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NEWS: “Expected, walang nagbabago sa Congress”- Oyo Uy

Posted in boarmember roger israel, former gov. anthony del rosario, tagum, tagum city councilor de carlo "oyo" uy, tagum city councilors with tags , , , , on December 5, 2008 by cha monforte

On House junking of 4th impeachment complaint

dec 4

The Tagum City youthful councilor reported to be one of the congressional potentials in Davao del Norte’s 1st District has made a verbal snipe to the House in the wake of the junking on the fourth impeachment complaint against President Arroyo.

“Expected, walang nagbabago sa Congress,” Councilor De Carlo “Oyo” Uy said yesterday, apparently not hiding his feeling of frustration over the country’s legislative branch of government.

Davao del Norte congressmen Arrel Olano (District 1) and Anton Lagdameo (District 2) voted yes for the junking of the impeachment complaint during the casting of votes that ended Wednesday dawn following seven hours of floor deliberations.

Compostela Valley congressmen Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora (District 1) and Rommel Amatong (District 2) also participated in the killing of the impeachment complaint.

Councilor Uy added that while the Congress did it local officials should remain to be unperturbed and continue exerting best efforts for public service.

Oyo, son of City Mayor Rey Uy, had earlier declared that the congressional post that last-termer Olano would be leaving by 2010 is a possibility, saying he is also qualified to gun for it.

But pundits also bruited about Oyo’s possible running as city vice mayor in what Davao City Vice Mayor Sara had accomplished in 2007 polls to tandem now with her father Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

In the last 2007 polls Oyo placed Top 3 among councilor bets in a 12-0 landslide victory of Lakas-CMD city slate. At present, he is the president of Metro Shuttle-Davao Reyer Transport Services. He is a Business Management graduate of the La Salle University in Manila.

Boardmember Roger “Dangpanan” Israel and former vice governor Anthony del Rosario, son of Governor Rodolfo del Rosario, were reported to be also interested to run for the post that Lakas-CMD provincial top guns considered to be open and not a subject of the party’s rule on equity of the incumbent by 2010.

Meanwhile, Israel said that the opposition just lacked numbers to stage a good fight to push the latest impeachment.

“Walang laban, it was another wake-up call for the opposition to unite for 2010,” he added..

“It’s now or never… I’m not getting younger now, baka maiwanan tayo,” he said in text message when asked on his congressional ambition. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News) http://ruralurbanews.blogspot.com

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NEWS: Flexi fare ordinance not yet acted upon – Rellon

Posted in allan rellon, councilor suaybaguio, tagum, tagum city, tagum city councilors, tagum city flexi fare, tagum city hall, tagum councilors, tagum urban poor with tags , , , on October 21, 2008 by cha monforte

oct 21

Tagum City Mayor Allan Rellon said yesterday that the City Council as a whole has not yet acted upon the proposed executive-initiated ordinance putting as flexible the motorcycle fare based on the current prices of gasoline.

“We are still waiting for it,” he said in an interview at Tahanan ng Punong Lalawigan, the official residence of the governor inside the Capitol complex at Mankilam, Tagum City where guests, mediamen and provincial officials with Press Secretary Jesus Dureza took their lunch after the holding of local National Press Club activities yesterday.

Last October 8 the new measure passed the first reading and was referred to the committees of laws and of public facilities.

On the other hand, as to what is dubbed as urban poor ordinance, he said that its proponent Councilor Nicandro “Nickel” Suaybaguio has still to fully introduce the measure.

Observers earlier said that Suaybaguio’s measure may yet draw another controversy as it plans to suspend for five years the issuance of approval of permits and requirements to urban poor housing.

Last week, the city’s purok ordinance on motion for reconsideration was junked anew by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan for being “legally infirmed”.

Under the proposed ordinance entitled “An Ordinance Imposing the Regulation of Fare Rates of Motorized Tricycles for Hire (MTH) of the City of Tagum” fare rates would vary based on the set schedule.

