To best achieve the delivery of basic services effectively and efficiently, the Sangguniang Bayan has foremost adopted the Internal Rules of Procedures including the different standing committees and its composition and likewise adopted the Rules in the Conduct of Administrative Investigation against erring elective barangay officials, which served as their reference in the appreciation of administrative complaints.
Legislative actions and local concerns beforehand are submitted to the Sanggunian and are referred to the concerned committee during its regular or special sessions. Reviews, research and study on a particular legislative measure are undertaken by respective committee before it is submitted again to the Sanggunian for final action. Committee meetings, consultation with stakeholders and public hearings are likewise regularly conducted to gather the sentiments and reactions of the general public concerning matters that needs legislation.
The present Sanggunian has approved vital ordinances to address pressing issues such as uplift economic condition, poverty reduction, delivery of social and health services, environmental sustainability and maintenance of peace and order.
1. Poverty Reduction and Social Inclusion
The Local Government Unit of San Andres gives importance to its children and women. It has implemented programs and services to women and children through the various government offices equally complemented by the non-government agencies, civic and religious organizations. The Local Chief Executive persistently supports said program through issuance of Executive Order such as the institutionalization of the Violation Against Women and Children Council (VAWC); organization of the Gender and Development Council; Organization of Responsible Parenting Movement Council, Strengthening the Day Care Centers through hiring of Day Care Workers under a job order contract and likewise provided funds for the implementation of its activities. To greatly complement said undertaking the Sangguniang Bayan has approved the Children’s Code and the Gender and Development Code of the municipality.
Children’s Code of the Municipality of San Andres, Province of Catanduanes.
The Sangguniang Bayan of San Andres upholds the rights of children for life, progress and protection. Thus, the Children’s Code of the Municipality of San Andres was approved earlier this year. Consultation with stakeholders and the general public were undertaken through the conduct of public hearing. It underwent thorough review in the plenary during its second reading. Likewise, steps were undertaken to support the implementation of the program through provision of appropriate funds and the Issuance of Executive Order to assist in the implementation of the program.
Gender and Development Code of the Municipality of San Andres, Province of Catanduanes.
Gender equality and protection of human rights is the objective of the Gender and Development Code. The said Code was presented to the public through the conduct of public hearing held last and underwent through review in the plenary during its second reading. The Gender and Development Code was recently approved earlier this year.
Adoption of Local Poverty Reduction and Alleviation Programs
The Local Chief Executive and the Sangguniang Bayan shares the common ideal to reduce poverty and improve the quality of life of the people of San Andres. Thus, initiatives and strategies were undertaken to realize such objective. The Sangguniang Bayan has adopted the programs and projects identified by the Local Poverty Reduction and Alleviation Team under the Bottom Up Budgeting. Likewise, Memorandum of Agreement were entered into by the Local Government Unit with national agencies such as, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Agriculture and Department of Agrarian Reform for the implementation of various livelihood trainings, grants and educational programs and activities within the municipality.
2. Environmental Sustainability, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management
The municipality of San Andres is a recipient of the “Saringgaya Award”; a clear manifestation that the Local Government Unit gives due importance to the preservation of natural resources and protecting its environment. Measures and activities were undertaken to protect the environment.
Integrated Ecological Solid Waste Management Ordinance of the Municipality of San Andres
The Sangguniang Bayan of San Andres has approved the “Integrated Solid Waste Ordinance of the Municipality of San Andres” in consonance with RA 9003, which aims to provide the legal framework for a systematic, comprehensive and ecological solid waste management program that shall ensure protection of health and environment.
Furthermore, the ongoing establishment and operation of the Ecology Park in the municipality will greatly compliment the approved ordinance. The main objective is to attain zero wastes in the municipality and promote livelihood project brought about by the ecological park.
The municipality of San Andres is typically considered as an agricultural community where most of its inhabitants earn their living through farming and fishing. The Sangguniang Bayan has approved the Local Fishery Code as a significant move to address the protection of marine resources as a source of income in the coastal Barangays of San Andres.
Comprehensive Land Use Plan
The Local Government Code of the 1991 provides that the Local Government Units shall in conformity with the existing laws, rules and regulations, continue to prepare their respective Comprehensive Land Use Plan which shall be the primary and dominant bases for the future use of land resources. Thus, the Local Sanggunian has approved the Comprehensive Land Use Plan for the municipality of San Andres.
The implementation of the Comprehensive Land Use Plan would require the enactment of regulatory measures to translate its planning goals and objectives into reality. The Zoning Ordinance is one of such measure and is one of the important tool in the effective implementation of the Land Use Plan. The Sangguniang Bayan has therefore enacted the Municipal Zoning Ordinance to harmonize the implementation of the Land Use Plan.
