Pasig City passes key ordinances, supported laws to push for progressive, holistic development
Kyla Uy, Staff Writer
A year since Mayor Vico Sotto took his oath of office and assumed the role of mayor, he once again revisits the first year of his administration to coincide with the 447th celebration of Pasig’s foundation day.
Vice Mayor Iyo Caruncho Bernardo and Congressman Roman Romulo have given their public pronouncements to give more light to the developments that have taken place in Pasig City since the start of the new administration.
Progress Report and Resolutions
With the COVID-19 response in full swing, Vice Mayor Iyo detailed how the low priority projects were suspended to enable the local government unit to allot more budget to the relief operations. “Inuna ng Pasig ang pamimigay ng food packs, coupons, medicines, etcetera” to sustain the efforts to alleviate the situation of the Pasiguenos.
Bernardo acknowledged the barangay officials, especially the barangay captains, because of their continuing support to LGU Pasig to service every family in the city.
Further, the Vice Mayor mentioned that the local Supplementary Social Amelioration Program (SAP) was among the resolutions they immediately passed because they saw the urgency in providing financially to affected families but given existing limitations, not everyone was able to get financial aid.
“Hindi lahat nang families ay napasama sa list ng DSWD SAP, kaya nagpasa ng Supplemental SAP ang ating LGU para mabigyan yung ga wala dun sa listahan,” he said noting that the administration has done this by allocating other available budget, the Hazard Pay for the courageous front-liners who continued to serve in the middle of the pandemic, was given out to ensure that health workers are well – compensated and are able to assist in fighting the corona virus through a much needed medical response.
Notwithstanding the serious strain on the city’s budget, he pointed out that the steps taken by the local government with regard to maintaining peace and order amid the uncertain times, Bernardo cited city ordinances that helped people maintain a semblance of normalcy. Foremost among them are the anti-panic buying ordinance, social distancing, wearing of masks and face shields.
He concluded that there will be another round of Supplementary SAP that is particularly allotted for the education expenses of young Pasiguenos.
Romulo bares legislative directions
“Hindi pwedeng tumigil ang pag-aaral,” Pasig Lone District Representative Roman Romulo echoed the plea of Mayor Sotto among the Pasig residents as he bared that three new laws have been introduced that should enable Pasig and other cities push for a more holistic approach to learning.
Romulo said that the National Sports Academic System was passed to provide an opportunity for the spatially gifted students who are excelling in their respective sports. “Sa umaga mag-aaral sila ng academics, tapos sa hapon naman tuturuan sila sa mga sports na gusto nila,” he said.
He also presented the second but more contentious bill he pushed that has now been passed into law, the Good Manners and Right Conduct (GMRC) law, which requires schools to infuse values education into their curriculum from grades one to six. This bill has garnered much sarcasm from many groups not because of the provisions of the law but because of how certain national leaders have supposedly been the opposite of what the new law envisions Filipino to be.
“Sa panahon ng technology, kung ano-ano nang hindi magandang pwedeng sabihin online,” he remarked. “Gusto nating iwasan yan. Dito sa law na ito, magiging practical na ang values education sa grades one to six, hind na theoretical.”
Finally, Romulo also affirmed that the Special Education Fund is now in place and will now enable concerned government agencies, units, and organizations to support children of all abilities, skills, and intellect that deserves space for growth within the education system being differently abled.