August 29, 2009

WHO OWN THE CITY’S SEVEN CRATER LAKES ?


The Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) was organized in 1966 by virtue of Republic Act No. 4850 authored by Senator Wenceslao Rancap Lagumbay from Laguna, as a quasi-government agency with regulatory and proprietory functions. Its powers and functions were further strengthened with the issuance of Presidential Decree No. 813 by President Ferdinand E. Marcos in 1975; and modified with the promulgation of Executive Order No. 927 in 1983.

Executive Order No. 927 expanded the so-called Laguna de Bay Region, so that Laguna Lake Development Authority will have authority or proprietory rights, control and supervision over the city’s seven crater lakes, as well as over all other bodies of water in as far as in Mauban in Quezon Province; in Tanauan City and Malvar in Batangas Province; and in Carmona in Cavite Province.

President Fidel V. Ramos issued Executive Order No. 149 to transfer the administration or administrative supervision over the LLDA from the Office of the President to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and Executive Order No. 240 to devolved some administrative control to the local government units in the CALABARZON Region to help establish the mechanics of cooperation in order that the framework of a comprehensive development program could be properly formulated.

Former Presidential Legal Adviser Antonio Carpio, now a justice in the Supreme Court, and former Secretary General Camilo Sabio of the House of Representatives issued separate opinions that Presidential Decree No. 813 and Executive Order No. 927 can only be amended, modified or repealed through act of Congress. These confirmed that the proprietary rights over the Seven Crater Lakes still belongs to the Laguna Lake Development Authority, though the City Government of San Pablo under the Local Government Code of 1991 or Republic Act No. 7160 is vested with specific powers to chart its own course, determine its own destiny by setting its own goals, and every member of the community have their own role to play for mutual benefit of every one.

Water coming from Calibato Lake through Palakpakin Lake and Mujicap Lake generate a hydro-electric plant for the Philippine Power Development Corporation, though the plant site is located within the jurisdiction of the adjoining town of Calauan.

During a meeting presided by then Laguna Governor and LLDA Chairman Jose D. Lina Jr. in March of 2000 held in this Barangay Training Center expressed his belief that the concept of synergy must be employed in planning, wherein every sectoral representatives can play an important role in translating the LLDA Programs into specific projects and activities. While local leadership believes that the administrative control and management of the lake must be returned to the City Government of San Pablo. (Ruben E. Taningco)

Ellen Teodoro Reyes Para Bise-Gobernador

SAN PABLO CITY - May posibilidad na sa lunsod na ito manggaling ang susunod na Pangalawang Punonglalawigan o Vice Governor ng Laguna kung tuluyang tatanggapin ng isang city councilor ang alok ni Opposition Governatorial Aspirant at Pagsanjan Mayor Emilio Ramon P. Ejercito III na maging ka-tandem niya sa 2010 National and Local Elections.

Napag-alamang kasalukuyang komukunsulta na si Konsehala Ellen Teodoro Reyes sa kanyang mga taga-suporta, tulad ng grupo ng mga kababaihan, mga Non-Governmental Organizations, at People’s Organization, gayon din sa mga senior citizens, youth sector at mga loyalistang tagapagtaguyod upang makatulong sa gagawin niyang pagpapasya.

Isang lider sibiko, si Reyes na tagapagsulong ng mga adbokasiyang pangkababaihan bago nahimok na pumalaot sa politika kung saan ang mga makabuluhan niyang gawain ang tumayong matibay niyang sandigan upang mahalal na konsehal ng lunsod.

Bilang isang city councilor ay personal na pinamahalaan ni Reyes ang Women Center na gumagabay sa mga kababaihan at mga out of school youth. Siya ang gumaganap na executive director ng nabanggit na training and welfare center.

Ang naturang center ay nagbibigay ng pagsasanay at nagtuturo ng iba’t-ibang kursong bokasyonal sa mga nasa sektor ng kababaihan at kabataang hindi na nagsisipag-aral, na sa ngayon ay umabot na sa 8,000 ang mga nakapagtapos at natulungan magkaroon ng hanap-buhay. Dahil dito ay naging susi si Reyes sa pagkakatatag ng Gender and Development Center sa lunsod.

Ilang lider kababaihan ang nagsabi na muling naulit ang kasaysayan sa buhay ni Reyes bilang reluctant candidate, ang una ay ang paghimok na tumakbo siyang konsehal at ang kasalukuyang alok na pagkandidato bilang Bise-Gobernador, subalit kilala na anila si Ellen Teodoro Reyes na hindi marunong umurong at tumalikod sa malawak na responsibilidad.

Si Ellen Teodoro Reyes ay may PhD on Social Development mula sa isang kilalang unibersidad kung kaya’t sa kanyang mga adbokasiya ay higit niyang pinahahalagahan ang kapakanan ng tao mula sa kalusugan ng mga sanggol sa sinapupunan hanggang sa paghubog sa mga kabataan na maging mabuting mamamayan. Taglay ni Reyes ang katangiang dapat taglayin ng isang tagabalangkas ng batas at kapasiyahan, at karanasan bilang punong tagapagpaganap upang mapangasiwaan ang isang tanggapan ng isang tagapangulo ng kapulungan, o she possesses the right knowledge, skills, and experiences to lead and administer a lawmaking body. (SLPC/Sandy Belarmino)

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