Adoption of MDRRM Plan and Climate Change Plan
San Andres is geographically exposed to three types of danger: 1. FLOOD particularly on swampy and low-lying area; 2. LAND SLIDES brought about by fault lines that are within the municipality and denudation of forest zone and DESTRUCTIVE TYPHOONS, due to its geographical location. All these factors endangers the lives of the people and likewise hinders the progress and development of the community. Thus, the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Plan and Climate Change Plan was adopted by the Sangguniang Bayan by virtue of SB Resolution 192-2014.
Proposed Tourism Code of the Municipality of San Andres, Province of Catanduanes
San Andres is being marketed as having a great potential in tourism in the province considering its historical, religious and natural wealth. In order to pursue the implementation of programs for the development of the tourism industry, the Municipal Tourism Council was institutionalized through the issuance of Executive Order and accordingly funded to attain its objectives. Likewise, the Sangguniang Bayan through the Committee on Tourism has drafted The Proposed Tourism Code to strengthen the regulatory measures for the promotion of natural resources and preservation of natural beauty. The said Tourism Code is now under the 2nd reading principle.
3. Accountable, Responsive and Participatory Governance
Approval of Annual Budget
The Sanggunian realizes the need for a budget allocation to carry on with the delivery of basic services which will likewise bring and ultimately hasten growth and development. The present administration has therefore prioritized the approval of the Annual Budget for the succeeding budget year not later than December of the present year. The Annual Investment Plan is likewise approved prior to the approval of the Annual Budget.
Local Tax Code
The amended Local Tax Code of San Andres has undergone the requisite processes including publication after its approval by the Sangguniang Bayan in year 2011. This revenue measure is a positive direction to generate substantial income as we aim for the upgrade of San Andres into a 1st or 2nd income class municipality in the next reclassification. Local revenues will boost further the implementation of infrastructure projects to cope the fast pace of development in San Andres.
Proposed Investment and Incentive Code of the Municipality of San Andres
The objective of the Proposed Investment and Incentive Code is primarily to encourage foreign and local investors to invest in the municipality of San Andres by providing appropriate incentives. The Proposed Investment and Incentive Code was referred to the Committee Trade, Commerce and Industry and recommended for public hearing.
4. Fair and Stable Order Based on International Rule of Law
Traffic Code of the Municipality of San Andres, Province of Catanduanes.
The municipality of San Andres is a flourishing municipality as manifested by the presence of commercial establishment. Likewise, the municipality of San Andres is the busiest port in the province because of its accessibility to and from mainland Bicol. These factors have caused congestion of traffic in the Poblacion area. The Sangguniang Bayan has therefore drafted the Proposed Traffic Code, which has already undergone two public hearings and is submitted to the Body for second reading.
5. Peace and Security
Adoption of Local Anti Criminality Action Plan
Reduce the occurrence of crimes and ensure safety and orderliness of the municipality is the main objective to the Local Anti Criminality Action Plan (LACAP) of the Municipal Police Station of San Andres. It was adopted by the Sangguniang Bayan of San Andres by virtue of SB Resolution No. 389-2013. The continued implementation of the program is monitored by the August Body through the submission of weekly report of accomplishment of the Municipal Police Station of San Andres.
Executive Orders issued to support national and local programs
In order to compliment the priority programs of the local and national government, Executive Orders pertaining to social services, administrative operations, peace and order and socio-economic conditions were executed by the Mayor. Among them are:
– EO 8 s. 2015 (Reorganization of the Municipal Peace and Order Council)
– EO 5 s. 2015 (Reorganization of the Tourism Council)
– EO 1 s. 2014 (Reorganization of the Local Poverty Reduction and Alleviation Team)
– EO 2 s. 2014 (Organization of the Municipal Solid Waste Management Board)
– EO 7 s. 2014 (Organization of the Municipal Anti Drug Abuse Council)
– EO 84 s. 2014 (Establishment of Violence Against Women and Children Council)
– EO 71 s. 2013 (Creation of Executive-Legislative Agenda Team)
Likewise, the Sangguniang Bayan has authorized the Municipal Mayor to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement with National Agencies for implementation of programs, projects and activities within the municipality. Among them are:
1. Implementation of programs, projects and activities identified by the LPRAT under the Bottom Up Budgeting
2. Implementation of Infra Projects funded by the DSWD KALAHI-CIDSS
3. Implementation of projects under the Performance Challenge Fund being a recipient of the Seal of Good House Keeping
4. Implementation of social services such supplemental feedings, expansion of AICS, 4P’s Program, social pension, etc.