December 6, 2023
SWIFT ACTION — Firemen, with the help of City Treasury Office personne;, and Public Order and Safety Division team members flush water into drainage canals of the public market to remove debris that impede the flow of water. — POSD photo

Mayor Benjamin Magalong wants the city’s clean and orderly Baguio campaign made more vigorous as the city endeavors to go “all out” in its economic recovery efforts.
On the first day of work this year, the mayor issued separate orders to the barangays and contractors undertaking projects in the city to further step up cleanliness efforts.
He directed Baguio City Police Office Director P/Col. Francisco Bulwayan Jr. to mobilize deputized environment officers to check on the cleanliness and orderliness of the different barangays.
He tasked the BCPO to ensure barangays are complying with the cleanliness and sanitation rules and coordinate with the barangay officials concerned to initiate clean-up drives within their turfs.
The mayor had earlier deputized some policemen as environment officers to enforce the Environment Code and other laws relating to the environment particularly on cleanliness.
In another directive, the mayor gave contractors with completed projects in the different parts of the city until Jan. 15 to clear up all construction debris in their project sites or face sanctions.
The BCPO on Jan. 5 spearheaded simultaneous clean-up activities in some barangays in line with the mayor’s directive.
BCPO-Abanao partnered with Pastor Irene Layagan and barangay officials of Rizal Monument, BCPO Kennon, together with PSFTP class Pansadagan detailed at the station joined barangay officials of Camp 7, volunteer group of vendors and faith-based volunteers in the clean-up drive at Lion’s Head Camp 7 to maintain the beauty and cleanliness in the area, while BCPO Irisan Police Station together with barangay officials and faith-based organizations conducted a clean-up activity at Eco Park, Purok 17, Irisan.
Bulwayan said the activity was also in line with the BCPO’s thrust to strengthen the relationship of the police, community and church with the faith-based leaders.
BCPO personnel from central headquarters and the City Mobile Force Command also joined the drive which Bulwayan said is done regularly in keeping with the “makakalikasan” core value of the Philippine National Police.
“This activity aims to sustain cleanliness within the city, improve solid waste management, and raise awareness of the citizens of Baguio in protecting the environment.  We also encourage the park-goers to observe the “Basura ko, bitbit ko” practice when going around the city,” the police director said. – Aileen P. Refuerzo