Three pending ordinances proposed by Provincial Board Member Celestino Martinez III are hoped to be passed soon.
These ordinances, which were discussed in Kapistorya sa Kapitolyo last April 17, are focused on children’s health and welfare, public servant benefits and citizen safety.
One of the proposed ordinances is the creation of the Cebu Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office.
Martinez pointed out a need for continuous monitoring and supervision in times of calamities. The ordinance is meant to protect the inhabitants of Cebu Province from the harmful effects of man-made or natural disasters and calamities.
It will prompt continuous disaster monitoring and mobilize public and private sectors, utilizing their facilities and resources for the protection and preservation of life and property during emergencies.
Another ordinance mandates provincial hospitals to provide free medical care to zero- to five-year-old children of indigent parents. This was inspired by several cases of infants with financially poor parents fearing a long hospital stay. The ordinance, if approved, will help alleviate the burden of parents every time their children need medical care and attention.
The third proposed ordinance deals with barangay accident, dismemberment and death security scheme.
This prescribes the grant of hospital, death, accident, and dismemberment benefits to all barangay officials, barangay tanods and lupong tagapamayapa (barangay mediators) through the Provincial Health Office.
The first two ordinances are on its first reading. The last said ordinance is now on its second reading. Zeus Canillo, CNU Intern