A public hearing on the proposed “Ordinance authorizing the establishment of a dialysis clinic in the City of Bacolod,” will be conducted by Councilor Archie Baribar at the Sanguniang Panlungsod session hall of Bacolod City, 11 a.m. today.
Baribar, chairman of the Committee on Communications and Energy, authored the ordinance that was approved by the SP on first reading Wednesday.
Expected at the hearing are acting Bacolod City Health Officer Dr. Jovy Vergara, Philippine Medical Association of Bacolod, Negros Occidental Society president Dr. Roberto Puerta, Kanla-on Society, Philippine Medical Association president Dr. Charibel Escandelor, and Medical Center Nephrologist Dr. Brian Togle.
The ordinance said there is a notable rise in renal failure, especially in depressed areas of Bacolod City, and such ailment can be addressed only by dialysis treatment, which is prohibitive to many of the indigent constituents of the city.
It said it would be of great help if the city can establish a dialysis clinic for use of its indigent constituents. However, it can establish a dialysis clinic, it has to secure a license to operate from the Department of Health through the City Health Office.
The ordinance said there is also a need for an enabling law authorizing the establishment of the clinic, before the DOH can act on the application.
Meanwhile, Councilor Sonya Verdeflor, chairman of the SP Committee on Agriculture and Fisheries, will conduct a Committee hearing on August 15 on the complaints filed by fishermen of Barangays 1, 2, Banago, Singcang-Airport and Sum-ag against the Bantay Dagat of the Province of Guimaras.
Verdeflor said these fishermen were apprehended by the Bantay Dagat on claims that they went beyond the territorial waters of Bacolod City and encroached on the territorial waters of Guimaras.
They were made to pay the fines and imposed penalties and their fishing boats confiscated about three weeks ago, she said. But these fishermen claimed that the Bantay Dagat exercised abuse of authority as their only means to determine territorial boundaries is the mountain.
Verdeflor said that since there is no formal delineation of territorial waters between the two areas (Bacolod and Guimaras), has asked Guimaras Governor Samuel Gumarin to send his Bantay Dagat official to shed light on the matter.
She said she also invite Guimaras Provincial Police Director Police Senior Supt. Ricardo dela Paz to attend the hearing as those who were apprehended had been turned over to the police.*CGS