EXCERPT FROM THE MINUTES OF THE 106TH REGULAR SESSION OF THE 16TH SANGGUNIANG PANLUNGSOD, CITY OF GENERAL SANTOS, HELD AT THE SANGGUNIANG PANLUNGSOD SESSION HALL ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2012.
Hon. Shirlyn L. Bañas-Nograles City Vice Mayor & Presiding Officer
Hon. Ronnel C. Rivera City Councilor
Hon. Elizabeth B. Bagonoc City Councilor (Floor Leader)
Hon. Vivencio E. Dinopol City Councilor (Pres. Pro-Tempore)
Hon. Richard L. Atendido City Councilor (1st Assistant Floor Leader)
Hon. Nepthale P. Natividad City Councilor
Hon. Eduardo D. Leyson IV City Councilor
Hon. Virginia T. Llido City Councilor
Hon. Dominador S. Lagare III City Councilor
Hon. Marius Orlando A. Oco City Councilor
Hon. Remus P. De Claro City Councilor
Hon. Lourdes F. Casabuena City Councilor (President, Liga ng mga Barangay)
Hon. Mac Alejandre M. Tablazon City Councilor (SK Federation President)
Hon. Dante S. Vicente City Councilor (2nd Assistant Floor Leader) (OL)
Hon. Margareth Rose N. Santos City Councilor (OB)
WHEREAS, Section 16 of Republic Act Numbered Seventy-One Hundred and Sixty (RA 7160), otherwise known as The Local Government Code of 1991, enjoins every local government unit (LGU) to exercise the powers expressly granted, those necessarily implied therefrom, as well as powers necessary, appropriate, or incidental for its efficient and effective governance, and those which are essential to the promotion of the general welfare;
WHEREAS, rapid developments in information and communication technologies and the medium of the internet as being utilized to facilitate various public and private sector transactions worldwide have lately become a strongly convincing indicator for governments around the world to consequently implement, within their respective spheres, an information technology (IT) program better known today as interactive governance or i-governance:
WHEREAS, in the case of this Sanggunian, the idea to implement i-governance in policy making as a program of the administration came up as early as August of FY 2010 when the members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod called for the eventual implementation of an electronically encoded calendar of business of the sanggunian, as among their priority programs, which can be readily viewed on-line by any member thereof or any private or public organization through the medium of the internet;
WHEREAS, after barely eleven months of cautious and thorough planning workshops aimed at implementing i-governance as a program of administration, this Sanggunian was able to have finally come up with a duly registered Website www.spgensantos.ph which was officially launched by virtue of Resolution No. 575, series of 2011, passed during the 68th Regular Session of the 16th Sangguniang Panlungsod of the City of General Santos held last November 22, 2011;
WHEREAS, the aforementioned Website has caused the on-line publication of some official database information consisting of various bio-data, statistics, archives, programs, policies, legislations, references, events, views and opinions, and such other relevant activities happening within the vicinity of the Sangguniang Panlungsod of the City of General Santos, readily made available and accessible through the internet at the instance of any public or private user thereof, wherever such user may be located, anywhere in the world;
WHEREAS, the aforementioned Website now going fully operational, this Sanggunian deems appropriate and necessary to impress into such program a characteristic of permanence so as to guarantee its continued existence, and to establish a legal framework for the conduct of i-governance in policy making within the perspective of local governance, in keeping with the pertinent provisions of RA 8792, otherwise known as The Electronic Commerce Act of 2000;
NOW, THEREFORE, on motion of City Councilor Elizabeth B. Bagonoc, duly seconded by City Councilors Nepthale P. Natividad, Ronnel C. Rivera, Lourdes F. Casabuena and Virginia T. LLido, be it –
RESOLVED, as it is hereby resolved, to enact this Ordinance:
ORDINANCE NO. 11
Series of 2012
AN ORDINANCE INSTITUTIONALIZING THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE OF THE SANGGUNIANG PANLUNGSOD, CITY OF GENERAL SANTOS www.spgensantos.ph, LAUNCHED BY VIRTUE
OF RESOLUTION NO. 575, SERIES OF 2011, TO BE THE ONLY OFFICIALLY SANCTIONED ON-LINE DATABANK AND INTERACTIVE MEDIA OF THE 16TH SANGGUNIANG PANLUNGSOD AND ALL OTHER SANGGUNIANG PANLUNGSOD OF THE CITY TO COME THEREAFTER TOWARDS PURSUING INTERACTIVE GOVERNANCE AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES
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HON. SHIRLYN L. BAÑAS-NOGRALES – AUTHOR
HON. RONNEL C. RIVERA & HON. DOMINADOR S. LAGARE III, HON. ELIZABETH B. BAGONOC,
HON. VIRGINIA T. LLIDO, AND HON. NEPTHALE P. NATIVIDAD – PRINCIPAL SPONSORS
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Be it ordained by this Sangguniang Panlungsod, City of General Santos that:
Section 1. Short Title. – This Ordinance shall be known for short as “The SP Website Institutionalization Ordinance of 2012.”
