Tagbilaran City now accepts payments online

Alexander Fiel Jr. from the City Treasurer’s Office facilitates the GCASH payments.
Alexander Fiel Jr. from the City Treasurer’s Office facilitates the GCASH payments.
Alexander Fiel Jr. from the City Treasurer’s Office facilitates the GCASH payments.

Safety is the main agenda during this pandemic and this is what the City Government had in mind when it launched online initiatives to reinforce safety protocols. Just recently, the City Treasurer’s Office announced that payments for water, business and real property taxes can now be coursed through GCASH. This is to limit face-to-face transactions without depriving the much-needed revenues from the City Government. City Mayor John Geesnell “BABA” Yap said that transactions in the City Government should not be stopped due to the health crisis, “We are continuously thinking of ways to strike a compromise between safety and revving up the local economy. Our driving force is to revive the local economy by encouraging Tagbilaranons to engage in local transactions and for the constituents to do that, they have to be assured of safety, vis-à-vis the containment of the virus,” Mayor Yap said. 

Various initiatives were launched to reach this target. The City Accounting Office launched the Tracking Assistant Gateway or TAG. It is a software application that enables all the offices in the City Hall to track the progress of their claims online. There is no need to go to the City Accounting Office and discuss the status of the claims since all the details are already posted in the system. The IT department who made the program installed TAG in all the offices in the City Hall. The system is assigned to a focal person who is responsible to manage the application. The TAG installed in a certain office cannot be accessed by other offices. It is exclusive and password-protected. The General Services Office (GSO) also followed suit and launched the e-procurement. It is a 24/7 system that automates the preparation of the Purchase Request (PRs) for goods and it allows easy tracking of the progress of PRs.  All PRs will be filed and created online by the designated Supply Officer of the different departments and offices. The offices through their Supply Officer can follow-up the status of their PRs online.  The PRs will then be reviewed, printed and processed by the CGSO.

Then last June 2020, the Information Technology Department of the City Government was also tasked to come up with a contactless platform for the application of business permits. The IT established a link in the website where the e-permitting platform was placed. The clients need not to go to the City Hall to apply or renew their business permits. First step is to click the link of the e-BPLP in the official website of the City Government of Tagbilaran and fill-out the online form. The Business Permits and Licensing Office (BPLO) evaluate, validate, and assess the application. Notifications will then be sent through email or SMS message whether the application has deficiencies or is approved.

For approved applications, a billing or statement of taxes, fees and charges is sent to the registered email address and mobile number of the applicant. Billed amount must be made through any of the following online payment channels: www.tagbilaran.gov.ph or PayMaya. Once application and payment have been completed, an email and text message will be sent indicating the pick-up date of the business permit. During the Enhanced Community Quarntine, the SK Pederasyon of Tagbilaran City stepped up and made the voluntary task of delivering the approved business permits direct to the doorsteps of the permittees.  Alongside the establishment of the e-permitting system portal was the coordination with the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Land Bank of the Philippines, and GCash to further facilitate the online payments. 


Tagbilaran City, finalist in the Most Business Friendly LGU award 2021

Tagbilaran City, finalist in the Most Business Friendly LGU award 2021
Tagbilaran City, finalist in the Most Business Friendly LGU award 2021
Tagbilaran City, finalist in the Most Business Friendly LGU award 2021

Tagbilaran City has been chosen as one of the finalists in the Most Business Friendly LGU Award (City Level 3) by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) for the third time. The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) has regularly conducted the search for local government units who have provided an encouraging climate for businesses. This year, PCCI is on the lookout for LGUs who has been successful in restoring and increasing the business operations in their area thru significant and sustained innovative actions despite the extreme challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s LGU awards initiative aims to highlight LGU success stories and best practices that go beyond the ordinary to address the overwhelming negative impacts of the current pandemic to the business community.
City Mayor John Geesnell “BABA” Yap recognized the significant contribution of the entire City Government in the management of the health crisis, “This is a real team effort. Tagbilaran City is able to strike a balance between safeguarding health and revitalizing local economy by a dynamic synergy among the local government, business sector, and the community. The support and cooperation of each sector made the COVID-19 management successful,” Mayor Yap said.
Tagbilaran City, along with eleven other finalists led by Balanga, Cauayan, Iriga, Koronadal, Alaminos, Laoag, Panabo, San Fernando, San Pedro, Vigan, and Tuguegarao will defend their respective entries among the distinguished panel from PCCI on Monday, October 11.
Tagbilaran City’s entry highlighted its efforts in establishing consumer confidence among the business owners in Tagbilaran. The rapid impact assessment conducted by Prof. Michael Canares also provided a clear roadmap for the response and recovery plan made by the City Government. Its initiatives towards strengthening the health protocols in Tagbilaran, together with outlining specific health requirements to the business establishments on how to operate under the new normal made a strong point. The entry also highlighted the new businesses which opened in Tagbilaran City even amidst the pandemic. In fact, in 2020, Tagbilaran City exceeded the annual target set by the Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF). The awarding will be conducted during the PCCI’s 47th Philippine Business Conference on November 18, 2021.

