Republic Act No. 9264

Republic of the Philippines

Congress of the Philippines

Metro Manila

Twelfth Congress

Third Regular Session

Begun and held in Metro Manila, on Monday, the twenty-eighth day of July, two thousand three.

[REPUBLIC ACT NO. 9264]

AN ACT CONVERTING THE MUNICIPALITY OF SANTA ROSA IN THE PROVINCE OF LAGUNA INTO A COMPONENT CITY TO BE KNOWN AS THE CITY OF SANTA ROSA

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Philippines in Congress assembled:

ARTICLE I

GENERAL PROVISIONS

SECTION 1. Title. – This Act shall be known as the “Charter of the City of Santa Rosa.”

SEC. 2. The City of Santa Rosa. – The Municipality of Santa Rosa is hereby converted into a component city to be known as the City of Santa Rosa, hereinafter referred to as the City, which shall comprise the present jurisdiction of the Municipality of Santa Rosa, Province of Laguna. The territorial jurisdiction of the City shall be within the present metes and bounds of the Municipality of Santa Rosa, as follows:

Bounded on the NE, along lines 1-97 by Laguna de Bay; on the SE, along lines 97-255 by the Cabuyao River; along lines 255-430 by the Municipality of Cabuyao; along lines 430-537 by the Diezmo River; on the SW, along lines 537-544 by the Municipality of Silang, Cavite; on the NW, along lines 544-714 by the Sta. Rosa River, along lines 714-809 by Biñan Estate; on the NE, along lines 809-to the point of beginning by Laguna de Bay.

Beginning at a point marked “1” on the plan being N 56 deg. 12 min. W., 56.40 meters from Mon. 6, Sta. Rosa Estate.

thence N19 54E 57.00 m to point 2;
thence S12 39E 31.10 m to point 3;
thence S12 06E 15.70 m to point 4;
thence S10 43E 18.80 m to point 5;
thence S09 47E 2.30 m to point 6;
thence S78 11E 11.20 m to point 7;
thence S16 13E 20.40 m to point 8;
thence S00 27E 9.30 m to point 9;
thence S14 29E 15.80 m to point 10;
thence S78 17E 5.40 m to point 11;
thence S14 45E 21.60 m to point 12;
thence S14 26E 17.30 m to point 13;
thence S14 46E 15.30 m to point 14;
thence S15 01E 16.10 m to point 15;
thence S15 13E 15.20 m to point 16;
thence S15 20E 20.40 m to point 17;
thence S15 28E 18.10 m. to point 18;
thence S15 49E 12.50 m to point 19;
thence S15 46E 16.90 m to point 20;
thence S15 00E 16.30 m to point 21;
thence S15 14E 19.80 m to point 22;
thence S12 03E 18.20 m to point 23;
thence S01 56E 17.80 m to point 24;
thence S24 14E 17.50 m to point 25;
thence S 14 05E 12.30 m to point 26;
thence S13 39E 7.20 m to point 27;
thence S14 16E 11.80 m to point 28;
thence S13 03E 14.20 m to point 29;
thence S12 53E 14.40 m to point 30;
thence S12 44E 15.00 m to point 31;
thence S12 40E 14.90 m to point 32;
thence S30 45E 9.20 m to point 33;
thence S25 08E 8.90 m to point 34;
thence S09 59E 11.00 m to point 35;
thence S05 15E 8.70 m to point 36;
thence S09 28E 12.20 m to point 37;
thence S30 41E 17.40 m to point 38;
thence S08 17E 25.70 m to point 39;
thence S22 24E 12.30 m to point 40;
thence S11 19E 12.20 m to point 41;
thence S08 04E 12.10 m to point 42;
thence S09 42E 11.90 m to point 43;
thence S12 24E 29.80 m to point 44;
thence S73 38E 13.10 m to point 45;
thence S25 47E 13.10 m to point 46;
thence S17 50E 9.10 m to point 47;
thence S09 34E 9.60 m to point 48;
thence S19 26E 1.80 m to point 49;
thence S11 00E 17.80 m to point 50;
thence S09 07E 18.90 m to point 51;
thence S15 18E 9.90 m to point 52;
thence S17 26E 12.70 m to point 53;
thence S17 06E 9.50 m to point 54;
thence S18 17E 14.90 m to point 55;
thence S18 20E 16.90 m to point 56;
thence S06 40E 29.30 m to point 57;
thence S15 01E 12.70 m to point 58;
thence S12 44E 11.80 m to point 59;
thence S15 23E 22.60 m to point 60;
thence S16 23E 122.10 m to point 61;
thence S29 03E 2.00 m to point 62;
thence S22 26E 11.20 m to point 63;
thence S22 42E 11.90 m to point 64;
thence S11 51E 29.20 m to point 65;
thence S14 39E 15.80 m to point 66;
thence S16 23E 1.80 m to point 67;
thence S20 03E 20.10 m to point 68;
thence S14 02E 15.30 m to point 69;
thence S15 42E 12.60 m to point 70;
thence S25 46E 3.20 m to point 71
thence S18 09E 25.40 m to point 72;
thence S19 37E 22.90 m to point 73;
thence S11 41E 3.00 m to point 74;
thence S13 57E 17.00 m to point 75;
thence S19 42E 32.90 m to point 76;
thence S14 48E 30.90 m to point 77;
thence S19 17E 2.10 m to point 78;
thence S29 19E 8.40 m to point 79;
thence S24 41E 19.20 m to point 80;
thence S20 05E 31.70 m to point 81;
thence S11 53E 1.90 m to point 82;
thence S20 13E 36.80 m to point 83;
thence S12 27E 17.60 m to point 84;
thence S07 03E 17.90 m to point 85;
thence S23 01E 33.20 m to point 86;
thence S12 10E 15.70 m to point 87;
thence S08 53E 6.50 m to point 88;
thence S08 32E 2.00 m to point 89;
thence S12 56E 39.30 m to point 90;
thence S17 52E 108.20 m to point 91;
thence S17 23E 24.10 m to point 92;
thence N78 58E 4.20 m to point 93;
thence S16 00E 65.30 m to point 94;
thence S25 08E 62.60 m to point 95;
thence S16 00E 80.50 m to point 96;
thence S19 53E 30.00 m to point 97;
thence S21 19E 8.80 m to point 98;
thence S19 37E 26.20 m to point 99;
thence S21 00E 27.60 m to point 100;
thence S21 16E 37.20 m to point 101;
thence S20 06E 11.90 m to point 102;
thence S15 04E 10.80 m to point 103;
thence S20 52E 21.60 m to point 104;
thence S24 54E 36.80 m to point 105;
thence S37 03E 18.40 m to point 106;
thence S22 53E 19.50 m to point 107;
thence S26 14E 30.80 m to point 108;
thence S33 47E 16.00 m to point 109;
thence S34 47E 16.00 m to point 110;
thence S26 26E 18.90 m to point 111;
thence S23 50E 17.80 m to point 112;
thence N67 01E 3.60 m to point 113;
thence N31 01E 17.90 m to point 114;
thence S23 10E 22.60 m to point 115;
thence S34 25E 23.90 m to point 116;
thence S15 30E 35.20 m to point 117;
thence S15 09W 31.40 m to point 118;
thence S08 59W 25.60 m to point 119;
thence S10 00E 24.80 m to point 120;
thence S41 36W 23.80 m to point 121;
thence S01 39E 31.20 m to point 122;
thence S12 22W 11.70 m to point 123;
thence S29 55W 42.10 m to point 124;
thence S18 16E 75.30 m to point 125;
thence S26 07E 46.30 m to point 126;
thence S70 40E 24.20 m to point 127;
thence S25 01W 51.30 m to point 128;
thence S04 08E 40.30 m to point 129;
thence S45 24E 29.70 m to point 130;
thence S28 31E 31.60 m to point 131;
thence S38 04W 106.60 m to point 132;
thence S21 05W 32.80 m to point 133;
thence S02 39W 45.40 m to point 134;
thence S47 04W 58.70 m to point 135;
thence S59 53W 38.30 m to point 136;
thence S36 57W 15.60 m to point 137;
thence S01 33W 33.20 m to point 138
thence S43 08E 41.40 m to point 139;
thence S46 31W 13.40 m to point 140;
thence S35 44E 28.20 m to point 141;
thence S38 07W 37.80 m to point 142;
thence S18 16E 32.20 m to point 143;
thence N78 52E 19.70 m to point 144;
thence S27 45E 17.40 m to point 145;
thence S04 55W 24.50 m to point 146;
thence S66 43E 19.50 m to point 147;
thence S49 13E 20.20 m to point 148;
thence S78 28E 20.00 m to point 149;
thence S61 35W 38.70 m to point 150;
thence S10 40W 15.70 m to point 151;
thence S57 06E 65.10 m to point 152;
thence S58 02W 26.60 m to point 153;
thence S49 59W 28.50 m to point 154;
thence N69 45W 37.00 m to point 155;
thence S09 00W 14.10 m to point 156;
thence S27 05W 29.40 m to point 157;
thence N57 17W 52.50 m to point 158;
thence S44 18W 11.50 m to point 159;
thence S23 52W 36.10 m to point 160;
thence S32 52W 35.00 m to point 161;
thence S46 11E 37.80 m to point 162;
thence N80 43W 63.80 m to point 163;
thence S15 57W 29.80 m to point 164;
thence S25 04E 47.90 m to point 165;
thence S66 00W 51.10 m to point 166;
thence S17 03W 28.70 m to point 167;
thence S30 31E 24.00 m to point 168;
thence N73 21E 80.60 m to point 169;
thence S16 49E 53.90 m to point 170;
thence S70 49E 113.50 m to point 171;
thence S05 12W 6.60 m to point 172;
thence N82 04W 90.60 m to point 173;
thence N86 01W 84.90 m to point 174;
thence N37 28W 42.60 m to point 175;
thence N01 06E 5.20 m to point 176;
thence N66 11W 8.40 m to point 177;
thence N36 14E 14.40 m to point 178;
thence N30 31W 24.00 m to point 179;
thence S48 46W 46.30 m to point 180;
thence S25 15W 58.20 m to point 181;
thence S46 52E 39.20 m to point 182;
thence S49 37W 31.06 m to point 183;
thence S49 48W 18.60 m to point 184;
thence S06 55W 67.30 m to point 185;
thence S24 06W 203.00 m to point 186;
thence S13 43E 38.80 m to point 187;
thence S13 20W 13.90 m to point 188;
thence S59 36W 32.80 m to point 189;
thence N78 55W 25.00 m to point 190;
thence N04 40E 50.40 m to point 191;
thence S83 54W 53.70 m to point 192;
thence S65 36W 61.50 m to point 193;
thence N53 30W 21.50 m to point 194;
thence N86 23W 30.10 m to point 195;
thence S53 24W 33.40 m to point 196;
thence S33 35W 31.40 m to point 197;
thence S18 21W 40.70 m to point 198;
thence S07 15E 46.00 m to point 199;
thence S34 47E 24.70 m to point 200;
thence S85 39E 9.20 m to point 201;
thence N23 44E 40.70 m to point 202;
thence N84 27E 50.60 m to point 203;
thence S13 19E 23.40 m to point 204;
thence S08 49E 42.40 m to point 205;
thence S12 39W 10.00 m to point 206;
thence N73 58W 17.40 m to point 207;
thence S37 09W 33.10 m to point 208;
thence S78 59W 23.50 m to point 209;
thence N83 38W 54.90 m to point 210;
thence N88 56W 26.90 m to point 211;
thence S77 53W 50.00 m to point 212;
thence S67 16W 40.10 m to point 213;
thence S35 19W 11.80 m to point 214;
thence S33 05E 88.30 m to point 215;
thence S06 32W 41.30 m to point 216;
thence S58 40E 62.90 m to point 217;
thence N55 33E 22.40 m to point 218;
thence N25 43E 30.20 m to point 219;
thence S51 46E 4.20 m to point 220;
thence S25 14W 92.00 m to point 221;
thence S30 32E 27.80 m to point 222;
thence N75 59E 52.00 m to point 223;
thence S18 03W 61.30 m to point 224;
thence S31 45W 38.60 m to point 225;
thence N64 16W 37.10 m to point 226;
thence N50 46W 41.60 m to point 227;
thence S67 34W 42.20 m to point 228;
thence S15 05E 64.51 m to point 229;
thence S65 50E 11.70 m to point 230;
thence N39 01W 63.10 m to point 231;
thence S73 53W 22.70 m to point 232;
thence N23 38E 31.40 m to point 233;
thence S66 23W 136.80 m to point 234;
thence S20 29E 70.90 m to point 235;
thence S70 53W 272.40 m to point 236;
thence N69 42W 64.80 m to point 237;
thence S39 59W 33.20 m to point 238;
thence S06 19W 34.50 m to point 239;
thence S75 16W 29.90 m to point 240;
thence N39 30W 24.40 m to point 241;
thence S49 33W 248.10 m to point 242;
thence S31 14E 142.60 m to point 243;
thence S51 01W 75.60 m to point 244;
thence S56 08E 64.40 m to point 245;
thence S55 26W 34.70 m to point 246;
thence S02 10E 21.20 m to point 247;
thence S65 42E 17.00 m to point 248;
thence S84 28E 30.00 m to point 249;
thence S21 10E 13.30 m to point 250;
thence S88 10W 37.40 m to point 251;
thence S37 12W 17.70 m to point 252;
thence S38 27E 13.00 m to point 253;
thence S38 16E 65.70 m to point 254;
thence S38 27E 4.30 m to point 255;
thence S38 16E 142.40 m to point 256;
thence S38 17E 597.40 m to point 257;
thence S38 17E 91.80 m to point 258;
thence S38 21E 88.50 m to point 259;
thence S38 17E 548.30 m to point 260;
thence S38 04E 22.90 m to point 261;
thence S29 05W 16.20 m to point 262;
thence S39 21W 38.00 m to point 263;
thence S35 06W 32.90 m to point 264;
thence S06 13E 26.80 m to point 265;
thence S18 16E 22.30 m to point 266;
thence S64 39W 21.00 m to point 267;
thence S08 40W 15.30 m to point 268;
thence S10 32E 36.10 m to point 269;
thence S37 51W 40.90 m to point 270;
thence S24 39W 37.60 m to point 271;
thence S55 28W 9.30 m to point 272;
thence N76 13W 22.20 m to point 273;
thence S84 10W 18.70 m to point 274;
thence S47 03W 27.70 m to point 275;
thence S62 57W 15.60 m to point 276;
thence S30 58W 22.20 m to point 277;
thence S46 31W 29.40 m to point 278;
thence S26 17W 18.30 m to point 279;
thence S27 05E 48.48 m to point 280;
thence S04 26W 11.60 m to point 281;
thence N78 56W 22.90 m to point 282;
thence S71 26W 13.50 m to point 283;
thence S10 25W 18.80 m to point 284;
thence S30 51E 27.50 m to point 285;
thence S51 57W 35.70 m to point 286;
thence N79 32W 19.80 m to point 287;
thence N40 01W 84.00 m to point 288;
thence N71 09W 13.30 m to point 289;
thence N87 14W 29.00 m to point 290;
thence S85 24W 22.50 m to point 291;
thence S73 40W 66.20 m to point 292;
thence S77 53W 25.30 m to point 293;
thence S67 25W 68.20 m to point 294;
thence S17 11E 30.50 m to point 295;
thence S18 40E 64.10 m to point 296;
thence S65 33E 15.70 m to point 297;
thence S40 36W 37.80 m to point 298;
thence S76 50W 48.30 m to point 299;
thence S00 35W 31.10 m to point 300;
thence S28 54W 27.50 m to point 301;
thence S79 09W 12.20 m to point 302;
thence N63 44W 33.70 m to point 303;
thence N36 32W 51.90 m to point 304;
thence N83 50W 21.40 m to point 305;
thence N45 36W 46.90 m to point 306;
thence S79 20W 70.80 m to point 307;
thence S10 19W 29.60 m to point 308;
thence S45 11E 21.70 m to point 309;
thence S04 52W 9.40 m to point 310;
thence S24 47W 27.40 m to point 311;
thence S26 07E 22.70 m to point 312;
thence S74 30E 24.70 m to point 313;
thence N27 55E 17.10 m to point 314;
thence N10 32E 30.10 m to point 315;
thence S24 25E 23.90 m to point 316;
thence S06 26W 14.30 m to point 317;
thence S34 31E 19.40 m to point 318;
thence S53 22W 24.30 m to point 319;
thence S38 13W 42.50 m to point 320;
thence N89 46W 24.60 m to point 321;
thence S53 27W 21.20 m to point 322;
thence S14 51W 17.20 m to point 323;
thence S56 26W 40.00 m to point 324;
thence S19 49W 24.80 m to point 325;
thence S30 29W 28.80 m to point 326;
thence S01 34E 11.00 m to point 327;
thence S36 13E 15.70 m to point 328;
thence S63 44E 25.10 m to point 329;
thence S10 03E 9.80 m to point 330;
thence S72 34W 30.70 m to point 331;
thence S24 48W 16.00 m to point 332;
thence S32 11E 32.80 m to point 333;
thence S85 20W 19.70 m to point 334;
thence N80 19W 38.00 m to point 335;
thence S58 31W 53.20 m to point 336;
thence S21 27W 32.60 m to point 337;
thence S62 06W 15.40 m to point 338;
thence N86 19W 45.20 m to point 339;
thence S70 30W 24.00 m to point 340;
thence S15 54W 15.70 m to point 341;
thence S37 21E 26.00 m to point 342;
thence S57 53W 37.40 m to point 343;
thence S79 14W 41.20 m to point 344;
thence S31 42W 8.00 m to point 345;
thence S35 55W 32.20 m to point 346;
thence S00 53W 19.40 m to point 347;
thence S49 05E 13.90 m to point 348;
thence N72 52E 12.60 m to point 349;
thence N41 35E 19.00 m to point 350;
thence S43 47E 19.90 m to point 351;
thence S39 17W 15.60 m to point 352;
thence S07 19W 22.80 m to point 353;
thence S47 56W 17.90 m to point 354;
thence S29 20W 22.20 m to point 355;
thence S26 59W 18.50 m to point 356;
thence S02 56E 21.50 m to point 357;
thence S46 48E 11.20 m to point 358;
thence N74 45E 14.80 m to point 359;
thence S23 15E 17.00 m to point 360;
thence S26 38W 37.50 m to point 361;
thence S24 13E 25.10 m to point 362;
thence S82 48E 27.90 m to point 363;
thence S27 03W 47.00 m to point 364;
thence S47 38E 23.10 m to point 365;
thence S10 24W 19.90 m to point 366;
thence S21 21W 25.60 m to point 367;
thence S63 43W 18.10 m to point 368;
thence S85 04W 50.10 m to point 369;
thence S36 23W 14.20 m to point 370;
thence S07 27E 19.30 m to point 371;
thence S55 49W 19.60 m to point 372;
thence S34 39W 21.60 m to point 373;
thence S10 17W 21.80 m to point 374;
thence S20 54E 11.80 m to point 375;
thence N79 24E 15.80 m to point 376;
thence S70 34E 5.40 m to point 377;
thence S05 08E 24.60 m to point 378;
thence S27 13W 16.20 m to point 379;
thence N89 10W 13.70 m to point 380;
thence N63 01W 18.70 m to point 381;
thence S66 31W 18.30 m to point 382;
thence S43 28W 23.70 m to point 383;
thence S11 19E 18.40 m to point 384;
thence S32 56W 33.80 m to point 385;
thence N70 18W 7.10 m to point 386;
thence N04 36E 22.50 m to point 387;
thence N72 54W 16.30 m to point 388;
thence S56 13W 32.40 m to point 389;
thence S63 26W 22.80 m to point 390;
thence S43 51W 49.50 m to point 391;
thence N53 40W 15.00 m to point 392;
thence S78 14W 29.40 m to point 393;
thence N42 30W 40.40 m to point 394;
thence S68 33W 66.70 m to point 395;
thence N65 58W 22.30 m to point 396;
thence S42 20W 44.00 m to point 397;
thence N79 49W 53.80 m to point 398;
thence S59 30W 61.30 m to point 399;
thence S83 30W 8.00 m to point 400;
thence N54 57W 15.20 m to point 401;
thence N85 52W 9.70 m to point 402;
thence S26 59W 30.40 m to point 403;
thence S86 07W 23.60 m to point 404;
thence S39 09W 47.20 m to point 405;
thence S57 43W 48.50 m to point 406;
thence S09 43W 18.40 m to point 407;
thence N69 03W 59.90 m to point 408;
thence S88 45W 50.30 m to point 409;
thence S41 05W 71.50 m to point 410;
thence S78 52W 25.40 m to point 411;
thence S17 17W 61.00 m to point 412;
thence N82 09W 11.70 m to point 413;
thence N36 28E 11.40 m to point 414;
thence N86 49W 72.00 m to point 415;
thence S78 03W 37.20 m to point 416;
thence N35 55W 15.70 m to point 417;
thence S69 18W 67.40 m to point 418;
thence N57 52W 15.20 m to point 419;
thence S69 58W 36.60 m to point 420;
thence N58 31W 47.50 m to point 421;
thence N78 23W 22.40 m to point 422;
thence S65 06W 63.40 m to point 423;
thence S11 44W 21.60 m to point 424;
thence S47 40W 28.80 m to point 425;
thence N60 27W 35.30 m to point 426;
thence N82 04W 8.00 m to point 427;
thence S01 54W 39.30 m to point 428;
thence S01 50W 279.40 m to point 429;
thence S01 50W 34.20 m to point 430;
thence N61 59W 54.90 m to point 431;
thence S31 52W 250.30 m to point 432;
thence S57 34W 112.80 m to point 433;
thence S69 43W 19.60 m to point 434;
thence S81 20W 41.20 m to point 435;
thence N57 44W 63.90 m to point 436;
thence N85 02W 47.30 m to point 437;
thence N57 11W 59.60 m to point 438;
thence N85 26W 74.00 m to point 439;
thence S51 16W 110.10 m to point 440;
thence S64 06W 92.50 m to point 441;
thence S59 59W 55.80 m to point 442;
thence N14 27W 112.30 m to point 443;
thence N84 57W 74.90 m to point 444;
thence S02 25E 61.80 m to point 445;
thence S17 42E 68.40 m to point 446;
thence S13 53W 136.30 m to point 447;
thence S55 53W 7.50 m to point 448;
thence S80 49W 66.40 m to point 449;
thence S70 34W 65.80 m to point 450;
thence N75 35W 54.60 m to point 451;
thence S49 46W 68.10 m to point 452;
thence S64 35W 130.80 m to point 453;
OMITTED to point 454;
OMITTED to point 455;
thence S14 50E 93.70 m to point 456;
thence N89 36E 145.70 m to point 457;
thence N33 09E 126.00 m to point 458;
thence S82 11E 17.70 m to point 459;
thence S30 28E 38.00 m to point 460;
thence S02 42E 10.60 m to point 461;
thence S21 52W 33.80 m to point 462;
thence S54 40W 49.20 m to point 463;
thence S65 05W 88.30 m to point 464;
thence S47 44W 26.60 m to point 465;
thence S89 31W 168.50 m to point 466;
thence S85 47W 53.00 m to point 467;
thence S74 36E 184.10 m to point 468;
thence S33 32W 125.10 m to point 469;
thence S14 33E 104.20 m to point 470;
thence S71 06E 19.80 m to point 471;
thence N62 10E 54.60 m to point 472;
thence S51 00E 25.70 m to point 473;
thence S16 15W 34.00 m to point 474;
thence S63 04W 119.00 m to point 475;
thence S10 08W 87.00 m to point 476;
thence N82 44W 54.50 m to point 477;
thence N62 09W 129.50 m to point 478;
thence S86 24W 153.00 m to point 479;
thence S35 05W 45.60 m to point 480;
thence S32 00W 45.30 m to point 481;
thence S13 08W 167.30 m to point 482;
thence N37 57W 67.50 m to point 483;
thence S85 28W 107.20 m to point 484;
thence N82 23W 200.60 m to point 485;
thence S84 31W 210.30 m to point 486;

