Issue of March 25, 2012
     
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What’s wrong with the city council?
ATTY. JAMES S. VALEROS, Baguio City

Almost everything IN the COUNCIL is wrong.

Firstly, Resolution 354 was approved without a committee public hearing and discussion in the council involving the affected public utility jeepney operators and other stakeholders.

It was passed based merely on the recommendation of Department of Transportation and Communication Regional Director Celina Claver and on the letters of Mr. Joseph Ingosan, et. al., all new entry applicants for PUJ franchise on the route Baguio City-Upper San Carlos Heights and vice versa.

As a result, the resolution was promulgated without the members of the council and the mayor knowing or realizing that first, the route applied for does not exist because a portion of the line (the 1st road to San Carlos Heights) is not passable. The residents of the proposed route are already serviced by two PUJ associations (from San Carlos Heights and Quezon Hill) employing 26 units or more in all.

The RMC or route measured capacity being recommended by Dir. Claver and relied upon by the council was not a product of an actual survey determinant of existing public need in the area. In fact, the RMC should not have been prescribed at all since the road in the route applied for is not open to traffic.

The route is not new but merely an established route that is already served by prior operators.

Second, the resolution contravenes many of the council’s resolutions. Among them are Resolution 292, s. 1998 that recommended moratorium to the LTFRB which was granted under MC 98-026 and Resolution 262, s. 2000 giving the priority to existing operators to service new/unserviced communities in the city.

Third, if by virtue of this resolution new franchises will be issued therefore, the existing operators on the line will inevitably suffer a great diminution in income and will threaten the operational viability to continue their service. Thus, this is unfair and unjust to them, the prior operators.

Fourth, if this is the manner the council will grant exemption to the moratorium, the city will never be able to regulate and control congestion and pollution that are slowly killing us.

It is hoped though that the council will reconsider Resolution 354. The new applicants for certificates of public conveyances in this case, considering the aforecited facts and circumstances, are not deserving of a waiver from the existing moratorium.

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:: Suggestions for BENECO
In fairness to the officials and employees of the Benguet Electric Cooperative, let us acknowledge the fact that it is one of the best and well–managed electric cooperatives in the country.
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:: Letter to the BSU president
LAST Wednesday afternoon, while I was at the administration building of the Benguet State University looking for summer courses, two students were inquiring at the Registrar’s Office.
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:: Beneco is only for power distribution
In the previous Midland Reports on the Asin Hydro bidding, the premise of City Budget Officer Leticia Clemente in disqualifying the Benguet Electric Cooperative in bidding for Asin Hydro is very correct.
 



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