The birth of Baguio Midland Courier has been well explained. The efforts of the government while rebuilding the city took prominence in the front pages. The Courier staff were persistent about the need to reopen the damaged Kennon Road and the Mountain Trail. It was also imperative, as shown in the front pages, that the city be restored to its pre-war metropolitan business status. All with the aim of resuming its role as the “Summer Capital of the Philippines.”
But certain significant events have been recorded in the oldest community newspaper in the country that explain how Baguio became what it is today.
1947 – May 11 saw Baguio City’s mayor in the headline with: Cariño endorses elective officials. Historically, the Baguio City charter provided for appointive officials. The initial steps at selecting officials through public mandate were hatched after the war.
1949 – On Jan. 30, the headline read: Laying of PMA cornerstone at Loakan set for Tues: Top brass to attend. The Philippine Military Academy, being the premier military academy in the country, is one of the most visited landmarks of the city. The selection of the city as home to the academy put Baguio on international military training maps.
On Jan. 2, the headline read: Coordination Body considers 48 Igorot Claims; Treas. claims city facing huge overdraft and Taxable estate in city valued at over P19M. These headlines explain the struggle for recognition of land ownership and the struggle of the city to finance its infrastructure and administrative needs, though the revenue sources were present. The Baguio City Charter had provisions for the Townsite Applications and the national government reservations. Such was the root of the hard battle of the original settlers over land ownership rights.
The first and only woman mayor of Baguio City in the person of Virginia Oteyza de Guia puts the city in the limelight. Mayor de Guia was appointed as acting mayor because then-mayor Jose M. Cariño became seriously ill.
1953 – The Jan. 18 editorial on squatting mentioned councilor Luis Lardizabal’s proposal for the extension of the deadline of the squatters’ demolition. The headlines for the next seven months include: Squatters face contempt rap; Squatters defy court order, ask extension anew; and Mayor Lopez stops proceedings vs. Squatters.
Another significant headline was on Dec. 6 – Lopez suspends Blue Sunday law in city. The Blue Sunday Law restricted business operations and commercial establishments and commercial establishments to five and a half days of operation. Saturday afternoons and Sundays meant no business for Baguio.
1955 – The notable headlines were: Jan. 9 - Laurel backs elective city mayorship; Feb. 6 – Blue Sunday Law lifted in Baguio; May 1 – Pres. backs move to elect mayor, councilors; May 15 – Laurel orders elective mayorship bill ‘frozen’; May 22 – Elective officials is people’s will – Mitra. These speak of the move to change the City Charter to include elections of government officials.
1956 – Jan. 8 – Dangwa inducted as first governor and Outline procedure for farmers eviction on July 1 were important headlines. The first showing the success in lobbying the legislature to make the post of governor elective and the second, the law to return land ownership to the local residents.
1957 – The headlines from January to June read: City’s water supply for summer assured: To install turbine pumps on 3 new wells - P166,000 released from Bond Issue; Release new sum for city – NWSA gives another P100,000 for water; and Increase water rates – NWSA working out improvements citing the need to improve water service in the city.
The city mourned the death of President Ramon Magsaysay. By June, the Trinidad Road was renamed Magsaysay Ave. and Carlos P. Garcia sat as president.
A major step was taken towards setting a land use policy over portions of the city. During the year, the headlines included: Six bldgs. ordered destroyed – Mayor, dad clash over rejection of extension; Officials reminded on policy on land grants; Contest demolition of bldgs. –owners claim they have been paying bills; DANR to look into mart lot – local lands official denies mayor’s raps; Open lands for minerals – 380 has. Excluded from townsite, need congress nod; Settle Loakan DPs in two land parcels; Aurora Hill lots – First batch of 59 lots to be sold to homeowners by direct sale soon.
1958 – The amendment of the city charter came through: Feb. 26 - City charter revision comm. endorses elective mayor, dads; and Aug. 17 - Elective mayor – NPs welcome bill on change; LPs present divergent views.
