Saturday, July 11, 2009
Among the pertinent Resolutions, Ordinances and initiatives introduced by Mr. Piano to improve the lives of city residents and make governance more effective, are the following:
“One Province, One Rate” Policy. He was responsible for the passage of a telecommunications resolution that enjoined telecommunications firms to adopt a “one province-one rate” policy that removed undue long-distance call charges. The un-relentless persuasion he applied to the telecom firms paved the way to adopt the policy. This means that residents of Olongapo, Zambales and Subic Bay Freeport can now make province wide landline or LL plus calls minus the extra charges.
2005 R – 11 - A RESOLUTION REQUIRING IMPLEMENTATION AND ENFORCEMENT OF ONE RATE, ONE PROVINCE POLICY AS MANDATED BY THE NATIONAL TELECOMMUNCIATIONS COMMISSION (NTC) MEMORANDUM CIRCULAR NO. 14-7-2000 TO PUBLIC TELECOMMUNCIATION ENTITIES CONCERNED
The resolution led to the deregulation of the city’s telecommunications sector and ended the long-time monopoly of existing provider who capitalized on the exclusivity clause of their permit to operate in the area. New major telecom players such as Globe Innove, Digitel, PLDT, Smart, SunCell and others came. This augured well for the establishment of Call Centers which for the longest time have shield away from operating in Olongapo Subic because of its non-compliance to the redundancy requirement. This also paved way for a free choice of service providers to both business sector and the consumers. To date, four BPOs, and KPOs have registered in the
2009 R – 29 – A RESOLUTION ENDORSING THE INTERCONENCTION OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS FACILITIES OF SUBIC-CLARK-TARLAC GROWTH CORRIDOR.
2009 R - 116 - A RESOLUTION ENJOINING ALL TELECOM SERVICE PROVIDERS IN OLONGAPO CITY, SUBIC BAY FREEPORT AND ZAMBALES TO IMMEDIATELY IMPLEMENT THE NATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATION COMMISSION MEMORANDUM CIRCULAR 09-07-2007 OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE INTERCONNECTION OF LOCAL EXCHANGE CARRIERS
As part of the Central Luzon Growth Triangle, both Subic and
Through legislation and actual implementation, Mr. Piano has harnessed the benefits of Information Technology for a faster and more efficient conduct of transactions with the city government and easy access to data and information.
Computerization System. – At this modern age of computers, he pushed for legislation to automate government transactions and records. The Unified Land Information System, Business Permit and Licensing, Real Property Tax Administration, Public Utilities Computerization, Hospital Information System and the Document Tracking System were all implemented during his watch as Chairman of the Committee on Information Technology and because of the city mayor’s trust and confidence to Mr. Piano, he was appointed as Chairman of the Information Technology Board thru Executive Order 84 series of 2004 which gave him executive power to oversee the computerization projects. This is intended to effectively and efficiently facilitate doing business with the city government and ensure that records are properly documented, safe and easy to access when needed. This resulted to faster service, less inconvenience for transacting residents and streamlined the processing of documents.
CONTRIBUTION TO EDUCATION
In 2004, Councilor Piano authored Ordinance No. 36 which established the legal basis for the creation and operation of the city college which was named
Today, the school is a full blown college offering a number of courses the standard of which is comparable, if not better, than those in Metro Manila. Parents no longer have to worry being separated from their children only to study some place else and, needless to say, their budgetary concerns have been eased.
He likewise supported the computerization of the school from internet connections for the use of students to the registrar’s records and every facet of the institution’s transactions and academic operations.
A Plaque of Recognition was given to Mr. Piano for having contributed to the growth and development of the college and in acknowledgment for his quest for excellence in education, the tribute was given on 20 February 2009 during
Transparency in Sangguniang Panlungsod
Mr. Piano believes that information should be readily available to the public so he took it upon himself, at no cost to the government, to undertake the computer archiving of City Ordinances and Sanggunian Resolutions starting from when Olongapo created in 1959 to the present. Now, students, researchers and other interested parties can easily have access to very important documents even in the comfort of their home, school of office and without going to the City Hall or Public Library. The www.sangunian.com with its full listing and on-line availability of such documents is a first among local government units. A thorough utilization of existing search engines will reveal that this project has not been fully replicated, although some have already started but not an LGU has gone to the full listing made by Mr. Piano for the City of
Three-in-One ID System using the Mobitron. An identification card installed with a built-in tracking system that can be used as valid ID by city residents such as drivers, vendors, government employees and other sectors who want to avail of it. This was put into use by the city government through a resolution initiated by Mr. Piano. Once swiped into a Mobitron device, it transmits information to a computer regarding, for example, how many traffic violations a driver has been ticketed for; or whether one has availed of a particular government service. The ID card also serves as a daily time record for government employees.
