Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod
The Sangguniang Panglungsod (SP) of Bacolod City approved in Wednesday’s session the resolution authored by Councilor Caesar Distrito and co-authored by Councilors Em Ang and Jocelle Batapa-Sigue, expressing full support for the approval of Senate Bill 2045 authored by Sen. Aquilino Coco Pimentel, Jr., which is an act providing for the share in the national taxes, amending Republic Act 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991.
The resolution states that Senator Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel, Jr. proposed Senate Bill No. 2045 which seeks to provide additional resources for LGUs by expanding the source of IRA funds and increasing the percentage share for IRA computation from the present 40% to a proposed 50% increase.
The Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) approved on third and final reading last Wednesday an ordinance naming the City High Mansilingan Road as Vicente T. Remitio Avenue.
The ordinance, authored by Councilors El Cid Familiaran, Archie Baribar and Jocelle Batapa–Sigue pays tribute to the man who was a tireless civic leader, religious worker, brilliant lawyer, scholar, student leader, debater, acclaimed orator and a recipient of thirty distinctions and honors, including an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws and Honoris Causa conferred by his alma mater, the Central Philippine University.
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."