Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Crops damage caused 
By field flooding seen 

FLOODING of rice-fields and possible damage to agricultural crops have been so far the ill-effects of the moderate rain that has continued to pour in most areas in Bohol since January 17. 

Possible damage to rice-fields and crops was reported in Alicia and Carmen towns where rice-lands were flooded. Several areas in barangay Villahermoso of Carmen town were also reported of impassable roads due to flooding. 

A national highway in Larapan Jagna was temporarily rendered impassable by a fallen coconut tree, but disaster authorities said the Department of Public Works and Highways immediately cleared the obstruction at almost the same time. 

The river in the parts of Sevilla town has risen from its banks but it does not endanger life or property since no houses or people live near the river. 

Loboc town has temporarily suspended its floating restaurant and river cruises due to strong river currents brought about by indications of above normal flow of water from the river’s upper tributaries. 

Indications of flooding along the Wahig Pamacsalan River in Inabanga has been noted but local authorities said there is yet no danger as the moderated rains dump only enough but not too much to concern disaster authorities. 

Police station commanders have been instructed by the Provincial Disaster and Risk Reduction management to report any above noral situations in their areas of responsibilities. 

Under close monitoring for flooding are the river towns of Sevilla, Loboc, Loay, Maribojoc, Cortes, Antequera, Loon, Calape, Tubigon, Clarin, Inabanga, Buenavista, Getafe, Trinidad, Alicia, Duero, Jagna, Valencia and Lila. 

Also monitored for possible landslides are mountain barangays of Jagna and Candijay, Loboc and San Isidro towns. (racPIABohol)

LGUs can enforce traffic 
laws by local legislation 

LOCAL government units have the power to craft ordinances imposing penalties on traffic violations, based on the mandates of the local government code. 

The statement came as a dousing reality over the solution to the traffic enforcement problems in Bohol where the range of issues extend to notoriously ignorant drivers to non-road worthy vehicles plying the streets. 

Fiscal Macario Delusa explained that any LGU can craft an ordinance on traffic rules and enforcement within the locality. But, he warned that these “should be consistent with the national laws”. 

Delusa was asserting legal information during a forum where Boholanos tackled traffic enforcement problems related to the apparent lack of traffic enforcement authorities at the Land Transportation Office. 

The provincial prosecutor was also reacting to Board Member Brigido Imboy, who first complained about the on and off operations of deputized traffic agents. 

Imboy was asking instead if an LGU can craft an ordinance regarding violations and that the LGU can apprehend motorists for these violations at the local levels. 

With the LTO clearly undermanned, registrar Joel Maloloy-on admitted his office only has 22 personnel and its daily office operations entail a manpower of 16, leaving only six to do road operations. 

With an augmentation of police as traffic deputies, LTO has managed to survive and perform, but only after it has deputized agents as force multipliers. 

However, despite deputized agents, may observers still think that LTO and its deputized agents could not keep up with the tasks at hand. 

Over this, Imboy has asked if a local legislation to help rid the streets of erring drivers and non-road-worthy vehicles by maximizing on local legislative powers. 

Governor Edgar Chatto also stressed that “legislative powers of LGUS are not inherent but delegated by Congress, so it can be done but it should not contravene with the higher laws”. 

And so as not to tall into the trap of an ultra-vires legislation, Chatto advises LGUS to consult with Capitol research unit or the Provincial Legal Office before coming up with their measures. (racPIA)

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