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SP acts vs. littering

An ordinance prohibiting the littering of plastics, papers, or any other refuse in open or public places, waterways and recreational areas, and prescribing penalties for violation was approved on second reading by the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod yesterday.

Authored by Em Ang, the proposed ordinance said Section 48(1) of Republic Act No. 9003, or the “Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000” prohibits the littering, throwing, dumping of waste matters in public places, such as roads, sidewalks, canals, esteros or parks, and establishments.

It said there is a need to intensify the campaign for proper waste disposal to prevent ecological and environmental degradation, endangering public health, and causing floods.

The proposed ordinance provides that any person caught violating Sec. 3 and Sec. 4(b) of the ordinance, upon conviction will be fined P500 for first offense; P1,000 for succeeding offenses and will render community service for not less than one day to not more than 15 days.

Any residence, business establishment and/or any other entity caught in violation of Sec. 3, Section 4(a) and Section 5, upon conviction, will be fined P1,000 for first offense and P2,000 for succeeding offenses with a corresponding cancellation of license to operate  business establishments, it said.

It also provides for the creation of an Anti-Littering Task Force to be responsible for its strict implementation.

Meanwhile, a resolution requesting the City Cooperative and Livelihood Development Office, through the Office of the Mayor, to strengthen livelihood programs and trainings in depressed communities in Bacolod City, was passed by the SP yesterday.

The resolution also encourages residents to establish livelihood organizations to provide them support and economic opportunities.

It said Republic Act No. 8425, or the “Social Reform and Poverty Alleviation Act”, provides for the  “Adoption and Integration of Social Reform Agenda in the National Anti-Poverty Action Agenda”,which will have a multi-dimensional approach to poverty consisting of reforms such as the – Economic Dimension Asset Reform and Access to Economic Opportunities.

The resolution was also authored by Ang, chairman of the SP Committees on Social Services, and Gender and Development.*CGS

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2 exhibits to open
in Bacolod today

Gallery Orange will open at 7 p.m. today two solo exhibitions called “File High Resolution,” photography by Pierre-Emmanuel Michel at Gallery C and “Doghouse,” an installation by Beatrix Syjuco at Gallery B, a press release from organizers said.

Pierre-Emmanuel Michel, or Pierremm, is an artist, photographer, award-winning art director and visual communication specialist.

File High Resolution shows three stops on the artist’s extensive travels. First is Bacolod for his short trip for long impressions; second is Manila, a bird-eye view of the city’s patchworks of colors and life, and graphic impressions; and third is Charles De Gaulle airport, a series on Paris, a poetic walk filled with instances of life and emotional moments, the press release said.

Michel has worked as a graphics designer for almost 20 years.  He works in Paris and Bordeaux in advertising and interactive agencies, while pursuing his own artistic way on the side.

Doghouse, on the other hand, is an installation art with the use of integrated new media by Beatrix Syjuco. Curator Manny Montelibano describes it as a work that resonated in the Visayas Biennale 2010 which is why he invited the work to be exhibited in Negros.

Syjuco is a writer, performance and video artist whose multifarious talents have allowed her to create complex multi-media works where she is all of writer, conceptualist, director, performer/actress, video editor, sound and installation artist, the press release said.

Most recently, she was one of the honored artists selected to represent Luzon and Metro Manila in the 2010 Visayas Biennale, which was organized and hosted by Cebu City. 

In 2007, she was regional finalist in the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines Awards for promoting Art and Culture Advancement and since then has continued to be one who is “driven to excel,” the press release said.

Meanwhile, Michel is holding an art forum at 4 p.m. today at Gallery Orange. Both File High Resolution and Doghouse will be free of entrance until March 27, the press release added.*

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2 exhibits to open in Bacolod today

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