An ordinance that will regulate the extraction of groundwater in Bacolod City, was approved on third and final reading Wednesday by the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod.
Authored by Bacolod Councilor Carlos Jose Lopez, the ordinance, “groundwater protection” said water is vital to national development and it has become increasingly necessary for government to intervene actively in improving the management of water resources.
The ordinance said damaged and unused wells and jetmatic pumps can be a source of disease causing microrganisms that can seep through the groundwater supply especially during the rainy season.
There must be strict adherence to the standards set by the National Water Resources Board for proposed deep wells and jetmatic pumps in order to balance the needs of development and protection of our environment, it said.
Lopez is the chairman of the Sangguniang Panlungsod Committee on Trade, Commerce and Industry and the Committee on Fisheries and Agriculture.
The SP also passed on third and final reading an ordinance declaring June 12 to June 20 of every year as “Adlaw sang Paghanduraw (Day of Reminiscence),” with June 18 as the highlight day, institutionalizing certain activity and providing funds for it, authored by Councilor Archie Baribar.
It also approved a resolution declaring the observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities in Bacolod City on December 3 and enjoining all departments and agencies for support and participation, authored by Councilor Em Legaspi-Ang.*CGS