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SANGGUNIANG PANLUNGSOD OF VIGAN 2020 Year-End Accomplishment Report

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Seventh Sangguniang Panlungsod

The members of the Seventh Sangguniang Panlungsod of Vigan conducted a total of fifty three (53) regular and special sessions for the period January to December 2020. They passed and enacted a total of 206 legislative measures, 67 Ordinances 128 Resolutions and eleven (11) appropriation ordinances. There were a total of 311 communications received 78 committee reports and conducted 70 public hearings and consultations.

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Majority of the Ordinances approved was for Land Use ( Reclassification of  Lands from Agricultural into Residential or Commercial Use) with 41%, Public Safety and Health legislative measures combined total of 38%, these were local policies relative to COVID-19 pandemic mitigation and protection legislations for the welfare of the Bigueños.

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Resolutions for the year 2020 mostly focused on giving authority to the City Mayor in entering into Memorandum of Agreement and Contracts, realignment of funds, for the various programs and projects of the City relative to the fight, mitigation and protection of Biguenos against the COVID-19 pandemic. These include quarantine facilities, MOA with various national health agencies such as Red Cross, DOLE, DSWD, contracts for various infrastructure projects in the different barangays and accreditations of tourism business establishments for the gradual opening of Tourism through the Ridge and Reef Travel Corridor.

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The members of the Seventh City Council, even in the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic manifest their dedication to pass  a total of more than 200 legislative measures for the year 2020 during their 5 Regular and Special Sessions. Councilor Francisco Ranches III sponsored and co-sponsored the most number ordinances and resolutions with a total of 129. Councior Hermenigildo Apelin comes next with 96, City Councilor Janina Medina-Farinas comes in third with 86 legislations, Counciloir Ramil Arce in fourth with 76 measures and Councilor Agdamag-Lim in fifth with 69 legislations.

In general, the Seventh Sangguniang Panlungsod of Vigan enacted an average of 3 legislative measures per session for the year 2020, which is a continuing testament of the policy making body of the City Government of Vigan commitment to approved measures for the safety and general welfare of all Bigueños. 

 

 

VIGAN CITY CHILDREN WELFARE AND DEVELOPMENT CODE LAUNCHED

IMG 0623The Vigan City Children’s  Welfare and Development Code sponsored by City Councilor Janina Carine Medina-Farinas was officially launched on November 25, 2019 as part of the city’s celebration of the Children’s Month. Ordinance No. 04, Series of 2019 otherwise known as “An Ordinance Enacting the Children’s Welfare and Development Code of the City of Vigan” was enacted by the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Vigan on March 25, 2019 with a unanimous vote by the august body.

            The launching of the Children’s Welfare and Development Code was attended by the elementary and secondary students in different public and private schools, the Barangay Captains, the City Mayor, the members of the Seventh Sangguniang Panlungsod and selected  Non-Government Organizations. During the program,   Student Vice Mayor Crizel  Aquino  led in reciting the “Panatang Makabata”. SPM Janina Medina-Farinas on the other hand introduced and gave an overview on the provisions and the importance of the Code for the general welfare of our children.  Mayor Juan Carlo S. Medina expressed his appreciation to the legislative body of the city for enacting a very significant  legislative measure that will be instrumental for the city government’s continuing programs to protect the Bigueno Children.

            This Ordinance encompasses the following provisions:  children welfare community support system with the establishment of the Vigan Child Welfare Council, Barangay Council for the Protection of Children; primary health care (maternal and child care program); infant and young child feeding task force; advocacy program for local children literature; institutionalization of the Local committee in anti-trafficking and violence against women and children; comprehensive parental responsibility; programs on child abuse, exploitation and discrimination; children in conflict with the law, curfew for minors; and installation of mechanism for participation in policy and program formulation or governance.

The Children’s Welfare and Development Code  is a legislative measure that solidifies  the city’s commitment in ensuring that the general welfare of  all Bigueño children will  always be prioritized and  protected from all forms of abuses and provided with all the necessary services that will allow them to have a  healthy  physical and mental development.

