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A resolution requesting the Liga nga mga Barangay to support House Bill No. 6567 authored by Rep. George Arnaiz (Neg. Or., 2nd District), chair of House Committee on Local Government, is being proposed by Bacolod City Councilor Catalino Alisbo.

The resolution said H.B. No. 6567, or “A measure that will provide lump sum retirement pay for barangay officials, including barangay tanods, members of lupon tagapamayapa, barangay health workers and barangay day care workers,” was approved on its third and final reading.

It said that, under the measure, the retirement benefit to be taken from the barangay retirement fund will be awarded to those who are at least 60 years old and have served for a minimum of nine years upon his or her retirement.

The resolution said that, according to Arnaiz, the retirement benefit is in recognition of the barangay officials’ contribution to the community and is expected to raise their economic and social status and to encourage them to continue their public service.

It said the Department of Interior and Local Government is tasked to administer and ensure the appropriate disbursement of the retirement fund.

Meanwhile, a resolution requesting the Silver MassKara Festival Organization Inc. to ensure the full restoration of the aesthetics of the Bacolod Public Plaza, which was used as a festival site of the 33rd MassKara Festival, is being proposed by Councilor Sonya Verdeflor.

The resolution said the plaza, a historical landmark of the city, was used as one of the festival sites of the recently concluded world-renowned MassKara Festival.

It also said it is imperative for the SMFOI as the festival’s organizer, to initiate the full restoration of the Bacolod Public Plaza to its original state considering that it has just undergone rehabilitation and beautification by the city’s General Services Office, it said.*CGS


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