Domogan chairs BLISTT council

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Monday, March 3, 2014


MAYOR Mauricio Domogan confirmed his election Friday as the Baguio, La Trinidad, Itogon, Sablan, Tuba and Tublay (BLISTT) Governing Council Chairman.

Domogan said he took his election as a challenge after a consensus of mayors forming BLISTT as the area’s growth and development should be anchored on a well-crafted strategic framework that will clearly define roles on how Baguio and its adjoining municipalities will coordinate on their development.

On top of his agenda is the ratification of the Memorandum of Agreement which will discuss how local governments would cooperate for the area’s development.

Baguio, Itogon, Sablan, Tuba and Tublay chief executives signed the BLISTT Amended Memorandum back in January 17, subject to their respective Sangguniang Bayan or Panglungsod's confirmation.

A press statement from the National Economic Development Authority stressed if confirmed by the Sangguniang Bayan or Panlungsod, the signed Amended MOA will supersede the 2012 BLISTT agreement together with any agreements previously signed by the parties.

The amended MOA creates the Governing Council, composed of the BLISTT mayors and the Development Council composed of local chief executives and Municipal or City Planning and Development Officers, Baguio and Benguet legislators Nicasio Aliping Jr.and Ronald Cosalan and Benguet Governor Nestor Fongwan.

Other members of the BLISTT Governing Council are city and provincial police directors, regional line agencies and a non-government organization.

According to the city mayor, next in the BLISTT agenda is the firming up of the BLISTT Strategic Development Framework and local consultations to solicit views on the BLISTT initiative.

Among the priority project which the mayor stressed that would equally benefit local governments forming BLISTT are solid waste management coordination and addressing the water needs of the city and its adjoining municipalities.

He also recently moved for the inclusion of BLISTT towns into the P1 million worth feasibility study that will be conducted by the Department of Science and Technology for a monorail system or a road train system that would ease up traffic and encourage people to settle in areas outside of the city.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 04, 2014.

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