thence S13 17W 57.40 m to point 487;
thence S27 48W 26.80 m to point 488;
thence S43 58W 102.10 m to point 489;
thence S88 09W 213.00 m to point 490;
thence S73 16W 14.90 m to point 491;
thence S41 15W 111.50 m to point 492;
thence N83 54W 78.00 m to point 493;
thence S61 38W 46.90 m to point 494;
thence S39 45W 25.50 m to point 495;
thence S05 53E 63.30 m to point 496;
thence S62 08W 61.40 m to point 497;
thence N56 09W 60.00 m to point 498;
thence S49 37W 66.80 m to point 499;
thence S74 14W 58.50 m to point 500;
thence S29 30W 88.40 m to point 501;
thence N54 20W 99.50 m to point 502;
thence N84 01W 21.10 m to point 503;
thence S66 49W 96.30 m to point 504;
thence S19 50W 62.20 m to point 505;
thence S26 06E 114.10 m to point 506;
thence S23 32W 75.40 m to point 507;
thence S55 59W 191.20 m to point 508;
thence N83 55W 114.20 m to point 509;
thence S17 00W 25.30 m to point 510;
thence S13 24E 64.80 m to point 511;
thence S57 26W 39.80 m to point 512;
thence N82 48W 70.20 m to point 513;
thence S70 09W 46.20 m to point 514;
thence S32 00W 91.50 m to point 515;
thence S49 13W 119.10 m to point 516;
thence N85 56W 36.60 m to point 517;
thence N11 02W 71.10 m to point 518;
thence N14 34W 81.90 m to point 519;
thence N58 47W 19.80 m to point 520;
thence S85 51W 94.00 m to point 521;
thence N75 28W 131.60 m to point 522;
thence S85 24W 48.70 m to point 523;
thence S57 42W 12.50 m to point 524;
thence S33 24W 87.60 m to point 525;
thence S20 04E 53.30 m to point 526;
thence N74 01E 78.30 m to point 527;
thence S49 50E 18.40 m to point 528;
thence S73 13W 308.30 m to point 529;
thence S19 25W 117.60 m to point 530;
thence S54 05W 31.40 m to point 531;
thence S22 59W 60.90 m to point 532;
thence N81 29W 156.00 m to point 533;
thence S81 17W 70.00 m to point 534;
thence N77 37W 177.20 m to point 535;
thence N87 41W 98.70 m to point 536;
thence N56 27W 137.10 m to point 537;
thence N18 49W 72.30 m to point 538;
thence N18 52W 735.60 m to point 539;
thence N18 49W 350.50 m to point 540;
thence N18 44W 6.20 m to point 541;
thence N19 08W 10.40 m to point 542;
thence N18 18W 101.60 m to point 543;
thence N18 20W 35.00 m to point 544;
thence N27 40E 76.70 m to point 545;
thence N49 22E 105.80 m to point 546;
thence N62 54E 29.20 m to point 547;
thence N16 14E 105.50 m to point 548;
thence N03 18E 45.20 m to point 549;
thence N28 13E 51.20 m to point 550;
thence N57 16E 97.80 m to point 551;
thence N38 45E 39.60 m to point 552;
thence N64 35W 130.80 m to point 553;
thence N39 49E 88.40 m to point 554;
thence N64 39E 114.40 m to point 555;
thence N22 00E 61.90 m to point 556;
thence N41 37E 38.40 m to point 557;
thence N21 51E 95.10 m to point 558;
thence N15 52E 66.20 m to point 559;
thence N32 58W 85.50 m to point 560;
thence N34 10W 13.50 m to point 561;
thence N17 53E 59.30 m to point 562;
thence N29 17E 138.00 m to point 563;
thence N17 36E 62.80 m to point 564;
thence N04 36W 103.30 m to point 565;
thence N37 18E 136.60 m to point 566;
thence N46 19E 159.70 m to point 567;
thence N04 25W 27.30 m to point 568;
thence N15 44E 117.60 m to point 569;
thence N19 24E 72.80 m to point 570;
thence N20 46E 51.30 m to point 571;
thence N10 57E 109.00 m to point 572;
thence N14 19W 63.10 m to point 573;
thence N20 07E 34.60 m to point 574;
thence N52 21E 48.10 m to point 575;
thence N38 52E 142.90 m to point 576;
thence N02 46W 105.60 m to point 577;
thence N12 59W 34.30 m to point 578;
thence N18 00W 178.30 m to point 579;
thence N66 45W 92.70 m to point 580;
thence N37 47W 90.10 m to point 581;
thence N11 10W 96.00 m to point 582;
thence N24 24W 67.30 m to point 583;
thence N14 42E 169.40 m to point 584;
thence N01 40E 123.50 m to point 585;
thence N21 32W 4.10 m to point 586;
thence N24 23W 57.40 m to point 587;
thence N07 44W 51.30 m to point 588;
thence N21 08E 80.40 m to point 589;
thence N46 58E 41.30 m to point 590;
thence N82 58E 40.00 m to point 591;
thence N83 09E 5.00 m to point 592;
thence N82 59E 31.90 m to point 593;
thence N43 23E 45.10 m to point 594;
thence N10 12W 38.40 m to point 595;
thence N58 10E 38.50 m to point 596;
thence N57 52E 31.80 m to point 597;
thence N41 31E 24.40 m to point 598;
thence N14 57E 63.60 m to point 599;
thence N46 00E 40.70 m to point 600;
thence N17 40E 82.70 m to point 601;
thence N34 53E 129.60 m to point 602;
thence N37 51W 48.20 m to point 603;
thence N10 28W 70.00 m to point 604;
thence N38 43E 27.80 m to point 605;
thence N63 39E 115.60 m to point 606;
thence N10 29E 79.10 m to point 607;
thence N11 10E 54.70 m to point 608;
thence N18 23E 40.90 m to point 609;
thence S87 36E 52.60 m to point 610;
thence S67 24E 65.90 m to point 611;
thence N63 16E 61.40 m to point 612;
thence N08 35E 114.00 m to point 613;
thence N48 32E 85.90 m to point 614;
thence N61 43E 79.40 m to point 615;
thence N60 26E 30.70 m to point 616;
thence N12 09E 99.30 m to point 617;
thence N54 58E 58.00 m to point 618;
thence N77 02E 99.40 m to point 619;
thence N28 10E 54.40 m to point 620;
thence N07 44W 52.80 m to point 621;
thence N27 17E 28.60 m to point 622;
thence N36 05E 192.40 m to point 623;
thence N45 34E 50.60 m to point 624;
thence N63 01E 130.30 m to point 625;
thence N50 04E 48.00 m to point 626;
thence N19 46E 55.90 m to point 627;
thence N16 09E 147.00 m to point 628;
thence N80 43E 31.60 m to point 629;
thence S18 29E 43.20 m to point 630;
thence S11 04E 32.30 m to point 631;
thence N85 41E 41.20 m to point 632;
thence N24 28E 62.50 m to point 633;
thence N84 04E 50.30 m to point 634;
thence N53 12E 86.80 m to point 635;
thence N27 40E 69.80 m to point 636;
thence N15 11W 60.30 m to point 637;
thence N30 58E 9.90 m to point 638;
thence S87 53E 10.80 m to point 639;
thence S64 57E 42.30 m to point 640;
thence N56 32E 20.90 m to point 641;
thence N59 21E 43.40 m to point 642;
thence N66 37E 12.10 m to point 643;
thence N46 13E 79.90 m to point 644;
thence N06 51W 31.00 m to point 645;
thence N26 30W 84.20 m to point 646;
thence N23 58W 17.70 m to point 647;
thence S84 17E 27.10 m to point 648;
thence N61 04E 42.20 m to point 649;
thence N58 17E 28.90 m to point 650;
thence N55 28E 28.80 m to point 651;
thence N87 29E 31.80 m to point 652;
thence N86 26E 51.50 m to point 653;
thence N34 31E 72.30 m to point 654;
thence N59 42E 77.70 m to point 655;
thence N43 14E 50.20 m to point 656;
thence N83 08E 14.20 m to point 657;
thence N79 55E 84.00 m to point 658;
thence N62 14E 19.10 m to point 659;
thence N55 32E 88.50 m to point 660;
thence N52 09E 30.10 m to point 661;
thence N70 09E 89.80 m to point 662;
thence N56 42E 120.60 m to point 663;
thence N81 22E 20.60 m to point 664;
thence S15 27E 28.50 m to point 665;
thence S71 18E 34.30 m to point 666;
thence S88 47E 33.00 m to point 667;
thence N73 48E 50.90 m to point 668;
thence N54 34E 54.00 m to point 669;
thence N43 51E 73.90 m to point 670;
thence N12 57E 58.50 m to point 671;
thence N36 58E 62.20 m to point 672;
thence N68 10E 29.80 m to point 673;
thence S70 41E 67.40 m to point 674;
thence N65 10E 44.30 m to point 675;
thence N53 08E 65.50 m to point 676;
thence N54 49E 29.90 m to point 677;
thence N56 51E 55.10 m to point 678;
thence N47 35E 45.40 m to point 679;
thence N44 43E 42.80 m to point 680;
thence N24 45W 85.00 m to point 681;
thence N03 27E 25.00 m to point 682;
thence N71 47E 74.50 m to point 683;
thence N61 13E 40.50 m to point 684;
thence N40 21E 31.40 m to point 685;
thence N44 22E 19.20 m to point 686;
thence N59 53E 62.20 m to point 687;
thence N15 35E 28.70 m to point 688;
thence N03 42W 114.70 m to point 689;
thence N24 32E 99.70 m to point 690;
thence N12 12W 67.20 m to point 691;
thence N45 50E 97.90 m to point 692;
thence N73 55E 82.30 m to point 693;
thence N16 07W 51.50 m to point 694;
thence N59 36W 19.40 m to point 695;
thence S62 50W 47.30 m to point 696;
thence N70 12W 26.60 m to point 697;
thence N20 33W 68.30 m to point 698;
thence N09 56W 20.30 m to point 699;
thence N38 29E 10.00 m to point 700;
thence N52 23E 209.10 m to point 701;
thence N80 25E 24.60 m to point 702;
thence S28 53E 78.50 m to point 703;
thence S67 33E 139.80 m to point 704;
thence N66 05E 49.30 m to point 705;
thence N28 15E 117.30 m to point 706;
thence N70 32E 44.10 m to point 707;
thence S38 35E 12.00 m to point 708;
thence S30 35E 5.10 m to point 709;
thence S53 37E 39.60 m to point 710;
thence N22 04E 24.50 m to point 711;
thence N45 41E 52.80 m to point 712;
thence N59 02E 32.70 m to point 713;
thence N42 32E 52.50 m to point 714;
thence N06 18W 41.00 m to point 715;
thence N73 11W 9.00 m to point 716;
thence N77 06W 46.60 m to point 717;
thence S70 59W 59.60 m to point 718;
thence S16 34W 8.80 m to point 719;
thence S70 34W 16.20 m to point 720;
thence N24 17W 9.00 m to point 721;
thence N07 12E 87.00 m to point 722;
thence N46 58W 16.40 m to point 723;
thence N09 09E 40.20 m to point 724;
thence N08 04W 14.20 m to point 725;
thence N42 15E 116.60 m to point 726;
thence N36 19W 58.10 m to point 727;
thence S67 46W 137.20 m to point 728;
thence N43 54W 22.20 m to point 729;
thence N41 22W 55.50 m to point 730;
thence N14 48W 49.30 m to point 731;
thence N13 10W 20.60 m to point 732;
thence N05 26W 110.00 m to point 733;
thence N05 34E 160.00 m to point 734;
thence N05 30E 61.60 m to point 735;
thence N58 47E 30.90 m to point 736;
thence N07 04E 55.20 m to point 737;
thence N32 44E 63.20 m to point 738;
thence N58 12E 17.60 m to point 739;
thence N20 33E 8.50 m to point 740;
thence N04 09E 58.00 m to point 741;
thence N09 17E 68.20 m to point 742;
thence N01 33W 211.80 m to point 743;
thence N09 47W 64.10 m to point 744;
thence N05 12W 16.60 m to point 745;
thence N42 48E 143.40 m to point 746;
thence N17 58W 11.70 m to point 747;
thence N26 58W 51.40 m to point 748;
thence N12 07W 138.20 m to point 749;
thence N27 24W 94.30 m to point 750;
thence N18 14W 101.60 m to point 751;
thence N44 42E 174.60 m to point 752;
thence N41 29E 57.80 m to point 753;
thence N08 16W 169.00 m to point 754;
thence N03 54W 199.90 m to point 755;
thence N03 38W 304.40 m to point 756;
thence N11 57W 56.00 m to point 757;
thence N27 46W 126.00 m to point 758;
thence N23 31W 150.40 m to point 759;
thence N42 19E 109.00 m to point 760;
thence N52 49E 65.50 m to point 761;
thence N46 27E 69.70 m to point 762;
thence N68 50E 179.50 m to point 763;
thence N31 27E 41.00 m to point 764;
thence S66 42E 49.50 m to point 765;
thence S33 41E 10.10 m to point 766;
thence N51 49E 78.00 m to point 767;
thence N80 41E 19.20 m to point 768;
thence N66 27E 25.50 m to point 769;
thence N64 10E 24.80 m to point 770;
thence N84 35E 61.50 m to point 771;
thence N61 46E 98.30 m to point 772;
thence S79 36E 21.00 m to point 773;
thence N55 57E 107.40 m to point 774;
thence N70 06E 54.30 m to point 775;
thence N22 37E 37.70 m to point 776;
thence N05 40E 11.00 m to point 777;
thence N18 03E 52.60 m to point 778;
thence N07 56W 29.70 m to point 779;
thence N36 39E 56.00 m to point 780;
thence N15 33W 97.40 m to point 781;
thence N09 22W 93.40 m to point 782;
thence N17 32W 68.40 m to point 783;
thence N04 32W 45.50 m to point 784;
thence N12 32W 62.70 m to point 785;
thence N05 35W 34.00 m to point 786;
thence N05 34W 58.70 m to point 787;
thence N15 51W 95.60 m to point 788;
thence N02 17W 52.80 m to point 789;
thence N09 40E 44.70 m to point 790;
thence N50 55E 57.60 m to point 791;
thence N12 55E 32.20 m to point 792;
thence N83 16E 21.30 m to point 793;
thence N39 45E 47.90 m to point 794;
thence N00 13W 25.90 m to point 795;
thence N53 15E 39.40 m to point 796;
thence N06 25E 78.70 m to point 797;
thence N11 34E 21.40 m to point 798;
thence N27 26W 50.40 m to point 799;
thence S81 31E 18.30 m to point 800;
thence N36 34E 19.30 m to point 801;
thence N08 53E 70.00 m to point 802;
thence N69 22W 19.00 m to point 803;
thence N17 25E 47.80 m to point 804;
thence N67 16W 74.80 m to point 805;
thence N05 55E 115.30 m to point 806;
thence N80 21E 24.40 m to point 807;
thence N62 05E 43.80 m to point 808;
thence N38 16E 70.60 m to point 809;
thence S58 11E 192.90 m to point 810;
thence N86 20E 36.00 m to point 811;
thence S89 15E 7.60 m to point 812;
thence S48 24E 37.00 m to point 813;
thence S47 16E 53.50 m to point 814;
thence S61 07E 3.30 m to point 815;
thence S60 27E 21.50 m to point 816;
thence N88 15E 9.80 m to point 817;
thence S62 56E 25.70 m to point 818;
thence S56 08E 26.40 m to point 819;
thence S68 35E 32.90 m to point 820;
thence N32 54E 2.00 m to point 821;
thence S70 58E 18.40 m to point 822;
thence S69 38E 10.30 m to point 823;
thence S78 41E 9.20 m to point 824;
thence N82 53E 17.70 m to point 825;
thence S75 03E 26.00 m to point 826;
thence S69 13E 33.30 m to point 827;
thence S70 14E 70.70 m to point 828;
thence S89 01E 23.40 m to point 829;
thence N58 59E 41.50 m to point 830;
thence S83 45E 33.10 m to point 831;
thence S85 59E 35.70 m to point 832;
thence N86 02E 20.20 m to point 833;
thence N32 06E 39.90 m to point 834;
thence S74 38E 43.80 m to point 835;
thence S88 10E 28.10 m to point 836;
thence S64 59E 23.20 m to point 837;
thence S76 46E 21.00 m to point 838;
thence S88 25E 36.20 m to point 839;
thence S78 13E 14.20 m to point 840;
thence S71 05E 14.80 m to point 841;
thence S77 05E 29.10 m to point 842;
thence S57 07E 19.50 m to point 843;
thence S49 09E 9.80 m to point 844;
thence S58 35E 15.40 m to point 845;
thence S58 55E 25.60 m to point 846;
thence S63 46E 47.50 m to point 847;
thence S60 28E 37.90 m to point 848;
thence S67 55E 26.90 m to point 849;
thence S82 20E 15.70 m to point 850;
thence S71 51E 58.80 m to point 851;
thence S86 43E 22.70 m to point 852;
thence S77 50E 11.90 m to point 853;
thence N80 16E 39.10 m to point 854;
thence S61 26E 51.20 m to point 855;
thence S59 56E 30.20 m to point 856;
thence S53 40E 45.10 m to point 857;
thence S46 29E 19.00 m to point 858;
thence S39 24E 42.70 m to point 859;
thence S41 29E 26.60 m to point 860;
thence S37 09E 33.10 m to point 861;
thence S45 38E 25.50 m to point 862;
thence S43 27E 5.20 m to point 863;
thence S42 31E 140.70 m to point 864;
thence S42 01E 221.00 m to point 865;
thence S48 05E 215.20 m to point 866;
thence S37 22E 245.40 m to point 867;
thence S45 31E 221.90 m to point 868;
thence S28 59E 428.80 m to point 869;
thence S20 52E 367.30 m to point of beginning.

