December 8, 2022

The city council sent the City of Baguio’s condolences to the bereaved family of the late Mayor Ganggangan of Sadanga, Mountain Province who died last Jan. 29.
Ganggangan, a civic leader turned public servant, served as Sadanga mayor from 2019 up to the time of his demise.
In the unanimous resolution signed by Mayor Benjamin Magalong, Vice Mayor Faustino Olowan, and all councilors, the city government cited Ganggangan’s staunch advocacy for culturally inspired governance, indigenous peoples’ rights, and value for Cordillera culture.
The late mayor was active in the campaign of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict or NTF-Elcac against progressive organizations identified as communist fronts, and collaborated with the municipal council of Sadanga for the enactment of an ordinance prohibiting Cordillera People’s Alliance members from conducting activities within their town’s border in support to the police and the military’s call for local government units to declare the CPA and its affiliate groups as persona non grata.
The city council approved Ordinance 08, s. 2022 amending “The Barangay Senior Citizens Incentives and Awards Program.”
The ordinance aims to recognize the efforts and participation of organized senior citizens on the barangay level; encourage elders to plan and carry out activities for their self-enhancement and continuing development; and assist the elderly in availing of the benefits they are entitled to from government and nongovernmental agencies and commercial establishments.
Criteria for judging include stability of the unit; projects undertaken for the welfare and benefit of the members and for the community; efforts to assist members avail of benefits; interaction with the barangay; interaction outside the barangay; and such other fair criteria formulated by the Office of Senior Citizens Affairs in coordination with the City Social Welfare and Development Office and the city council committee on social services.
The top three best performing barangay senior citizens units will be given each a plaque of recognition and cash prizes of P20,000, P15,000, and P10,000, respectively. The top 10 performing barangay senior citizens units will receive plaques of recognition and cash prizes each of P5,000.
The Good Practices Unique Initiatives Awards will also be accorded to chosen candidates with plaques of recognition and P5,000.
The amount of the awards may be increased depending on the budget amounting to not less than P100,000, which shall be included in the annual budget of the CSWDO.
In Resolution 058, s. 2022, government agencies in the city were urged not to discriminate against unvaccinated persons and to comply with the provisions of Republic Act 11525 or the Covid-19 Vaccination Program Act of 2021.
The resolution cites Department of Labor and Employment Advisory 03, s. 2021 or the “Guidelines on the Administration of Covid-19 Vaccines in the Workplaces” calling covered establishments and employers to encourage their employees get vaccinated; not to discriminate employees who refuse or fail to be vaccinated in terms of tenure, promotion, training, pay, and other benefits, among others, or terminated from employment; and to avoid a “no vaccine, no work” policy in workplaces.
The resolution also expressed the city government of Baguio’s commitment not to follow the Department of Transportation’s “no vaccination, no ride” policy being implemented in the National Capital Region, which it described as an “outrageous and discriminatory measure.”
Further, the resolution stated there is no law yet in the country for mandatory vaccination considering that Covid-19 vaccines are still experimental in nature and not guaranteed safe and the manufacturers and/or dispensers of Covid-19 vaccines are immune from liability.
Through a resolution, the city council has authorized the mayor in behalf of the city government to enter into a memorandum of agreement with Executive Director Cezar Mancao II of the Cybercrime Investigation and Coordinating Center (CICC) for capacity building training in cybercrime prevention and suppression in the city.
The CICC is an agency created under Republic Act 101175 or the Cyber Prevention Act of 2012 tasked to fight cybercrimes in the country such as fraud, trafficking, child pornography, sexual abuse, intellectual property violation, scaling industries, or violation of privacy. A major cybercrime is an attack on the information of individuals, government or corporation.
The center is currently implementing a cyber patrol campaign, which includes training, information education and communication, and capacity building regarding cybercrime prevention, suppression, prosecution and vigilance against all forms of cybercrime.