April 16, 2024

Mayor Benjamin Magalong urged students, workers, and those staying in boarding houses, dormitories and other accommodation establishments to report lodging houses with unsafe and unsanitary conditions.

“Please don’t hesitate to report them to our Baguio in My Pocket (BIMP) app or through our permits and licensing office hotline 619-3984,” the mayor said.

This may also be reported to hotlines 0918-488-0195, 0927-858-7272, (074) 444-9217, or to the Facebook page of the Baguio City Health Services Office or email at [email protected] or [email protected].

The mayor also directed the composite team on boarding houses and the safety seal team to make inspections a regular undertaking to keep track of the establishments’ compliance to the safety and sanitation standards.

 He said the city gives due process to those that are still not compliant but their utmost cooperation in instituting corrective measures and satisfying all the requirements is a must.

In the initial round of inspections of 15 boarding houses conducted last Aug 11, the team found that most of these establishments had violations on health and sanitation rules and building code.

These had been addressed by the departments and offices that compose the team led by the CHSO under Dr. Rowena Galpo.

The team had already agreed to make the inspection a regular activity.

The team is composed of the Public Order and Safety Division, Smoke-Free Unit, Sanitation Division, Population Division of the CHSO, City Permits and Licensing Division (CLPD), City Buildings and Architecture Office, City Environment and Parks Office, City Planning and Development Office, Bureau of Fire and Protection, and the office of Councilor Betty Lourdes Tabanda joined the inspection as the chair of the city council committee on health and sanitation, ecology and environmental protection.

According to the CPLD, the city has 31 dormitories, 21 lodging houses, 1,773 boarding houses, 1,398 apartments, and 543 transient houses listed in its registry of permitted establishments. – Aileen P. Refuerzo