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REPUBLIC ACTS

REPUBLIC ACT NO. 8806

AN ACT CREATING THE CITY OF SORSOGON BY MERGING THE MUNICIPALITIES OF BACON AND SORSOGON IN THE PROVINCE OF SORSOGON AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR.
 


ARTICLE I
General Provisions

Section 1.    Title. — This Act shall be known as the "Charter of the City of Sorsogon." 

Sec. 2.    Creation and Merger. — There is hereby created a new city in the Province of Sorsogon by merging the municipalities of Bacon and Sorsogon to be known as Sorsogon City, hereinafter referred to as the City.

Sec. 3.    Component of the Province and Congressional District. — The City shall be a component of the Province of Sorsogon and shall remain part of the First Congressional District of the province. As such, the qualified and registered voters of the City shall continue to vote for elective provincial officials and for the representative in the First Congressional District of Sorsogon.  

Sec. 4.    Territorial Jurisdiction. — The territorial jurisdiction of the City shall be within the following metes and bounds:

Bounded on the Southeast, along lines 1-7 by Sorsogon Bay; on the West along lines 7-100 by the Municipality of Castilla (CAD 530, Castilla Cadastre); on the Northwest, along lines 100 to 162 by the Municipality of Manito, Province of Albay (CAD 595, Manito Cadastre); on the North along lines 162 to 605 by Albay Gulf; on the East along lines 605 to 765 by the Municipality of Prieto Diaz (Pls-792); on the Southeast along lines 765 to 973 by Municipality of Gubat (CAD 308-D, Gubat Cadastre); on the Southwest along lines 973 to 976 by the Municipality of Casiguran (CAD-692-D, Casiguran Cadastre); on the South along lines 976 to 1167-1 by Sorsogon Bay.

Beginning at a point marked "1" on plan being N 86.28 W, 13,222.43 m. From BLLM No. 1, Cad-192, D Sorsogon Cadastre, thence. 

