February 1, 2023

The city council approved on second reading and for publication the proposed ordinances that seek to “grant a rental holiday on city-owned real properties, buildings, stalls, unit, or spaces rented out by the city government of Baguio during the general community quarantine of 2021” and “institutionalize the community tour guiding program to boost the tourism program of the city.”
For the health and welfare of horses and protection of tourism livelihood, the city council requested the City Veterinary and Agriculture Office in coordination with the City Environment and Parks Management Office to put up a satellite clinic for horses of the pony boys associations.
The clinic will monitor the health condition and conduct regular checkup of horses to avoid an outbreak of equine infectious anemia, an animal disease that has no cure, which caused the death of several horses last year and caused an economic strain on the livelihood of the pony boys who depend on the income derived from horseback riding rentals.
The city council has authorized Mayor Benjamin Magalong to enter into a memorandum of agreement with various entities in behalf the city of government for three project/programs.
First is an agreement with the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology represented by Usec. Renato Solidum, Jr. for the implementation of the project, “Passive seismic stratigraphy of irregular topography applicable to mountainous areas of Baguio City.”
The research project aims to provide a seismic microzoning map, which would help in seismic risk assessment of local administrators in in-land use planning and proper seismic design implementation of structures from the effects of short and long period earthquake ground motion.
All expenses to be incurred by the city in connection with its performance of its role shall be charged against the regular operating budget of the city government.
Another undertaking is with the Department of Science and Technology-Cordillera, represented by Director Nancy Bantog and with the Mountain High Dairy Cooperative (MHDC)-Baguio City represented by its manager, Jose Ernesto Panlaqui, for the implementation of the project dubbed “Science and technology intervention on dairy processing.”
DOST-Cordillera, as the implementing arm of the program shall provide science and technology interventions, in coordination with other government agencies and with the city government, while MHDC-Baguio, which is engaged in dairy food processing would benefit from the grant worth P375,700, would strengthen the livelihood project and improve the production process, increase productivity, and improve the quality of their products and services.
An additional P50,000 shall be needed by the city government to monitor the efficient implementation of the project.
The third agreement is also with the DOST-Cordilleraand the Ifugao Woodcarvers’ Multi-Purpose Cooperative represented by Lourdes Tamingo; Mondiguing’s Woodcraft and Souvenir Shop represented by Maribel Joy Mondiguing; Melba’s Souvenir Shop represented by Melba Panay; Jetjed Handicraft represented by Mary Ananayu; Tayaban Furniture represented by Dencio Tayaban; and Chrisdens Handicraft and Furniture Shop by Christine Joy Dao-ay for the implementation of the project, “Upgrading the woodcarving “pa-ot” industry of Baguio City through science and technology innovation.”
In Resolution 195, s. 2022, the city council commended Arrianne Grace Baldeo Flo and Noel Granado Sacatani for ranking fourth in the April 2022 Electronics Technician Licensure Examination and Saint Louis University for ranking third among the top performing schools.