Hon. Nilo P. Demerey, Jr.
The Rising of the 5th Sangguniang Panlalawigan
The commencement of the corporate existence of the Province of Dinagat Islands which was signed into law by then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on October 2, 2006, and majority of electorates cast its vote on the concluded plebiscite on February 2, 2007, signifies the marching of development and delivery of basic services to its populace.
The rising of the 5th Sangguniang Panlalawigan follows the trajectory of legislations from predecessors since its inceptionto date, highlighted measures essential for the promotion of socio-cultural, socio-political and socio-economic viewpoint, while introducing new ordinances and updated resolutions tantamount to its applicability.
On the one-yearanniversary from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020, the 5th Sangguniang Panlalawigan has been able to report its performance and accomplishment before the people of Dinagat Islands. The importance of which is to give information the legislations passed and approved in consonance with the vision and mission of the province.
The 5th Sangguniang Panlalawigan, on their first day of session, had passed and approved measures as follows:
(SPR 19-0004) Approving the Province’s Authorized Signatories to make official transactions to all banks where the Province of Dinagat Islands has deposit accounts; as authored by Hon. Noli B. Abis,
(SPR 19-0005) Authorizing the Provincial Governor, Hon. Arlene J. “Kaka” Bag-aoto hire emergency or casual employees, laborers, or the so called Job Order (JO) workers paid on a daily wage or piecework basisnecessary for the effective and fast delivery of basic services and in this connection, enter into contracts in behalf of the province and for other purposes; as authored by Hon. Noli B. Abis,
(SPR 19-0006), Authorizing the Provincial Vice-Governor, Hon. Nilo P. Demerey, Jr. to hire emergency or casual employees, laborers, or the so-called Job Order (JO) workers paid on a daily wage or piecework basisnecessary for the effective and fast delivery of basic services in the legislative department of the Province of Dinagat Islands and for other purposes; as authored by Hon. Errol Conrad B. dela Cruz,
(SPR 19-0007)Inquiring Into, in Aid of Legislation, the reasons of the Local Water District (SJDIWD) on the scarcity and the poor distribution of Water Supply in the Municipality of San Joser, Dinagat Islands; as authored by Hon. Errol Conrad B. dela Cruz,
(SPR 19-0008) Respectfully requesting Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Tesoro Go of the Republic of the Philippines to establish/launch a Malasakit Center in the Province of Dinagat Islands; as authored by Hon. Errol Conrad B. dela Cruz,
(SPR 19-0009) Expressing profound appreciation and extending heartfelt gratitude to Atty. April Joy P. Balano Provincial Election Officer II, Province of Dinagat Islands for the satisfactory supervising of the May 13, 2019 Midterm Elections and to commend her unconditional efforts, dedication and quality public service in the province; as authored by Hon. Reggivi Amor E. Alcaria, RN, MAN,
(SPR 19-0010) Expressing a heartfelt and warmest Congratulations to the newly elected Congressman of the Lone Congressional District of Dinagat Islands, Hon. Alan I B. Ecleo;as authored by Hon. Reggivi Amor E. Alcaria, RN, MAN,
(SPR 19-0011) Authorizing the Provincial Governor Hon. Arlene J. Bag-ao to enter into a Supplemental Scholarship Contract of Agreement with the PDI MD Scholars with Michelle Lauren N. Estrella, Reggie O. Marsada and Ena Marie T. Saumat; as authored by Hon. Reggivi Amor E. Alcaria, RN, MAN,
A.2. Proposed Ordinances
(SPO 19-001) Appropriating the amount of Thirty Thousand Pesos (Php30,000.00) as the stipend of Reygie O. Marsada, an MD Scholars of the Province of Dinagat Islands during the Medical Internship Program and up to the point that she will be taking the Physician Licensure Exam covering the periods July, 2019 to October 2020; as authored by Hon. Gwendolyn Ecleo-Pols,
(SPO 19-002) Appropriating the amount of Twenty Thousand Pesos (Php20,000.00) from the 5% GAD funds to be rewarded to Michelle Lauren N. Estrella to serve as incentive as the PDI Medical Scholar graduating Magna Cum Laude at South Western University, Cebu City; as authored by Hon. Gwendolyn Ecleo-Pols,
A.3. Ordinances from Municipalities for Review and Approval
(SPR 19-0014) “Declaring as Valid, Municipal Appropriation Ordinance No. 04 Series of 2019 known as an “Ordinance authorizing the Supplemental Budget No.1 of the Local Government Unit of San Jose for Fiscal Year 2019 in the total amount of Five Million Eight Hundred Thirty Thousand Four Hundred Ninety-Five Pesos and One Centavos (Php5,830,495.01);
(SPR 19-0015) “Declaring as Valid, Municipal Appropriation Ordinance No. 02 Series of 2019 known as an “Ordinance authorizing the Supplemental Annual Investment Program (AIP) of the Municipality of San Jose, Province of Dinagat Islands;
(SPR 19-0016) “Declaring as Valid, Municipal Appropriation Ordinance No. 04 Series of 2019 known as an “Ordinance appropriating funds of Two Million Eight Hundred Thirty-FourThousand Five Hundred Fifty-Seven Pesos (php2,834,557.00) for augmentation of Salaries and Wages – Casual Account under PS appropriation of the Mayor’s Office covering the period to support the whole year 2019 budgetary appropriation Municipality of Basilisa, Dinagat Islands; and
(SPR 19-0017) “Declaring as Valid, Municipal Ordinance No. 01 Series of 2019 known as an “Ordinance establishing Policy on the Composition of Development Councils and Planning bodies in the Municipality of Basilisa, participated and represented of at least 40% women in its membership.