LINE    BEARING    DISTANCE

1 - 2    N51 - 17W    165.43 m.
2 - 3    S78 - 32W    251.37 m.
3 - 4    S26 - 17E    270.28 m.
4 - 5    S32 - 00W    94.34 m.
5 - 6    S38 - 12E    127.25 m.
6 - 7    S34 - 36W    490.81 m.
7 - 8    N13 - 33W    405.29 m.
8 - 9    N22 - 23W    275.77 m.
9 - 10    N29 - 59E    155.85 m.
10 - 11    S86 - 02E    72.17 m.
11 - 12    N41 - 06W    603.85 m.
12 - 13    N14 - 45E    39.29 m.
13 - 14    N11 - 08W    129.44 m.
14 - 15    N09 - 20W    154.05 m.
15 - 16    N30 - 22W    148.35 m.
16 - 17    N14 - 57E    166.64 m.
17 - 18    N01 - 18E    44.01 m.
18 - 19    N54 - 41W    29.41 m.
19 - 20    N06 - 52E    83.60 m.
20 - 21    N04 - 24E    65.19 m.
21 - 22    N45 - 48E    50.21 m.
22 - 23    N33 - 41E    39.66 m.
23 - 24    N00 - 04W    87.01 m.
24 - 25    N52 - 48E    67.80 m.
25 - 26    N63 - 30E    110.85 m.
26 - 27    N16 - 54W    93.58 m.
27 - 28    N53 - 12W    119.88 m.
28 - 29    N06 - 20W    163.00 m.
29 - 30    N37 - 51W    164.62 m.
30 - 31    N27 - 17E    106.89 m.
31 - 32    N30 - 38W    145.26 m.
32 - 33    N17 - 39W    115.43 m.
33 - 34    N68 - 38E    123.49 m.
34 - 35    N07 - 36E    151.33 m.
35 - 36    N48 - 49W    106.30 m.
36 - 37    N15 - 57W    109.20 m.
37 - 38    N42 - 53W    133.73 m.
38 - 39    N06 - 35W    52.35 m.
39 - 40    N19 - 46E    109.44 m.
40 - 41    N48 - 01E    40.36 m.
41 - 42    N34 - 01E    144.78 m.
42 - 43    N04 - 02W    85.21 m.
43 - 44    N30 - 58E    320.70 m.
44 - 45    N10 - 54W    105.71 m.
45 - 46    N20 - 33E    170.88 m.
46 - 47    N09 - 56E    203.04 m.
47 - 48    N26 - 33W    190.05 m.
48 - 49    N17 - 20E    83.81 m.
49 - 50    N02 - 12W    130.10 m.
50 - 51    N03 - 35W    80.16 m.
51 - 52    N42 - 43W    88.46 m.
52 - 53    N74 - 03W    109.20 m.
53 - 54    N46 - 43W    94.79 m.
54 - 55    N75 - 15W    78.59 m.
55 - 56    S78 - 28W    100.02 m.
56 - 57    N69 - 41E    28.78 m.
57 - 58    N21 - 48E    80.78 m.
58 - 59    N08 - 08E    35.36 m.
59 - 60    N45 - 56E    43.14 m.
60 - 61    N36 - 36W    43.60 m.
61 - 62    N10 - 07W    56.89 m.
62 - 63    N74 - 56W    53.85 m.
63 - 64    N46 - 51E    43.86 m.
64 - 65    N03 - 49E    15.03 m.
65 - 66    N31 - 48W    58.83 m.
66 - 67    N04 - 34W    25.08 m.
67 - 68    N55 - 05W    64.64 m.
68 - 69    N19 - 39W    29.73 m.
69 - 70    N43 - 09E    65.80 m.
70 - 71    N03 - 43W    77.16 m.
71 - 72    N03 - 49E    75.17 m.
72 - 73    N53 - 08E    50.00 m.
73 - 74    N13 - 30E    51.42 m.
74 - 75    N19 - 30W    50.92 m.
75 - 76    N07 - 42E    37.34 m.
76 - 77    N43 - 29E    101.72 m.
77 - 78    S75 - 58E    41.23 m.
78 - 79    N71 - 56E    48.38 m.
79 - 80    N34 - 26E    42.44 m.
80 - 81    N58 - 00E    37.74 m.
81 - 82    N03 - 26E    50.09 m.
82 - 83    N54 - 28E    8.60 m.
83 - 84    N79 - 53E    28.44 m.
84 - 85    N10 - 18W    55.90 m.
85 - 86    N34 - 26E    42.44 m.
86 - 87    N20 - 33W    42.72 m.
87 - 88    N66 - 30W    50.16 m.
88 - 89    N12 - 18E    56.29 m.
89 - 90    N59 - 02E    29.15 m.
90 - 91    N16 - 31W    31.29 m.
91 - 92    N42 - 49E    20.45 m.
92 - 93    N28 - 37W    62.65 m.
93 - 94    N08 - 45W    65.76 m.
94 - 95    N41 - 38W    60.21 m.
95 - 96    N53 - 08W    25.00 m.
96 - 97    N19 - 39W    74.33 m.
97 - 98    N01 - 32E    150.05 m.
98 - 99    N25 - 38E    166.39 m.
99 - 100    N50 - 15E    234.20 m.
100 - 101    N60 - 45E    1119.95 m.
101 - 102    S60 - 45E    1695.66 m.
102 - 103    S76 - 04E    1487.57 m.
103 - 104    N37 - 59E    3453.16 m.
104 - 105    N12 - 19W    5613.07 m.
105 - 106    N60 - 54E    402.79 m.
106 - 107    N42 - 12E    189.37 m.
107 - 108    N67 - 17E    46.64 m.
108 - 109    S48 - 24E    74.45 m.
109 - 110    N20 - 21W    23.29 m.
110 - 111    N37 - 03E    67.78 m.
111 - 112    N16 - 44E    46.88 m.
112 - 113    N36 - 44E    53.04 m.
113 - 114    N21 - 00W    56.02 m.
114 - 115    N57 - 11E    36.53 m.
115 - 116    N20 - 21E    28.73 m.
116 - 117    N55 - 22E    37.02 m.
117 - 118    N05 - 50E    118.07 m.
118 - 119    N25 - 54E    35.11 m.
119 - 120    N37 - 35W    45.00 m.
120 - 121    N67 - 42W    26.19 m.
121 - 122    N44 - 50W    27.91 m.
122 - 123    N31 - 29E    12.89 m.
123 - 124    N10 - 52E    21.97 m.
124 - 125    N42 - 15W    29.51 m.
125 - 126    N67 - 22W    18.24 m.
126 - 127    N11 - 32E    9.40 m.
127 - 128    N45 - 46E    36.81 m.
128 - 129    S84 - 13E    27.88 m.
129 - 130    N13 - 09E    16.52 m.
130 - 131    N23 - 38W    13.87 m.
131 - 132    N45 - 47W    68.71 m.
132 - 133    N30 - 15E    38.50 m.
133 - 134    N44 - 41E    11.72 m.
134 - 135    S85 - 57E    24.36 m.
135 - 136    N56 - 26E    21.77 m.
136 - 137    N04 - 12E    6.42 m.
137 - 138    N09 - 04W    35.72 m.
138 - 139    N58 - 24W    40.87 m.
139 - 140    N19 - 17W    20.38 m.
140 - 141    N02 - 51E    41.12 m.
141 - 142    N04 - 08W    61.92 m.
142 - 143    N22 - 03E    48.13 m.
143 - 144    N12 - 20W    50.26 m.
144 - 145    N22 - 01W    36.21 m.
145 - 146    N63 - 29W    14.43 m.
146 - 147    N29 - 14W    6.92 m.
147 - 148    N43 - 49W    27.56 m.
148 - 149    S09 - 54W    35.91 m.
149 - 150    S43 - 17W    27.31 m.
150 - 151    S10 - 00W    39.48 m.
151 - 152    N75 - 07W    15.70 m.
153 - 154    N27 - 30W    39.48 m.
154 - 155    N09 - 38W    46.70 m.
155 - 156    N73 - 33W    102.65 m.
156 - 157    N00 - 55W    41.48 m.
157 - 158    N27 - 10W    36.73 m.
158 - 159    N43 - 04W    31.19 m.
159 - 160    N27 - 27W    26.20 m.
160 - 161    N74 - 28W    48.10 m.
161 - 162    N04 - 06E    368.85 m.
162 - 163    N13 - 58W    50.03 m.
163 - 164    S85 - 33E    240.13 m.
164 - 165    N68 - 14E    58.61 m.
165 - 166    N72 - 49E    56.53 m.
166 - 167    S60 - 54E    82.15 m.
167 - 168    S61 - 30E    106.83 m.
168 - 169    S66 - 58E    63.27 m.
169 - 170    S79 - 37E    115.71 m.
170 - 171    N89 - 45E    6.72 m.
171 - 172    S84 - 44E    56.61 m.
172 - 173    N89 - 58E    47.68 m.
173 - 174    N87 - 13E    44.59 m.
174 - 175    S67 - 11E    57.59 m.
175 - 176    S66 - 52E    148.49 m.
176 - 177    S58 - 27E    48.09 m.
177 - 178    S61 - 49E    207.55 m.
178 - 179    S18 - 43E    20.22 m.
179 - 180    S41 - 06E    70.45 m.
180 - 181    S79 - 02E    69.57 m.
181 - 182    S36 - 06E    84.99 m.
182 - 183    S40 - 27E    61.52 m.
183 - 184    S19 - 40E    141.37 m.
184 - 185    S40 - 27E    82.26 m.
185 - 186    S19 - 40E    32.15 m.
186 - 187    S33 - 17E    53.64 m.
187 - 188    S36 - 32E    58.40 m.
188 - 189    S77 - 02E    15.74 m.
189 - 190    S40 - 58E    57.76 m.
190 - 191    S72 - 30E    37.63 m.
191 - 192    S76 - 53E    43.38 m.
192 - 193    S64 - 38E    32.22 m.
193 - 194    S49 - 48E    19.24 m.
194 - 195    S46 - 40E    35.12 m.
195 - 196    S72 - 36E    35.08 m.
196 - 197    S41 - 34E    67.53 m.
197 - 198    S32 - 18E    51.38 m.
198 - 199    S11 - 22E    68.63 m.
199 - 200    S08 - 45E    64.93 m.
200 - 201    S22 - 21E    79.23 m.
201 - 202    S22 - 57E    156.59 m.
202 - 203    S32 - 32E    49.91 m.
203 - 204    S26 - 37E    46.10 m.
204 - 205    S28 - 51E    83.04 m.
205 - 206    S14 - 17E    6.93 m.
206 - 207    S32 - 22E    142.90 m.
207 - 208    S35 - 30E    19.22 m.
208 - 209    S40 - 31E    46.69 m.
209 - 210    S54 - 12E    137.20 m.
210 - 211    S61 - 22E    8.41 m.
211 - 212    S79 - 50E    47.74 m.
212 - 213    S82 - 57E    125.49 m.
213 - 214    S47 - 17E    114.61 m.
214 - 215    S79 - 46E    880.23 m.
215 - 216    S69 - 57E    39.45 m.
216 - 217    S58 - 24E    157.19 m.
217 - 218    S77 - 59E    45.27 m.
218 - 219    N82 - 37E    71.99 m.
219 - 220    N72 - 41E    268.25 m.
220 - 221    S71 - 28E    101.47 m.
221 - 222    S77 - 44E    230.15 m.
222 - 223    N48 - 01E    53.77 m.
223 - 224    N16 - 04E    68.49 m.
224 - 225    N07 - 38E    168.14 m.
225 - 226    N47 - 41E    118.53 m.
226 - 227    N75 - 51E    188.11 m.
227 - 228    N50 - 25E    108.05 m.
228 - 229    N68 - 22E    132.38 m.
229 - 230    S05 - 04W    162.30 m.
230 - 231    S08 - 16W    73.33 m.
231 - 232    S40 - 44E    18.22 m.
232 - 233    S14 - 06E    166.52 m.
233 - 234    S11 - 59E    45.23 m.
234 - 235    S70 - 20E    22.44 m.
235 - 236    S31 - 23W    218.98 m.
236 - 237    S25 - 08E    263.63 m.
237 - 238    S16 - 16E    180.07 m.
238 - 239    S20 - 15E    43.98 m.
239 - 240    S30 - 45E    163.45 m.
