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Bacolod City, Philippines Monday, November 26, 2012
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Bacolod SP pushing for hike in
health workers’ allowance


An ordinance increasing the allowance of barangay health workers in Bacolod City, was approved on first reading Wednesday by the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod.

Authored by Councilor El Cid Familiaran, the ordinance said it is the policy of the city to provide living wages to its employees, extend and/or increase allowance of its barangay health workers and provide them incentives as they often perform hazardous work.

The ordinance said that although each BHW is already provided a monthly allowance of P2,000, the amount Is not even enough for their fare and other exigencies while performing their daily tasks, which at times is even voluntary.

It said the city should allocate funds for the increase of the monthly allowance of the BHW from P2,000 to P3,000 per month.

The SP also approved on first reading an ordinance designating a permanent festival site at the Bacolod City Reclamation Area for the MassKara Festival celebration, which will be known as “MassKara City.”

Authored by Councilor Sonya Verdeflor, the ordinance provides for the creation of a MassKara City Development Committee to plan and establish the sustainable operation of the MassKara City.

The ordinance said that in order to establishment the MassKara City, the city government of Bacolod should appropriate an initial P20 million to be taken from the general fund.

Meanwhile, the SP also approved a resolution authored by Councilor Em Legaspi-Ang declaring the observance of the 16 days of activism against violence against women from November 25 to December 10.*CGS

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