1959 – Apart from charter changes, the city government found difficulty in collecting the national aid promised by the Philippine presidents. Also in this year, the increase in cases of forest fires became alarming in the province. Feb. 2 – City presses payment of national aid and editorial – National aid to pay NPC electric bills and in March 23 – Rash of forest fires in prov. unchecked.
1960 – Many of the legislative efforts to change appointive positions to elective were fulfilled: Feb. 14 – Lardizabal takes oath as 1st elective mayor; June 26 – Elections protest: Lopez, Lardi suffer decreased votes in precinct 12; and Aug. 28 – Lardizabal, Lopez in deadlocked recount.
On April 17 – Thailander, 1st foreigner at PMA tops grad states that PMA was not only a premier academy in the country but it also welcomed foreigners as cadets.
Mar. 27 – City suffers first power lack and later, Aug. 21 – P250,000 properties damaged here and 52 inches of rains in Baguio for past 19 days were headlines as the fury of typhoon ‘Carmen’ swept through the city and five other typhoons passed in only 16 days.
1961 – Events were varied throughout the year: Feb. 12 – PMA Class ’43 Graduation set- Feb. 17; Feb. 19 – Msgr. Brasseur takes oath as Fil. Citizen; May 5 – 2 charged with arson (in Session Road Fire); May 21 - Congress passes Gold Subsidy Bill and Baguio mourns demise of Justice Malcolm.
After 18 years, the graduates of PMA in 1943 were acknowledged. The Japanese War had disrupted their training. The most honored bishop of the Mountain Province and father of Catholicism in these parts, William Brasseur, chose to become a Filipino citizen and denounced his Belgian citizenship. On Feb. 26, the city council and the press club honored Justice Malcolm, the author of the Baguio City Charter, for the last time. In May, news about his death reached Baguio.
1963 – Jan. 6 – Dr. Romulo offers apology but Lamen insists on debate and the editorial – Angry young men marked the end of derogatory implications of the word ‘Igorot’. Then-congressman of the Mountain Province, Atty. Alfredo Lamen rose in the halls of Congress with his g-string to say that Carlos P. Romulo’s declaration in his book that the Igorots are not Filipinos was an insult to his people.
July 14 – Baguio mourns loss of scout Victor de Guia Jr. He was part of the Philippine delegation of Boy Scouts to Athens who perished in a plane crash. A road in Quezon City was renamed after him.
1964 – Jan. 26 – Division move gaining; Duyan, Ponchilan pro was the more significant event of the year. Historically, the Mountain Province district representatives in Congress sought the division of the province into several provinces to hasten development.
1965 – In March 21 – CFI rules on Baguio, Trini sewage case was carried over from the past years. La Trinidad had grown impatient with Baguio City dumping its sewerage water into the Balili River, the septic flow affecting the vegetable garden irrigation systems.
1966 – Aug. 14 - Marcos signs city ‘aid’, 8 local bills – RA 4695 div. Law and RA 4708 amending the City Charter to provide regular national aid to the city in the amount of P700,000. The headline is also evidence to the creation of the provinces of Mountain Province, Benguet, Kalinga, Apayao, and Ifugao from the former Mountain Province.
1967 – Jan. 1 - State meeting on revision of Baguio Charter; March 3 – Support decentralization bill, Hold talks on electric system and the editorial – Proposed lease and sale on Baguio’s electric system; March 12 – Lease or sell the electric system were significant events.
1968 – In August, came Relocation of squatters and by December 8 – FM gold subsidy law scrapping. So, more squatters got relocated and president Marcos put an end to subsidizing the mining companies in operation here.
1969 – Still dependent on national subsidy or aid, the city government had run up a bill of P5.8 million for electricity with the National Power Corporation. The city had mortgaged several lots and properties to the NPC in previous years to stall the payments. Pressed for payments, then-congressman Cosalan rescued the city by filing congressional bills as read in the May 18 headline: Congress passes Cosalan measure on NPC payment.
With this predicament, the local officials decided on Jan 19: City Electric Public Bidding to solve the perennial problem.
1970 – In Dec. 13 – 18 students picket JHAB became the headline. The discontent and the increasing awareness of American intervention in national affairs were evident in the city.
