Title 1 – Agriculture


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Chapter I

Prohibition on the Use of Other’s Farm Lot as Grazing Land

Section 1. The use of farm lot, other than his/her own, as grazing land for large and small ruminants, or turning loose ruminant to graze on other’s farm lot is hereby prohibited, except with the permission of farm lot owner.

Section 2. Any person owning ruminants who uses his/her own farm lot as pasture area for his/her own ruminants is hereby required to fence his/her farm lot and keep inside therein his/her  ruminants in order to prevent the same from causing damage to neighboring farm lots.

Section 3. Any person/persons who allow his or her large and small ruminants to graze on other farm lot without permission of the farm lot owner or to turn loose such ruminants on other farm lot shall be punished by a fine of not exceeding One Thousand Pesos (P1,000.00) or an imprisonment of not more than six (6) months, or both, at the discretion of the Court, in addition to payment by the owner of the  ruminants to the offended party of the cost of the damaged property as determined by an Appraisal Team to be composed of the Sangguniang Barangay concerned and City Agriculture Office.

Chapter II

Cattle Dispersal Program

Section 1. Qualifications of beneficiary of the cattle dispersal program:

  • The beneficiary must be a farmer without farm animal;
  • The beneficiary must not be a city or barangay official or an immediate family member thereof within the first degree of consanguinity or affinity; and
  • Bonafide resident of barangay for at least one (1) year.

Section 2. Obligations of the beneficiary:

  • Shall undergo orientation on proper care of large cattle with the City Agriculture Office and City Veterinary Office before receipt of large cattle;
  • Report the status, condition and location of the large cattle to the city agriculture office and/or City Veterinary Office every six (6) months;
  • Return the large cattle to the City Agriculture Office and/or City Veterinary Office for redistribution to other beneficiary should the original beneficiary decides to move residence to other barangay;
  • Pay the city government based on the current price of large cattle at the time of its loss or death through negligence; and
  • The large cattle must not be brought outside the territorial limit of the city.

Section 3. Implementing rules and regulations:  

  • Highly-depressed barangays suitable for cattle dispersal program may avail of the project upon the recommendation of the Chairperson of the Sangguniang Panlungsod Committee on Agriculture, City Veterinarian Office and the Barangay Captain;
  • Recommendations for availment of the cattle dispersal program by a beneficiary shall be indorsed by the Barangay Captain with the conformity of the Sangguniang Barangay concerned;
  • The first offspring of the cattle being dispersed in a certain barangay may be transferred to another qualified beneficiary who is living in the same barangay;
  • In case of disability or unproductivity of the large cattle, the City Veterinarian Office and the Chairperson and members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod Committee on Agriculture shall have the decision for the sale of the large cattle being dispersed;
  • The City Agriculture Office, City Veterinary Office, the Chairperson and Members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod Committee on Agriculture, the Punong Barangay and Barangay Councilors are tasked to monitor from time to time the whereabouts and the condition of health of the cattle dispersed;
  • There shall be a contract between the city government and beneficiary establishing the obligations of the beneficiary and rules and regulations of the program;
  • The City Agriculture Office, City Veterinary Office shall submit an annual report of this project to the Office of the Sangguniang Panlungsod and the Office of the City Mayor for information of both offices.

 

Chapter III

Management of National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Canal and Other Irrigation System

A. Cropping Calendar

Section 1. A Cropping Calendar is hereby established and adopted in the City of General Santos as follows:

 

NAME OF IRRIGATORS ASSOCIATION

 

KIND  OF  CROP

 

AREA

(HAS)

DAILY IRRIGATION WATER DISTRIBUTION SCHEDULE

(D R Y      S  E  A  S  O  N)

DAILY IRRIGATION WATER DISTRIBUTION SCHEDULE

(W  E  T      S  E  A  S  O  N)

RICE (%) OTHERS

(%)

JAN. FEB. MAR. APR. MAY JUNE JULY AUG. SEPT. OCT. NOV. DEC.

