Issue of April 15, 2012
Mt. Province

102nd Baguio Day Anniversary Issue
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Green Meadows, HLURB, HUDCC in the hot seat

The city council will resume its regular session tomorrow to be presided by Vice mayor Daniel Fariñas after taking a break during the Holy Week and last Monday’s observance of the Araw ng Kagitingan.

The council would be acting on 66 legislative matters. One item is the final reading on the proposed resolution prescribing the rental rates and allocation guidelines for stalls at the newly constructed Mines View Park multipurpose building.

Proponent Councilor Perlita Rondez said the proposal has been certified urgent by the mayor as the vendors cannot occupy the new building pending the approval of the proposed ordinance.

On the other side, some members want further discussion on the proposal to consider the position of other affected vendors and the concerns of Punong Barangay Antero Mostina. This suggestion, however, needs the unified stand of the members because it is on third and final reading and discussion and amendments are not allowed by the rules.

Certain personalities were invited tomorrow to clarify some issues. Through the recommendation of the committee on lands, the president of the Baguio-Benguet Green Meadows Foundation, Lovely Mandapat, was invited to clarify about the concern of Fidel Tolosa and company seeking assistance from the city council for the refund of their money paid to Green Meadows Foundation. Government officials concerned with housing regulations such as the Housing, Land Use and Regulatory Board and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council were also invited including the contractor of the Green Meadows subdivision project.

The vice mayor said that there is need to clarify from subdivision developers because similar complaints have been reaching the city council and seemingly the developers are continuously transacting their business victimizing the city residents who need to be protected from such kind of programs.

The city council also needs to clarify from the invited government authorities to serve as an eye opener to similar undertakings and to apprise the public because there were many helpless victims crying for help before the city council, the vice mayor added.

In its previous session, the council passed Ordinance 12, s. 2011 which regulates parking on portions of Victoria Village barangay road authored by councilors Richard Cariño, Nicasio Aliping, and Elmer Datuin.

The ordinance imposes a P500 fine to any person violating the following provisions: “Section 1. All vehicles, except delivery/panel trucks shall only be allowed to park within the white painted zones from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. the following morning. Motorcycles shall only be allowed to park within the white painted zones designated for motorcycle parking from 8 p.m. until 8 a.m. and “Sec. 2. Vehicles shall not park on yellow painted zones designated only for U-turns or turning points and roadside gardens.”

The ordinance allows delivery or panel trucks to park temporarily within and outside the white painted zones, provided that: a. It would not obstruct incoming or outgoing vehicles while conducting business within the barangay; and b. Shall vacate the area immediately upon the delivering goods, materials and the like.

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