Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod
Due to the alarming reports on teen age pregnancy, Councilor Em Ang authored an ordinance institutionalizing a teenage pregnancy prevention program in the City of Bacolod, which was approved for its first reading during the mid week session of the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod.
According to Coun. Ang, there is increasing number of teen age pregnancies in the country, and that, Philippines ranks number 3 in Southeast Asia.
In a span of 10 years, records show that teenage pregnancies in the Philippines ballooned from 114,205 in 1999 to 195,662 in 2009, which is equivalent to 70%.
Data shows that 9.5% of women aged 15 to 19 in the Philippines have begun childbearing, where 7.4 percent are already mothers and 2.1percent are pregnant with their first child.
Bacolod City is not spared from this situation, because as per record in the Department of Education (DEPED), Bacolod City Health Office, and the Population Office,there are three barangays where teenage pregnancy is alarming.
The undersigned as Chairperson of the Committee on Laws, Ordinances and Good Government hereby submits this Committee Report relative to the Letter-Inquiry of Barangay Kagawads Alex Sausi and Donard Alimpolo, Barangay Alangilan pertaining to alleged various violations of Mr. Francis Rey Cabuga in establishing METRO SAFARI RESORT without government clearance and permit, docketed as SP Correspondence No. 08-13-0551, held last November 29, 2013 at SP Session Hall, New Government Center.
Members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) of Bacolod city approved the supplemental budget requested by Mayor Monico Puentevella amounting to P94,990,800.00.
According to Vice Mayor Greg Gasataya, this is a compilation of all the appropriation ordinances passed by the SP since July as required by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM). They are no longer appropriating the amount but just authorizing the supplemental budget which had already been approved by the SP, he said.
Gasataya said the appropriation ordinances include those they had passed amounting to P50 million, P40 million, P4.8 million and P123,000.
This means that the city has money left because the total appropriation ordinances passed by the SP has reached P94.9 million. This is aside from the recent appropriation ordinance they had approved the other day for the Performance Enhancement Incentive (PEI) of regular and plantilla casuals of the city.
The unanimous approval by the Bacolod City Council of the P40-M supplemental budget was timely because soon after, the province was struck by tail winds and rains of super typhoon Yolanda (International code name: Haiyan), SP Member Wilson "Jun" Gamboa Jr. said during an interview with DYRL’s "Tungkaron Ta Ini" radio program hosted by anchormen Edgar Cadagat and Jeffrey Gelangre.
This because of the P40-M, P5-M was allocated for relief and rehabilitation in the aftermath of typhoon Yolanda, and P28-M which would also, in a way, augment the basic needs of employees who had gone on terminal leave.
The Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) Committee on Appro-priation and Finance will discuss today the P40-million fund request of City Mayor Monico Puentevella for various purposes.
Vice Mayor Greg Gasa-taya said the request of Mayor Puentevella covers the financial assistance/ donation to Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital (CLM-MRH) in the amount of P5-M; General Services Office (GSO),P28-M; General Services (Office of the City Mayor), P28-M; Terminal Leave Benefits, P5-M; and 5 percent Disaster Risk Reduction Management Fund, P2-M.
Considering the up-coming celebration of All Souls Day and all Saints Day on November 1 and 2, respectively, Councilor Bobby Rojas has resolved to request Mayor Monico Puentevella for the Task Force Clean and Green of Bacolod City, to conduct clearing and clean up drive in the public cemeteries, particularly in Burgos Street; in Brgy. Granada, and in Brgy. Handumanan.
Rojas said, "during this season families are expected to visit the grave of their loved ones. Therefore, it is necessary to clear the overgrown grasses and clean up the garbage that have accumulated in these cemeteries.
For the first time ever in history of the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) in Bacolod City, a ‘Sangguniang Panlungsod Day 2013’ was held under the tutelage of Vice Mayor Greg G. Gasataya last Oct. 14. The occasion was in line with the 34th MassKara Festival Celebration.
Also in strong cooperation with the honorable members, the councilors donated gifts for the raffle draw which served as door prizes that some government employees had received.
The celebration was in observance of the festival and the 75th Charter Anniversary of the City giving the officials, employees and staff time for camaraderie, said Vice Mayor Gasataya.
For the information and awareness of the public, the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Bacolod City, approved at the mid-week session, the resolution authored by Councilor Caesar Distrito, requesting the Bacolod Traffic Authority Office/Traffic Management Unit (BTAO/TMU), and the City Engineer’s Office (CEO), through the office of Mayor Monico Puentevella, to install signages indicating the schedule of tra\uck ban particularly along the circumferential road, and within the perimeter of the downtown area.
Distrito cited Section E (VII) of City Ordinance No. 542, series of 2011 which amended the Comprehensive Traffic Management and Regulation Ordinance of 2003, provides that the BTAO/TMU shall post at least 10 (ten) signages in some significant portions along the circumferential road indicating the city ordinance number and the Truck Ban schedule, as well as the corresponding penalty for its violation.
"We are trying our best to be power interruptions-free this Masskara celebration."
Thus said Cheryl Tortal, public relations officer of the Central Negros Electric Cooperative (CENECO), assuring Bacolodnons, businessmen, event organizers and visitors that Ceneco is working to make sure power supply is available 24/7 during this Masskara Festival season to end on October 20.
"We are also trying our best to provide stable power supply in the whole duration of the festival. That is why we conduct preventive maintenance works on our distribution lines and facilities this weekend to avoid longer power interruptions. Usually, the unscheduled brownouts are caused by our source of power – the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), but it is CENECO that is being blamed by the consumers," Tortal likewise said.
The Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP), through a resolution authored by SPM Claudio Jesus "Ka-law" Puentevella approved the request for Central Negros Electric Coope-rative (CENECO) to formally explain the pre-valence of rotating brown-outs in the city.