The foregoing provision shall be without prejudice to the resolution by the appropriate agency or forum of any existing boundary dispute involving questions of territorial jurisdiction between the City of Santa Rosa and the adjoining local government units: Provided, That the territorial jurisdiction of the disputed area or areas shall remain with the local government unit which has existing administrative supervision over said area or areas until the final resolution of the case.

SEC. 3. Corporate Powers of the City. – The City constitutes a political body corporate and as such is endowed with the attributes of perpetual succession and possessed of the powers which pertain to a municipal corporation to be exercised in conformity with the provision of the Charter. The City shall have the following corporate powers:

(a) To have a continuous succession in its corporate name;

(b) To sue and be sued;

(c) To have and use a corporate seal;

(d) To acquire, hold and convey real or personal property;

(e) To enter into any contracts and/or agreements; and

(f) To exercise such other powers, prerogatives or authority subject to the limitations provided in this Act or laws.

SEC. 4. General Powers of the City. – The City shall have a common seal and may alter the same at pleasure. It shall exercise the powers to levy taxes; to close and open roads, streets, alleys, parks or squares; to take, purchase, receive, hold, lease, convey and dispose of real and personal property for the general interests of the City; to expropriate or condemn private property for public use; to contract and be contracted with; to sue and be sued; to prosecute and defend to final judgment and execution suits wherein the City is involved or interested in; and to exercise all the powers as are granted to corporations or as hereinafter conferred.

SEC. 5. Liability for Damage. – The City and its officials shall not be exempt from liability for death or injury to persons or damage to property done or caused as a consequence or result of the discharge or performance of official functions within the scope of their duties.

SEC. 6. Jurisdiction of the City. – The jurisdiction of the City of Santa Rosa, for police purposes only, shall be coextensive with its territorial jurisdiction and for the purpose of protecting and ensuring the purity of the water supply of the City, such police jurisdiction shall also extend over all the territory within one hundred meters (100 m.) of any reservoir, conduit, canal, aqueduct or pumping station used in connection with the city water service.

The regional trial courts and the city courts of the City of Santa Rosa shall have concurrent jurisdiction with the regional trial courts and the metropolitan trial courts or city or municipal trial courts of the adjoining municipalities to try crimes and misdemeanor committed within the said drainage area or within said space of one hundred meters (100 m.). The court first taking jurisdiction of such offense shall have exclusive jurisdiction to try said cases. Any license that may be issued within said zone, area or space shall be granted by the proper authorities of the City of Santa Rosa, and the fees arising therefrom shall accrue to the treasury of the said City.

ARTICLE II

CITY OFFICIALS IN GENERAL

SEC. 7. The Officials of the City of Santa Rosa. – (a) There shall be in the City of Santa Rosa a city mayor, a city vice mayor, sangguniang panlungsod members, a secretary to the sangguniang panlungsod, a city treasurer, a city assessor, a city accountant, a city budget officer, a city planning and development coordinator, a city engineer, a city health officer, a city civil registrar, a city administrator, a city legal officer, a city social welfare and development officer, a city veterinarian, a city general services officer, a city agriculturist, a city cooperatives officer and a city environment and natural resources officer.

(b) In addition thereto, the city mayor may appoint a city architect, a city information officer and a city population officer.

(c) There shall be established in the City of Santa Rosa a city fire station, to be headed by a city fire marshal; a city jail, to be headed by a city jail warden; a city schools division, to be headed by a city school division superintendent; and a city prosecution service, to be headed by a city prosecutor.

(d) Finally, the city mayor may:

(1) Maintain existing offices not mentioned in Subsections (a) and (b) hereof;

(2) Create such other offices as may be necessary to carry out the purposes of the city government; or

(3) Consolidate the functions of any office with those of another in the interest of efficiency and economy.

Unless otherwise provided herein, the city mayor shall appoint heads of departments and offices with the concurrence of the majority of all the sangguniang panlungsod members, subject to civil service laws, rules and regulations. The sangguniang panlungsod shall act on the appointment within fifteen (15) days from its submission; otherwise, the same shall be deemed confirmed.

ARTICLE III

THE CITY MAYOR AND VICE MAYOR

SEC. 8. The City Mayor. – The city mayor shall be the chief executive of the City. He shall be elected at large by the qualified voters of the City. No person shall be eligible for the position of city mayor unless at the time of election, he is at least twenty-one (21) years of age, an actual resident of the City for at least one (1) year prior to his election and a qualified voter therein. He shall hold office for three (3) years, unless sooner removed, and shall receive a minimum monthly compensation equivalent to salary grade thirty (30) as prescribed under Republic Act No. 6758, otherwise known as the Salary Standardization Law and the implementing guidelines issued pursuant thereto.

