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City finance committee asks sanggunian to upgrade 16-year old values of real properties

The Local Finance Committee has asked anew the Sangguniang Panglunsod to upgrade the fair and current market values of real properties that “have stagnated since 1996” despite provision of the Local Government Code that revision of the same be made every three years.
The LCF reiterated the city’s need to increase the real property values in an addendum to its endorsement last April of the applications of two establishments here to register as information technology centers under the Philippine Economic Zone Authority.

Four baguio rivers to be reclassified according to water quality

Using the water quality classification of rivers, readers may want to place the Balili that flows from Baguio to Benguet into any of the following categories:
AA – the water is potable (safe to drink) with a little treatment; A – the water is potable after minor treatment; B - good for bathing and swimming, fishes; C – good for fish and agricultural purposes; D- for industrial purpose, excessively polluted.

Rotary hands over x-ray machine to bghmc

As chief of a regional hospital that serves patients from other regions, Dr. Manuel Factora couldn’t underestimate the value of a brand new Shimadzu mobile x-ray machine that members of Rotary turned over last Thursday to the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center.

The machine, Factora stressed, will be crucial for the examination of patients that, because of their critical condition, can not be moved to the regular x-ray room for the procedure.

Nutrition workers accent on veggies

First, the bad news: Filipinos are eating less and less vegetables. From 145 grams per day in 1978, consumption had decreased to only 110 grams per day in 2008.

The 2008 figure is 290 grams short of the 400 grams of vegetables and fruits average daily consumption recommended by the World Health Organization.

Team notes kinks in anti-plastic ordinance

It looks like the city’s ordinance banning plastic bags and advocating use of paper and other biodegradable containers in groceries needs to be amended before it can be fully implemented.

One reason is that biodegradable (compostable) plastic is now in the market, something unavailable, and therefore not considered, when the ordinance was passed in 2007. This was pointed out by mayor Mauricio Domogan in his recent dialogues with businessmen on how the regulatory enactment could be enforced.

13 kidney patients get relief from pcso

Like many of their kind, Amor Orpilla and Mary Grace Binay-an had survived on empty. Once, twice, or even repeatedly, they had skipped a session of their twice-a-week hemodialysis, the filtering out of impurities in the blood through a machine that substitutes for kidneys.

Hemodialysis is expensive, that’s why. It’s also for a life-time, unless one could afford to undergo kidney transplant.

city streamlines demolition procedures

BAGUIO CITY – The city’s anti-squatting committee further streamlined the process involved in the demolition of illegal structures to make it more effective in addressing the squatting problem.
Mayor Mauricio Domogan said the committee led by city administrator Carlos Canilao saw the need to firm up the procedures to unify actions and speed up demolition activities.
He said the committee also decided “to abbreviate the process” to speed up demolition activities and avoid adding further to the mounting number of squatting cases now pending before the city.

denr say awaited on writ of kalikasan compromise

BAGUIO CITY – The compromise agreement for the settlement of the Writ of Kalikasan case against the city over the use of Irisan dumpsite has been submitted to the Court of Appeals but the court decision will have to wait until the position of the Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the National Solid Waste Management Board (NSWMB) on said accord had been heard.
Mayor Mauricio Domogan bared this during his Ugnayang Panlungsod press briefing on Wednesday.

mayor sets rules on waste management transfer

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan last week set the rules for the transfer of the solid waste management from the city environment and parks management office (CEPMO) to the general services office (GSO).
In his Administrative Order No. 75, the mayor said the guidelines will “draw the line and define the roles and responsibilities of the departments concerned” to ensure the smooth transition of the management of said basic service.

mayor forms bodies to jumpstart work on streetlight project

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan last week formed three bodies to jumpstart the bidding of the streetlight replacement and management venture using the Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology.
In Administrative Order No. 77, the mayor created a special bids and awards committee, the technical working group and secretariat to expedite the processing of procurement documents and facilitate the bidding.

city steps up smoking prohibition as mayor calls for amendment of ordinance

BAGUIO CITY – The city government will fortify the implementation of the smoking prohibition within its premises even as Mayor Mauricio Domogan called for the strengthening of the city’s anti-smoking ordinance.
The mayor said the city council should amend Ordinance No. 8 series of 2008 or the Comprehensive Anti-Smoking Ordinance of Baguio City and its Implementing Rules and Regulations to clarify the definition of public places where smoking is supposed to be banned as the seeming vague definition led to the acquittal of one violator by the courts recently.

city mourns media matriarch’s passing

BAGUIO CITY – The city council on Monday approved a resolution lamenting the passing of media matriarch Cecile C. Afable.
Afable, editor-in-chief of the Baguio Midland Courier, died of a lingering illness last June 12 at the age of 95. She was laid to rest last June 20 at the Baguio City cemetery.
“(We) express deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences of the City of Baguio to the bereaved family of the late Cecile Carino Afable..,” the city council noted.

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