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Airspace ordinance
ok’d on 2nd reading

BY CHRYSEE SAMILLANO

An ordinance regulating the use of airspace of Bacolod City, was approved on second reading by the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod Wednesday.

The ordinance, authored by Councilor Caesar Distrito, chairperson of the Committee on Laws, Ordinances and Good Government and Committee on Urban Planning and General Services, aims to regulate airspace usage in the City of Bacolod particularly in public properties.

It provides that the use of airspace can only be allowed if it is intended for the welfare, security, safety, health and convenience of the general public.

It also provides that the use of public airspace for commercial purposes can only be allowed if it will not cause danger to the public, is within the allowable height as determined by Office of the Building Official and certified by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, and should be declared by the SP as a patrimonial property of the City.

Meanwhile, the SP also approved a resolution requesting PhilHealth president Alexander Padilla, through Director Vincent Andrew Leyson, national project manager of the National Household Targeting Office, the list of indigents in the City of Bacolod covered by PhilHealth, and the corresponding budget provided by the national government.

The resolution authored by Councilor El Cid Familiaran, saidthe list of indigents identified by the Department of Social Welfare and Development through the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction, based on Republic Act No. 10606, or “National Health Insurance Act of 1995, “ is indispensable for PhilHealth beneficiaries.

The resolution also said that while other local governments and provinces, such as Negros Occidental have been already provided with the lists of their indigents under PhilHealth coverage, and provided funds, Bacolod City has yet to be provided its own official list of indigent beneficiaries, necessary for appropriate funding from the national government.

The official list of Bacolod’s indigents is critical for crafting and implementing programs and services for social protective services, it added.*CGS

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