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By JM Agreda
Sunday, September 22, 2013
REPRESENTATIVE Nicasio Aliping Jr. will conduct a public consultation at the City Council session hall on October 4 prior to submitting his amendments to the 104-year-old City Charter to Congress.
Aliping stressed the City Charter was designed for a population of not more than 25,000 people adding "it is about time to create a new charter that will cater to the growing population of the city."
Several attempts to revise the City Charter of Baguio were made by Mayor Mauricio Domogan who served his term in the House of Representatives in 2001 while the latest amendment was authored by Baguio Representative Bernardo Vergara in the previous Congress.
The bill was passed by 15th congress and in the Senate but was vetoed by President Benigno Aquino III last January 17.
"While the objectives of the bill relating to local governmental powers are laudable, the same provisions are all covered by the present Local Government Code of 1991," Aquino said.
The President also questioned several provisions related to the disposition of alienable and disposable lands as well as those under the Bases Conversion Development Authority.
However, both Vergara and Domogan denied these and clarified the amendments are necessary to speed-up the titling of lands as well as resolve the boundary dispute with Tuba, Benguet.
But Aliping said he will re-file the vetoed City Charter bearing in mind the provisions vetoed by the President.
"Before we finalize and file the bill [in Congress], we will conduct public consultation so as to get the opinion of the concerned agencies and constituents," he said.
He said all stakeholders including the office of the city mayor, the City Council, barangays, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, ancestral land claimants and other concerned agencies will be invited in the public hearing including the City Charter amendment’s original proponent lawyer Pablito Sanidad.
He added he will spend more time in the Summer Capital for consultations and district meetings during the two-week recess of the 16th Congress starting September 30 to October 13.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 23, 2013.