14 out of the 15 barangays in Tagbilaran City are now enjoying the benefits of a covered court, thanks to the dogged determination of City Mayor John Geesnell “BABA” Yap who have made infrastructure development a priority, “Our heavy investment in infrastructure development has opened many opportunities for Tagbilaran City. New businesses came in and tourist arrivals have increased. With that in mind, we would also concentrate in developing the infrastructure in the barangays, paving the way for opportunities to also come their way”, Yap said. Photo shows the newly-constructed covered court in Brgy. Ubujan with Mayor Yap, barangay officials of Ubujan led by its Brgy. Capt. Mary Jane Ruiz, San Isidro’s Brgy. Capt. Fausto Budlong, and Provincial Risk Reduction and Management Officer (PDRRMO) Anthony Damalerio.
With COMELEC Bohol Election Officer Atty. Ariel Selma, City Local Government Operations Officer Redemcion Cag-ong, and Sangguniang Panlungsod Secretary Mansueta Sale, City Mayor John Geesnell “BABA” Yap led the induction of the Sangguniang Kabataan Federated Officers with President Tom Cesar Vergara from Poblacion II, Vice-President Raul Aparicio II from Poblacion 3, Secretary Shaznay Shanaya Galan from Mansasa, Treasurer Clark Adrian Bandija from San Isidro, Auditor Jose Allan Bautista from Manga, PRO Glicelle Mariz Policianos from Dao and Sergeant-at-Arms Runneth Badilla from Dampas and Floro Ringca from Bool. Mayor Yap encouraged the young officials to come up with noteworthy projects aimed in empowering the youth by maximizing potentials through innovative learning opportunities.
City Mayor John Geesnell “BABA” Yap gives the go-signal for the implementation of City Ordinance C-223, otherwise known as “Plastic Bag Ban Ordinance” in the City of Tagbilaran. Starting with the big malls in the City, the ordinance took effect yesterday, June 2. For this preparatory run, the prohibition in the use of plastic bags will be implemented every Saturday starting June 2. This would give ample window to the business establishments to exhaust all its plastic bag stocks. After six months, the prohibition will be implemented every day.
City Ordinance C-223 outlines that all business establishments and their respective customers are prohibited to use plastic bags at the point of sale for the purpose of carrying dry goods; no commercial establishments dealing with wet goods will be allowed to use plastic bags as secondary packaging material, and no commercial establishment shall use styrofoam/styropor and other similar materials as containers for prepared or ready-to-eat foods, produce, and other similar products. Moreover, the selling and use of plastic bags by any commercial establishments or individual may only be allowed if such sale or offer to use plastic bags are necessary for household or personal use and no commercial establishment or individual shall be allowed to use plastic bags as primary packaging materials for dry goods and secondary packaging materials for wet goods.
There will be a corresponding fines and penalties for those commercial establishments or individual who will violate any of the prohibited acts outlined in the ordinance. Violators shall be penalized with an amount ranging from Three Thousand Pesos (Php3, 000.00) to Five Thousand Pesos (Php5, 000.00) or imprisonment of not more than six (6) months upon the discretion of the court and cancellation of the establishment’s license to operate for a period of one (1) year.
The monitoring and enforcement of this ordinance will be jointly undertaken by the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) headed by Ceasar Pelaez and the City Solid Waste and Management Office (CSWMO) under Joselito Taladua. LEIPO Beben Inting who strongly supports the ordinance said that the preparatory run will last for six months after which a full implementation will unfold banning the use of plastics from Monday to Sunday.
Mayor Yap enjoined all the Tagbilaranons to take an active part in this campaign, “The prohibition in the use of plastics will definitely help the City Government in its move to reduce solid wastes generated in Tagbilaran City. If this happens, we would be making a positive contribution to the protection and preservation of our environment, reinforcing the safeguarding of public health”, Yap stressed.
Saving lives is no ordinary task but for Loboc native Winefredo Maquindang, it was instinct to load 6 injured people inside his cab, during the mass shooting in Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas. City Mayor John Geesnell “BABA” Yap also took time to affirm such a noble deed as shown in the courtesy call of Maquindang in the City Hall. Maquindang is one of the awardees in the Charter Day celebrations of Tagbilaran City come July 1.