BACOLOD City – Due to the ongoingmajor activities of the city’s 61 villages, the Liga ng mga Barangay hasrequested Mayor Evelio Leonardia to move the implementation of the “nosegregation, no collection” policy to April 1. The city government intended to startimplementing the policy on March 1, but the Liga asked the mayor to give themample time to implement the policy, since they are presently tied up with fiveother major tasks as ordered by the national government. Liga ng mga Barangay presidentCouncilor Lady Gles Gonzales-Pallen said that although they have requested tomove the date of implementation, 11 barangays have already agreed to start withtheir “no segregation, no collection” policy on March 1. “While the Vice Mayor and I understandtheir situation and will grant their request, it must be made clear that thisshould be the last postponement. Likewise, we salute the 11 barangays thatvolunteered to start as pilot areas beginning March 1,” Leonardia added. Leonardia said he is set to approvethe Liga resolution after consulting Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, who chairsthe Solid Waste Action Team (SWAT). The Liga ng mga Barangay met with itsmembers, as well as with the mayor, vice mayor, and the Solid Waste ManagementBoard Saturday [Feb. 29], to discuss the “no segregation, no collection” policyand came up with a resolution requesting the mayor to defer the date of itsimplementation. These pilot barangays are: 17, 18, 22,31, 37, Alangilan, Bata, Alijis, Estefania, Handumanan, and Taculing. These are the monitoring andpreparations against the novel coronavirus disease and African Swine Fever(ASF), drug-clearing operations, anti-illegal gambling operations, androad-clearing operations. The “no segregation, no collection”policy is in compliance with R.A. 9003, or the Ecological Solid WasteManagement Act of 2000. (With Bacolod PIO/PN) According to the mayor, he will givehis nod as soon as it is submitted to his office today, provided that thiswould be the last postponement. The Liga said waste segregation mustbe given full attention to help minimize the volume of garbage, but at presentthey are also occupied with several big tasks.
Indianapolis, IN — Attorney General Curtis Hill announced that Jamie Johnson will be a keynote speaker at the 11th annual Drug Abuse Symposium, which takes place on October 22nd in Indianapolis.Johnson is a three-time Grammy Award nominee and co-founder of bluegrass band The Grascals. Born and raised in Milan, he has made more than 150 appearances at the famous Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee.Johnson has been open about his struggles with depression and alcohol, and though he is now sober, he continues to overcome his addiction one day at a time. At the symposium, Johnson will tell stories and sing songs of his experiences and his new perspective on life.In addition to Johnson, Attorney General Hill noted symposium attendees will hear from law enforcement, treatment providers, faith leaders, government officials, and others. Their presentations will cover marijuana legalization, the methamphetamine crisis, how law enforcement officers handle suspected drug overdoses, and more than a dozen additional topics.This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, attendees have the option to take part in the symposium virtually. Appropriate cleaning and social-distancing measures are being followed for in-person attendees. Tickets to virtually attend the symposium cost $100, and tickets to appear in person cost $150. The prices of both tickets will increase by $50 after Sept. 11.Click here for a link for the virtual session. Click here for a link for the in-person session.
Students in the freshman seminar “It Ought to be Law” successfully introduced a bill to the California state Senate that would make it mandatory for all public high schools in the state to have automatic external defibrillators available.Senate Bill 63 has been introduced into the California State Senate by Senator Curren Price (D-Los Angeles), who represents the area surrounding USC.The bill also stipulates all school-sponsored athletic events have AEDs available for use, schools have an emergency plan in place and school officials take a certified training course to operate an AED.Professor Nina Rathbun and former State Sen. Kevin Murray teach the class, which has two sessions, with a combined 21 students enrolled.“The entire class is about learning the political system, and in particular, the California state political system, through the practical experience of introducing [a] bill, and lobbying for it, and following it through,” Rathbun said.Students were asked to brainstorm ideas for a bill the first few class sessions. They then chose the issue of AEDs as their focus after hearing about a student-athlete in Texas who experienced sudden cardiac arrest, but whose life was saved because of an AED, according to Rathbun.“I have a friend who suffered from cardiac arrest on a football field in my neighborhood, and almost died from that,” said Emily Welch, a freshman in the class who is majoring in economics and English. “A law was passed very similar to the law that we are trying to pass … We all decided that this was something we wanted to see through in California.”The bill was drafted entirely by students, and students conducted their own research on the subject of cardiac arrest.Murray is USC’s politician-in-residence, and used his experience in the Senate to help students understand the legislative process.“Senator Murray has been a driving force in pushing the students to act professionally and helping them know what the next step is,” Rathbun said.Price introduced the bill to the Senate in early January.The bill was referred to the Education and Health Committees on March 3, and is currently in the Education Committee.The class is planning to fly to Sacramento on March 23 to give testimony to the Senate, according to Rathbun.“It’s quite likely that the bill will get out of committee which is the next step, and I think that it has a fairly good chance of passage,” Rathbun said. “The major issue will not be substantive, but financial.”The bill mandates that costs related to the AEDs will be funded by the state “if the Commission on State Mandates determines that [the] act contains costs mandated by the state.”Students said the chance to work on real legislation has been invaluable.“It was an incredible opportunity,” said Navtaj Singh, a freshman student in the class majoring in political science. “Creating a bill, learning the type of language used to come up with it, [learning] the costs we have to be aware of and learning about the other aspects leading up to the presenting the bill to the Committee and the Senate.”