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Council asks LTFRB to explain granting of CPC for Baguio City-San Jose route

An executive-legislative session was conducted last Wednesday to tackle the appropriation of funds needed for the implementation of programs and projects that three ordinances sought to deliver and provide.

Ordinance 69 s. 2018 calls for the implementation of medical services exclusively for women with disabilities; Ordinance 73 s. 2018 is for the improvement of traffic flow in Baguio; and Ordinance 99 s. 2018 is for the allotment of funds as additional assistance to solo parents and their children.

The council scheduled the meeting along with the city’s local finance committee to determine the amount to be allotted so it would be included in the 2019 budget.

In tomorrow’s session of the city council, the Liga ng Transportasyon at Operators sa Pilipinas or LTOP led by Department of Transportation Usec. Orlando Marquez, who also happens to be the group’s president will present an overview of the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization program.

Marquez is also the DOTr’s consultant of the Office of the Road Safety and Infrastructure.

The council will discuss with Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board Officer-in-Charge Jessie Balagot and DOTr Officer-in-Charge Jennilyn Avelino LTFRB Board Resolution 45, s. 2018 or the routes for application for new certificate of public convenience under the initial implementation of the PUV modernization program.

The said resolution allocated 15 to 30 units to specific routes in Metro manila for jeepneys and eight to 15 units of jeeps and buses in regions 1 to 7, and the Cordillera Administrative Region.

For Region 3, the route with CPC allocation is the San Jose City to Baguio City with 15 units of buses under the name of Pangkalahatang Sanggunian Manila and Suburbs Drivers Association (Pasangmasda).

The committee on public utilities, traffic, and transportation legislation chaired by Benny Bomogao has invited representatives of the LTFRB to explain how the new route for San Jose to Baguio City was granted even without the endorsement and confirmation of the city council.

Other matters to be discussed are the alleged encroachment over a private property along Legarda Road by the road widening project of the Department of Public Works and Highways and the request of Edgar Allan Beltran, chief consultant, Cooyeesan Hotel Plaza for endorsement by the city council of their application for an Ecozone IT Enterprise before the Baguio City Economic Zone Authority (BCEZ).

The concerned offices/personalities to be present as resource speakers regarding the road widening are Planning and Development Officer Evelyn Cayat, Buildings and Architecture Officer Nazita Bañez, Burnham-Legarda Punong Barangay Teodoro Castro, and property owner Annie Tulding Serrano.

As to the request of Cooyeesan Hotel Plaza, the resource persons are City Treasurer Alex Cabarrubias; BCEZ Administrator Rene Joey Mipa, and Beltran.

Matters set to be acted on first reading are the proposed ordinances “Formulating the Comprehensive Development Plan of Burnham Park Reservation” by Councilor Maria Mylen Victoria Yaranon; and “Granting financial assistance to all Sangguniang Kabataan kagawad, SK treasurer and SK secretary in the City of Baguio, by Councilor Levy Lloyd Orcales.

Matters recommended by the committee on barangay affairs for favorable review are the supplemental/annual barangay budgets of South Drive – P1,682,886; Liwanag Loakan – P3,557,290; Outlook Drive – P2,663,571; AZCKO – P1,882,213; General Emilio F. Aguinaldo – Lower QM Barangay – P2.6 million; Country Club Village – P4,284,155; Marcoville – P1,886,179; Middle Quezon Hill – P4,482,189; Dontogan – P4,786,634; Aurora Hill Proper – P1,850,952; Bakakeng Central – P4,329,143; and Camp 8 – P401,457.

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