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MAKATI SETS ASIDE P15 MILLION ASSISTANCE TO LOCALITIES AFFECTED BY TYPHOON ONDOY

Posted in Makati Press Release with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 28, 2009 by joselito capariño

Makati Mayor Jejomar C. Binay today said the city government of Makati has appropriated P15 Million to assist localities placed under a state of calamity by the National Disaster Coordinating Council.

Binay said City Ordinance No. 2008-035 was approved by the City Council in a special session this morning.

Binay said the amount will be used to provide relief goods and other basic needs of the typhoon victims, particularly blankets and sleeping mats. Relief operations will be carried out in affected localities in Metro Manila and Makati’s sister local government units (LGU) in typhoon-hit provinces.

Meanwhile, Binay said Makati Rescue Units have been deployed to Cainta, Marikina, Pasig, and other areas outside Makati to help in rescue efforts since Saturday afternoon.

“We will pour our efforts to giving aid to people in nearby localities. We are ready to provide food and water and will help in extricating typhoon victims in areas still submerged in flood,” Binay said.

Councilor Jejomar Erwin Binay, Jr., head of Makati Rescue, said that around 50 rescue personnel, supported by the Makati K-9 Unit, have been working in batches round-the-clock since they started mobilizing at 1pm last Saturday.

“We cannot idly stand and watch fellow Filipinos suffer. The proper course of action is to help in rebuilding and to give people hope that a bright tomorrow still awaits them,” Binay said.

Among the areas to receive assistance are Makati sister localities in the provinces of Mt. Province, Ifugao and Benguet in the Cordillera Autonomous Region; Pangasinan, La Union and Ilocos Sur in Region I; Isabela, Quirino and Nueva Viscaya in Region II; Aurora, Nueva Ecija, Zambales, Pampanga, Bulacan, Tarlac and Bataan in Region III; Rizal, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas and Quezon in Region IV-A; Mindoro Occidental, Mindoro Oriental and Marinduque in region IV-B; Catanduanes, Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur in Region V.

“We are doing everything possible to help families in neighboring localities worst-hit by Typhoon Ondoy. We know that in situations like this, we must act quickly and utilize all available resources in order to reach distressed citizens on time and save their lives,” the younger Binay said.

Initial reports show that the Makati Rescue teams were able to rescue three families trapped in their homes in Provident Village, Marikina, while they also retrieved two bodies.

Using rubber boats and a speedboat, Makati Rescue teams were also able to reach trapped families in flooded areas in Manggahan, Pasig and Cainta, Rizal. At present, the teams continue to conduct search and rescue operations in these areas.

MAKATI REMINDS MMDA OF ITS LIMITATIONS

Posted in Makati Press Release with tags , , , , , , on September 24, 2009 by joselito capariño

PRESS RELEASE
24 SEPTEMBER 2009
REF: MAKATI ICRD , 8998954

A Makati City official today reminded the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) that it does not have the authority to issue traffic violation receipts (TVR) within localities in Metro Manila.

Makati Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Hermenegildo San Miguel said the MMDA does not have the power to legislate and issue traffic citation tickets without the proper ordinances approved by the city and municipal councils.

“The MMDA is a coordinating agency and not a legislative body. They must abide by the laws of the different localities and must be reminded of its limitations,” San Miguel said.

San Miguel said MMDA Chairman Bayani Fernando was not fully informed when he cited a legal opinion penned by former Justice Secretary Simeon Datumanong that purportedly guaranteed the MMDA’s authority to issue TVRs, in reaction to an order from the Manila city government banning the agancy’s enforcers from issuing TVRs in the city.

San Miguel cited the provisions in the Local Government Code delegating traffic management to mayors and the Supreme Court decision on the case of MMDA vs. Bel-Air.

In its decision, the SC held that the MMDA is not a political government unit and has no power to approve ordinances and impose penalties.

“With all due respect, the opinion of the Justice Secretary cannot supersede the ruling of the Supreme Court, which forms part of the law of the land,” he said

San Miguel also clarified Fernando’s claim that Manila was the only local government unit in Metro Manila where the MMDA is not allowed to issue traffic citation tickets.

He said that Makati City also does not allow the MMDA to issue their TVRs unless they are deputized by the city government.

Deputization is allowed under the Traffic Code of Makati and other local governments in Metro Manila. However, the MMDA refused to be deputized by Makati .

“It seems that the MMDA needs to be reminded that it is merely a coordinating body and has no authority to pass ordinances. This was the ruling of the Supreme Court. Only the local governments have the authority to regulate traffic in their jurisdiction, based on provisions of the Local Government Code,” San Miguel said.

