‘BCC buy’ debt now P316-M; MGD keeps eye on city ownership

BAGUIO CITY – “The last two minutes ain’t… But some just can’t stop working even on holidays.”

Mayor Mauricio Domogan last week guaranteed he’d work overtime, even over the yuletide season, looking for ways on how to salvage city ownership of the Baguio Convention Center (BCC).

This, in the heels of another Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) bill placing unpaid amortizations and interests of the P250-million decrepit realty to P360-million.

Domogan lamented, “Unfortunately, no [substantial] payments have been tendered by previous administrations. The last payment was in 2007; but even then, the P50-million advanced was only enough to cover interests.”

Domogan revealed he met with GSIS president Roberto Vergara, December 15, where he said he tried to lobby for leash.

“Unfortunately,” the mayor disclosed, “[Vergara] said the maximum amount within his power to condone is only up to P50-million.”

He likewise divulged the GSIS board can stretch condonation by approving the amount of P8.5-million over the P50-million, but the same can only be done when they finally convene after the holiday season.

It could be remembered a GSIS-City Government deal was entered into February 18, 2003 providing the city shall acquire the BCC for P250-million payable within 90-days from date of contract signing. The mode of payment was “in treasury bonds.”

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City council to hold special session on proposed budget

BAGUIO CITY – The city council will hold a special session on Dec. 28 at 2 p.m. to tackle the proposed city budget for year 2011.

The deliberations will focus on the proposed budgets of each of the city departments and the prioritization of the projects to be financed from the 20 percent development fund which need careful review and adjustments.

Members of the Local Finance Committee are expected to participate in the deliberations.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan submitted a proposed budget of P1,091,095,000 which is higher by P34 million from the current budget of P1,057,183,000.

As proposed, the estimated income will come from the beginning balance of P150,000,000; local taxes amounting to P287,750,000; permits and licenses – P15,120,000; service income – P36,195,000; business income – P59,430,000; other income of P100,100,000; Internal Revenue Allotment – P432,000,000; and gains accounts amounting to P10,500,000.

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Mayor okays firecracker sale; eyes total ban next year

BAGUIO CITY – Giving in to appeals for humanitarian consideration, Mayor Mauricio Domogan approved a city council resolution allowing anew the centralized sale of firecrackers in the city subject to strict conditions.

The mayor, however, expressed hopes that this will be the last time that the city will allow such undertaking citing the need to impose a total ban on sale and use of firecrackers for safety and health reasons.

The mayor earlier expressed reservations in approving the council resolution hoping to implement the total ban this year and instead allow the city government to hold a centralized fireworks display but he eventually relented taking into consideration the plight of the vendors who will be benefited by the livelihood opportunity.

“Hope that this will be the last time that the City approves the sale of pyrotechnic (devices) considering the so many disadvantages that even the Department of Health has stated and continues to say,” the mayor said in his marginal note when he signed Resolution No.276 series of 2010.

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Irisan folks welcome ERS

BAGUIO CITY – residents of Irisan flocked Tuesday the ceremonial “switching on” of the Environmental Recycling System (ERS) machines at the Irisan dumpsite with apprehensions.

City Mayor Mauricio Domogan personally visited the site where the machines are installed as technicians from Japan explained how it works.

No other than the inventor of the ERS machine Mr. Shinichi Shimose, Protech President Mr. Jun Shimizu, Protech Phil. Vice President Luis Lu Jr. with their engineers welcomed the mayor and other guests during the half day on-site visit.

Questions from residents regarding issues and their opposition to the dumping of garbage in the area were answered during a short dialogue with Mayor Domogan.

Protech clarified bio-degradable waste collected will immediately be processed by the ERS while residuals will be hauled at no cost to the city thereby removing fears of garbage piling up at the dumpsite.

The machines, once fully operational will compost a total of 48 tons of bio-degradable waste daily, eventually the garbage deposited here will also be fed into the machine, Domogan said.

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We join the whole christiandom in the celebration of the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ with high hopes of success as we hurdle another milestone in our lives. Christmas remind us of the supreme sacrifice that Christ has made for mankind when he gave up his life for the forgiveness of our sins.

It is our belief that as we celebrate the Yuletide season, we will be able to reflect on our way of life and try to assess if we were able to live the way Christ wanted us to put to practice his own humble and simple way of life. Christmas is a time for sharing, loving, caring and forgiveness. However, such virtues should be put to practice in accordance to the desire of the Grand Architect of the Universe to have peace on earth.

As we go along to face future challenges that come our way in the coming of a new year, let us continue enhancing our unity, teamwork and cooperation so that we will be able to confront our problems, especially in our city, in order to bring back its grandeur that continues to make it as a prime tourist destination in our country. We are happy that the City Government is able gain headway in our goals and objectives for the advancement of our city in terms of tourism, trade and commerce, environmental protection solid waste management, peace and order among others because of our proactive, participatory and people-oriented governance. Let us strengthen our partnership in the coming years in order to fully achieve our dreams and aspirations for our city with the blessings of the Almighty and your consistent support, consideration and understanding.

Again, Merry Christmas and a Bountiful and prosperous New Year to one and all!


City Mayor


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