240 - 241    S56 - 10E    56.84 m.
241 - 242    S39 - 17E    179.10 m.
242 - 243    S58 - 17E    179.38 m.
243 - 244    S52 - 31E    36.30 m.
244 - 245    S62 - 00E    73.33 m.
245 - 246    S76 - 28E    104.68 m.
246 - 247    S88 - 45E    93.79 m.
247 - 248    N60 - 28E    110.97 m.
248 - 249    N84 - 00E    133.80 m.
249 - 250    N84 - 35E    129.41 m.
250 - 251    N89 - 03E    190.27 m.
251 - 252    S70 - 35E    151.65 m.
252 - 253    N82 - 43E    105.33 m.
253 - 254    N88 - 25E    237.81 m.
254 - 255    S51 - 09E    53.21 m.
255 - 256    S45 - 46E    10.02 m.
256 - 257    S59 - 02E    189.97 m.
257 - 258    S40 - 17E    82.51 m.
258 - 259    S48 - 32E    41.49 m.
259 - 260    S23 - 42E    54.68 m.
260 - 261    S51 - 30E    71.89 m.
261 - 262    S62 - 24E    50.97 m.
262 - 263    S47 - 57E    68.38 m.
263 - 264    S30 - 40E    87.51 m.
264 - 265    S31 - 16E    73.07 m.
265 - 266    S28 - 50E    167.24 m.
266 - 267    S01 - 16W    48.55 m.
267 - 268    S31 - 01W    7.49 m.
268 - 269    S56 - 03E    117.90 m.
269 - 270    S58 - 18E    54.64 m.
270 - 271    S49 - 21E    5.88 m.
271 - 272    S24 - 00E    63.34 m.
272 - 273    S33 - 56E    164.66 m.
273 - 274    S49 - 46E    203.80 m.
274 - 275    S45 - 40E    63.93 m.
275 - 276    S22 - 34E    142.85 m.
276 - 277    S19 - 51E    102.98 m.
277 - 278    S25 - 20E    44.15 m.
278 - 279    S34 - 06E    72.16 m.
279 - 280    S63 - 43E    110.40 m.
280 - 281    S61 - 14E    90.55 m.
281 - 282    S61 - 02E    74.95 m.
282 - 283    N61 - 43E    124.47 m.
283 - 284    S39 - 21E    13.86 m.
284 - 285    S23 - 58E    120.11 m.
285 - 286    S45 - 29E    45.53 m.
286 - 287    S31 - 35E    45.33 m.
287 - 288    S31 - 34E    144.27 m.
288 - 289    S27 - 33E    31.52 m.
289 - 290    S29 - 11E    118.09 m.
290 - 291    S14 - 09W    98.49 m.
291 - 292    S00 - 27E    25.21 m.
292 - 293    S02 - 37E    59.39 m.
293 - 294    S20 - 33W    58.17 m.
294 - 295    S08 - 27E    45.15 m.
295 - 296    S24 - 27E    52.16 m.
296 - 297    S41 - 23E    158.80 m.
297 - 298    S62 - 05E    46.66 m.
298 - 299    S27 - 10E    49.36 m.
299 - 300    S50 - 51E    58.22 m.
300 - 301    S43 - 14E    91.57 m.
301 - 302    S45 - 13E    102.89 m.
302 - 303    S56 - 36E    85.15 m.
303 - 304    S79 - 28E    63.86 m.
304 - 305    S46 - 56E    11.48 m.
305 - 306    S21 - 31E    14.20 m.
306 - 307    S01 - 39W    106.44 m.
307 - 308    S17 - 03E    140.28 m.
308 - 309    S10 - 12W    146.09 m.
309 - 310    S14 - 55E    67.73 m.
310 - 311    S33 - 02E    19.61 m.
311 - 312    S47 - 37E    174.16 m.
312 - 313    S51 - 56E    35.12 m.
313 - 314    S54 - 56E    166.19 m.
314 - 315    S09 - 09W    1.82 m.
315 - 316    S30 - 40E    46.12 m.
316 - 317    S58 - 42E    10.24 m.
317 - 318    S77 - 25E    71.91 m.
318 - 319    S74 - 04E    177.60 m.
319 - 320    S17 - 28E    42.55 m.
320 - 321    S58 - 03E    125.97 m.
321 - 322    S21 - 42E    122.64 m.
322 - 323    S00 - 20E    182.46 m.
323 - 324    S82 - 29E    0.53 m.
324 - 325    S45 - 34W    23.04 m.
325 - 326    S08 - 55W    62.63 m.
326 - 327    S00 - 16W    130.71 m.
327 - 328    S21 - 05E    138.68 m.
328 - 329    S60 - 04E    95.37 m.
329 - 330    S60 - 24E    59.63 m.
330 - 331    S71 - 45E    180.86 m.
331 - 332    S81 - 18E    168.32 m.
332 - 333    S64 - 23E    324.48 m.
333 - 334    S53 - 55E    98.05 m.
334 - 335    S64 - 18E    285.09 m.
335 - 336    S50 - 11E    302.00 m.
336 - 337    S26 - 04E    121.95 m.
337 - 338    S37 - 01E    29.58 m.
338 - 339    S20 - 07E    117.29 m.
339 - 340    S10 - 10E    89.81 m.
340 - 341    S31 - 19E    49.90 m.
341 - 342    S39 - 28E    40.70 m.
342 - 343    S61 - 19E    16.42 m.
343 - 344    S31 - 31E    29.29 m.
344 - 345    S80 - 43E    16.86 m.
345 - 346    S51 - 59E    96.62 m.
346 - 347    S51 - 59E    38.58 m.
347 - 348    S72 - 12W    31.87 m.
348 - 349    S56 - 47E    92.16 m.
349 - 350    S66 - 24E    104.18 m.
350 - 351    S52 - 44W    14.46 m.
351 - 352    N44 - 59E    68.72 m.
352 - 353    N84 - 14E    94.03 m.
353 - 354    N59 - 46E    50.13 m.
354 - 355    N76 - 10E    43.86 m.
355 - 356    S82 - 26E    90.81 m.
356 - 357    N54 - 54E    18.26 m.
357 - 358    N40 - 52E    10.37 m.
358 - 359    N59 - 53E    91.43 m.
359 - 360    S84 - 50E    10.56 m.
360 - 361    S66 - 13E    41.98 m.
361 - 362    N55 - 51E    19.60 m.
362 - 363    S69 - 26W    92.60 m.
363 - 364    S75 - 17E    12.17 m.
364 - 365    S48 - 39E    23.10 m.
365 - 366    S63 - 56E    13.52 m.
366 - 367    S50 - 17E    10.05 m.
367 - 368    S54 - 47E    12.52 m.
368 - 369    S51 - 17E    24.94 m.
369 - 370    S72 - 51E    8.14 m.
370 - 371    N39 - 58E    8.14 m.
371 - 372    S63 - 14E    18.48 m.
372 - 373    S56 - 58E    19.94 m.
373 - 374    N36 - 13E    8.94 m.
374 - 375    S55 - 34E    10.22 m.
375 - 376    S48 - 19E    18.42 m.
376 - 377    S49 - 17E    10.50 m.
377 - 378    S47 - 14E    11.27 m.
378 - 379    S72 - 17E    8.41 m.
379 - 380    S44 - 23E    15.81 m.
380 - 381    S60 - 50E    40.59 m.
381 - 382    S63 - 08E    404.10 m.
382 - 383    S58 - 27E    241.90 m.
383 - 384    S65 - 55E    45.16 m.
384 - 385    S86 - 44E    47.43 m.
385 - 386    S85 - 42E    35.00 m.
386 - 387    S85 - 42E    71.76 m.
387 - 388    N85 - 07E    36.49 m.
388 - 389    S65 - 29E    49.39 m.
389 - 390    S56 - 46E    174.84 m.
390 - 391    S22 - 50E    13.89 m.
391 - 392    S80 - 11E    39.86 m.
392 - 393    S67 - 03E    210.51 m.
393 - 394    S46 - 10E    6.56 m.
394 - 395    N74 - 19E    22.93 m.
395 - 396    N72 - 34E    46.42 m.
396 - 397    N89 - 44E    112.14 m.
397 - 398    S59 - 06E    67.77 m.
398 - 399    N31 - 27E    109.63 m.
399 - 400    S44 - 25E    94.92 m.
400 - 401    S71 - 06E    111.10 m.
401 - 402    S68 - 13E    128.66 m.
402 - 403    S53 - 40E    43.14 m.
403 - 404    S52 - 59E    151.16 m.
404 - 405    N35 - 37E    17.86 m.
405 - 406    S53 - 12E    155.46 m.
406 - 407    S51 - 41W    26.32 m.
407 - 408    S02 - 29E    88.86 m.
408 - 409    S34 - 52W    64.30 m.
409 - 410    S83 - 58W    73.72 m.
410 - 411    S09 - 11W    41.91 m.
411 - 412    S67 - 10E    17.34 m.
412 - 413    S63 - 50E    124.27 m.
413 - 414    S32 - 06E    133.04 m.
414 - 415    S25 - 52E    299.39 m.
415 - 416    S35 - 39E    106.88 m.
416 - 417    S24 - 25W    73.73 m.
417 - 418    S05 - 53E    68.23 m.
418 - 419    S25 - 27E    150.79 m.
419 - 420    S12 - 28W    56.71 m.
420 - 421    S18 - 59E    58.27 m.
421 - 422    S20 - 23E    32.40 m.
422 - 423    S51 - 16E    77.28 m.
423 - 424    S47 - 11E    64.88 m.
424 - 425    S10 - 48E    242.80 m.
425 - 426    S12 - 56W    76.65 m.
426 - 427    S29 - 25W    92.25 m.
427 - 428    S21 - 36E    94.02 m.
428 - 429    S24 - 12E    61.21 m.
429 - 430    S40 - 11E    96.61 m.
430 - 431    S54 - 46E    103.89 m.
431 - 432    S73 - 28E    49.53 m.
432 - 433    N74 - 41E    61.80 m.
433 - 434    S82 - 07E    71.57 m.
434 - 435    S23 - 03E    105.83 m.
435 - 436    S05 - 44W    44.48 m.
436 - 437    S09 - 09W    13.84 m.
437 - 438    S25 - 37W    44.86 m.
438 - 439    S58 - 02W    77.06 m.
439 - 440    S33 - 37W    129.51 m.
440 - 441    S44 - 26W    141.36 m.
441 - 442    S40 - 29W    109.26 m.
442 - 443    S12 - 06E    67.92 m.
443 - 444    S62 - 13E    139.15 m.
444 - 445    S74 - 48E    101.84 m.
445 - 446    S55 - 44E    58.24 m.
446 - 447    S51 - 42E    168.67 m.
447 - 448    S02 - 25E    173.50 m.
448 - 449    S29 - 43E    130.18 m.
449 - 450    S63 - 47E    62.22 m.
450 - 451    S13 - 11E    64.43 m.
451 - 452    S30 - 30E    5.28 m.
452 - 453    N51 - 33E    111.02 m.
453 - 454    N81 - 02E    192.35 m.
454 - 455    N50 - 12E    39.05 m.
455 - 456    S64 - 41E    81.86 m.
456 - 457    N08 - 32E    141.57 m.
457 - 458    N85 - 00E    1089.15 m.
458 - 459    S76 - 25W    872.43 m.
459 - 460    S09 - 11W    263.37 m.
460 - 461    S48 - 27E    293.98 m.
461 - 462    S26 - 34W    413.67 m.
462 - 463    S85 - 36W    195.58 m.
463 - 464    S21 - 32E    204.27 m.
464 - 465    S65 - 25E    324.42 m.
465 - 466    N63 - 26E    212.43 m.
466 - 467    N89 - 10E    205.02 m.
467 - 468    N23 - 45E    881.63 m.
468 - 469    N36 - 36E    436.00 m.
469 - 470    N11 - 38E    173.57 m.
470 - 471    N45 - 46E    265.19 m.
471 - 472    N76 - 13E    272.86 m.
472 - 473    N19 - 07E    644.65 m.
