Public consultation on panagbenga set aug. 24

BAGUIO CITY – The city council will hold a public consultation on the conduct of Baguio Flower Festival in the city on Aug. 24, 9 a.m. at the Multi-Purpose Hall at City Hall.

The council committee on education, culture and historical research chaired by Councilor Peter Fianza aims to solicit inputs, comments and recommendations affecting the celebration of the Panagbenga.

"The committee will (also) apprise the public on the capacity of the City Government of Baguio to perform its lead role as directed by Resolution No. 129 series of 2017 (Returning to the City Government of Baguio the Lead Rose in the Preparation and Management of the Baguio Flower Festival starting Year 2018 and every year thereafter)," according to Sangguniang Panlungsod secretary Brenner Bengwayan.

The said resolution was not signed by Mayor Mauricio Domogan who instead suggested the passage of an ordinance "that will clearly implement and sustain the understanding made when the Flower Festival was founded in 1995 which clearly addresses" the following:

The institutionalization of the officers and members of the BFFFI coming from the city government and the private sector; the role of the sectors; the strengthening of the rule the net income produced from all the activities to be utilized solely and exclusively for the Panagbenga activities; and all the road the public properties necessary in the conduct of the activities be deemed available without the necessity of pass through the city council.

A proposed ordinance institutionalizing the Panagbenga and for other purposes that seeks to address the mayor's concerns has been proposed and is awaiting deliberation by the body.

Meanwhile, two other proposed ordinances will be subject to public hearings on Aug. 23 8 a.m. at the Multi-Purpose Hall:

Proposed Ordinance No. 70-2016 authored by Coun. Lilia Farinas requiring all barangays to establish barangay social welfare and development services desks and Proposed Ordinance No. 94-2017 also by Farinas which seeks to institute a "One-Barangay-One-Product" program in the barangays. – Aileen P. Refuerzo

 
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