MATATAG FIA

10.00 90.00 112.15 Tuesday to

Saturday

(5 days/

week)

Tuesday to

Friday

(4 days/

week)

Tuesday to

Friday

(4 days/

week)

CLOSED Wed.

to

Saturday

(4 days

/week)

Wed.

to

Saturday

(4 days

/week)

Wed.

to

Saturday

(4 days

/week)

Wed.

to

Saturday

(4 days

/week)

Friday to

Saturday

(2 days per

per week)

Wed.

to

Saturday

(4 days

/week)

Wed.

to

Saturday

(4 days

/week)

Wed.

to

Saturday

(4 days

/week)

GSFIA 10.00 90.00 154.76
NACORIA 60.00 40.00 275.38
LAGAO-BULA IA 100.00 0.00 110.00
GREENFIELD IA 100.00 0.00 140.46
NURSERY FIA 75.00 25.00 154.58 Sun.  to

Mon.   (2

days/week)

Sun.  to

Tue.  (3

days/wk)

Sun.  to

Tue.   (3

days/wk)

CLOSED Sun.  to

Tue.   (3

days/wk)

Sun.  to

Tue.   (3

days/wk)

Sun.  to

Tue.   (3

days/wk)

Sun.  to

Tue.   (3

days/wk)

Sun.  to

Tue.   (3

days/wk)

Sun.  to

Tue.   (3

days/wk)

Sun.  to

Tue.   (3

days/wk)

Sun.  to

Tue.   (3

days/wk)

KASAFIA 15.00 85.00 312.95
BALAFAIRAS 75.00 25.00 60.00

Section 2. Except as otherwise provided by law or regulations as may be enacted or promulgated hereinafter by the Sangguniang Panlungsod or the National Irrigation Administration, the compliance to the Cropping Calendar established and adopted herein shall be mandatory upon any person, natural or juridical, for the optimum utilization and equitable distribution of irrigation water to farmers and/or irrigators associations, and the seasonable planting, cultivation and growing of crops.

For purposes of this ordinance, a person is said to have violated the provision of this law if he/she shall plant, cultivate and grow rice or other crops not within the adopted and established Cropping Calendar and while at the same time utilizing, availing or consuming irrigation water from Siluay-Buayan River Irrigation System outside of his/her Daily Irrigation Water Distribution Schedule through whatever scheme to water his/her crop he/she has so planted or cultivated, to the damage of the crop of other consumer or irrigators association.

Section 3. Notwithstanding the foregoing established schedule of closure of irrigation water for the month of April of every year, a thirty-six (36)-hour irrigation water shall be supplied once a week by the National Irrigation Administration to the irrigators to start from 6:00 o’clock in the evening of Saturday up to 5:00 o’clock in the morning of Monday of the following week.[6]

Section 4. Any violation of this ordinance shall subject the offender to a fine of One Thousand Pesos (P1,000.00), without prejudice to the reparation of damages as determined by representatives of irrigators association federation, City Agriculture Office representative and Barangay Captain concerned and imposition of other penalties as may be provided under P.D. 1067, laws, rules and regulations, and policies promulgated by the National Irrigation Administration and Federation of Farmers Irrigators Association Incorporated of Siluay-Buayan River Irrigation System.

B. National Irrigation Administration (NIA)

Canal and Other Irrigation System

Section 1. The following activities shall be unlawful:

  • Dumping of waste in National Irrigation Administration (NIA) canal and other irrigation system by the owner of piggery or operator of business establishment;
  • Planting of vegetables, flowers and other planting materials at the embankment of NIA canal;
  • Establishment of house, shanty and other similar structure at the embankment of NIA canal;
  • Quarrying of sand, gravel or soil at NIA canal or at its embankment unless there is desiltation process and prior authority is secured from NIA;
  • Closure of waterways or access road to NIA canal;
  • Drawing of water in NIA canal; or
  • Wallowing of large cattle in NIA canal.

Section 2. The officers of the irrigators’ association are hereby deputized to act as enforcement officers to implement the provisions of this ordinance within their respective jurisdiction.

Section 3. Violation of this ordinance shall subject the offender to a fine of Two Thousand Pesos (P2,000.00) for the first offense, Three Thousand Pesos (P3,000.00) for the second offense, Five Thousand Pesos (P5,000.00) and imprisonment of not less than six (6) months, or both such fine and imprisonment at the discretion of the court, for the third offense and succeeding offenses, without prejudice to the reparation of damages and imposition of other penalties as may be provided under P.D. 1067, laws, rules and regulations, and policies promulgated by the National Irrigation Administration and federation of farmers irrigators association of Siluay-Buayan river irrigation system.

