Public reminded on smoke-free ordinance violations, penalties

BAGUIO CITY – The Smoke-Free Baguio Task Force chaired by Mayor Mauricio Domogan reminded the public on the violations and their corresponding penalties under Ordinance No. 34 series of 2017 or the "Smoke-Free Baguio Ordinance."

The reminder came as the City is now poised to issue citation tickets for the violations as part of the preparations for the full implementation of the measure.a

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Beneco advisory council formed

The board of directors of the Bengeut Electric Cooperative has approved the formation of a multi-sectoral electrification advisory council (MSEAC) federation as a support group in its institutional strengthening through information and education campaigns.

Former Punong barangay Eva Marie Fianza of Happy Homes – New Lucban was confirmed president of the support group, the creation of which is mandated by the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) of 2001.

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Baguio's "creative city" status, launched

BAGUIO CITY – "I am of the strong belief that creativity and innovation are the crucial building blocks that paved the way for Baguio city to garner awards in various areas of social development like health, nutrition, social welfare, education and recently on the environment."

Mayor Mauricio Domogan made this statement in Monday's flag-raising rites at City Hall during the launching of the city's creative cities program attended by local officials, tourism regional director Venus Tan and representatives from the creative sector.

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Datuin meets with "Baguio Blooms" exhibitors

BAGUIO CITY – Councilor Elmer Datuin met with more than 200 exhibitors of the Panagbenga or Baguio Flower Festival's "Baguio Blooms" activity Tuesday at Crown Legacy Hotel.

Datuin, head of the city council's committee on tourism, is also this year's Panagbenga executive committee chair.

The exhibitors are from Baguio, Benguet, Cordillera region and other parts of the country coming from as far as Marawi.

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Barangay tanods told to augment local police force

BAGUIO CITY January 25 – The City Council approved on first reading a proposed ordinance requiring barangay tanods and barangay aides in the city to augment the Baguio city Police Office (BCPO) and the City Environment and Parks Management Office (CEPMO) personnel on certain days of the months of December, February, March and April or on special city events when visitors flock to the country's undisputed Summer Capital.

The ordinance authored by Councilor Elaine D. Sembrano stated that the proposal intends to augment the local police force in the maintenance of peace and order and cleanliness in the central business district, major parks and tourist destinations, as well as areas where city visitors converge, such as roads and streets, malls, parks, and other destinations around the city.

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Lease of barangay halls to be regulated

BAGUIO CITY January 25 – The City Council approved on first reading a proposed ordinance regulating the lease of portions of barangay halls for commercial purposes.

The ordinance authored by Councilor Edgar M. Avila stated that the local government recognizes that any or all barangay halls constructed, established, maintained by government funds should be solely for public use and beyond the commerce of men.

Under the proposed ordinance, barangay halls shall not be leased in whole or in part to anyone, individual, partnership, corporation and association for any commercial enterprise or any income-generating activity.

However, Avila stipulated that portions of the barangay hall may only be leased for a period of no less than 30 days, provided further that, of the income derived, 30 percent shall be allocated for utility expenses and the balance allocated for sustainable livelihood projects.

The ordinance cited, of late the city Mayor and the Local Zoning Board of Appeals and Adjustments (LZBAA) have been receiving various applications to lease portions of barangay halls for commercial activities.

Among those used as examples include the rice retailing at Holy Ghost proper barangay, barber shop at Gov. Pack road barangay and eatery at Marcoville barangay.

The ordinance underscored that it must be noted that most if not all barangay halls have been funded by government, local or national, and designed for public use and service.

While city officials understand the need of the city's 128 barangays to raise funds for basic necessities like telephone, electricity, water, internet services and for other livelihood projects, Avila said a clear cut policy is needed to define the mechanics for such kinds of income-generating activities, especially when done in public structures funded through the use of government funds.

On the other hand, the ordinance noted that there are also instances when the lessees of portions of barangay halls in the city's barangays are the ones who spend for the improvement of the said structures and subsequently, barangay officials allow those lessees to occupy the same for their commercial activities to allow them to recover their expenses used for the improvements of the barangay halls in the different barangays.

Further, there are also some barangays who opt to partner with private individuals, corporations, associations or cooperatives to fund the improvements of their existing structures because barangay funds are not sufficient to rehabilitate and/or upgrade their structures, aside from the fact that the assistance requested from the local government is allegedly not released on time resulting to delays in the implementation of their desired projects.

Avila claimed while city officials understand the predicament of the barangay officials on the matter, they still must adhere to existing rules and regulations regarding the prohibited acts to prevent them from being charged by their own critics that often result to their suspension or dismissal from office.

By Dexter A. See

 

City to regulate the ownership of drones

BAGUIO CITY January 25 – The City Council approved on first reading a proposed ordinance known as the Baguio city Drone Regulation measure.

