SP Highlights: 2017 Landmark Legislations First of Two Parts
In 2017, the 12th Sangguniang Panlungsod is happy to note that it has enacted 110 ordinances and 656 resolutions over the course of said year. This is higher than the legislations we passed in 2016 – which total to 81 ordinances and 601 resolutions. Among the landmark legislations of 2017 are this representation’s Revised Solo Parents Ordinance of Naga City (Ordinance No. 2017-029) and Naga Bicycle Ordinance (Ordinance No. 2017-105). The first ordinance, co-sponsored by Councilor Elmer S. Baldemoro, expands the benefits and assistance being provided by the city government to solo parents. It also encourages private establishments to become partners in catering to the special needs of solo parents and their children. Meanwhile, the Naga Bicycle Ordinance, co-sponsored by Councilor Joselito S.A. Del Rosario, is an expression of our commitment to promote cycling in the city. It enumerates programs for its advancement, creates a Bicycle Board that will be participated by avid cyclists, and lays down the policy for provision of infrastructural support, including the creation of a Bicycle Park. On the part of our city councillors, their significant contribution to the development of our city never ceases to amaze. Councilor Cecilia Veluz-De Asis, as head of the Committee on Appropriations, efficiently managed the preparation and the passage of Naga’s Annual Budget for 2018. She also co-sponsored the elevation of the City Events, Protocol and Public Information Office to a full-fledged department. Councilor Gregorio Re Abonal, as chair of the Committee on Senior Citizens, has sponsored the enactment of the City Centenarians Incentive Ordinance (Ordinance No. 2017-052) which, aside from the One Hundred Thousand Pesos (P100,000.00) given by the Department of Social Welfare and Development, also gives another Hundred Thousand Peso (P100,000) incentive to Nagueños who reached the age of 100. As head of the Committee on Education, Councilor Abonal has also spearheaded the improvement on the Raul S. Roco-Naga City Public Library (RNCPL). In the aspect of public health, our councilor-doctor, Hon. Jose Rañola, introduced innovative policies to ensure the wellness of our constituency. He is the man behind the Best Performing Barangay Health Centers Reward System Ordinance in the City of Naga (Ordinance No. 2017-002), the Creation of a Task Force that shall monitor HIV/AIDS cases and sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the city and conduct surveillance to ensure protection especially of minor children against HIV/AIDS through possible involvement in sex trade (Ordinance No. 2017-018), The Naga City Drinking Water Quality Regulatory Ordinance (Ordinance No. 2017-039), the Smoke-Free Ordinance (Ordinance No. 2017-066) and the Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Center Ordinance (Ordinance No. 2017-093).