If gasoline prices per liter (gpl) range P20 to 29.99 it will have P6 for regular fare and P4 for student or senior citizen; P30 to P39.99 gpl- P7 regular fare, P5 student/senior citizen; P40 to 49.99 gpl- P8 regular fare, P6 student/senior citizen; P50 to P59.99 gpl- P9 regular fare, P7 student/senior citizen; P60 to P69.99 gpl- P10 regular fare, P8 student/senior citizen; P70 to P79.99 gpl- P11 regular fare, P9 student/senior citizen; P80 to P89.99 gpl- P12 regular fare, P10 student/senior citizen; P90 to P99.99 gpl- P13 regular fare, P11 student/senior citizen; and P100 and above gpl- P14 regular fare, P12 student/senior citizen.

The fare rates are good for the first three kilometers of the Central District from where the passenger originated, and would have an additional of P1 for every kilometer or every fraction thereof. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News) http://ruralurbanews.blogspot.com

OPINION: Too high a budget for “paperless legislation”

Posted in allan rellon, tagum, tagum city, tagum city councilors, tagum city hall, tagum paperless legislation with tags , , , on October 21, 2008 by cha monforte

Prices of computer nowadays are dropping. It’s different before, 5 or 10 years ago, when acquiring a computer was considered a rare luxury. Appliance stores in Davao City and Tagum City then made so much a killing for profit by selling slow-speed computers at so expensive price through installments.

Now you can buy a computer set at P5,000. It’s a surplus though but it works for the novice and practicing, kids and youths who are not addicted to top speed RAN online game and its ilk, say it’s only for encoding, web research and small games (not the one the needs 1 gigahertz of processor and 1 gigabytes of memory, that’s so fast at these specs).

With the fast rate of computer innovations and production of new brands and products at much improved performance and more features, as well as the stiff competition of computer makers while chip and parts makers are vast for computer assembly industry, computer imports are ever coming to the country inevitably decreasing computer prices. It’s like the cellphones.

Try online search in Davao City stores, the usual source of supplier in Davao del Norte and Comval local government units for the product and you’ll see good, fast brand new laptops having a capacity of 1 GHz processor and 1 GB of memory, which are so fitted to for the city councilors and vice mayor eyeing to have “paperless legislation” next year priced lower. Say an HP Compaq Presario or Acer, both with 512 RAM, priced at P35,000. That’s fair and modest budget, although one could now buy a fairly fast WIFI (wireless) capable laptop at P25,000 nowadays.

But we’ll stick to P35,000-worth laptop that’s already so good for our city councilors. At this budget multiplied by the number of Tagum City councilors plus the vice mayor and the secretariat or 14, and add P200,000 for the two servers, peripherals and for the licenses of operating systems so the greedy software business alliance cohorts of Bill Gates will not run after the City Hall, and what we have as modest and practical budget for Tagum SP “paperless legislation” is a little over the half of the planned P1.5 million budget as proposed by Councilor Rey Salve. That’s too high a budget Kons.

An P800,000 budget is already so good and cool budget to our estimate.
There’s actually no training seminar in other venues needed there. What is important is that the city IT department first set up the networking cables, and conduct hands-on training, dry run for the city councilors right at SP hall after the goods arrived. And that’s it. Meantime, Councilor Inting Eliot could have all the time learning the sophistication of his laptop at home with an apo at his side. There’s actually no so much fuss and grand in implementing a “paperless legislation”. And the balance of P700,000 that is squeezed out could as well be infused to the La Filipina public cemetery for our beloved deads to be happy. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News) http://ruralurbanews.blogspot.com

NEWS: Only P9 under flexi fare ordinance for tricycles

Posted in Apple Green Policy, davao del norte councilors, tagum, tagum business, tagum city, tagum city councilors, tagum city hall, tagum city website, tagum councilors, tagum sex scandal, tagum tricycle fare with tags , , on October 9, 2008 by cha monforte
At P50 gas price
oct 8

TAGUM CITY- Under the newly proposed flexible fare ordinance, the motorcycle fare at the current gasoline prices above P50 per liter would only be P9 and not the present P10, which was effected just two weeks ago.

City legal officer Roland Tumanda said that under the proposed flexi fare ordinance the P9 fare would be effected if gasoline prices would range P50 to P59 per liter.

He said that the proposed flexi fare ordinance was come up and initiated by Mayor Rey Uy, whom he said has heard and felt of the widespread complaints of the riding public in the city after the delayed implementation of the latest fare increase ordinance.

