City Council passes 1,266 resolutions, 150 ordinances in 2011

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Thursday, January 5, 2012


THE City Council has passed more than a thousand resolutions and almost 160 ordinances for the past year.

An annual accomplishment report of the City Council showed that for the past year, the 16th City Council has enacted a total of 1,255 resolutions and 158 ordinances from January to November 2011.

Anita Montecalvo, chief of the Library and Archival Division of the City Council secretariat, told Sun.Star that data of resolutions and ordinances passed by the council in December is yet to be collated.

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For the ordinances, more than 600 resolutions have been passed without the need to undergo the usual way of enacting a law or have been passed in one day while 153 resolutions underwent the normal procedure of crafting a law while 20 resolutions passed under some other legislative procedures.

One of the most controversial resolutions passed by the council is the resolution endorsing the establishment of the 300-megawatt (MW) Therma South Energy Project proposed by the AboitizPower Corp. somewhere in Toril District.

Some sectors, particularly environmentally groups, questioned the enactment of the resolution.

On the other hand, large bulk of the 158 ordinances passed by the council from January to November last year have been approved under suspended rules without the need to come up with a committee reports and public hearings.

In terms of ordinance, the council for the entire 2011 has passed four landmark ordinances that have been enacted for the first time in the country.

The four landmark ordinances include: the Mandatory Daily Toothbrush Drill for Children under the Early Childhood Care and Development Program of Davao City; 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; 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.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on January 06, 2012.

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