The Revenue Code
2007 O – 64 - AN ORDINANCE REPEALING ORDINANCE NO. 81, SERIES OF 2002 AND PROVIDING FOR THE “OLONGAPO CITY 2007 REVENUE CODE”
To achieve development while in financially difficult times, Mr. Piano made major changes to the city’s revenue code which would make doing business for SMEs easier without sacrificing the services that the city can give to its constituents where the funding source is from the city’s regulatory fees.
Material Recovery Ordinance. When
To avoid draining the city’s resources, Mr. Piano authored an environment-friendly, non-destructive quarrying ordinance allowing the private sector to collect accumulated volcanic sand for use as construction material from the city’s rivers for a fee. Aside from creating an additional source of revenue for the city government, the project minimized flooding while at the same time opened possible business opportunities.
MASS LAND TITLING. Councilor Piano being a member of the Mass Land Titling Taskforce assisted his constituents to realize their dream of having the land where they are living become officially theirs and documented by a land title, since when the project started, only 10% of the city’s land is titled. At the same time, the city government also gained from the sales tax and related fees that people paid to formalize their ownership of the land.
2006 R – 224 - A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CITY MAYOR TO ENTER INTO A MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT WITH THE WINNING BIDDER OF THE GIS, LAND MAPPING AND OTHER REVENUE GENERATING ACTIVITIES FOR THE CITY
2006 R – 196 - A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CITY MAYOR TO ENTER INTO A MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT AND MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH LAND ADMINISTRATION AGENCIES SUCH AS REGISTER OF DEEDS, DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES, NATIONAL MAPPING RESOURCE INFORMATION AUTHORITY AND NON GOVERNMENTAL ASSOCIATIONS SUCH AS GEODETIC ENGINEERS ASSOCIATION, SAMAHANG BUKLOD NAYON, INC., SAMAHANG PINAGPALANG KOMUNIDAD NG OLONGAPO, INC. AND OTHER SIMILAR ORGANIZATIONS RELATIVE TO THE CITY’S APPLICATION FOR A GRANT WITH THE INNOVATION SUPPORT FUND (ISF) UNDER THE LAND ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT PROJECT PHASE 2 (LAMP2) FUNDED BY THE AUSTRALIAN AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (AUSAID)
ENVIRONMENT FRIENDLY REVENUE CODE
Environment provisions were aptly included in the code which envisions a future if Olongapo being one with nature.
ORDINANCE NO. 45, SERIES OF 2005
TITLE: AN ORDINANCE PRESCRIBING FEES FOR QUARRYING OPERATINGS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES THERETO.
The purpose of this Ordinance is to:
a) Regulate quarrying/dredging operations in the territorial jurisdiction of the City of Olongapo and charge just, reasonable and affordable administrative, processing, inspection and monitoring fees to sustain effective implementation of this Ordinance;
b) Rehabilitate the city's river system;
c) Partially solve flooding problem in low lying areas;
d) Create additional roads to provide alternative access for residents near the river systems thereby easing traffic congestion in its peripheral roads; and
e) Resolve the perennial spontaneous combustion and fly/mosquito infestation problem in the city's landfill.
TAX ORDINANCE NO. 22 SERIES OF 2007
This Ordinance shall be known as the “Olongapo City 2007 Revenue Code”
Section 3D.10 Operation Cost - The cost of material extraction when the city’s dredging machine is utilized will be charged at a rate of actual operational cost plus the depreciation cost of the machine including its peripherals and accompanying buck hoe, loaders and dump trucks if utilized for the operation. The rates under this provision shall be based on the equipment rental standard used for government projects.
Revenue generated from this section shall be used to maintain the embankment of the city’s river system.
Telecom Board. Mr. Piano was the principle author of City Ordinance No. 24 Series of 2004 which created the Telecom Board. The body is tasked to monitor the construction of Telecom Cell Sites within the jurisdiction of Olongapo and the issuance of related permits. When before, Telecom companies just built cell sites without paying regulatory fees to the city government, now they are required to do so and are obliged to settle local fees and taxes of existing infrastructures before getting the nod to proceed with the project. This gave the city government substantial source of revenue.
2007 O - 46 - AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR ANNUAL PHYSICAL AND DENTAL CHECK-UP OF
Aware of the meagre salaries of ordinary government employees, Mr. Piano pushed for a legislation providing for a free annual medical/physical and dental check ups to all city government employees, including those with temporary status and on contractual basis. This lead to the city giving free medical and dental to jeepney/tricycle drivers and teachers.
SKILLS TRAINING and EMPLOYMENT GENERATION
While outside of the confines of the session hall, Mr. Piano continues to serve the people of Olongapo in various capacities. A tireless and dedicated public servant, he shares his expertise and ideas to whatever task is at hand to improve the lives of his constituents and help them realize their aspirations.
Being a Human Resource Development Specialist, Mr. Piano wholeheartedly shared his God-given gift to improve and uplift the lives of his constituents by giving them the required knowledge, skills and ability to qualify for jobs or pursue their ambition and have decent future in their chosen career.