In case the violator is a juridical person, the penalty shall be imposed upon the president, manager or in-charge of the corporation.

Where the violator of this ordinance does not contest his/her apprehension and elect to pay the fine imposed under this section, the enforcement officer shall forthwith issue citation ticket to the person apprehended without resort to the court. The citation ticket shall state or contain (a.) The name, signature, age and address of the person apprehended, (b.) The material facts obtaining in the commission or omission of the crime defined and penalized under this ordinance, (c.) The amount of fine which is payable in favor of the city government of general santos, and (d.) Notice requiring the person apprehended for extrajudicial settlement of his/her violation by paying the prescribed amount of fine at the office of city treasurer within seventy-two (72) hours from issuance thereof, otherwise, appropriate complaint shall be filed against him/her before the court of law.

Chapter IV

Quarantine Checkpoints

Section 1. There are hereby established Quarantine Checkpoints at sea ports, airport, and in some strategic points of entry within General Santos City. The Quarantine Checkpoints shall be under the control and supervision of the City Mayor who may employ or commission appropriate officials and employees of the City Government from City Veterinarian Office and City Health Office necessary for the proper enforcement of the provisions of this Ordinance.

Section 2. The Quarantine Checkpoints shall have the power to examine incoming and outgoing aircraft, land transportations and maritime vessels, the necessary surveillance over its sanitary conditions, as well as over its cargoes, passengers, crews, and all personal effects to prevent the introduction into the City of communicable diseases which may endanger the livestock or human beings.

For the efficient implementation of this Ordinance, the duly commissioned personnel at the established Quarantine Checkpoints shall inspect, fumigate, disinfect, or sanitize the aircrafts, vehicles or vessels as well as its cargoes, passengers, crews and all personal effects, or destruct animals or articles found to be so infected or contaminated as to be sources of infection to livestock or human beings.

Section 3. Any passenger or crew who enters the territorial jurisdiction of the City who refuses to undergo examination as provided in Section 2 of this Ordinance shall suffer a fine of Five Hundred Pesos (P500.00), or both such imprisonment and fine at the discretion of the Court, and if found positive, shall undergo protocol on disease control or quarantine being imposed by the Department of Health.

Any driver of a vehicle or captain of a vessel or aircraft who deliberately refuses to undergo examination of his/her vehicle, vessel or aircraft shall suffer a fine of Five Thousand Pesos (P5,000.00).

 

Chapter V

Importation, Carrying, Transfer or Movement of Coconut or Oil Palm Seedlings,Plants or Any Part Thereof

Section 1. For purposes of this Ordinance, the following terms shall mean:

  • Coconut Leaf Beetle – Brontispa Longgisima (Gestro) – belongs to the Order of Coleoptera and Family of Chrysomelidae is potentially one of the most injurious pests of coconut palms. Up to 17 species of palms including oil palm, betel palms, nipa and several ornamental palms maybe attacked and serve as alternate hosts. Both larva and adult of the beetle inhabit the developing and unopened leaves of the coconut where they feed on leaf tissues.
  • Quarantine – a restraint upon the transport of goods that is designed to prevent the spread of communicable disease or pests.
  • Importation – An act of bringing into the country foreign commodities mentioned in Section 3 hereof.
  • Transfer/movement – carrying or transport of commodities mentioned in Section 3 from one place to another.
  • Coconut seedlings – germinated seed nuts from coconut
  • Oil palm seedlings – germinated seeds from oil palm
  • Native and/or exotic palms – plants under palm family
  • Permit to transport – permit to carry/transport issued by Plant Quarantine Officers
  • Import Clearance – Permit/Authority to import commodities issued by the Director of the Bureau of Plant Industry.
  • Deputized Quarantine Officers – Any person so appointed and/or designated by the Director of the Plant Industry.
  • Point of Entry – is a point where entry of prohibited commodity will likely pass or enter
  • Carrier – includes every sort of craft or artificial contrivance used, or capable of being used as a means of transportation in land, water or air.
  • Person – any natural or juridical person such as corporation, partnership, societies, associations, firms, companies and other legal entities.
  • Commodity Treatment – any form of treatment applied to plants and plant products and other materials capable of harboring plant pest for the purpose of eliminating infection/infestation caused by plant pest.

