June 1, 2023

The city council on Monday through Resolution 636, s. 2020 has mandated Converge ICT Solutions, Inc. to submit its technical and business plans related to Internet connectivity in Baguio within 20 days.
In a discussion prior to the resolution, representatives of Converge ICT suggested their company can provide the documents upon the city council’s official request .
The technical and business plan, which serves as a tool for sustained quality Internet service with respect to customer needs and satisfaction by the Converge ICT, would be reexamined to determine if the company is still capable of providing quality service to its customers even after the non-renewal its business partnership effective Nov. 1 with the Benguet Electric Cooperative, which is supposed to do maintenance services and accept and process applications for Internet connections.
Converge ICT in its Oct. 27 advisory informed that it has unilaterally terminated its business partnership effective Nov. 1, thus Beneco will no longer handle the acceptance and processing of applications for Converge Internet connection including the acceptance of payments for monthly subscription and installation fees.
In addition, the body reiterated Ordinance 51, s. 1992 so that when Converge hires laborers, qualified bonafide residents of Baguio shall be given preference.
In its previous session, the council through Resolution 634, s. 2020 has commended the Baguio-Benguet Community Credit Cooperative, Inc. for being awarded under the Combating Covid-19 Categoryin the ASEAN Business Award 2020 held at Daewoo Hotel, Hanoi, Vietnam last Nov. 13.
Launched by the ASEAN Business Advisory Council in 2007 to mark the Association’s 40th anniversary, the prestigious international-level event is being held annually and has been running for over 10 years recognizing more than 100 outstanding ASEAN businesses that have shown significant progress in establishing and reinforcing their positions in various sectors and contributing to its members economic growth and prosperity. The awards also bring to the spotlight promising small and medium-sized enterprises with the potential to become global economic players.
The award honors the most outstanding ASEAN businesses and those enterprises that have contributed to the prevention of the Covid-19 pandemic throughout the region.
Further, the resolution cited the employees and officials of the cooperative headed by its president/manager Oscar Adversalo whose dedication in the delivery of basic services to the public has greatly contributed in garnering the said award.
In Resolution 630, s. 2020, the body expressed its support for the setting of price cap or charge ceiling of tests and test kits for the Covid-19 as embodied in Executive Order 118, s. 2020.
The EO, which directs the Department of Health, in coordination with the Department of Trade and Industry, to ensure accessibility and affordability of Covid-19 tests and test kits, is in consonance with the Price Act as amended by Republic Act 10623, particularly Section 7, giving power for the President, upon the recommendation of the implementing agency, or the Price Coordinating Council, to impose a price ceiling on any basic necessity or prime commodity during the impendency, existence, or effects of a calamity.
The resolution is in support of the effort of the government to mitigate the transmission of the disease, prevent further loss of lives, and to reduce the adverse impact of the disease on the socioeconomic well-being of all Filipinos through the provision of socioeconomic relief and by ensuring accessibility and affordability of Covid-19 tests and test kits which are now an essential requirement for travel purposes, employment or re-entry to work, for returning overseas Filipino workers and others, but entails additional costs on their part since it is generally not being subsidized by the government.