Issue of November 5, 2017

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City to suspend number coding for mining conference

Through Resolution 351 s. 2017, the city council declared Nov. 21 to 24 as Annual National Mine Safety and Environment Conference Week in the City of Baguio.

The conference, under the auspices of the Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association, has been instrumental in the promotion of PMSEA’s advocacy of responsible mining or mineral resources development of the country.

PMSEA is an organization of mining companies, quarries, cement plants, suppliers, service contractors, professional organizations, and government agencies that advocates a national campaign on occupational safety and against health and environmental hazards of mining and its related operations.

On its 64th conference celebration this year with the theme “Responsible mining…in the hearts and minds of Filipinos,” the association will showcase the recent best practices of the mining industries in the country on occupational health and safety, sound environment management, and social contract through community partnership with local and national stakeholders.

The resolution also noted that the annual event has been boosting the city’s economy due to the influx of tourists and stressed that there is need to suspend the number coding scheme during the whole duration of the conference to exclusively allow the delegates and their families to freely enjoy their visit and stay in the City of Pines.

For safety purposes, the body forwarded Resolution 352, s. 2017 to Atty. Solgrandioso David Jr., head of Government Regulatory Compliance of the Globe Telecom, Inc., for its information of the findings and recommendation of the City Buildings and Architecture Office to retrofit within 60 days the Globe cellular tower located at Upper Market Subdivision barangay.

In an inspection conducted last May 23 on the cell site, the inspectorate team formed by the CBAO reported that “there is a deformation or buckling at Leg 3, Splice No. 1 and bending on the main diagonal member attached on the same leg” and recommended that “the structure be retrofitted and for a structural engineer to submit a certification that the structure is structurally sound after retrofitting.”

The resolution also resolved that failure on the part of Globe Telecom, Inc. to comply with the recommended retrofitting shall be a cause for the declaration of the structure as dangerous and ruinous, and thus necessitating demolition.

Since October 2016, the affected residents at Upper Market Subdivision barangay, through Punong Barangay Matthew Fanged Jr., have been petitioning for the removal or transfer of the 60-meter Globe tower built within theresidential area, which they claimed poses danger during typhoons and earthquakes.

In Resolution 353, s. 2017, all barangays in the City of Baguio are encouraged to enact measures for the observance and implementation of Republic Act 10361 or the “Domestic Workers Act for the Protection and Welfare of Domestic Helpers.”

One of the employer’s reportorial duties under Sec.17, Article III of RA 10361 is to “register all domestic workers under their employment in the Registry of Domestic Workers in the barangay where the employer’s residence is located.”

Despite the issuance of MC 2013-61 on July 8, 2013, which provides the guidelines on the barangay registration of kasambahay pursuant to RA 10361 followed by addendum MC 2017-33 issued last February, registration of domestic workers in the barangays is not yet implemented.

The resolution reminded the barangays that it is a public knowledge that kasambahays have been victims of abuses by their employers, and measures should be adopted to protect their rights and welfare.

The kasambahays have also perpetrated theft and such other crimes against their employers that often leave the employers and the police authorities at a loss where to trace or apprehend the culprits.

“By mandating the registration of all domestic workers or kasambahays with the barangay, employers would at least have a record of their helper, while kasambahays likewise have a record of their employers, who may be summoned in cases of violation of their rights,” reads the resolution.

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