New set of city councilors holds first session
which adopts the result of its caucus for the chairpersons and members of the 16 standing committees.
The final and agreed chairpersons and members of the different standing committees are: barangay affairs chaired by Councilor Michael Lawana; education, culture, creativity and historical research – Councilor Vladimir Cayabas; employment, livelihood and cooperatives and persons with disabilities – Councilor Arthur Allad-iw; ethics, governmental affairs and personnel – Councilor Fred Bagbagen;
Health and sanitation, ecology and environmental protection – Councilor Betty Lourdes Tabanda; laws, human rights and justice – Councilor Peter Fianza; market, trade and commerce, and agriculture – Councilor Isabelo Cosalan Jr.; public protection and safety, peace and order – Councilor Jose Molintas; public utilities, transportation and traffic legislation – Councilor Benny Bomogao, public works – Councilor Mylen Yaranon;
Social services, women, and urban poor – Councilor Elmer Datuin; tourism, special events, parks and playgrounds – Councilor Lilia Fariñas; urban planning, lands and housing – Councilor Leandro Yangot, Jr.; youth welfare and sports development – Councilor Levy Lloyd Orcales.
The committees on appropriations and finance and the indigenous peoples and indigenous cultural communities are both chaired by Vice Mayor Faustino Olowan with all the councilors as members.
Also filled up are the ad hoc committee on barangay administrative cases divisions, and the representatives to various committees, boards and other bodies.
In Resolution 283, s. 2022, all peoples organizations and non-government organizations or institutions in the city are called to apply for accreditation with the city government as partners for development.
The resolution complies with Department of the Interior and Local Government Memorandum Circular 2022-083 dated June 15, which requires that within the first week of August, the council, in coordination with the civil society organization (CSO) desk officer, local people’s and development officer or duly designated local government unit appointive official shall issue a notice of call for accreditation to all CSOs listed in the final updated directory of CSOs, whether previously accredited or seeking accreditation for the first time, through the conduct of a CSO conference that shall be conducted by the local government unit.”
Paragraph 188.8.131.52. of the MC further mandates the council to see to it that within the first week of August, copies of the notice of call for accreditation are prominently posted in at least three conspicuous places within the municipality, city or province. The same shall also be posted in the LGU bulletin boards, website, social and/or print media, if applicable.
Accreditation is a way of empowering POs and NGOs in recognition of their role as partners of the government in the delivery of basic services to different sectors of society.
The resolution stressed the need for these organizations or institutions involved in public endeavors to be identified, recognized and accredited by the city government as its partners in facilitating implementation and monitoring of related activities pursuant to Sec. 34 of the Local Government Code, which mandates LGUs to promote the establishment and operation of POs and NGOs to become active partners in the pursuit of local autonomy.
In the meantime that the city council has yet to pass the proposed ordinance that will institutionalize a People’s Council in Baguio, the resolution has tasked the council’s Research Division to evaluate the applications for accreditation in accord with DILG MC 2022-083.
From July 1, 2019 to June 30, 51 POs and NGOs have been accredited by the city council.