The ordinance authored by Councilor Leandro B. Yangot, Jr. stated that it is the main policy of the local government to mitigate the potential safety risk posed by drones to the people and properties.

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Right to farm ordinance proposed

BAGUIO CITY January 24 – The City Council approved on first reading the local government's right to farm legislation.

The ordinance, authored by Councilor Leandro B. Yangot, Jr., stated that it will be a policy of the local government to advocate and encourage the practice of agriculture since agricultural production is a major contributor to the city's robust economy aside from the fact that agricultural lands constitute unique and irreplaceable resources of importance, that the continuation of agriculture activities preserves the landscape and environmental resources, contributes to the increase of tourism and advances the economic self-sufficiency of the people and that the encouragement, development, improvement, and preservation of agriculture will result to the greater advantage to the health and welfare of the residents.

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Rules in registration of business enterprises eyed

BAGUIO CITY January 24 – The City Council approved on first reading a proposed ordinance adopting the implementing rules and regulations in the registration of barangay micro-business enterprises (BMBEs)as required under Republic Act (RA) 9178, otherwise known as the "Barangay Micro-business Enterprises Act of 2002,' fixing the amount of registration fee and providing tax incentives and for her purposes.

The ordinance, authored by Councilor Leandro B. Yangot, Jr., stated that the City Treasury Office shall register qualified BMBEs and subsequently issues a certification to enable the enterprise to avail of incentives under the law, provided that, only one certification will be issued for each qualified enterprise by the said office.

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No classes for city's elem, HS students on Feb. 1

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan has signed an administrative order suspending classes in the city's elementary and secondary levels, both private and public, on February 1, 2018, for the conduct of the Grand Opening Parade of the 23rd Edition of "Panagbenga" otherwise known as the Baguio Flower Festival.

Administrative order No. 10, series of 2018, states that the annual festival will be held from February 1 to March 4 this year with the theme, "Celebration of Culture and Creativity", where numerous traditional, community-led and government-supported activities will be conducted to boost the Summer Capital's robust tourism industry.

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Opportunities seen in Baguio's "creative city" status

BAGUIO CITY – City budget officer Leticia Clemente said that Baguio's recent inclusion in UNESCO's creative cities network (UCCN) in crafts and folk art provides the city with strategic opportunities to stimulate and innovate its local policies towards creativity and strengthen international outreach.

She made the statement in Monday's flag-raising rites at City hall during the "creative cities" launch attended by local officials led by Mayor Mauricio Domogan, tourism regional director Venus Tan and representatives from the creative sector.

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Inspection of food sold in market ordered

BAGUIO CITY January 25 – Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan ordered concerned departments of the local government to immediately inspect the quality of food products being sold in the city's public market to ensure that the said items pass health and sanitation standards to safeguard consumers from food-borne diseases.

The city chief executive made the directive to the Market Superintendent's Office, City Health Services Office and the City Permits and Licensing Division to constantly monitor food products sold in strategic sections of the public market to ensure that the said items passed stringent inspection by the city's health and sanitation teams.

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Solution to city's solid waste problem sought

BAGUIO CITY January 25 – The City Council approved on first reading a proposed ordinance adopting the Bigay Dangal sa Kabuhayan (BIDAKA) program as a means of livelihood for residents and as one of the alternative and feasible solutions to the solid waste management problems of the city.

The ordinance authored by Councilor Lilia A. Fariñas stated non-government organizations interested to take part in the program should be accredited by the local government and to submit their intention to the City Mayor's Office.

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Creation of urban housing board pushed

BAGUIO CITY January 25 – The City Council approved on first reading a proposed ordinance creating the Baguio city Urban Development and Housing board.

The ordinance authored by Councilor Maria Mylen Victoria G. Yaranon stated that the board shall be the local government's policy-making body on shelter and housing programs and to act as a one-stop shop housing processing center.

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Put up of child minding centers in city proposed

BAGUIO CITY January 24 – The City Council approved on first reading a proposed ordinance providing for the put up of child-minding services and lying-in clinics in the city to take care for the time being of the children of mothers delivering babies.

The ordinance, authored by Councilor Leandro B. Yangot, Jr., stated that the City Health Services shall be mandated to work on the put up of these child-minding services and lying-in clinics in the city.

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Rules in registration of business enterprises eyed

BAGUIO CITY January 24 – The City Council approved on first reading a proposed ordinance adopting the implementing rules and regulations in the registration of barangay micro-business enterprises (BMBEs)as required under Republic Act (RA) 9178, otherwise known as the "Barangay Micro-business Enterprises Act of 2002,' fixing the amount of registration fee and providing tax incentives and for her purposes.

The ordinance, authored by Councilor Leandro B. Yangot, Jr., stated that the City Treasury Office shall register qualified BMBEs and subsequently issues a certification to enable the enterprise to avail of incentives under the law, provided that, only one certification will be issued for each qualified enterprise by the said office.

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