and Declare Prospective Areas as Growth Centers
To boost productivity and enhance economic activity in far-flung areas of the Municipality, prospective sites for the establishment and development of satellite markets shall be identified and declared as growth centers.These will include, but shall not be limited to, existing or traditional growth centers.
IV.Identify and Declare Marine, Wildlife, Bird and Butterfly Sanctuaries and Protected Watershed Areas
In line with the current administration’s thrust towards environmental protection, conservation and preservation, certain coastal areas shall be identified and declared as marine sanctuaries to serve as breeding grounds for fishes and other marine animals, as well as serve as sites for mangrove propagation and the establishment of natural and artificial corral reefs.This measure is intended to increase the fast-depleting fisheries stock indigenous to the municipality.
Pursuant to the Wildlife Conservation Act, wildlife species indigenous to the municipality shall be identified and protected by means of a local ordinance or through the adoption of the Wildlife Conservation Act.This measure intends to preserve forest biodiversity and the delicate balance of the forest ecosystem.
Birds and butterflies, being prime agents in the dispersal of flora seeds, shall be equally protected by providing sanctuaries for them wherein it shall be declared illegal to capture or harm such creatures in such areas.
Watershed areas, whose existence are crucial in providing adequate potable water supply to the municipality, shall be identified and protected through the enactment of local regulatory laws or the adoption of national laws such as the National Integrated Protected Areas Act (NIPAs Act).Aide from providing potable water, watershed areas also increase the natural forest cover and contributes to decreasing global warming. Watershed areas also serve as natural attractions to local and foreign eco-tourists.
V.Improve Municipal Solid Waste Collection
Although the practice of zero-waste management is encouraged in the municipality, the accumulation of biodegradable and non-biodegradable solid waste is inevitable given the rising population of the municipality.
Municipal solid waste collection, especially in urban areas where the availability of suitable backyard sanitary landfills are scarce, shall be given proper action through the development of a garbage collection scheme and the possible adoption of a reasonable payment schedule to be enacted through an ordinance.
VI.Create an Investor-Friendly Atmosphere by Granting Incentives to Investors
To enhance the local economy and provide additional jobs for Miagaowanons, the August Body shall encourage more investors to invest in various businesses in the municipality by granting tax and business incentives through a legislative measure.
VII.Establish Additional Health and Day Care Centers
Areas shall be identified for the establishment of additional health and day care centers especially in hinterland communities in order to make such services more accessible to constituents in remote areas.
VIII.Encourage the Active Participation of Non-Government Organizations and the Private Sector and the Creation and Establishment of Cooperatives
Call for the accreditation of all existing non-government organizations and the private sector within the first year of service of the August Body. Encourage the creation and establishment of cooperatives since such endeavors maximize the participation of citizens.
IX.Regulate the Operation of Videoke and Karaoke Bars, Computer Game Stations and Similar Entertainment Establishments in the Perimeter of Educational Institutions
The proliferation of videoke bars, computer game stations and restaurants/stores selling liquors around the perimeter of educational institutions has caught the attention of the Sangguniang Bayan.The proliferation of such establishments is an indication of the economic upswing in the municipality, an indicator of progress and development.However, if such establishments are allowed to continue to operate unregulated, there is a very likely possibility that the studies of the youth would be affected and moral degradation may occur.Therefore it is necessary to regulate the stated businesses, just like other businesses.
X.Identify Natural Tourist Attractions and Restore, Protect and Develop Spanish-Era Structures for Eco-Tourism Purposes and Institute Support Facilities
Miagao envisions itself to become a major tourist destination in the Visayas.. This can be achieved through the identification of natural tourist attractions and the introduction of development geared towards the eco-tourism industry.
Spanish-era structures, such as the Taytay Boni in Barangay Kirayan Sur, shall be identified and declared initially as local treasures and its surrounding area declared as a heritage village.Measures shall be undertaken to secure national cognizance for such structures from the National Historical Institute and other concerned agencies.Such structures will be restored and developed to complement the Miagao Church and serve as additional tourist attractions.Buffer zones around such sites will be put up.
In addition, Taytay Boni may be declared as a historical and recreational park through the promulgation of appropriate legislation.
