Mayor Benjamin Magalong signed city council Resolution 370, s. 2020, requesting the City Tourism Division of the City Administrator’s Office to include in the Baguio Visitor Information and Travel Assistance (Visita) website copies of ordinances affecting tourists and travellers for their awareness and to prevent violations of the same.
The Visita website is an online portal, which was implemented as part of Baguio’s recovery and resiliency plan to revive its tourism economy and use the same for contact-tracing in he city at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The website has an announcement page where registrants would be able to acquire information about some ordinances of the city such as the number coding scheme and anti-littering ordinance.
However, the resolution claimed copies of ordinances or hyperlinks to these laws were not included so that visitors would be able to download these legislations and read and understand their contents or provisions.
“Uploading copies of these ordinances in the Baguio Visita website would increase awareness of visitors about local laws of the city, prevent violations of the same, and would likewise assist the police force in the implementation of these laws,” the resolution stated. – Gaby B. Keith