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IP leaders and elders affirm Sinot as IPMR

Officers of the Metro Baguio Tribal Elders and Leaders Association (MBATELA) reported to the city council the result of the Sept. 23 general assembly of the different indigenous peoples groups in Baguio in which they affirmed the results of the Nov. 4, 2016 election where Roger Sinot won as the Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representative (IPMR) to the city council.

As a neutral association which volunteered to spearhead the conduct of the assembly, the MBATELA has issued a certificate of confirmation recognizing Sinot as the duly elected IPMR to the city council.

The association believes that the certification would serve as the voice of the different IP groups of their chosen representative.

The document was submitted to the council for its appropriate action.

Members of council of elders who also attended the meeting appealed to the body to support the IPMR which the IPs have already selected and help in their bid for the issuance of the Certificate of Affirmation by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples.

With this, the city council requested NCIP-Cordillera Director Roland P. Calde to attend its sessions either on Oct. 16, 23, or 30, whichever is convenient for him, to explain why there is no Certificate of Affirmation issued yet by his office.

The body also wants to hear Calde’s comment regarding the suggestion of the elders for Sinot to sit as mandatory representative without the Certificate of Affirmation as in the case of IPMRs in other local government units.

For health, sanitation and safety reasons, the body reminded through Resolution 332, s. 2017 the City Solid Waste Management Board and the City General Services Office to ensure that wastes are treated with disinfectant and anti-odor agents at the transfer station before these are transported or hauled out to Capas, Tarlac.

This would address the complaints of residents along the transport route about the obnoxious odor every time garbage-laden trucks pass their vicinity.

The resolution penned by Councilor Elaine Sembrano added garbage trucks should also be treated to prevent the spread of disease-causing microorganisms.

The resolution stressed that the task shall be the main responsibility of the hauler-contractor MA Camilo Freight Services.

The hauler-contractor was requested to submit to the council the proposed design for its new staging area in Tuba, Benguet.

Members of the Bids and Awards Committee were likewise urged to fast track the bidding for garbage hauling in anticipation of the expiration of contract with the hauler on Dec. 31.

Based on the recommendation of the committee on public utilities, transportation and traffic legislation, the body gave favorable review to ordinances 1 and 2, s. 20017, of Leonila Hill Barangay.

Ordinance 1 identifies the whole stretch of Evangelista Street (main road) of Leonila Hill Barangay as a non-parking area for vehicles starting from the entry point of the road fronting the Republica’s residence down to where the small bridge is situated.

Ordinance 2 designated Road 1 turning point at Nerona’s residence, Road 1 Extension turning point including near Chantioco’s residence, Road 2 turning point and other open spaces (multipurpose area) of Leonila Hill Barangay as pay parking areas with corresponding parking fees monthly.

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