An ordinance creating a Bacolod City Drinking Water Quality Monitoring Council was passed by the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod on first reading Wednesday.
The ordinance authored by Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr., said the quality of all water sources in Bacolod City should be regularly monitored and analyzed to ensure public health and general welfare, which is one of the primary responsibilities of all local government units.
The ordinance provides for the organization of the Local Drinking Water Quality Monitoring Committee to oversee the operation of the water systems and the quality of water produced and distributed through the systems and to monitor the implementation of the Sanitation Code of the Philippines and Philippine Clean Water Act.
The SP also approved Wednesday a resolution requesting the City Health Office, through Mayor Monico Puentevella, to designate and appoint a physician available at the government center for free consultation by all city employees, workers, officials and the general public, at least once a week.
Also approved was a resolution requesting the Bacolod City Local Finance Committee and Department of Budget and Management to direct all barangay captains and their treasurers to clearly identify, itemize and indicate the one percent share set aside from the total amount of their Barangay Annual Budget related to senior citizens and the differently-abled or person with disabilities as contained in the Annual General Appropriation Act.
The resolution authored by Councilor Archie Baribar, said it has been noted that some barangays are not clearly identifying and itemizing the one percent share from their annual budget intended to address the programs and projects of senior citizens and PWD in their barangays.
Some barangays have been monitored to be merging the amount intended for their senior citizens and PWD with their barangay programs, projects, activities and service to the disadvantage in these sectors, the resolution added.*CGS