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Written by City of Bogo   
Sunday, 12 April 2009







The Local Government

The milestone enactment and implementation of Republic Act 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991, have considerably strengthened the position of Bogo's City Hall. Pursuant to the Code, the city government may now discharge the functions and responsibilities of central agencies and offices that are now devolved to its administrative scope while striving for self-reliance, in addition to those duties it has previously performed. These powers have allowed City Hall to exercise and discharge such other functions and responsibilities as are necessary, appropriate, or incidental to the efficient and effective provision of basic services and facilities needed by the citizenry. Unlike before, local legislation is no longer reviewed by higher authorities except in cases that extremely affect programs of the national government. Aside from this, City Hall is now extending support to local education, police and fire units. Among the functions that have been devolved to the local administration are those concerning agriculture, health, land use, social welfare and development, tourism, the environment, transportation, and communications. Under City Hall, local governance is administered by the township or barangay government.


Bogo's local government is headed by the City Mayor, followed by the Vice-Mayor who concurrently serves as the Presiding Officer of the City Council. The two officials, together with the Councilors, serve three-year terms and are allowed a maximum of three consecutive terms in their respective positions. However, they may run for the same office again only after one term of non-incumbency for such functions. The main tasks of the City Mayor are basically administrative in nature as lawmaking is reserved for the City Council under the Vice-Mayor; he has the power to veto local legislation though, but such power may still be deferred by a 2/3 majority vote of the council. In consonance with Republic Act No. 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of the Philippines, the City Mayor has the power to (1) Exercise general supervision and control over all programs, projects, services, and activities of the city government, (2) enforce all laws and ordinances relative to the governance of the city and in the exercise of the appropriate corporate powers provided for in the said code, implement all approved policies, programs, projects, services and activities of the City, (3) initiate and maximize the generation of resources and revenues, and apply the same to the implementation of development plans, program objectives and priorities, particularly those resources and revenues programmed for city-wide growth, (4) ensure the delivery of basic services and the provision of adequate public facilities, and (5) exercise such other powers that may be prescribed by law or ordinance. All legislations and budget schedules formulated by the township or barangay require the Mayor's approval upon recommendation of the City Council before such acts may be effective and executory.

The Vice-Mayor

Aside from being the council's presiding officer, the Vice-Mayor may also appoint most of the officials and employees of the City council, assume the office of the City mayor and its powers, duties and functions for the unexpired term of the latter in the event of permanent vacancy, and exercise such powers and perform such other duties and functions as may be prescribed by law or ordinance.


Composing Bogo City Council are the ten Councilors including  the President of the local Association of Barangay Councils (ABC), and the President of the Federation of Barangay youth councils or Sangguniang Kabataan . It is the City Vice-Mayor who serves as its Presiding Officer, and may only vote to "break the tie" should there be a stalemate during floor deliberations. The council is divided into several committees to which committees council matters are referred prior to floor deliberation. The committees are composed of five council members each, inclusive of the respective committee chairmen and vice-chairmen. Although the council's powers are basically legislative in nature, they may exercise certain quasi-judicial functions, especially on matters requiring thorough investigation and fact-finding procedures.

Legal powers of the City Council. In accordance to the Local Government Code of the Philippines, the City Council may therefore (1) approve ordinances and pass resolutions necessary for an efficient and effective city government, (2) generate and maximize the use of resources and revenues for the development plans, program objectives and priorities of the city, with particular attention to industrial development and city-wide growth and progress, (3) enact ordinances granting franchises and authorizing the issuance of permits or licenses, upon such conditions and for such purposes intended to promote the general welfare of the inhabitants of the city, (4) regulate activities relative to the use of land, buildings and structures within the city in order to promote general welfare, (5) approve ordinances which shall ensure the efficient and effective delivery of basic services and facilities for Bogo's citizenry, and (6) exercise such other powers and perform such other duties and functions as may be prescribed by law or ordinance. It is also required of the barangay councils to submit their respective legislations and budget schedules to the City Council for the latter's review and recommendation for the Mayor's approval.


 Hon.  Celestino Martinez Jr. City Mayor
 Hon.  Santiago A. Sevilla Vice Mayor
 Hon.   Councilor                                                               
 Hon.   Santiago M. Oliamot Councilor
 Hon.   Lyndon Hee C. Acusar Councilor
 Hon.  Beinvenido O. Gulane II Councilor
 Hon.  Benjamin Rodriguez
 Hon.  Geronimo G. Almirante Councilor
 Hon.  Cresencio Verdida
 Hon.  Marlito Oporto
 Hon.  Jose Brainard Mayol
 Hon.  Rhett E. Minguez
 Hon.  Pio Yuranggo
 ABC President
  Hon.  TJ Marie L. Labastida

 SKF President











Organizational Structure

The seat of the City Government of Bogo is situated in the city proper. Based on the powers, duties and basic functions contained in RA 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991, the existing city government organizational structure consists of the following offices/positions:

The City Mayor Hon. Celestino Martinez Jr.
THe City Vice Mayor Hon. Santiago A. Sevilla
Secretary to the Sangguniang Panlungsod              Maita O. Tuico-Labrado                                                              
The City Treasurer Julio S. Ursonal
The City Assessor Margie M. Oliamot
The City Budget Officer Dante Mayor
The City Planning and Development Coordinator Carlo Fernando Logarta
The City Engineer Engr. Ramiro Lepon
The City Health Officer Minerva A. Millor
The Civil Registrar Shiela Orcullo
The City Agriculturist Norma Lazo
The Social Welfare and Development Officer Amabelle Mayor
The City Administrator Max Suico
Executive Assistant

Atty. Ahmad Clay Escolar  

The City Accountant

Rudy Alburo

The City Human Resource Officer

Slavsky Ybanez

The City PopCom Officer

Susan Minguez  

The City IT Officer

Roger A. Toñacao

PNP Chief


City Schl. Division Supervisor


BJMP Chief

 Felipe Montejo  


Special Bodies

Aside from the City Staff, Personnel and Officials, Punong Barangays and SK Chairpersons, the following special bodies were established:

•    City Peace and Order Council
•    City School Board
•    Pre-Qualifications, Bids and Awards Committee
•    Pre-Evaluations and Awards Committee
•    People's Law Enforcement Board
•    Local Health Board
•    Fishermen's Agricultural Resource Management Council
•    Local Nutrition Council

National Agencies in the City

The LGU is also assisted by the following national government agencies operating in the City: Commission on Audit; City Trial Court; Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection; Department of Interior and Local Government; Department of Labor and Employment; Department of Agriculture (Extension Office); Department of Agrarian Reform (Extension Office); Telecommunications Office; National Statistics Office; Bureau of Jail Management and Penology and  City Schools Division

Last Updated ( Thursday, 03 April 2014 )