Sunday, June 12, 2011

Lim granted authority to accept GSIS donations

Lim granted authority to accept GSIS donations
The Bohol Times
June 12, 2011

Tagbilaran Mayor Dan Lim has been given authority to accept the donation of road lots and open spaces from the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS).

The authority was granted to the mayor by the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) during the session Friday.

Resolution 66-11 authorized the mayor to accept the donations in behalf of the city government and to sign instruments and documents necessary to or in relation with the said authority.

The resolution, authored by Councilor Doni Piquero, covered the donation of road lots and open spaces at Lindaville Subdivision, Phase 1 from the GSIS.

According to the resolution, the GSIS is now finalizing the documents needed for the transfer and turn-over of the said lots and open spaces in favor of the city government.

Aside from the mayor and the city administrator, copies of the resolution will be furnished to the GSIS regional manager for information and appropriate action.

Earlier, the city council also approved a resolution authorizing Lim to enter into a memorandum of agreement with the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) for collaborative coastal resource management and governance of the city’s coastal resources.

The resolution, also authored by Piquero, noted that the Local Government Code of 1991 underscores the important role of local government units as a primary target for capacity-building programs for the conservation and management of its coastal and fisheries resources.

Piquero, an environmental lawyer before his election, pointed out that Republic Act No. 8550 also known as the Philippine Fisheries Code, likewise confers jurisdiction upon the municipal and city government for the development, management and conservation of fisheries and aquatic resources within their respective municipal or city waters.

“The filed of coastal management in the Philippines has matured from sector-based strategies to broader, integrated approaches with multi-sectoral collaboration institutionalized through various legislations and policy mechanisms,” the resolution noted.

It pointed out that Tagbilaran, a coastal local government unit with a complex mix of management issues and with industrial and tourism concerns, requires multi-sectoral arrangements and plans that are developed with the participation of appropriate national agencies, private stakeholders and the community as a whole.

Piquero described PBSP as a non-stock, non-profit, non-government organization committed to poverty reduction by promoting business sector leadership.

PBSP is implementing the project called “Linking Initiatives for Collaborative Coastal Resource Management and Governance (LINC-CRMG)” in Bohol and will be implemented in Tagbilaran.

The resolution said the city government, cognizant of the substantive and vital role that these private stakeholders and NGOs play in the conservation and proper management of coastal resources, also expresses its willingness to have PBSP as partner in the management and governance of the city’s coastal and fisheries resources.

The city’s planned partnership with the PBSP would facilitate exchange of information and expertise and would provide the needed technical and financial counterparts toward the common goal of coastal management and governance, the measure said.