Atty. Tumanda also said that under the proposed measure it will be already the City Tricycle Franchising and Regulatory Board (CTFRB) which he currently chairs which would adjust the tricycle fare from time to time depending on the current prices of gasoline, and thus tricycle fare adjustment would no longer need the lengthy cycle of  legislative process that reaches up the provincial level including public hearings.

On Monday session of the City Council, the new measure passed the first reading and was referred to the committees of laws and of public facilities.

Vice Mayor Allan Rellon said that today the committees will meet to tackle the executive-initiated measure.

Under the proposed ordinance entitled “An Ordinance Imposing the Regulation of Fare Rates of Motorized Tricycles for Hire (MTH) of the City of Tagum” fare rates would vary based on the set schedule.

If gasoline prices per liter (gpl) range P20 to 29.99 it will have P6 for regular fare and P4 for student or senior citizen; P30 to P39.99 gpl- P7 regular fare, P5 student/senior citizen; P40 to 49.99 gpl- P8 regular fare, P6 student/senior citizen; P50 to P59.99 gpl- P9 regular fare, P7 student/senior citizen; P60 to P69.99 gpl- P10 regular fare, P8 student/senior citizen; P70 to P79.99 gpl- P11 regular fare, P9 student/senior citizen; P80 to P89.99 gpl- P12 regular fare, P10 student/senior citizen; P90 to P99.99 gpl- P13 regular fare, P11 student/senior citizen; and P100 and above gpl- P14 regular fare, P12 student/senior citizen.

The fare rates are good for the first three kilometers of the Central District from where the passenger originated, and would have an additional of P1 for every kilometer or every fraction thereof. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News) http://ruralurbanews.blogspot.com

The tricycle fare increase in Tagum City

Posted in atty. tumanda, councilor alfredo pagmilao, councilor allan zulueta, councilor francisco remitar, councilor joey millan, councilor suaybaguio, mayor rey uy, mylene baura, tagum, tagum city, tagum city councilors, tagum city hall, tagum councilors with tags , on September 22, 2008 by cha monforte

sept 19

The City Legal Officer Roland Tumanda made the inevitable reason loud and clear to quell murmurs around on the possibillity of holding in abeyance the present P7 motorcycle fare since prices of oil products have been already decreasing over the last two weeks. The increased P10 fare will continue for Tagum City despite the price rollbacks.

Since it’s the Tagum City Federation of Tricycle Transport and Services Cooperative (Tafettrasco) that would be benefited, its act of volunteering to distribute the taripas is a just a natural reaction knowing that tricycle drivers and operators have then been losing when gasoline prices were still about a double of the January price level, as well as due to the unfair competition posed by the colorum habal-habals which have been snatching their passengers in the city’s streets during sunny days.

“Unless the ordinance is amended,” Atty. Tumanda said to belabor a point that the fare could still be decreased to attune with current oil prices.

It’s good that there seems to be a quick price reflex now in the country’s deregulation regime in the oil industry but this positive news about price rollback is so scarce vis-avis the many instances of price increase.

We hope there will also be quick reflex mechanism in our local legislation. It seems to us that on the average it would take us one month and a half to two months before legislation is finally implemented after passing through the local and provincial legislative processes. But we start to count on the date of approval of the ordinance. In particular, the city ordinance on fare increase was unanimously enacted last July 28 and if taripas would be issued today, it takes us a total of one month and 21 days to have it implemented.

However, the delay on this fare increase ordinance seems to occur at the provincial level.

Nevertheless, despite what appear as discreet dilatory processes occurring at the provincial level for this piece of legislation, the city councilors who all voted yes to the ordinance should still be congratulated- for increasing fare at a time of decreasing oil prices. Thanks for the delay.  (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

NEWS: 9:30 PM siren for 10 PM youth curfew mulled in Tagum City

Posted in councilor alfredo pagmilao, councilor joey millan, tagum, tagum city, tagum city councilors, tagum city hall, tagum councilors with tags , , , , on August 21, 2008 by cha monforte

A 9:30 P.M. siren to warn for a proposed 10:00 P.M. curfew for the youths and minors has been proposed at the Tagum City Council in Monday’s session.

In the bid of nipping at the bud the emerging problem of youth gangs in the city, Councilor and ABC president Alfredo Pagdilao proposed for an imposition of 10 P.M. curfew time for the youths and for this a 9:30 P.M. warning siren would be sounded off for the loitering youths and minors to return to their respective homes.