473 - 474    N16 - 49E    53.18 m.
474 - 475    N07 - 32W    18.37 m.
475 - 476    N07 - 09W    31.61 m.
476 - 477    N18 - 03E    30.42 m.
477 - 478    N00 - 32E    56.46 m.
478 - 479    N86 - 42W    6.60 m.
479 - 480    N01 - 08E    41.55 m.
480 - 481    N21 - 22W    24.71 m.
481 - 482    N15 - 14W    88.29 m.
482 - 483    N04 - 46E    48.56 m.
483 - 484    N38 - 07E    17.36 m.
484 - 485    N19 - 09E    17.77 m.
485 - 486    N05 - 36W    27.70 m.
486 - 487    N01 - 25E    43.51 m.
487 - 488    N00 - 37W    29.40 m.
488 - 489    N32 - 48E    29.42 m.
489 - 490    N12 - 27E    5.10 m.
490 - 491    N26 - 47E    55.90 m.
491 - 492    N13 - 44E    27.18 m.
492 - 493    N13 - 51E    39.81 m.
493 - 494    N39 - 13W    33.53 m.
494 - 495    N13 - 45E    120.85 m.
495 - 496    N20 - 16E    126.20 m.
496 - 497    N11 - 40W    131.51 m.
497 - 498    N09 - 39E    69.60 m.
498 - 499    N29 - 18E    99.55 m.
499 - 500    N62 - 48E    60.35 m.
500 - 501    N39 - 04E    124.34 m.
501 - 502    N14 - 21E    164.27 m.
502 - 503    N78 - 27E    41.17 m.
503 - 504    S81 - 50E    32.36 m.
504 - 505    N81 - 49W    32.36 m.
505 - 506    N44 - 06E    136.68 m.
506 - 507    N32 - 00E    35.84 m.
507 - 508    N58 - 28E    128.55 m.
508 - 509    N49 - 53E    57.78 m.
509 - 510    N40 - 36E    72.36 m.
510 - 511    N48 - 24E    30.82 m.
511 - 512    N18 - 20E    122.46 m.
512 - 513    N05 - 04W    85.87 m.
513 - 514    N32 - 24E    144.29 m.
514 - 515    N19 - 18E    15.70 m.
515 - 516    N14 - 08E    110.68 m.
516 - 517    N04 - 48E    50.12 m.
517 - 518    N18 - 04E    31.53 m.
518 - 519    N29 - 00E    64.16 m.
519 - 520    N20 - 50E    68.71 m.
520 - 521    N10 - 56E    37.83 m.
521 - 522    N08 - 57E    13.54 m.
522 - 523    N12 - 42W    17.02 m.
523 - 524    N16 - 03E    54.06 m.
524 - 525    N17 - 05E    14.16 m.
525 - 526    N06 - 07E    124.98 m.
526 - 527    N25 - 29E    6.14 m.
527 - 528    N10 - 47E    4.06 m.
528 - 529    S75 - 00W    5.80 m.
529 - 530    N03 - 42E    46.63 m.
530 - 531    N30 - 38E    11.99 m.
531 - 532    N06 - 01W    93.67 m.
532 - 533    N06 - 51E    34.77 m.
533 - 534    N06 - 13W    21.59 m.
534 - 535    N02 - 37E    21.01 m.
535 - 536    N00 - 22W    28.75 m.
536 - 537    N01 - 24W    34.29 m.
537 - 538    N20 - 19E    229.73 m.
538 - 539    N48 - 34W    24.33 m.
539 - 540    N06 - 10E    99.75 m.
540 - 541    N04 - 15W    3.92 m.
541 - 542    N18 - 37W    33.49 m.
542 - 543    N17 - 42W    51.31 m.
543 - 544    N08 - 59W    39.14 m.
544 - 545    N15 - 33W    184.43 m.
545 - 546    N44 - 24W    104.91 m.
546 - 547    N09 - 07W    117.96 m.
547 - 548    N00 - 24E    23.17 m.
548 - 549    N07 - 47E    70.35 m.
549 - 550    N05 - 31E    159.70 m.
550 - 551    N05 - 27E    118.60 m.
551 - 552    N05 - 27E    160.12 m.
552 - 553    N13 - 36E    52.37 m.
553 - 554    N18 - 38E    87.64 m.
554 - 555    N20 - 45E    50.48 m.
555 - 556    N26 - 05E    5.93 m.
556 - 557    N13 - 09E    27.54 m.
557 - 558    N09 - 19E    116.83 m.
558 - 559    N13 - 02E    43.91 m.
559 - 560    N10 - 10E    45.18 m.
560 - 561    N15 - 59E    49.16 m.
561 - 562    N25 - 39E    105.67 m.
562 - 563    N52 - 28E    104.86 m.
563 - 564    N63 - 29E    80.52 m.
564 - 565    N71 - 50E    88.49 m.
565 - 566    N74 - 22E    73.42 m.
566 - 567    N56 - 25E    90.69 m.
567 - 568    N51 - 38E    72.08 m.
568 - 569    N31 - 25E    46.40 m.
569 - 570    N04 - 38W    29.27 m.
570 - 571    N01 - 24W    27.76 m.
571 - 572    N27 - 33E    150.22 m.
572 - 573    N40 - 04E    88.17 m.
573 - 574    N31 - 23E    89.47 m.
574 - 575    N44 - 56E    65.19 m.
575 - 576    N53 - 35E    58.60 m.
576 - 577    N77 - 40E    31.06 m.
577 - 578    N62 - 56E    50.18 m.
578 - 579    N65 - 41E    22.63 m.
579 - 580    N65 - 48E    21.08 m.
580 - 581    N70 - 44E    38.02 m.
581 - 582    N62 - 51E    49.82 m.
582 - 583    N64 - 46E    40.76 m.
583 - 584    N60 - 14E    112.27 m.
584 - 585    N62 - 56E    132.33 m.
585 - 586    N69 - 30E    83.47 m.
586 - 587    N57 - 12E    7.70 m.
587 - 588    N65 - 49E    183.05 m.
588 - 589    N61 - 08E    174.55 m.
589 - 590    N52 - 41E    46.63 m.
590 - 591    N59 - 56E    73.14 m.
591 - 592    N63 - 29E    151.15 m.
592 - 593    N73 - 31E    91.05 m.
593 - 594    N58 - 01E    22.99 m.
594 - 595    N70 - 27E    19.43 m.
595 - 596    N61 - 54E    400.66 m.
596 - 597    N65 - 22E    71.17 m.
597 - 598    N63 - 02E    111.12 m.
598 - 599    N39 - 55E    198.63 m.
599 - 600    N78 - 48E    294.77 m.
600 - 601    S69 - 08E    324.50 m.
601 - 602    S26 - 55E    251.90 m.
602 - 603    S38 - 28E    25.00 m.
603 - 604    S07 - 04E    17.98 m.
604 - 605    S02 - 26W    29.98 m.
605 - 606    S00 - 45E    15.94 m.
606 - 607    S07 - 08W    117.12 m.
607 - 608    S22 - 33E    38.22 m.
608 - 609    S14 - 21E    75.67 m.
609 - 610    S15 - 41E    5.59 m.
610 - 611    S04 - 29E    78.95 m.
611 - 612    S18 - 43W    32.47 m.
612 - 613    S16 - 44E    56.15 m.
613 - 614    N87 - 25E    17.06 m.
614 - 615    S10 - 17E    48.39 m.
615 - 616    N73 - 38E    15.33 m.
616 - 617    S54 - 18E    55.23 m.
617 - 618    S46 - 44E    51.17 m.
618 - 619    S43 - 26E    85.25 m.
619 - 620    S49 - 42E    46.00 m.
620 - 621    S19 - 58W    55.09 m.
621 - 622    S21 - 41W    69.11 m.
622 - 623    S04 - 24W    95.00 m.
623 - 624    S87 - 30W    31.23 m.
624 - 625    S32 - 21W    44.38 m.
625 - 626    N76 - 22W    55.52 m.
626 - 627    S88 - 29W    29.37 m.
627 - 628    S13 - 54W    93.16 m.
628 - 629    S10 - 17E    110.86 m.
629 - 630    S12 - 50W    78.59 m.
630 - 631    S06 - 29W    170.73 m.
631 - 632    S02 - 26W    25.49 m.
632 - 633    S07 - 44W    271.70 m.
633 - 634    S17 - 14E    10.70 m.
634 - 635    S07 - 38E    22.31 m.
635 - 636    S00 - 12W    27.73 m.
636 - 637    S00 - 12W    61.62 m.
637 - 638    S00 - 12W    56.18 m.
638 - 639    S00 - 12W    24.55 m.
639 - 640    S00 - 12W    75.42 m.
640 - 641    S00 - 12W    29.81 m.
641 - 642    S00 - 04E    192.15 m.
642 - 643    S60 - 34W    150.75 m
643 - 644    N56 - 52W    85.98 m.
644 - 645    N81 - 43W    152.59 m.
645 - 646    S87 - 39W    122.10 m.
646 - 647    S78 - 41W    35.69 m.
647 - 648    S52 - 26W    65.60 m.
648 - 649    S50 - 43W    14.21 m.
649 - 650    S11 - 19W    35.69 m.
650 - 651    S03 - 16W    35.06 m.
651 - 652    N88 - 42W    88.02 m.
652 - 653    N39 - 39W    45.45 m.
653 - 654    N09 - 52E    23.35 m.
654 - 655    N23 - 27W    10.03 m.
655 - 656    S87 - 10W    55.34 m.
656 - 657    S68 - 12W    23.86 m.
657 - 658    S89 - 19W    28.24 m.
658 - 659    S59 - 01W    22.41 m.
659 - 660    S44 - 59W    51.64 m.
660 - 661    S54 - 35W    34.20 m.
661 - 662    S80 - 16W    14.43 m.
662 - 663    S48 - 05W    52.32 m.
663 - 664    S62 - 37W    17.76 m.
664 - 665    S10 - 00W    26.07 m.
665 - 666    S29 - 15E    13.20 m.
666 - 667    S01 - 54W    29.55 m.
667 - 668    S54 - 06W    84.30 m.
668 - 669    S40 - 22W    74.18 m.
669 - 670    S61 - 00W    102.56 m.
670 - 671    N81 - 27W    19.38 m.
671 - 672    N54 - 10W    41.16 m.
672 - 673    S79 - 22W    20.22 m.
673 - 674    N88 - 42W    20.34 m.
674 - 675    N80 - 32W    60.27 m.
675 - 676    N22 - 02W    38.37 m.
676 - 677    N85 - 47W    38.56 m.
677 - 678    S41 - 41W    58.65 m.
678 - 679    S08 - 01W    10.54 m.
679 - 680    S19 - 28E    54.09 m.
680 - 681    S72 - 14W    71.64 m.
681 - 682    S72 - 14W    218.00 m.
682 - 683    S72 - 14W    128.75 m.
683 - 684    S49 - 51W    48.07 m.
684 - 685    S86 - 09W    77.12 m.
685 - 686    S23 - 54W    16.39 m.
686 - 687    S30 - 30W    26.48 m.
687 - 688    S00 - 45E    19.31 m.
688 - 689    S41 - 27W    30.17 m.
689 - 690    S35 - 18E    5.83 m.
690 - 691    S77 - 55E    34.06 m.
691 - 692    S58 - 59E    19.58 m.
692 - 693    S09 - 32W    3.86 m.
693 - 694    N81 - 08E    3.18 m.
694 - 695    S43 - 27E    27.11 m.
695 - 696    S15 - 34W    17.28 m.
696 - 697    S28 - 04E    3.25 m.
697 - 698    S19 - 17E    29.80 m.
698 - 699    S54 - 57W    12.31 m.
699 - 700    S01 - 18E    16.72 m.
700 - 701    N59 - 03W    17.97 m.
701 - 702    N22 - 59W    53.36 m.
702 - 703    N83 - 12W    23.90 m.
703 - 704    S54 - 35W    95.79 m.
704 - 705    S13 - 43W    6.11 m.
705 - 706    S39 - 19E    26.02 m.
706 - 707    S51 - 30E    55.92 m.
