December 1, 2023

The city council has approved on first reading the proposed ordinance that expands the observance of Earth Hour and other related programs and activities, and the creation of working committee for the purpose.
The proposal complies with the commitment of the State to protect and advance the right of the people to a balanced and healthful ecology in accord with the rhythm and harmony of nature, and to protect and conserve its natural resources for the benefit of all generations.
It also supports the city government administration’s service agenda on environment, urban regeneration, climate and disaster resilience towards ensuring the general well-being of its citizenry aligned with the commitment of the Philippines to the goals of the United Nations Framework on Climate Change Convention, particularly the UN Sustainable Development Goals for the global village to proactively work together in supporting collective response to climate change.
Under the proposed ordinance, a committee will be tasked to formulate programs related to the observance of the Earth Hour and to organize complementary environmental conservation-related activities that encourage participation among various stakeholders in a wider scope.
The programs and activities may include recognition of youth climate heroes; knowing the impact of climate to health; understanding causes of urban decay; walk and bike for the environment; presentation of Baguio’s environmental conservation agenda; and other activities and programs agreed upon in the committee.
The committee will be composed of the city administrator as committee head; representative from the City Environment and Parks Management Office, City Planning and Development Office, City Youth Development Office, Schools Division Office; three representatives from the academe; three representatives from accredited civil society organizations with environmental protection-related advocacies; and the chair of the city council committee on health, environment and sanitation.
The proposed ordinance suggested a yearly appropriation of P250,000.
The city council has approved the resolution requesting the City Buildings and Architecture Office to revert the diving pool to a warm-up pool at the swimming pool complex of the Baguio Athletic Bowl.
The resolution states after rehabilitation of the swimming pool, the use of the diving pool is not maximized for lack of heating facility.
Ground water also seeps into the diving pool which makes it unusable. Swimmers are clamoring that the diving pool revert into a warm-up pool instead to maximize use of the space it is occupying.
The city council passed a resolution commending those who contributed in the clearing and construction of relocation stalls for vendors affected by the fire that razed Blocks 3 and 4 of the Baguio City Market on March 11.
In separate resolutions, the city council also commended certain individuals and a group for their outstanding performances and achievements in promoting the role of women in the community and in nation-building in line with the celebration of Women’s Day last March 8 and International Women’s Month.
Outstanding Women Leaders for 2023 are Editha Semilla Puddoc – for public administration and community peace building; Annie Marie Caguioa – education; Maria Monica Costales – human resource management; and Marites Baucas – community women empowerment.
The Kalipunan Ng Liping Pilipina of Baguio City was congratulated for garnering the Best People’s Organization under the Gawad Paglilingkod sa Sambayanan during the Department of Social Welfare Development-Cordillera’s 72nd anniversary held on March 10 at the Newtown Plaza Hotel.