The city mayor, as the chief executive of the city government, shall exercise such powers and perform such duties and functions as provided herein:

(1) Exercise those powers expressly granted to him by law, those necessarily implied therefrom as well as powers necessary, appropriate or incidental for the efficient and effective governance of the City and those which are essential to the promotion of the general welfare:

(a) Determine the guidelines of city policies and be responsible to the sangguniang panlungsod for the program of government;

(b) Direct the formulation of the city development plan, with the assistance of the city development council and upon approval thereof by the sangguniang panlungsod, implement the same;

(c) Present the program of government and propose policies and projects for the consideration of the sangguniang panlungsod at the opening of the regular session of the sangguniang panlungsod every calendar year and as often as may be deemed necessary as the general welfare of the inhabitants and the needs of the city government may require;

(d) Initiate and propose legislative measures to the sangguniang panlungsod and as often as may be deemed necessary, provide such information and data needed or requested by said sanggunian in the performance of its legislative functions;

(e) Appoint all officials and employees whose salaries and wages are wholly or mainly paid out of city funds and whose appointments are not otherwise provided for in this Act, as well as those he may be authorized by law to appoint except those who are to be appointed by the vice mayor as provided under Section 9 hereof;

(f) Represent the City in all its business transactions and sign on its behalf all bonds, contracts, obligations, and such other documents with authority from the sangguniang panlungsod or pursuant to law or ordinance;

(g) Carry out such emergency measures as may be necessary during and in the aftermath of man-made and natural disasters and calamities;

(h) Determine the time, manner and place of payments of salaries or wages of the city officials and employees, in accordance with law or ordinance;

(i) Allocate and assign office space to the city officials and employees who, by law or ordinance, are entitled to such space in the city hall and other buildings owned or leased by the city government;

(j) Ensure that all executive officials and employees of the City faithfully discharge their duties and functions as provided by law and this Act and cause to be instituted administrative or judicial proceedings against any official or employee of the City who may have committed an offense in the performance of their official duties;

(k) Examine the books, records and other documents of all offices, officials, agents or employees of the City and, in aid of his executive powers and authority, require all national officials and employees stationed in or assigned to the City to make available to him such books, records and other documents in their custody, except those classified by law as confidential;

(l) Furnish copies of executive orders issued by him to the office of the governor within seventy-two (72) hours after their issuance;

(m) Visit component barangays of the City at least once every six (6) months to deepen his understanding of problems and condition, listen and give appropriate counsel to local officials and inhabitants of general laws and ordinances which especially concern them and otherwise conduct visits and inspections to ensure that the governance of the City will improve the quality of life of the inhabitants;

(n) Act on leave applications of officials and employees appointed by him and the commutation of the monetary value of their leave credits in accordance with law;

(o) Authorize official trips of City officials and employees outside of the City for a period not exceeding thirty (30) days;

(p) Call upon any national official or employee stationed or assigned to the City to advise him, on matters affecting the City and to make recommendations thereon; coordinate with the said official or employee in the formulation and implementation of plans, programs and projects; and when appropriate, initiate an administrative or judicial action against a national government official or employee who may have committed an offense in the performance of their official duties while stationed in or assigned to the City;

(q) Authorize payments for medical care, necessary transportation, subsistence, hospital or medical fees of city officials and employees who are injured while in the performance of their official duties and functions, subject to availability of funds;

(r) Solemnize marriage, any provision of law to the contrary notwithstanding;

(s) Conduct an annual palarong panlungsod which shall feature traditional sports and disciplines included in national and international games, in coordination with the Department of Education; and

(t) Submit to the provincial governor the following reports: an annual report containing a summary of all matters pertinent to the management, administration and data relative to its political, social and economic condition; supplemental reports when unexpected events and situations arise at any time during the year, particularly when man-made or natural disasters or calamities affect the general welfare of the City;

(2) Enforce all laws and ordinances relative to the governance of the City and in the exercise of its appropriate powers, as well as implement all approved policies, programs, projects, services and activities of the City and in addition thereto, the city mayor shall:

(a) Ensure that the acts of the City’s component barangays and of its officials and employees are within the scope of their prescribed powers, duties and functions;

(b) Call conventions, conferences, seminars or meetings of elective or appointive officials of the City, including provincial and national officials and employees stationed in or assigned to the City, at such time and place and on such subject he may deem important for the promotion of the general welfare of the local government unit and its inhabitants;

(c) Issue such executive orders for the faithful and appropriate enforcement and execution of laws and ordinances;

(d) Be entitled to carry the necessary firearms within his territorial jurisdiction;

(e) Act as the deputized representative of the National Police Commission, formulate the peace and order plan of the City and upon its approval, implement the same and as such, exercise general and operational control and supervision over the police forces in the City in accordance with Republic Act No. 6975, otherwise known as the Philippine National Police Law; and

(f) Call upon the appropriate law enforcement agencies to suppress disorder, riot, lawless violence, rebellion or sedition, or apprehend violators of the law when public interest so requires and when the city police forces are inadequate to cope with the situation or the violators;

(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 the resources and revenues programmed for agro-industrial development and countryside growth and progress, and relative thereto shall:

(a) Require each head of an office or department to prepare and submit an estimate of appropriations for the ensuing calendar year, in accordance with the provision of Republic Act No. 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991;

(b) Prepare and submit to the sanggunian for approval, the executive and supplemental budgets of the City for the ensuing calendar year in the manner provided for under the Local Government Code of 1991;

(c) Ensure that all taxes and other revenues of the City are collected and that city funds are applied to the payments of expenses and settlement of obligations of the City in accordance with law or ordinance;

(d) Issue licenses and permits and suspend or revoke the same for any violation of the condition upon which said licenses or permits had been issued pursuant to law or ordinance. This also includes the issuance of licenses and permits to gambling operations authorized by law, subject to the ordinance of the sangguniang panlungsod;

(e) Issue permits, without need of approval from any national agency, for the holding of activities for any charitable or welfare purpose, excluding prohibited games or shows contrary to law, public policy and public morals;

(f) Require owners of illegally constructed houses, buildings or other structures to obtain the necessary permits, subject to such fines and penalties as may be imposed by law or ordinance or to make necessary change, in the construction of the same when said construction violates any law or ordinance, or to order the demolition or removal of said houses, buildings or structures within the period prescribed by law or ordinance;

(g) Adopt adequate measures to safeguard and conserve land, mineral, forest, marine and other resources of the City;

(h) Provide efficient and effective property and supply management in the City; and protect the funds, credits, rights and other properties of the City; and

(i) Institute or cause to be instituted administrative or judicial proceeding for violation of ordinances in the collection of taxes, fees or charges, and for the recovery of funds and property; and cause the City to be defended against all suits to ensure that its interest, resources and rights shall be adequately protected;

(4) Ensure the delivery of basic services and the provision of adequate facilities and, in addition thereto:

(a) Ensure that the construction and repair of roads, bridges and highways funded by the national government, shall be, as far as practicable, carried out in a spatially contiguous manner and in coordination with the construction and repair of the roads and bridges of the City; and

(b) Coordinate the implementation of technical services, including public works and infrastructure programs, rendered by national and provincial offices;

(5) Exercise such other powers and perform such other duties and functions as provided for under the Local Government Code of 1991 and those that are prescribed by law or ordinance.

SEC. 9. The City Vice Mayor. – There shall be a vice mayor who shall be elected in the same manner as the city mayor and shall at the time of his election, possess the same qualifications as the city mayor. He shall hold office for three (3) years, unless sooner removed, and receive a monthly compensation corresponding to salary grade twenty-six (26) as prescribed under Republic Act No. 6758 and the implementing guidelines issued pursuant thereto.

The city vice mayor shall exercise the following duties:

(1) Act as presiding officer of the sangguniang panlungsod and sign all warrants drawn on the city treasury for all expenditures appropriated for the operation of the sangguniang panlungsod;

(2) Subject to civil service law, rules and regulations, appoint all officials and employees, including the secretary of the sangguniang panlungsod and such employees of the individual members of the sangguniang panlungsod, except those whose appointment is specially provided for under existing laws;

(3) Assume the office of the city mayor for the unexpired term of the latter in the event of permanent vacancy;

(4) Exercise the powers and perform the duties and functions of the city mayor in cases of temporary vacancy; and

(5) Perform such other duties and functions, and exercise such other powers as provided for under the Local Government Code of 1991 and those that are prescribed by law or ordinance.

ARTICLE IV

THE SANGGUNIANG PANLUNGSOD

SEC.10. The Sangguniang Panlungsod. – The sangguniang panlungsod, the legislative body of the City, shall be composed of the city vice mayor as presiding officer, ten (10) regular sanggunian members, the president of the city chapter of the liga ng mga barangay, the president of the panlungsod na pederasyon ng mga sangguniang kabataan and the sectoral representatives, as members.

(A) In addition thereto, there shall be three (3) sectoral representatives: one (1) from the women and as shall be determined by the sangguniang panlungsod within ninety (90) days prior to the holding of the local elections, one (1) from the agricultural or industrial workers; and one (1) from the other sectors, including the urban poor, indigenous cultural communities or disabled person.

(B) The regular members of the sangguniang panlungsod and the sectoral representatives shall be elected in the manner as may be provided for by law. The elective members of the sangguniang panlungsod shall possess the same qualifications as that of the city mayor and vice mayor except that the candidates for said positions must be at least eighteen (18) years of age on election day.

(C) The sangguniang panlungsod shall:

(1) Approve ordinances and pass resolutions necessary for an efficient and effective city government, and relative hereto shall:

(a) Review all ordinances approved by the sangguniang barangay and executive orders issued by the punong barangay to determine whether these are within the scope of the prescribed powers of the sangguniang barangay and of the punong barangay;

(b) Maintain peace and order by enacting measures to prevent and suppress lawlessness, disorder, riot, violence, rebellion or sedition and impose penalties for the violation of said ordinances;

(c) Approve ordinances imposing a fine not exceeding Five thousand pesos (P5,000.00) or an imprisonment for a period not exceeding one (1) year, or both, at the discretion of the court, for violation of a city ordinance;

(d) Adopt measures to protect the inhabitants of the City from harmful effects of man-made or natural disasters and calamities and to provide relief services and assistance to victims during and in the aftermath of said disaster or calamity and in their return to productive livelihood following said events;

(e) Enact ordinances intended to prevent, suppress and impose appropriate penalties for habitual drunkenness in public places, vagrancy, mendicancy, prostitution, establishment and maintenance of houses of ill repute, gambling and other prohibited games of chance, fraudulent devices and ways to obtain money or property, drug addiction, maintenance of drug dens, drug pushing, juvenile delinquency, the printing, distribution or exhibition of obscene or pornographic materials or publications and such other activities inimical to the welfare and morals of the inhabitants of the City;

(f) Protect the environment and impose appropriate penalties for acts which endanger the environment and such other acts which result in pollution, acceleration or eutrophication of creeks and rivers or ecological imbalance;

(g) Subject to the provisions of the Local Government Code of 1991 and other pertinent laws, determine the powers and duties of officials and employees of the City;

(h) Determine the position and the salaries, wages, allowances and other emoluments and benefits of officials and employees paid wholly or mainly from city funds and provide for expenditures necessary for the proper conduct of programs, projects, services and activities of the city government;

(i) Authorize the payment of compensation to a qualified person not in the government service, who fills up a temporary vacancy or grant honorarium to any qualified official or employee designated to fill a temporary vacancy in a concurrent capacity at the rate authorized by law;

(j) Provide a mechanism and the appropriate funds therefor to ensure the safety and protection of all city government property, public documents or records such as those relating to property inventory, land ownership, records of births, marriages, deaths, assessments, taxation, accounts, business permits and such other records and documents of public interest in the offices and departments of the city government;

(k) When the finances of the city government allow, provide for additional allowances and other benefits to judges, prosecutors, public elementary and high school teachers, and other national government officials stationed in or assigned to the City;

(l) Provide legal assistance to city and barangay officials, including the members of the city police force who, in the performance of their official duties or on the occasion thereof, have to initiate judicial proceeding or defend themselves against legal action. The sangguniang panlungsod may authorize the city mayor to engage the services of private counsel for this purpose; and

(m) Provide for group insurance or additional insurance coverage for all officials, including members of barangay tanod brigades and other service units, with public or private insurance companies when the finances of the city government allow said coverage;

(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 agro-industrial development and citywide growth and progress, and relative thereto, the sangguniang panlungsod shall:

(a) Approve the annual and supplemental budgets of the city government and appropriate funds for specific programs, projects, services and activities of the City or for other purposes not contrary to law, in order to promote the general welfare of the City and its inhabitants;

(b) Subject to the provisions of Book II of the Local Government Code of 1991 and applicable laws, and upon the majority vote of all the members of the sangguniang panlungsod, enact ordinances levying taxes, fees and charges, prescribing the rates thereof for general and specific purposes, and granting tax exemptions, incentives or reliefs;

(c) Subject to the provisions of Book II of the Local Government Code of 1991 and upon the majority vote of all the members of the sangguniang panlungsod, authorize the city mayor to negotiate and contract loans and other forms of indebtedness;

(d) Subject to the provisions of Book II of the Local Government Code of 1991 and applicable laws and, upon the majority vote of all the members of the sangguniang panlungsod, enact ordinances authorizing the floating of bonds or other instruments of indebtedness for the purpose of raising funds to finance development projects;

(e) Appropriate funds for the construction and maintenance or the rental of buildings for the use of the City and, upon the majority vote of all the members of the sangguniang panlungsod, authorize the city mayor to lease to private parties such public buildings held in a proprietary capacity, subject to existing laws, rules and regulations;

(f) Prescribe reasonable limits and restraints on the use of property within the jurisdiction of the City;

(g) Adopt a comprehensive land use plan for the City;

(h) Reclassify lands within the jurisdiction of the City, subject to pertinent provisions of the Local Government Code of 1991;

(i) Enact integrated zoning ordinances in consonance with the approved comprehensive land use plan, subject to existing laws, rules and regulations; establish fire limits or zones, particularly in populous centers; and regulate the construction, repair or modification of buildings within said fire limits or zones, in accordance with the provisions of the Fire Code;

(j) Subject to national law, process and approve subdivision plans for residential, commercial or industrial purposes and other development purposes and to collect processing fees and other charges, the proceeds of which shall accrue entirely to the City: Provided, however, That, where approval of a national agency or office is required, said approval shall not be withheld for more than thirty (30) days from receipt of the application. Failure to act on the application within the period stated above shall be deemed as approval thereof;

(k) Subject to the provisions of Book II of the Local Government Code of 1991, grant the exclusive privilege of constructing fish corrals or fish pens, or the taking or catching of bangus fry, prawn fry or kawag-kawag, or fry of any species of fish within the city waters;

(l) With the concurrence of at least two-thirds (2/3) of all the members of the sangguniang panlungsod, grant tax exemptions, incentives or reliefs to entities engaged in community growth-inducing industries, subject to the provisions of the Local Government Code of 1991;

(m) Grant loans or provide grants to other local government units or to national, provincial and city charitable, benevolent or educational institutions: Provided, That said institutions are operated and maintained within the City;

(n) Regulate the numbering of residential, commercial and other buildings; and

(o) Regulate the inspection, weighing and measuring of articles of commerce;

(3) Subject to the provisions of the Local Government Code of 1991, enact ordinances granting franchises and authorizing the issuance of permits or licenses, upon such condition and for such purposes intended to promote the general welfare of the inhabitants of the City and pursuant to this legislative authority, shall:

(a) Fix and impose reasonable fees and charges for all services rendered by the city government to private persons or entities;

(b) Regulate or fix license fees for any business or practice of profession within the City and the condition under which the license for said business or practice of profession may be revoked, and enact ordinances levying taxes thereon;

(c) Provide for and set the conditions under which public utilities owned by the City shall be operated by the city government and prescribe the condition under which the same may be leased to private persons or entities, preferably cooperatives;

(d) Regulate the display of and fix the license fees for signs, signboards or billboards at the place or places where the profession or business advertised thereby is, in whole or in part, conducted;

(e) Any law to the contrary notwithstanding, authorize and license the establishment, operation and maintenance of cockpits; however, the existing rights should not be prejudiced;

(f) Subject to the guidelines prescribed by the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), regulate the operation of tricycles and grant franchises for the operation thereof within the territorial jurisdiction of the City; and

(g) Upon approval by a majority vote of all the members of the sangguniang panlungsod, grant a franchise to any person, partnership, corporation or cooperative to do business within the City; establish, construct, operate and maintain ferries, wharves, markets or slaughterhouses; or undertake such other activities within the City as may be allowed by existing laws: Provided, That cooperatives shall be given preference in the grant of such franchise;

(4) Regulate activities relative to the use of land, buildings and structures within the City in order to promote the general welfare and for the said purpose, shall:

(a) Declare, prevent or abate any nuisance;

(b) With the concurrence of a majority of the members of the sangguniang panlungsod constituting a quorum, deny the entry of legalized gambling by ordinance into any part of the City or regulate its location within the City;

(c) Require that buildings and the premise thereof and any land within the City be kept and maintained in a sanitary condition; impose penalties for any violation thereof or upon failure to comply with the requirement, have the work done at the expense of the owner, administrator or tenant concerned and require the filling up of any land or premises to a grade necessary for proper sanitation;

