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SP seeking status report
on Bacolod Youth Home

A resolution requesting the Bacolod City Engineer's Office, through Mayor Evelio Leonardia, to furnish the Sangguniang Panlungsod with a status report on the Bacolod City Youth Home, was approved by the SP Wednesday.

The resolution, authored by Councilor Em Ang and co-authored by Councilor Cindy Rojas, said City Ordinance No. 566, series of 2011, or “An Ordinance Establishing the Bacolod City Youth Home, Creating the Technical Committee for its Construction”, was passed on Nov. 16, 2011.

The Youth Home will serve as a temporary detention and a 24-hour child-caring facility, to be managed by the Department of Social Services and Development, for the purpose of providing short-term residential rehabilitation, treatment and care for children in conflict with the law, it said.

The resolution said the construction of phase one of the Bacolod City Youth Home at Progreso Village, Relocation Site 2 (Arao) started March 2013, consisting of the dormitory, concrete fence, overhead water tank, and installation of electrical supply, and was completed August 22, 2013.

On February 2013, the Department of Interior and Local Government awarded Bacolod City a cash incentive of P3,000,000 from the Performance Challenge Fund as recipient of the Seal of Good Housekeeping, it said.

The fund was used for the construction of phase II of the Bacolod City Youth Home, which included the construction of the administration building and refectory, the resolution said.

Almost four years have passed since the completion of phase 1 but the building and other facilities remain unutilized, it said.

In 2016, Engr. Loben Ceballos reported that the Youth Home is already 90 percent completed, the resolution said.

There is a need to make the Bacolod City Youth Home operational, especially in light of the increasing number of children in conflict with the law, and in compliance with Republic Act 9344, it said.

Meanwhile, the SP also approved a resolution requesting Leonardia to designate an area in the Bacolod Government Center as a child-minding center.

The resolution, also authored by Ang and Rojas, said Section 31, Chapter 5 of Executive Order 292, or the Administrative Code of 1987, requires that provisions for employees welfare be established in each government entity to be integrated into the agency's career and personnel development plan.

EO 340 series of 1997, or an order “Directing National Government Agencies and Government-Owned and Controlled Corporations to Provide Day Care Services for Their Employees' Children Under Five Years of Age”.

The resolution said that previously, there used to be a child minding center in the BGC but is now being utilized other than the purpose it is intended.

The provision of childcare services will be beneficial not only to the children and their parents but also to the government with the eventual improved performance and minimal absenteeism of employees due to problems related to child care, it said.*CGS

VISIT. Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. with University of St. La Salle Bacolod AB Political Science students Lea Dessa Socuaco, Justine Grace Treyes, Nove Therese Gundan, Daryl Ann Nardo, and Kevin Quirante, who interviewed him about projects and plans for the province, recently*


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