Baguio deserves sustained change – Dulay

BAGUIO CITY September 07 – Commissioner Cesar Dulay of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) underscored that Baguio City deserves sustained change to allow the city to cope with the fast changing times beneficial to the greater interest of the present and future generation of inhabitants.

Dulay, who is a member of Class 1962 of the St. Louis University (SLU) Boys High School, served as the guest of honor and speaker during the 109th Charter Day anniversary program of the city which was held at the University of the Cordilleras (UC) gymnasium last Saturday.

"We must learn to embrace change because change is inevitable considering the influx of people to the city among other factors that bring about growth and development," Commissioner Dulay stressed.

He revealed that in the 1970s when they were still living in the city, the population of Baguio was only 85,000 spread around the different barangays but to date, the population based on the latest census of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) that the city's population increased by at least five folds that is why the change that the city was able to achieve is evident.

The BIR official what is important for the residents is for them to have the heart to fight for the preservation and protection of the city from future abuses that might comprise the state of development that it was able to achieve for over a century now.

According to him, his friends and other people from Manila who known that he is from the city often inform him that Baguio has changed but he always tells them that the city has really developed into an educational center, economic hub north of Manila because of the contribution of no less than the people who opted to consider the city as a place to study, work, live and do business.

Commissioner Dulay also commended the members of the Filipino-Chinese businessmen in the city for their exemplary contribution in terms of spurring the city's economy by expanding their businesses around the city but he also appealed to them to pay the right taxes to the national and local governments because taxes are the lifeblood of government in the implementation of development projects in the city and enhance the delivery of basic services to the people.

He asserted that what is important for the people is them to survive in the highly competitive environment that was built through the years considering that competition goes with sustainable development.

Dulay admitted that Baguio still has a long way to go in terms of development but what is understandable is for development to be considerate of the city's state of environment considering that it is the city's natural grandeur that keeps its economy alive and vibrant even to the future.

He challenged residents to continue their proactive participation in the crafting of the local government's policies, programs and projects so that what will be the best for the city will be the ones that will be put in place for the benefit of the majority of the populace.

By Dexter A. See

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