Then-president Marcos prompted the amendments to the constitution through a constitutional convention. On Nov. 15 - the headline Floro Bugnosen and Fernando Bautista – Constitutional Convention made the front page because they had been elected to represent the city.
1971 – The news about Lt. Victor Corpuz’s raid on the PMA armory was a mark in the changing idealisms of the democracy by the organization rebel forces nationwide. By Feb. 14, president Marcos was quoted to say: Loyalty stressed at PMA found. day, 2 officers under fire.
The Golden Buddha story was given media mileage, beginning in April with the following stories: Mystery shrouds Golden Buddha; SC case looms; Cop chief talks on Buddha case ‘at proper time’; CFI statue fake. Golden Buddha is the talk of the town; Golden Buddha – No digging in Buguias; Media having field day on the golden Buddha issue; Buddaville – story always has a new twist; CFI judge refuses senate invite. On Golden Buddha; Buddha is gold! Only for newspapers; Roxas retracts in Buddhaville; and Roxas treasure hunting. The issue had waned after three months.
1972 – Martial Law was declared on Sept. 21, and the constitutional amendments had to be ratified. Headlines in December were: FM assures free debate on proposed charter; Start information drive on charter; Work for new charter; Excesses in free society; and See ratification of charter; Lardi bucks date change.
1973 – Headlines for the ratification of the new Constitution were visible until July. This year, the most significant headline was published on July 29 – Resounding ‘yes’ votes in Baguio, Beng.
1974 – A major mishap was reported on Jan. 27 - 18 dead, 21 injured at Kennon Mishap. A bus had fallen down the 300-foot ravine along Kennon Road.
Beneco took management of the electric system and marked their first anniversary on Oct. 6. The need to control forest fires resulted in the Feb. 17 headline: Start ‘no’ fire bonus plan to protect forest area. Communities were given incentives for fire prevention. Abolish free market water services in Sept. 1 ended free water services in all sections of the city. For years, free water services were given to selected members of the city. However, the city council finally decided to cut off the free service.
1975 – As the Midland Courier was also reporting on events in the Ilocos Region, the famed Crisologo case was in the headline on Aug. 10 – Crisologo case to Camp Crame. Crisologo had been accused of torching a village in Ilocos Sur and his presence or having been jailed posed a threat to peace and order.
1977 – The issues of this year were varied: July 12 – Okay P63M for repiping, overhaul of water system; Aug. 14 – Squatters demolition continues; Dec. 11 – ‘Yes’, ‘No’ referendum sides discussed, Pelaez airs view; Dec. 18 – ‘Yes’ votes indicated as initial returns come in; and Dec. 25 – Beneco to conduct hearings.
1978 – In sports, Baguio City hosted the international chess championship between Korchnoi and Karpov at the Baguio Convention Center.
1979 – For Baguio, this year saw the management turnover of the Marbay Building to the Ministry of Human Settlements, and the new role of Baguio as electronics capital because of the creation of the Baguio Export Processing Zone.
After the electric problems, the city was getting ready for the revamp of the Baguio Water District and the improvement in water services.
1980 - Two stories affected the community: Agrix and Dimensional Corporations and the Hilltop Hotel issue. May 11 - Experts hold meet on Hilltop issue and Agrix officers surrender; May 25 - Dimensional asks withdrawals freeze; and June 1 – Study Hilltop contract, closure order backed. The Baguio Hilltop Hotel was discovered unsafe for occupancy, while the Agrix and Dimensional scandal involved the non-payment of the promised interest on the investments by the companies to the investors.
1981 - On Jan. 18 the headline was Minorities expected to be stars during Pope visit. Baguio City was the only other city visited by Pope John Paul II in the Philippines aside from Manila. He visited Baguio on Feb. 22, where thousands gathered at Burnham Park to hear him say Mass.
1982 – The city government showed its might as 116 squatting charges was printed on the front page. The headlines from Jan. 23-Feb. 6 reflected the relationship between the rebel forces and the military. Balweg nixes bid for peace talks with Gen. Azada and Azada writes own letter to Balweg. Azada had promised to issue ‘safe conduct’ passes for the company of Balweg.
