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City fast-tracks titling of land needs areas

BAGUIO CITY – the city government is fast-tracking the titling of lots in this mountain resort to keep its records straight and to protect lands identified as city and barangay needs areas.

council wants city as forced intervenor in water permit applications

BAGUIO CITY – The city council wants the city to become the “automatic forced intervenor” in all applications for water permits before the National Water Resources Board (NWRB).
The body approved on Monday the proposed resolution of Councilor Faustino Olowan for the purpose.
Olowan in his measure stressed the need for the city to serve as intervenor in such applications in view of its “authority to safeguard and protect all natural resources within its imminent domain such as water which is very essential to life.”

deped-car asked to reiterate ban on softdrink sale in schools

BAGUIO CITY – The city council requested the Dept. of Education Cordillera (DepEd-CAR) to reiterate to public and even private schools here the ban on the sale of softdrinks pursuant to a 2007 DepEd order prohibiting the sale of carbonated drinks and junk food in school canteens.
In Resolution No. 57-2014 authored by Councilor Roberto Ortega, the body said that the despite DepEd Order No. 8 series of 2007, the sale of softdrinks and other prohibited beverages remained rampant in schools in the city thus rendering the order “futile.”

literacy body reconstituted

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan reconstituted the City Literacy Coordinating Council (CLCC) to spearhead programs to eradicate illiteracy in the city.
“There is a need to strengthen the (CLCC) to address issues, concerns in pursuit to eradicate illiteracy in the city,” the mayor said in his Administrative Order No. 37.

Search on for outstanding citizens

BAGUIO CITY – the annual search for the Outstanding Citizens of Baguio (SOCOB) is on the works in this mountain resort.

City Mayor Mauricio Domogan during the Weekly Ugnayan Presser said, “a Kapihan forum is scheduled on March 19 to formally launch the outstanding Baguio citizen search.”

The Kapihan will start at exactly 10 am at the University of Baguio Centennial Hall and will be chaired by the Society of Outstanding Citizens of Baguio spearheaded by Dr. Priscilla Macasantos, Dr. Reynaldo Bautista Sr. and other select individuals who will form part of the search.

city to pursue demolition of busol illegal structures

BAGUIO CITY – With the legal barriers cleared, the city government can now pursue the demolition of illegal structures at the Busol watershed.
Mayor Mauricio Domogan on Wednesday said he will convene the City Anti-squatting Committee and the Busol Forest Reservation Task Force to discuss the plan of action to pursue the dismantling of the illegal structures in the watershed.

melvin jones parking still under study -- mayor

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan on Wednesday said the city government is still determining the feasibility of the proposed off-street parking facility at Melvin Jones football grounds and that the city is prepared to forego with the project if the studies would show it will have detrimental effects on Burnham Park and the city’s environment.

Preservation forum to mark 99 years of Dominican hill

The historic but long-neglected former monastery built by the Dominican Order on a promontory at the south-west end of Baguio will be 99 years old on May 23.

Reason enough for the Baguio Heritage Hill Committee to mark its inauguration with a forum tentatively set on March 28, to bring to the fore a study made by the architecture department of the University of the Cordillera on how to preserve the edifice that is a part of the city’s history.

Baguio sped best in country

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan cited Monday the Department of Education-Cordillera Administrative Region (Dep-Ed CAR) Baguio City Special Education Center (SPED) for topping this year’s search for the Outstanding Sped Centers nationwide.
Baguio City Division Superintendent Francis Cesar Bringas presented the awardees to officials and employees of city hall during Mondays flag raising ceremony with Baguio sped Center Principal Nino Tibbangay.

city to receive P85M peza share

BAGUIO CITY – The city government stands to receive its long awaited tax share from the operation of the Baguio City Economic Processing Zone (BCEPZ) operations after Dept. of Budget Management (DBM) Secretary Florencio Abad ordered the release of P85 million to be charged from the 2012 General Appropriations Act.

growing defiance of building height requirement alarms dads

BAGUIO CITY – The mushrooming of high-rise structures defying the building height requirement imposed by the city government has alarmed city officials.
During the inquiry conducted by the city council last Monday, city building official Engr. Oscar Flores confirmed that a number of building owners manage to obtain exemptions from the city’s height limit from National Building Code Development Office (NBCDO) under the Dept. of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) which has the authority to issue such exemptions on building heights.

Baguio needs to address rapid urban sprawl – hechanova

Baguio’s must effectively address its most serious challenge – that of rapid urbanization - if it is going to be a livable city.
This view from the academe was raised by Fr. Jesse Hechanova, president of the St. Louis University, in his speech at the program marking the city’s 103rd founding anniversary last Sept. 1 at the Baguio Convention Center.
He pointed out that “unbridled urbanization and uncontrolled migration obviously come with its concomitant problems such as congestion, traffic, pollution, garbage and unemployment among others that we are sadly familiar with”.

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