Use of sidewalks, setbacks to be regulated

BAGUIO CITY January 24 – The City Council approved on first reading a proposed ordinance regulating the use and maintenance of sidewalks and setbacks and for other purposes.

The ordinance, authored by Councilor Maria Mylen Victoria G. Yaranon, stated that it shall be the responsibility of the owner, dweller, lessee, occupant of a residential or commercial establishment, to regulate the use and maintenance of the sidewalk, curb, gutters and canals fronting their residence or establishments.

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Augmentation of policemen during big events proposed

BAGUIO CITY – The council during its session last week referred to the proper committee the proposed ordinance as to the augmentation of the police forces by Barangay Tanods during special events.

Authored by Councilor Elaine Sembrano, the proposal aims to alleviate difficulties during traffic jams, help control garbage overload, help maintain peace and order, and mitigate other inconveniences in areas when people converge.

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Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus G. Dureza (3rd from left) shake the hand of Baguio City Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan (2nd from left) during the 1st Congressional Forum on Cordillera Autonomy held Wednesday at the Speaker Montilla Hall, Batasan Complex, Quezon City. Looking on are (from left to right) Director-General Romulo Emmanuel Miral, Jr. of the Congress Policy and Budget Reform Department, NEDA-CAR Regional Director Milagros A. Rimando, Institute for Autonomy and Governance Executive Director Atty. Benedicto R. Bacani and Undersecretary Nabel Tan of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process .***Rosalie See photo


creative economy concept to be introduced to city officials

BAGUIO CITY – City officials will be introduced to the creative economy concept, one avenue being explored to incorporate creativity as a component of urban development in line with the city's membership to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Creative Cities Network.

City budget officer Leticia Clemente who coordinated an executive-legislative orientation on the concept tomorrow, Jan. 22 at 8 a.m. at the Baguio City Hall Multi-purpose Hall said the activity aims to acquaint city officials with the benefits and responsibilities of the creative city designation.

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Panagbenga to showcase baguio's culture and creativity via creative hub project

BAGUIO CITY – This year's Baguio Flower Festival will showcase Baguio City's rich culture and creativity via the "Baguio Creative Hub" project of the Baguio Creative Council.

Councilor Elmer Datuin, Panagbenga executive committee chair, said the activity slated from Feb. 10-24 at the People's Park will be devoted solely to showcasing the "best-of-the-best" folk arts and crafts products of the city in keeping with the festival's theme ""Celebration of Culture and Creativity."

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Mayor Mauricio Domogan leads the inter-agency meeting for the Panagbenga 2018 with executive committee head Councilor Elmer Datuin and heads and members of the different programs and activities. Hotel and Restaurant Association of Baguio head Anthony De Leon who chairs two crucial program committees attended the meeting signifying the continuance of the public-private sector partnership that has goaded the success of the annual festival of the city through the years. – Aileen Refuerzo photos


Panagbenga activities prep on

BAGUIO CITY – A more lively and vibrant Panagbenga is expected with the participation of the academe, business sector, barangays, neighboring municipalities and foreign sister cities, and artists' group in the 2018 Baguio Flower Festival activities starting February 1.

According to Mayor Mauricio Domogan, bands from outside of the city join local musicians in providing marching cadence to the contingents during the grand streetdancing on Feb. 24, and float parade on the 25th.

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Plans for multi-million projects to be confirmed

BAGUIO CITY January 16 – The City Council approved the city's Annual Investment Plan (AIP) for this year but imposed the condition that the plans and studies of the city's multi-million projects will be subject to confirmation prior to the bidding process.

The AIP contains the list of the local government's priority development projects funded from the budget this year.

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Mayor Mauricio Domogan encouraged retired city government officials and employees to help campaign for the city's programs particularly the segregation of wastes in their own barangays. The retired employees accompanied by former councilor Betty Lourdes Tabanda called on the mayor to signify their intent to help the city government as their way of staying active after their service. – Aileen Refuerzo photo


SOCOB 2018 launched

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan led the launching of the Search for Outstanding Citizens of Baguio (SOCOB) at the University of Baguio Centennial hall last Tuesday.

Joined by members of the elite group, the mayor and head of the search committee Atty Betty Lourdes Tabanda announced that nominations will be open up to April 30; with screening, judging and announcement of awardees mid-August. The awards would be conferred on selected outstanding citizens during the Charter and Baguio day celebration, September 1.

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Zubiri vows to champion Cordi autonomy bill in Senate

Batasan,Quezon City January 18 – Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri assured Cordillera autonomy advocates that he will personally file in the Senate the counterpart bill of House Bill (HB) 5343 or the bill that seeks to establish the Autonomous Region in the Cordillera to allow its simultaneous deliberation with the Palace version of the Bangsamoro Basic Law.

Zubiri, who was put on speaker phone by Presidential Adviser on the Peace process Jesus G. Dureza during Wednesday's 1st Congressional Forum on Cordillera Autonomy spearheaded by the Cordillera Regional Development Council (RDC-CAR) n partnership with the Cotabato-based Institute of Autonomy and Governance (IAG) and the Congressional Policy and Budget Reform Department, admitted that various autonomy advocates from the region had visited him previously regarding the matter and that he will eventually file the counterpart autonomy bill in the Senate once he will be able to be provided a copy of the similar bill filed in the House of Reprewsentatives by all the Cordillera lawmakers.

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Lawyer George Fortea (extreme right) takes his oath of office as the new secretary to the mayor before Mayor Mauricio Domogan and city officials and employees led by city administrator Carlos Canilao and city human resource management officer Augusto Laban. Fortea who served as head of the district office of former Rep. Bernardo Vergara succeeded Rafael Tallocoy to the post. – Aileen Refuerzo photo


P2.056 billion annual budget of Baguio okayed

BAGUIO CITY January 16 – The local legislative body approved the proposed P2.056 billion annual budget of the local government this year ensuring the implementation of additional priority development projects and the grant of the third tranche of the salary standardization for government officials and employees.

Of the said amount, the local government will spend P673.43 million for personal services, P658.22 million for the city's maintenance and other operating expenditures, P236.2 million set aside for capital outlay, P91.3 million for the city disaster risk reduction and maintenance fund and P397.3 million allocated for the implementation of local development projects, programs and activities.

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Beneco officials tapped for abra coop rehab

The National Electrification Administration (NRA) has named two officials of the mutl-awarded Benguet Electric Cooperative to the "Task Force Duterte Abra Power" created to come up with a strategic plan to help the financially troubled power distributor in Region 1 get back to its feet.

Designated were Beneco president Rocky Aliping and general manager Gerardo Verzosa who steered the Baguio-Benguet power distributor as one of the top performing electric cooperatives in the country.

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Members of the Traffic and Transport Management Committee chaired by Mayor Mauricio Domogan buckle down to work for their first meeting of the year. Among those discussed was the proposed ordinance that seeks to provide "smarter roads" or better traffic flow in the city by adopting key changes in the traffic rules as proposed by a private citizen. – Aileen Refuerzo photo


Local legislators welcome new member

BAGUIO CITY January 16 – Members of the local legislative body formally welcomed newly appointed Councilor Francisco Roberto Pacoy A. Ortega VI as the council's newest member during their regular session last Monday.

The younger Ortega, who will be serving the unexpired term of his late father former Councilor Roberto Bobby Ortega who succumbed to a lingering illness last July 30, 2017, took his oath before Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan during the regular Monday flag-raising ceremonies before formally assuming his new position.

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