Junk RPT ordinance, finish new city hall, stamp out summary killings, allow vans – new Tagum Mayor Rellon

june 7, 2013

By Cha Monforte, Rural Urban News

Tagum City Mayor-elect Allan Rellon vowed that under his incoming watch starting July 1 he would push for the junking of the controversial Real Property (RPT) ordinance, finish the still-unfinished new City Hall, allow the vans to pick up passengers and stamp out summary killings occurring in the city.

“Dapat ibasura na na (that should be junked),” he said referring to City Ordinance City Ordinance No. 558, which had become a leading hot issue in the last polls for what critics said as charging too high tax rates which the city’s landowners cannot afford to pay to.

The city council last January temporarily deferred its implementation reasoning on the need for relief due to the onslaught of typhoon Pablo, even while the measure was questioned by a landowners’ group at the Supreme Court. It is yet pending for SC’s resolution at press time.

“The deferment is really awkward. We can’t really implement it. That should be archived. We will go back to, revisit the old (RPT ordinance), and if it is lacking, we will conduct real consultation with the people to know whether it is acceptable to the people, the consultation will be barangay-to-barangay,” Rellon said in an interview Wednesday.

As to the gargantuan new City Hall at Barangay Apokon, he said that he would try his best to finish it and use it “but within budgetary limits and other considerations like the Commission on Audit, which is presently reviewing” the transactions relating its construction

He said that he does not know yet the balance of the P230 million which was the last financial measure that the city council he presided approved to augment the funding of its construction. The loan was sought from Philippine National Bank with 20 percent of the city’s Internal Revenue Allotment made as loan collateral.

The funding for its construction is already close to P700 million with the earlier loans of the first P200 million and then the next P250 million from the Development Bank of the Philippines. All the loans were contended to be still within the allowable debt servicing capacity of the city government.

“From what is left, I’ll benchmark from there,” Rellon said.

“It would take time. But I want to be transparent to the procedures on how we address it, of course, because the new city hall is funded by loans,” he added.

“Summary killings should be stopped,” the incoming mayor vowed.

He said he would deploy all security and peace and order measures in place to get rid the menace which has been victimizing people out of bounds of law and for the city residents to have peace of mind and greater sense of security.

He said that the rule of law and peace should reign in the city.

He expressed apprehensions over recent violent incidents and dysfunctions following his election as a mayor that seemed to sow mayhem in the city.

Local media recently reported on killing, kidnapping, holdup and stabbing incidents, the rise of rugby boys, besides that text messages are circulating that the banned bura-bura (noisy) single motorcycles are now ruling in the city’s streets.

He added that “text brigades are again busy” and are projecting that under his watch “ang syudad sagbot, hugaw, gubot ug daghang patay (the city would have a lot of weeds, dirty, troublesome and has a lot of killings).”

He said that people should know that much as he wants to but he cannot yet act on these as he is not yet officially the mayor.

He added that those who want him fail want to sabotage his administration from the start.

He said they better watch out when he will assume office starting July 1.

Lastly, he said that as to the issue of passenger vans that were not allowed loading and unloading within the city’s spaces during the time of outgoing Mayor Rey Uy, the mayor-elect said that he wants it resolved under the principle, “buhi-buhi lang (live and let live) and within the bounds of the laws of LTFRB (Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board)”

His foremost question in mind is, “why are vans allowed by the LTFRB in Koronadal City and in other places?”

He recalled that during the time of the mayorship of ex-Governor Gelacio Gementiza, there was one bay in the city’s integrated terminal allocated for the plying vans.

Following the May 13 election, passenger vans have been seen picking up and unloading passengers along the national highway within the city without being flagged down, apprehended or pursued by trafficmen employed by the city government.

In the last polls, Rellon trounced Mayor Uy’s son and senior Councilor De Carlo “Oyo” Uy by 21,964 votes’ margin. Rellon got 54,492 votes against Uy’s 32,528 votes- (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)

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