Five measures up for public consultation

BAGUIO CITY – Five proposed ordinances mainly on traffic and road concerns will be subjected to public consultation on Oct. 18 9 a.m. at the Multipurpose Hall Baguio City Hall.

These are Proposed Ordinance No. 69-17 introduced by Coun. Lilia Farinas entitled "Amending Sesion 1 (Speed Restriction), Article X of the Transportation and Mtraffic Ordinance of the City of Baguio and hereby Declaring Areas in the City to be Established as 'Strictly No Speeding Zones' or 'Slow Speed Zones;'"

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Sto. Tomas remains last option for garbage disposal site

BAGUIO CITY October 05 – Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan explained that the 50-hectare portion of the 139-hectare city-owned property in Sto. Tomas School Area will serve as the last option for the put up of the long overdue sanitary landfill with waste-to-energy (WTE) facility towards an eventual solution to the city's garbage disposal woes.

The city executive said that once the negotiations for the Antamok open pit site as a site for the sanitary landfill with a WTE facility fails, the local government will be left with the last option to pursue the project in the segregated 50-hectare portion of the city-owned property in Sto. Tomas School Area.

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No stopping BIBAK demolition on October 16

BAGUIO CITY October 05 – Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan reiterated there will be no legal impediment in the implementation of the demolition order for some fifty-eight illegal structures within the 5,000-square meter BIBAK property along Harrison road once the final reprieve granted to them by the inter-agency committee will expire on October 15, 2017.

The city executive reported members of the city demolition team and volunteers are ready to implement the dismantling of the remaining structures in the area after the lapse of the over two months of extension granted them by the inter-agency committee.

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Council to hold continuing sessions on real property tax hike

BAGUIO CITY October 03 – Members of the City Council agreed to hold continuing special sessions to deliberate on the proposed revision of schedule of market values for its real property tax to meet the city's increasing fund requirements for its priority development projects and enhanced delivery of basic services.

The local legislators decided to hold another special session on Monday, October 9, 2017 to continue the discussions on issues related to the revision of the city's schedule of market values for real property tax purposes to reach a compromise on assessment levels.

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4 sites in Baguio to be installed public wifi

BAGUIO CITY October 03 – Residents and visitors alike will be given a timely Christmas present from the Philippine Long Distance Telephone (PLDT) and Smart Telecommunications with the installation of public wifi in four strategic sites in the city to allow for greater access to the wordwide web and updates on events around the global village.

Louie Metra, PLDT relationship manager, said these 4 sites are the Baguio City hall area, Burnham Park, Mines View Park and Session road.

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Carless Day in BLISTT this November eyed

BAGUIO CITY October 04 – The Baguio-La Trinidad-Itogon-Sablan-Tuba-Tublay (BLISTT) Airshed Governing Board approved a resolution encouraging the concerned local governments in the BLISTT to implement a Carless Day anytime this November as part of the celebration of Clean Air month.

Reynaldo S. Digamo, regional director of the Cordillera office of the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB-CAR), explained that the members of the BLISTT Airshed Governing Board will appear before the regular sessions of the different city and municipal councils to convince the local officials to approve the implementation of a Carless Day in their areas of jurisdiction to help in significantly reducing the pollutants in the air within the BLISTT localities.

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Elderly City Council Session resulted in 29 measures tackled

BAGUIO CITY – Senior citizen officials-for-a-day (SCOFAD) proposed and deliberated on 29 legislative measures for their benefit and the community during the council session last Monday at city hall.

After turn-over ceremonies in the morning, designated SCOFAD council members under the leadership of SC vice-mayor Victor Afalla, took responsibility over the committee chairmanship assigned to each. They have observed proceedings and undergone orientation on legislative matters, according to Legislative staff Jonalyn Pagada.

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More work needed to make baguio smoke-free – mayor

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan admitted that more work is needed to realize the goals of Ordinance No. 34 series of 2017 or the "Smoke-Free Baguio Ordinance."

