February 9, 2023

The city council on Monday has authorized City Mayor Benjamin Magalong to enter into a memorandum of agreement with the Bureau of Local Employment-Department of Labor and Employment on the implementation of JobStart Philippines in the city.
Republic Act 10869 or the Jobstart Philippines Act mandates local government units through their Public Employment Services Office to serve as the conduit of DOLE in implementing the activities of the JobStart in their respective areas.
Under the partnership of DOLE, Asian Development Bank, and Canadian International Development Agency, the JobStart program aims to increase the employability of the youth by providing them access to technical and life skills training demanded by employers and by mentoring and tooling them to improve their job searches and outcomes. It offers life skills training; one-on-one career coaching; and opportunities for technical training and internships with private sector employers.
The law entitles trainees to receive allowance for the duration of life skills training and technical skills training, and to undertake internship with establishments for a maximum of three months with stipend not less than 75 percent of the prevailing minimum wage in the locality.
The city council in a separate resolution has authorized the city mayor for another undertaking with the Watermatic Philippines Corp. regarding the conduct of a feasibility study on the possible rehabilitation of the city’s water facilities and wastewater/sewage treatment system.
The proposed study, at no cost to the city, would involve the development, financing, design, possible construction of new facility and/or rehabilitation of the existing facility, as well as operation and maintenance by the proponent.
The resolution stated the proposal is also towards protection of the environmental resources from damage caused by untreated wastewater:
The body, in Resolution 200, s. 2021, approved the putting up of “I Love Baguio” signs in public parks and other tourism sites. The signages should depict the rich heritage of Baguio and/or its people.
In the resolution, the signages would serve as photo backdrop or background for picture taking which will constantly remind tourists and visitors of the beautiful spots and picturesque places they visited while in the city.
Meanwhile, through Resolution, 210 s, 2021, the president of RCC Global Entertainment Inc., Romeo Chong, was requested to submit to the city council the company profile and other documents pertaining to the establishment and operation of an electronic and traditional bingo, and other games in the city.
The request is related to Resolutions 208 and 209, s. 2021, which approved the requests of RCC Global Entertainment Inc. to operate an electronic and traditional bingo and other Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation-authorized games located, respectively, at the Cedar Peak, Mabini Street corner General Luna Road and at the Summer Pines Residences, along Marcos Highway.
The approval is subject to compliance by the corporation with existing laws regulating their business activities; and with tax ordinances and other ordinances with emphasis on hiring 90 percent of its employees from bona fide Baguio residents pursuant to Ordinance 48, s. 2021.
As per the resolution, Chong mentioned in his letters on Dec. 17, 2020 and March 26, 2021 that their company owns 17 branches operating around the country and it is the company’s vision to contribute to the efforts of the local government such as generating additional opportunities to the people.