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City SP tackles AIP handling
BY CHRYSEE SAMILLANO

The Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod passed on first reading Wednesday an ordinance that will allow the transfer of the responsibility to implement the city’s Annual Investment Plan Project funded from the 20 percent Development Fund, from the city to the requesting barangay.

The ordinance, authored by Councilor Dindo Ramos and Kevin Emmanuel Ramos, and Mona Dia Jardin, provides that the fund should be strictly utilized for development projects identified under the joint memorandum circular No. 2011-1 dated April 13, 2011 of the Department of Budget and Management, and the Department of Interior and Local Government.

It said the 61 barangays annually submit their project proposal to the City Mayor who, in turn, submits it to the City Development Council for inclusion in the AIP and for consideration by the City Council.

These projects, which are supposed to be implemented by the City Engineers’ Office, are almost always delayed as they have to compete with other infrastructure projects of the city government, the ordinance said.

Records show that several projects intended for the barangays under the AIP remain unimplemented despite the fact that appropriations made as early as eight years ago.

Meanwhile, a resolution requesting the City Mayor’ Office and the Department of Public Services to provide the city’s garbage collectors with garbage protection equipment such as sanitary masks, gloves and boots while performing their duties, was approved by the SP Wednesday.

Proposed by Councilor Sonya Verdeflor the resolution said, the city government has employed several job order personnel to collect garbage in Bacolod City and it is its duty to protect these workers from the health hazards.

The SP also approved a resolution urging all government agencies and the private sector to conduct activities for the 33rd National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week, authored by Councilor Caesar Distrito.

The resolution said the celebration aims to stimulate awareness of disability issues and concerns that will strengthen the involvement of government and non-government organizations.*CGS

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