City Mayor John Geesnell “BABA” Yap, City Councilor Joseph Bompat, SK Federated President Tom Cesar Vergara, and BACU Head Alvin Acuzar awarded the tuition fee subsidy to 552 scholars in Tagbilaran City. This program has been consistently providing opportunities to students who wished to finish college. To date, the City Government also established the Tagbilaran City College which aims to provide affordable and quality education. The current enrollment of TCC numbers to more than 800 coming from all over Bohol.
City Vice-Mayor Jose Antonio Veloso presided over the committee meeting tasked to review the proposed Pedestrian Safety Ordinance in Tagbilaran City. Premised on the general welfare code, the ordinance aims to regulate the use of streets and sidewalks. It mandates that pedestrians should be provided with sidewalks, pedestrian crossings, pedestrian refuge island, curb extension, accessibility ramps, signage, and adequate lighting. Once approved, an ad hoc committee is tasked to oversee the project headed by the City Planning and Development Office.
It was a day
of “firsts” for Tagbilaran City as it joined the whole world in celebrating the
World Water Day last Wednesday in the City Hall Atrium. City Mayor John
Geesnell “BABA” Yap delivered the first State of the City Waterworks Address
which mainly chronicled the journey of the Tagbilaran City Waterworks System
(TCWS) from 2013 to the present. According to USAID-SURGE Coordinator, Dr.
Linda Paredes, the TCWS has indeed experienced a major turn-around upon the
assumption of Mayor Yap. Paredes cited that to date, the City Government thru
the leadership of Mayor Yap has invested PhP9.4M for water pipes replacements
covering 7,584 meters which is expected to be completed in June this year.
Likewise, water meters costing Php2M were also procured to replace the old
ones. These initiatives are all geared to reduce leakages which contributed to
non-revenue water. Further, the 28 pumping stations are being fenced to ward
off the potential danger of contamination. Technically capable plumbers and
workers were also hired as well as training of administrative staff to meet the
demands of automation.
Peter Busano on the helm under the Local Enterprise Economic Officer, Bebiano
Inting, the TCWS has indeed gone a long way. Mayor Yap in his message
underscored the value of harnessing empowered public and private partnerships,”
The results are clear, our partnership with USAID-SURGE and Maynilad have brought
in significant changes. The TCWS increased
its revenues in 2017 by 34%, compared with 2016. This is despite the fact that
the water tariff of P4 per cubic meter, which is currently used now and which
was set in 2004, is still way below the computed and desirable maximum tariff
of P9.20 per cubic meter. We have enhanced the revenue-generation potentials of
the Tagbilaran City Waterworks System, from being a losing venture. Both
technical/operational and financial systems are installed in TCWS to reform the
city waterworks. To date, complaints of water services aired over the local
radio drastically reduced or are almost unheard of. Increase applications for
subscriptions is noted. From 5,000 in 2017, water subscribers increased to
almost 5,200 in 2018. A computerized billing and collection systems was
installed in TCWS in the early 2018 and was made operational in the second
quarter last year. Water meter readers were also trained by Maynilad. Our Local
Economic Enterprise Office, which supervises our city waterworks, scheduled
water meter readers on a rotational basis, for better check and balance. The
biggest impact was felt in the increase of water services from 2 – 6 hours/ day
to 12-24 hours / day. Water services has indeed improved and we can proudly say
WATER SERVICE IS DELIVERED. A major highlight in our journey to improve our
waterworks system was when I was invited by the United States Agency for
International Development (USAID) to present the progress and accomplishments
of our Tagbilaran City Waterworks System in Manila last April 13, 2018.
Together with USAID/SURGE Project and Maynilad, we were honored and privilege
to share what we have done to bring improved water services to our people” Yap
also witnessed the first ever Social Marketing Campaign for Sanitation of
Tagbilaran City. The campaign will drumbeat the value of Septage Management.
Being the first local government unit to adapt such technology, the campaign
will not only focus on dishing out information about the program, but will
launch a total overview in changing and influencing behavior.
The event was
graced by the USAID-SURGE Team led by Marian Cruz Navata, Provincial Director
Johnjoan Mende of the Department of Interior and Local Government, Vice-Mayor
Jose Antonio “Toto” Veloso and the members of the 13th Sangguniang Panlungsod, Department
and Office heads led by City Administrator Leonides Borja, Barangay Captains of
the 15 barangays, Sangguniang Kabata-an (SK) Chairpersons, Maynilad Water
Services, Inc. headed by Mr. Edmund Perez II, BCCI President Engr. Albert Uy,
and selected TCWS water concessionaires.
results of the HNU Bohol Poll showed an overwhelming majority of satisfaction
in the performance of City Mayor John Geesnell “BABA” Yap. A whopping majority
of the Tagbilaranons were satisfied with Mayor Yap’s performance as mayor while
relatively none were dissatisfied which resulted to an impressive net
satisfaction rating of +100, eight points higher than last year at +92.
Further, voter’s preference also showed that Mayor Yap will have a comfortable
lead at 90% against opposing mayoralty candidate Dr. Sharleen Lim who only got
6%. The City Mayor’s Office was also included by the respondents in the Top 3 Best
Government offices in the Province of Bohol, along with the Governor’s Office
and DSWD Tagbilaran. The entire City Government also got a “very good “performance
rating” in Promoting Investments with +81; Providing Livelihood Opportunities
and Employment with +63; Ensuring adequacy of drinking water with +88, and
Protecting life and property with +70. The Traffic Management which got +2 in
2018 got an increase this year with +28. Voters’ Preference for the various
positions in the province also showed that Cong. Arthur Yap would win against
former Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco in the gubernatorial seat, with Yap
getting 53% as against Evasco with only 35%. For the 1st district
representative, Gov. Edgar Chatto has a comfortable lead of 86% against former
mayor Dan Neri Lim who only got 14%. 3RD district representative
hopefuls Board Member Alexie Tutor, Dioning Balite, and Che Toribio delos Reyes
were statistically tied at 33%, 30%, and 21% respectively. For the City Mayor, Hon.
John Geesnell L. Yap II got an overwhelming support of 90% as against Dr.
Sharleen Lim at 6%. Vice-Mayor Jose Antonio Veloso also got a comfortable lead
of 78% against Brgy. Capt. Arlene Karaan who only got 13%.
The HNU Bohol
Poll survey period were from February 12 to March 6 with a total sample of 400
respondents with a margin of error for Bohol at +/-5%. 90% of the respondents
came from the rural areas, 12% coming from A, B, and C bracket, 74% from D, and
14% from E. 50% were males and 50% were females. The respondents were from ages
50 to 45 (69%), 33 to 44 (23%), and 18 to 24 (8%).