1984 – From October to December, the Pines Hotel Fire was reported with headlines like: Oct. 28 - Pines Hotel Toll: P300M, 22 dead and on Dec. 30 – Pines arson suspect arraigned. Pines Hotel was Baguio’s conference center and it was one of the best hotels in the city. Many official visits from national government officials were conducted here.
1985 – On May 15, the question on Jun Labo’s citizenship was raised. The faith healer had political ambitions. In Oct., a photo shows mayor Bueno marrying Gabby Concepcion and mega-star Sharon Cuneta.
1986 – Cory Aquino and the UNIDO party gained the favor of Benguet as the Feb. 2 headlines included: Aquino leads in 11 towns in Beng., partial results and Post election – Why Cordi voted Aquino.
With the growing discontent under the Marcos administration, Cory Aquino had won the presidential elections in this region but not in other parts, to the dismay of residents.
Prior to the Feb. 25 EDSA revolution, the Baguio Midland Courier already reported on Feb. 23 - Rally for peace set at Market Plaza and mayor Ernesto Bueno calling a peace rally with the impending ‘mass civil disobedience.’
By March 9, President Cory is guest at the PMA graduation. The revolution saw the ouster of Marcos and his exile to Hawaii.
1987 – The PMA was faced with its own rebellion, PMA Junior officers request speedy, just hearing of cases; Recom I officers, cadets for Gringo and a
photograph of Reconciliation – Cory & PMA.
On June 28 - Bodies of crash victims recovered and July 5 – Lensman’s account of PAL crash rescue explained the first commercial plane crash in Baguio history.
1988 – January marked the victory of faith healer Ramon ‘Jun’ Labo at the polls. But the issue of citizenship and the indignation rally staged by the irate Igorots saw his term last only until Aug. 3 of the following year.
The headlines on the issue read: Labo wins leadership, Lardi files protest; City Hall employees protest Labo Order; Proclamation of Labo upheld; Australian letter on Labo citizenship a sham – Lardi; Demand for Labo’s resignation over ‘slur’ on Igorots snowballs; Comelec hears Lardi petition vs. Labo.
1989 – The year’s focus was on the bid for autonomy in the region, while the Aug. 13 headline for Baguio read: Supreme Court ousts Labo as city mayor.
1990 – The July 16 earthquake that rocked northern and central Luzon left Baguio in its second ruins after World War II. On Dec. 23 came: End comes to a city landmark as the Baguio Country Club burns to the ground.
1991 – Camp John Hay took centerstage during this period in Baguio history with the pullout of the American bases in the Philippines. Some of the headlines read: Alunan says DOT ready to take over CJH; DOT moves to protect John Hay equipment; CJH to shut down April 18; Symbolic closure of CJH tomorrow; After 88 years – Ibalois celebrate return of JH to RP. In this year, too, the Mateo Cariño Doctrine – Ancestral claimants say case ‘very much alive’ was presented to the public by the BMC. The story of the legal battle that was won, lost and won again after almost a century.
By November, Typhoon Trining smashes through Baguio and Car wash boys save Philippine Rabbit buses. This meant the drastic change in the Baguio skyline with the collapse of the Philippine Rabbit terminal at Magsaysay Ave. For the Midland, 1991 saw the death of two pioneers in the persons of Atty. Sinai Hamada and Atty. G. Bert Floresca.
1992 – Ramon Labo Jr. won again in the local polls as mayor of the city, but his ouster was again based on his Australian citizenship. Vice mayor Mauricio Domogan took over. The issue was not simple, the stories ran: May 9 - Comelec disqualifies Labo; May 17 – Hold proclamation of Labo – Comelec; and on July 5 – Domogan sits as mayor only after 10 days.
Also this year, as the city celebrated its anniversary: Disaster, fire hit city - the market blazes and the water holes drained.
