City to send final demand to Uniwide

BAGUIO CITY March 13 – Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan ordered the concerned offices of the local government to send a final demand to the management of Uniwide Realty and Sales Development Corporation whether or not the company is still interested to pursue the long overdue development of the city public market.

The local chief executive pointed out the city needs to clarify from Uniwide its interest to pursue the city public market development amidst the company's insolvency issue pending appeal with the Court of Appeals (CA).

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Urban farmers' month celebration in may

BAGUIO CITY – The City will celebrate Urban Farmers' Month in May of each year as decreed in Ordinance No. 35 series of 2018 approved by the City Council last March 5.

Councilor Leandro Yangot Jr., author of the measure, said the celebration has to be institutionalized to bring more farmers and interested residents closer to the programs and projects of the agriculture sector.

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Council adopts participatory legislation

BAGUIO CITY – The City Council last Monday formally adopted the principle of participatory legislation as part of the Body's lawmaking procedures through Ordinance No. 36 series of 2018 approved on final reading last March 5.

Authored by Vice Mayor Edison Bilog and all councilors, the measure sets the guidelines governing the conduct of participatory legislation or the crafting of laws with the involvement of the affected constituents and stakeholders in the City.

As decreed, the Body will employ different participation strategies during public participation depending on the nature of the proposal subject to the following guidelines:

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Carnival operations in Burnham Park okayed

BAGUIO CITY March 14 – Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan said that he is inclined to approve the proposed 3-month operation of amusement rides within designated portions of Burnham Park to provide an added attractions for park goers, especially the children wanting to enjoy the various amenities of the city's premier park.

The local chief executive underscored that he will not allow the operation of the amusement rides within portions of the Melvin Jones grandstand because of existing legal issues that have not been resolved aside from the serious damage that could be inflicted in the football ground during the operation of the rides.

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Development of city's landfill pursued

BAGUIO CITY March 13 – The local government is setting its sights on the immediate development of a 1-hectare portion of the Antamok open pit area in nearby Itogon, Benguet for the put up of the city's own engineered sanitary landfill (ESL) to eventually stop the hauling of the residual waste to the Urdaneta landfill in Pangasinan.

Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan ordered the members of the city survey team to fast track the finalization of the survey results on what portions of the 5 titles of Benguet Corporation (BC) will be used to accumulate the 24.11 hectares which will be the subject of added of usufruct between the mining company and the local government.

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Dress code ordinance in Baguio proposed

BAGUIO CITY March 13 – The City Council approved on first reading a proposed ordinance prohibiting going half-naked in public places within the city and providing penalties for violation of the measure which will be known as the 'Dress Code Ordinance' in the city.

The ordinance authored by Councilor Leandro B. Yangot, Jr. stated that the measure aims to inform all individuals to properly and decently dress themselves while moving around public places as well as to promote modesty and decency within the city.

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Celebration of Kaigorotan Youth Week to be institutionalized

BAGUIO CITY March 13 – The City Council approved on first reading a proposed ordinance institutionalizing the celebration of Kaigorotan Youth Week and annually appropriating the amount of P40,000 in the budget of the local government for the said purpose.

The ordinance authored by Councilor Peter Fianza stated that noting the annual celebration of the Kaigorotan Youth Week with various activities undertaken in accordance with formulated themes, the local government is compelled to extend support to sustain the activities which were observed to have affirmed that the imagination, ideals and energies of the youth are vital for the continuing development of the societies in which they live.

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Baguio folk to provide honoraria of barangay tanods

BAGUIO CITY March 13 – The City Council approved on first reading a proposed ordinance imposing the collection from every residence in all the city's 128 barangays the amount of P20 to augment the meagre monthly honoraria of barangay tanods.

The ordinance authored by Councilor Francisco Roberto A. Ortega VI stated that the measure is geared to mobilize the barangay tanods to ensure the safety and security of the people living in the city's 128 barangays.