To promote identity as a tourism destination because of our famous Miag-ao Church, the World Heritage edifice should be complimented by installation of designs that would be significant to tourist. A resolution encouraging barangays, especially those along the national highway, to install streetlights of uniform design and specification.
The Local Government Unit should initiate the putting up a place of souvenir items such as pottery, handicrafts, furniture, goods that are the showcase of Miag-ao’s products, crafts or masterpiece of a Miag-aowanon. This will also help promote business or livelihood for our constituency. A cooperative of NGO must also be encouraged to put up the task of promotion.
All the tourist destinations in Miag-ao or potential tourist attractions should be protected. It must be free from habitat so as not to spoil the areas. Ordinance or resolution for the said will be passed.
Road network or infrastructure facilities must also be directed to the vision of the Local Government Unit as a “tourist destination in the Southern part of Iloilo” By having this, it will be easy for tourists to reach any point of attraction and the scenic locations.
Adopt-a-Tourist Program should also be instituted. This is about a tourist staying in the houses of people near the location of the tourist destination.
XI.Pass an Ordinance Regulating the Contributions, Fines and Other School Homeroom Fees
Parents are clamoring of the practice of the Teacher-advisers in public elementary and high schools requiring the parents or students to contribute money or in kind for alleged homeroom use.Further, teachers are imposing fines on students and pupils as one way of ensuring discipline. It is a common practice every end of the school year that the Teachers-Advisers are withholding the signing of clearance or the release of the Report Cards to the students/pupils or parents for failure to pay the homeroom contribution and fines. Students or pupils cannot enroll because they have no report cards to present during enrolment.This situation will defeat the program of the local government in education.
To address this problem, it is necessary that a legislative measure be passed to regulate the collection of school homeroom contribution and fines in all public elementary and high schools within the municipality.
XII.Regulate the Establishment and Operation of Small-Scale Piggeries and Chicken / Rooster Farms
The proliferation of small-scale piggeries and chicken/rooster farms emanate from backyard livelihood industries that were infused additional capital. Business permits are usually not secured since the business usually starts as a livelihood project, hence are not monitored or properly regulated until such time that complaints are raised by neighbors. It is therefore imperative that appropriate measure be passed to regulate such businesses.
XIII.Provide for Guidelines and Administrative Procedures in the Processing of Building Permits
The municipality is presently using the National Building Code of 1992 as the basis for regulating all building works. Although the fees accrue to the local coffers, there is no local standard regulation or guideline followed as to the procedure in processing building permits.
XIV.Regulate the Installation Height of Electrical and Telecommunications Wires and Cables in the Municipality and Adopt Republic Act No. 7920, or the New Electrical Engineering Law
The rapid advancement in telecommunications technology introduced many facilities such as cable television landline telephone exchanges and cellular telephone sites.These in turn required the laying of wires and cables, some of which are not properly placed and sometimes pose danger to the populace.Hence, the installation of cables and wires must be regulated for safety and aesthetic purposes.
It is also proposed that the R.A. 7920, otherwise known as the New Electrical Engineering Law, be adopted.
XV.Codify All General Ordinances and Provide for an Administrative Code of the Municipality
For easy referencing and access to municipal ordinances, all ordinances in effect shall be codified and printed in book form.An Administrative Code for the municipality shall also be promulgated.
XI.Promulgate Other Essential Legislation in Support of the Thirteen-Point Agenda of the Local Chief Executive
In manifestation of the full support of the Sangguniang Bayan to the Fifteen-Point Agenda of the Local Chief Executive, the August Body shall promulgate such measures necessary for the attainment of such agenda, as the need arises.
ADOPTED this 25TH day of August 2004, Miagao, Iloilo, Philippines.
Hon. Ramon M. Nismal, Jr.
Hon. Jose Rey N. Noble
SB Member / Floor Leader
Hon. Marcos M. Saquian, Sr.
Hon. Orlando S. Paulma
Hon. Anthony M. Ticorda
SB Member / Assistant Floor Leader
Hon. Suzita M. Go
Hon. Jose Rey S. Palmos
Hon. Leonardo N. Naldoza
Hon. Serafin F. Monteclaro
SB Member/ Pres., Liga ng mga Barangay
Hon. Russel B. Nolledo
SB Member/SKMF President
Atty. Raul F. Facon
Vice Mayor and Presiding Officer