December 10, 2022

The city council approved Ordinance 11, s. 2022 institutionalizing the Baguio City Cooperative Development Council (Bccdc) with a yearly budget of P200,000.
Since its affirmation as an organization in 2017, the Bccdc had been coordinating cooperative activities that contributed to the city’s economic growth and increasing number of compliant cooperatives.
Bccdc is tasked to coordinate, harmonize, and monitor the implementation of various cooperative development plans, programs, and projects of national government agencies, government financing institutions, local government units, and non-government organizations within the city.
Member of the council include the City Development Council chairperson; chair of the city councilcommittee on cooperatives; City Cooperative Federation and Union chairperson, chair of the primary cooperatives registered and accredited with the Cooperative Development Authority and the city government; the Baguio City Livelihood and Cooperative Development Officer; official representative of other non-government organizations with cooperative programs as identified by the CDA and accredited by the city government; and the respective official representatives of national government agencies with cooperative programs including government financial institutions operating within the city.
The members will elect at-large every second week of November from among themselves their vice chairperson, secretary, treasurer and auditor, except chairperson which is the city mayor.
The city council approved Ordinance 12, s. 2022 or the “Baguio City Community-Based Peer Teaching and Tutorial Ordinance of 2021,” which applies to all youth, students, learners, and other education and youth empowerment stakeholders in the city and to be funded by the SK budget or barangay annual budget under education programs.
Peer teaching or tutoring is a widely-researched practice across ages, grade levels, and subject areas wherein intervention allows students to receive one-to-one academic and behavioral assistance. Under this methodology, students will have increased opportunities to respond in smaller groups allowing them to ask questions and seek clarification.
For the implementation of the ordinance, a support group shall be created in the barangays composed of the punong barangay as chairperson; barangay council committee on education as vice chairperson; and the SK chairperson as action officer.
Members are the SK kagawad, unit social worker, City Social Welfare and Development Office, Local Youth Development Council, religious sector, and active teacher representative from the Department of Education or from schools within or near the barangays.
The support group is tasked to schedule tutorials and peer teaching; make progress reports of the students/tutees; coordinate with the Schools Division Office for the profiling of tutors and schedule of their orientation and training; submit report to the SDO; and perform such other related functions to be determined by the city mayor as recommended by the Schools Division Superintendent.
Formulation of the implementing rules and regulations shall be done by the City Schools Division Office-DepEd within 30 days from approval of the ordinance.
Also approved is Ordinance 13, s. 2022 or the “School of Living Tradition Ordinance in the City of Baguio” to be funded from the annual cultural development plans or allotment pursuant to the DILG Memorandum Circular 2013-98 dated Sep. 10, 2013.
The ordinance endeavors to provide avenue for the students in the various educational institutions, both public and private, to learn and practice the Cordillera indigenous peoples’ cultural heritage, including history, songs, chants, dances, and lifeways, among others.
School of Living Tradition or SLT is defined as one where a living culture bearer, culture specialist, an elder and/or learned member of an ethno-linguistic groups who imparts to a group of young people from the same ethno-linguistic community or students in the various levels of public or privateeducational institutionsin the city, the indigenous cultural heritage which are allowed to be shared for learning, except those cultural heritage considered sensitive like rituals and practices practiced by elders or bearers.
SLT covers cultural heritage including dances, chants, songs, and materials and instruments used. Said practices can be shared and learned by the students except ritual-related activities, materials and instruments in relation to death, sickness and pandemic which are exclusively for the exercise of elders, bearers, and practitioners.