February 26, 2024

Barangay officials are being reminded anew of their obligation to uphold sanitation, cleanliness and orderliness in their areas of jurisdiction.

Mayor Benjamin B. Magalong called out barangay officials after continuously receiving complaints from concerned citizens on barangay representatives not acting on their reports of individuals violating the city Environmental Code.

Recently, the mayor sighted construction trash along the Loakan Airport access road and called personnel of the Baguio City Police Office-Loakan Police Station to clear the area as it was deemed unsafe for passersby.

BCPO Loakan Station then coordinated with the barangay officials of Loakan Proper and the General Services Office to collect the construction debris.

General Services Officer Eugene Buyuccan said his team collected mixed waste including soil and construction debris which could have been managed better if residents and construction workers were responsible enough to segregate their waste.

“We issued a notice of violation to the officials of the barangay,” Buyuccan said.

City Legal Officer Althea Alberto said road-rights-of-way (RROW) are included in safeguarded lands citing Baguio City’s Environmental Code.

She said the city’s Environmental Code prohibits obstruction of safeguarded lands including the road blockage on RROWs by stockpiling construction debris or garbage among others.

The mayor ordered barangay officials and the BCPO to include in their patrolling parked vehicles on RROWs blocking passageways and posing danger to passersby. – Jessa Mardy P. Samidan