The city council through Resolution 255 s. 2021 has requested the City Social Welfare and Development Office to work for the construction of a senior citizens retirement home at the vicinity of the Bahay Pag-asa at Sitio Balenben, Irisan.
The resolution further requested the CSWDO to include in its 2022 a budget of P5 million for the project.
Expert advice and collaborative efforts of the City Planning and Development Office, the City Buildings and Architecture Office, and other concerned government agencieswere also requested for the realization of the project.
A retirement home is said to be a house or apartment in which a person lives in old age, especially one in a complex designed for the needs of old people with facilities for meals, gatherings, recreation activities, and some form of healthcare. It differs from a nursing home primarily in the level of medical care given, and offers meal-making and some personal care services.
The establishment of a city government-run retirement home supports the mandate in Section 5(e) of Republic Act 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizen’s Act of 2010 for the national government to include in its national shelter program the special housing needs of senior citizens, such as establishment of housing units for the elderly.
The resolution stated a retirement home in the city would be a great help and relief to the senior citizens and their families.
The body in Resolution 259, s. 2021 has urged the Department of Education-Cordillera to encourage all public schools in Baguio to organize and establish their respective School Governing Council (SGC).
Republic Act 9155 or the “Governance of Basic Education Act of 2001” gives emphasis to the establishment of a working SGC in every school to promote volunteerism among the members of the educational community by proactively supporting the school, and to facilitate active involvement of every sector in the school improvement process.
An SGC is comprised of stakeholders who are authorized to participate in the resolution of relevant school issues and in decision making towards continuous improvement of learning and promotion of learners’ welfare.
Internal stakeholders are students or pupils’ organizations, Parent-Teacher Association and faculty association, while external are alumni, retirees, various government agencies, civil society organizations, and other social sectors to include professionals, business, and non-government agencies.
In Resolution 253, s. 2021, the management of Rapid Process Inorganic Technology Innovation Corporation was requested to immediately address the foul odor coming from the operation of the Environmental Recycling System machines which is affecting residents of Purok 17, Irisan Barangay.
The city-owned two ERS machines, installed at the city’s controlled material recovery facility, were purchased by the city government in 2010 purposely to process biodegradable wastes at approximately 24 tons for each machine per day or a total of 48 tons.
The services of the corporation, which is primarily involved in processing compost materials and conversion of bio-wastes into fertilizers using a patented composting system, was engaged by the city through a memorandum of agreement and confirmed by the council in Resolution 013, s. 2019 to enhance, operate, and maintain the operation of the ERS machines.
However, City Mayor Benjamin Magalong has requested in his letter dated May 7 for the termination of the MOA due to the latter’s alleged substantial breach of its obligations.