Section 2. Statement of Policy. – This Sanggunian recognizes the vital role of information and communications technology in nation-building and the need on the part of local government units to participate fully in all forms of productive activities and developments currently taking place within the field of information and communications technology in order to cause and propel economic growth, along with the primary obligation of this Sanggunian to provide a secure legal framework to govern the existence and usage of its
website for the purpose of protecting the integrity of electronic documents virtually stored thereat, and as well published thereby, including its transmission and communication so as to boost public trust and reliance therewith.
Section 3. General Provision. – The official Website of the Office of the Sangguniang Panlungsod, City of General Santos, launched by virtue of Resolution No. 575, series of 2011, with duly registered Internet Protocol (IP) address: www.spgensantos.ph, is hereby institutionalized to be the only officially sanctioned on-line databank and interactive media of the 16th Sanggunian and all other Sangguniang Panlungsod of the city to come thereafter towards pursuing interactive governance.
Section 4. Definition of Terms. – As used in this Ordinance the following terms shall be understood to mean as:
- Interactive Governance or I-Governance – refers to any program administered by the public sector which gives emphasis on solving societal problems and creating societal opportunities through a virtual system of facilitated, free, spontaneous, and open interaction among the civil, public and private sectors via the internet, and which provides various internet activities, i.e., electronic mailing, blogging, uploading, downloading, and such other similar internetmarketing protocols aimed at promoting better and closer relationships among the sectors involved.
- Interactive Media – refers to the system of information technology being made available and accessible to the public, civil, and private sectors as open and free on-line network for them to be able to reciprocally communicate, disseminate or provide services and as well access significant information instantaneously through the internet.
- On-Line Databank – refers to the system of information technology which is being utilized to serve as virtual repository of electronically encoded files consisting of various records and other sorts of information kept by a person or entity, which could be accessible at the instance of any concerned public, civil, or private sector user, via the internet, wherever such user may be located, anywhere in the world.
Section 5. Designation of Website Administrator. – (a) In order to ensure the integrity of all electronic documents, signatures, and other various data uploaded and kept in store at the SP Website, there shall be designated for the office of the Sangguniang Panlungsod a Website Administrator who shall be directly responsible in proficiently supervising the efficient, effective, and continued operation, maintenance, and management thereof.
(b) Such Website Administrator shall come from among the staff of the sanggunian who are currently occupying any plantilla position with Salary Grade Fifteen (15) or higher, and who possesses as many qualifications and expertise in the fields of information technology system or computer science, law, commerce and trade, editorship, planning and management, engineering, and such other relevant fields of studies, and must be highly proficient in both written and oral English communication.
(c) Such Website Administrator shall be chiefly responsible to promote the neutrality and integrity of all electronic documents stored and published at the SP website and, thus, ensure that all publications posted or caused to be posted thereat by any staff or member of the sanggunian generally adhere to the basic rules of grammar, and to ensure, further, that all electronic records which are to be made accessible from the website are nothing less than the exact facsimiles of the original.
(d) Designation of an employee as Website Administrator shall be duly caused by a memorandum issued for by the city vice-mayor, thereby stating therein with particularity the designee’s functions as such including all other incidental responsibilities that said designee may be authorized to perform pursuant to this Ordinance.
(e) The designated Website Administrator shall be made to take hold of and place under his or her official custody and accountability all office computer hardware and software equipment and supplies, i.e., servers, workstations, routers, cables, CD installers, kits, operations manuals, computer tools, etc., which are being utilized in the efficient, effective, and continued operation, maintenance, and management of the SP Website.
(f) The designated Website Administrator shall be made to receive orders directly from the Office of the City Vice-Mayor in all matters concerning the efficient and effective operation, maintenance, and management of the SP Website.
Section 6. Funding. The Sangguniang Panlungsod shall see to it that funds appropriate and necessary for the efficient, effective, and continued operation, maintenance, and management of the SP website are appropriated in the city’s Annual Budget for each Fiscal Year.
Section 7. Suppletory Clause. – The provisions of Republic Act Numbered Eighty-Seven Hundred and Ninety-Two (RA 8792), otherwise known as The Electronic Commerce Act of 2000, insofar as applicable, shall be considered suppletory to this Ordinance.
Section 8. Amendatory Clause. – The provisions of previous local enactments, resolutions, memoranda, circulars, and other issuances which are inconsistent with this Ordinance are hereby repealed or modified accordingly.
Section 9. Separation Clause. – In the event that a provision or some provisions hereof are found or decreed to be invalid or unconstitutional, all other provisions hereof not affected by such pronouncement or decree shall remain to be in full force and effect.
Section 10. Effectivity Clause. – This Ordinance shall take effect after fifteen (15) days following the completion of its full publication in any newspaper of general circulation within General Santos City.
Enacted by the 16th Sangguniang Panlungsod, City of General Santos on its 106th Regular Session held on September 18, 2012.
VIRGINIA P. DIME, MPA
Assistant Secretary to the Sanggunian
OIC – Office of the Secretary to the Sanggunian
SHIRLYN L. BAÑAS – NOGRALES
City Vice Mayor and Presiding Officer
Approved by Her Honor, the City Mayor on___________, 2012.
DARLENE MAGNOLIA R. ANTONINO-CUSTODIO