(d) Regulate the disposal of clinical and other wastes from hospitals, clinics and other similar establishments;

(e) Regulate the establishment, operation and maintenance of cafes, restaurants, beerhouses, hotels, motels, inns, pension houses, lodging houses and other similar establishments, including tourist guides and transports;

(f) Regulate the sale, giving away or dispensing of any intoxicating malt, vino, mixed or fermented liquors at any retail outlets;

(g) Regulate the establishment and provide for the inspection of steam boilers or any heating device in buildings and the storage of inflammable and highly combustible materials within the City;

(h) Regulate the establishment, operation and maintenance of entertainment or amusement facilities, including the theatrical performance, circuses, billiard halls, public dancing schools, public dance halls, sauna baths, massage parlors and other places for entertainment or amusement, particularly those which tend to disturb the community or annoy the inhabitants, or require the suspension or suppression of the same; or prohibit certain forms of amusement or entertainment in order to protect the social and moral welfare of the community;

(i) Provide for the impounding of stray animals; regulate the keeping of animals in homes or as part of a business, and the slaughter, sale or disposition of the same and adopt measures to prevent and penalize cruelty to animals; and

(j) Regulate the establishment, operation and maintenance of funeral parlors and the burial or cremation of the dead, subject to existing laws, rules and regulations;

(5) Approve ordinances that shall ensure the efficient and effective delivery of basic services and facilities as provided for under the Local Government Code of 1991 and in addition to said services and facilities, shall:

(a) Provide for the establishment, maintenance, protection and conservation of communal forests and watersheds, tree parks, greenbelts, mangroves and other similar forest development projects;

(b) Establish markets, slaughterhouses or animal corrals and authorize the operation thereof by the city government; and regulate the construction and operation of private markets, talipapas or other similar buildings and structures;

(c) Authorize the establishment, maintenance and operation by the city government to ferries, wharves, and other structures intended to accelerate productivity related to marine and seashore or offshore activities;

(d) Regulate the preparation and sale of meat, poultry, fish, vegetables, fruits, fresh dairy products and other foodstuffs for public consumption;

(e) Regulate the use of streets, avenues, alleys, sidewalks, bridges, parks and other public places and approve the construction, improvement, repair and maintenance of the same; establish bus and vehicle stops and terminals or regulate the use of the same by privately-owned vehicles which serve the public; regulate garages and operation of conveyances for hire; designate stands to be occupied by public vehicles when not in use; regulate the putting up of signs, signposts and awning posts on the streets and provide for the lighting, cleaning and sprinkling of streets and public places;

(f) Regulate traffic on all streets and bridges, prohibit encroachments or obstacles thereon and when necessary in the interest of public welfare, authorize the removal of encroachments and illegal constructions in public places;

(g) Subject to existing laws, establish and provide for the maintenance, repair and operation of an efficient waterworks system to supply water for the inhabitants and to purify the source of the water supply; regulate the construction, maintenance, repair and use of the hydrants, pumps, cisterns and reservation project, the purity and quantity of the water supply of the City and, for this purpose, extend the drainage area of said water supply within one hundred meters (100 m.) of the reservoir, canal, conduit aqueduct, pumping station or watershed used in connection with the water service and regulate the consumption, use or wastage of water and fix and collect charges therefor;

(h) Regulate the drilling and excavation of the ground for the laying of water, gas, sewer and other pipes and the construction, repair and maintenance of public drains, sewers, cesspools, tunnels and similar structures; regulate the placing of poles and the use of crosswalks, curbs and gutters; adopt measures to ensure public safety against open canals, manholes, live wires and other similar hazards to life and property; and regulate the construction and use of private water closets, privies and other similar structures in buildings and homes;

(i) Regulate the placing, stringing, attaching, installing, repair and construction of all gas mains, electric, telegraph and telephone wires, conduits, meters and other apparatus; and provide for the correction, condemnation or removal of the same when found to be dangerous, defective or otherwise hazardous to the welfare of the inhabitants;

(j) Subject to the availability of funds and to existing laws, rules and regulations, establish and provide for the operation of vocational and technical schools and similar post secondary institutions and, with the approval of the Department of Education (DepEd) and subject to existing laws on tuition fees, fix and collect reasonable tuition fees and other school charges in educational institutions supported by the city government;

(k) Establish scholarship funds for poor but deserving students in schools located within its jurisdiction or for students residing within the City;

(l) Approve measures and adopt quarantine regulations to prevent the introduction and spread of diseases;

(m) Provide for an efficient and effective system of solid waste and garbage collection and disposal, and prohibit littering and the placing or throwing of garbage refuse and other filth and wastes;

(n) Provide for the care of disabled persons, paupers, the aged, the sick, persons of unsound mind, abandoned minors, juvenile delinquents, drug dependents, abused children and other needy and disadvantaged persons, particularly children and the youth below eighteen (18) years of age and subject to availability of funds, establish and provide for the operation of centers and facilities for the said needy and disadvantaged persons;

(o) Establish and provide for the maintenance and improvement of jails and detention centers, institute a sound jail management program and appropriate funds for the subsistence of detainees and convicted prisoners in the City;

(p) Establish a city council whose purpose is the promotion of culture and the arts, coordinate with government agencies and nongovernmental organizations and subject to the availability of funds, appropriate funds for the support and development of the same; and

(q) Establish a city council for the elderly which shall formulate policies and adopt measures mutually beneficial to the elderly and to the community; provide incentives for nongovernmental agencies and entities and subject to the availability of funds, appropriate funds to support programs and projects for the benefit of the elderly;

(6) Perform such other duties and functions and exercise such other powers as provided for under the Local Government Code of 1991 and those that are prescribed by law or ordinance.

ARTICLE V

PROCESS OF LEGISLATION

SEC.11. Internal Rules of Procedure. – On the first regular session following the election of its members and within ninety (90) days thereafter, the sangguniang panlungsod shall adopt or update rules of procedure.

The rules of procedure shall provide for the following:

(1) The organization of the sanggunian and the election of its officers as well as the creation of standing committees which shall include, but shall not be limited to, the committees on appropriations, revenues, engineering and public works, education and health, women and family, human rights, youth and sports development, environmental protection, peace and order and traffic, and cooperatives; the general jurisdiction of each committee; and the election of the chairman and members of each committee;

(2) The order and calendar of business for each session;

(3) The legislative process;

(4) The parliamentary procedures, which include the conduct of members during sessions;

(5) The discipline of members for disorderly behavior and absences without justifiable cause for four (4) consecutive sessions for which they may be censured, reprimanded or excluded from the sessions, suspended for not more than sixty (60) days, or expelled: Provided, That the penalty of suspension or expulsion shall require the concurrence of at least two-thirds (2/3) vote of all sanggunian members: Provided, further, That a member convicted by final judgment to imprisonment of at least one (1) year for any crime involving moral turpitude shall be automatically expelled from the sanggunian; and

(6) Such other rules as the sanggunian may adopt.

SEC. 12. Full Disclosure of Financial and Business Interests of Sangguniang Panlungsod Members. – (a) Every sangguniang panlungsod member shall, upon assumption to office, make a full disclosure of his business and financial interests. He shall also disclose any business, financial, professional relationship or any relation by affinity or consanguinity within the fourth civil degree, which he may have with any person, firm or entity affected by any ordinance or resolution under consideration by the sanggunian of which he is a member, which relationship may result in conflict of interests. Such relationship shall include:

(1) Ownership of stock or capital, or investment in the entity or firm to which the ordinance or resolution may apply; and

(2) Contracts or agreements with any person or entity which the ordinance or resolution under consideration may affect.

In the absence of specific constitutional or statutory provisions applicable to this situation, “conflict of interest” refers in general, to one where it may be reasonably deduced that a member of a sanggunian may not act in the public interest due to some private pecuniary or other personal consideration that may tend to affect his judgment to the prejudice of the service or the public.

(b) The disclosure required under this Act shall be made in writing and submitted to the secretary of the sanggunian or the secretary of the committee of which he is a member. The disclosure shall, in all cases, form part of the record of the proceedings and shall be made in the following manner:

(1) Disclosure shall be made before the member participates in the deliberations on the ordinance or resolution under consideration: Provided, That if the member did not participate during the deliberations, the disclosure shall be made before voting on the ordinance or resolution on second and third reading; and

(2) Disclosure shall be made when a member takes a position or makes a privilege speech on a matter that may affect the business interest, financial connection or professional relationship described therein.

SEC. 13. Sessions. – (a) On the first day of the session immediately following the election of its members, the sangguniang panlungsod shall, by resolution, fix the day, time and place of its sessions. The minimum number of regular sessions shall be once a week for the sangguniang panlungsod and twice a month for the sangguniang barangay.

(b) When the public interest so demands, special sessions may be called by the city mayor or by a majority of the members of the sanggunian.

(c) All sanggunian sessions shall be open to the public unless a closed-door session is ordered by an affirmative vote of the majority of the members present, there being a quorum, in the public interest or for reasons of security, decency or morality. No two (2) sessions, regular or special, may be held in a single day.

(d) In the case of special sessions of the sanggunian, a written notice to the members shall be served personally at the members’ usual place of residence at least twenty-four (24) hours before the special session is held.

Unless otherwise concurred in by two-thirds (2/3) vote of the sanggunian members present, there being a quorum, no other matter may be considered at a special session except those stated in the notice.

(e) The sanggunian shall keep a journal and a record of its proceedings which may be published upon a resolution of the sangguniang panlungsod.

SEC. 14. Quorum. – (a) A majority of all the members of the sanggunian who have been elected and qualified shall constitute a quorum to transact official business. Should a question of quorum be raised during a session, the presiding officer shall immediately proceed to call the roll of the members and thereafter announce the results.

(b) Where there is no quorum, the presiding officer may declare a recess until such time a quorum is constituted, or a majority of the members present may adjourn from day to day and may compel the immediate attendance of any member absent without justifiable cause by designating a member or members of the sanggunian to be assisted by a member or members of the police force assigned in the territorial jurisdiction of the City of Santa Rosa, to arrest the absent member and present him at the session.

(c) If there is still no quorum despite the enforcement of the immediately preceding subsection, no business shall be transacted. The presiding officer, upon proper motion and duly approved by the members present, shall then declare the session adjourned for lack of quorum.

SEC. 15. Approval of Ordinances. – (a) Every ordinance enacted by the sangguniang panlungsod shall be presented to the city mayor. If the city mayor approves the same, he shall affix his signature on each and every page thereof; otherwise, he shall veto it and return the same with his objections to the sanggunian, which may proceed to reconsider the same. The sanggunian may override the veto of the city mayor by two-thirds (2/3) vote of all its members, thereby making the ordinance or resolution effective for all legal intents and purposes.

(b) The veto shall be communicated by the city mayor to the sanggunian within ten (10) days; otherwise, the ordinance shall be deemed approved as if he signed it.

SEC. 16. Veto Power of the City Mayor. – (a) The city mayor may veto any ordinance of the sangguniang panlungsod on the ground that it is ultra vires or prejudicial to public welfare, stating his reasons thereof in writing.

(b) The city mayor shall have the power to veto any particular item or items of an appropriations ordinance, an ordinance or resolution adopting a local development plan, any public investment program or an ordinance directing the payment of money or creating liability. In such case, the vetoed item or items shall not take effect unless the sangguniang panlungsod overrides the veto in the manner herein provided; otherwise the item or items in the appropriations ordinance of the previous year corresponding to those vetoed, if any, shall be deemed enacted.

(c) The city mayor may veto an ordinance or resolution only once. The sanggunian may override the veto of the city mayor by two-thirds (2/3) vote of all its members, thereby making the ordinance effective even without the approval of the city mayor.

SEC. 17. Review of City Ordinance by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan. – (a) Within three (3) days after the approval of an ordinance or resolution, the secretary to the sangguniang panlungsod shall forward to the sangguniang panlalawigan for review, copies of approved ordinances and the resolutions approving the local development plans and public investment programs formulated by the local development councils.

(b) Within thirty (30) days after receipt of copies of such ordinance and/or resolution, the sangguniang panlalawigan shall examine the documents or transmit them to the provincial attorney or the provincial prosecutor for prompt examination. The provincial attorney or the provincial prosecutor shall, within a period of ten (10) days from receipt of the documents, inform the sangguniang panlalawigan, in writing, of his comments or recommendation which may be considered by the sangguniang panlalawigan in making its decision.

(c) If the sangguniang panlalawigan concerned shall declare such ordinance or resolution invalid, in whole or in part, the sangguniang panlalawigan shall enter its action in the minutes and shall advise the corresponding city authorities of the action it has taken.

(d) If no action has been taken by the sangguniang panlalawigan within thirty (30) days after submission of such an ordinance or resolution, the same shall be presumed consistent with law and therefore valid.

SEC. 18. Review of Barangay Ordinance by the Sangguniang Panlungsod. – (a) Within ten (10) days after its enactment, the sangguniang barangay shall furnish copies of all barangay ordinances to the sangguniang panlungsod for review as to whether the ordinance is consistent with law and city ordinances.

(b) If the sangguniang panlungsod fails to take action on barangay ordinances within thirty (30) days from receipt thereof, the same shall be deemed approved.

(c) If the sangguniang panlungsod finds the barangay ordinances inconsistent with law or city ordinances, the sangguniang panlungsod shall, within thirty (30) days from receipt thereof, return the same with its comments and recommendations to the sangguniang barangay concerned for adjustment, amendment or modification in which case, the effectivity of the barangay ordinance is suspended until such time as the revision called for is effected.

SEC. 19. Enforcement of Disapproved Ordinances or Resolutions. – Any attempt to enforce any ordinance or resolution approving the local development plan and public investment program, after the disapproval thereof, shall be sufficient ground for the suspension or dismissal of the official or employee concerned.

SEC. 20. Effectivity of Ordinances or Resolutions. – (a) Unless otherwise stated in the ordinance or the resolution approving the local development plan and public investment program, the same shall take effect after ten (10) days from the date a copy thereof is posted in a bulletin board at the entrance of the City Hall of Santa Rosa and in at least two (2) other conspicuous places in the City of Santa Rosa.

(b) The secretary of the sangguniang panlungsod shall cause the posting of an ordinance or resolution in the bulletin board at the entrance of the City Hall of Santa Rosa and in at least two (2) conspicuous places in the City of Santa Rosa not later than five (5) days after approval thereof. All ordinances or resolutions passed and enacted by the sangguniang panlungsod shall take effect immediately after the publication requirement.

(c) The text of the ordinance or resolution shall be disseminated and posted in Filipino or English and in the language or dialect understood by the majority of the people in the City and the secretary of the sangguniang panlungsod shall record such fact in a book kept for the purpose, stating the dates of approval and posting.

(d) The main features of the ordinance or resolution duly enacted or adopted shall, in addition to being posted, be published once in a local newspaper of general circulation within the City: Provided, That, in the absence thereof, the ordinance or resolution shall be published in any newspaper of general circulation. The gist of all ordinances with penal sanction shall also be published in a newspaper of general circulation.

ARTICLE VI

DISQUALIFICATIONS AND SUCCESSION
FOR ELECTIVE CITY OFFICIALS

SEC. 21. Disqualifications for Elective City Officials. – The following persons are disqualified from running for any elective position in the City:

(a) Those sentenced by final judgment for an offense involving moral turpitude or an offense punishable by one (1) year or more of imprisonment within two (2) years after serving sentence;

(b) Those removed from office as a result of an administrative case;

(c) Those convicted by final judgment for violating the oath of allegiance to the Republic of the Philippines;

(d) Those with dual citizenship;

(e) Fugitives from justice in criminal or nonpolitical cases here and abroad;

(f) Permanent residents in a foreign country or those who have acquired the rights to reside abroad and continue to avail of the same right after the effectivity of the Local Government Code of 1991; and

(g) The insane or feeble-minded.

