September 30, 2023

The city council has approved Ordinance 46, s. 2023, which amended Section 164 of Ordinance 18, s. 2016, or the “Environment Code of the City of Baguio” to clarify that the collection of sewerage fees in accordance with Section 163 of the ordinance is only from actual users.
Section 163 of the Environment Code provides for the schedule of fees to be collected for the maintenance and operation of the city’s sewerage system.
The amendatory ordinance stated based on the schedule, the different flat rate fees to be collected were based on the distinctive use of each place, thus, fees are to be paid by the actual user.
However, implementation of the collection allowed separate collection of fees from the owner of the structure and also from the user of the place because of Section 164 of the ordinance, which provides said fees shall be levied and collected from owners and/or administrators or concessionaires of the establishments, private residences, apartments, commercial buildings, among others.
Thus, Section 164 of the code is amended to read, “The fees provided for in the preceding section shall be levied and collected based on actual use only once annually from owners, administrators, concessionaires and users of establishments, private residences, apartments, commercial buildings, etc., whose domestic waste or wastewater effluents, whether raw sewage or partially treated sewage, are connected to the sewerage system of the city.”
The city council has approved Resolution 275 s. 2023 directing the Permits and Licensing Division of the City Mayor’s Office to conduct an inspection on the bingo operation of the RCC Global Entertainment Inc. and to submit its report together with the basis of its granting a renewed business permit for its operation to the city council.
The action is in response to the pending proposal of former Councilor Philian Louise Weygan-Allan and Councilor Maria Mylen Victoria Yaranon for the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation and the PLD to recall the permit given to RCC Global at Maharlika Livelihood Center for non-compliance of the site location requirement.
In the resolution, the city council wants to know why a business permit was again issued on March 21 to the bingo operator notwithstanding Resolution 208, s. 2021, which approves the request of RCC Global to operate an electronic and traditional bingo and other games authorized by Pagcor, but was returned to the city council without the signature of the city mayor; and Resolution 334, s. 2021 directing the recall of Resolution 208, s. 2021.
Through Resolution 295, s. 2023, the city council has requested the Department of Education Schools Division Office Baguio City for the increase of cash incentive awards to Baguio City athletes and coaches who garnered medals during the Cordillera Administrative Region Athletic Association Meet, Regional Academic Festival, and similar events.
The resolution stated the amount of cash incentives granted to winners under Baguio City Local School Board Resolution 5, s. 2018 from the Special Education Fund need to be increased as a way of keeping proper recognition to the sacrifices and dedication of the youth who have successfully earned medals from the Caraa and RAF.
Through separate resolutions, the city council has congratulated and commended the achievers for their “exemplary and inspirational feat in their respective fields that will forever add mark to the accolades and glory of Baguio City.”
The council also congratulated through Resolution 282, s. 2023 Marissa Cabasoy Cayowet for successfully completing the 127th Boston Marathon 2023 on April17 in the United States of America.
The Boston Marathon is one of the most historic running events in the world. This year’s event with a point-to-point route from rural Hopkinton to Boston, Massachusetts was participated in by highly qualified 30,000 runners worldwide.
Cayowet, a native of Sagada, Mountain Province and a resident of Baguio, finished the six hours 26.2 miles marathon within three hours, 41 minutes, and 27 seconds.
In Resolution 291, s. 2023, the city congratulates Islay Erika Asiong Bomogao for being the first Filipina Muaythai champion in the 2023 International Federation of Muaythai Associations Senior World Championships in Bangkok, Thailand from May 3 to 13 during the 30th Anniversary of IFMA.
In Resolution 279, s. 2023, the city congratulates the Baguio Chronicle for winning three major awards during the 2022 Civic Journalism Community Press Awards by the Philippine Press Institute (PPI) for the weekly category at the Citadines Bay City, Pasay City last April 25.
For 2022, the Baguio Chronicle bagged three awards for Best in Reporting on Mitigation Issues; Best Editorial Page; and Best Edited Community Newspaper.
The Baguio Chronicle was established on December 6, 2009 and circulates in the Ilocos and the Cordillera. It is now on its 14th year and is among the growing weekly publications in the region.
In Resolution 280, s. 2023 the city commends Placido Villanueva Abuan III from the University of the Cordilleras for ranking eighth with a rating of 87.60 percent in the April 2023 Criminologist Licensure Examination.
In Resolution 281, s. 2023, the University of the Cordilleras is recognized for ranking second among the top performing schools with a passing rate of 84.75 percent in the April 2023 Criminologist Licensure Examination.
In Resolution 283, s. 2023, Tristan Gabriel Cabinta, Grade 9 student of the Philippine Science High School-Cordillera, is recognized for being one of the honorable mentions during the final round of the 2023 National Olympiad in Informatics Philippines held in Ateneo de Manila University on April 15 to 16.
The National Olympiad in Informatics Philippines is the premier programming Olympiad of the Philippines for high school students.
In Resolution 287, s. 2023, the city recognizes gold medalist Rynne Daven Barrios under the Grade 12 student category and bronze medalist Ryl Aaron Montebon for Grade 9 student category during the Thailand International Mathematical Olympiad 2023 held at Pattaya, Thailand last March 31 to April 2.
Both are from University of Baguio Science High School and members of the official onsite Philippine Team.
In Resolution 290, s. 2023, the commends Margareta D. Joseph of Lucnab barangay for garnering third place nationwide with her “Fit and Fab Farm” entry during the Search for the Best Urban and Peri-Urban Farm 2023 given lastMay 15 in line with the commemoration of Farmers’ and Fisherfolk’s Month.
The search is spearheaded by the Department of Agriculture in line with the mission of recognizing and celebrating the potential of urban agriculture and its valuable role in addressing the challenges of food security and climate change.