Today’s session

The City Council will resume its regular session today after a two-week break due to the village polls and the All Saints’ Day holidays.

Vice Mayor Sara Duterte is still on-leave after her wedding last October 27 in Manila. Acting Vice Mayor 1st District Councilor Mabel Acosta also went on vacation leave and left behind the helms of the local legislative body to 3rd District Councilor Myrna Dalodo-Ortiz.

Up for discussion today are pending committee reports by the Committees on Housing, Rules, and Tourism. Expect also a number of our colleagues to avail of the privilege hour to present many issues left during the long break.

4 Responses to “Today’s session”

  1. Guillermo Prat Says:

    Hi Peter,

    Did I read the local papers of today correctly: the council passed an ordinance regulating the entry of foreing businesses in the City? From the little that the news item mentioned, it looked like a step back from trying to attract more investments to the City. Would you have a soft copy of the ordinance, please email to my address.

    Regards, chito prat

  2. Peter Says:

    Sorry for the late reply.
    Chito, this is about the investigation on some Koreans doing retail business in the city contrary to law. A number of them without business permits.

  3. Guillermo Prat Says:

    Hi Peter,
    More laws or ordinances are not the cure. Implementation of existing ordinances or laws, is the remedy for businesses that have no permits. Vietnam is already ahead of us in the “ease of doing business” index of the world bank. How we can make it easier for them to invest is the goal, I should think.

  4. Guillermo Prat Says:

    Hi Peter,
    Just some more thoughts:
    First, the offices who should register these businesses should go out, look for these unregistered enterprises and help them register.
    Second, it may help to have the procedures written out in Korean language so they can see it is really simple and not complicated. This could be done in tandem with the DTI and maybe the BID to ensure a “legal” presence.
    3, I understand in Cebu they have an association. I really don’t know what form it is in but maybe one or more exists in Davao. They can be the city’s partners in “policing” their ranks. Reach out to them.
    Hope this gives you some more to work on.

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