Need to build, rehab, refurbish school buildings stressed
The city council on Monday has urged through Resolution 611, s. 2020 all business establishments, manufacturers, entrepreneurs, small, and medium enterprises, and online sellers in the city to comply with the labeling and fair packaging provision of Republic Act 7394 or the Consumer Act of the Philippines.
Article 74 of RA 7394 provides for compulsory enforcement of labeling and fair packaging to enable the consumers to obtain accurate information as to the nature, quality, and quantity of the contents of consumer products and to facilitate their comparison of the value of such products.
The resolution encourages proper labeling and packaging of goods sold in different establishments, especially those locally processed, produced, and manufactured products in compliance with the law and in support to promoting Baguio City as a premier economic center and tourism destination with safe, trusted, and quality products.
In Resolution 614, s. 2020, the body urged the Department of Education-Cordillera and its accredited project contractors to commence as soon as possible and expedite the implementation of campus renovation or building repair and construction while students are on home schooling in the city.
The appeal seeks to address the concern of DepEd on the lack of school buildings to accommodate the ever-growing number of learners especially in public schools.
The resolution stressed the need for new school buildings, rehabilitation of old school structures, and refurbishment of classrooms for the safety of teachers and learners, which the Baguio City Schools Division and its School Governance and Operations Division can accomplish in coordination with the Department of Public Works and Highways, the National Economic and Development Authority, and the City Buildings and Architecture Office.
The council, in Resolution 618, s. 2020, has requested the City Engineering Office, in cooperation with the Baguio Arts and Crafts Collective, Inc., to work on the possibility of allowing local artists to paint the pedestrian lanes along Session Road and turn it into road murals to help spread road safety awareness.
The resolution wants Baguio, in as much as being declared the first Creative City in the Philippines by the Unesco and in line with its walkable city or “Walk, Baguio Walk” program, to adopt the pedestrian-mural project like what Antipolo City did along its main thoroughfares.
The pedestrian murals are deliberately designed and painted on the roads to encourage and heighten awareness of motorists and keep their eyes on the road for their safety and that of the pedestrians.
In Resolution 619, s. 2020, the council has authorized City Mayor Benjamin Magalong to enter into a memorandum of agreement with the Environment Management Bureau-Cordillera, represented by Regional Director Ma. Victoria Abrera, for the establishment of a continuous ambient air quality monitoring system-differential optical absorption spectroscopy system at Plaza Garden, Lower Session Road with the emitter to be located at the Baguio Center Mall overpass.
The system is important in monitoring ambient air quality to further boost the image of the city as among the cleanest and greenest major tourist destinations in the country.
The body, in separate resolutions, has commended two Baguio residents for their respective achievements.
In Resolution 621, s. 2020, Verina Monchiking Fakingas was honored as a city centenarian and to be awarded the privileges in accordance with Ordinance 45, s. 2016.
Verina, the youngest of three children in the family was born on May 15, 1920 at Latang, Barlig, Mountain Province.
She was married to Marcos Fakingas, a soldier, and blessed with four children. The family migrated to the city and settled at San Luis Village barangay. Verina has 17 grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Despite her old age, she has good eyesight, although she could hardly walk and recognize people around her.
In Resolution 616, s. 2020, Igorot film director Julius Lumiqued was commended for being accorded the Department of the Interior and Local Government Advocacy Award during the Cinemarya Women Short Film Festival 2020 awarding ceremony held virtually last Nov. 6 with his film Dad-aan Na (Her Walks).
CineMarya is the first film festival in the country organized in 2018 to empower women. It is conducted every year in partnership with the Film Development Council of the Philippines, the DILG, the Quezon City Film Development Commission, and the Philippine Commission on Women.
Dad-aan Na is a short film inspired by an Igorot elderly woman who traverses the terrain of her hometown in search of her son during a military-rebel conflict. The movie calls for an end to the armed conflicts, the unity of the people, of the families, “for whatever our ideologies, it is our families who will suffer.”
Among the 167 entries submitted for this year, Lumiqued’s entry film received the DILG Advocacy Award for its advocacy, which is in line with the DILG’s call for an end to armed conflict in the region.