May 19, 2024

A proposal to create a historical research council in the city has been submitted at the city council.

Proposed by Councilor Vladimir Cayabas, the creation of a historical research council shall establish a backbone for proper accounting of Baguio City’s history, chronicling significant events in the city to be used as a basis for the prime movers’ future actions and decisions.

The historical research council shall also strive to promote clear understanding and genuine appreciation of the history of Baguio to further strengthen sense of pride and unity among its locals.

The council shall be tasked to lead in officially supervising the conduct of historical researches and to assess and review historical records for their recommendation to the city council for adoption.

All the reviewed historical researches shall be consolidated by the historical research council, the proposed ordinance states.

The historical research council shall also empower all concerned stakeholders in the field of historical research in the city by providing them capacity building programs.

The proposed ordinance emphasized the importance of collaboration between the city’s historical research team and the National Historical Commission of the Philippines for alignment of purposes and programs.

The historical research council shall consist of the mayor as the chair, the city planning and development coordinator as the vice chair, with members composed of the chair of the sanggunian’s committee on education, culture, and historical research, the city budget officer, the city librarian, representatives of the academe preferably distinguished historians, and selected indigenous peoples council of elders.  – Jordan G. Habbiling