June 6, 2023

The city council renewed its invitation for all people’s organizations and non-government organizations or institutions in Baguio to apply for accreditation with the city government.
The purpose of accreditation is to ensure that groups from private and government sectors which are seeking membership in local special bodies are qualified, effective and efficient partners.
Under the implementing rules and guidelines of the Local Government Code, local government units are mandated to promote the operation of people’s and non-government organizations and the private sector, to make them active partners in the pursuit of local autonomy, and to directly involve them in the plans, programs, projects or activities, such as membership in local special bodies and involvement in the delivery of basic services and facilities.
Through Resolution 427, s. 2021, the council has authorized Mayor Benjamin Magalong to sign a memorandum of agreement with Uplife Movement, Inc. for the conduct of programs and activities for the comprehensive rehabilitation of drug users.
The action complies with the joint memorandum circular dated May 21, 2018 of the Department of the Interior and Local Government and the Dangerous Drugs Board requiring an active role of religious sector representatives in the comprehensive rehabilitation of persons who use drugs.
Administrative Order 13 issued on Jan. 19, 2017 by former mayor Mauricio Domogan, the rehabilitation program for persons using illegal drugs should be administered by a special committee pursuant to requirements of the circular.
As conditions, the partnership should be at no cost to the city; the group shall observe at all times the right to religious freedom of the persons using drugs; and the MOA should be confirmed by the city council.
The city council, through Resolution 432, s. 2021 thanked and commended business establishments that give discounts/perks to customers or patrons who are fully vaccinated against the Covid-19.
Establishments that give discounts or other perks are Artwork, Auntie Annie’s, Baguio Country Club, Bistro Lokal, Buffalo’s Wings N’ Things, Chalet Baguio, Chili’s, Chowking, David’s Salon, DC, Golden Pine Hotel, Grand Sierra Pines, Hill Station, Hotel Cosmopolitan, Gloria Jeans coffee, Jollibee, Kalapaw, Koomi, Kureji, Le Chef, Macao Imperial Tea, Manam, Mang Inasal, Mango Tree Café, McDonalds, Mei-Hwa/Ihaw Juan, Mesa, Nail House, Paladin Hotel, Paragon Hotel, Potato Corner, Soidemer catering and events, Swiss Baker, The Forest Lodge, Manor hotel, The SM Store, The Travel Club, Tiger Sugar, Tiongsan, and Zark’s Burger.
The council through its respective committees, has invited resource persons for deliberation on various issues and concerns that need appropriate legislative actions.
The group of Manuel Cuilan of the First Citizens of Baguio City Organization will be accommodated regarding their organization’s application for accreditation with the city council.
Relative to the proposed guidelines on parking ordinances in the barangays, the Local Finance Committee members and personalities from the Transportation Management Divisionof the City Engineering Office will presentdata on the collection of parking fees in the barangays as covered under Tax Ordinance 2011-01.
Representatives of Benguet Electric Cooperative, Inc. were also invited to shed light on the increase of its power rates and change of payment collection schedule.