July 23, 2024

The city council on Monday has appropriated, through Ordinance 15, s. 2020, P1.6 million as the city’s financial share for the conduct of the Cordillera Administrative Region Athletic Association Meet.
In his letter request to the council, Mayor Benjamin Magalong informed the body the amount will be used to cover the expenses that were missed out during the finalization of the activities for the event.
Magalong ordered the postponement of the Caraa Meet, which was supposed to be held Feb. 16 to 21, to a later date as proactive measure amidst the threat of the 2019 novel coronavirus.
In Ordinance 17, s. 2020, the supposed p20 million for the “demolition of old Magsaysay building and construction of a collapsible parking” under the amended 2019 annual investment plan was realigned for the “construction of a district satellite market” at Gibraltar barangay.
With the realignment, it follows that the demolition of old Magsaysay building approved in the previous administration will not push through for lack of budget and considering the approval in Resolution 340, s. 2019 of the master redevelopment plan for the Baguio City Public Market and the recent approval of its architectural design under Resolution 039, s. 2020, which now supersedes the collapsible parking which is no longer proper and suitable according to the report of the City Building and Architecture Office.
The district satellite market is seen to serve not only the constituents of Gibraltar but also the nearby barangays of Pacdal, Mines View, Pucsusan, St. Joseph Village, Country Club Village, Happy Hallow, Lucnab, Lualhati, Outlook Drive, and South Drive.
The body approved Ordinance 12, s. 2020 or the “Youth Class Ordinance of the City of Baguio,” which mandates all barangays in the city to conduct youth class or fitting activities for the conceptualization and implementation of pro-youth policies, programs, and projects.
This is in support to the 2017-2022 Philippine Youth Development Plan, which pinpoints the nine centers for youth participation in nation-building. among which are on economic empowerment and health awareness and development, which the measure intends to carry out through a youth class with focus on “livelihood” and “proper reproductive health session” to be funded from the Sangguniang Kabataan Funds.
It also required the barangays to allocate at least P15,000 for the purpose. The amount should be allotted from their respective comprehensive barangay youth development plans and youth investment plan and shall be appropriated under the item, “youth livelihood or health programs.”
Meanwhile, the body authorized Magalong in Resolution 090, s. 2020, in behalf of the city government of Baguio, to enter into a memorandum of agreement with the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority for the rehabilitation of Burnham Park.
Said agreement with TIEZA, a government-owned and controlled corporation with task to develop tourism infrastructure in the country, will strengthen the latter’s commitment to release its P400 million aid for the rehabilitation of Burnham.
In another resolution, Magalong was authorized to enter into a sisterhood and twinning agreement with the City of Calapan, Oriental Mindoro.
A “Gawad Kalasag” awardee by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, the City of Calapan is said to be the first and only city in the country to have a City Economic Enterprise Department and to have established the first Public Safety Department, making it an advocate of functional literacy/numeracy and disaster risk reduction resiliency.
It wishes to maintain its official link with respect to economic development, particularly in supplying Baguio City, through local bilateral trade agreement, with agricultural marine products that abound in their locality such as rice, citrus, indigenous vegetables, and high-value marine and agricultural products, among other commodities.
In separate resolutions, the body commended two university graduates in the City of Baguio who were topnotchers in the Architect board examination held on Jan. 24 and 26.
Rhicel Gonzales Sapasap, a graduate of Saint Louis University, was commended in Resolution 82, s. 2020 for topping the examination with an average rating of 84 percent.
Based on announcement of the Professional Regulation Commission, the test was participated in by 2,229 with only 1,242 passing the exam.
In Resolution 83, s. 2020, the body commended Jenny Ngala Diwayan, an alumna of the University of Baguio, who ranked 10th in the same examination with a rating of 81.70 percent.
Both were commended for once again placing Baguio City in the limelight and for bringing honor and pride to their families and schools. Their feat further attested Baguio’s reputation as a producer of topnotchers in various licensure examinations nationwide and have proven the city’s stature as the center of education in the north.