Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod
The Sangguniang Panlungsod of Bacolod City passed a resolution Wednesday congratulating two students of the University of Saint La Salle (USLS) in the city for developing a web application that became the South East Asian winner of Google’s international contest.
Franz Sarmiento and Katrina Tan Kit
The team of USLS students Franz Sarmiento and Katrina Tan Kit, both from Bacolod, won the Google Cloud Developer Challenge 2013 for the "Social/Personal Productivity/Games/Fun" category for Southeast Asia, with their entry called "MishMash."
Newly-installed majority floor leader of the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) Councilor Archie S. Baribar has filed a resolution recommending to all telecommunication companies to increase the bandwidth, improve the extent of connectivity and WiFi density in the City of Bacolod in order to attract more businesses and to provide ease of access to information leading towards a knowledge-based economy.
The resolution states that the Philippine Digital Strategy 2016 created through public-private partnership sets forth as one priority of the government and all stakeholders, including telecommunication companies the goal to provide internet access for all.
The Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) passed a resolution requesting acting Bacolod City Police Director Senior Superintendent Edgardo Ordaniel, through the Office of the City Mayor, to assign police personnel at the city’s public markets.
Councilor Claudio Jesus "Kalaw" Puentevella authored a resolution last Wednesday requesting the City Veterinary Office to shed light on the issue on the "cruel, irregular and unethical treatment of stray animals" at the Bacolod City Pound following a number of complaints and a leaked photo of caged dogs with the label, "Stop Killing Dogs in the Bacolod City Pound. Mayor Puentevella, allow us to adopt dogs!" was discovered on social media site Facebook.
With City Ordinance No. 184 Series of 1997, or the ordinance approving rabies eradication, prevention and control program and C.O. No. 544 Series of 2011 that establishes the dog owners’ responsibility and requiring them to use enclosures or fenced-in yards to "prevent rabies injury, damage and other hazards" already being enforced, Councilor Kalaw now probes on the alleged maltreatment of apprehended dogs, saying that under these ordinances, stray dogs that were caught shall be placed at the dog pound in the City Veterinary Office otherwise, it shall be exterminated humanely.
In a surprise move in last Wednesday’s session, the "new majority" introduced a resolution that replaces Councilor Cesar Distrito and installed Councilor Archie Baribar as the new floor leader of the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP).
The resolution, which likewise extended its appreciation to Distrito, who served as floor leader from July 2013 to February 5, 2014 was proposed by Councilors Archie S. Baribar, El Cid M. Familiaran, Jocelle Batapa-Sigue, Claudio Jesus Raymundo A. Puentevella, Ana Marie V. Palermo, Sonya M. Verdeflor, Wilson C. Gamboa Jr. and Noly Villarosa.
The Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) through a resolution authored by SP member Councilor Cludio Jesus "Kalaw" Puentevella is requesting the Central Negros Electric Cooperative (CENECO) to formally explain the prevalence of power outages in the City.
In his statement, Councilor Puentevella said that the widespread and frequent occurrence of brownouts in the city can negatively affect the rate of business velocity and services of government organizations to the public, as well as negatively affect "usual household chores" and routine tasks of the community.
Councilor Kalaw likewise stressed that his office was able to gather several complaints regarding the "occurrence of variability of power supply and brownouts".
The Sangguniang Panlungsod Committee on History, Arts and Culture headed by Councilor Jocelle Batapa-Sigue conducted a committee conference last Monday, February 3, 2014 that served as an information and dissemination drive regarding anti-vandalism in schools and Barangays in the City.
Councilor Batapa-Sigue said that under City Ordinance No. 534, or the Anti-Vandalism Ordinance of 2011, willful acts done that damage or deface a public or private property can be penalized. These include writing, drawing, painting, marking and inscribing of words, slogan, caricature, symbols and the like to a private property without the proper consent of the owner.
Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) member Claudio Jesus "Kalaw" Puentevella said he is pursuing his proposed ordinance designating Pay Parking Zones in the city in accordance to his Pay and Park proposal last year.
Puentevella said in his ordinance "will help solve the nagging traffic problem that hampers the city’s business velocity that also reflects a negative impact on the current city administration’s thrust to improve economic, social and political stability."
The Sangguniang Panlungsod of Bacolod approved in Wednesday’s session the first reading of resolution authored by Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr, co-authored by Councilor Archie Baribar, to confer senior citizens of Bacolod who reach 100 years old and/or above.
The ordinance recognizes the rights of the elderly and their continued involvement as integral members of society as provided in Article XV Section 4 of the Constitution.
"It is a great distinction to live a hundred years or more," the ordinance states, "and active centenarians will inspire us to age excellently."
The Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) of Bacolod referred to Councilor Sonya Verdeflor the communications of market vendors and AVM Bernado’s Slaughterhouse for various concerns.
The North Public Market Association of the Burgos Public Market through its president Azucena Apuyon, has appealed to the SP to waive their payment of stall rentals due to fire last May 6, 2013 that caused their situation miserable leading to their non-payment of their rentals, certification of electrical permit by the Market Supervisor for OBO as a requirement to avail of CENECO connections; roll up of stalls and unfinished blocks; help them process their renewal of business permit because of arrears since May 2012 to date; allowing the illegal vendors to sell from 4 a.m. to 8 a.m. affecting the legal vendors inside the market resulting to their loses; maintaining proper sanitation inside the market, and cleaners for the comfort rooms in the public markets.