The Baguio School of Business and Technology sank further as the water accumulated in the hole left by the Philippine Rabbit bus terminal sought its own course into the Slaughterhouse river. The Aug. 30 warning that was unheeded read: Flee sinkhole area – Mayor.
1993 – John Hay and Unification were common issues through the years. People empowerment was put to test as the resistance to the BCDA-Tuntex Development Scheme for John Hay united many sectors of the city.
The related stories began in February and ran through December: Consult city council and people on John Hay – FVR; BCDA acquires John Hay, July 4; FVR here today at JH turn-over; City presents agreement proposal to BCDA-CJH; Barangays want out from CJH; Peoples Congress on CJH ‘redevelopment’ on Nov. 5; BCDA- Tuntex talks not yet finalized; Baguio gives alternative plan for JH dev’t; NGOs oppose Tuntex entry into CJH dev’t; City folks oppose BCDA- Tuntex pact; Rally vs. Tuntex is useless – Domogan.
Death claimed the lives of prominent Cordillera figures: OC Hamada, Courier Publisher Interred and Cordillera loses two notable personalities – Scott and Longid.
At the PMA, the implementation of the equal opportunity law came with 16 cadettes entering to join the long grey line.
1994 – What seemed like a futile exercise by residents against Tuntex resulted in the company’s aborting high impact development plans in Club John Hay as seen in the headlines: City folk question CJH deal; CJH fencing opposed; BCDA-Tuntex told to submit ECS permit; 1,257 Baguio residents reject BCDA-Tuntex plan; Tuntex money deals dubious – Yaranon; Bocaps hit John Hay Dev’t Plan; CJH Petition junked despite mass protests; Tuntex out of CJH high impact project.
This year, too, the Royal London Circus came to town.
1995 – The opposition to the declaration of John Hay as a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) ended on Feb. 12, when Court junks mandamus suit on Camp John Hay. The court claimed that it had no jurisdiction over the case, which led to the elevation of the case to the Supreme Court in Supreme Court urged: Declare SEZ in CJH illegal. In July - Camp John Hay issue – SC orders Comelec to comment on petition. Thereafter, the Special Patent for CJH was the next issue. By Oct. 8: Protest rallies, signature campaign set – FVR urged to stop BCDA from ‘titling’ John Hay; ‘Special Patent’ controversy heats up – Baguio officials press probe on. CJH ‘titling’; Camp John Hay controversy – Congress urged to scrap BCDA law over CJH furor; and De Venecia creates body to review BCDA mandate. Although the issues were not resolved, by Dec. 24, the issue changed: Millions of taxes unremitted–BCDA names four firms to ‘develop’ John Hay.
1996 – For Baguio City, the red carpet rolled out in Malacañang as the city won the Hall of Fame Award for being ‘the cleanest and greenest highly urbanized city’ for three consecutive years.
Bidded out, CJH’s winning bid by Manuela Consortium shocked other investors on July 28. The headline read: Money talks–Manuela Consortium set to invest P7.5B for CJH Dev’t. The seeming outrageous figure ended up in the Manuela default and the transfer of the Memorandum of Agreement to the second highest bidder. On Oct. 20: BCDA, Fil-estate ink MOA for CJH dev’t.
But Beneco was still the hero when, amidst all the price increases, on Dec. 29, it announced, 5 centavos rebate per kwh – Beneco reduces power rate starting January.
1997 – The graduation of seven cadettes from the Philippine Military Academy was the most significant. The story marked the end of male-domination in the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
1998 – CJH remained in the headlines for issues regarding its Environmental Compliance Certificate from Jan. to March with John Hay told to stop construction activity; DENR has no jurisdiction on CJH ECC application; CJH oppositors stand firm against ECC; John Hay ECC issued despite opposition; Complaint vs CJH developers filed before Ombudsman; CJH “for sale” status decried.
The Uniwide contract was also asked to be cancelled with March 8’s headline: Cancellation of Uniwide project recommended and May 31’s Cancellation of Uniwide mart contract pressed.
