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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, July 14, 2016
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BY CHRYSEE SAMILLANO

An ordinance naming the Government Center as the People's House of Bacolod City, was repealed by the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod yesterday with the passage on first, second, third and final reading of City Ordinance No. 08-15-750, Series of 2015.

The repealing ordinance was approved by eight members of the SP, who also authored it, namely Councilors Cano Tan, Cindy Rojas, Renecito Novero, Em Legaspi-Ang, Elmer Sy, Dindo Ramos, Bart Orola and Caesar Distrito, the main author.

Councilor Wilson Gamboa objected

The repealing ordinance said the Local Government Code of 1991 empowers the Sangguniang Panlungsod as the legislative body of the city, to name local government units, streets, public places and structures.

On July 29, 2015, City Ordinance no. 08-15-750, series of 2015 was approved by the Sangguniang Panlungsod, it said.

Distrito said Section 13 of the Local Government Code provides that the name of a local government unit or a public place, street or structure with historical, cultural or ethnic significance should not be changed, unless by a unanimous vote of the Sanggunian concerned in and in consultation with the Philippine Historical Commission. But since there were oppositions when the ordinance was passed, the same is considered invalid.

He said several ordinances and resolutions passed by the Sangguniang Panlungsod including the contracts entered by the city government for its construction had recognized and named the structure as Bacolod Government Center, or the New Government Center, thus it already has a name.

“It is very clear that City Ordinance No. 08-15-750 was approved through the improper application of our laws and its invalidity must be fixed,” Distrito said.

For a long time, all citizens of the city and even its visitors have recognized or acknowledged that the name of the structure is the Bacolod City Government Center. The edifice being the most recognizable structure in the City of Bacolod, had already acquired its historical significance ever since it was opened to the public and attained such significance and recognition, so a change of its name is no longer needed, he said.

Distrito said that as the law-making body of this city, it is their responsibility to ensure that the ordinances that they approve are within the requisites stated, and must be free from errors and any obscurities.*CGS

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