November 27, 2022

The city council has requested through Resolution 205, s. 2022 the City Legal Office to file a protest against the conditional water permit issued by the National Water Resources Board under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to a certain corporation engaged in commercial water supply to protect and conserve the existing and remaining water resources for the city’s increasing population.
In the resolution, the NWRB-DENR issued a conditional water permit to the water service provider applicant with office address at Poblacion, Tuba, Benguet to extract water over many water resources in the municipality and certain parts of Baguio effective May 19, 2021 to May 19, 2022.
Among the areas or water supply sources being applied for and covered by the contested conditional permit include the Irisan water source, which is within the territorial jurisdiction of Baguio and was not given any clearance that would allow or support such water permit application.
The Environment Code of Baguio City requires all proponents of water-related activities to comply first with all necessary clearances and secure water permit or accreditation from the city government before starting any water-related activity or drillings within the territorial jurisdiction of the city.
The city council had also have prior requests through Resolution 308, s. 2019 and Resolution 133, s. 2021 to the NWRB for it to “issue a moratorium on the acceptance and issuance of permit to drill and water permits to individuals and entities for water sources in the city except for the Baguio Water District” and to “require all water-related activity proponents in the City of Baguio to secure water permit or clearance from the city government prior to the issuance of water permit from its office,” respectively.
Even Barangay Tadiangan, Tuba filed last March 16 a protest/petition signed by 1,001 residents addressed to the chair of the NWRB against the corporation’s water permit application.
The city council through Resolution 199, s. 2022 has granted favorable review to Ordinance 9, s. 2022 of Tomas Proper barangay.
The city council commended in a separate resolutions two Baguio City residents who garnered accolades for exerting exemplified academic performances in their respective field of career.
Second Lt. Kevin John Pastrana was recognized for being the salutatorian of Philippine Military Academy “Bagsik-Diwa” Class of 2022.
He is born and raised in Baguio City and proudly traces his roots to two different ethnicities of a Kankana-ey mother from Dagdag, Sagada, Mountain Province and an Ilonggo father from Janipaan East, Mina, Iloilo.
Also recognized is Aian Chester Concordia Tungpalan of the University of the Cordilleras for being the 9th placer in the May 2022 Civil Engineer Licensure Examination with an average rating of 91.85 percent.