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Baguio cops arrest 829 wanted persons

Combined police operatives and intelligence agents successfully arrest 829 wanted persons in the city from January to November 15, 2019 and that the arrest of persons who have pending warrants of arrest will bring about a more peaceful community as, logically, people behind bars can no longer commit crimes.

BCPO City Director Police Col. Allen Rae F. Co said the arrested wanted persons is composed of 1 most wanted in the regional level, 1 top most wanted in the city level, 1 top most wanted in the municipal level and 33 wanted persons from the station level.

Economic assistance for gov’t officials, workers proposed

The City Council approved on third and final reading a proposed ordinance granting economic assistance to qualified officials and employees of the city government.

The ordinance authored by all members of the city legislative body states all officials and employees of the city government, whether appointed or elected, permanent or temporary, casual or contractual, job order or otherwise, drawing their salaries and wages from the general fund, shall be granted economic assistance in the amount equivalent to one month of their basic salary as of November 15, 2019.

Identification of landslide-prone areas for tree planting eyed

The City Council approved on first reading a proposed ordinance identifying the landslide-prone areas in the city feasible for tree planting programs and appropriating funds for the said purpose.

The ordinance authored by Councilor Arthur Alad-iw stated that the proposed measure aims to identify the landslide-prone areas from the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) mapped out areas that are feasible for tree planting where plans shall be adopted to include the same as tree planting sites to mitigate the effects of landslide and contribute to increased forest cover in the city.

Baguio crime volume drops by 38 percent

The leadership of the Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) reported a significant drop in the city’s crime volume by at least 38 percent or from 3,119 crimes from January to November last year to only 1,935 crimes recorded during the same period this year.

BCPO City Director Police Col. Allen Rae F. Co disclosed that incidents of physical injuries decreased by 12 percent, robbery dropped by 5 percent, murder by 56 percent, homicide by 44 percent and carnapping or theft of motorcycles by 43 percent.

Maharlika to be turned over to city by 2025

The city government announced the agriculture department, through the Human Settlements Development Corporation (HSDC), will be turning over to the city the management and operation of the Maharlika Livelihood Center by 2025 or upon the expiration of the contract governing the use of the structure located right at the heart of the city.

Mayor Benjamin B. Magalong claimed he personally talked to Agriculture Secretary |William Dar who committed that the turnover of the Maharlika Livelihood Center to the city government will only happen after the expiration of the contract on 2025.

Baguio not interested to host CARAA in 2021, 2022

The city government signified it is not interested to host the prestigious Cordillera Administrative Region Athletic Association (CARAA) in 2021 and 2022 to allow other city governments in the region to have a chance to host the regional sports competition.

Mayor Benjamin B. Magalong claimed the city government will no longer accept default decisions by the regional and district offices of the Department of Education declaring Baguio City as the host of future regional sports competitions if there are no local governments interested in hosting the CARAA.

P22B needed to complete rehab of water, waste water plants

The city government needs at least P22 billion to complete the proposed rehabilitation of the city’s water and waste water treatment plants to significantly reduce the volume of pollutants in the different river systems.

Mayor Benjamin B. Magalong admitted the city government is compelled to avail of grants and soft loans offered by the different local and international financial lending institutions to  complete the rehabilitation of the city’s water and waste water treatment facilities to help  clean the city’s environment.

MOU signed for ecology toilet in Baguio

Mayor Benjie Magalong signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the officials of a private company to establish an “ecology toilet” system that treats and recycles wastewater into a potable water after being scientifically processed using anaerobic bacteria.

Officials of the IIRMA International Consultancy Inc., a domestic corporation linked to IRUMA International Fukouka Co, LTD of Japan visited Mayor Benjamin Magalong emphasizing their proposal to establish an ecology toilet in the city.

Mayor orders experimental traffic scheme on several roads

Vehicular traffic along Marcoville Road, R. Villaron Street up to the Utility Road near a bus company’s station have reached disturbing and serious level prompting the city’s chief executive to order an experimental traffic scheme in an aim to find solutions for the same.

In Executive No. 169-2019, Mayor Benjamin Magalong ordered the installation of “One Way, No Entry” at the junction of R. Villalon Street and Utility Road as part of the experimental traffic scheme.

City legal office bares accomplishment

“Size does not matter but performance does.”

This is the battlecry of the city legal office (CLO), one of the city government’s departments with the fewest personnel, during the presentation of its June to November 15, 2019 accomplishment report recently at City Hall before local officials headed by Mayor Benjamin Magalong and Vice Mayor Faustino Olowan.

CLO head Melchor Carlos Rabanes said his office is mandated to act as legal counsel of  the city government and its officials acting in their official capacity.