Council approves 2022 budget
The city council has approved the P2.3 billion budget for fiscal year 2022 through the approval of Ordinance 116 s. 2021.
Expenditures in the budget include personal services – P920,078,000, maintenance and other operating expenses – P923,472,654, capital outlay – P78,872,000, development fund – P273 million, and DRRM fund – P114,233,000 for a total of P2,309,655,654.
Next year, vehicles to be procured by the city government and all national line agencies with offices in Baguio should be colored white for the proper identification of all government service vehicles in the city.
In Ordinance 117 s. 2021, a city government service vehicle of any make and type should also bear the seal of the city government, the name, contact number, and logo of the particular department or office.
Copies of Ordinance 116 and 117 were submitted to the Office of Mayor Benjamin Magalong for his signature.
In Resolution 638 s. 2021, the city council requested the mayor to extend the validity of Resolution 330, s. 2021, which approved the agreement between the Permits and Licensing Division, newspaper stand vendors and watch repair proprietors to stay at their current locations from July to December 2021 or until such time that the City Planning and Development Office has come up with a relocation for them.
Peter Puzon of the Baguio Citizen’s Rights Advocacy Center, conveyed the concern of newspaper stand vendors, watch repair proprietors, locksmiths and other vendors to be allowed to stay until September 2022 – the end of the state of national emergency.
The period of extension sought in Resolution 668 meanwhile, is from January to March 2022.
The council also approved the holding of a livelihood fair in Barangay Pucsusan from Dec. 20 to April 30, 2022.
In cooperation with the Pucsusan Barangay Handy Craft and Farmers Association, the activity is pursuant to Ordinance 7, s. 2006 or “The Barangay Market Day/s Ordinance,” which establishes satellite markets for the convenience of barangay constituents.
Through Resolution 631, s. 2021, the city council encouraged the Department of Education-Division of Baguio City to appropriate funds for para-teachers who are rendering voluntary services in various schools in Baguio.
Para-teachers or learning support aides as called by the Department of Education provide administrative support to the DepEd by helping facilitate lessons for learners outside the classroom especially learners whose parents are not capable of monitoring and guiding their children in the new learning set up.
The appeal is related to Resolution 420, s. 2020, which encourages the City Schools Division to give preference to retrenched teachers from private schools and unemployed Education graduates in the implementation of the blended learning system.
In Resolution 621, s. 2021, the Bureau of Internal Revenue was requested to recall Revenue Regulation (RR) 5-2021 issued on April 8 that sets the implementing rules and regulations for the recently enacted Republic Act 11534 or the Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises(Create) Law, which imposes 15 percent tax increase for private educational institutions.
Pending the bill that seeks to correct some provisions of the Create law, the BIR, on July 26, suspended implementation of some provisions of RR 5-2021 by excluding non-profit private schools in the law’s coverage.
The resolution stated that BIR’s objective of suspending RR 5-2021 is to ease the burden of taxation among propriety educational institutions especially during the time of pandemic and taking into account the pending bills in Congress that is expected to clarify income taxation of schools. The council said that had it not been suspended, many individuals will surely be affected especially students, needs-based scholars, parents, teachers and non-teaching personnel.
“Considering the pending bills in the Congress that would correct taxation on non-profit propriety private schools in the country, it is more appropriate for BIR to completely recall RR 5-2021 to remove any speculation of it being re-issued pending corrective measures to the Tax Code as amended by Republic Act 11534,” reads the resolution.