An ordinance granting citations and incentives to the top 10 graduating students from public elementary and secondary schools in Bacolod City, was approved by the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Bacolod City on first reading Wednesday.
The ordinance was authored by Councilor Caesar Distrito, chairperson of the Committee on Youth, SK Affairs and Sports, with co-authors, Councilors Roberto Rojas, Em Legaspi-Ang, Carlos Jose Lopez, Archie Baribar, Alex Paglumotan and Ana Marie Palermo.
The ordinance aims to give awards and recognitions to the top 10 graduating students from the public elementary and secondary schools within the jurisdiction of the City Government.
During their graduation rites, class valedictorians will receive the City Mayor’s Academic Achievement Award (medal and certificate) plus P3,000 as incentive.
Class salutatorians will receive the Vice Mayor’s Academic Achievement Award (medal and certificate) plus P2,000 incentive.
The ordinance also provides that honorable mention students will receive the Sangguniang Panlungsod Academic Achievement Awards (medal and certificate) plus P1, 000 incentive.
The top 10 graduating students will also be given priority in the Bacolod City College Scholarships if they enroll in the BCC, and will also be prioritized in the scholarships offered by the City Government, it said.
The ordinance will be known as “Top Ten Honor Students Incentives Ordinance of Bacolod City.
An amount of P3 million will be appropriated annually for the full implementation of this ordinance, to be taken from the General Fund of the City Government.
Meanwhile, Councilor Alex Paglumotan proposed an ordinance Wednesday that aims to declare the 13th day of February every year to commemoration World Radio Day as a permanent celebration in the City of Bacolod.
Paglumotan said radio continues to evolve in the digital age and it remains to be the medium with the widest reach worldwide. The method is also used by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization to relay their commitment to promote gender equality and women empowerment.
“It is important for the City of Bacolod to join UNESCO’s World Radio Day so that we can promote the people’s trust in broadcast media as a means of expression for their basic rights and participation as citizens,” he said.*CGS
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