February 23, 2024

The city council has approved Ordinance 82, s. 2022, or the Annual Budget of the City Government of Baguio for fiscal year 2023 in the amount of P2.4 billion with 4.5 percent or P104 million increase compared to the P2.3B budget of 2022.
The budget will cover various expenditures for the operation of the city government for 2023 in line with the current administration’s seven-point agenda that was adopted and made part of the Executive and Legislative Agenda for 2022 to 2025 under Resolution 469, s. 2022, particularly on environment, land use and energy; climate and disaster resilience; urban regeneration; youth empowerment; economic development and competitiveness; smart city management; and good governance.
The amount will be generated from the beginning balance of P110,000 million which is four percent; local or internal sources: tax revenue – P552.1M, 23 percent and non-tax revenue –P391.6M, 16 percent; the external sources: share from National Tax Allotment – 1.166B, 48 percent, share from economic zones – P200M, eight percent, and share from Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office – P3M.
The ordinance, once signed by Mayor Benjamin Magalong, shall be effective on Jan. 1, 2023.
The city council has authorized through Ordinance 79, s. 2022 the grant of P2M financial assistance to the 17 local government units devastated by Typhoon Paeng on Oct. 26 to 29 in Region VI and the Bangsamoro Region.
The fund as certified available by the Local Finance Committee will be charged from the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management quick response fund of the city government.
To be given with P100,000 assistance each are the cities and municipalities of Balete, Balatan, and Nabas of Aklan; Tobias Fornier (Dao) of Antique; President Roxas and Sigma of Capiz; Banate, Batad, San Dionisio, and Don Salvador Benedicto of Iloilo; San Enrique of Negros Occidental; and Mamasapano, Shariff Saydona Mustapha, and Talayan of Maguindanao.
Datu Blah T. Sinsuat (Dinaig) and Sultan Kudarat (Nuling) of Maguindanao were allotted P250,000 each.
In Resolution 642, s. 2022, the city council approved the request of Malcolm Square barangay for the conduct of fund-raising activity on Dec. 20 to Jan. 1, 2023.
Proceeds of the fund-raising will be used for the replacement of office equipment, operation, and maintenance costs of CCTV cameras, and for recovery and resiliency of the barangay constituents.
The barangay is required to secure clearances from the barangay, City Environment and Parks Management Office if within parks or from the City Planning and Development Office if outside parks, and City Health Services Office for food stalls; pay business tax; submit stall plan showing smooth flow or entrance and exit of human traffic.
The barangay was also required to follow minimum public health and safety standards including the allowed number of stalls.
For Perfecto St., maximum of 13 stalls are permitted beside People’s Park; seven stalls in front of Mido Inn up to Sunshine Lunch; one stall in front of U-Need Supermart; one stall in front of D’Lens Studio.
No stalls are allowed in front of PS Bank.
For Jacinto Street, maximum of 17 stalls from across the barangay hall up to before the pedestrian crossing at the intersection of Jacinto Street and Magsaysay Avenue.
Stalls are prohibited from D’Lens Studio up to Minda’s Beauty Parlor.
Tents shall not be placed on the drainage with steel grating cover and on the road’s gutter; no dumping of any waste or garbage in the existing drainage; the traffic scheme submitted by the City Engineering Office shall be implemented at Perfecto St. and Jacinto St.; the products to be sold must not be sold by concessionaires in the public market; and priority shall be given to residents.
The barangay shall be responsible for installing safety signs, barricades and maintenance of cleanliness and orderliness during the conduct of the event.