707 - 708    S54 - 11E    14.23 m.
708 - 709    S27 - 45W    12.85 m.
709 - 710    S24 - 03W    6.82 m.
710 - 711    S04 - 27W    99.34 m.
711 - 712    S04 - 27W    448.03 m.
712 - 713    S04 - 27W    38.91 m.
713 - 714    S04 - 27W    45.00 m.
714 - 715    S04 - 01W    83.11 m.
715 - 716    S04 - 01W    138.60 m.
716 - 717    S04 - 01W    199.69 m.
717 - 718    S04 - 01W    367.91 m.
718 - 719    S00 - 38E    201.08 m.
719 - 720    S04 - 15E    14.45 m.
720 - 721    S26 - 34E    11.18 m.
721 - 722    N45 - 00E    12.73 m.
722 - 723    N89 - 08E    66.01 m.
723 - 724    S09 - 28W    30.41 m.
724 - 725    S56 - 19E    18.03 m.
725 - 726    N63 - 26E    22.36 m.
726 - 727    N10 - 37W    16.28 m.
727 - 728    N35 - 41E    48.01 m.
728 - 729    N38 - 40E    32.02 m.
729 - 730    S53 - 45E    18.60 m.
730 - 731    S22 - 37E    26.00 m.
731 - 732    N84 - 17E    20.10 m.
732 - 733    N51 - 20E    76.84 m.
733 - 734    N85 - 14E    60.21 m.
734 - 735    N45 - 00E    28.28 m.
735 - 736    N15 - 57E    36.40 m.
736 - 737    N71 - 34E    15.81 m.
737 - 738    S50 - 12E    39.05 m.
738 - 739    S45 - 00E    56.57 m.
739 - 740    S65 - 37E    82.35 m.
740 - 741    N75 - 04E    15.52 m.
741 - 742    S45 - 00E    28.28 m.
742 - 743    S88 - 05E    30.02 m.
743 - 744    N42 - 16E    14.87 m.
744 - 745    N20 - 19E    28.79 m.
745 - 746    N88 - 25E    36.01 m.
746 - 747    N18 - 26E    12.65 m.
747 - 748    S53 - 08E    25.00 m.
748 - 749    N87 - 08E    20.02 m.
749 - 750    N30 - 28E    39.45 m.
750 - 751    N82 - 24E    15.13 m.
751 - 752    S07 - 42E    37.34 m.
752 - 753    S16 - 52E    34.48 m.
753 - 754    S48 - 39E    33.30 m.
754 - 755    S65 - 18E    55.04 m.
755 - 756    S42 - 16E    29.73 m.
756 - 757    N78 - 41E    25.50 m.
757 - 758    N53 - 08E    25.00 m.
758 - 759    S71 - 34E    63.25 m.
759 - 760    N74 - 03E    36.40 m.
760 - 761    S08 - 08E    35.36 m.
761 - 762    S87 - 43E    25.02 m.
762 - 763    S59 - 02E    46.65 m.
763 - 764    S04 - 09W    11.47 m.
764 - 765    S36 - 22W    2170.54 m.
765 - 766    S82 - 58W    129.80 m.
766 - 767    S20 - 22W    489.61 m.
767 - 768    S03 - 50E    437.54 m.
768 - 769    S16 - 57E    1081.62 m.
769 - 770    S03 - 30W    34.91 m.
770 - 771    S57 - 20E    46.32 m.
771 - 772    S29 - 45W    72.56 m.
772 - 773    S35 - 13E    20.81 m.
773 - 774    S18 - 26W    31.26 m.
774 - 775    S73 - 18W    20.88 m.
775 - 776    N85 - 26W    75.24 m.
776 - 777    S71 - 34W    15.81 m.
777 - 778    S33 - 41W    18.03 m.
778 - 779    S59 - 02E    29.15 m.
779 - 780    S02 - 52W    20.02 m.
780 - 781    S64 - 17W    59.93 m.
781 - 782    S53 - 37E    23.60 m.
782 - 783    S18 - 26E    18.97 m.
783 - 784    S71 - 13W    52.81 m.
784 - 785    N71 - 34W    31.62 m.
785 - 786    N63 - 26W    22.36 m.
786 - 787    S84 - 17W    10.05 m.
787 - 788    S03 - 01E    19.03 m.
788 - 789    S16 - 42W    20.88 m.
789 - 790    S63 - 26W    33.54 m.
790 - 791    S11 - 19W    25.50 m.
791 - 792    S15 - 57W    36.40 m.
792 - 793    S17 - 45W    26.25 m.
793 - 794    S66 - 22W    34.93 m.
794 - 795    S43 - 09W    21.93 m.
795 - 796    N88 - 44W    45.01 m.
796 - 797    N68 - 12W    10.77 m.
797 - 798    S86 - 11W    15.03 m.
798 - 799    S32 - 57E    64.35 m.
799 - 800    S02 - 17E    95.02 m.
800 - 801    S66 - 30W    50.16 m.
801 - 802    N48 - 01W    13.45 m.
802 - 803    N55 - 00W    24.41 m.
803 - 804    N63 - 26W    11.18 m.
804 - 805    S73 - 18W    10.44 m.
805 - 806    S51 - 51E    35.61 m.
806 - 807    S11 - 19W    25.50 m.
807 - 808    N78 - 07W    38.83 m.
808 - 809    N51 - 20W    51.22 m.
809 - 810    S24 - 27W    60.42 m.
810 - 811    N35 - 00W    61.03 m.
811 - 812    N09 - 28W    30.41 m.
812 - 813    N70 - 21W    14.87 m.
813 - 814    S62 - 14W    21.47 m.
814 - 815    S82 - 52W    80.62 m.
815 - 816    N83 - 40W    18.11 m.
816 - 817    S75 - 58W    49.48 m.
817 - 818    N48 - 49W    21.26 m.
818 - 819    S80 - 55W    25.32 m.
819 - 820    S05 - 43W    10.05 m.
820 - 821    S46 - 51E    21.93 m.
821 - 822    S18 - 26W    15.81 m.
822 - 823    S52 - 08W    57.01 m.
823 - 824    N80 - 04W    40.61 m.
824 - 825    S51 - 20W    19.21 m.
825 - 826    N63 - 26W    11.18 m.
826 - 827    N49 - 38W    26.25 m.
827 - 828    N78 - 41W    10.20 m.
828 - 829    S53 - 08W    15.00 m.
829 - 830    N62 - 29W    54.12 m.
830 - 831    N04 - 34E    25.08 m.
831 - 832    S76 - 14E    50.45 m.
832 - 833    N31 - 36E    15.26 m.
833 - 834    N68 - 38W    24.70 m.
834 - 835    N09 - 10E    31.40 m.
835 - 836    N77 - 19W    41.00 m.
836 - 837    N27 - 48E    62.18 m.
837 - 838    N14 - 02W    20.62 m.
838 - 839    N63 - 26W    11.18 m.
839 - 840    S83 - 40W    45.28 m.
840 - 841    N45 - 00W    14.14 m.
841 - 842    N45 - 00W    7.07 m.
842 - 843    S26 - 34W    11.18 m.
843 - 844    S84 - 17W    10.05 m.
844 - 845    S55 - 34W    42.44 m.
845 - 846    N78 - 41W    25.50 m.
846 - 847    S40 - 00E    13.69 m.
847 - 848    S59 - 24W    1042.57 m.
848 - 849    S28 - 29W    918.30 m.
849 - 850    S71 - 02W    890.02 m.
850 - 851    S47 - 43W    1150.47 m.
851 - 852    S57 - 02W    592.98 m.
852 - 853    S26 - 52W    93.66 m.
853 - 854    S32 - 00E    28.30 m.
854 - 855    S15 - 31W    18.68 m.
855 - 856    S11 - 48W    92.96 m.
856 - 857    N13 - 53W    87.56 m.
857 - 858    N84 - 22W    71.34 m.
858 - 859    S57 - 20W    46.32 m.
859 - 860    S11 - 46E    24.52 m.
860 - 861    S41 - 46W    37.54 m.
861 - 862    N63 - 26W    44.72 m.
862 - 863    S37 - 52W    57.01 m.
863 - 864    S02 - 52E    20.02 m.
864 - 865    S32 - 21E    35.51 m.
865 - 866    S28 - 30W    39.82 m.
866 - 867    S59 - 45E    13.89 m.
867 - 868    S12 - 20E    32.76 m.
868 - 869    S88 - 02W    29.02 m.
869 - 870    N45 - 56W    129.42 m.
870 - 871    N72 - 25E    23.28 m.
871 - 872    S01 - 35W    79.06 m.
872 - 873    S56 - 25W    71.45 m.
873 - 874    S70 - 19W    413.82 m.
874 - 875    S24 - 06E    370.13 m.
875 - 876    S37 - 01E    81.40 m.
876 - 877    S29 - 12E    262.35 m.
877 - 878    S53 - 08E    160.00 m.
878 - 879    S10 - 29E    27.46 m.
879 - 880    S22 - 20W    302.70 m.
880 - 881    S09 - 14W    124.62 m.
881 - 882    S09 - 49E    352.15 m.
882 - 883    S55 - 23E    51.04 m.
883 - 884    S04 - 24W    26.08 m.
884 - 885    S05 - 23E    53.24 m.
885 - 886    S26 - 03E    100.18 m.
886 - 887    S01 - 30W    38.01 m.
887 - 888    S47 - 18E    299.35 m.
888 - 889    N88 - 22E    35.01 m.
889 - 890    S82 - 39E    156.28 m.
890 - 891    S42 - 53E    95.52 m.
891 - 892    S16 - 42E    20.88 m.
892 - 893    S13 - 30W    25.71 m.
893 - 894    S48 - 06W    52.40 m.
894 - 895    S05 - 25W    165.56 m.
895 - 896    S24 - 27E    36.25 m.
896 - 897    S78 - 41E    112.18 m.
897 - 898    S36 - 52E    25.00 m.
898 - 899    S15 - 40W    203.57 m.
899 - 900    S32 - 50W    73.78 m.
900 - 901    S61 - 18W    347.73 m.
901 - 902    S43 - 07E    24.59 m.
902 - 903    S12 - 10W    603.63 m.
903 - 904    N78 - 40W    191.94 m.
904 - 905    S19 - 00W    53.61 m.
905 - 906    S47 - 52W    28.32 m.
906 - 907    S27 - 13W    39.36 m.
907 - 908    S60 - 15E    40.31 m.
908 - 909    N32 - 00E    37.74 m.
909 - 910    S82 - 24E    15.13 m.
910 - 911    S28 - 37E    62.65 m.
911 - 912    S37 - 29W    37.80 m.
912 - 913    S08 - 08E    21.21 m.
913 - 914    N74 - 37E    41.48 m.
914 - 915    S63 - 26E    11.18 m.
915 - 916    S08 - 08W    35.36 m.
916 - 917    S78 - 41W    25.50 m.
917 - 918    S05 - 43E    30.15 m.
918 - 919    S38 - 40W    12.81 m.
919 - 920    N78 - 41W    15.30 m.
920 - 921    S82 - 24W    60.53 m.
921 - 922    S89 - 03E    60.01 m.
922 - 923    S14 - 16W    60.88 m.
923 - 924    N90 - 00W    20.00 m.
924 - 925    S56 - 19W    18.03 m.
925 - 926    S74 - 03E    36.40 m.
926 - 927    S19 - 17E    42.38 m.
927 - 928    S04 - 34W    50.16 m.
928 - 929    S52 - 08W    57.01 m.
929 - 930    S00 - 04E    17.00 m.
930 - 931    S75 - 04E    31.03 m.
931 - 932    S29 - 15E    28.65 m.
932 - 933    S05 - 43W    40.20 m.
933 - 934    S11 - 19E    25.50 m.
934 - 935    S18 - 26W    47.43 m.
935 - 936    N90 - 00E    10.00 m.
936 - 937    N47 - 19E    36.73 m.
937 - 938    S65 - 59E    12.04 m.
938 - 939    S01 - 46E    65.03 m.
939 - 940    N90 - 00E    25.00 m.
