General & Misc

House approves on Second Reading Bill creating Metro Bataan Development Authority

Date: 05 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

The House of Representatives has approved on second reading a measure which seeks to create the Metro Bataan Development Authority.

The bill is consonant with the policy of the State to encourage local government units to group themselves to coordinate their efforts, services, and resources for purposes commonly beneficial to their respective constituencies as provided under the Constitution, the Local Government Code of 1991, and other pertinent national laws.

Rep. Jose Enrique Garcia III (2nd District, Bataan), principal author of the bill, explained that it has been the policy of the State that the territorial and political subdivisions of the State shall enjoy genuine and meaningful local autonomy to enable the local governments to attain their fullest development as self-reliant communities and make them more effective partners in the attainment of national goals.

The proposal calls for the creation of the Metro Bataan Development Authority (MBDA) which shall be under the Office of the President of the Philippines.

It mandates the creation of the Metro Bataan Development Council or Council which shall be the governing board and policymaking body of the MBDA.

The Council shall be composed of the Governor of Bataan who shall sit as ex-officio Chairperson of the Council and the Mayors of the City of Balanga, and the Municipalitis of Abucay, Bagac, Dinalupihan, Hermosa, Limay, Mariveles, Morong, Orani, Orion, Pilar, and Samal, as ex-officio members.

Furthermore, the provincial directors of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Office of Civil Defense (OCD), and the Philippine National Police (PNP) shall be ex-officio members of the Council without voting rights.

The MBDA as the implementing arm of the Council shall perform the planning and implementation of policies, monitoring, and coordinative functions, and shall exercise regulatory and supervisory authority in the delivery of services to the entire province, or to multiple Local Government Units (LGUs), or which entail expenditure beyond the capacity of any single LGU in the Province of Bataan.

One of the functions and powers of the MBDA is to formulate and regulate the implementation of approved medium and long term plans and programs for the delivery of province-wide services, land use and physical development within the province of Bataan, consistent with national development objectives and priorities.

Likewise, the MBDA shall undertake and manage approved plans and projects for the delivery of specific services under its jurisdiction, subject to approval of the Council.

It is also within the mandate of the MBDA to coordinate, monitor and adopt solutions to problems of implementation of such plans, programs and projects in the province, identify bottlenecks and adopt solutions to problems of implementation.

The MBDA shall, among other things, execute the policies, measures, and programs approved by the Council and be responsible for the efficient and effective day-to-day management of the operations of the MBDA.

The bill provides that the MBDA shall, in carrying out its functions, consult, coordinate and work closely with the LGUs, the DPWH, Department of Transportation (DOTr), and other national government agencies, accredited People’s Organizations (POs), non-government organizations (NGOs) and the private sector operating in Bataan .

Other authors of the bill are Majority Leader Rolando Andaya, Reps. Leopoldo Bataoil, Jose Antonio Sy-Alvarado, Juliette Uy, Christopher Co, Salvador Belaro, Ron Salo, Lord Allan Jay Velasco, Roger Mercado, Eugene Michael De Vera, Maria Valentina Plaza, Jesus Sacdalan, Karlo Alexei Nograles, Aurelio Gonzales Jr., Luisa Lloren Cuaresma, Mark Areon Sambar, Wilfredo Caminero, Allan Jesse Mangaoang, Deputy Speaker Evelina Escudero, Reps. Abdullah Dimaporo, Alberto Ungab, Rogelio Neil Pepito Roque, Jocelyn Limkaichong, Carlos Roman Uybaretta, Cecilia Leonila Chavez, Rodel Batocabe, Mario Vittorio Marino, Antonio Tinio and Tom Villarin.

Notice: The Publishers of Asean LIP acknowledge the permission granted by the relevant official/ original source for the reproduction of the above/ attached materials. You shall not reproduce the above/ attached materials in whole or in part without the prior written consent of the Publishers and/or the original/ official source. Neither the Publishers nor the official/ original source will be liable for any loss, injury, claim, liability, or damage caused directly, indirectly or incidentally to errors in or omissions from the above/ attached materials. The Publishers and the official/ original source also disclaim and exclude all liabilities in respect of anything done or omitted to be done in reliance upon the whole or any part of the above/attached materials. The access to, and the use of, Asean LIP and contents herein are subject to the Terms of Use.

Get ASEAN LAW ALERT

Legal updates by e-mail. It's Free.

