September 25, 2023

The city council approved on first reading the P60-million proposed budget for the construction of a sewerage line for areas in Pinget, West Quirino Hill, Lower Quirino Hill, and adjoining barangays affected by Proclamation 93, s. 1992, which establishes the Buyog watershed forest reserve.
Signed by then President Fidel Ramos on Nov. 5, 1992, the proclamation withdraws from entry sale, disposition or settlement certain parcels of public land and segregates it as the Buyog watershed forest reserve under the administration and management of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the city government, and Baguio Water District, subject to private rights.
The sewerage lines which will be connected to the main sewerage line of the waste water transfer station at Sanitary Camp will address the water-tight wastewater disposal system relative to the appeal and petitions as early as 1992 of the affected residents for segregation of their lots from the coverage of the reservation.
The proposal measure stated affected occupants are qualified beneficiaries as certified by the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor and registered with the National Housing Authority. It was referred to the committee on lands for appropriate action.
Meanwhile, the council referred to the committee on laws the letter of Mayor Benjamin Magalong requesting authority to execute a deed of absolute sale for parcels of land with a total area of 63,585 square meters located at Topinao, Tuba, Benguet.
Upon the recommendation of the committee on public works, the proposed location for a district satellite market at Barangay Camp 7, as provided under the Annual Investment Plan and appropriation Ordinance 42, s. 2020, was changed to Barangay Camp 8.
City Building Official Johnny Degay requested for a change of location as the barangay does not have an available site for the project which, Barangay Camp 8 has.
The P2.3 million worth project is among the seven satellite market projects funded under Ordinance 42, s. 2020. Other satellite markets will be at Dominican-Mirador – P2.7M, Middle Quezon Hill – P2.8M, San Vicente – P6M, Bayan Park – P2.1M, and Irisan – P2.9M.
Through Resolution 168, s. 2022 the city council commended Stephanie Mae Domingo of the University of the Cordilleras for passing the 2020-2021 Bar Examinations with excellent performance.
Domingo was born and raised in Baguio and has been an exceptional student since she was young as demonstrated by her academic achievements. She also ranked seven in the 2015 Criminology Licensure Examination.
The council also commended three city government employees detailed at the sangguniang panlungsod for successfully hurdling the Bar, namely Gemmalyn Piza (Cordillera Career Development College); Maribeth Ramirez, (University of the Cordilleras); and Paul Dean Mark Pila (Philippine Christian University).
The resolution expresses delight for the new lawyers, who remained resilient towards achieving their dreams amid uncertainties brought about by the pandemic and despite tedious and hectic work schedules while preparing for the Bar. They made their families and the entire city of Baguio proud.
In a separate resolution, the city council commended Maricar A. Docyogen for being awarded the Outstanding Women Leader during the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration-Cordillera Administrative Region 2022 Marilag Awards.
The annual Marilag Awards recognize Filipina Overseas Filipino Worker-Regional Community Leaders and Family Welfare Officers all over the country as an acknowledgment and appreciation of their relentless efforts in providing assistance to the OWWA and its clientele.
The award also serves as a venue to recognize the achievements and sacrifices of women to inspire other women to persevere for their family and the community.
Docyogen, who runs the Bookends Bookshop which advocates reading as a habit among Filipinos especially the younger generation, will represent the Cordillera for the OWWA National 2022 Marilag Awards.
Docyogen was a nurse at the King Fahad Armed Forces Hospital, Saudi Arabia from 2006 to 2009 and came back to Baguio City to set the bookshop. She also founded the Pasakalye Group of Artists to help members promote their works and help popularize Cordilleran arts.