MAKATI GIVES P1.2 MILLION ASSISTANCE TO LOCALITIES AFFECTED BY TYPHOONS JOLINA, ISANG

Posted in Makati Press Release with tags , , , , , , on September 14, 2009 by joselito capariño

Press Release
September 13, 2009
Ref: Makati ICRD, 8998954

The Makati City Council, upon the request of Mayor Jejomar C. Binay, has approved a City Ordinance appropriating P1 Million to assist various municipalities in the province of Zambales after the damage brought by tropical storm Isang last July.

The amount will be used to buy relief goods and other basic needs of the storm victims.

Binay said local government units (LGU) should be able to rely on each other in times of disasters.

“We cannot idly stand and watch fellow Filipinos suffer from the devastation wrought by Isang. Zambales was hit hard. The proper course of action is to help them rebuild and to give them hope that a bright tomorrow awaits them,” Binay said.

The mayor said the city government will be extending support to Makati’s sister LGUs and other localities devastated by the recent typhoon in Zambales.

The amount will be taken from the city’s Executive budget under calamity fund.

Meanwhile, the City Council also approved an ordinance appropriating P200,000 as relief assistance to victims of landslides and mudflows in Tubungan, Iloilo . The landslides were caused by Typhoon Jolina during the first week of August.

“The different local government units must help each other in times of disaster. We must take initiative and extend support to our fellow Filipinos in the affected localities,” Binay said.

MAKATI TIES UP WITH UP LAW FOUNDATION TO STRENGTHEN ANTI-SMOKING CAMPAIGN

Posted in Makati Press Release with tags , , , , , , on September 9, 2009 by joselito capariño

PRESS RELEASE
09 September 2009
REF.: Makati ICRD , 8998938

As part of its continuing drive to promote a “smoke-free” Makati , the city government of Makati has been actively collaborating with the University of the Philippines College of Law Development Foundation, Inc. (UPCLDF) to build and strengthen the capability of barangay officials and key law enforcers in implementing laws aimed to curb smoking.

Mayor Jejomar C. Binay said the UPCLDF is set to conduct this afternoon a half-day lecture on the legal mechanisms in the enforcement of Republic Act 9211, otherwise known as the Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003, for some 50 participants, including 33 barangay chiefs, nine police precinct commanders, and senior officers from the Department of Public Safety and Department of Environmental Services of Makati.

“We thank and laud the UP College of Law Development Foundation for lending us expert technical assistance through the conduct of free lectures and seminars for the city’s key officials and authorities. We are fortunate to be granted access to its large pool of legal experts, including judges, prosecutors, and bright young lawyers,” Binay said.

Atty. Deborah Sy, Consultant of the UPCLDF, will give lecture participants an overview of the major provisions of R.A. 9211 and related laws, while Atty. Cyril Alfred Castro, lead researcher, will tackle ways of enforcing them.

Through City Ordinance No. 2002-090, which antedates the national law, Makati since 2003 has imposed a city-wide ban on smoking in all public vehicles and in enclosed public places where persons other than the smokers may be exposed to cigarette smoke. Under the ordinance, smoking is ‘absolutely prohibited’ in all government or public buildings, schools in all levels, hospitals and clinics, and all enclosed public places with an area of less than 100 square meters.

Penalties imposed on violators range from P1,000 for first offense, P2,000 for second offense, and for third offense, P3,000 or imprisonment for three to six days, or both at the discretion of the court. Erring establishments are also subject to closure and cancellation of their business permits.

Meanwhile, R.A. 9211 is the national law that regulates the packaging, use, sale, distribution and advertisements of tobacco products.

MAKATI CITY, INTL ORGS SET BIKE TOUR FOR CLIMATE CHANGE AS CLIMATE SUMMIT NEARS

Posted in Makati Press Release with tags , , , , , , on September 6, 2009 by joselito capariño

PRESS RELEASE
September 06, 2009
Reference: Makati ICRD – 8998938

International groups, together with the City of Makati , will mount a bike tour ending at the US Embassy on Tuesday, September 8, in a symbolic bid to pressure the US government to take the lead in signing a global deal during the Climate Change Summit this December, in Copenhagen , Denmark .

The US , considered the highest carbon emitter in history, is expected to set an example for other countries in committing to substantial reductions in carbon emissions, and to set up a global fund for climate change mitigation and adaptation.

“Southeast Asia, especially the Philippines , is recognized by climate scientists as the most vulnerable and least prepared to face the worst impacts of climate change. It is up to us as individuals, and to our leaders as well, to make the necessary steps now to combat climate change. We are running out of time,” said Makati Mayor Jejomar C. Binay.

The city government of Makati and Global Campaign for Climate Action (GCCA) – whose member organizations include Christian Aid, WWF, NGO Forum on the ADB, Oxfam and Greenpeace – will hold the tour right after unveiling a “Countdown to Copenhagen ” marker at the Makati City Hall to emphasize that time is running out for the climate.

