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Dev’t consortium pushed

The Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod passed on first reading yesterday an ordinance establishing the Bacolod Community Development Consortium for People-Public-Private Partnership.

The ordinance said that Bacolod City recognizes the importance of people participation and believes in the thrust of the national government to maximize the involvement and participation of private sector and civil society in local affairs.

It said the City of Bacolod has been selected by the Partnership Democratic Local Governance in Southeast Asia (DELGOSEA) as the only pilot city for transnational replication project of best practices, and was chosen from five Southeast Asian countries intended to improve living conditions of disadvantaged groups.

In 2010, the City Government of Bacolod signed a memorandum of understanding with the DELGOSEA as one of the pilot areas in the Philippines to replicate chosen best practice, the ordinance said.

The city selected the best practice of Toul Sangke, Cambodia on People-Private-Public Partnership (PPPP) in improving local infrastructure to replicate in Bacolod, it said.

The DELGOSEA replication project was implemented starting March 2011, and ended in August 2012, it added.

The consortium will be composed of the mayor as honorary chairperson, the vice mayor as honorary vice-chairperson, non-government organizations as overall chairperson, SP Committee on Social Services as vice-chairperson, and the chairpersons of the Committees on Finance and Resource Management, Project Design and Development, Monitoring and Evaluation, Procurement and Inventory, and Community Mobilization.

The ordinance was authored by Councilor Em Ang and co-authored by Councilors Caesar Distrito and Dindo Ramos.

Meanwhile, a resolution requesting the Office of the Mayor to facilitate the release of the fund assistance for participants in the MassKara Barangay Streetdance competition and Electric MassKara Performance Float competition, was also approved by the SP yesterday.

Authored by Councilor Sonya Verdeflor, the resolution said the preparations for the MassKara Streetdance Competition and Electric MassKara Performing Float Competition have already began in the participating barangays that have to incur expenses during practice of their dancers, for their costumes, props, professional fees for choreographers, among others.

The resolution said the Bacolod MassKara Festival will start on October 1, 2012, and time is of the essence, the participating barangays must have their support from the Bacolod City Government. *CGS

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