City gives aid to Luzon flood victims

Mayor Rodrigo Duterte called for a special emergency session of the Davao City Council yesterday afternoon to appropriate funds to help victims of Typhoon Ondoy in Metro Manila and Luzon.

Twenty of 27 members of the City Council showed up in the hastily arranged emergency session and approved P10 million in cash assistance to the Philippine National Red Cross.

The Mayor also donated the equivalent of his one month salary and the councilors present followed his lead. The total amount is more than P10.5 million. He directed the city’s chief of police Chief Supt. Ramon Apolinario to fly the cash this morning so that PNRC can buy food, water and other needs to help the flood victims.

The City Government and Davaoenos also extended help in the past like those struck by calamities in northern Mindanao, Leyte and Samar.

City Council Agenda March 17

Calendar of Business of the City Council today:

Invocation by Councilor Rachel P. Zozobrado (3rd Dstrict);

Pambansang Awit; Tayo ay Dabawenyo

Roll Call

Reading & Approval of the Minutes of the Previous Session on March 10;

Privilege Hour;

First Reading – 15 Item (Nos. 1811 – 1825)

Third & Final Reading – 3 Items,namely Item No. 1672 – MOA among the City Government, Barangay 7-A and Davao Doctor’s College on the adoption by the DDC of a pre-school at Barangay 7-A (Proposed by Councilors Ma. Belen Acosta and Tomas Monteverde IV) ; Item No. 1268 – Ordinance regulating motorcades within Davao City (Proposed by Councilor Bonifacio Militar) and Item No. 1652 – Ordinance upgrading, reclassifying and creating new plantilla positions in the City Government’s Structure and Staffing Pattern (Proposed by Councilor Peter Lavina);

Unfinished Business – 1 Item – Item No. 1247 Reclassification from “Protected Light Industrial” to “Heavy Industrial” zone at Barangay Binugao for a softdrink bottling plant of InterBev Philippines (Proposed by Councilor Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling);

Second Reading (New Committee Reports) – 13 Items, e.g. Item No. 1250 – Petition to lower the rental fees at the Davao City Overland Transport Terminal Proposed by Councilor Ma. Belen Acosta); Item No. 1747 – Supplemental Budget No. 1 for Calendar Year 2009 (Proposed by Councilor Danilo Dayanghirang); Item No. 1459 – Application for Development Permit (DP) by Villa de Mercedes for Phase 3 and 5 of the subdivision located at Barangay Catigan containing an area of 29.7 hectares (Proosed by Councilor Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling)

City Council Agenda today

I will render two committee reports today, one under the Committee on Trade, Commerce and Industry and the other under the Committee on Appointments and Government Reorganization, namely

Item No. 1654 – Mini-trade fair at Toril Plaza;

Item No. 1652 – Request of Mayor Rodrido Duterte for the upgrading, reclassification and creation of new plantilla positions in the city government of Davao;

Other highlights of today’s City Council agenda are:

First Reading – 23 Items (Nos. 1782 – 1809)

Unfinished Business – Item No. 1247 – Request for reclassification by Interbev Philippines, Inc. of property at Barangay Binugao as site for softdrink bottling plant from “protected light industrial zone” to “heavy industrial zone;”

Second Reading (New Items)

Item No. 1268 – Proposed Ordinance regulating motorcades in the city of Davao;

Item No. 1775 – Updated list of the Local Development Investment Plan (LDIP) for Calendar Years 2008-2010 consistent with the Comprehensive Development Plan of 1996-2021 of the City of Davao.

City Council March 3 Agenda

Calendar of Business for the Regular City Council Session today:

Invocation by Councilor Angela Librado-Trinidad;

National Anthem; City March;

Roll Call;

Reading & Approval of the Minutes of the Previous Session;

Privilege Hour; I will discuss the return of this shady “housing group” victimizing people about dubious subdivision projects.

First Reading – Item Nos. 1777 to 1786

Third & Final Reading – Item 1728 – Ordinance granting amusement tax exemption to Mebuyan Peace Project for the musicale “Ay Quile!” Item No. 1689 Ordinance approving the MOA between the City Government and the Upsilon Sigma Phi for the donation of a 90-foot flagpole at the People’s Park; Item 1650 – Ordinance declaring June 19 of every year as “Araw ng Gatungan;” Item No. 1472 – Ordinance grating legislative authority for the loan agreement with Route 10 Multipurpose Cooperative;

Second Reading (Deferred Items) – 8 Items, e.g. Item No. 1660 – Application for PALC of Elenita Heights Subdivision Phase III at Barangay Catalunan Grande containaing an area of 5 hectares; Item No. 1658 – Application for PALC of North Forest Subdivision at Barangay Maa containing an area of 2.2 hectares; Item No. 1247 – Request for reclassification of InterBev at Barangay Binugao from “Protected Light Industrial” to “Heavy Industrial” for a proposed carbonated softdrink bottling plant;

Second Reading (New Items) – 8 Items

City Council Feb 24 Agenda

Calendar of Business of the City Council Regular Session today:

Invocation by Councilor Halila Y. Sudagar (SK)

National Anthem; City March

Roll Call

Reading and Approval of the Minutes of the Feb 17 Regular Session

Privilege Hour

First Reading – Item Nos. 1757 to 1773

Third & Final Reading – Item No. 1690 – Amusement Tax exemption for Operation Smile Philippines for its David Pomeranz Concert on Feb 28;