The bike tour itself highlights the role of industrialized countries in the ongoing negotiations, making stops at the Swedish Consulate, this year’s head of the European Union, and at the US Embassy, to deliver letters containing the Copenhagen call.

“We are a mere 90 days away from the climate meeting in Copenhagen . Yet it looks like industrialized countries will not be able to deliver a fair and safe deal on climate,” said GCCA Coordinator Francis Dela Cruz, Greenpeace Southeast Asia ’s public outreach campaigner.

“We are afraid that these countries will not sign the deal which requires them to cut their carbon emissions by 40% by 2020 and to give US$150Billion in aid to poor countries to enable them to face climate change impacts. 2009 is a keystone year, meaning the decisions our leaders make today will directly affect the way we live our lives in the coming decades.”

The Philippines is also one of the first countries to pass a Renewable Energy Bill into law. “There is no excuse for industrialized countries like the US, which is historically the biggest contributor of carbon emissions, not to commit to substantial reductions and to pay for their emission permits through a fund that supports climate change mitigation adaptation efforts in developing countries,” added De la Cruz.

Makati City recently launched the EE Makati project in its bid to become Southeast Asia ’s first Energy Efficient (EE) City, a campaign that seeks to reduce the city’s carbon footprint through city-wide measures that will promote energy efficiency in all sectors of society.

MAKATI EXEMPTS SENIOR CITIZENS, PWDs FROM THREE-HOUR PARKING LIMIT IN CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT

Posted in Makati Press Release with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 23, 2009 by joselito capariño

PRESS RELEASE
23 AUGUST 2009
REF: MAKATI CIRD, 8998954

The Makati City Council recently approved an ordinance exempting senior citizens and Persons with Disabilities (PWD) from the three-hour parking limit enforced in the Central Business District (CBD).

City Ordinance 2009-029 aims to grant exemption to seniors and PWDs from a previous ordinance – City Ordinance 97-175. The said ordinance limits the use of on-street parking in the CBD to a maximum of three hours, after which motorists must vacate the area or else incur penalties.

Makati Mayor Jejomar C. Binay said the new ordinance shows the city government’s aim to improve and create programs and services for the benefit of senior citizens and PWDs.

“We in the city government are concerned about the welfare of our seniors and PWDs. This ordinance is but a small way to make things easier for them,” Binay said.

Under the ordinance, seniors and PWDs will be granted exemption provided that they are personally driving or are on board the vehicle. The seniors and PWDs must also present a Senior Citizen or PWD card issued by the government to the parking attendant.

The City Council said the senior citizen or PWD shall still pay the parking fee for the first three hours. The fee for the excess hours will be settled upon leaving the parking space.

The ordinance was authored by Councilors Monique Q. Lagdameo, Tosca Camille T. Puno-Ramos, Erlinda S. Gonzales, Maria Theresa N. De Lara and Henry A. Jacome

Earlier, the City Council also approved an ordinance exempting senior citizens who are Makati Blu Card holders from the number coding in the city. Seniors and PWDs likewise enjoy free movies perks in the city.

Wife of Makati Councilor Jun-Jun Binay laid to rest

Posted in Makati Press Release with tags , , , , on August 19, 2009 by joselito capariño

The family of Makati Mayor Jejomar C. Binay today has lain to rest Mrs. Kennely Ann Lacia-Binay, the wife of Councilor Jejomar Erwin S. Binay Jr.

A mass was held at the Sacred Heart Church in Barangay San Antonio where the family and friends of Mrs. Binay paid their final respects. City government officials and employees were also present to send off Ken-ken, as Mrs. Binay is fondly called.

Those who attended the mass included Amb. Ernesto Maceda, Rep. Teddy Boy Locsin and Joey De Venecia III. Makati City Councilors served as pall bearers.

Mayor Binay, on behalf of his family, expressed their gratitude and appreciation to everyone who condoled with them during the nine-day wake held for his daughter-in-law, who died last August 11 due to complications during childbirth.

“These past days have been the most difficult period in our lives. In Ken-ken, Ellen and I found another loving daughter whose youthful zest and cheerful glow always warmed our hearts. Ken-ken was the consummate wife to Junjun, and a mother to their children. We could not have asked for more. Truly, we will miss her,” Mayor Binay said.

After the mass, Ken-ken’s remains were taken to Heritage Park in Fort Bonifacio , Taguig where she was cremated.

The ashes will be taken back to the family residence of Councilor Binay.

“Ken-ken completed me. She always made me feel I was the luckiest man in the world. It was she who gave me strength and inspiration during times of uncertainty. Now that she’s gone, I need to summon all my willpower to go on and raise our children the way she had envisioned,” the younger Binay said.

Ken-ken left behind her children – Jejomarie Alexi, 6, Maria Isabel, 3, Jejomar III, 1, and her newborn, Maria Kennely.

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