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Council opposes digital terrestrial television broadcast in city

BAGUIO CITY March 14 – The City Council opposed the application of a media company to operate a digital terrestrial television broadcast station in the city following the repeated failure of the proponents to appear before the body to explain their proposal.

The local legislative body also passed a resolution that expressed disappointment on the failure of the officials of GHT Network, Inc. to shed light on their pending application and for their failure of the company to heed its invitation for the sixth time.

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Parking exemptions to building owners to be revoked

BAGUIO CITY March 14 – The City Council is studying the possibility of revoking all the previous exemptions granted by the local legislative body to several building owners to use the Ganza parking area and other private parking areas in the city as their off-site parking spaces to correct their deficiencies in parking slots within their structures.

The recommendation to cancel all the previous exemptions that were granted to several building owners around the city was raised by Councilor EdgarM. Avila during the discussion of the confirmation of a memorandum of agreement entered between the local government and All Asia Structures, Inc. allowing the lease of 6 slots of the Ganza parking area to augment the company's parking deficiency when it converted portions of its building along Otek St. to commercial spaces being rented out to tenants.

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City joins earth hour observance on march 24

BAGUIO CITY - With the sustained commitment of the City against climate change, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) again invited the city government of Baguio to join the global commemoration of Earth Hour which will be held on March 24 starting from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Earth hour is the worldwide switching-off the lights for 60 minutes or beyond to spread awareness on environmental issues and climate change.

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CBAO urged to prioritize put up of parking structure

Baguio city March 15 – Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan urged the City Buildings and Architecture Office (CBAO) to prioritize the finalization of the plans and specifications of the proposed multi-level parking structure that will be erected in the vacant lot near the Baguio fire department.

The local chief executive underscored the importance of putting up the multi-level parking structure funded by available local funds to provide adequate parking spaces for government vehicles and clients of the different offices situated within the main building of city hall.

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Agencies agree to work together for better project works

BAGUIO CITY March 13 – The local government and concerned government agencies agreed to closely work with each other to ensure the smooth implementation of various infrastructure projects within the city to spare the public from inconveniences caused by the delayed completion of public works projects.

Representatives of the Department of Public Works and Highways–Baguio City Engineering Office (DPWH-BCDEO) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources–Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (DENR-CENRO) agreed to closely work together for the immediate processing and releasing of the required tree-cutting permit for trees that have been identified to cause obstruction in the implementation of road widening projects around the city.

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Amnesty for transfer of market leasehold rights pushed

BAGUIO CITY March 13 – The City Council approved on first reading a proposed ordinance granting an amnesty or relief to give chance to all qualified parties or individuals who were not able to meet the deadline set by the Baguio city Market Authority (BCMA) to apply for the transfer of leasehold rights over stalls at the city public market.

The ordinance authored by Councilor Leandro B. Yangot, Jr. stated that an amnesty or relief will be granted to all applicants of transfer of leasehold rights of stalls in the city public market and that it shall only apply to applications for transfer of leasehold rights to the heirs or family members of the lessee due to his or her sickness, old age, incapacity or death.

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Businesses told to install reflectorized tapes on glass doors

BAGUIO CITY March 13 – The City Council approved on first reading a proposed ordinance requiring all business establishments in the city to install reflectorized tapes or eye catching markers on all glass doors and glass panels of their businesses for purposes of public safety and providing penalties for violations of the measure.

The ordinance authored by Councilor Joel Alangsab stated that the reflectorized tapes or eye catching markers will be placed or installed permanently on the glass door or panels within the view where they could easily be noticed and seen by people.

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Put Up of structures in Ibaloi Park stopped

BAGUIO CITY March 14 - The local legislative body and tourism agencies agreed to temporarily stop the on-going construction of an indigenous peoples (IP) center within the Ibaloi Park to pave the review of the project plans and specifications whether or not it will conform with the standards of the agencies.

Lawyer Michelle Rivera, legal officer of the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), said that the agency was never informed about the project, thus, the need for the temporary suspension of work to allow their technical people to review the project plans and specifications if they conform with the standards imposed by the agency in the implementation of projects in tourism areas.

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