Issue of December 3, 2017

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Bamboo to be planted at former Irisan dumpsite

The city council approved the proposed development plan for the former Irisan dumpsite. Through Resolution 417, Mayor Mauricio Domogan was given the authority to sign in behalf of the city government, a memorandum of agreement with the Philippine Bamboo Foundation, Inc. and other agencies who will be involved in the project.

The development plan is to “re-green” the former dumpsite by planting different kinds of bamboo and other indigenous plants that are suitable in the area at no cost to the city.

Philippine Bamboo Foundation Inc. President Edgardo Manda said bamboo can complement depleting pine trees in the different areas of city. He said bamboos have unique capabilities especially in climate change mitigation and adaptation. Aside from livelihood benefits, planting bamboo is also a way to prevent soil erosion and air pollution.

The parties to be involved in the project are the city government of Baguio through the City Environment and Parks Management Office, the foundation and stakeholders coming from the top 10 corporations in the city, which will provide for the planting materials and other needed expenses.

The draft agreement to be prepared by a technical working group will be submitted to the council for approval before implementation.

Through resolution 420, the council requested the Department of Foreign Affairs, Regional Consular Office in Baguio to act on reports regarding individuals or agencies selling passport appointment slots to clients.

The DFA earlier issued an advisory cautioning the public from transacting with any entity whether personal or via the Internet offering priority or earlier passport appointment slots for a fee since the DFA online appointment system is free of charge.

The resolution penned by Vice Mayor Edison Bilog stated that at times when the online passport appointment system is unavailable, individuals or agencies take advantage by selling their appointment slots for fees ranging from P1,000 to 2,000.

The requested action would not only deter the unscrupulous act but also a means to clear and spare the consular office from any allegation that it is tolerating this modus.

Acting on the recommendation of the committee on transportation and traffic legislation, the council has endorsed to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board central office for its consideration the petition of concerned taxi operators to allow the “late filing of application for extension of validity of expired certificate of public conveyance to operate taxi services.”

The resolution stated that there are numerous times that the LTFRB, through its memorandum circulars, has allowed the late filing of applications for extension of validity of expired CPCs and this serves the interest of the public and the transportation sector.

Meanwhile, the council requested the mayor to arrange a meeting with the Bases Conversion Development Authority, John Hay Management Corporation, and other affected agencies to thresh out all concerns or issues concerning Camp John Hay.

The action is a result of the discussion among the members of the city council and the representatives from the JHMC, the BCDA and the 13 barangays under the John Hay Reservation agreeing for the continuation of talks on land segregation towards a win-win solution among all the parties involved.

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