September 25, 2023

Over a hundred establishments along Marcos Highway were subjected to inspections by joint teams composed of city government offices on Aug. 22 as part of the continuing aggressive clean and orderly campaign.

Mayor Benjamin Magalong ordered the inspections last Aug. 21 to 23 after noting the disorderly and dirty conditions in the area particularly from the Sto. Tomas Junction going down Baguio-Tuba boundary.

As directed by the mayor, the Public Order and Safety Division (POSD) and the Permits and Licensing Division (PLD) together with the City Health Services Office (CHSO) Sanitation Division led in checking for violations of the Sanitation and Health codes.

The City Buildings and Architecture Office (CBAO) looked into the establishments’ compliance with the building permit and other requirements of the National Building Code while the City Environment and Parks Management Office (Cepmo) checked on their compliance with the provisions of the City Environment Code.

The City Engineering Office assessed the road condition and the General Services Office hauled the garbage and debris.

The group, divided into two teams, was accompanied by the Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) operatives, and barangay officials of Sto. Tomas Proper and Dontogan.

Establishments found to have incurred violations were issued notices.

Initial reports said the CBAO found 85 establishments that have no building permits while Cepmo had nine others with environmental infringement.

The PLD checked on the status of business operations in the area to determine if these have complied with the business permit rule.

The following day, the office met with the 29 business operators in the area who had been issued closure orders earlier to discuss their circumstances in the presence of the lawyers from the City Legal Office.

Magalong thanked the team for the swift and substantial action.

One barangay kagawad said the barangay has been encountering problems in maintaining cleanliness along the highway especially along the boundary part.

“We were really requesting for an inspection of the business establishments in our area because while the barangay was always conducting clean-up drive, we often advise the business owners on maintaining cleanliness but they are telling us off, claiming they are covered by the city even if they dump their wastes in the drainage. This is why this side is always filled with trash,” she said. – Aileen P. Refuerzo