THE City Council of Caloocan in session Wednesday approved an ordinance declaring March 15 every year as frontliners day in the city.

The ordinance was authored by Councilor Orvince who wants to give simple but fitting recognition to  frontliners who have been sacrificing a lot, even putting their very own lives on the line, to provide essential and life-saving services to our people in this time of the pandemic, especially during the enhanced community quarantine period.

Caloocan City Mayor Oscar “Oca” Malapitan has expressed support for the proposed ordinance, which Hernandez authored and co-authored by Councilor Vincent Ryan R. Malapitan (1st district) and Majority Floor Leader Edgardo N. Aruelo.

Under the ordinance, considered frontliners are:

* Doctors, nurses, hospital staff
* Pharmacists, drug store attendants
* Barangay officials and employees, health workers, social workers, and tanods
* Police and military personnel, security guards, traffic enforcers
* Supermarket store staff, market vendors, food establishments and services
* Motorcycle delivery riders
* City government officials and employees
* Emergency response personnel
* Employees and staffs in hotel establishments that were used as isolation
quarantine facilities
* Bank tellers, managers, and employees
* Media personnel
* Waste and garbage collectors
* Others who are similarly situated delivering essential services and
performing necessary work.

“I considered them as ‘pandemic heroes.’ I welcome any amendments to include other essential workers,” Hernandez said.

A program committee will be organized to be composed of representatives from Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Federation of Caloocan City, City Health Department, City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, Cultural Affairs and Tourism Office, Business Permit and Licensing Office, Barangay Secretariat, and City Youth Development Office.

“The task of the committee is to plan, prepare, implement and direct any and all activities in connection with the ‘Frontliners Day’ celebration. It will be headed by a chairperson to be appointed by the city mayor,” Hernandez explained.

The funds needed for the celebration will be taken from the available funds of the SK Federation, or from the city’s general fund not otherwise appropriated, subject to government accounting and auditing rules.

“Kinikilala ng lokal na pamahalaan ng Lungsod ng Caloocan at ng lahat ng mamamayan ng siyudad ang kabayanihan ng mga frontliners. Kaya kahit sa simpleng paraan ay dapat silang mabigyan ng pagpupugay at parangal. Ito po ang layunin ng aking panukala na alam kong buong pusong susuportahan ng aking mga kapwa konsehal,” Hernandez said.

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