February 9, 2023

The city council through Resolution 507, s. 2022 has ordered the conduct of a study and experiment on the traffic during rush hours in the morning and afternoon along the stretch of Palispis-Aspiras Highway (formerly Marcos Highway) starting from the corner of North Santo Tomas Road down to Bakakeng Central until Baguio General Hospital rotunda.

The Traffic and Transportation Management Division and Traffic Enforcement Unit of the Baguio City Police Office were tasked to ascertain and support the mounting call to modify the Number Coding scheme or adopt other schemes that are responsive to address and improve the flow of vehicles in the area during rush hours.

The resolution wants balanced use or number of private vehicles and the promotion and use of public transportation during certain hours as an approach in improving traffic flow in major roads and easing long queues of commuters who patiently wait for jeepneys that are delayed by heavy traffic.

The Number Coding scheme is still in effect, except for public jeepneys and school services, which shall be suspended for the duration of the experiment.

The proposed study and traffic experiment shall be disseminated to all city offices and association of city employees, national line agencies, radio and television stations, social media, Public Information Office, and transport cooperatives and corporations.

If the experiment is successful and useful, a similar study and experiment shall be conducted for the Pres. Elpidio Quirino Highway (Naguillan Road), Kennon Road, Buhagan Road (Bokawkan), and other areas of concern.

Through Ordinance 66, s. 2022, the council approved the temporary closure of a portion of Jungletown Road effective Nov. 14 to 19 to make way for the excavation and piping works for the drain lines of the city hub project of Marcons Builder.

For public safety, the ordinance advises all motorists to use alternate routes to their respective destinations during the period of the project and refrain from defacing or removing signages and traffic signs and stepping on fresh concrete pavements while the project is ongoing.

In Resolution 490, s. 2022, city barangays were urged to appropriate in their budget the purchase of maintenance medicines and other medicinal and wellness needs for senior citizens in compliance with pertinent laws, rules and regulations.

The resolution cited Section 17 of the 1991 Local Government Code, which mandates barangays to provide for the delivery of health services that includes maintenance of barangay health centers.

As per the city accountant, the law neither prohibits nor explicitly provides for the purchase of maintenance medicine or medicine in order for the barangays to carry out the mandate of providing health services. They are of the view that barangays can appropriate for the purchase and distribution of medicines subject to usual accounting, auditing, and budgeting rules and regulations and other pertinent laws, and to observe prudence in their appropriations considering their limited funds.

The body honors in Resolution 504, s. 2022 as a centenarian of Baguio City Soledad Coloma, who was born on Sept. 22, 1922 in Sta. Cruz, Ilocos Sur. She is now a grandmother of 15 and a great grandmother of 10.

When her husband Esteban was employed at the Benguet Mining Corporation, she sold fish at the bunkhouses to help raise their 10 children. The family then moved to Purok 6, Bakakeng Norte barangay. Of the nine surviving children, six are professionals.

Aside from eating nutritious food, taking vitamins, drinking lots of water, following advices for health and longevity, and keeping herself busy by cleaning the house, she also regularly drinks wine, though she does not encourage nor advise her children and grandchildren to do so.

The body commended through Resolution 503, s. 2022 Roilo Ardan A. Majarucon for being one of the second placers with a rating of 88 percent and Paul Marc Miguel S. Valdez as one of the third placers with 87 percent rating in the October 2022 Electronics Technician Licensure Examination.

The resolution also commended Saint Louis University for ranking fourth place among the top performing schools as a result of the overall 81.69 percent passing rate garnered by its graduates in the said examination.