Rescission of bingo approval, towing, other proposed measures up for public hearing

BAGUIO CITY – The city council will subject to a public hearing the proposed resolution of Councilor Maria Mylene Yaranon withdrawing the "no-objection" ruling the body earlier granted to two applications for bingo operation on July 26, 8:30 a.m. at the Multi-purpose Hall, City Hall.

Yaranon's proposed resolution seeks to rescind the approval of Resolution No. 176 series of 2017 interposing no objection to the requests of Bingo Palace Corporation to maintain and operate a traditional bingo and e-bingo at Albergo Hotel at Villamor Drive, Highland Gaming Corporation to operate traditional and e-bingo at SM City Baguio and Highland Bingo at the Baguio Center Mall along Magsaysay Avenue here.

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Possible breakup of Cordillera in federalism looms

BAGUIO CITY July 11 –Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan warned of a possible breakup of the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) once Congress, as a constituent assembly to amend the Constitution, will decide to delete the provisions that mandate the establishment of autonomous regions in the Cordillera and Muslim Mindanao to suit the administration's proposal to shift from the present presidential form to federal form of government.

The local chief executive reminded the potential breakup of the Cordillera is not a threat to those who are against the renewed quest for regional autonomy but it is a reality that can happen once a number of provinces will ratify the autonomy law once enacted by Congress and signed into law by the President and once the constitutional provisions mandating the establishment of autonomous regions will be deleted during the charter change.

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Probe on unhealthy operation of Camp 7 batching plant ordered

BAGUIO CITY July 11 – Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan ordered the City Health Services Office, City Environment and Parks Management Office (CEPMO) and the City Buildings and Architecture Office (CBAO) to reconvene into a task force to conduct an investigation on the alleged unhealthy operations of the controversial Camp 7 batching plant in the light of the implementation of the pertinent provisions of the city's Environment code among other noticeable violations.

The local chief executive noted it is high time for the controversial cement batching plant to be closed because its operations pose a serious threat to the health of the people living around it aside from the nuisance that it causes while operating which are all in violation of the pertinent provisions of Ordinance No. 18, series of 2016 or the city's Environment code.

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City to revisit annual investment plan

BAGUIO CITY July 12 – Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan ordered concerned departments of the local government to review the city's annual investment plan (AIP) to ensure the implementation of all projects that were provided funding to improve the city's overall performance in the implementation of funded projects.

The local chief executive expressed disappointment over the recent report of the Commission on Audit (COA) which stated among others that the local government was only able to implement 27 percent of the projects funded under the 2016 plan, saying that there is a need for the concerned departments to review the plan and work out the implementation of the remaining projects to improve the city's overall performance in project implementation.

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Passage of night market ordinance pressed

BAGUIO CITY July 13 – Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan wants the local legislative body to enact an ordinance institutionalizing the city's night market and to designate the perimeter of the Melvin Jones grandstand as the permanent site of the nightly activity.

The local chief executive acknowledged the significant contribution of the night market in the livelihood to thousands of residents, as a tourist attraction in the city and generating resources for the local government with the least capital outlay.

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Phil-Jap friendship day celebration

BAGUIO CITY – An interplay of culture and traditions in celebration of Philippines-Japan friendship day, with a photo exhibit, is scheduled on July 23 at the Baguio City National High School Auditorium.

The event is sponsored by the Fil-Japanese Foundation, Inc. – Northern Luzon, the local government of Baguio in partnership with the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO), Baguio Elderly Assembly (BEA) and the National Correspondents Club of Baguio (NCCB).

A floral offering and candle light ceremony at 9 AM at the Filipino-Japanese Peace Memorial Garden along Gov. Pack road opens the celebration, participated in by Filipino-Japanese descendants from the Baguio-Benguet area.

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Mayor to meet with truckers for temporary relief

BAGUIO CITY July 06 – Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan said he will first meet the officers of the different association of truckers in Baguio and Benguet to ascertain their compliance to the implementation of the temporary relief from the city's truck ban ordinance pending the approval of the amendments being worked out by the members of the City Council.

