August 18, 2017: *** The National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) is now faced with the problem of looking for usable areas to hold transmission lines that would link the power barge in Tapal Wharf in Ubay town to a substation in Barangay Emelda of the same town. ***The City Government of Tagbilaran is set to sign a memorandum of agreement with BFAR for a multi-million peso livelihood project intended to uplift the living conditions of the fisherfolk. ***47th Infantry Battalion Commanding Officer, Lt. Col. Joel Malig said units under him are currently undergoing intensified intelligence operations along with other allied units to confirm the reports on sightings of armed men in Bohol. *** LGU Pilar's program, "Productivity Improvement thru landcare and Agriculture Resource Development and Management"(Pilar Dam) landed in the top 20 in Taking Look 2017. *** LGU Panglao got third place (3rd-6th class municipalities) in Infrastructure during the 5th Regional Competitiveness Summit held at PICC recently. ***LGU Panglao's entry program "A Purok-Based Approach in Basic Education Reforms/Turo-Turismo: Strengthening Partnership and Industry Linkage for Effective K-12 Implementation is among the 20 finalist of the Galing Pook Awards 2017. ***The towns of Panglao and Pilar are among the 20 finalists in the yearly search for Galing Pook Awards 2017. *** The National Food Authority in Bohol said prices of rice in the province have been on an uptrend since last week reaching an increase of up to P5 per kilo. *** A man listed in the Bohol Provincial Police Office drug watch list was caught last night with drugs weighed 80 grams with estimated street value of P993,000.

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Wednesday, June 08, 2016

City assures proper info on "clamping ordinance"

TAGBILARAN CITY, June 7 (PIA)--Amidst the fear or anticipation over the mulled implementation of a traffic clamping, Tagbilaran City government authorities under Mayor John Geesnel Yap III assure proper information dissemination would be implemented before implementing the ordinance. 

City Councilor Bebiano Inting bared this to stakeholders at the public hearing that would be officially sealing the fate of the proposed ordinance authorizing City traffic enforcers to immobilize and tow-away illegally parked motor vehicles. 

The proposed ordinance not only allows the City Traffic enforcers to clamp and tow illegally parked vehicles but also those violating parking regulations as provided under the Revised City Traffic and Transportation Code, explained Inting at the Public Consultation held at the Jjs Seafoods Restaurant. 
Commuters and motorists entering Tagbilaran have complained about traffic snags and chokepoints caused by congestions due to illegally parked or unattended vehicles left along the roadsides. 

Cogon Barangay Chairman Nicanor Besas earlier bemoaned the illegal parking causing traffic in Tagbilaran despite the much better paved roads.

Suggestions to force barangay tanods to work on the double to check on the parking violations proved futile. 

"When drivers do not even mind police enforcers who issue traffic citations, what would make them follow the tanods?" Poblacion 1 Chairman Arlene Karaan asked. 

With the proposed Clamping Ordinance, authorities believe that it can discipline drivers and motorists into proper traffic parking rules and ease congestions in city streets, according to the draft ordinance.

Traffic enforcers issue citation tickets in lieu of the Temporary Operators Permit to violators, but, according to city traffic management office (CTMO) sources, unless the owners have to get permits and licenses from the city government, the citation could not be reflected. 

"We hope this Ordinance to give teeth to our Traffic Code," Inting said.

Traffic enforcers, when the ordinance is passed, can accost drivers or vehicles stopping in no-parking areas, double parking, wrong side parking, or parking within the road. 

It also allows enforcers to immobilize unattended illegally parked vehicles by clamping and towing unclaimed tire-locked vehicles.

Owners of clamped vehicles pay a corresponding fine of P1,000 for 6 wheeled vehicles and above, P500 for 4 wheeled vehicles and P200 for motorcycles or tricycles. 

These vehicles shall only be released upon payment of fines and administrative penalties, the proposed measure states. 

For unclaimed clamped vehicles, an administrative fine of P1,800 is demanded for the first 24 hours of impound and P500 for every succeeding day of fraction thereof. 

Anybody caught tampering or attempting to destroy the tire clamps pays P500 and the ruined device or P5,000 or get a 30 day imprisonment. 

Councilor Inting however cites the proposed ordinance provisions on the installation of visible parking regulations, restrictions and prohibition signs for the information of the general public and motorists. 

The public hearing would formalize the necessary inputs needed to finalize the draft ordinance, which to now, is in the second reading at the City Council, Inting noted. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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