December 6, 2023

The city council has requested Mayor Benjamin Magalong to create the Anti-Colorum Task Force required under Ordinance 55, s. 2017 or the Anti-Colorum Ordinance.
With the help of the police and deputized enforcers, the ordinance mandates apprehension of all colorum motor vehicles operating in Baguio. The task force would strengthen the city’s drive against colorum vehicles operating at Otek Street, Harrison Road, Utility Road and Marcoville Street, Gov. Pack Road, Dangwa Bus terminal, Slaughterhouse terminal, among others.
Colorum vehicles include, private motor vehicles operating as public utility vehicles but without authority from the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board; PUV with expired certificate of public conveyance; PUV with CPC but the approved route does not include Baguio City; PUV operating differently from its authorized franchise; and other vehicles defined by law or regulations as colorum.
The resolution also reminded the public about the warning from the LTFRB-CAR that Angkas transportation scheme, or the use of motorcycles as public utility vehicles, is not yet allowed as a form of public transportation and is only on pilot study in Metro Manila and Cebu.
In Resolution 142, s. 2023, the period March 27 to April 1 was declared as “Wellness and Longevity Week in Baguio”.
The event is to raise awareness on the legitimacy and effectiveness of herbal medicines as well as traditional and alternative health care practices.
Republic Act 8423, or the “Traditional and Alternative Medicine Act of 1997,” provides for the promotion and advocacy on the use of traditional, alternative, preventive and curative health care modalities that have been proven safe, effective, cost effective and consistent with government standards on medical practice.
Highlights of the event include a summit and expo with the theme “Live healthier, live happier, live Longer”with focus on increasing awareness of individuals and families on the natural way of preventing illnesses and maintaining the physical, mental and social wellness through the practice of traditional and alternative ways to complement the regular medicine practices.
The program will start on March 27 with a pre-summit wellness walk from the Panagbenga Park to City Hall. Other activities include jump rope tutorials and competition, Tai Chi demonstrations, phototherapy, and amateur photography.
A workshop on topics like mental awareness, pain management, Philippine herbs as medicine, holistic energy healing, nutritious plant-based meals, simple meditation and the like shall be discussed by prominent doctors of integrative medicine during the culminating activity on April 1, at the Baguio Cultural and Convention Center.
In support to women on their celebration of the Women’s Month, the city council through Resolution 143, s. 2023 has encouraged all the barangays in Baguio to designate their Women Officials For-A-Day or Wofad on March 8.
As a new program, the initial Wofad positions to be filled in the meantime are the seats for barangay council, including punong barangay. Implementation of the program is tasked to the Liga ng mga Barangay and the City Social Welfare and Development Office.
The celebration with the theme “Women and Everyone for Gender Equality and Inclusive Society,” #WEcanbeEqual, is in consonance with the Philippine Development Plan 2023-2028, and in recognition of the role and contributions of women in nation building, and an acknowledgment of women’s empowerment:
Women’s Month is celebrated every March; Women’s Week is every first week of March; and National Women’s Day is every March 8.
The city council has commended in Resolution 139, s. 2023 the City Buildings and Architecture Office for the ingenious concept and execution of the Panagbengafloat of the city government.
The float, dubbed as the “Rising Phoenix,” symbolizes rebirth and transformation of Baguio and its ascension from the adversities and challenges brought about by the pandemic and uncertainties.
It is adorned with Everlasting flowers symbolizing Baguio as a resilient and sustainable city. Like its official flower, the Everlasting, the city remains strong and steadfast in its quest for a better life for the residents. Its desire to stand out and always emerge victorious lives on, and its spirit to conquer never fades.
The renewed vigor depicted in the float shows that the City of Baguio is on its way to full and rapid recovery from the effects and many losses it incurred during the pandemic.
The Resolution also commended the CBAO employees for creative concept and design and teamwork, namely: Architects Ferdinand Cabanban, Rosezeny Ann Sanet, Glen Paolo Soriano, and July Anne Ringor; Robert Catbagan and Benedict Solang, and all other personnel involved under the able leadership of Building Official Ar. Johnny Degay.