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Bacolod City, Philippines Wednesday, December 5, 2012
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A resolution requesting the Office of the City Mayor to extend Christmas gift packs for city-paid barangay workers as assistance for the holiday season, was approved by the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod yesterday.

Authored by Councilors Sonya Verdeflor and El Cid Familiaran, the resolution said the city-paid barangay workers such as barangay health workers, day care teachers/workers, child development workers and barangay nutrition scholars extend indispensable child care and health services to the city’s constituents ranging from 3-year old infants up to the ailing and sick elderly citizens.

The resolution said these health workers receive very minimal honoraria for their services and during the Christmas season, they are not entitled to any 13thmonth pay and other bonuses as compared to the regular city-paid employees.

Meanwhile, the SP passed on third and final reading, an ordinance amending Article VII, Section 2 of City ordinance 347, Series of 2003, or “An ordinance strengthening and institutionalizing the day care service and early childhood care and development programs and services of Bacolod City.”

The ordinance, authored by Councilor Em Ang and co-authored by Councilor Sonya Verdeflor, said Article VI, Section 2 of C.O. No. 347, Series of 2003 provides that DSSD child development workers performing services or implementing ECCD programs other than the Day Care Service Program in the barangays, will receive a monthly honorarium of P3,000.00.

Honorarium may be increased at any time in the future depending upon the availability of funds and upon approval by the City Mayor and the SP, it said.

The present honorarium of the CDW’s of P 3,000 per month is heavily tied up with the recent increases in the costs of public transportation while doing regular home visits and surveys to priority targets, follow-ups of the children’s nutrition wellness and health and other relevant activities, the ordinance said.

The ordinance provides that CDW’s and other DSSD ECCD workers performing services or implementing city ECCD programs other than the Day Care Service Program in the barangays will receive a monthly honorarium of P5,000.00.

The SP also approved a resolution urging the City Mayor’s Office and the Human Resource Management Office to immediately act on the urgent need for a permanent local civil registrar for the City of Bacolod.

It said acting Civil Registrar Evelyn Legaspina retired on July 19 leaving the next in rank, Corazon Mori, to handle the functions of the Local Civil Registrar but in acting capacity.*CGS

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