INDUSTRY UPDATES

ICC Prosecutors to be deported if they Probe Drug War

MANILA, Mar 18 (PNA) - Prosecutors of the International Criminal Court (ICC), who will enter the Philippines to investigate the Duterte administration’s war on drugs, may be deported, Malacañang said on Monday.

Read More

INDUSTRY UPDATES

Selangor wants tougher Environmental Laws

SHAH ALAM, Mar 17 (Bernama) - The Selangor government wants to enforce more stringent laws to address issues related to environmental pollution in the state, said Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari.

Read More

INDUSTRY UPDATES

Rosmah's Graft Case transferred to High Court

KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 15 (Bernama) - The High Court here today allowed the prosecution's application to transfer from the Sessions Court to the High Court the case involving two graft charges filed against Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, who is the wife of former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Read More

INDUSTRY UPDATES

IBP condemns Slay of another Lawyer in DavNor

MANILA, Mar 14 (PNA) - The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) on Thursday urged authorities to take action on the latest killing of a lawyer, Rex Jasper Lopoz, who was gunned down last March 13 in front of a shopping mall in Tagum City, Davao del Norte.

Read More

INDUSTRY UPDATES

IPOPHL brings IP-focused MCLE Program to Cebu

MANILA, Mar 14 (PNA) - The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) will be mounting the 2019 edition of the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) this March in Cebu, to expand its education drive and reach out to IP practitioners in the Visayas.

Read More

INDUSTRY UPDATES

ASEAN aims at creating Future Digitally-Skilled Youths

Jakarta, Mar 14 (ANTARA) - Seven ASEAN member states, through the ASEAN Digital Innovation Programme initiated by the ASEAN Foundation in collaboration with Microsoft, aim to create digitally-skilled youths prepared to tackle challenges of the digital workspace in future.

Read More

INDUSTRY UPDATES

Tanintharyi Landholders sued under New Law

Local government officials and companies are already using the recently amended land law to remove villagers from disputed land, according to lawyers in southern Myanmar.

Read More

INDUSTRY UPDATES

SC to facilitate Greater Investor Inclusiveness

KUALA LUMPUR, March 14 (Bernama) - Opening local corporate bonds and sukuk to retail investors who meet the requirements set are among the steps taken by the Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) to promote investors inclusiveness in the local market.

Read More

INDUSTRY UPDATES

SC aims Further Expansion of Islamic Capital Market, says Chairman

KUALA LUMPUR, March 14 (Bernama) - The Securities Commission (SC), the regulatory body of the capital market, aim to foster growth that is premised on long-term value creation by intensifying efforts to further expand the Islamic capital market as well as the closely-linked sustainable finance segment.

Read More

INDUSTRY UPDATES

National E-Document Exchange Platform launched

Hanoi, Mar 12 (VNA) - The Government Office held a ceremony in Hanoi on March 12 to launch the National E-Document Exchange Platform, a move towards a digital government and economy.

Read More

INDUSTRY UPDATES

Cabinet approves 5Bn Baht Agro Subsidies

BANGKOK, Mar 13 (NNT) - The weekly Cabinet meeting has allocated another five billion baht to support rice agriculture during the current production year.

Read More

INDUSTRY UPDATES

CJ seeks to remove Parts of Hamid Sultan's Affidavit

KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 13 (Bernama) - Chief Justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjum today filed an application to remove parts of the supporting affidavit filed Court of Appeal Judge Datuk Dr Hamid Sultan Abu Backer in the lawsuit by the late Karpal Singh’s daughter, claiming that it was outrageous, insulting and an attack to the Judiciary.

Read More

INDUSTRY UPDATES

Up to PM to shortlist Candidates for CJ's Post - Liew

KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 12 (Bernama) - The Law Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong today said that he has no information about the candidates shortlisted to be appointed as the new Chief Justice to replace Tan Sri Richard Malanjum who will retire from the post next month.

Read More

INDUSTRY UPDATES

Sabah helps Children without Documents through Legalization Program

KOTA KINABALU, Mar 12 (Bernama) - Children born in Sabah and categorised as foreigners even though one of their parents were local residents, will be given aid through a legalisation programme which will ensure a better future for them.

Read More

INDUSTRY UPDATES

CJ warns against allowing Politics to be Judicialized

Courts should not be invited to resolve issues usually addressed through the political process such as matters of national identity and religious freedom, said the Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon, who has also reminded that Court's business is not to formulate policy but to find the facts presented and apply the law.

Read More