House panel okays Baguio Charter revision

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Friday, February 28, 2014


AFTER several consultations and revisions taking into consideration the veto message of President Benigno Aquino III, the House committee on local government finally approved the law revising the more than a century old City Charter of Baguio.

Representative Nicasio Aliping Jr. told reporters Friday the panel chaired by Representative Pedro Acharon approved House Bill 3463 or the Act Revising the Charter of the City of Baguio.

Aliping said consultations were conducted with various sectors with greater emphasis made on revisions to comply with the veto message of Aquino.

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After the House Committee, Aliping said the measure will have to go through second and third reading in the plenary before being transmitted to the Senate Committee on Local Government for further study.

Once the bicameral committee approves the measure this will then be forwarded to the Office of the President for final approval.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan told reporters Wednesday they are optimistic the important measure which he has filed during his time in Congress will be approved as it finalizes agreements on boundary disputes between Baguio and Tuba.

Domogan added the city government, particularly Rep. Aliping, has taken seriously the veto message of Aquino making it clear that the Department of Environment and Natural Resources has full control over the disposition of alienable and disposable lands.

Concerns of the Bases Conversion Development Authority on the disposition of lands inside Camp John Hay is also not covered by the charter as there is no alienable and disposable land in the former American recreation camp.

As a former legislator, the city mayor, stressed the house bill will solve problems of the city on land disposition, boundary dispute and other concerns that has long delayed processes in the local government due to its century old charter.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 01, 2014.

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