July 23, 2024

The city council has approved Ordinance 30, s. 2024, which includes job order workers in the grant of one-time rice assistance given to all qualified city government employees under Ordinance 80, s. 2022.
Under Section 6 of Administrative Order 02, s. 2022 issued by President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr., the grant to employees and workers in local government units by their respective sanggunian of one-time rice assistance at a uniform quantity of 25 kilograms each is authorized, depending on the LGU’s financial capability and chargeable against their respective fiscal year 2022 local funds, subject to pertinent provisions 1991 Local Government Code.
The qualified beneficiaries are those still in the government service and engaged by the city government as of Nov. 30, 2022.
The city council through Ordinance 29, s. 2024 amended Ordinance 56, s. 2023 or the “Collection of replacement fees for lost Senior Citizens Affairs-issued identification cards”.
Section 7 of the amendatory ordinance allows the use of collected replacement fees for lost IDs deposited under the Office of Senior Citizen Affairs (OSCA) trust fund to support and cover the different needs, other programs, projects, and activities of the OSCA that were not included in the 2024 annual budget for the operation of the Senior Citizens Center and the implementation of other special services to senior citizens.
These include self and social enhancement activities, creative art workshops, digital literacy and other social activities, OSCA IT equipment; repair and other building maintenance; and office supplies/materials not included in the Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses of the City Social Welfare and Development Office.
The city council has approved Ordinance 31, s. 2024 for the creation and establishment of a City Project Monitoring Council (CPMC) tasked to supervise and coordinate monitoring activities of the City Development Council and concerned departments of City Hall on national and locally-funded projects implemented in the city.
The CPMC shall also assist in the solution of the problems and challenges encountered in project implementation and provide remedial actions, if any, at their respective levels; refer problems/issues to the appropriate units or upper-level development councils, where applicable; evaluate the implementation of all projects of the city; and derive lessons for future planning and project implementation.
The council shall be chaired by the City Planning, Sustainability, and Development Coordinator and co-chaired by the City Administrator and with the director, Department of the Interior and Local Government-Baguio City Field Office, the City Budget Officer, the President of Liga ng mga Barangay, an executive assistant from the City Mayor’s Office, and a representative each from the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers and the United Architects of the Philippines Summer Capital, as members.
The city council approved Resolution 378, s. 2024, urging and requesting the President to issue a proclamation or order for the transfer of the open spaces, institutional areas, and unallocated lots at the Scout Barrio barangay social housing site to the city, subject to the payment of the value of the unallocated lots as may be allowed to be disposed of for private use and other conditions as may be appropriate and proper.
The resolution cited Executive Order 64 dated Dec. 18, 2001, issued by then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo,which declared as a housing site and provided for its disposition to bona fide occupants “the entire Scout Barrio barangay which is a portion containing an area of 15.9 hectares of that parcel of land covered by Transfer Certificate of Title 62887 in the name of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority.”
Under sections 1 and 2 of the implementing rules and regulations of the EO, of the 159,738 square meters of the identified housing site, an area of 80,379 square meters shall be for disposition to actual occupants exempting an area of 79,359 square meters from the coverage of the Order to be retained by the BCDA.
“The exempted and retained area covers open spaces consisting of, among others, forest areas, waterways, and road lots, including the Loakan Road which is a national road, a basketball court, a children’s playground, the police station and barangay hall, a school site, the health center and chapel and also reserved unoccupied areas which may be disposed of for residential purposes as reflected in plan PSD-CAR-007557, Lot 12, PSD-131102-002639.”
The resolution stressed that under Presidential Decree 1216 issued on Oct. 14, 1977, open spaces, as defined therein, may be donated to the local government unit which is in accord with the declared policy of the State that the territorial and political subdivisions of the State shall enjoy genuine and meaningful local autonomy to enable them to attain their fullest development as self-reliant communities and make them more effective partners in the attainment of national goals by providing them with a more responsive and accountable local government structure instituted through a system of decentralization as provided under the Local Government Code.
The resolution suggested the local government of the City of Baguio is in the best position to administer the open spaces of the housing site and in coordination with appropriate agencies like the Department of Human Settlement and Urban Development consider the use of the exempted unoccupied areas.
Further, the resolution has authorized City Mayor Benjamin Magalong to present the resolution and other supporting documents to President Marcos.
In Resolution 371, s. 2024, the city council commended Ruth Ellicia B. Batang, a resident of Sta. Escolastica Village and a first year Science and Information Technology student at the Benguet State University, for her exemplary act of kindness and honesty.
She found last May 30 inside a taxi a wallet containing cash and ATM cards owned by a resident of Nayon, Lamut, Ifugao who was in the city accompanying her husband who is confined at the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center.
Searching the Internet, Batang promptly contacted the owner who received her wallet the following day with Batang refusing the monetary reward being given to her.
The resolution praised Batang’s display of honesty and integrity which exemplifies the morals and values upheld by the youths and members of the community, further solidifying its reputation as a City of Character.
The city council also commended through Resolution 369, s. 2024 Nicole Agoy Gonzales of the University of the Cordilleras for being one of the top examinees in the May 26, 27, and 28 licensure examination for Certified Public Accountants with an average rating of 90.83 percent.
The resolution acknowledged Gonzales’ outstanding achievement of bringing honor and pride to the city, which is another testament to the high-quality education that the educational institutions in the City are providing, and proof that the city is the “educational center of the North.”