Domogan positive over Charter backing

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Thursday, September 4, 2014


MAYOR Mauricio Domogan is pushing for the approval of the revised City Charter filed by Baguio City Representative Nicasio Aliping Jr.

In his weekly press forum, Domogan shared he was pleased when House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte mentioned in his speech during the Charter Day anniversary his support for the legislation of the current version of the City Charter.

"Makakatulong sa atin pag naipasa yan," he said adding it will settle issues in the city.

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He highlighted aside from the distribution of alienable and disposable public lands, the City Charter will help address the boundary conflict between the Summer Capital and Tuba, Benguet.

The city mayor told media there was already an agreement on how to settle the dispute.

In fact a survey which embodies the agreement between the city and the Tuba was already conducted, he added.

"Ngunit itong agreement natin with Tuba municipality cannot be considered final unless and after i-amend yung City Charter para yung description ng Baguio City shall be amended to conform with Tuba municipality," he emphasized.

Domogan said the dispute will be settler through a relocation survey that will not diminish or decrease the total land area of Baguio.

Aside from the boundary dispute, the revised City Charter is most importantly seen to address issues in the distribution of lands in the city.

In the current version of the City Charter, land acquisition will be through free patent law and miscellaneous land sales and no longer townsite sale applications.

Domogan explained alienable and disposable lands will then be made direct sale for qualified or actual occupants of the lands.

While the city mayor cited an existing provision of the City Charter which provides proceeds from the sale of lands in the city of Baguio will go to the city government instead of the national treasury, Aliping earlier told media revisions he made in the measure provides that only a share of the profits from land sales in the city will be given to the city government as part of its annual internal revenue allotment once the revenues are remitted to the national treasury.

Domogan said he already urged Aliping to keep an eye on the revised measure and work for its passage in the House of Congress and reach the Senate.

Aliping said on Monday the veto message of President Benigno Aquino was already considered in the current measure, which gives him more confidence it will be passed.

Hopes are now heightened for the city government the new measure or the act revising the City Charter of Baguio will be enacted soon.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 05, 2014.

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