Skills Training Program – Mr. Piano heads the Olongapo Skills Training Center which trains the unemployed and out-of-school youth in various skills and turn them into productive citizens who are globally competitive by equipping them with the requisites for landing jobs in the various companies and locators in Olongapo and the Subic Bay Freeport as well as overseas. Based on manpower computerized tracking system that the Center staff created, more than 7,000 workers have found gainful employment in welding, shipbuilding, computer, including languages (Korean, German). Majority of those who completed training as welders are now currently working at Hanjin Shipbuilding Company, one of the world’s largest shipbuilding company which has its shipyard in
Jobs Fair – Mr. Piano created the On-Line Jobs Matching Service www.jobs.subicbay.ph and/or www.jobs.olongapo-subic.com where job seekers in the city can find a list of job openings and mailing lists. It also provides useful data, private access and branch exchanges.
INNOVATION – With the task of training thousands of youths but with meager funding, Mr. Piano needed to come up with the solution of imparting the all important skill in welding… the eye – hand coordination. A steady hand is an ultimate necessity if a worker intends to produce high quality welds. But the prohibitive cost of consumable welding electrodes, mild steel plates for practice and the cost of electricity could drain funding and eventually stop the training program… a situation more costly and will deprive those who wish to learn the trade and realize their dream of becoming a shipbuilder.
The opportunity is within reach but the stumbling block appears insurmountable that as a leader, Mr. Piano must think fast and come up with an effective yet cost efficient solution to the problem.
He utilized today’s latest tool to look for solution… the internet, and learned that advanced nations are now using a VIRTUAL WELDER TRAINOR. Offshoots of flight simulators which have already save hundreds of lives not to mention immeasurable cost savings to both the airline industry and the military.
But the Virtual Welding Trainor invented in
Mr. Piano studied the concept behind the US invented virtual welder trainor and using his long years of experience in the trade, adopted a local version at minimal cost but with the same effectiveness as proven by the more than eight thousand trainees who have used it.
But it’s not only cost savings that make Mr. Piano’s invention worthwhile, the trainees can practice as long as they like minus the hazards of smoke, burns, eye strain and even made the training enjoyable so that after they have gained the skill and confidence, proceeding the actual arc welding becomes easier.
Photos shows job fair participants trying out the Virtual Welder Trainor. It’s always a big hit during jobs fair that it made job seekers realize that welding trade is not as hard as they first thought; thereby making them decide to enroll in the free training program and eventually become shipbuilders themselves. Videos of this invention in action can be seen at you tube including videos when it was featured in ABS-CBN channel 2 and ANC News.
TESDA Kabalikat Awardee. His effective management of the City Skills Training has been acknowledged by TESDA and Mr. Piano was chosen as a provincial and regional winner and was a runner-up for the national category.
Guam Task Force – As head of the Guam Task Force, Mr. Piano closely coordinates with his Guam counterparts regarding the employment of Olongapo’s skilled workers to the American territory which is expected to require huge manpower for the expansion of the U.S. military facility there triggered by the transfer of the U.S. base from Okinawa, Japan to Guam.
To date, Mr. Piano’s office is deluged with applications from former base workers who will be given hiring priority in the ongoing
A website www.Guam-OFW.com and mailing list was created by Mr. Piano to regularly update those who are interested in
N.G.O.s and Other Important Activities / Achievements
Boy Scouts of the
ON-LINE NEWS. Olongapo
EDUCATION AND MANPOWER DEVELOPMENT: Audio and Video Streaming and a Campus Radio to continue and enhance cyber-skills-development, foreign language training and open college system. Cost of Project P40,000
An Ordinance creating waterways monitoring task force and leading the advocacy to save our rivers and the Olongapo and Subic Bays
Authored 2009 R – 94 - A Resolution Enjoining LGUs, SBMA and NGOs around
Equipment needed: Water pollution monitoring devices (Turbidimeter, pH Meter, Fecal Coliform kits, etc) seed money P60,000
In view of the aforementioned accomplishments and on-going projects as Councilor with a string of Ordinances that led to the empowerment of his constituents through employment, education, information technology development, health care coverage and the removal of constraints to enjoy the benefits of modern telecommunications by abolishing monopoly in the local telecommunications sector;
In lieu of his efforts that paved the way for more efficient and transparent transactions between the city government and the taxpayers, generating additional revenue for the city coffers, streamlining the bureaucracy and on-line information dissemination as well as creating an accessible archive for public documents;
For bringing the government closer to the people by regularly conducting dialogues with the local populace and acting on their complaints and making sure that pertinent ordinances are attuned with the needs of his constituents as what councillors ought to do;
For living up to the ideals of a public servant who goes beyond his mandated duties to further serve the interest and welfare of his community;
We hereby submit the nomination of Councilor Edwin Piano to “The Outstanding Councilor of the Philippines 2009.”