Unfinished Business – Item No. 1644 – Application for Preliminary Approval & Locational Clearance for Deca Homes Esperanza located at Barangay Tigatto containing an area of 29.3 hectares, more or less;

Deferred Items under Second Reading – 16 Items

New Items under Second Reading – 13 Items, e.g. Item No. 1689 – Proposed donation by Upsilon Sigma Phi of a 90-foot flagpole at the People’s Park; Item No. 1654 – Proposed mini-trade fair at Toril Plaza contained in Barangay Resolution No. 38-08 of Barangay Crossing Bayabas; Request for Amusement Tax exemption for the musicale “Ay Quile” of Mebuyan Peace Project, Inc. on March 5,6 and 8 at the CAP Auditorium.

1st City Council Session for 2009

Here are the items up for today’s first regular session of the City Council for this year:

Invocation – Councilor Diosdado Angelo A. Mahipus (2nd Distrct);

National Anthem; City March

Roll Call

Reading of the minutes of the December 15 and December 16 sessions;

Privilege Hour

First Reading – 8 items

Third & Final Reading – 2 Items

Second Reading (Deferred Items) – 6 Items, e.g. Item No. 1019 – Proposed take over by the City Government of the Tibungco District Hospital; Item No. 1511 PALC of Alsons for Norfolk Place located at Eden, Toril District containing an area of 9 hectares; Item No. 1596 PALC of Alsons for Northcrest Expansion located at Cabantian, Buhangin District containing an area of 40 hectares;

Second Reading (New Items) – 10 Items, e.g. Item No. 1298 Letter of Mini-Forest Homeowners and Neighborshood Association re award of parcel of land situated at Isla Verde; Item Nos. 1138, 1178, 1201, 1263 applications for accreditation as people’s organizations and cooperatives

Political dynasties

In his column today at the Manila Times, Marlen Ronquillo wrote about political dynasties. He asks “are they good or bad?

He did not really answer his own question. Instead, he cited the proliferation of political clans from his native Pampanga spawning 2nd and 3rd generations of politicians and others spreading to many parts of the country.

Davao is likewise ruled by political clans. In fact, more than 80 percent of incumbent elected officials have relatives who were similarly elected in the past or have been in high positions. Here’s my initial list:

Mayor Rody Duterte/ Vice Mayor Sara Duterte/ Councilor Paolo Duterte – father/grandfather Vicente Duterte was Governor of undivided Davao and Secretary of General Services; brother/ uncle Benjamin Duterte was one-term City Councilor;

Speaker and 1st District Rep Boy Nograles – uncle Antonio Castillo was long-time City Councilor; uncle Pedro Castillo was 1971 Concon Delegate; brother Gerry Nograles served as one-term City Councilor

2nd District Rep Vince Garcia – father Manuel “Nonoy” Garcia was Batasan Pambansa Member and Congressman; grandfather was former Mayor Leon Garcia; a number of cousins are members of the City Council – Garcia-Monteverde-Bangoy-Reta clan

3rd District Rep Sid Ungab – father was Deputy Mayor; related also to Partylist Rep and former City Councilor Luz Calolot Ilagan;

Councilors:

Nilo Abellera – father was former City Councilor; brother was former OIC Vice Mayor;

Mabel Sunga Acosta -

Vic Advincula -

Wilberto Al-ag – brother and wife are Barangay Captains;

Dante Apostol, Sr. – father was appointed City Councilor; brother is Barangay Captain;

Leo Avila III -

Conrado Baluran – son is Barangay Councilor;

Samuel Bangoy – grandfather was former Governor; uncles and brother were members of the City Council; related with Garcia-Monteverde-Bangoy-Reta clan

Karlo Bello – grandfather was former City Mayor and Congressman; father served in many Cabinet posts;

Louie John Bonguyan – father was former City Councilor and Vice Mayor; uncle is Barangay Councilor

Pilar Braga – father was former Governor;

Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling – father is Barangay Captain; uncle former City Councilor;

Danilo Dayanghirang – relatives served in various posts in Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley;

Edgar Ibuyan – son is Barangay Captain;

Peter Lavina -

Diosdado Mahipus, Sr. – brother-in-law was City Councilor;

Tess Mata-Maranon – mother was former City Councilor;

Bonifacio Militar – son is a Barangay Councilor;

Tomas Monteverde – father was long-time City Councilor; related with Garcia-Monteverde-Bangoy-Reta clan;

Myrna Dalodo-Ortiz – father and brother were City Councilors;

Susabel Reta – husband was City Councilor; brother-in-law is Barangay Captain; related with Garcia-Monteverde-Bangoy-Reta Clan;

Halila Sudagar -

Angela Librado-Trinidad – father and mother were both City Councilors;

Louie Villafuerte – father was City Councilor;

Rachel Zozobrado – father was City Councilor

The absence of genuine political parties in the country gave rise to these political dynasties. These clans played the crucial role in organizing the citizens, particularly their own relatives, provincemates and friends into potent political machineries. They have also invested resources in maintaining such political organizations in between elections. It is therefore not surprising if the same machineries would carry one of their own in the succeeding political contests.

So, are they good or bad? Your guess is as good as mine.

But judging from the sheer numbers, political dynasties must be acceptable to the electorates.

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