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City considers amendments to ‘no plastic use’

BAGUIO CITY – the city government is taking a cautious leap towards attaining its goal of implementing the paper bag ordinance here.

City Mayor Mauricio Domogan during the Executive Legislative Meeting said, ‘the strict implementation of the Paper Bag Ordinance is a good step towards minimizing the use of plastic and sando bags in the city, which when used improperly ends up in canals and garbage piles’.

However, Domogan said, ‘amendments to the said ordinance is needed considering that there are still concerns that need to be resolved.’

Commuters face P200 fine for litter thrown from vehicle

BAGUIO CITY – drivers may face sanctions for not providing garbage receptacles inside their Public Utility Vehicles (PUV) and commuters will be sanctioned for throwing litters out of a moving vehicle.

Section 3 of City Ordinance Number 32 s 1995 approved by Mayor Mauricio Domogan eight years ago is now being monitored strictly.

In fact, the ordinance will be strengthened in order to instill discipline in the heart of every resident and bring back Baguio as the cleanest and greenest city.

Commuters caught throwing litter out of a moving vehicle will be slapped a fine of P200.00.

Mayor orders ‘buy back’ of ERS fertilizer

BAGUIO CITY – the city government will enforce the agreement it has forged with the company which introduced the multi-million Environmental Recycling System (ERS) machines here.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan has reiterated the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) it signed with Pro Tech Machinery Corporation for the buy back of the compost fertilizer, a by-product of the ERS machines in his Administrative Order 72.

four cordi areas seen to support autonomy

BAGUIO CITY – At least four areas in the Cordillera, including Baguio City, are seen to ratify the autonomy bill, Mayor Mauricio Domogan said on Wednesday.
The mayor said this was gauged from the strong reception shown by the people of these areas towards House Bill 5595 or “An Act Establishing the Cordillera Autonomous Region” which is currently being studied in the House of Representatives committee level.

mayor supports increase of sin tax

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan expressed full support to increasing the excise tax on alcohol and tobacco products being pushed by the Department of Health.
Health Secretary Enrique Ona earlier sought the mayor’s support for the immediate passage of House Bill No. 5727 entitled “An Act Restructuring the Excise Tax on Alcohol and Tobacco Products” which he said will help generate funds for the Universal health Care Program of the government.

mayor orders feasibility study on asin hotspring resort dev’t

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan has ordered the conduct of a feasibility study on the development of Asin Hotspring Resort to turn it into an income-generating asset.
The mayor formed a project study team to be headed by city budget officer and local economic and investment officer Leticia Clemente to spearhead the analysis to determine the resort’s economic and social viability.

city seeks to reclaim bibak lot

BAGUIO CITY – The city council on Monday served intention to acquire ownership of the BIBAK lot along Harrison Road here which is presently mired in occupancy issues involving barangay officials and members of the Cordillera People’s Liberation Army (CPLA).
The body agreed to apply for the acquisition of the land for public needs after confirming that the lot which remains a government property cannot be transferred to the Centralized Benguet-Ifugao-Bontoc-Apayao-Kalinga (BIBAK) Association being a private entity.

burham rental fee increase eyed

BAGUIO CITY – The city government plans to increase the rental fees for the various concessionaires at Burnham Park.
Mayor Mauricio Domogan on Monday said the city needs to update the schedule of fees for businesses operating at the park to generate more fund for its upkeep and management.
The schedule of fees has also been outdated and the rates are now way below par if compared to the prevailing rates at the central business district.

independence day messages

BAGUIO CITY- Freedom from pessimism and the ability to accept the need for positive change is Independence day speaker Police Chief Superintendent Benjamin Magalong’s message last Tuesday at the Baguio Convention Center.
Speaking in Filipino and in consonance with the theme, “Kalayaan: Pananagutan ng Bayan Para sa Tuwid na Daan” (Freedom: the Accountability of a Sovereign Nation of Responsible Citizenry), Magalong mentioned his department’s recently being in the spotlight for misdeeds committed by some irresponsible members of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Water system rehab at city hall proposed

BAGUIO CITY- The city council last week approved on first reading the proposed resolution of Councilor Betty Lourdes Tabanda for the immediate rehabilitation of the water system at city hall.
In the proposed resolution, the councilor requested the City Environment and Parks Management Office (CEPMO), City Building and Architecture Office, and other concerned offices to repair said water system and impounding facilities.
A water containment facility and a supply system has earlier been installed within city hall to provide adequate water for cleaning purposes.

City’s ESL near realization

BAGUIO CITY – an alternative site for an Eg ngineered Sanitary Landfill (ESL) is being considered by the city government here to address the garbage problem.
Mayor Mauricio Domogan disclosed the possibility of purchasing a land outside the city could serve as an ESL site once the ESL project in Ampucao, Itogon Benguet will not push through.
This as the South Korean Firm, DOHWA Engineering Co., Ltd which is said to fund the Ampucao ESL is having second thoughts in continuing with the same due to the slow issuance of the Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC).

Mayor appeals for cooperation to ease traffic

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan Wednesday, during the Weekly Ugnayan Presser appealed to residents here to help ease traffic in highly congested areas of the city by cooperating with authorities.
This, as heavy traffic greeted commuters last week during the opening of classes in the Central Business district (CBD) and alternate routes of the city.
Domogan said, residents who have private vehicles should not park in barangay roads especially during rush hour to avoid clogging.

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