940 - 941    S00 - 00E    16.00 m.
941 - 942    S72 - 28W    19.92 m.
942 - 943    S33 - 07W    27.46 m.
943 - 944    S74 - 03E    36.40 m.
944 - 945    N72 - 28E    19.92 m.
945 - 946    S04 - 46E    36.12 m.
946 - 947    S56 - 19W    18.03 m.
947 - 948    S31 - 02E    58.19 m.
948 - 949    S11 - 12W    15.43 m.
949 - 950    N80 - 13W    29.43 m.
950 - 951    S09 - 28E    91.24 m.
951 - 952    S38 - 40E    25.61 m.
952 - 953    S50 - 12W    7.81 m.
953 - 954    N84 - 34W    21.10 m.
954 - 955    S79 - 34W    38.64 m.
955 - 956    S18 - 26E    9.49 m.
956 - 957    S86 - 25E    16.03 m.
957 - 958    S06 - 10E    37.22 m.
958 - 959    S40 - 14W    17.03 m.
959 - 960    S05 - 43E    30.15 m.
960 - 961    S33 - 41W    21.63 m.
961 - 962    N60 - 57E    10.30 m.
962 - 963    S42 - 16W    29.73 m.
963 - 964    S57 - 10E    36.89 m.
964 - 965    N17 - 06W    13.60 m.
965 - 966    S75 - 35W    36.14 m.
966 - 967    N30 - 28W    19.72 m.
967 - 968    S86 - 38W    17.07 m.
968 - 969    S08 - 45W    39.46 m.
969 - 970    N84 - 17W    20.10 m.
970 - 971    S22 - 07W    34.54 m.
971 - 972    S74 - 29W    37.36 m.
972 - 973    S88 - 18E    40.82 m.
973 - 974    N79 - 11W    125.58 m.
974 - 975    N52 - 45W    2454.64 m.
975 - 976    S75 - 55W    847.25 m.
976 - 977    N89 - 01W    68.16 m.
977 - 978    N20 - 14W    292.02 m.
978 - 979    N22 - 53E    88.79 m.
979 - 980    N15 - 30W    41.30 m.
980 - 981    S22 - 38W    333.39 m.
981 - 982    N41 - 44W    142.94 m.
982 - 983    N24 - 51W    59.51 m.
983 - 984    N23 - 30E    25.08 m.
984 - 985    N30 - 18W    89.19 m.
985 - 986    N15 - 43E    33.24 m.
986 - 987    N24 - 34W    38.48 m.
987 - 988    N10 - 21E    139.07 m.
988 - 989    N66 - 06E    106.10 m.
989 - 990    N38 - 40W    57.63 m.
990 - 991    N50 - 12W    109.34 m.
991 - 992    N32 - 44W    116.50 m.
992 - 993    N30 - 00W    366.03 m.
993 - 994    N39 - 12W    83.87 m.
994 - 995    N22 - 19W    671.32 m.
995 - 996    N14 - 14W    272.37 m.
996 - 997    N31 - 33W    66.89 m.
997 - 998    N05 - 39E    50.80 m.
998 - 999    N16 - 02W    235.40 m.
999 - 1000    N08 - 02E    85.84 m.
1000 - 1001    N18 - 04E    341.83 m.
1001 - 1002    S68 - 45E    77.25 m.
1002 - 1003    N13 - 00W    13.34 m.
1003 - 1004    N67 - 04W    205.36 m.
1004 - 1005    S56 - 34W    1397.30 m.
1005 - 1006    S46 - 24W    174.00 m.
1006 - 1007    N27 - 19W    337.68 m.
1007 - 1008    S59 - 02W    145.77 m.
1008 - 1009    N66 - 12W    185.81 m.
1009 - 1010    S50 - 12W    312.41 m.
1010 - 1011    N81 - 01W    256.14 m.
1011 - 1012    S50 - 28W    267.09 m.
1012 - 1013    S05 - 21W    271.00 m.
1013 - 1014    S70 - 03W    178.73 m.
1014 - 1015    N76 - 29W    475.15 m.
1015 - 1016    S68 - 12W    700.07 m.
1016 - 1017    N87 - 50W    265.19 m.
1017 - 1018    S46 - 59E    219.90 m.
1018 - 1019    S43 - 32E    27.59 m.
1019 - 1020    S10 - 11W    79.25 m.
1020 - 1021    S05 - 26W    1066.79 m.
1021 - 1022    N01 - 39E    975.40 m.
1022 - 1023    S43 - 02W    143.63 m.
1023 - 1024    N43 - 02W    123.11 m.
1024 - 1025    N83 - 17W    85.59 m.
1025 - 1026    S13 - 00W    66.71 m.
1026 - 1027    S81 - 52W    70.71 m.
1027 - 1028    N33 - 16W    38.28 m.
1028 - 1029    N90 - 00W    30.00 m.
1029 - 1030    N29 - 56W    38.08 m.
1030 - 1031    S32 - 37W    29.68 m.
1031 - 1032    S23 - 50E    47.01 m.
1032 - 1033    S28 - 57W    150.84 m.
1033 - 1034    S59 - 02W    58.31 m.
1034 - 1035    N67 - 18W    119.23 m.
1035 - 1036    N24 - 41W    191.51 m.
1036 - 1037    N90 - 00W    48.00 m.
1037 - 1038    S61 - 58W    104.24 m.
1038 - 1039    N83 - 25W    78.52 m.
1039 - 1040    S61 - 37W    262.12 m.
1040 - 1041    S14 - 15W    162.59 m.
1041 - 1042    S66 - 53W    126.13 m.
1042 - 1043    N81 - 14W    188.20 m.
1043 - 1044    S55 - 34W    206.13 m.
1044 - 1045    N58 - 26W    122.29 m.
1045 - 1046    S33 - 18W    240.47 m.
1046 - 1047    N72 - 41W    97.42 m.
1047 - 1048    N26 - 34W    31.30 m.
1048 - 1049    N90 - 00W    29.00 m.
1049 - 1050    S30 - 42W    74.43 m.
1050 - 1051    N65 - 13W    71.59 m.
1051 - 1052    S66 - 38W    128.55 m.
1052 - 1053    N82 - 34W    46.39 m.
1053 - 1054    S87 - 43W    75.06 m.
1054 - 1055    S01 - 35W    72.03 m.
1055 - 1056    S58 - 30W    202.89 m.
1056 - 1057    S13 - 44W    134.85 m.
1057 - 1058    S22 - 59E    130.57 m.
1058 - 1059    S11 - 53E    58.25 m.
1059 - 1060    S61 - 03W    53.71 m.
1060 - 1061    N66 - 02W    29.55 m.
1061 - 1062    N60 - 39E    18.36 m.
1062 - 1063    N26 - 34W    17.89 m.
1063 - 1064    S67 - 23W    13.00 m.
1064 - 1065    S54 - 44W    121.25 m.
1065 - 1066    S81 - 38W    34.37 m.
1066 - 1067    S87 - 37W    120.10 m.
1067 - 1068    N00 - 46E    151.01 m.
1068 - 1069    N56 - 03W    62.68 m.
1069 - 1070    S19 - 38W    270.75 m.
1070 - 1071    S13 - 27W    287.90 m.
1071 - 1072    N53 - 54W    237.62 m.
1072 - 1073    N08 - 53E    323.88 m.
1073 - 1074    S87 - 27W    198.20 m.
1074 - 1075    N27 - 14W    222.86 m.
1075 - 1076    S43 - 16W    218.84 m.
1076 - 1077    N13 - 47W    143.60 m.
1077 - 1078    S85 - 40W    255.73 m.
1078 - 1079    S31 - 17E    163.68 m.
1079 - 1080    S50 - 00W    221.94 m.
1080 - 1081    N81 - 39W    181.93 m.
1081 - 1082    N17 - 16W    370.70 m.
1082 - 1083    S15 - 53W    204.60 m.
1083 - 1084    N69 - 52W    409.00 m.
1084 - 1085    S59 - 55W    502.72 m.
1085 - 1086    N88 - 37W    415.12 m.
1086 - 1087    S74 - 39W    323.74 m.
1087 - 1088    N55 - 56W    764.41 m.
1088 - 1089    N15 - 52E    694.69 m.
1089 - 1090    S18 - 53E    40.16 m.
1090 - 1091    N71 - 28W    182.46 m.
1091 - 1092    N89 - 27W    466.23 m.
1092 - 1093    N55 - 52W    489.31 m.
1093 - 1094    N80 - 13W    147.14 m.
1094 - 1095    N23 - 35W    124.75 m.
1095 - 1096    N42 - 09W    149.29 m.
1096 - 1097    N46 - 28E    704.22 m.
1097 - 1098    N42 - 26W    386.10 m.
1098 - 1099    N50 - 57W    117.16 m.
1099 - 1100    N28 - 22W    170.47 m.
1100 - 1101    N83 - 09W    293.64 m.
1101 - 1102    N54 - 06W    230.19 m.
1102 - 1103    S67 - 03W    47.66 m.
1103 - 1104    S46 - 33W    53.12 m.
1104 - 1105    S48 - 27W    90.27 m.
1105 - 1106    N20 - 06W    43.66 m.
1106 - 1107    S40 - 57W    15.60 m.
1107 - 1108    S14 - 08W    52.36 m.
1108 - 1109    S61 - 32W    19.34 m.
1109 - 1110    S27 - 10W    32.85 m.
1110 - 1111    S74 - 03W    36.40 m.
1111 - 1112    S46 - 51E    21.93 m.
1112 - 1113    N33 - 52W    34.09 m.
1113 - 1114    S09 - 06E    48.93 m.
1114 - 1115    N42 - 26W    36.66 m.
1115 - 1116    S81 - 05W    45.55 m.
1116 - 1117    N86 - 33W    83.15 m.
1117 - 1118    S82 - 30W    38.33 m.
1118 - 1119    N65 - 23W    26.40 m.
1119 - 1120    S35 - 32W    25.81 m.
1120 - 1121    S86 - 06W    44.10 m.
1121 - 1122    S10 - 29W    27.46 m.
1122 - 1123    S54 - 28W    25.81 m.
1123 - 1124    S12 - 37W    85.06 m.
1124 - 1125    N90 - 00W    39.41 m.
1125 - 1126    N65 - 11W    189.51 m.
1126 - 1127    S84 - 11W    15.31 m.
1127 - 1128    N67 - 27W    49.56 m.
1128 - 1129    N76 - 44W    121.47 m.
1129 - 1130    S68 - 54W    24.66 m.
1130 - 1131    N88 - 22W    105.99 m.
1131 - 1132    S76 - 31W    47.31 m.
1132 - 1133    S45 - 00W    14.14 m.
1133 - 1134    S46 - 38W    48.78 m.
1134 - 1135    N86 - 01W    21.59 m.
1135 - 1136    S61 - 52W    48.76 m.
1136 - 1137    S40 - 55W    19.85 m.
1137 - 1138    S57 - 10W    36.89 m.
1138 - 1139    N90 - 00W    110.00 m.
1139 - 1140    S79 - 23W    81.39 m.
1140 - 1141    N37 - 34W    16.40 m.
1141 - 1142    S82 - 36W    100.84 m.
1142 - 1143    S70 - 58E    30.68 m.
1143 - 1144    S69 - 37W    37.34 m.
1144 - 1145    S32 - 04W    88.51 m.
1145 - 1146    S30 - 21E    73.23 m.
1146 - 1147    S06 - 10W    143.63 m.
1147 - 1148    S67 - 12W    30.97 m.
1148 - 1149    N86 - 34W    50.09 m.
1149 - 1150    S76 - 46W    52.39 m.
1150 - 1151    S68 - 25W    526.93 m.
1151 - 1152    N76 - 49W    179.74 m.
1152 - 1153    N06 - 41W    301.04 m.
1153 - 1154    S87 - 05W    216.68 m.
1154 - 1155    N81 - 39W    144.53 m.
1155 - 1156    S09 - 24E    146.97 m.
1156 - 1157    N64 - 41W    191.78 m.
1157 - 1158    S70 - 21W    110.04 m.
1158 - 1159    N28 - 44W    118.60 m.
1159 - 1160    N22 - 43E    93.23 m.
1160 - 1161    N78 - 08W    243.20 m.
1161 - 1162    S56 - 27W    217.17 m.
1162 - 1    N51 - 33W    273.93 m.