Mayor Yap turns over brand new motorcycle to the City PNP


         City Mayor John Geesnell “BABA” Yap led the simple turn-over ceremony of the brand-new Honda CRF-250 to the City PNP as represented by Chief of Police Lt. Col. Mary Crystal Peralta. The motorcycle will be an additional reinforcement to the monitoring and surveillance operations of the City PNP. To date, the City PNP is actively pursuing its Anti-Criminality Campaign, Oplan Double Barrel, Drug Clearing and Household Tagging, and Training of the Barangay Peace-Keeping Action Team. According to the unit’s year-end report, the City PNP was able to seized more than Php23 million worth of drugs in 91 operations with 127 drug personalities arrested. The unit has also actively conducted lectures and seminars on Anti-Illegal Drug Operations and Advocacy Lectures among the youth. City Mayor John Geesnell “BABA” Yap recognized the City PNP’s dedication and commitment, “Through the efforts of the City PNP, the peace and security in Tagbilaran City have been upheld. They were also instrumental in the border control and health keeping measures implementation during this pandemic. We are hoping that the new motorcycle will strengthen their efforts”, Mayor Yap said. Aside from the City PNP’s core mandates, the unit is also actively involved in community-based initiatives such as Tree Planting, Kapwa Ko Sagot Ko Program, Flyers Distribution, Information Lectures on Terrorism, and Resistance Education for Illegal Drugs dubbed as PROJECT-READY.

ROTARACT donates swab panels to Tagbilaran City

          The Rotaract Club of Tagbilaran turned over three (3) swab panels to the City Government last April 30.  It will be then given to the City Health Office (CHO) to be stationed in the swabbing center in Brgy. Poblacion 2. City Mayor John Geesnell “BABA” Yap recognizes the valuable contribution of the various civic organizations in the City, “We are truly grateful for all the help that we have been getting. The support and cooperation from our partner organization makes our burden lighter, we will be forever grateful”, Yap said.

         Just last week, GUGMA Tagbilaran donated digital thermometers and pulse oximeters to COVID-19 patients in Tagbilaran. City Health Officer (CHO) Dr. Jeia Pondoc said this will greatly assist the patients to monitor their health status, “Pulse oximetry is a non-invasive and painless test that measures your oxygen saturation level, or the oxygen levels in your blood. It can rapidly detect even small changes in how efficiently oxygen is being carried to the extremities furthest from the heart, including the legs and the arms. So, for those who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, this will assist and guide us on what interventions to take”, Dr. Pondoc said. The pulse oximeter is a small, clip-like device that attaches to a body part, like toes or an earlobe. It’s most commonly put on a finger, and it’s often used in a critical care setting like emergency rooms or hospitals. GUGMA Tagbilaran volunteers distributed the gadgets to the families affected by COVID-19.

Tagbilaran City receives underwater cameras from the Fish Visayas Project


(From left) City Agrivet Officer Dr. Genette Egos, Tagbilaran City’s First Lady Jane Yap, City Mayor John Geesnell “BABA” Yap, and Bohol Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) Executive Assistant Rolaine Bautista Uy during the turn-over of gadgets from the Fish Visayas Project and BCCI.

The Fish Visayas Project of the AFOS Foundation through its local partner, the Bohol Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) represented by its Executive Assistant Rolaine Bautista Uy turned over two underwater cameras and six pieces of goggles to the City Government. City Mayor John Geesnell “BABA” personally received the donations along with Tagbilaran City’s First Lady Jane Yap, and City Agrivet Officer Dr. Genette Egos. The underwater gadgets will be used in the monitoring and surveillance activities in the Kinubkuban Reef, Tagbilaran City’s 4th marine sanctuary. It should be remembered the City Agrivet Office under Dr. Genette Egos led the inauguration of Kinubkuban Marine Reef Sanctuary in Brgy. Taloto with Mayor Yap last month. Prior to the inauguration in Brgy. Taloto, the Fish Visayas Project of the AFOS Foundation and the BCCI donated materials for the demarcation of the reef. During the activity, the local chief executive pointed out that the initiative is crucial in the protection of the environment and can also provide the much-needed economic activity for the fishermen in the area.

An ordinance sponsored by City Councilor Glovasa declared Kinubkuban Reef as a marine sanctuary. The ordinance clearly outlined the rules and regulations which would govern the management and operations in the reef. With the ordinance in place, the reef will be protected and conserved, along with the sustainability of its aquatic resources. A management council will also be established to oversee the long-term plan for the marine sanctuary. The City Agrivet Office, the Philippine National Police, the Philippine Coast Guard, the law enforcement officers of the DENR-BFAR, DA-BFAR, and the barangay officials of Brgy. Taloto are all authorized to enforce the ordinance.

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