An ordinance seeking the creation of the Bacolod City Chinatown Center and the allocation of not less than P15 million as initial funding for the improvement of the center to honor the Filipino-Chinese communities in their contribution is being proposed by Councilor Dindo Ramos.
The ordinance said the Capitol Shopping Center will be renamed and improved as the BCCC and the Bacolod City Chinatown Development Council will be created to formulate policies and guidelines, recommend actions and possible legislation to enhance the operation, management and the physical improvement of BCCC.
The BCCDC will also ensure the participation of the private sector and will approve requests for tax incentives of a private sector proponent for undertaking government projects within BCCC.
The ordinance also said that any person or entity who contributes to the establishment of the BCCC will be entitled to a 70 percent tax refund in the form of Tax Credit Certificate, chargeable against his future tax liabilities with the city government.
The fund raised will be used for the declogging of drainage system, concreting and widening of roads and pavements, streetlights, construction of welcome arch, and other improvements needed.
Meanwhile, an ordinance requesting the strict implementation of the Republic Act 9211, or the Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003, to stop the selling of cigarets to minors is being proposed by Councilor Cezar Distrito.
The ordinance said sidewalk vendors, sari-sari stores, bars outside school premises, playgrounds, and other places frequented mostly by minors should not sell cigarets to the youngsters.
It will also involve the participation of the Bacolod City Police, the City Health Office, and the Ordinance Enforcement Unit-City Legal Office as the core implementers of the law.*LTG