April 24, 2024

The crafting of the rules to implement Republic Act 11932 or the law that created the Metro Baguio, La Trinidad, Itogon, Sablan, Tuba, Tublay Development Authority (MBLISTTDA) has commenced.
The technical working group created to draw up the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) and chaired by Benguet Vice Gov. Ericson Felipe held its first meeting last Aug. 31.
The TWG is composed of all the vice mayors and legal officers of the member local government units tasked by Baguio Mayor Benjamin Magalong and Benguet Gov. Melchor Diclas, chair and co-chair of the MBLISTTDA respectively, to spearhead the formulation of the MBLISTTDA IRR.
Also present during the meeting were councilors who chair the LGUs’ council committee on laws, lawyer John Ray Libiran representing Baguio Rep. Marquez Go, Vittorio Jerico Cawis representing chair Magalong, and officials from the National Economic Development Authority which serves as secretariat, and the Department of the Interior and Local Government.
The TWG was formed by the Blistt Governing and Policymaking Board composed of LGU heads and officials of concerned government agencies.
Magalong said they hope to come up with the draft IRR by October.
He said as co-chair, he will push for collaborative endeavors on urgent concerns affecting the BLISTT such as waste, traffic and disaster management as well as on the economic aspect. 
MBLISTTDA is envisioned to lead and oversee area development planning and implementation of projects towards coordinated management of public order and safety, health, solid waste and sanitation, tourism, and traffic and transport. It will also coordinate with the Department of Finance and the NEDA on grants, support, foreign assistance and other programs. – Aileen Refuerzo and Volts Gabrillo