Section 2. In order to prevent and arrest the spread of B. Longgisima, the deputized quarantine officers shall cause the inspection, treatment, if necessary, and certification of plants/palms involved in movement from one place to another.  In cases where it is necessary to contain the pest, the director of Bureau of Plant Industry or his/her authorized representative may limit movement or confiscate plants from one locality to another.

Section 3. Prohibited Acts. – It shall be unlawful for any person to commit the following acts:

  • Transferring, movement or /carrying of coconut, oil palm, plants or any part thereof and germinated seed nuts including fronds, ornamental/exotic palms from infested areas to General Santos City;
  • Importation of palm seedlings, plants or any part thereof and germinated seed nuts from countries with known reported infestation of Longgisima in Guangdong Province of Mainland China, Hainan Islands, Hongkong, Taiwan ROC, Maldives, part of Southeast Asia, namely Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Singapore and Vietnam and parts of Oceana, namely: American Samoa, French Polynesia, Nauru, New Caledonia, Northern Mariana Islands, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna, Western Samoa and Queensland and Northern Territory and Australia or any Brontispa Longgisima infested country is strictly prohibited until such time that ecological balance between the pest and its natural enemies has been established.

Section 4. In violation of Section 3 hereof, the offender shall be fined P5,000.00 or imprisonment of six (6) months to one (1) year or both at the discretion of the court. If the violator is a partnership, the managing partner is liable under this ordinance; if the violator is a corporation, the person responsible in the management of the business is liable.

Section 5. The Brontispa Action Team is hereby created for the abatement and total termination of the coconut leaf beetle infestation. The team will be responsible to the overall implementation of this Ordinance and other related activities as maybe provided by rules and regulations promulgated by higher authority.  The team shall be composed, but not limited to the following:

Chairman: City Mayor

Vice Chairman: City Vice-Mayor

Members:

  • City Agriculturist
  • PCA Agriculturist
  • BPI Plant Quarantine Office
  • Department of Agriculture (Representative)
  • Chairman, Sangguniang Panlungsod Committee on Agriculture
  • Other agencies/entities/institutions not mentioned may be designated by the City Mayor as additional members of Brontispa Action Team

Section 6. There shall be established in the City a biolaboratory of parasitoids for B. Longgisima to provide ecological balance between such pest and its natural enemies to be determined by the Brontispa Action Team.

Section 7. The City Agriculturist’s Office shall identify and assign personnel to oversee the check points in strategic entry points to General Santos City to prevent entry of infested coconut, oil palm and ornamental/exotic palms.

Section 8. The following are the Duties and Functions of Checkpoint Assigned Personnel:

  • To inspect all carriers, crew/passenger’s luggage and incoming mails to determine the presence of plants, plant products and other materials capable of harboring Longgisima and other potential plant pests.
  • To inspect, administer treatment, if necessary to contain B. Longgisima infestation.
  • To confiscate and destroy or refuse entry of any kind of palms coming from Brontispa Longgisima infested areas.
  • To perform other duties that maybe assigned to such personnel from time to time.
  • Submit regular weekly report on movements/transfer or entries of prohibited commodities mentioned in Section 6 hereof to the City Agriculture Office, to copy furnish Philippine Coconut Authority – SOCSKSARGEN Region and Bureau of Plant Industry Quarantine Service Office.

In the exercise of the powers and duties of the Check Point Assigned Personnel, they are hereby given police power and authority.

Section 9. The City Agriculturist’s Office shall regularly submit a monthly Monitoring Report on the incidence of Brontispa Longgisima (Gestro) to the Office of Philippine Coconut Authority – SOCSKSARGEN Region, to copy furnish Bureau of Plant Industry Quarantine Office.

Section 10. In cases where Brontispa infestations occur, the following actions shall be undertaken:

  • The City Agriculturist’s Office shall immediately report to Philippine Coconut Authority, Regional Field Unit, Department of Agriculture and Bureau of Plant Industry on occurrence of Brontispa infestation.
  • The Philippine National Police and Check Point Assigned Personnel upon notice from the City Mayor shall enforce quarantine measures/commodity treatment within General Santos City. No movement or transfer of coconut, palm oil seedlings and ornamental palms shall be allowed within and outside the city.
  • The Brontispa Action Team shall enforce control measures to contain the spread of the pest.
  • The City Government shall provide funds for all the activities of the Brontispa Action Team including provision of manpower to sustain and oversee checkpoints.

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