An ordinance known as the Bacolod Sports and Development Ordinance of 2011 was passed by the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod on its third and final reading recently.
The ordinance, authored by Councilor Caesar Distrito, chairman of SP Committee on Laws, Ordinances and Good Government, aims to have a comprehensive sports development program that will involve the greater participation of the young people in Bacolod City in the year-long activities that will be formulated by the Bacolod City Sports Development Council that will be created by this ordinance.
Distrito said the present sports body remains ineffective and non-functional, and resulted in the deprivation of the citizens of Bacolod of an appropriate and effective sports development program.
The ordinance includes the implementation of the Palarong Pambarangay where the different barangays of Bacolod will hold their own sports competition within their jurisdiction and the winners of the event will compete in the Palarong Panlungsod that will be joined by other representatives from the different barangays of the city.
This event aims to discover future sports superstars from the grassroots sectors of Bacolod City, Distrito said.
The ordinance also provides a separate event for Persons with Disabilities for the improvement of their total well being and to uplift their involvement in the society, he said.
Also provided in the ordinance is “An Adopt an Athlete” program where the Bacolod City Sports Development Council will look for patrons that will adopt athletes and support their needs, he added.
Distrito said the ordinance further provides for the Special Sports Funds wherein a Trust Fund will be created for purposes of supporting the various sports program of Sports Council, which will be taken from the P1 levy that a moviegoer will pay in all cinemas and in all cockpits within the city.
This repeals City Ordinance No. 85, series of 1993 and City Ordinance 159 of 1996 which created the Bacolod City Sports Council.
The ordinance was co-authored by Em Ang, Al Victor Espino and Mona Dia Jardin and supported by Councilors Homer Bais, Roberto Rojas, Sonya Verdeflor, and Distrito, while Councilors Archie Baribar and Catalino Alisbo voted against it.*CGS
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