Baguio mayor highlights accomplishments

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Monday, July 14, 2014

A JOURNEY for a vibrant Baguio.

Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan remained optimistic for a better city after delivering his State of the City Address during the weekly flag raising ceremony at City Hall.

Highlights of the City Government's accomplishments include the 12 percent increase in the annual budget from P1,286,143,000 last year to P1,439,582,000; the filing of the House Bill 3463 or the Act Revising the Charter of the City of Baguio; and the inauguration of the air quality monitoring station in Burnham Park.


Domogan who was earlier alarmed by the World Health Organization’s report branding Baguio City as the city with the most polluted air hopes it won’t happen again as it greatly affected the image of the city.

“It cannot be again the subject of black propaganda and speculations,” he sternly said confident the monitoring station in Burnham will give the best result for the general ambient air quality of the Summer Capital.

Others enumerated in the mayor’s accomplishment report is the additional P99.4 million tax collection in 2013 which is 9 percent excess over the 2013 target a P618,610,000.

He reported as of June 30, Baguio City collected 63 percent or P413.6 million of the P653.6 million target.

Domogan added the programs and services in the areas of social welfare, health, education and public safety, which are all geared for the improvement of the lives of the constituents will also be worked on.

In addition, the report included the biddding out of 323 infrastructure projects in the city with a total of P160.86 million approved. These infrastructure includes road construction, slope protection, drainage and sewer line projects.

The city also intensified the air quality management through the conduct of Roadside Inspection, Testing and Monitoring, which indicated the city got a 67 percent passing rate of emission compliant vehicles.

In the area of environment, Domogan was pleased with the compliance of the City Government to the National Greening Program of the DENR by planting more seedlings and making sure trees in the city are well protected.

For this year, Domogan is eyeing establishment of an integrated waste management system; rehabilitation of the Convention Center; and the implementation of the anti-plastic bag ordinance to be among the priorities.

He also hopes the programs and services for the constituents of Baguio will continue and the enforcement of city ordinances will be intensified.

Domogan ended with an appeal to the public to be more responsible and active in doing their share to keep the Summer Capital vibrant.

"Kahit anong gawin natin sa government kung hindi tayo sinusuportahan ng ating constituents, mahihirapan talaga tayo," he said.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on July 15, 2014.

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