“Beyond 10:00 P.M. dakop na,” Pagdilao said before his colleagues on privilege motion.

But Pagdilao’s proposal immediately met several opposition voices on Monday.

“Unsay iyang gipasabot, di na manan-aw ug kalingawan ang kabataan sa Freedom Park?” (What does he mean, that the youths would no longer watch festivities at the Freedom Park?), said Ryan Subico, a habal-habal driver said.

A source from University of the Mindanao said that Pagdilao’s proposal is “alarmist” besides that it could immediately make “lonely nights” for city.

During yesterday’s session where the existence of youth gangs was tackled, Pagdilao informed his colleagues that his Barangay Magugpo South has been mulling for a 10:00 P.M. curfew time for the minors as they have been apprehensive over reports of youth gangs that are preying on even on minors.

He said that aside from gangs the city has also been facing the problem of drugs engaged by youths.

Pagdilao though did not specify the maximum age among youths who would included in his coming measure.

But Councilor Raymond Joey Millan immediately favored Pagdilao’s proposal as he urged him to pass first a resolution from Pagdilao’s Association of Barangays Councils (ABC) as guide to the city council.

Pagdilao admitted though that youths from his own barangay who are returning late at night have been reasoning out that they come from nightly festivities held at the Freedom Park. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

NEWS: P10 fare for Tagum tricycles approved

Posted in tagum, tagum city, tagum city councilors with tags , on July 31, 2008 by cha monforte

july 30

It will be already P10 and no longer P7 fare for a normal tricycle ride in Tagum City as the City Council unanimously approved yesterday the P3 fare increase earlier sought by tricycle drivers and operators.

But Vice Mayor Allan Rellon, in an interview, said that the fare increase would only take effect after the concurrence of the provincial board on the City Ordinance 305, series of 2008 which increased the tricycle fare.

The fare increase though provides for selective charging of fare as the students, senior citizens and differently-abled persons would have only to shoulder a P1 increase or pay only P8.

Aurora Lozada, long-practising anchor of DXDN Radyo Ukay, which aired the session live, described yesterday’s session as “productive”.

But others were simply not happy with the measure.

A high school teacher who did not want to be identified complained that his meager salary could be further eaten up by the P3 fare increase, which he said as “dako ra kayo” (a big amount of increase). He added that a P1 increase could be “tolerable” and not the P3.

Tricycle driver Geraclio Awitin told Sidlak he was happy with the fare increase saying that it just actually returned their previous income when the price of gasoline was still P30 per liter compared to the present P60 per liter. “Buhay-buhay lang,” he added.

He said that the increase was long overdue considering that the price of gasoline has long risen up as well as the high prices of other commodities foremost the rice.

But he said that tricycle drivers and operators have the other pressing problem of the unfair competition of the habal-habal single motorcycles which he said is also another major factor that has been reducing their daily take-home income.

He complained of the many colorum habal-habal single motorcycles hawking up their passengers.

He said that there is an easy entry and exit of habal-habal motorcycle drivers from neighboring towns such as Asuncion , Kapalong, Maco and as far as Pantukan who do freelance driving in the city to do a living. “Daghan ang dayo dinhi”

He said that the P3 price increase was just reasonable considering also that Tagum City has a wide urban sprawl with usually long streets and roads, citing that the downtown area has a far distance to the public market and the integrated terminal.

But he complained that even with the P7 fare they have been encountering a lot of passengers who are not giving the extra P1 for every kilometer after the first three kilometers covered by the P7.

“We will still observe what would happen next under the P10 fare,” he said referring to the behavior of the not a few passengers who are not paying for the additional P1 per kilometer after the basic P10 fare.

One estimate said that habal-habal motorcycles plying in the city streets already numbered about 2,500 as seven months ago the estimate was 1,800.

The City Council’s committee on transportation had conducted a public hearing on the fare increase last July 22 but reports said that since there was virtually no opposition to the measure the council has eventually approved the standard P3 fare increase.

After getting entangled with amendments and on processes of approving committee reports and readings on the measure, the City Council yesterday on first motion of the Councilor Rey Salve unanimously approved the ordinance which enacted the latest fare increase. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News) http://ruralurbanews.blogspot.com