VIGAN CITY COUNCIL IS SIGLAT SANGGUNIAN HALL OF FAMER IN THE PROVINCE OF ILOCOS SUR

                               IMG 6620The Sangguniang Panlungsod of Vigan reigns as the Champion   in the Province of Ilocos Sur as the 2020 Siglat Sanggunian Awardee, elevating them as a Hall of Famer, being the winner for the years 2018, 2019 and 2020. The members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod headed by Vice Mayor Lourdes Baquiran and the SP staff received the award during the “Kakibin ti Balligi” Awarding held last February 4, 2020 at the Vigan Convention Center.              The Siglat Sanggunian Award is divided into two (2) categories. Category I which include the component cities and first and second class municipalities, while Category II include the third and sixth class municipalities. The competing sanggunians were evaluated based on six (6) different criteria: (1) legislative agenda effectiveness; (2) legislative documents; (3) efficient performance of the sanggunian; (4) office set-up; (5) legislative measures; and (6) capacity development for legislators and staff.

            The Vigan City Council was evaluated last January 31, 2020 by a team from the Office of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Ilocos Sur. They scrutinized the different legislative documents covering the year 2019, such as ordinances and resolutions duly indexed by year, subject and sponsor, committee reports, minutes and journal of sessions, awards received for 2019, the seminars and trainings attended by the legislators and staff, among others.  With great work and effort exerted in the preparation of supporting documents by the members and staff, the Vigan City Council defeated once again its opponent, the City of Candon.

            The three-peat Siglat Sangguniang Award of the Vigan City Council is an attestation that the policy making body of the City Government never fails in continuing to improve and implement innovations. The Vice Mayor and the City Councilors are not only  enacting ordinances and resolutions that have positive impact, but also dedicated in involving the stakeholders in the proves and in raising awareness on the importance of the role of legislators for community development.

EDUCATION CODE OF VIGAN LAUNCHED DURING THE EDUCATION NIGHT CELEBRATION

                   IMG 4592The Education Code of Vigan City  was launched during the celebration of the 2020 Education Night on January 23, 2020, as part of the Vigan City Fiesta. Ordinance No. 04, Series of 2019 or “An Ordinance Enacting the   Education Code of Vigan City was sponsored by City Councilor Joy Benette Orio who is the chairman of the Sangguniang Panlungsod’s Committee on Education.

            Present during the launch were student leaders,  school heads and teachers of elementary, secondary and tertiary public and private schools in the City of Vigan. Also there to support were City Mayor Juan Carlo Medina, the members of the Vigan City Council, UNP President, Dr. Erwin Cadorna and the Schools Division Superintendent of DepEd Vigan,  Ms. Gemma Tacuycuy.  City Councilor Joy Benette Orio who spearheaded the 2020  Education Day and Night Celebration gave a message before officially launching the Code. She said that the Education Code commits to build a foundation of good quality education by ensuring fair opportunities of every Bigueño child. It is dedicated to catering the establishment and maintenance of stability for the bright future ahead of us and for the city. This also serves as a plea for the involvement of every Bigueño in satisfactorily responding and addressing the needs for quality education in our society.

            The salient provisions of the Education Code include the following: tertiary education and post graduate education program; early childhood care and development education that includes barangay child development centers, kindergarten, elementary, secondary and alternative learning education; School Governing Council and Parents-Teachers Association functions  and duties; incentives for student athlete winners and academic competition awardees; provisions on anti-truancy, anti-bullying, prohibition on playing computer games during school hours, arcade regulation; reading literacy and numeracy program, sports development program; and the election of girl and boy officials.

            This Education Code is another milestone legislation of the Sangguniang Panlungsod and a manifestation of the City Government’s commitment in providing quality education for all Bigueno students. This is a policy that will further strengthen the city’s mission of providing quality services to improve the quality of life of its constituents. 

LAUNCHING OF THE EDUCATION CODE WITH THE MEMBERS OF THE SEVENTH CITY COUNCIL HEADED BY CITY VICE MAYOR LOURDES DG. BAQUIRAN LAST JANUARY 21, 2020.

IMG 4592LAUNCHING OF THE EDUCATION CODE WITH THE MEMBERS OF THE SEVENTH CITY COUNCIL HEADED BY CITY VICE MAYOR LOURDES DG. BAQUIRAN LAST JANUARY 21, 2020.

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