containing an area of thirty-one thousand one hundred fifty-eight (31,158) hectares more or less. 

The reference boundary computation are based on the approved Municipal Boundary Index Maps and technical description of Cad-192, Sorsogon Cadastre and pls-1046-D, Bacon Public Land Subdivision. Point 1 is equivalent to MBM 1; Point 26 is equivalent to MBM 2; Points 100 to 104 are equivalent to MBM 3 to MBM 7, all of Cad 192, Sorsogon Cadastre; Point 606 is equivalent to MBM 32, Point 643 is equivalent to MBM 33, both pls-792, Prieto Diaz Public Land Subdivision; Point 705 is equivalent to BBM 39; Points 764 to 769 are equivalent to MBM 3 to MBM 8, respectively; Points 847 to 852 are equivalent to MBM 9 to MBM 13, respectively, all of pls-1046-D, Bacon Public Land Subdivision; Point 852 is also equivalent to MBM 17; Points 873 to 874 are equivalent to MBM 18 to MBM 19, respectively; Points 902 to 904 are equivalent to MBM 20 to MBM 22, respectively; Points 973 to 976 are equivalent to MBM 23 to MBM 26, respectively, all of Cad 192, Sorsogon Cadastre.

The foregoing provision shall be without prejudice to the resolution by the appropriate agency or forum of existing boundary disputes or cases involving questions of territorial jurisdiction between the City of Sorsogon and the adjoining local government units.  

Sec. 5.    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 pertains to a municipal corporation to be exercised in conformity with the provision of this 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. 6.    General Powers. — 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 appropriate 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 granted. 

Sec. 7.    Liability for Damages. — The City and its officials shall not be exempt from liability for death or injury to persons or damage to property.

Sec. 8.    Jurisdiction of the City. — The jurisdiction of the City of Sorsogon, 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 the drainage area of such water supply, or within one hundred (100) meters 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 Sorsogon 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 (100) meters. The court first taking jurisdiction of such offense shall thereafter retain exclusive jurisdiction thereof. But any license that may be issued within said zone, area or spaces shall be granted by the proper authorities of the city or municipality concerned, and the fees arising therefrom shall accrue to the treasury of the said city or municipality.

ARTICLE II
City Officials in General

Sec. 9.    The Officials of the City of Sorsogon. — (a) There shall be in the City: a city mayor, a city vice mayor, sangguniang panlungsod members, a secretary to the sangguniang panlungsod, a city treasurer and an assistant city treasurer, a city assessor and an assistant 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 an 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)    The City shall establish 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 school division to be headed by a city school division superintendent, and a city prosecution service to be headed by a city prosecutor; and

(d)    The City 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, heads of departments and offices shall be appointed by the city mayor with the concurrence of the majority of all the sangguniang panlungsod members, subject to civil service law, rules and regulations. The sangguniang panlungsod shall act on the appointment within fifteen (15) days from the day of its submission, otherwise the same shall be deemed confirmed. 

ARTICLE III
The City Mayor and Vice Mayor

Sec. 10.    The City Mayor. — (a) 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 the election:

(1)    He is at least twenty-one (21) years of age;

(2)    An actual resident of the City for at least one (1) year prior to his election; and

(3)    A qualified voter therein. 

He shall hold office for three (3) years, unless sooner removed, and shall receive a minimum monthly compensation corresponding to salary grade thirty (30) as prescribed under Republic Act No. 6758 and the implementing guidelines issued pursuant thereto.

(b)    The city mayor, as the chief executive of the city government shall exercise such powers and perform such duties and functions as provided by the Local Government Code of 1991 and other laws:

(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 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 in Section 11 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 payment 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 his 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 conditions, 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 in or assigned to the City to advise him on matters affecting the City and to make recommendations thereon; coordinate with said officials and employees 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 his official duties while stationed in or assigned to the City; 

(q)    Authorize payment 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 marriages, 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, Culture and Sports; 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 development of the City and all information and data relative to its political, social and economic conditions; 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 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, 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; 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 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 provisions of 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 payment 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 conditions 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 therefor 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 permit, subject to such fines and penalties as may be imposed by law or ordinance, or to make necessary changes in the construction of the same when said construction violates any law or ordinance, or to order the demolition or removal of said house, building or structure 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 proceedings 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 interests, 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 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 of the province; and

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

(5)    Exercise such other powers and perform such other duties and functions as provided for under Republic Act No. 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991 and those that are prescribed by law or ordinance.

Sec. 11.    The City Vice Mayor. — (a) 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 shall 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. 

(b)    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 manner of appointment is specifically 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 Republic Act No. 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991 and those that are prescribed by law or ordinance.

ARTICLE IV
The Sangguniang Panlungsod

Sec. 12.    The Sangguniang Panlungsod. — The sangguniang panlungsod, the legislative body of the City, shall be composed of the city vice mayor as presiding officer, twelve (12) 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)    The regular member shall be elected by district with each district electing four (4) members of Sangguniang Panlungsod, as follows:

(1)    Bacon District — This district shall be composed of twenty-eight (28) barangays in the Municipality of Bacon which includes: Balete, Balogo, Bato, Bon-ot, Bogna, Buenavista, Cabarbuhan, Caricaran, Del Rosario, Gatbo, Jamislagan, Maricrum, Osiao, Poblacion, Rawis, Salvacion, San Isidro, San Juan, San Pascual, San Ramon, San Roque, San Vicente, Sta. Cruz, Sta. Lucia, Sto. Domingo, Sto. Niño, Sawanga and Sugod;

(2)    Sorsogon East District — This district shall be composed of fourteen (14) barangays in the Municipality of Sorsogon, principally situated at the eastern part of said town, which includes: Abuyog, Almendras-Cogon, Balogo, Bibincahan, Buhatan, Burabod, Cabid-an, Marinas, Polvorista, Salog, Sampaloc, San Juan, Sirangan and Sulukan; and

(3)    Sorsogon West District — This district shall be composed of twenty-two (22) barangays in the Municipality of Sorsogon, principally situated at the western part of said town, which includes: Barayong, Basud, Bitan-o, Bucalbucalan, Buenavista, Bulabog, Cambulaga, Capuy, Gimaloto, Guinlajon, Macabog, Pamurayan, Pangpang, Panlayaan, Peñafrancia, Piot, Rizal, Salvacion, San Isidro, Talisay, Ticol and Tugos. 

(b)    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 persons.

(c)    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 qualifications as provided under Sec. 39 of Republic Act No. 7160.

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

(e)    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 on harmful effects of man-made or natural disasters and calamities, and to provide relief services and assistance for victims during and in the aftermath of said disasters or calamities 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, such as dynamite fishing and other forms of destructive fishing, illegal logging, smuggling of logs, smuggling of natural resources products and of endangered species of flora and fauna, slash-and-burn farming and such other activities which result in pollution, acceleration of eutrophication of rivers and lakes or of ecological imbalance; 

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

(h)    Determine the positions 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, record 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 who, in the performance of their official duties or on the occasion thereof, have to initiate judicial proceedings or defend themselves against legal actions. 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 allows 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 city-wide growth and progress, and relative thereto, 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 the 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 exemption, incentive or relief;

(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 and that, the formulation, adoption or modification of said plan shall be in coordination within the approved provincial comprehensive land use plan;

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

(i)    Enact integrated zoning ordinance 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 approved 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 relief 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 conditions 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 conditions 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 terms and conditions under which public utilities owned by the City shall be operated by the city government, and prescribe the conditions 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, and regulate cockfighting and commercial breeding of gamecocks: provided, that 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 said purpose, shall: 

(a)    Declare, prevent or abate any nuisance;

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

(c)    Require that buildings and the premises 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 said requirement, have the work done at the expense of the owner, administrator or tenant concerned 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 any entertainment or amusement facilities, including the theatrical performances, circuses, billiard pools, public dancing schools, public dance halls, sauna baths, massage parlors and other places for entertainment or amusement; regulate such other events or activities for amusement or entertainment, 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)    Regulate the establishment, operation and maintenance of funeral parlors and the burial or cremation of the dead, subject to existing laws, rules and regulations; and

(j)    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.

(5)    Approve ordinances which shall ensure the efficient and effective delivery of the 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 forest 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 of 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, awnings 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 hydrants, pumps, cisterns and reservoirs; protect the purity and quantity of the water supply of the City and, for this purpose, extend the coverage of appropriate ordinances over all territory within the drainage area of said water supply and within one hundred (100) meters 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 to the welfare of the inhabitants;

(j)    Subject to the availability of funds and the 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, Culture and Sports (DECS) 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 a scholarship fund 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)    Appropriate funds to support the maintenance and improvement of the provincial hospital located within the City;

(q)    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

(r)    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 Republic Act No. 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991, and those that are prescribed by law or ordinance.

ARTICLE V
Process of Legislation

Sec. 13.    Internal Rules of Procedure. — (a) On the first regular session following the election of its members and within ninety (90) days thereafter, the sangguniang panlungsod shall adopt or update its existing rules of procedure.  

(b)    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 session, 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 the sanggunian members: provided, further, that the 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. 14.    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 a 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 considerations 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 readings; 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 herein.  

Sec. 15.    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 a 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 matters may be considered at a special session except those stated in the notice.

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

Sec. 16.    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 as 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 of the sanggunian, to be assisted by a member or members of the police force assigned in the territorial jurisdiction of the City of Sorsogon, 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 duly approved by the members present, shall then declare the session adjourned for lack of quorum.

Sec. 17.    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; other vise, 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 had signed it.

Sec. 18.    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 the 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 veto shall not affect the item or items which are not objected to. 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. 19.    Review of City Ordinances by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan. — (a) Within three (3) days after approval, 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 ordinances and resolutions, 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 recommendations, which may be considered by the sangguniang panlalawigan in making its decision.

(c)    If the sangguniang panlalawigan finds that such an ordinance or resolution is beyond the power conferred upon the sangguniang panlungsod concerned, it 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. 20.    Review of Barangay Ordinances 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. 21.    Enforcement of Disapproved Ordinances or Resolutions. — Any attempt to enforce any ordinance or any 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. 22.    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 Sorsogon, and in at least two (2) other conspicuous places in the City of Sorsogon.

(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 Sorsogon, and in at least two (2) conspicuous places in the City of Sorsogon not later than five (5) days after approval thereof.

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.

(c)    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: provided, further, that the gist of all ordinances with penal sanctions shall also be published in a newspaper of general circulation.

ARTICLE VI
Disqualifications and Succession for Elective City Officials

Sec. 23.    Disqualifications for Elective City Officials. — The following persons are not qualified 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 right 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. 24.    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 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. Subsequent vacancies in said offices shall be filled automatically by the other sanggunian members according to their ranking as defined herein.

(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 total number of registered voters in the City in the immediately preceding local election.

Sec. 25.    Permanent Vacancies in the Sanggunian. — (a) Permanent vacancies in the sangguniang panlungsod where automatic succession as provided above does not apply shall be filled by appointments in the following manner:  

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

(2)    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 official responsible therefor;

(3)    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

(4)    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 official next in rank of the organization concerned.

