June 5, 2023

Baguio Mayor Benjamin Magalong signed, July 4, Resolution 273 s. 2022, adopting the provisions of Republic Act 11037 or the Masustansyang Pagkain Para Sa Batang Pilipino Act which means the city government has to issue and implement health promotion policies, programs and activities relative thereto.

The city government shall integrate resource requirements for the implementation of the law and assist national government agencies in the efficient and effective implementation of the program.

The city government shall also be authorized to use a portion of the Special Education Fund and/or their 20 percent development fund as provided for in the Local Government Code to augment the appropriations available under the General Appropriations Act.

RA 11037 states that “the State recognizes the vital role of the youth in nation-building and shall promote and protect their physical, moral, spiritual, intellectual, and social well-being. In recognition of the demonstrated relationship between food and nutrition, and the capacity of students to develop and learn, the State shall establish a comprehensive national feeding program that will address the problem of undernutrition among Filipino children.”

Copies of the resolution shall be furnished to all the city’s barangays and concerned offices for their information and appropriate action.

Meanwhile, the City Buildings and Architecture Office under Arch. Johny Degay is completing the designs for the planned livestock market of the city.

City Veterinary and Agriculture Officer Dr. Silardo Bested saidonce the designs are finished, the project will immediately undergo the bidding process.

The livestock market will be constructed at the land along Marcos Highway given by the Department of Agriculture to the city as a usufruct where the DA allows the city the right to enjoy and use the property short of outright ownership.

Live chickens being sold at the public market’s block four while the pigs, goats and other animals at the Slaughterhouse compound and Lakandula area will all be transferred to the livestock market when it is finished.

He is hoping that the entire project, which he is estimating to cost around P60million will be completed by the end of this year or sometime in 2023.

Here’s ‘Memory’ by Gabriel Baban Keith: “What is surprising is that I am/ not surprised at all./ You, still, sullen, silent in a corner/ of a distant memory, ready to pounce/ on an ounce of recollection/ I refuse to recollect./ For what is memory but a series of/ numbness pricked into sudden/ recollections of being stripped naked/ in an unwanted present?/ The past is dead you say but that is where/ I am most alive./ It is in memory that you and I survive”.