SEC. 22. Permanent Vacancy in the Office of the City Mayor and City Vice Mayor. – (a) If a permanent vacancy occurs in the office of the city mayor, the city vice mayor concerned shall become the city mayor. If the vice mayor refuses to assume the position of city mayor, the highest ranking sangguniang panlungsod member shall become the city mayor. If a permanent vacancy occurs in the office of the city vice mayor, the highest ranking sangguniang panlungsod member, or in case of his permanent incapacity, the second highest ranking sangguniang panlungsod member shall become the city mayor or city vice mayor, as the case may be. The other sanggunian members, according to their ranking as defined herein, shall fill subsequent vacancies in said offices automatically.

(b) A tie between or among the highest ranking sangguniang panlungsod members shall be resolved by drawing of lots.

(c) The successors as defined herein shall serve only the unexpired terms of their predecessors.

For purposes of this Act, a permanent vacancy arises when an elective local official fills a higher vacant office, refuses to assume office, fails to qualify, dies, is removed from office, voluntarily resigns or is otherwise permanently incapacitated to discharge the functions of his office.

For purposes of succession as provided in this Act, ranking in the sanggunian shall be determined on the basis of the proportion of votes obtained by each winning candidate to the number of registered voters in the City in the immediately preceding local election.

SEC. 23. Permanent Vacancies in the Sangguniang Panlungsod. – Permanent vacancies in the sangguniang panlungsod where automatic succession as provided above does not apply shall be filled by appointments in the following manner:

(a) The provincial governor shall make the aforesaid appointments;

(b) Only the nominee of the political party under which the sanggunian member concerned had been elected shall be appointed in the manner herein provided. The appointee shall come from the political party as that of the sanggunian member who caused the vacancy and shall serve the unexpired term of the vacant office. In the appointment herein mentioned, a nomination and a certificate of membership of the appointee from the highest official of the political party concerned are conditions sine qua non, and any appointment without such nomination and certification shall be null and void ab initio and shall be a ground for administrative action against the officials responsible therefor;

(c) In case the permanent vacancy is caused by a sanggunian member who does not belong to any political party, the city mayor shall, upon recommendation of the sangguniang panlungsod, appoint a qualified person to fill the vacancy; and

(d) In case of vacancy in the representation of the youth and the barangay in the sangguniang panlungsod, said vacancy shall be filled automatically by the next-in-rank official of the organization concerned.

SEC. 24. Temporary Vacancy in the Office of the City Mayor. – (a) When the city mayor is temporarily incapacitated to perform his duties for physical or legal reasons such as, but not limited to, leave of absence, travel abroad and suspension from office, the city vice mayor shall automatically exercise the powers and perform the duties and functions of the city mayor, except the power to appoint, suspend or dismiss employees which can only be exercised if the period of temporary incapacity exceeds thirty (30) working days.

(b) Said temporary incapacity shall terminate upon submission to the sangguniang panlungsod of a written declaration by the city mayor that he has reported back to office. In case where the temporary incapacity is due to legal cause, the city mayor shall also submit necessary documents showing the said legal cause no longer exists.

(c) When the city mayor is traveling within the country but outside the territorial jurisdiction for a period not exceeding three (3) consecutive days, he may designate in writing the officer-in-charge of his office. Such authorization shall specify the powers and functions that the local official concerned shall exercise in the absence of the city mayor, except the power to appoint, suspend or dismiss employees.

(d) In the event, however, that the city mayor fails or refuses to issue such authorization, the city vice mayor shall have the right to assume the powers, duties and functions of the said office on the fourth (4th) day of absence of the city mayor, subject to the limitations provided in subsection hereof.

(e) Except as provided above, the city mayor shall, in no case, authorize any local official to assume the powers, duties and functions of the office other than the city vice mayor or the highest ranking sangguniang panlungsod member, as the case may be.

ARTICLE VII

THE APPOINTIVE OFFICIALS OF THE CITY:
THEIR QUALIFICATIONS, POWERS AND DUTIES

SEC. 25. The Secretary to the Sangguniang Panlungsod. – (a) There shall be a secretary to the sangguniang panlungsod who shall be a career official with the rank and salary equal to a head of a department or office.

(b) No person shall be appointed secretary to the sangguniang panlungsod unless he is a citizen of the Philippines, a resident of the City of Santa Rosa, of good moral character, a holder of a master’s degree preferably in law, commerce or public administration from a recognized college or university and a first grade civil service eligible or its equivalent.

(c) The secretary of the sangguniang panlungsod shall receive such compensation, emoluments and allowances as may be determined by law.

(d) The secretary to the sangguniang panlungsod shall take charge of the office of the sangguniang panlungsod, and shall:

(1) Attend meetings of the sangguniang panlungsod and keep a journal of its proceedings;

(2) Keep the seal of the City and affix the same with his signature to all ordinances, resolutions and other official acts of the sangguniang panlungsod and present the same to the presiding officer for his signature;

(3) Forward to the city mayor, for approval, copies of ordinances enacted by the sangguniang panlungsod, duly certified by the presiding officer;

(4) Forward to the Department of Budget and Management, copies of the appropriations ordinances passed by the sangguniang panlungsod as provided for under Section 326 of Book II of the Local Government Code of 1991;

(5) Forward to the sangguniang panlalawigan, copies of duly approved ordinances in the manner provided in Sections 56 and 57 under Book I of the Local Government Code of 1991;

(6) Furnish, upon request of any interested party, certified copies of records of public character in his custody, upon payment to the city treasurer of such fees as may be prescribed by ordinance;

(7) Record in a book kept for the purpose, all ordinances and resolutions enacted or adopted by the sangguniang panlungsod, with the dates of passage and publication thereof;

(8) Keep his office and all non-confidential records therein open to the public during usual business hours;

(9) Translate into the dialect used by the majority of the inhabitants all ordinances and resolutions immediately after their approval and cause the publication of the same together with the original version in the manner provided for under the Local Government Code of 1991;

(10) Take custody of the local archives and, where applicable, the local library and annually account for the same; and

(11) Exercise such other powers and perform such other duties and functions as may be prescribed by laws or ordinance relative to his position.

SEC. 26. The City Treasurer. – (a) The city treasurer shall be appointed by the Secretary of Finance from a list of at least three (3) ranking eligible recommendees of the city mayor, subject to civil service law, rules and regulations.

(b) The city treasurer shall be under the administrative supervision of the city mayor, to whom he shall report regularly on the tax collection efforts of the City.

(c) No person shall be appointed city treasurer unless he is a citizen of the Philippines, a resident of the City of Santa Rosa, of good moral character, a holder of a college degree preferably in commerce, public administration or law from a recognized college or university and a first grade civil service eligible or its equivalent. He must have acquired experience in treasury or accounting service for at least five (5) years.

(d) The city treasurer shall receive such compensation, emoluments and allowances as may be determined by law.

(e) The city treasurer shall take charge of the City Treasury Office and shall:

(1) Advice the city mayor, the sangguniang panlungsod and other local government and national officials concerned regarding disposition of local government funds and on such other matters relative to public finance;

(2) Take custody and exercise proper management of the funds of the City;

(3) Take charge of the disbursement of all funds of the City and such other funds, the custody of which may be entrusted to him by law or other competent authority;

(4) Inspect private commercial and industrial establishments within the jurisdiction of the City in relation to the implementation of tax ordinances, pursuant to the provisions of the Local Government Code of 1991;

(5) Maintain and update the tax information system of the City; and

(6) Perform such other duties and functions and exercise such other powers as provided for under the Local Government Code of 1991 and those that are prescribed by law or ordinance.

SEC. 27. The Assistant City Treasurer. – (a) The assistant city treasurer may be appointed by the Secretary of Finance from a list of at least three (3) ranking eligible recommendees of the city mayor, subject to civil service law, rules and regulations.

(b) No person shall be appointed assistant city treasurer unless he is a citizen of the Philippines, a resident of the City of Santa Rosa, of good moral character, a holder of a college degree preferably in commerce, public administration or law from a recognized college or university and a first grade civil service eligible or its equivalent. He must have acquired at least five (5) years experience in treasury or accounting.

(c) The assistant city treasurer shall receive such compensation, emoluments and allowances as may be determined by law.

(d) The assistant city treasurer shall assist the city treasurer and perform such other duties as the latter may assign him. He shall have authority to administer oaths concerning notices and notifications to those delinquent in the payment of the real property tax and concerning official matters relating to the accounts of the city treasurer or otherwise arising from the offices of the city treasurer and the city assessor.

SEC. 28. The City Assessor. – (a) The city assessor must be a citizen of the Philippines, a resident of the City of Santa Rosa, of good moral character, a holder of a college degree preferably in civil or mechanical engineering, commerce or any other related course from a recognized college or university and a first grade civil service eligible or its equivalent. He must have acquired experience in real property assessment work or in any related field for at least five (5) years immediately preceding the date of his appointment.

(b) The city assessor shall receive such compensation, emoluments and allowances as may be determined by law.

(c) The city assessor shall take charge of the City Assessor’s office and shall:

(1) Ensure that all laws and policies governing the appraisal and assessment of real properties for taxation purposes are properly executed;

(2) Initiate, review and recommend changes in policies and objectives, plans and programs, techniques, procedures and practices in the evolution and assessment of real properties for taxation purposes;

(3) Establish a systematic method of real property assessment;

(4) Install and maintain real property identification and accounting systems;

(5) Prepare, install and maintain a system of tax mapping, showing graphically all properties subject to assessment and gather all data concerning the same;

(6) Conduct frequent physical surveys to verify and determine whether all real properties within the City are properly listed in the assessment rolls;

(7) Exercise the functions of appraisal and assessment primarily for taxation purposes of all real properties in the City;

(8) Prepare a schedule of the fair market value of the different classes of real properties in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Code of 1991;

(9) Issue upon request of any interested party, certified copies of assessment upon payment of a service charge or fee to the city treasurer;

(10) Submit every semester a report of all assessments as well as cancellation and modifications of assessment to the city mayor and the sangguniang panlungsod; and

(11) Perform such other duties and functions and exercise such other powers as provided for under the Local Government Code of 1991 and those that are prescribed by law or ordinance.

SEC. 29. The Assistant City Assessor. – (a) The assistant city assessor must be a citizen of the Philippines, a resident of the City of Santa Rosa, of good moral character, a holder of a college degree preferably in civil or mechanical engineering, commerce or any related course from a recognized college or university and a first grade civil service eligible or its equivalent. He must have acquired experience in assessment or in any related field for at least three (3) years immediately preceding the day of his appointment.

(b) The assistant city assessor shall receive such compensation, emoluments and allowances as may be determined by law.

(c) The assistant city assessor shall assist the city assessor and perform such other duties as the latter may assign to him. He shall have the authority to administer oaths and all declarations of real property for purposes of assessment.

SEC. 30. The City Accountant. – (a) The city accountant must be a citizen of the Philippines, a resident of the City of Santa Rosa of good moral character and a certified public accountant. He must have acquired experience in the treasury or accounting service for at least five (5) years immediately preceding the date of his appointment.

(b) The city accountant shall receive such compensation, emoluments and allowances as may be determined by law.

(c) The city accountant shall take charge of both the Office of the Accounting and Internal Audit Services, and shall:

(1) Install and maintain an internal audit system in the City;

(2) Prepare and submit financial statements to the city mayor and to the sangguniang panlungsod;

(3) Apprise the sangguniang panlungsod and other officials on the financial condition and operation of the City;

(4) Certify to the availability of budgetary allotment from which expenditures and obligations may be properly charged;

(5) Review supporting documents before the preparation of vouchers to determine the completeness of requirements;

(6) Prepare statements of cash advances, liquidations, salaries, allowances, reimbursements and remittances pertaining to the City;

(7) Prepare statements of journal vouchers and liquidations of the same and other adjustments related thereto;

(8) Post individual disbursements to the subsidiary ledger and index cards;

(9) Maintain individual ledgers for officials and employees of the City pertaining to payrolls and deductions;

(10) Record and post in index cards details of purchased furniture, fixtures and equipment, including disposal thereof, if any;

(11) Account for all issued requests for obligations and maintain and keep all records and reports related thereto;

(12) Prepare journals and the analysis of obligations and maintain and keep all records and reports related thereto; and

(13) Perform such other duties and functions and exercise such other powers as provided for under the Local Government Code of 1991 and those that are prescribed by law or ordinance.

SEC. 31. The City Budget Officer. – (a) The city budget officer must be a citizen of the Philippines, a resident of the City of Santa Rosa, of good moral character, a holder of a college degree preferably in accounting, economics, public administration or any related course from a recognized college or university and a first grade civil service eligible or its equivalent. He must have acquired experience in government budgeting or in any related field for at least five (5) years immediately preceding the date of his appointment.

(b) The city budget officer shall receive such compensation, emoluments and allowances as may be determined by law.

(c) The city budget officer shall take charge of the City Budget Office, and shall:

(1) Prepare forms, orders and circulars embodying instructions on budgetary and appropriation matters for the signature of the city mayor;

(2) Review and consolidate the budget proposals of different departments and offices of the City;

(3) Assist the city mayor in the preparation of the proposed legislation and submit comments and recommendations thereon;

(4) Study and evaluate budgetary implementation of proposed legislation and submit comments and recommendations thereon;

(5) Submit periodic budgetary reports to the Department of Budget and Management;

(6) Coordinate with the city treasurer, the city accountant and the city planning and development coordinator for the purpose of budgeting;

(7) Assist the sangguniang panlungsod in reviewing the approved budgets of component barangays;

(8) Coordinate with the city planning and development coordinator in the formulation of the development plan of the City; and

(9) Perform such other duties and functions and exercise such other powers as provided for under the Local Government Code of 1991 and those that are prescribed by law or ordinance.

SEC. 32. The City Planning and Development Coordinator. – (a) The city planning and development coordinator must be a citizen of the Philippines, a resident of the City of Santa Rosa, of good moral character, a holder of a college degree preferably in urban planning, development studies, economics, public administration or any related course from a recognized college or university and a first grade civil service eligible or its equivalent. He must have acquired experience in development planning or in any related field for at least five (5) years immediately preceding the date of his appointment.

(b) The city planning and development coordinator shall receive such compensation, emoluments and allowances as may be determined by law.

(c) The city planning and development coordinator shall take charge of the City Planning and Development Coordinating Office, and shall:

(1) Formulate integrated economic, social, physical and other development plans and policies for consideration of the City;

(2) Conduct continuing studies, researches and training programs necessary to evolve plans and programs for implementation;

(3) Integrate and coordinate all sectoral plans and studies undertaken by the different functional groups or agencies;

(4) Monitor and evaluate the implementation of the different development programs, projects and activities in the City in accordance with the approved development plan;

(5) Prepare comprehensive plans and other development planning documents for the consideration of the local development council;

(6) Analyze the income and expenditure patterns, and formulate and recommend fiscal plans and policies for consideration of the finance committee of the City as provided for under the Local Government Code of 1991;

(7) Promote people’s participation in development planning within the City;

(8) Exercise supervision and control over the secretariat of the Local Development Council; and

(9) Perform such other duties and functions and exercise such other powers as provided for under the Local Government Code of 1991 and those that are prescribed by law or ordinance.

SEC. 33. The City Engineer. – (a) The city engineer must be a citizen of the Philippines, a resident of the City of Santa Rosa, of good moral character and a licensed civil engineer. He must have acquired experience in the practice of his profession for at least five (5) years immediately preceding the date of his appointment.

(b) The city engineer shall receive such compensation, emoluments and allowances as may be determined by law.

(c) The city engineer shall take charge of the City Engineering Office, and shall:

(1) Initiate, review and recommend changes in policies and objectives, plans and programs, techniques, procedures and practices in infrastructure development and public works, in general, of the City;

(2) Advise the city mayor on infrastructure, public works and other engineering matters;

(3) Administer, coordinate, supervise and control the construction, maintenance, improvement and repair of roads, bridges, other engineering and public works projects of the City;

(4) Provide engineering services to the City, including investigation and survey, engineering designs, feasibility studies and project management; and

(5) Perform such other duties and functions and exercise such other powers as provided for under the Local Government Code of 1991 and those that are prescribed by law or ordinance.

