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City SP acts on
housing needs

BY SHIELA MAY GELERA

The Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod approved on first reading yesterday an ordinance requiring the Bacolod Housing Authority and other concerned agencies to prioritize the processing of applications of family home owners who are subject of court demolition, and involving senior citizens and persons with disability.

Authored by Bacolod Councilor Catalino Alisbo, the ordinance, titled “Housing priority for senior citizens and persons with disability in the city of Bacolod,” said that the city provides through the BHA, suitable socialized housing and resettlement areas for immediate and future needs of under-privileged and homeless residents of the city.

It said, the city through, its agency, demolishes houses of informal settlers included in court demolition orders without verifying whether senior citizen with disability, or PWDs are among those to be displaced.

It said the BHA and other concerned agencies should give priority to the processing and approval of such applications for their transfer to the proposed resettlement areas and give priority to ailing senior citizens and PWDs.

Alisbo is the chairman of the Sangguniang PanlungsodCommittee on Senior Citizens and Veterans Affairs, and the Committee on Government Assets.

The SP also passed on first reading an ordinance appropriating P100,000 for the various annual memorial activities celebrated and commemorated by the Bacolod City Veterans District in honor of their comrades during the World War II, and for other purposes, authored also by Alisbo.

The ordinance said the memorial events are the Araw ng Kagitingan on April 9, Independence Day on June 12, Negros Victory Day on September 9 and Rizal day, or the yearend activity on December 30.*SG

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Meanwhile, the SP also approved on first reading yesterday an ordinance prescribing the guidelines in road closure requests of public and private entities in Bacolod City.

Authored by Councilor Caesar Distrito, chairperson of the Committee on Laws, Ordinances and Good Government, the ordinance aims to have the public informed earlier that a portion of a certain road will be closed on a particular date through signage to be installed by the Bacolod Traffic Authority Office.

Distrito said that under this set-up, the public will not be confused or be inconvenienced by the temporary closures of a certain roads and the BTAO can smoothly implement its rerouting plan.

The ordinance also provides the process for requesting road closures and the fines and penalties for public and private entities who violate the law, he said.*CGS

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