BOC scored on delay of donations-A A +A
By JM Agreda
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
BAGUIO City Mayor Mauricio Domogan recently took a hit at the Bureau of Customs (BOC) for the slow arrival of computer donations from Gongju, South Korea to local schools.
In Monday's flag raising program, Domogan lamented the computers which were donated by Baguio's sister-city Gongju was supposed to be presented and turned over this week but was delayed due to a routine customs hold.
The mayor also said while rice and other imports seem to get fast-tracked in the BOC, donations needed by public schools often take a long time to process.
Gongju City, South Korea deputy mayor Myung Kyu Sik was in Baguio City over the weekend to witness this year’s Panagbenga Festival and to rekindle ties with the local government which they have helped through the years.
Myung said their city is pleased to give to the city its donation of high-end computers to at least 12 public elementary schools in Baguio to equip students with additional knowledge and broaden their exposure to modern technology.
The South Korean City has also been instrumental in the beautification of a portion of the Baguio Botanical Garden as part of its sister-city commitments by sponsoring a portion of the famed tourist destination.
At least seven of 13 sister-cities, which include Gongju and Taebek cities from South Korea, Hangzhou city in China, Vallejo and Honolulu cities in the United States, Haughan city in Canada and Hanyu City in Japan have been instrumental in the rehabilitation of the Botanical garden by adopting portions of the park for beautification and maintenance.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on February 27, 2014.