April 21, 2024

The city council approved Ordinance 41, s. 2021 or the “Baguio Urban Gardening with the 4-H Club-Young Farmers School Program of 2021 in the City of Baguio”.
The 4-H Club Program involves educational activities and income-generating projects for the four-fold development of the head, hearts, hands, and health. It is avenue where the youth are introduced to a farm family development and urban or backyard gardening.
The ordinance supports the country’s effort in reviving the declining productivity in the agriculture sector brought by the continuous decrease of land and water resources, including the aging population of farmers throughout the country.
It aims to get the youth involved in producing safe and healthy agricultural crops and vegetables through community gardening in their respective barangays and households; capacitate the competence of the youth, parents, and the gulayan school coordinators in the field of agri-crop production; establish farm schools and vegetable production facilities; introduce the youth proper waste management using wastewater and organic kitchen wastes in the production of crops; and train the youth on urban agriculture and guide them to venture into farm-entrepreneurship and boost agri-tourism industry in the city.
The farm schools to be established shall serve as the basic training facility for agri-crop production and shall be maintained and managed by the 4-H Club in coordination with the Sangguniang Kabataan Federation and the CVAO.
The city council also approved Ordinance 43, s. 2021 or the “Garbage Fee Exemption Ordinance for Senior Citizens and Persons with Disability in the City of Baguio.”
Under the ordinance, qualified senior citizens and persons with disability, upon presentation of their membership identification card as a requirement, are no longer required to pay garbage fee when securing barangay clearance, barangay certificate, and other services offered by the barangay.
The council, in Resolution 118, s. 2021, has authorized Mayor Benjamin Magalong to enter into a MOA with Metro Clark Waste Management Corporation or other entities offering engineered sanitary landfill services at a lower cost and closer to the city to be used as repository area of residual wastes from Baguio.
It calls for an immediate negotiation for a new repository or disposal facility for the city’s residual wastes.
The council said the city has no recourse but to replace its MOA with the Urdaneta Waste Management (UWM) following the issuance last March 5 by the central office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Environmental Management Bureau of a cease and desist order to the Urdaneta Waste Management due to several violations.
The city’s contract with UWM, signed on Jan. 11, 2019, was supposed to end in December.
In Resolution 119, s. 2021, the body expressed the city government’s support to House Bill 7994 “An Act Separating the Baguio City National High School-Fort del Pilar Annex in Fort del Pilar from the Baguio City National High School, converting it into an independent national high school, and providing funds therefor.”
The bill was authored by Rep. Marquez Go with Reps. Roman Romulo and Eric Yap.
BCNHS-Fort del Pilar Annex started in school year 1967-1968 as the first annex of BCNHS. For the current school year, it is catering learners from seven barangays in Baguio and from Itogon, Benguet. There are 814 students, 28 teachers, one guard, two job orders, and a school head.