Se­niors pro­pose laws in coun­cil

Sun.Star Baguio - - Top Stories - - Julie G. Fianza

LAST week, Se­nior ci­ti­zen of­fi­cials-for-aday (SCOFAD) pro­posed and de­lib­er­ated on 29 leg­isla­tive mea­sures for their ben­e­fit and the com­mu­nity dur­ing the coun­cil sdes­sion.

SC vice-mayor Vic­tor Afalla, took re­spon­si­bil­ity over the com­mit­tee chair­man­ship as­signed to each. They have ob­served pro­ceed­ings and un­der­gone ori­en­ta­tion on leg­isla­tive mat­ters, ac­cord­ing to Leg­isla­tive staff Jon­a­lyn Pa­gada.

SC Coun­cilor Felix Ben­tayen pro­posed that the Depart­ment of Public Works (DPWH) and the City Engi­neers Of­fice (CEO) al­lo­cate an an­nual bud­get for reg­u­lar re­paint­ing of pedes­trian lanes; while SC coun­cilor Al­fredo Pal­ado pro­posed for the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of, and in the ab­sence of street­lights, the in­stal­la­tion of LED lights; as with the im- of di­lap­i­dated or faded road signs.

SC Coun­cilor Nam­nama Lopez through a pro­posed res­o­lu­tion urged Mayor Mauri­cio Do­mo­gan to direct the CEO to paint over van­dal­ized public places; while SC Coun­cilor An­tonino Cortes, Jr. re­quested that the post­ing of any ad­ver­tis­ing ma­te­rial within the barangays be pro­hib­ited. There is a need to pro­cure proper clear­ances from the au­thor­i­ties, he said.

The DPWH was re­quested by SC Coun­cilor Emilia Jarata for a fly-over along Naguil­ian and Bokawkan road junc­tions; along with the same re­quest for Mar­cos High­wayLe­garda junc­tion,

Lour­des road, and Leonard Wood road and Navy Base junc­tion.

The SC coun­cilors said de­con­ges­tion of traf­fic would re­sult from in­fra­struc­ture im­prove­ments.

For health, safety and en­vi­ron­men­tal con­cerns, SC Coun­cilor Er­linda Bueno re­quested the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion (DepEd) to strictly mon­i­tor and im­ple­ment the guide­lines on health food choices in school can­teens, and stores within school vicin­ity; while SC Coun­cilor Pacita Res­ur­rec­cion urged that busi­ness es­tab­lish­ments in­cor­po­rate a green zone to help im­prove the air qual­ity and pro­mote an en­vi­ron­men­tal­friendly Cen­tral busi­ness District.

SC Coun­cilor Ed­uardo Reyes pro­posed that grad­u­at­ing col­lege stu­dents plant at least two trees and tend to same for six months; in an iden­ti­fied plant­ing site.

For the safety and con­ve­nience of the rid­ing public, SC coun­cilor Luz Abella re­quested that public util­ity ve­hi­cles spe- cif­i­cally jeep­neys be in­stalled with grab rails. She also pro­posed that taxi driv­ers ex­tend courtesy to pas­sen­gers through load­ing or un­load­ing of their bag­gage.

SC Coun­cilor Ruby Ag­pawa re­quested for as­sis­tance in the es­tab­lish­ment of a Barangay Se­nior Ci­ti­zen Co­op­er­a­tive; and se­nior ci­ti­zen but­ton pins as iden­ti­fi­ca­tion ma­te­ri­als, while SC Coun­cilor Alexan­der Wasian pro­posed that stray dogs in the barangays be caught for public safety.

SC Coun­cilor Eliseo Bal­divino pro­posed that auto re­pair shop own­ers in the city be en­cour­aged to em­ploy Tech­ni­cal Ed­u­ca­tion Skills De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (TESDA) cer­tifi­cate hold­ers, with ap­pro­pri­ate ex­pe­ri­ence.

Other pro­pos­als are fo­cused on se­nior ci­ti­zen ben­e­fits: a so­cial events build­ing for the el­derly; free di­ag­nos­tic ex­am­i­na­tion for se-

nior cit­i­zens; up­grad­ing of SC iden­ti­fi­ca­tion cards; the im­ple­men­ta­tion of gro­cery pur­chase dis­counts; hon­o­rar­ium for SCOFAD des­ig­nates; fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance to in­di­gent se­nior cit­i­zens; pro­vid­ing pro­tec­tion for the el­derly against abuse and aban­don­ment; and el­derly le­gal as­sis­tance with gov­ern­ment fund­ing.

A dis­abil­ity desk with a com­mit­tee in every barangay; free le­gal aid, in­cen­tives and hon­o­rar­ium with tax ex­emp­tion to barangay of­fi­cials; a Char­ter Day cel­e­bra­tion awards for cul­ture, tra­di­tion and cus­toms preser­va­tion; and the reg­u­la­tion on the sale and ac­qui­si­tion of lands in the city, were also pro­posed.

Al­most all of the leg­isla­tive pro­pos­als were ap­proved, with some amend­ments and sug­ges­tions for im­prove­ment.

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