July 21, 2024

The city council has approved Ordinance 56, s. 2023 allowing collection by the Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs of a “replacement fee” for lost OSCA-issued identification cards with official receipt of the city government.
The OSCA-Baguio, complying with the Jan. 10, 1994 memorandum of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, has been issuing nationally uniform ID cards to registered and qualified senior citizens of the city.
However, most of the issued IDs got lost by their owners for various reasons and need to be replaced as they are used in availing benefits and privileges provided under Republic Act 9994, or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010.
Under the ordinance, the replacement fee to be collected for a lost ID is P100 only, which shall be paid by the applicant who shall also submit required documents, particularly affidavit of lost, lost replacement form OSCA and an authorization letter or special power of attorney if applicant cannot physically go to the office.
Funds for the administrative operation for the issuance of replacement IDs shall be charged to the OSCA trust fund where replacement fees collected from applicants are also deposited.
In the event of a lost ID, the concerned senior citizen must report and submit to the OSCA all the requirements for replacement. After validation of requirements and payment of the replacement fee with corresponding official receipt of the city government, the applicant can claim the ID within five working days from the time of application for replacement.
As much as possible, all applicants for lost ID replacement are advised to personally appear at the OSCA. In case an applicant can no longer physically go to the office, their replacement IDs can be availed of through assistance of the City Social Welfare and Development Office workers in charge to do the task.
The city council has sent through Resolution 371, s. 2023 the city government’s message of condolences to the family of the late Ar. Joseph “Jody” Mendoza Alabanza who, passed away on June 12.
Alabanza was a master planner, environmentalist, and driver of development who spent and contributed his excellent services to the city government and in various offices, agencies, and departments of the national government.
He was recognized as an Outstanding Citizen of Baguio City in 1996 in appreciation and recognition of his time, works, and dedicated services to the development of the city and its environs.
The resolution recognizes his pioneered “Baguio City Beyond 2009,” a concept for the better future of the city and nearby towns which was the basis of Republic Act 11932 creating the metropolitan Baguio City, La Trinidad, Itogon, Sablan, Tuba, and Tublay Development Authority or MBLISTTDA.
Aside from his other noted degrees locally and abroad, he first graduated a Bachelor Degree in BS Architecture, regular four-year degree program at Mapua Institute of Technology, Manila in 1948 to 1952.
As a caliber architect, he was designated to three concurrent positions as the City’s Planning Director, Architect, and Parks Superintendent that he held to nearly three decades from 1956 until 1974.
He also held many key positions and served in various capacities both in the local level and national government even after retirement from two separate government agencies with a combined 32 years of work.
His notable works and contributions in urban planning earned and bestowed him various key and highest awards and recognitions in the regional and national level.
After his retirement, he was involved in projects of the city as a member of the Technical Working Group on the rehabilitation of the Baguio Convention Center in 2017, Burnham Park in 2019, and the redevelopment of the Baguio City Public Market in 2019.
He was born to spouses Leon Alabanza of Vigan, and Emerenciana Mendoza of Luna, and married to the late Nelly Enriquez-Alabanza with whom he had three children namely, Leonardo, Mary Anne A. Akers, and Dennis.
The city council, in Resolution 353, s. 2023, has requested the Transition Management Committee of the Human Settlements Development Corporation to submit a management report on the Maharlika Livelihood Complex in preparation for the turnover of administration to the city government in 2025.
The anticipated turnover is based on a lease contract made in 1975 by the city government with the lessee which was extended to 50 years and will expire on April 27, 2025.
In 2009, then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has directed the Department of Agriculture to hand over the complex to the city government since it does not fulfill any agriculture-related function.
Through separate resolutions, the city council has commended Baguio residents and individuals who brought pride and honor to the city with their respective exemplary feat and achievements.
They are Joanna Rose Escobar Arconcil for ranking 6th place with a rating of 83.70 percent in the June 2023 Licensure Examination for Architects and Kurt Justin Santiago for being crowned as Mr. Tourism Ambassador Universe-Continental International 2023 during the Mr. Tourism Ambassador Universe 2023 held at the Ming Garden Hotel in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia on June 5.
The city also commended Kristoffer Kyle Fernando Fernandez and Anthony Flora Aromin for being in the top 3and 5 in the 6th and 7thtest of practical competency in Information Technology for Philippine Higher Education Institutions in partnership with the Institute for Information and Communications Technology Promotions of the Republic of South Korea held on Aug. 5, 2022.