An ordinance prohibiting the use, sale and provision in Bacolod City of expanded polystyrene foam, or Styrofoam, as containers for food and beverages was approved by the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod on third and final reading recently.
Authored by Councilor Em Legaspi-Ang, the ordinance said expandable polystyrene foams take several decades to hundreds of years to deteriorate in the landfill and being a non-biodegradable material clog canals, creeks, rivers and other waterways, causing floods during the rainy season and harm to the waterways and surrounding community.
It also said that the Bacolod City Government is spending much waste disposal.
The ordinance provides penalty of P1,000 fine and confiscation of EPS foam for the first offense; P3,000 fine and confiscation of EPS for the second offense; and P5,000 fine, confiscation of EPS foam, or imprisonment of not more than six months upon the discretion of the court and in the case of business establishments, cancellation of their license to operate for one year.
The SP also approved a resolution authored by Councilor Catalino Alisbo, requesting the office of the Mayor and Department of Social Welfare and Development to furnish the SP, the guidelines for the availment of death benefit assistance of the nearest surviving relative of the deceased indigent senior citizens, or elderly person under Article 20, Section 4 of the Implementing Rules and Regulation of R.A. 9994, and also similar benefit assistance approved by the SP in aid of legislation.
The resolution said R.A. 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010 provides that a minimum P2,000 death benefit assistance should be given to the nearest surviving relative who took care of the deceased senior citizen until his/her death, or in his/her absence, the benefactor or foster family of the deceased indigent senior citizen.
The amount will be subject to adjustments every two years due to inflation in accordance with the guidelines to be issued by the DSSD and the Department of Interior and Local Government.
Also approved was a resolution requesting City Administrator Rogelio Balo to direct General Services Office head Jerome Solinap to file an application with the Commission on Audit Bacolod City Office to inspect and determine the equipments stock at the old City Engineer's Compound to see whether these properties are still with value or without value and a recommendation that these can be disposed by the City Government pursuant to Rules and Regulation and Section 383 of R.A. 7160.*CGS