"A lot more has to be done and it will really take time because like gambling, smoking is a vice that cannot be kicked easily unless people change their attitude and values," the mayor told his press briefing last week.

The mayor however assured that the city government through the City Health Services Office under Dr. Rowena Galpo will continue to take steps to fully enforce the provisions of the ordinance even as he called on the residents to cooperate and follow the law.

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Secretary to the Mayor Rafael Tallocoy stresses a point during the Environment Health Summit for the Cordillera region initiated by DOH-Car headed by regional director Dr. Lakhsmi Legaspi held at Prince Plaza Hotel last September 20. - By Bong Cayabyab


4 -storey parking structure to rise in Ganza area

BAGUIO CITY October 05 – Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan reiterated his administration's inclination to pursue the construction of a 4-story parking structure within the Ganza pay parking area to accommodate more motor vehicles and help address the parking woes of residents and visitors.

The local chief executive said the plans and design for the multi-level parking project has been made available by the City Buildings and Architecture office (CBAO) that serves as a basis for sourcing out funds for its realization.

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Barangay merger prioritized with postponed polls

BAGUIO CITY October 05 – Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan underscored that the local government will work on the merger of the city's 128 barangays following the postponement of the October 23, 2017 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections, saying that it is high time that the city's barangays should already be merged.

Earlier, President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law Republic Act (RA) 10952 that postponed the October 23, 2017 barangay and SK elections to the second Monday of May 2018 and for incumbent barangay officials to serve in a hold over capacity.

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Proper allocation of resources to determine success of federalism

BAGUIO CITY October 03 – The Philippine Institute of Development Studies (PIDS) declared the proper allocation of financial resources to each level of government will be instrumental in the success of the proposed federal system of government in the Philippines.

Dr. Rosario Manasan, PIDS public finance expert, explained the allocation of fiscal resources may enable or constrain governments in the exercise of their constitutional assigned legislative and executive responsibilities.

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DOE satellite office to be put up in Baguio

BAGUIO CITY October 03 – The Department of Energy (DOE) is planning to put up a satellite office in Baguio City to cater to the numerous issues confronting the energy industry in the different parts of the Cordillera in preparation for the proposed establishment of its regional office in the future.

Reynaldo Ligamor, officer-in-charge of the DOE Luzon field office based in Urdaneta City, Pangasinan, said the DOE leadership has considered the proposal of Congress representatives from the Cordillera to initially establish a satellite office in the Cordillera while working out the put up of its permanent Cordillera regional office to immediately attend to issues related to the mandate of the energy department.

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DICT ready for public wifi project

BAGUIO CITY October 04 – The Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) is ready to install public wifi in fourth to sixth class municipalities around the country once the funds for the government's inter-connectivity project shall have been earmarked under its annual budget next year.

DICT Assistant Secretary for Cyber Security and Enabling Technology Allan Cabanlong said the installation of the needed infrastructure for the public wifi project has already been subjected to the mandatory public bidding for the provider of the required facilities of the state-of-the-art information and communication technology project.

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Photographs depicting dramatic Burnham lake scenes emerged as top winners in the recently concluded 108th Baguio Charter Day celebration "Beautiful Baguio" photography contest.A scene showing swan boats in perfect array amid a placid lake taken by Marc Jan D. Calub won first place in the conventional category while another vista of the lake and the boats captured at night time by Sheila Mae Desamito copped the top prize in the mobile phone category. Calub who also won the grand prize in the 2014 edition of the contest will receive a cash prize of P15,000 while Desamito will get P10,000 for her feat. (Note :Left photo is the winner forConventional category and Right Photo is the winner for the Mobile Phone category)




Employees of the City Government leads the cleaning of creeks heading to Balili River during the massive clean-up drive in line with the 117th Philippine Civil Service Anniversary Celebration. – rosa moresto

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