1999 – Renovation of City Hall takes center stage because of asbestos found in its roofing: Engr’s find city hall facilities below standard; Council wants probe on dumping of toxic waste; Renovated City Hall inauguration scored; City still waiting for asbestos test results; City Hall building; Dads doubt UP report on asbestos ceiling panels.
The Uniwide contract questions continue with Baguio’s lease agreement with Uniwide Corp flawed; and Council studies cancellation of Uniwide contract
2000 – The controversies on the BGH underpass hog headlines: Opposition to P114 million underpass project growing; Proponents justify P114M underpass project at BGH; Hearing on underpass finally set for 22 May.
The Jadewell Parking Systems Corporation surfaces to the headlines near the end of the year and continues in the next seven years. Dec. 24 – Jadewell ordered to stop collecting parking fees and Dec. 31 - Collection of parking fees won’t be stopped.
2001 – Jadewell dominates the headlines. Pay parking tickets registered with city; Lawyers out to question legality of parking accord; Lawyer bats for brgys to run parking scheme; Barangay officials hit bid on park scheme; Ethics body to investigate AO 504 form controversy; and PTA employees join plaints vs. park fees; Move to recall award of park to private person boosted.
2002 – The Jadewell saga continues with a year-round headline on the pay-parking issue which even the council now recognized as a nuisance on city streets. Unfair labor raps slapped vs. Jadewell; Carnap charges filed vs pay parking firm; Legal battle looms over Jadewell MOA; and Jadewell not authorized to impound vehicles in city; Suits deemed not needed; SP admits serious flaws; Groups line up plans to stop park scheme; Harassment continues: Jadewell ordered – stop towing vehicles in city; Mayor to re-negotiate Jadewell agreement; Court stops Jadewell from towing vehicles; Council ends silence on pay-parking issue, overrides mayor’s veto; Jadewell seeks TRO on pay park contract; and Council to recall pay parking areas.
Camp John Hay also took the spotlight with issues ranging from land segregation, taxes, and cutting of trees. GMA okays segregation of Sct. Barrio land site; SP to probe anomalous Sct. Barrio lot awards; CJH status quo pressed; Local execs blamed for uncollected CJH taxes; CJH dev’t beyond reach of residents; Scout Barrio inks MOA to end 8-month drought; Council to probe CJH on water source accord; Loakan residents slam CJH bid to evict them; CJH asked to reconnect barangay water source; UN envoy told: Baguio clan wants lands back.
2003 – The BGH flyover starts to be questioned as to its fundsourcing and environmental impact. Council asked to recall endorsement of flyover; Flyover project seen to abet city pollution; and Benguet, not city, to pay for cost of BGH flyover;
The global SARS threat reaches Baguio, with the March 30 headline: Agencies warned on spread of deadly SARS in Baguio; and April 6–CHO on SARS threat: ‘please do not panic’.
2004 – A bid to put up a casino in the city was nixed in fear of degrading moral values in this Character City. The headlines read: Mayor chided as casino’s bid to operate dimmed; Royal Highland Leisure has no franchise to operate a casino; Casino facility ready for occupancy; Suit set vs casino opening in CJH; Mayor assures no permit for casino;
The dreaded Meningococcemia makes its way to the headlines at year’s end with: Bacteria outbreak claims 4; health offices on alert; Nov. 28 – DOH officials cite measures to prevent outbreak in city.
2005 – Meningo becomes a full blown scare and a damper on city tourism at the start of the year, threatening even the prestigious Panagbenga Festival. Clean hygiene tagged as best defense yet vs ‘meningo’; DOH to drop meningo alert as cases taper off; DOH puts on hold lifting of meningo alert in city; DOH guarantees visitors: Baguio safe for long stay
Jadewell’s permit was revoked on January with then mayor Braulio Yaranon taking a firm stand against the park firm, which led to case after case filed against the defiant official. Motorists told not to pay any Jadewell parking fees; Pay parking operation closed; vigilance urged; Mayor rules out negotiations with pay parking company.
