4 'only in Davao' ordinances crafted in 2011

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Friday, December 30, 2011


ACROSS the country, Davao City is one of the cities known in enacting landmark legislations.

The city has once again lived up to its reputation by crafting four “unique” ordinances for year 2011.

Ivonne Kempis, chief of the Archival Unit of City Council, told Sun.Star Davao that for the entire year, the four landmark legislations for the year will be added to the list of "only in Davao City ordinances."

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The four ordinances include: Ordinance 0170-11 authored by Councilor Jimmy Dureza or the Ordinance for the Mandatory Daily Toothbrush Drill for Children under the Early Childhood Care and Development Program of Davao City; Ordinance 074-11 authored by Councilor Emmanuel Galicia Sr., otherwise known as the Ordinance Penalizing Any Person in Actual or Constructive Possession of Any Dog Found Defecating upon another person's private property or on commonly used playgrounds of on public properties; Ordinance 071-11 authored by Councilors Pilar Braga and Victorio Advincula Jr. or the Ordinance Requiring All Drivers of Public Utility Vehicle (PUJ) in the city to secure an official identification (ID) card from the City Government; and an Ordinance Allowing the City Mayor to Enter into an agreement with the National Statistics Office (NSO) to conduct on-site civil registration on identified public schools in the city.

Based on penalized act of the Ordinance 074-11, a person will be held liable if his pet dog will defecate in commonly used properties including roads, parks, and playgrounds or "on public properties shall be penalized unless the owner will cause the immediate removal of all feces so deposited by such dog". But the same provision does not apply to blind persons.

Any person found in violation of the ordinance will be fined at P1,000 in its first and succeeding offenses.

The same ordinance took effect March 22, 30 days after it was enacted on February 22.

Among the landmark legislations passed by the previous City Council include:

1. The ordinance providing for mandatory representation of Indigenous Peoples in the City Council of Davao and providing funds;

2. Ordinance requiring restaurants, fast food chains, eateries, food stalls in movie houses, school or university canteens and other food establishments or in any function halls in Davao City to acquire halal accreditation from the Davao City Muslim Ulama Halal Certifying and Monitoring Agency to post or place the word “hala” within their premises or to use “halal” in their business name;

3. Ordinance requiring restaurants, fast food chains, eateries, food stalls in movie houses, school or university canteens and other food establishments or in any function halls in Davao City to acquire halal accreditation from the Davao City Muslim Ulama Halal Certifying and Monitoring Agency to post or place the word "halal" within their premises or to use "halal" in their business name;

4. The Bicycle Ordinance of Davao City

5. Ordinance for the proper harvesting, storage and utilization of rain water in Davao City and for other purposes; among others. (Jereco O. Paloma)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on December 31, 2011.

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