September 30, 2023

Through a resolution authored by all its members, the city council has congratulated and commended City Mayor Benjamin Magalong for winning the “People Manager of the Year in Public Sector” for 2021 of the Philippine Management Association of the Philippines Awards.
The distinguished national award is accorded by PMAP during its 58th Annual Conference in recognition of Magalong’s true and genuine public service and exemplary leadership in taking care of the people of Baguio City.
PMAP Awards is a values-driven, principles-led, evidenced-based, innovation-enabled, and output-oriented program that publicly honors organizations, individuals, and people programs that have achieved excellence and distinction in people management which was institutionalized in 1977.
PMAP is a professional, non-stock, and not-for-profit organization of over 1,800 member companies and individual management executives engaged or interested in human resource management and industrial relations work.
The city council has amended through Resolution 387, s. 2021 the guidelines for the Baguio’s Revitalization Actions for a Vibrant Economy or Brave economic stimulus package to accommodate and qualify more applicants and make it more responsive to the needs of target beneficiaries.
The program is a financing facility offered by the city government and its partner Small Business Corporation to small and micro enterprises for the purpose of mitigating the impact of the health pandemic to their business operation.
Amendments were made on eligibility (Section F), where enterprises that have availed of similar packages from other government institutions are now eligible based on their capacity to pay; amount (Section G) – The loanable amount shall range from a minimum of P10,000 to a maximum of P200,000, regardless of the size of the enterprise. The maximum loanable amount for startups is P50,000;
Interest, service fee, and penalty (Section H) – All approved loans shall have a service charge of six percent. Failure to pay three consecutive monthly amortizations shall make/render the entire loan obligation due and demandable; payment terms and grace period (Section I) – For loans P50,000 and below, the repayment shall be for a minimum of six months up to a maximum of 12 months, exclusive of grace period. For loans above P50,000, the repayment shall be for a minimum of six months up to a maximum of 30 months, exclusive of grace period. The maximum grace period for all borrowers shall be six months;
On Section J. on previous approved loans, enterprises may again avail a loan provided that the amount of their previous approved loan plus their proposed loan amount shall not exceed P200,000 or the establishment’s maximum loanable amount. It shall be treated as a new loan and the assessment will be based on the applicant’s capacity to pay. The outstanding balance from the borrowers’ existing loan shall be added to the new loan amount. The service charge shall be based from the gross loan amount. Borrowers are allowed to re-loan only once; Section L. (documents) – Map of the business and residence addresses (can be a sketch map or a Google Map snapshot with detailed labels). Post-dated checks for approved loans amounting to P100,000 and above.
Additional requirements for startup businesses are the latest city mayor’s permit and business plan.
In Resolution 389, s. 2021, the conduct of an indigenous products exposition was approved from Aug. 9 to 15 at the Igorot Park in celebration of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples observed annually every Aug. 9 pursuant to the Dec. 23, 1994 declaration of the United Nations General Assembly.
Under Ordinance 87, s. 2019, the occasion is observed in the city every Aug. 9 with various cultural activities pertaining to indigenous cultures.
The scheduled exposition will be participated in by Baguio-based entrepreneurs or groups from different indigenous or ethnolinguistic peoples in the city engaged in or producing products related to their culture like weaving, wood carving, and organic farming.
The City Environment and Parks Management Office was tasked to organize and oversee the conduct of the activity.