SBM Manotoc: anti-littering, integrated scholarship ordinances, invest code under way


Oct. 26, 2018 ...

Matthew Marcos Manotoc, senior member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP), shared earlier this month that he is done reviewing three new ordinances to be passed in Ilocos Norte.

On anti-littering, "I have to review a national Republic Act na lang because there is an existing RA that's basically a guideline for anti-littering. I have to study that closely and then try to adapt the key pieces of that."

He added that the SP is already working on an anti-plastic ordinance.

"We will try to minimize the use of single-use plastics and come up with replacements and materials we can use instead, like bamboo straws. We have to find ways."

On the integrated scholarship ordinance, "Basically, we are going to put them all together para comprehensive na, kasi sa ngayon, may separate scholarships na may iba't-ibang ordinances."

There is also an ongoing move for senior high school (SHS) scholarships by Mrs. Matilde Nery, provincial librarian and officer-in-charge of the Provincial Education Department (PED).

Manotoc said, "Ang naisip ko, why not just integrate all the scholarships?"

The Provincial Government currently offers the Sirib Academic, Technical-Vocational, and Athletic scholarships through the PED, and the Sirib Young Leadership and Sirib Community Leadership scholarships through the Ilocos Norte Youth Development Office (INYDO).

Meanwhile, Manotoc has also finished reviewing the Investment Code of the province. "I'm sending it out to the stakeholders and people I have to consult, such as the Finance and other Committees."

Previous ordinances of Manotoc include No. 005-2016, which initiated the aforementioned athletic scholarship; No. 008-2016, mandating the creation of city and municipal youth development offices; No. 010-2016, institutionalizing the annual Sirib Awards program for youth achievers; and No. 017-2017, which regulates and standardizes the operation of boardinghouses and dormitories in Ilocos Norte.