December 4, 2022

Through a resolution, the city council has authorized Baguio Mayor Benjamin Magalong to represent the city government in renewing the sisterhood and friendship agreement started way back in 2006 with the town of Murcia, Negros Occidental.

Murcia Mayor Victor Gerardo Rojas expressed their desire to visit the city to officially seal the renewal in a letter dated Sept. 7.

He said they also intend to learn from the city’s accomplishments in terms of boosting the local economy through agricultural trade and eco-tourism for highly elevated cold climate areas as they have tracts of elevated areas that are now being tapped and developed.

They are also interested about the city’s knowledge and expertise in boosting the coffee growing trade, flower growing, and resorts and vacation houses that are now flourishing in their town.

In Ordinance 61, s. 2022, the city council has reappropriated P97 million from the 2021 surplus account of the general fund to cover 26 priority projects listed in the supplemental Annual Investment Program for 2022.

These are the rehabilitation/improvement/repair of roads at South Sanitary Camp – P8,500,000 and P7,500,000, Gabriela Silang – P7,400,000, and Evangelista Street Road 2, Leonila Hill – P1,400,000; existing riprap near Cawis residence at Narra St., Kias – P200,000; dilapidated pavement at Purok 15, Agro Road, Irisan (phase 1) – P2,600,000;

Rehabilitation/improvement of Mines View satellite market – P8,000,000; Lucnab multi-purpose hall (second floor) – P740,000; City Hall and premises – P20,000,000; and main water pipelines at West, Middle and East Quirino Hill – P1,000,000;

Recovery of road right-of-way along Magsaysay Avenue from Lyman Ogilby towards M. Roxas Road – P3,500,000; and development of artificial groundwater recharge facility for drought and flood mitigation – P2,600,000;

Construction of drainage canal from creek to Dulnuan residence, Purok 4, Loakan-Liwanag – P1,200,000; drainage and pathway with railings near Inway residence at Happy Hollow – P450,000; slope protection between Cachatar and Rose Picardal, Purok 4, Pinsao Pilot Project – P2,000,000; walkway beside the bridge of Easter College, Inc. – P120,000; sidewalk canopies along Yandoc Street and corner Palma main road – P100,000 and P300,000; modern satellite market at Leonila Hill (West Bayan Park) – P5,000,000; barangay building/hall at Bakakeng Central (phase 2) – P5,000,000; and drainage canal at the alley behind Podique residence, Ambiong barangay – P300,000; and

Payment for Convention Center BIR documentary stamp tax and transfer of property (Registry of Deeds) – P7,000,000; counterpart funding assistance to the Asian Institute of Management’s “Project Minerva: Monitoring of Indicators of Efficient Redevelopment and Value Assessment” – P3,200,000; Cultural mapping project – P5,700,000; and vehicles for City Accounting Office – P1,600,000 and City Assessor’s Office – P1,600,000.

In separate resolutions, the body commended Noriel Ramos for emerging as overall champion in the 2022 National Tagsanay Award by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority and Engr. Kimberly Dionisio for topping the April 2022 Certified Industrial Engineering Examination with an average of 85.86 percent.

Ramos is a senior education and skills development specialist of the Tesda Regional Training Center-Baguio City while Dionisio, a product of the Saint Louis University, is the daughter of weaver Junie Tallocoy Dionisio of Easter Weaving in Guisad.

Both have brought pride and honor for exceling in their respective fields and for their valuable efforts in upholding the city’s title as the “Education Capital of the North” where it molds students into competent skilled workers and licensed professionals with flying colors.

The body also commended Engr. Ralph Pablo, regional executive director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, for being awarded the 2022 Outstanding Geodetic Engineer by the Professional Regulations Commission of the Philippines.

Pablo headed the completion of the Cadastral Survey Project in the country; the inventory, sorting, and grooming of all land records; and the digitalization of the inspection, verification, and approval of surveys through the Land Administration and Management System.

The body through 452, s. 2022 has requested the city mayor for the inclusion in the priority list of projects of the city government of two elevators for the City Hall building for the benefit and use of the persons with disability, elderly, pregnant women, and the general public while transacting with the different offices.

As per submitted cost estimate and architectural plan on Aug. 24, 2018 from the Office of the City Building Official, P5.6 million is needed for the elevators and a partial amount of P2.5M for one elevator was allocated in Ordinance 106, s. 2018.

Authorized through an ordinance is the charging of P222,000 against the current appropriations of the City Social Welfare and Development Office for the payment of college educational financial assistance of 37 unpaid grantees for the second semester of school year 2021-2022.

The amount is in addition to P7.719M cash assistance earlier released to 1,165 grantees who submitted the requirements on time.

Through Ordinance 62, s. 2022, approved the granting of reward from the city government to any informer (person or group of persons) who, upon certification by the city police director, gave information that led to the apprehension and prosecution of any drug pusher, any of the authors of heinous crimes committed in the city, or any of the 10 most wanted criminals in the city.

An additional amount of P10,000 will be given upon conviction of the accused because of the testimony of the informer.