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Bacolod City, Philippines Saturday, June 16, 2012
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Anti-substance abuse
ordinance approved


An ordinance establishing a comprehensive anti alcohol, tobacco and other substance abuse program in all public and private schools in Bacolod City, was passed by the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod on third and final reading yesterday.

The ordinance was authored by Councilor Em Legaspi-Ang and co-authored by Councilors Roberto Rojas and Homer Bais.

Ang said the ordinance hopes to provide an appropriate program in educational institutions necessary to rectify and rehabilitate students who clung to drugs and other form of vices shall be of great help in developing and nurturing the youth as clean and healthy adult citizens and future leaders of this nation.

It said that since children spend a considerable time within the school grounds, the campus can be the best venue for intervention, where each individual student can be guided towards seeking the treatment most appropriate to his or her needs.

The ordinance said vices and alcoholic drink should be discouraged among students to instill discipline upon them.

The SP also passed a resolution yesterday deferring any action on the demolition of 24 squatter families at Paglaum Village, Brgy. Mansilingan, Bacolod City and another corollary resolution inquiring from Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Maranon if these constituents can be given preference of there with be vacancies at the Cabuguason relocation site.

The resolutions were proposed by Councilor Archie Baribar.

The request for the deferment of action on the demolition of illegal structures of the 24 families was made by the City and Provincial Legal Officers.

The informal settlers appeared before the SP during its session yesterday led by Manuel Lobaton.

Who said they have not yet applied for a relocation site with the Bacolod Housing Authority and they fear any demolition since there is no relocation site ready for them.*CGS

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