TAGUM CITY—The City Government of Tagum is bullish it can now finally proceed with its aim to heighten its infrastructure development agenda with the delivery of its brand-new heavy equipment which will be used to realize the marching order of Mayor Allan Rellon to implement more infrastructure projects, especially in the remote areas here.
The local government on Thursday, July 12, 2018, presented to the public 11 heavy equipment which were added in part to its fleet through a 680 million peso-loan agreement with the Development Bank of the Philippines. This is the third batch of heavy equipment which was delivered to the local government.
The latest delivery of heavy equipment consists of dump trucks and a concrete mixer. Thursday’s event at the City Hall Grounds also featured brand new rouser motorcycles donated by the LGU to PNP Tagum to help in improving the peace and order situation in the city, which has seen satisfactory results since the local government also donated patrol cars to them through the same loan months ago.
Old and dilapidated garbage compactors of the city will soon be replaced with new ones which are set to be delivered within this month.
In a statement, Mayor Rellon acknowledged this as another “tagumpay” for Tagumenyos noting that the release of loan proceeds was almost put into halt following the disapproval of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Davao del Norte through SP Resolution No. 418 “for being ultra vires for non-compliance of procedural and substantive element.”
The loan proceeds were finally released by DBP after the Department of the Interior and Local Government through DILG Opinion No. 37 series of 2018 opined that the lapse of the thirty day period “coupled with the Sangguniang Panlalawigan’s failure to act thereon within the period fixed by law is loud and clear.”
The 30-day period to review city or municipal ordinances is clearly enshrined in Section 56 of the Local Government Code, a provision of which states in part that if no action has been taken by the sangguniang panlalawigan within the 30 days after submission of such an ordinance or resolution, the same shall be presumed consistent with law and therefore valid.
“Inarguably, such ordinance under review is now presumed consistent with law and therefore valid,” the DILG opinion stated, as signed by DILG Undersecretary Austere Panadero with authority from the Interior Secretary.
Mayor Rellon categorically denied that the LGU’s loan agreement with DBP was done in haste and took shortcuts as floated by some camps, stating that the LGU had religiously complied with all the legal requirements since 2016 including the debt service and borrowing capacity certification from the Bureau of Local Government Finance from the Department of Finance and monetary board opinion from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas—all of which certified LGU Tagum’s high capacity to enter another loan agreement with a lending institution such as DBP.
The local chief executive also aired his disappointment with some camps blocking this loan initiative of the local government, specially that proceeds of which will be used for the improvement and development of Tagum.
The 680 million peso-loan package will finance the local government’s acquisition of brand new heavy equipment and service vehicles, acquisition of various equipment and service vehicles for environmental programs, development of a sanitary landfill, acquisition of police patrol cars and service vehicles, installation of an intelligent traffic signalization project, and the construction of various multi-sectoral vertical projects such as the Tagum City Historical and Cultural Center, a new public transport module 3 terminal, meditation house, child minding center and the construction and development of the new Tagum City Police Station.
Prior to the blessing ceremony on Thursday, Mayor Rellon also led the blessing and inauguration of LGU-funded road concreting projects last July 11, 2018.
The projects, which is amounting to eight million price tag, are located in Barangays Cuambogan, La Filipina, Mankilam, Magugpo South, Magugpo West, Magugpo Poblacion, Apokon and Magugpo East. Louie Lapat/CIO Tagum
The City Government of Tagum, under the leadership of Mayor Allan L. Rellon, has welcomed to its fleet brand new heavy equipment purchased in part from the 680-million peso loan from the Development Bank of the Philippines. Pool Photos/CIO Tagum
Mayor Allan L. Rellon leads in the blessing and inauguration of LGU-funded infrastructure projects amounting to 8 million pesos located in Barangays Cuambogan, La Filipina, Mankilam, Magugpo South, Magugpo West, Magugpo Poblacion, Apokon and Magugpo East last July 11, 2018. Vinz Davo/CIO Tagum