BLISTT execs forge ties anew

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Friday, January 24, 2014


MAYORS of Baguio's adjoining municipalities recently sought for the expansion of a study being conducted by the Department of Science and Technology for an efficient transport system in the Summer Capital.

Baguio, La Trinidad, Itogon, Sablan, Tuba and Tublay (BLISTT) mayors, during their meeting January 17, sought for the expanded coverage of a feasibility study which seeks to find alternative means of transport in Baguio City which is fuel efficient and environment-friendly.

Among the signatories in the resolution are Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan, La Trinidad Mayor Edna Tabanda, Itogon Mayor Victorio Palangdan, Sablan Mayor Arthur Baldo, Tuba Mayor Florencio Bentres and Tublay Mayor Ruben Paoad.

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BLISTT mayors believe it is not only Baguio City which has growing problems on traffic and pollution but other adjoining municipalities as well, Domogan said.

The Department of Science and Technology through its Metals Industry Research and Development Center recently broached the possibility of developing a road train system in Baguio to ease problems on traffic in the city’s Central Business District.

Both the city government and the DOST signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the conduct of a feasibility study for the putting up of an Automatic Guideway Transit or Hybrid Electric Road Train for mass transport and alternative means of transportation in the city.

The DOST has been conducting studies to develop mass transport systems to ease traffic congestion and reduce pollution especially for growing metropolitan areas such as Baguio City.

Meantime, during the meeting, BLISTT mayors also signed the BLISTT Amended Memorandum of Agreement subject to confirmation of their respective Sangguniang Bayan and Sangguniang Panlungsod.

If confirmed by the respective Sanggunian Bayan/Panlungsod, the amended MOA will supersede the 2012 BLISTT MOA together with any agreements previously signed by concerned local governments.

The amended MOA creates the Governing Council, composed of the BLISTT local executives, and the Development Council composed of the BLISTT mayors together with their respective Municipal Planning and Development officers, Baguio and Benguet legislators, Benguet governor, Benguet and Baguio City/Provincial Police directors, other regional line agencies and non government organizations.

Domogan said he welcomed the united stand of the BLISTT mayors adding the direction for the development must not be concentrated in Baguio City but must include adjoining municipalities.

In succeeding meetings, BLISTT mayors will discuss election of officers of the BLISTT Governing Council, the BLISTT Strategic Development Framework and local consultations to solicit views on the BLISTT initiative.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on January 25, 2014.

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