Sec. 26.    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 or the highest ranking sangguniang panlungsod member, 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 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 or the highest ranking sangguniang panlungsod member, shall have the right to assume the powers, duties and functions of the said office on the fourth day of absence of the city mayor, subject to the limitations provided in subsection (c) 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. 27.    The Secretary of the Sangguniang Panlungsod. — (a) There shall be a secretary of 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 Sorsogon, 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 (DBM) copies of the appropriation ordinances passed by the sangguniang panlungsod as provided for under Sec. 326, 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 nonconfidential 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 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 law or ordinance relative to his position.

Sec. 28.    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 the 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 treasurer unless he is a citizen of the Philippines, a resident of the City of Sorsogon, of good moral character, a holder of a college degree 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)    Advise 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 Republic Act No. 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991, and those that are prescribed by law or ordinance.

Sec. 29.    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 Sorsogon, 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 three (3) 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. 30.    The City Assessor. — (a) The city assessor must be a citizen of the Philippines, a resident of the City of Sorsogon, 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 evaluation 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 records of real properties and all other records relative to its 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 cancellations and modifications of assessments 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 Republic Act No. 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991, and those that are prescribed by law or ordinance.

Sec. 31.    The Assistant City Assessor. — (a) The assistant city assessor must be a citizen of the Philippines, a resident of the City of Sorsogon, 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 date 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. 32.    The City Accountant. — (a) The city accountant must be a citizen of the Philippines, a resident of the City of Sorsogon, 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)    Appraise the sangguniang panlungsod and other officials on the financial condition and operations of the City;

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

(5)    Review supporting documents before 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 liquidation 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 analyses 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 Republic Act No. 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991, and those that are prescribed by law or ordinance.

Sec. 33.    The City Budget Officer. — (a) The city budget officer must be a citizen of the Philippines, a resident of the City of Sorsogon, 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 budget and during budget hearings;

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

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

(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 local government units;

(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 Republic Act No. 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991, and those that are prescribed by law or ordinance.

Sec. 34.    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 Sorsogon, 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 functions and duties and exercise such other powers as provided for under Republic Act No. 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991, and those that are prescribed by law or ordinance.

Sec. 35.    The City Engineer. — (a) The city engineer must be a citizen of the Philippines, a resident of the City of Sorsogon, 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 Republic Act No. 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991, and those that are prescribed by law or ordinance.

Sec. 36.    The City Health Officer. — (a) The city health officer must be a citizen of the Philippines, a resident of the City of Sorsogon, 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 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 program 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 services 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 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 ordinances 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 establishment selling food items or providing accommodation such as hotels, motels, lodging houses, pension 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 Republic Act No. 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991, and those that are prescribed by law or ordinance.

Sec. 37.    The City Civil Registrar. — (a) The city civil registrar must be a citizen of the Philippines, a resident of the City of Sorsogon, 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, emoluments and allowances as may be determined by law. 

(c)    The city civil registrar shall be responsible for the civil registration program in the City of Sorsogon, 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 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 law;

(e)    Issue certified transcripts or copies of any certificate or registered documents upon payment of the required fees to the treasurer;

(f)    Receive applications 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; 

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

(3)    Perform such other duties and functions and exercise such other powers as provided for under Republic Act No. 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991, and those that are prescribed by law or ordinance.

Sec. 38.    The City Administrator. — (a) The city administrator must be a citizen of the Philippines, a resident of the City of Sorsogon, 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 serve as a career official of the city and shall receive such compensation, emoluments and allowances as may be determined by law.

(d)    The city administrator shall take charge of the city administrator's 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 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 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; 

(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 Republic Act No. 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991, and those that are prescribed by law or ordinance.

Sec. 39.    The City Legal Officer. — (a) The city legal officer must be a citizen of the Philippines, a resident of the City of Sorsogon, 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 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 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 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 interest of the City and provide comments and recommendations on 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 interest of the City, any civil action on any bond, lease or other contract upon any breach or violation thereof; and

(f)    Review and submit recommendations 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 Republic Act No. 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991, and those that are prescribed by law or ordinance.

Sec. 40.    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 Sorsogon, 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 delivery of basic services and provisions 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;

(3)    Be in the frontline of the 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 Republic Act No. 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991, and those that are prescribed by law or ordinance.

Sec. 41.    The City Veterinarian. — (a) The city veterinarian must be a citizen of the Philippines, a resident of the City of Sorsogon, 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 veterinary services, 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 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;

(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 of 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 in 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 services 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 Republic Act No. 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991, and those that are prescribed by law or ordinance.

Sec. 42.    The City General Services Officer. — (a) The city general services officer must be a citizen of the Philippines, a resident of the City of Sorsogon, of good moral character, a holder of a college degree in public administration, business administration and 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 five (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 provision of adequate facilities which require general services expertise and technical support services;  

(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 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 by the local government; 

(d)    Recommend to the city mayor reasonable rental rates of 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 departments 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 Republic Act No. 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991, and those that are prescribed by law or ordinance.

Sec. 43.    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 Sorsogon, 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 the 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 to provide 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 environment and natural resources services 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 environment and natural resources programs and projects which the city mayor is empowered to implement and which the sangguniang panlungsod is empowered to provide 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 services 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 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 the 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 Republic Act No. 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991, and those that are prescribed by law or ordinance.

Sec. 44.    The City Architect. — (a) The city architect must be a citizen of the Philippines, a resident of the City of Sorsogon, 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 on 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 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 under the Local Government Code of 1991; 

(3)    In addition to the foregoing duties and functions, the 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 design submitted by governmental and nongovernmental entities or individuals, particularly those for undeveloped, underdeveloped and poorly designed areas;

(c)    Coordinate with government and nongovernment 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 Republic Act No. 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991, and those that are prescribed by law or ordinance.

Sec. 45.    The City Information Officer. — (a) The city information officer must be a citizen of the Philippines, a resident of the City of Sorsogon, of good moral character, a holder of a college degree preferably in journalism, 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 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 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 city 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;

(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 non-governmental 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 government. 

(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 Republic Act No. 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991, and those that are prescribed by law or ordinance.

Sec. 46.    The City Cooperatives Officer. — (a) The city cooperatives officer must be a citizen of the Philippines, a resident of the City of Sorsogon, 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 experience on 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 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 facilities through the development of cooperatives, and in 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 principles and methods in programs 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 nongovernment 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 cooperative 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 Republic Act No. 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991, and those that are prescribed by law or ordinance.

Sec. 47.    The City Population Officer. — (a) The city population officer must be a citizen of the Philippines, a resident of the City of Sorsogon, 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 experience in the implementation of programs or 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 of the 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 provisions 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 program and projects which the city mayor is empowered to implement and which the sangguniang panlungsod is empowered to provide; and

(3)    In addition to the foregoing duties and functions, the 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 the 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 Republic Act No. 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991, and those that are prescribed by law or ordinance.

Sec. 48.    The City Agriculturist. — (a) The city agriculturist must be a citizen of the Philippines, a resident of the City of Sorsogon, 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 in a related field for at least five (5) years immediately 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 the 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 provisions 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;

(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 aquacultural 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 or 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 Republic Act No. 7160, otherwise known as 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 School Division
and The City prosecution Service


Sec. 49.    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 (DILG). 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 Republic Act No. 6975, otherwise known as the Philippine National Police Law.

(c)    The city fire station shall be responsible for the protection and 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. 50.    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 be headed 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. Great care must be exercised so that human rights of these prisoners are respected and protected, and their spiritual and physical well-being are properly and promptly attended to.

Sec. 51.    The City School Division. — (a) The Department of Education, Culture and Sports shall establish and maintain a school division of the City of Sorsogon whose area of jurisdiction will cover all the school districts within the City; and

(b)    The city school division shall be headed by a division superintendent who must possess the necessary qualifications required by the Department of Education, Culture and Sports.  

Sec. 52.    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. 53.    Municipal Ordinance Existing at the Time of the Approval of this Act. — All municipal ordinances of the municipalities of Bacon and Sorsogon existing at the time of the approval of this Act shall continue to be in force within the City of Sorsogon until the sangguniang panlungsod ordinance shall provide otherwise. 

Sec. 54.    Plebiscite. — The City of Sorsogon 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 municipalities of Bacon and Sorsogon within one hundred twenty (120) days from the approval of this Act. The expenses for such plebiscite shall be borne by the municipalities of Bacon and Sorsogon. The Commission on Elections shall conduct and supervise such plebiscite.

Sec. 55.    Officials of the City of Sorsogon. — The first elections for the local elective positions in the City shall be held together with the regular elections in May, 2001. As such, the incumbent elected municipal officials of the municipalities of Bacon and Sorsogon shall continue to exercise their powers and functions until the expiration of their terms in year 2001. However, in the case of the presidents of the municipal chapters of the liga ng mga barangay and sangguniang kabataan in the municipalities of Bacon and Sorsogon, their respective tenures shall be modified in accordance with the provisions of this Act.  

The appointive officials and employees of the municipalities of Bacon and Sorsogon shall likewise continue exercising their functions and duties and they shall be automatically absorbed by the City Government of Sorsogon: provided, that the above officials and employees shall continue to receive the salaries they are receiving at the time of the approval of this Act until the new adjustment of salaries in accordance with law.

Sec. 56.    Succession Clause. — The City of Sorsogon shall succeed to all the assets, properties, liabilities and obligations of the Municipality of Sorsogon.  

Sec. 57.    Election of Provincial Governor and Sangguniang Panlalawigan Members of the Province of Sorsogon. — The qualified voters of the City of Sorsogon shall qualify 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 Sorsogon.

Sec. 58.    Jurisdiction of the Province of Sorsogon. — The City of Sorsogon shall, unless otherwise provided by law, continue to be under the jurisdiction of Sorsogon Province.  

Sec. 59.    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. 60.    Representative District. — Until otherwise provided by law, the City of Sorsogon shall continue to be a part of the First Congressional District of Sorsogon Province. 

Sec. 61.    Applicability of Laws. — The provisions of Republic Act No. 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991, and such laws as are applicable to component cities shall govern the City of Sorsogon insofar as they are not inconsistent with the provisions of this Act.

Sec. 62.    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. 63.    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 Sorsogon and any of the adjoining local government units even after the effectivity of this Act.

Sec. 64.    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. 65.    Effectivity. — This Act shall take effect upon its publication in at least two (2) newspapers of general and local circulation.

Approved: August 16, 2000. 

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