New ordinance does not
require permit, only information, Leyte BMs say
Media Relations Center
July 8, 2011
TACLOBAN CITY –
Members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan reiterated their defense on
the approved Ordinance No. 2011-02 that culls out guidelines in the
conduct of outreach activities, research, economic development
program, leisure activities and fact-finding missions in the
countryside of the Leyte province.
Leyte guv supports ordinance
to oversee conduct of countryside outreach programs, research
missions, other activities)
Above all, the
legislation’s author, Board Member Rolando Piamonte said, the
ordinance does not in any way prohibit individuals or groups from
conducting any kind of outreach activities but rather provides that
the group or individual “inform” the local government unit of the
village or barangay they are going to visit.
The board members also
clarified the ordinance, which has received various comments and
opposition after its approval, said that it does not in any way
require a permit but just a communication informing of their
“Permit would mean the
LGU may or may not allow such an activity. That is not what the
ordinance provides,” Board Member Piamonte said.
Member Anlie Apostol said, she was among those who approved the
ordinance on account of its rationale, foremost of which is the safety
of the group or individual who may conduct activities or visit areas
of conflict within the province.
“It’s for their own
safety. Should they inform the concerned LGUs, security can be
provided for them if they want,” Board Member Apostol clarified.
The board members
further clarified the ordinance was crafted to avoid similar incidents
such as the alleged encounter between the members of the Philippine
Army and famous botanist Dr. Leonardo Co and his team last year in the
mountains of Kananga, Leyte placed a dent in the province’s efforts in
packaging Leyte as an economic hub and prime tourism destination.
Ordinance No. 2011-02,
approved last May, provides that “any individual, agency or
organization or sponsor planning to conduct outreach activities
through community services, research, economic development program,
leisure activities and fact-finding missions within the territorial
jurisdiction of the Province of Leyte, shall inform in writing the
Office of the Mayor of the forthcoming activity at least 15 days
before the effectivity thereof.”
The ordinance likewise
provides for the submission of mandatory information that include
among others, the sponsoring agency or organization, the names and
number of participants with their addresses and contact numbers, the
specific location or venue of the activity, the rationale of the
activity, and the duration of the mission or outreach activity.