Council approves ID system for City’s poor

Real property tax collection for 2017 is lower than the previous year.

The City Council on Monday approved on second reading an ordinance putting in place an identification card system for indigents of Puerto Princesa City.
This ID system is designed to allow bearers to avail of the city government’s free medical check-up, financial assistance, subsidies, housing, and access to all public facilities and scholarship grants for their children.
Beneficiaries of the program will be determined by the City Social Welfare Development Office (CSWDO).
The city government through the city mayor will enter into a memorandum of agreement with doctors/medical institutions/hospital, educational institutions, and the social development arm of religious, charitable institutions and the likes to provide the services to indigents.
The CSWDO and Persons With Disabilities Office was tasked to formulate the implementing rules and regulations providing guidelines for the effective implementation of the ordinance.
The city government will allocate funds from the general fund yearly to support the ordinance, which was authored by Councilor Nesario Awat.

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