The bulk water project aimed at providing a stable and better source of water for the growing city population was riddled with issues concerning public health. April 3 – Bulk water award to BC raises public health issue; April 10 – No permit vowed for bulk water; April 17 - Council asked to drop bulk water project; BWD puts on hold city’s P2B bulk water project; BWD told to settle issues against bulk water bid; Water shortage foreseen as major problem for Baguio as bidder says no bulk water pact awarded yet.
The Irisan dumpsite was also urged closed in view of the implementation of RA 9003 and fear of residents nearby that the dump can no longer accommodate the city’s waste. April 24 – Irisan folks see peril in open dump smoke; VM urges new city dumpsite; Baguio hospitals found negligent in treatment of hazardous wastes; Irisan dump conversion into modern plant ok’d’; Conversion of Irisan dump a done deal.
2006 – Mayor Yaranon is ousted for Jadewell fight, ushering in the young vice mayor Reinaldo Bautista Jr. to take the city’s reins. DILG: mayor’s order more forceful than a resolution; Mayor scoffs at reports of his 1 year suspension; Fate of Jadewell best left to High Court – Mayor; City mayor counter attacks; brands park firm an ‘outlaw’; City mayor digging in as Bautista takes oath; Public told not to pay parking fees meantime; ‘People’s initiative’ vs pay parking takes off; Multi-sectoral rally asks park firm to leave city.
The BGH flyover is constructed despite opposition. DPWH claims GMA gave go-signal for BGH flyover; Mayor says contractor to put flyover on hold; City engineer asked to assess need for flyover; DPWH gives go signal for BGH flyover proj; Council asked to clarify status of BGH flyover;
2007 – The city finally gets its streets back as the Acting mayor says final nail driven vs Jadewell by refusing to issue the park firm a business permit.
Various concerns such as DENR told to monitor CJH waste; CA upholds IPs rights over ancestral lands; DOTC to allot P12M funding for rehab of Loakan strip; STL creeps back in City Council agenda on 2 bids; POSD gears for ouster of CBD illegal vendors; Court asked to drop cases involving city and Uniwide; Vice mayor says Asin hydro plants bested handed over to private entity; BCDA, JHMC not yet ready to purchase BCC from GSIS mirror the city’s
state and the multitude of problems it has to face.
2008 – The city starts preparations for its centennial celebration come 2009 starting with renovations in Burnham Park reflected in the headlines: PGMA joins city’s press in countdown to 2008; GMA okays turnover of Burnham Park to Baguio; Lack of funding hobbles centennial preparations; City commences major facelifting of Burnham; Centennial commission in search of 3 new members; Council allots P15 M for city’s centennial events; and Dads back three-year solid waste mgmt plan.
Disastrous fires gut UB buildings, Tiong San Harrison, and Baguio City Market. On Feb. 17: UB prep, Dap-ayan bldg gutted in yesterday’s fire and April 13’s headline: City market block razed; Tiong San logs P45-M loss.
Plans to convert the Convention Center tree park are met with protests while the city starts a continuing battle vs. solid wastes. SM-GSIS joint venture to remove 418 mature trees; and Plan to cut off forestry legacy rued; Barangays given ultimatum to manage own solid wastes; Waste collection still on hold as City Hall eyes alternative dumps; City to pay P9.6M for transport of garbage; 13 sites in BLIST mulled for city sanitary landfill; City Council allots P10 M in bid to ease dump crisis; Sto Tomas site seen by DENR as viable host of city landfill; P118 M allotted to solve city’s garbage problem; GSIS affirms joint venture with SM over tree park lot; Open pit mine offered to city as landfill site; Study urged to test viability of open pit as city’s ESL site; Mayor thumbs down 2 measures that bar dev’t of BCC pine grove.
2009 – Another fire guts the city market and finds the city in a deadlock on developing it with the Uniwide contract upheld by the court. Court verdict validating Uniwide contract upheld; Public market, Sokor school struck by fire; Baguio market restoration seen in 40 days
Classes in major universities are suspended to avoid increasing A H1N1 cases. May 31 – DOH confirms 2 swine flu cases; 12 others watched; June 21 – Colleges set up measures to thwart swine flu threat; July 12 – Suspension of classes seen to halt flu threat.