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Dads OK P2.4M for AICS program

THE city government continues to provide assistance to individuals in crisis situation.

During its regular session on Monday, the City Council headed by Vice Mayor Raineir Joaquin V. Uy authorized the city accountant to charge P2.4 million for programs for Emergency Welfare and Crisis Intervention Assistance for the purpose.

This will cover hospital bills, drugstores, funeral homes and direct clients assisted by the city, among others.

The ordinance was endorsed by the committees on finance, budget and appropriations and on laws and rules chaired by Councilors Edna M. Dahino and Ian Mark Nacaya, respectively.(SP)Health, envt cmtes endorse proposed hazardous wastes disposal ordinanceTHE proposed ordinance for proper handling, storage, collection, transport, treatment and disposal of hazardous wastes was favorably endorsed by the City Council committees on health and on environment, respectively chaired by Councilors Maria Lourdes S. Gaane and Zaldy Ocon to the committee on laws and rules chaired by Councilor Ian Mark Nacaya.

This is, however, subject to the finalization of the draft ordinance, which will incorporate all the proposals of different agencies.

During the recent meeting, Noel Paglinawan of the Medical Human Resources (MHR) Health Care presented the proposed technology that will be used for waste management solution.He assured that he will furnish the committees cost analysis of the product.

According to Elvisa Mabelin of the City Local Environment and Natural Resources (CLENRO), the office is waiting for the amendment of the Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC). There is already a separate service vehicle to transport the toxic waste, she added.

She reported that the data of toxic wastes generated were gathered from 11 hospitals, excluding lying-in clinics and diagnostic centers.

For his part, Insp. Sam Laurence Velarde of the Bureau of Fire Protection said the BFP is mandated to respond to hazardous materials, spillage, outbreaks, among others.He suggested that the BFP be included in the preparation of any event to prevent spillage of toxic/hazard substance.

Dr. Rachel Dilla of the City Health Office interposed no objection to the proposed technology. She said the initial plan is to place it near J.R.Borja General Hospital. (SP/JBD)

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