SEC. 34. The City Health Officer. – (A) The city health officer must be a citizen of the Philippines, a resident of the City of Santa Rosa, of good moral character and a licensed medical practitioner. He must have acquired experience in the practice of his profession for at least five (5) years immediately preceding the date of his appointment.

(B) The city health officer shall receive such compensation, emoluments and allowances as may be determined by law.

(C) The city health officer shall take charge of the Office of the City Health Services, and shall:

(1) Supervise the personnel and staff of the said office, formulate program implementation guidelines, and rules and regulations for the operation of the said office for the approval of the city mayor in order to assist him in the efficient, effective and economical implementation of health service programs geared to implement health-related projects and activities;

(2) Formulate measures for the consideration of the sangguniang panlungsod and provide technical assistance and support to the city mayor in carrying out activities to ensure the delivery of basic services and provision of adequate facilities relative to health service provided under Section 17 of the Local Government Code of 1991;

(3) Develop plans and strategies and, upon approval thereof by the city mayor, implement the same, particularly those which have to do with health programs and projects which the city mayor is empowered to implement and which the sangguniang panlungsod is empowered to provide for under the Local Government Code of 1991;

(4) In addition to the foregoing duties and functions, the city health officer shall:

(a) Formulate and implement policies, plans and projects to promote the health of the people in the City;

(b) Advise the city mayor and the sangguniang panlungsod on matters pertaining to health;

(c) Execute and enforce all laws, ordinances and regulations relating to public health;

(d) Recommend to the sangguniang panlungsod through the local health board, the passage of such ordinance as he may deem necessary for the preservation of public health;

(e) Recommend the prosecution of any violation of sanitary laws, ordinances or regulations;

(f) Direct the sanitary inspection of all business establishments selling food items or providing accommodation, such as hotels, motels, lodging houses, and the like, in accordance with the sanitation code;

(g) Conduct health information campaigns and render health intelligence services; and

(h) Coordinate with other government agencies and nongovernmental organizations involved in the promotion and delivery of health services;

(5) Be in the frontline of the delivery of health services, particularly during and in the aftermath of man-made and natural disasters and calamities; and

(6) Perform such other duties and functions and exercise such other powers as provided for under the Local Government Code of 1991 and those that are prescribed by law or ordinance.

SEC. 35. The City Civil Registrar. – (A) The city civil registrar must be a citizen of the Philippines, a resident of the City of Santa Rosa, of good moral character, a holder of a college degree from a recognized college or university and a first grade civil service eligible or its equivalent. He must have acquired experience in civil registry work for at least five (5) years immediately preceding the date of his appointment.

(B) The city civil registrar shall receive such compensation, allowances and emoluments as may be determined by law.

(C) The city civil registrar shall be responsible for the civil registration program in the City of Santa Rosa pursuant to the Civil Registry Law, the Civil Code and other pertinent laws, rules and regulations issued to implement them.

(D) The city civil registrar shall take charge of the Office of the City Civil Registry, and shall:

(1) Develop plans and strategies and, upon approval thereof by the city mayor, implement the same, particularly those which have to do with the management and administration-related programs and projects which the city mayor is empowered to implement and which the sangguniang panlungsod is empowered to provide for under the Local Government Code of 1991;

(2) In addition to the foregoing duties and functions, the city civil registrar shall:

(a) Accept all registrable documents and judicial decrees affecting the civil status of persons;

(b) File, keep and preserve in a secure place the books required by law;

(c) Transcribe and enter immediately upon receipt, all registrable documents and judicial decrees affecting the civil status of persons in the appropriate civil registry books;

(d) Transmit to the Office of the Civil Registrar-General within the prescribed period, duplicate copies of registered documents required by laws;

(e) Issue certified transcript or copies of any certificate or registered document upon payment of the required fee to the treasurer;

(f) Receive application for the issuance of a marriage license and after determining that the requirements and supporting certificates and publication thereof for the prescribed period have been complied with, issue the license upon payment of the authorized fee to the treasurer; and

(g) Coordinate with the National Statistics Office in conducting educational campaigns for vital registration and assist in the preparation of demographic and other statistics for the City of Santa Rosa;

(3) Perform such other duties and functions and exercise such other powers as provided for under the Local Government Code of 1991 and those that are prescribed by law or ordinance.

SEC. 36. The City Administrator. – (A) The city administrator must be a citizen of the Philippines, a resident of the City of Santa Rosa, of good moral character, a holder of a college degree preferably in public administration, law or any other related course from a recognized college or university and a first grade civil service eligible or its equivalent. He must have acquired experience in management and administrative work for at least five (5) years immediately preceding the date of his appointment.

(B) The term of the city administrator is coterminous with that of his appointing authority.

(C) The city administrator shall take charge of the City Administration Office, and shall:

(1) Develop plans and strategies and, upon approval thereof by the city mayor, implement the same, particularly those which have to do with the management and administration-related programs and projects which the city mayor is empowered to implement and which the sanggunian panlungsod is empowered to provide for under the Local Government Code of 1991;

(2) In addition to the foregoing duties and functions, the city administrator shall:

(a) Assist in the coordination of the work of all the officials of the City under the supervision, direction and control of the city mayor and, for this purpose, he may convene the chiefs of offices and other officials of the City;

(b) Establish and maintain a sound personnel program for the City designed to promote career development and uphold the merit principle in the local government service; and

(c) Conduct a continuing organizational development of the City, with the end in view of instituting effective administrative reforms;

(3) Be in the frontline of the delivery of administrative support services, particularly those related to the situations during and in the aftermath of man-made and natural disasters and calamities;

(4) Recommend to the sangguniang panlungsod and advise the city mayor on all matters relative to the management and administration of the City; and

(5) Perform such other duties and functions and exercise such other powers as provided for under the Local Government Code of 1991 and those that are prescribed by law or ordinance.

SEC. 37. The City Legal Officer. – (A) The city legal officer must be a citizen of the Philippines, a resident of the City of Santa Rosa, of good moral character and a member of the Philippine bar. He must have practiced his profession for at least five (5) years immediately preceding the date of his appointment.

(B) The term of the city legal officer shall be coterminous with that of his appointing authority.

(C) The city legal officer shall receive such compensation, emoluments and allowances as may be determined by law.

(D) The city legal officer, the chief legal counsel of the City, shall take charge of the Office of the City Legal Service, and shall:

(1) Formulate measures for the consideration of the sangguniang panlungsod and provide legal assistance and support to the city mayor in carrying out the delivery of basic services and the provision of adequate facilities;

(2) Develop plans and strategies and, upon approval thereof by the city mayor, implement the same, particularly those which have to do with programs and projects related to legal services which the city mayor is empowered to implement and which the sangguniang panlungsod is empowered to provide for under the Local Government Code of 1991;

(3) In addition to the foregoing duties and functions, the city legal officer shall:

(a) Represent the City in all civil actions and special proceedings wherein the City or any official thereof, in his official capacity, is a party: Provided, That, in actions or proceedings where the City is a party adverse to the provincial government or to another component city or municipality, a special legal officer may be employed to represent the adverse party;

(b) When required by the city mayor or sanggunian, draft ordinances, contracts, bonds, leases and other instruments involving any instruments already drawn;

(c) Render his opinion in writing on any question of law when requested to do so by the city mayor or sanggunian;

(d) Investigate or cause to be investigated any local official or employee for administrative neglect or misconduct in office and recommend the appropriate action to the city mayor or sanggunian, as the case may be;

(e) When directed by the city mayor or sanggunian, initiate and prosecute, in the interests of the City, any civil action on any bond, lease or other contract upon any breach or violation thereof; and

(f) Review and submit recommendation on ordinances approved and executive orders issued by component units;

(4) Recommend measures to the sangguniang panlungsod and advise the city mayor on all matters related to upholding the rule of law;

(5) Be in the frontline of protecting human rights and prosecuting any violations thereof, particularly those which occur during and in the aftermath of man-made or natural disasters and calamities; and

(6) Perform such other duties and functions and exercise such other powers as provided for under the Local Government Code of 1991 and those that are prescribed by law or ordinance.

SEC. 38. The City Social Welfare and Development Officer. – (a) The city social welfare and development officer must be a citizen of the Philippines, a resident of the City of Santa Rosa, of good moral character, a duly licensed social worker or a holder of a college degree preferably in sociology or any other related course from a recognized college or university and a first grade civil service eligible or its equivalent. He must have acquired experience in the practice of social work for at least five (5) years immediately preceding the date of his appointment.

(b) The city social welfare and development officer shall receive such compensation, emoluments and allowances as may be determined by law.

(c) The city social welfare and development officer shall take charge of the Office of Social Welfare and Development, and shall:

(1) Formulate measures for the approval of the sangguniang panlungsod and provide technical assistance and support to the city mayor in carrying out measures to ensure the delivery of basic services and the provision of adequate facilities relative to social welfare and development services;

(2) Develop plans and strategies and, upon approval thereof by the city mayor, implement the same, particularly those which have to do with social welfare programs and projects which the city mayor is empowered to implement and which the sangguniang panlungsod is empowered to provide for under the Local Government Code of 1991;

(3) Be in the frontline of delivery of services particularly those which have to do with immediate relief and assistance during and in the aftermath of man-made and natural disasters and calamities;

(4) Recommend to the sangguniang panlungsod and advise the city mayor on all other matters related to social welfare and development services which will improve the livelihood and living conditions of the inhabitants; and

(5) Perform such other duties and functions and exercise such other powers as provided for under the Local Government Code of 1991 and those that are prescribed by law or ordinance.

SEC. 39. The City Veterinarian. – (A) The city veterinarian must be a citizen of the Philippines, a resident of the City of Santa Rosa, of good moral character and a licensed doctor of veterinary medicine. He must have practiced his profession for at least three (3) years immediately preceding the date of his appointment.

(B) The city veterinarian shall receive such compensation, emoluments and allowances as may be determined by law.

(C) The city veterinarian shall take charge of the Office of Veterinarian Service, and shall:

(1) Formulate measures for consideration of the sangguniang panlungsod and provide technical assistance and support to the city mayor in carrying out measures to ensure the delivery of basic services and the provision of adequate facilities;

(2) Develop plans and strategies and, upon approval thereof by the city mayor, implement the same, particularly those which have to do with veterinary-related activities which the city mayor is empowered to implement and which the sangguniang panlungsod is empowered to provide for under the Local Government Code of 1991;

(3) In addition to the foregoing duties and functions, the city veterinarian shall:

(a) Advise the city mayor on all matters pertaining to the slaughter of animals for human consumption and the regulation of slaughterhouses;

(b) Regulate the keeping of domestic animals;

(c) Regulate and inspect poultry, milk and dairy products for public consumption;

(d) Enforce all laws and regulations for the prevention of cruelty to animals; and

(e) Take the necessary measures to eradicate, prevent or cure all forms of animal diseases;

(4) Be in the frontline of veterinary-related activities, such as the outbreak of highly contagious and deadly diseases and in situations resulting in the depletion of animals for work and for human consumption, particularly those arising from and in the aftermath of man-made and natural disasters and calamities;

(5) Recommend to the sangguniang panlungsod and advise the city mayor on all matters relative to veterinary-service which will increase the number and improve the quality of livestock, poultry and other domestic animals used for work or human consumption; and

(6) Perform such other duties and functions and exercise such other powers as provided for under the Local Government Code of 1991 and those that are prescribed by law or ordinance.

SEC. 40. The City General Services Officer. – (A) The city general services officer must be a citizen of the Philippines, a resident of the City of Santa Rosa, of good moral character, a holder of a college degree in public administration, business administration or management from a recognized college or university and a first grade civil service eligible or its equivalent. He must have acquired experience in general services, including management of supply, solid waste disposal and general sanitation for at least (5) years immediately preceding the date of his appointment.

(B) The city general services officer shall receive such compensation, emoluments and allowances as may be determined by law.

(C) The city general services officer shall take charge of the Office of the General Services, and shall:

(1) Formulate measures for the consideration of the sangguniang panlungsod and provide technical assistance and support to the city mayor in carrying out measures to ensure the delivery of basic services and the provision of adequate facilities which require general services expertise and technical support service;

(2) Develop plans and strategies and, upon approval thereof by the city mayor, implement the same, particularly those which have to do with the general services supportive of the welfare of the inhabitants of the City which the city mayor is empowered to implement and which the sangguniang panlungsod is empowered to provide for under the Local Government Code of 1991;

(3) In addition to the foregoing duties and functions, the city general services officer shall:

(a) Take custody of and be accountable for all properties, real or personal, owned by the City and those granted to it in the form of donation, reparation, assistance and counterpart of joint projects;

(b) With the approval of the city mayor, assign building or land space to local officials or other public officials who, by law, are entitled to space;

(c) Recommend to the city mayor the reasonable rental rates for local government properties, whether real or personal, which will be leased to public or private entities, owned by the City;

(d) Recommend to the city mayor reasonable rental rates for private properties which may be leased for the official use of the City;

(e) Maintain and supervise janitorial, security, landscaping and other related services in all local government public buildings and other real property, whether owned or leased by the City;

(f) Collate and disseminate information regarding prices, shipping and other costs of supplies and other items commonly used by the City;

(g) Perform archival and record management with respect to records of offices and developments of the City; and

(h) Perform all other functions pertaining to supply and property management heretofore performed by the local government treasurer and enforce policies on records creation, maintenance and disposal;

(4) Be in the frontline of general services-related activities, such as the possible and imminent destruction or damage to records, supplies, properties and structure materials or debris particularly during and in the aftermath of man-made and natural disasters and calamities;

(5) Recommend to the sangguniang panlungsod and advise the city mayor on all matters relative to general services; and

(6) Perform such other duties and functions and exercise such other powers as provided for under the Local Government Code of 1991 and those that are prescribed by law or ordinance.

SEC. 41. The City Environment and Natural Resources Officer. – (A) The city environment and natural resources officer must be a citizen of the Philippines, a resident of the City of Santa Rosa, of good moral character, a holder of a college degree preferably in environment, forestry, agriculture or any other related course from a recognized college or university and a first grade civil service eligible or its equivalent. He must have acquired experience in environment and natural resources management, conservation and utilization work for at least five (5) years immediately preceding the date of his appointment.

(B) The city environment and natural resources officer shall receive such compensation, emoluments and allowances as may be determined by law.

(C) The city environment and natural resources officer shall take charge of the Office of the Environment and Natural Resources, and shall:

(1) Formulate measures for the consideration of the sangguniang panlungsod and provide assistance and support to the city mayor in carrying out measures to ensure the delivery of basic services and the provision of adequate facilities relative to environment and natural resources service as provided for under Section 17 of the Local Government Code of 1991;

(2) Develop plans and strategies and, upon approval thereof by the city mayor, implement the same, particularly those which have to do with the environment and natural resources programs and projects which the city mayor is empowered to implement and which the sangguniang panlungsod is empowered to provide for under the Local Government Code of 1991;

(3) In addition to the foregoing duties and functions, the city environment and natural resources officer shall:

(a) Establish, maintain, protect and preserve communal forests, watersheds, tree parks, mangroves, greenbelts, commercial forests and similar forest projects, like industrial tree farms and agro-forestry projects;

(b) Provide extension service to beneficiaries of forest development projects and render assistance for natural resources-related conservation and utilization activities consistent with ecological balance;

(c) Promote the small-scale mining and utilization of mineral resources, particularly the mining of gold; and

(d) Coordinate with government agencies and nongovernmental organizations in the implementation of measures to prevent and control land, air and water pollution, with the assistance of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources;

(4) Be in the frontline of the delivery of services concerning the environment and natural resources, particularly in the renewal and rehabilitation of the environment during and in the aftermath of man-made and natural disasters and calamities;

(5) Recommend to the sangguniang panlungsod and advise the city mayor on all matters relative to protection, conservation, maximum utilization, application of appropriate technology and other matters related to the environment and natural resources; and

(6) Perform such other duties and functions and exercise such other powers as provided for under the Local Government Code of 1991 and those that are prescribed by law or ordinance.

