July 19, 2024

The city council during its Oct. 28 special session approved through Resolution 531, s. 2021 the proposed Annual Investment Plan for 2022 of the city government in the amount of P17.705 billion.
The approval is subject to amendments, revisions or inclusions of additional or subsequent priority projects as determined by the City Development Council in case of available supplemental budgets.
The AIP serves as the city’s financial plan for one year from which it administers and provides budgetary support to its Local Development Investment Program. It constitutes the total resource requirements for the various programs, projects, and activities consisting the city’s annual capital expenditure and regular operating requirements needed in the delivery of public services.
Among the listed priority major development projects are the proposed tennis court at Athletic Bowl – P20 million; completion of Lualhati fire sub-station – P14M; plumbing works at City Buildings and Architecture Office – P500,000; demolition and reconstruction of Pacdal Day Care Center – P1.5M; construction of perimeter fence and improvement of CBAO building – P2M; rehabilitation of outdoor archery range – P1M; perimeter fence and rehabilitation of Athletic Bowl access road and gates – P15M; rehabilitation of swimming pool (old bleachers and office building, comfort rooms, shower rooms, coffee shop, storage areas, and mini-conference room) – P10M; construction of athletes’ quarters/isolation facility – P30M; and construction of outdoor facilities for OCR and wall climbing facility/skate park – P10M;
Continuation of sidewalk recovery and improvement from Jose Felipe St. to Legarda Road – P5M; sidewalk recovery and improvement at Hillside Road towards Baguio City National High School, Hillside annex – P3M; sidewalk recovery and improvement along central business district – P25M; sidewalk recovery and improvement and rehabilitation of drainage at Dominican Hill Road, Lourdes Proper, and San Roque – P9M; sidewalk recovery and improvement at Upper P. Burgos going up to Sto. Nino Hospital to junction Magsaysay – P20M; and redevelopment of Bayan Park, phase 2 – P15M; green muffler/living green screen project and landscape of islands at Magsaysay flyover, Abanao Extension, Happy Homes, Bokawkan – P3.5M; rehabilitation of urban water at Botanical Garden – P2.3M; construction of sewerline along the creek from St. Joseph going up to Pacdal and Gibraltar barangay – P20M; construction of sewerline at Gen. de Jesus St., North Central Aurora Hill– P1.1M; continuation of construction of sewerline along Balili River, Brookside – P5M; continuation of construction of sewerline along the creek, Imelda Village – P10M; and construction of sewerline at Holyghost Extension – P5M.
Priority development projects for barangays have a budgetary requirement of P45M, while disaster risk reduction management concerns require P114,233M.
In Resolution 530, s. 2021, jeepney and taxi operators operating within the city were requested to lower their boundaries to cushion the impact on the drivers of the oil price hike.
The resolution stated the continuous increase in the price of gasoline has heavily affected the income of the drivers and one way that they can survive is through the help of their operators in granting them lower boundary rates, especially in this challenging time of health and economic crisis.
The resolution also stressed many operators and drivers who participated or covered by the “libreng sakay” program implemented by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board and supposed to receive a weekly pay out or one-time incentive of P5,000 per unit have not yet received their incentives under the program.
In a separate resolution, all accredited transport service cooperatives and corporations in the city are encouraged to undergo business enterprise trainings and other seminars as part of improving the transport industry in the city.
The resolution recommended the training programs for micro, small and medium enterprises from start-up, growing, expanding to sustaining enterprise level, which are offered by the Department of Trade and Industry through its Philippine Trade Training Center.
Another is the preventive training designed to ensure the safety and well-being of the commuters and pedestrians by having drug-free transport personnel, which is conducted through the Inter-Agency Training Program under the Office of the President with different participating government line agencies.
Local groups that can also help are the different faith-based organizations and other groups giving character transformation training and seminars for the general public including the transport business towards a responsible citizenry.