AN ORDINANCE creating the office of persons with disabilities affairs (Opda), on its first reading, was passed in Thursday’s regular session of the Bacolod City Council.

Councilor Homer Bais, chair of the City Council committee on social service, authored the ordinance.

He cited that as per local government code of 1991, “a local government unit shall endeavor to be self-reliant and shall discharge the functions and responsibilities of national agencies and offices devolved to them.”

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The ordinance cited, the World Program of Action concerning disabled person was adopted by the United Nations in 1982 through resolution 371/55, which Bais said “pursuant to the said resolution, it calls for local authorities and other bodies within the public and private sectors to implement national measures as contained in the World Program of Action.”

Section 16 of the general welfare clause of Republic Act 7160 provides that every LGU shall “exercise powers necessary for its efficient and effective governance and those which are essential to the promotion of the general welfare.”

Further, Article 2 of the ordinance stated that “there shall be created an office of persons with disabilities affairs that will coordinate all the activities and implement plans, programs, and projects formulated and approved by the City Council for the Welfare of Disabled Persons (CCWPD).”

Also, for the sustenance of the office, the ordinance has proposed the amount of P100, 000 for its administrative and operational requirements.