The local chief executive pointed out he received reports that some of the truckers have questionable stickers that were posted on their trucks allowing them to be exempted from the truck ban while others have reproduced the limited numbers that were provided them to be able to travel from their points of origin to their destinations.

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City expects modest income from realty tax increase

BAGUIO CITY – The city government expects the income to be derived from the increase in real property tax as a result of the proposed adjustment of the market values of lands to be modest.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan said this is because of the decision to lower assessment values and to divide the proposed increase into three tranches in an effort to cushion the effect of the increased market values.

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37 market building contracts confirmed

BAGUIO CITY July 06 – The City Council confirmed some thirty-seven contracts of market building owners who agreed to renew their expired agreements with the local government for the final fifteen years of their occupancy in their structures before turning over the same to the city after the expiration of the said contracts.

Members of the local legislative body agreed to the recommendation of the Committee on Laws chaired by Councilor Faustino Olowan to confirm the contracts of the 37 market building owners which contained the provision that upon the lapse of the 15-year agreement, the buildings and other improvements introduced by the owners in the city-owned land will automatically accrue to the local government.

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Amnesty on real property taxes not working

BAGUIO CITY July 11 – The City Treasury Office revealed that the 6-month amnesty for delinquent real property owners is not actually working to the advantage of the local government in terms of significantly increasing its collections from real property taxes.

City Treasurer Alex Cabarrubias reported for the first three months that the amnesty on delinquent real property taxpayers was enforced, the local government's collection from real property taxes decreased instead of increasing as envisioned by the proponents of the amnesty on delinquent real property taxpayers.

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RDC-CAR to address complaints versus anomalous service contracts

BAGUIO CITY July 11 – The Regional Development Council (RDC) in the Cordillera wants local governments and indigenous peoples (IPs) in the different parts of the region to bring to the attention of the region's policy-making body their complaints against questionable service contracts covering various river systems in their areas of jurisdiction to address issues being raised against the unwarranted exploitation, development and utilization of the region's rich resources to the detriment of the host communities.

RDC-CAR chairman and City Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan said local officials and IPs who have valid issues to raise against the entry of companies to exploit, utilize and develop the resources within their ancestral domain should bring to the attention of the policy-making body their complaints so that these can be effectively and efficiently addressed in the regional level.

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Asin developer told to honor contract

BAGUIO CITY July 13 – Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan urged the management of Kaltimex Energy Philippines to proceed with the implementation of the rehabilitation, upgrading and operation of the city-owned Asin mini-hydro power plants instead rationalising just to free itself from paying damages to the local government in the future.

The local chief executive revealed he recently received a communication from Kaltimex signifying their desire to talk with him to explain their sentiments over the contract that it entered with the local government.

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Identified barangay, city land needs must be surveyed

BAGUIO CITY July 13 – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Administrative (AO) 504 clearing committee recommended to the local government the conduct of a final survey of all the identified barangay and city land needs to guarantee the preservation and protection of public lands from unscrupulous land speculators.

Engr. Leandro de Jesus, chief technical staff of the AO 504 Clearing Committee, said it is not enough for barangays and the local government to identify certain parcels of land for barangay or city needs because there is still a need for the final survey of the property to determine the metes and bounds of the lands to prevent its encroached by enterprising land speculators.

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Baguio City Officials led by Mayor Mauricio Domogan and Vice Mayor Edison Bilog and Kapangan town officials led by Mayor Manny Fermin and Vice Mayor Mayo Eslay cement the sisterhood relationship between the two areas which is hoped to translate to meaningful exchanges beneficial to both local government units. - Joma Rivera photo




SENIOR CITIZENS JOIN city administrator Carlos Canilao, city social welfare and development officer Betty Fangasan and city police director Ramil Saculles in the wreath laying ceremonies in honor of Arch. Daniel Burnham durin ghte Filipino-American Friendship Day last July 4.




WAR VETERANS join the Filipino-American Friendship Day program last June 4. - Joma Rivera photo

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