The 5th Sangguniang Panlalawigan abreast the principle of the Provincial Executive and Legislative Agenda (ELA) of the Province of Dinagat Islands for the years 2020 to 2022 under the leadership of the honorable Governor Arlene “Kaka” J. Bag-ao, and the honorable Vice Governor Nilo P. Demerey, Jr., which is the embodiment of the strategic direction and development roadmap of the current political leadership, as defined and framed within the term limits of the incumbent officials.
The legislative agenda also supports the salient features that contains among other things, the Macro Development Framework (Vision and Mission, including the Six Pillars of Governance), the Sectoral Analysis of the five (5) major sectors, comprising the Economic, Social, Environment, Infrastructure and Development Administration. Also embodied are the Priority Programs, Projects and Activities (PPAs), which defines the Executive component of the Agenda, together with the analysis of human resources and capacity development intervention needed, the policy support and legislative requirements to complement the PPAs, and the investment requirements and mechanisms to implement, monitor, and evaluate the plan within and after the span of three (3) years.
The sectoral analysis component of the ELA itself describes the current state of the sector, the major issues and challenges confronting it, and the goals, objectives and strategic directions of each. It is from this analysis that the list of priority programs and projects (the Executive Agenda proper) is derived and anchored on. In turn, the Executive Agenda provides the impetus for the policy support and legislations required, comprising the Legislative Agenda component of the ELA.
The Local Development Investment Program (LDIP), Capacity Development Agenda (CapDev) of the document lists and enumerates in specific details the PPAs, as organized and broken down according to major sectors, and the corresponding legislations required of each. The detailed cost requirements needed to jumpstart the implementation of the PPAs are also embodied in this document.
On its first-year legislative performance, the 5th Sangguniang Panlalawigan has been able to enact ordinances and passed resolutions for the policy supports and legislations required in congruence with the province’ vision as stated: “Resilient, self-reliant and healthy communities of active and empowered citizens who work and share equitably the fruits of their labor and the natural wealth of the islands cognizant and respectful of its carrying capacity in a vibrant local economy, living in peace and solidarity with one another.”
The Sanggunian Panlalawigan adheres the promotion of a participatory governance rooted in the principle of popular inclusion, empowerment and democratic processes through the Committee on Civil Society Organizations (CSO) which is responsible on the accreditation of cooperatives, farmers and fishers’ associations, business sectors and other marginalized organizations operating within the province.
In the pursuit of attaining the province’ vision, the promotion of equity and development for the people with preferential option for the poor and vulnerable has been addressed via committees on Gender and Development (GAD) and Social Services the passage of numerous ordinances beneficial to PWDs, Senior Citizens and other less-privilege in the society.
The 5th SP adopts the Pillars of Governance on 1) protection and conservation of the environment and Dinagat’s eco-system; 2) Ensuring food security and increasing incomes of productive sectors and poor communities; 3) caring for and protecting vulnerable sectors and the youth; 4) Broadening and strengthening of venues for people’s participation in all levels of governance; 5) Increasing capacities of district hospitals as institution for providing health services; and 6)Strengthening of Component Local Government Units and enhancing partnerships with Law Enforcement and other partner agencies for meaningful peace.