BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO
An ordinance establishing the “I’ll Be The Change” program was recently approved by the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod on first reading.
Authored by Councilor Celia Matea Flor, the ordinance said Bacolod City recognizes the need to instill positive qualities in all aspects of human endeavor to fulfill its vision of a clean, healthy, resilient, orderly and peaceful city with vibrant economy, balanced environment, and enduring and lively culture, safe settlements, under the leadership of good governance champions in partnership with God-loving, family-oriented, child-friendly and globally competitive Bacolodnons.
The City Government of Bacolod also recognizes the contribution of its people in upholding the values of good citizenship and finds it appropriate to honor the everyday heroes exemplifying extraordinary acts, it said.
The ordinance to be known as “I’ll Be The Change Ordinance,” provides for the creation of the Bacolod City Special Recognition and Citation Committee (BSRCC) for the purpose of overseeing the implementation of the provisions of the ordinance, and will be responsible for organizing the search and award of citizens who have done acts of honesty, kindness, challenging of corruption or wrong practices, and other acts worthy of emulation.
The City Mayor will appoint the members of the committee that will be composed of not more than five people. The secretariat of the BSRCC will be the Bacolod City Public Information Office (PIO), it said.
The BSRCC and PIO will conduct an advocacy campaign regarding this ordinance to encourage Bacolodnons to be the change they want to see, and to create a city that they want to live in. This ordinance will serve as a departure point and hope that eventually these good acts will be embodied by all Bacolodnons, with or without an award or recognition, the ordinance said.
The BSRCC and PIO will include the story of the awardees of their exemplary acts in their newsletter and digital platforms to serve as an inspiration for others, it said.
The funding for this program will come from the City Mayor’s Office. Any sum not utilized will be carried over to the next fiscal year. In case the appropriated amount is not sufficient, the additional appropriation will be included in any succeeding supplemental budget the ordinance added.*