Issue of December 31, 2017
     
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Garbage disposal bothers city gov’t
by Hanna C. Lacsamana

The city government of Baguio assessed 2017 as good in terms of implemented projects and financial situation but remains challenged in some aspects of public service.

In his yearender media briefing, Mayor Mauricio Domogan reported that the city’s finances has slowly grew from having an annual budget of P1.7 billion this year to the planned more than P2.5B for 2018.

He expressed hope that the city council will finally approve the budget to prevent the same from being re-enacted.

In terms of infrastructure, the mayor said the city was able to implement several projects, including the concreting of some city and barangay roads. Some sewer lines have also been fixed this year, while those that have not been covered by the 2017 budget are planned to be fixed next year.

The city’s sewage treatment plant at South Sanitary Camp has also undergone improvement, but much still have to be done for the facility.

Domogan also noted the decrease in the city’s crime volume from January to November this year at 47 percent, as reported by the Baguio City Police Office, which has been attributed to community-police partnership and implementation of the city’s programs on peace and order.

The city’s tourism industry has also improved, as Baguio continues to get its share of visitors and tourists proven by the tourist influx index observed throughout the year.

The mayor said the city has continued doing its part in the fight to address global warming and effects of climate change, through the planting of trees and increasing of the city’s forest cover over the year.

In 2018, Domogan projects the city finally having a permanent site to house its garbage disposal facility, which he acknowledged is one of the most serious problems that continue to hound the city and its residents.

Among other sites that may be suitable, he expressed hope that the site being offered for free to the city by the Benguet Corporation for the said purpose will soon materialize. In the meantime, he said the city government is pursuing the transfer of its garbage hauling area from Capas, Tarlac to Urdaneta City, which would allow the city to have savings from lower tipping and hauling fees.


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