SEC. 42. The City Architect. – (A) The city architect must be a citizen of the Philippines, a resident of the City of Santa Rosa, of good moral character and a duly licensed architect. He must have practiced his profession for at least five (5) years immediately preceding the date of his appointment.

(B) The city architect shall receive such compensation, emoluments and allowances as may be determined by law.

(C) The city architect shall take charge of the Office of the Architectural Planning and Design, and shall:

(1) Formulate measures for the consideration of the sangguniang panlungsod and provide technical assistance and support to the city mayor in carrying out measures to ensure the delivery of basic services and the provision of adequate facilities relative to architectural planning and design;

(2) Develop plans and strategies and, upon approval thereof by the city mayor, implement the same, particularly those which have to do with architectural planning and design programs and projects which the city mayor is empowered to implement and which the sangguniang panlungsod is empowered to provide for under the Local Government Code of 1991;

(3) In addition to the foregoing duties and functions, the city architect shall:

(a) Prepare and recommend for consideration of the sanggunian, the architectural plan and design for the City or a part thereof, including the renewal of slums and blighted areas, land reclamation activities, the greening of land, and appropriate planning of marine and foreshore areas;

(b) Review and recommend for appropriate action of the sanggunian or mayor as the case may be, the architectural plans and designs submitted by governmental and nongovernmental entities or individuals particularly those for undeveloped, underdeveloped and poorly-designed areas; and

(c) Coordinate with government and non-government entities and individuals involved in the aesthetics and the maximum utilization of the land and water within the jurisdiction of the City, compatible with environmental integrity and ecological balance;

(4) Be in the frontline of the delivery of services involving architectural planning and design, particularly those related to the redesigning of spatial distribution of basic facilities and physical structures during and in the aftermath of man-made and natural disasters and calamities;

(5) Recommend to the sangguniang panlungsod and advise the city mayor on all matters relative to architectural planning and design as it relates to the total socioeconomic development of the city; and

(6) Perform such other duties and functions and exercise such other powers as provided for under the Local Government Code of 1991 and those that are prescribed by law or ordinance.

SEC. 43. The City Information Officer. – (A) The city information officer must be a citizen of the Philippines, a resident of the City of Santa Rosa, of good moral character, a holder of a college degree preferably in journalism or mass communications or any related course from a recognized college or university and a first grade civil service eligible or its equivalent. He must have acquired experience in writing articles and research papers or writing for print, television or broadcast media for at least five (5) years immediately preceding the date of his appointment.

(B) The city information officer shall receive such compensation, emoluments and allowances as may be determined by law.

(C) The city information officer shall take charge of the Office on Public Information, and shall:

(1) Formulate measures for the consideration of the sangguniang panlungsod and provide technical assistance and support to the city mayor in providing the information and research data required for the delivery of basic services and the provision of adequate facilities so that the public becomes aware of said services and may fully avail of the same;

(2) Develop plans and strategies and, upon approval thereof by the mayor, implement the same, particularly those which have to do with public information and research data to support programs and projects which the city mayor is empowered to implement and which the sangguniang panlungsod is empowered to provide for under the Local Government Code 1991;

(3) In addition to the foregoing duties and functions, the city information officer shall:

(a) Provide relevant, adequate and timely information to the City and its residents;

(b) Furnish information and data on the City to government agencies or offices as may be required by law or ordinance and nongovernmental organizations to be furnished to said agencies and organizations; and

(c) Maintain effective liaison with the various sectors of the community on matters and issues that affect the livelihood and the quality of life of the inhabitants and encourage support for programs of the local and national governments;

(4) Be in the frontline in providing information during and in the aftermath of man-made and natural disasters and calamities, with special attention to the victims thereof, to help minimize injuries and casualties during and after the emergency, and to accelerate relief and rehabilitation;

(5) Recommend to the sangguniang panlungsod and advise the city mayor on all matters relative to public information and research data as it relates to the total socioeconomic development of the City; and

(6) Perform such other duties and functions and exercise such other powers as provided for under the Local Government Code of 1991 and those that are prescribed by law or ordinance.

SEC. 44. The City Cooperatives Officer. – (A) The city cooperatives officer must be a citizen of the Philippines, a resident of the City of Santa Rosa, of good moral character, a holder of a college degree preferably in business administration with special training on cooperatives or any related course from a recognized college or university and a first grade civil service eligible or its equivalent. He must have acquired experience in cooperatives development for at least five (5) years immediately preceding the date of his appointment.

(B) The city cooperatives officer shall receive such compensation, emoluments and allowances as may be determined by law.

(C) The city cooperatives officer shall take charge of the Office for the Development of Cooperatives, and shall:

(1) Formulate measures for the consideration of the sangguniang panlungsod and provide technical assistance and support to the city mayor in carrying out measures to ensure the delivery of basic services and the provision of facilities through the development of cooperatives, and providing access to such services and facilities;

(2) Develop plans and strategies and, upon approval thereof by the city mayor, implement the same, particularly those which have to do with the integration of cooperatives principle and methods in programs and projects which the city mayor is empowered to implement and which the sangguniang panlungsod is empowered to provide for under the Local Government Code of 1991;

(3) In addition to the foregoing duties and functions, the city cooperatives officer shall:

(a) Assist in the organization of cooperatives:

(b) Provide technical and other forms of assistance to existing cooperatives to enhance their viability as an economic enterprise and social organization; and

(c) Assist cooperatives in establishing linkages with government agencies and nongovernmental organizations involved in the promotion and integration of the concept of cooperatives in the livelihood of the people and other community activities;

(4) Be in the frontline of cooperatives organization, rehabilitation or viability enhancement, particularly during and in the aftermath of man-made and natural disasters and calamities, to aid in their survival and, if necessary, subsequent rehabilitation;

(5) Recommend to the sangguniang panlungsod and advise the city mayor on all other matters relative to cooperatives development and viability enhancement which will improve the livelihood and quality of life of the inhabitants; and

(6) Perform such other duties and functions and exercise such other powers as provided for under the Local Government Code of 1991 and those that are prescribed by law or ordinance. ASTDCH

SEC. 45. The City Population Officer. – (A) The city population officer must be a citizen of the Philippines, a resident of the City of Santa Rosa, of good moral character, a holder of a college degree preferably with specialized training in population development from a recognized college or university and a first grade civil service eligible or its equivalent. He must have acquired experience in the implementation of programs on population development or responsible parenthood for at least five (5) years immediately preceding the date of his appointment.

(B) The city population officer shall receive such compensation, emoluments and allowances as may be determined by law.

(C) The city population officer shall take charge of the Office on Population Development, and shall:

(1) Formulate measures for the consideration of the sangguniang panlungsod and provide technical assistance and support to the city mayor in carrying out measures to ensure the delivery of basic services and provision of adequate facilities relative to the integration of the population development principles and in providing access to said services and facilities;

(2) Develop plans and strategies and, upon approval thereof by the city mayor, implement the same, particularly those which have to do with the integration of population development principles and methods in programs and projects which the city mayor is empowered to implement and which the sangguniang panlungsod is empowered to provide for under the Local Government Code of 1991;

(3) In addition to the foregoing duties and functions, the city population officer, shall:

(a) Assist the city mayor in the implementation of the constitutional provisions relative to population development and the promotion of responsible parenthood;

(b) Establish and maintain an updated data bank for program operations, development, planning and an educational program to ensure people’s participation in and understanding of population development; and

(c) Implement appropriate training programs responsive to the cultural heritage of the inhabitants;

(4) Perform such other duties and functions and exercise such other powers as provided for under the Local Government Code of 1991 and those that are prescribed by law or ordinance.

SEC. 46. The City Agriculturist. – (A) The city agriculturist must be a citizen of the Philippines, a resident of the City of Santa Rosa, of good moral character, a holder of a college degree preferably in agriculture or any other related course from a recognized college or university and a first grade civil service eligible or its equivalent. He must have practiced his profession in agriculture or acquired the experience preceding the date of his appointment.

(B) The city agriculturist shall receive such compensation, emoluments and allowances as may be determined by law.

(C) The city agriculturist shall take charge of the Office for Agricultural Services, and shall:

(1) Formulate measures for the approval of the sangguniang panlungsod and provide technical assistance and support to the city mayor in carrying out measures to ensure the delivery of basic services and the provision of adequate facilities relative to agricultural services;

(2) Develop plans and strategies and, upon approval thereof by the city mayor, implement the same, particularly those which have to do with agricultural programs and projects which the city mayor is empowered to implement and which the sangguniang panlungsod is empowered to provide for under the Local Government Code of 1991;

(3) In addition to the foregoing duties and functions, the city agriculturist shall:

(a) Ensure that maximum assistance and access to resources in the production, processing and marketing of agricultural and aquaculture and marine products are extended to farmers, fishermen and local entrepreneurs;

(b) Conduct or cause to be conducted location-specific agricultural researches and assist in making available the appropriate technology arising out of and disseminating information on basic research on crops, prevention and control of plant diseases and pests and other agricultural matters which will maximize productivity;

(c) Assist the city mayor in the establishment and extension services of demonstration farms on aquaculture and marine products;

(d) Enforce rules and regulations relating to agriculture and aquaculture; and

(e) Coordinate with government agencies and nongovernmental organizations which promote agricultural productivity through appropriate technology compatible with environmental integrity;

(4) Be in the frontline of the delivery of basic agricultural services, particularly those needed for the survival of the inhabitants during and in the aftermath of man-made and natural disasters and calamities;

(5) Recommend to the sangguniang panlungsod and advise the city mayor on all other matters related to agriculture and aquaculture which will improve the livelihood and living conditions of the inhabitants; and

(6) Perform such other duties and functions and exercise such other powers as provided for under the Local Government Code of 1991 and those that are prescribed by law or ordinance.

ARTICLE VIII

THE CITY FIRE STATION SERVICE, THE CITY JAIL SERVICE,
THE CITY SCHOOLS DIVISION AND
THE CITY PROSECUTION SERVICE

SEC. 47. The City Fire Station Service. – (a) There shall be established in the City at least one (1) fire station with adequate personnel, fire fighting facilities and equipment, subject to the standards, rules and regulations that may be promulgated by the Department of the Interior and Local Government. The City shall provide the necessary land or site of the station.

(b) The city fire station service shall be headed by a city fire marshal whose qualifications shall be as those provided for under the Philippine National Police Law.

(c) The city fire station shall be responsible for the provision of various emergency services such as rescue and evacuation of injured people at fire related incidents and, in general, fire prevention and suppression measures to secure the safety of life and property of the citizenry.

SEC. 48. The City Jail Service. – (a) There shall be established and maintained in the City a secured, clean, adequately equipped and sanitary jail for the custody and safekeeping of prisoners, any fugitive from justice, or person detained awaiting investigation or trial and/or transfer to the national penitentiary, and/or violent mentally ill person who endangers himself or the safety of others, duly certified as such by the proper medical health officer, pending the transfer to a mental institution.

(b) The city jail service shall beheaded by a city jail warden who must be a graduate of a four (4) year course in psychology, psychiatry, sociology, nursing, social work or criminology, who shall assist in the immediate rehabilitation of individuals or detention of prisoners.

SEC. 49. The City Schools Division. – (a) The Department of Education shall establish and maintain a school division of the City of Santa Rosa whose area or jurisdiction will cover all the school districts within the City; and

(b) The city schools division shall be headed by a division superintendent who must possess the necessary qualification required by the Department of Education.

SEC. 50. The City Prosecution Service. – (a) There shall be established in the City a prosecution service to be headed by a city prosecutor and such number of assistant prosecutors as may be necessary, who shall be organizationally part of the Department of Justice and under the supervision and control of the Secretary of Justice and whose qualifications, manner of appointment, rank, salary and benefits shall be governed by existing laws covering prosecutors in the Department of Justice.

(b) The city prosecutor shall handle the criminal prosecution in the municipal trial courts in the City as well as in the regional trial courts for criminal cases originating in the territory of the City, and shall render to or for the City such services as are required by law, ordinance or regulation of the Department of Justice.

(c) The Secretary of Justice shall always assure the adequacy and quality of prosecution service in the City and for this purpose shall, in the absence or lack or insufficiency in number of city assistant prosecutors as provided hereinabove, designate from among the assistant provincial prosecutors a sufficient number to perform and discharge the functions of the city prosecution service as provided hereinabove.

ARTICLE IX

TRANSITORY AND FINAL PROVISIONS

SEC. 51. Municipal Ordinances Existing at the Time of the Approval of this Act. – All municipal ordinances of the Municipality of Santa Rosa existing at the time of the approval of this Act shall continue to be in force within the City of Santa Rosa until the sangguniang panlungsod ordinance shall provide otherwise.

SEC. 52. Plebiscite. – The City of Santa Rosa shall acquire corporate existence upon the ratification of its creation by a majority of the votes cast by the qualified voters in a plebiscite to be conducted in the present Municipality of Santa Rosa within thirty (30) days from the approval of this Act. The expenses for such plebiscite shall be borne by the Municipality of Santa Rosa. The Commission on Elections shall conduct and supervise such plebiscite.

SEC. 53. Officials of the City of Santa Rosa. – The present elective their powers and functions until such time that a new election is held and the duly elected officials shall have already qualified and assumed their offices. The appointive officials and employees of the Municipality of Santa Rosa shall likewise continue exercising their functions and duties and they shall be automatically absorbed by the City Government of Santa Rosa.

SEC. 54. Succession Clause. – The City of Santa Rosa shall succeed to all the assets, properties, liabilities and obligations of the Municipality of Santa Rosa.

SEC. 55. Election of Provincial Governor and Sangguniang Panlalawigan Members of the Province of Laguna. – The qualified voters of the City of Santa Rosa shall be qualified to vote and run for any elective position in the elections for provincial governor, provincial vice governor, sangguniang panlalawigan members and other elective offices for the Province of Laguna.

SEC. 56. Jurisdiction of the Province of Laguna. – The City of Santa Rosa shall, unless otherwise provided by law, continue to be under the jurisdiction of the Province of Laguna.

SEC. 57. Suspension of Increase in Rates of Local Taxes. – No increase in the rates of local taxes shall be imposed by the City within the period of five (5) years from its acquisition of corporate existence.

SEC. 58. Remittance of Taxes to the Province of Laguna. – All taxes for the year 2004 accruing to the Province of Laguna shall continue to be remitted until the end of the year.

SEC. 59. Representative District. – Until otherwise provided by law, the City of Santa Rosa shall continue to be a part of the First Congressional District of Laguna Province.

SEC. 60. Applicability of Laws. – The provisions of the Local Government Code of 1991 and such laws as are applicable to component cities shall govern the City of Santa Rosa insofar as they are not inconsistent with the provisions of this Act.

SEC. 61. Separability Clause. – If any part of this Act is declared invalid or unconstitutional, the other parts or provisions thereof shall remain valid and effective.

SEC. 62. Reservation. – Nothing herein contained shall preclude the determination by the appropriate agency or forum of boundary disputes or cases involving questions of territorial jurisdiction between the City of Santa Rosa and any of the adjoining local government units even after the effectivity of this Act.

SEC. 63. Repealing Clause. – All laws, decrees, rules and regulations or parts thereof inconsistent with the provisions of this Act are hereby repealed, amended or modified accordingly.

SEC. 64. Effectivity. – This Act shall take effect upon its publication in at least two (2) newspapers of general and local circulation.

Approved,

(Sgd.) FRANKLIN M. DRILON
President of the Senate

(Sgd.) JOSE DE VENECIA
Speaker of the House
of Representatives

This Act which originated in the House of Representatives was finally passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on February 3, 2004 and February 6, 2004, respectively.

(Sgd.) OSCAR G. YABES
Secretary of the Senate

(Sgd.) ROBERTO P. NAZARENO
Secretary General
House of Representatives

Approved: MAR 10 2004

(Sgd.) GLORIA MACAPAGAL-ARROYO
President of the Philippines

Source: CDAsia