City Council Returns to Regular Session-A A +A
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
AFTER two weeks of recess the city council held its eleventh regular session Monday and proceeded to deliberate several important matters contained in their agenda.
Among matters discussed and approved on first reading by the members of the august body include several proposed legislative measures introduced by the members such as the three legislative proposals authored by City Councilor Roberto Ortega with one seeking the appropriation of P 100,000.00 for the construction of the Protection of Dignified Human Rights (PDHR) Office in the of Baguio, another is for the appropriation of P 200,000.00 for the construction of a footbridge connecting the residents of New Lucban Barangay and Alfonso Tabora Barangay situated at Purok 3 northwest side of Sagudin river, and still another is the allocation of funds to entitle the DPS compound barangay waiting shed to the late Rowel Corpuz Aguilar as a sign of gratitude for his commitment to public service and heroic act in saving the life of his neighbor. Another proposed legislative measure considered by the august body is the proposed ordinance introduced by City Councilor Richard Carino which seeks to impose annual charges and fees on the installation and operation of cell sites and antenna towers for telecommunication relay stations in the city of Baguio. Likewise, the city council also approved on first reading and referral to committee the proposed executive budget for 2014 submitted by the executive branch of the city in the amount of One Billion Three Hundred Ninety Five Million Eight Hundred Twenty Two Thousand Pesos (P 1,395,822,000.00).
Meanwhile, the city council also passed a resolution providing monetary assistance to the victims of the recent 7.2 earthquake in Bohol and in Mandaue, Cebu as well as a resolution introduced by city councilor Leandro Yangot Jr. that seeks to determine the status of high rise buildings and other horizontal and vertical structures declared as condemned during the 1990 killer quake here in the city of Baguio. In another matter, the august body also adopted a resolution introduced by city councilor Betty Lourdes Tabanda pertaining to the recognition and award of P 10,000.00 to our city's centenarians as well as a resolution from city councilor Joel Alangsab for the temporary closure of a road at San Carlos heights to facilitate an ongoing project in the area.
Meanwhile, in the conduct of a legislative inquiry the city council listened intently and discussed thoroughly with several invited guests as they offered clarifications pertaining to the status of all unvalidated 211 titles in the city of Baguio. The so called 211 titles are those issued under Civil Reservation Case No. 1 Record 211 and which were declared void by the Supreme Court because the court that issued the same had no jurisdiction. The said titles can be legalized only upon undergoing validation proceedings. In the explanation offered by OIC City Legal Officer Melchor Rabanes who was one of the invited guests he said that as per Presidential Decree 1271 issued by former strongman Ferdinand Marcos all unvalidated 211 titles are deemed null and void. Atty. Rabanes also informed the august body that it is up to the Solicitor General to file the necessary reversion proceedings to convert these lands covered by unvalidated 211 titles back to their original status as public lands. On their part Engineer Benjamin Ventura of the DENR and Atty. Guerrero Felipe of the Registry of Deeds clarified that the law also allows for some exceptions particularly in the process of validation. They said that those unvalidated 211 titles submitted before the cut-off period of February 6, 1987 are allowed to be validated thru a committee formed for the purpose. For his part, engineer Edgardo Flor who was also invited to shed light on the matter told the city council there are around 8,500 unvalidated titles in the entire city of Baguio, that 6,000 of these titles have been applied for validation, and that 4,000 of these have already been validated.
Finally, the city council also listened to the explanation offered by the Onjon ni Ivadoy Association, Inc. thru their president Mr. Jackson Chiday in connection with their application with the Office of the President to delineate the Ibaloi Heritage Garden at Burnham Park under their management and control as well as the suggestion offered by the committee on Tourism, Special Events, Parks and Playgrounds chaired by City councilor Elmer Datuin that the association instead submit an application to adopt the park under the adopt-a-park program of the city subject to rules and regulations as implemented by the city government.
In the discussion of the said matter, the Onjon ni Ivadoy Association, Inc. thru its President as well as other members present requested the city council for more time in defining their position on the matter considering their suggestions for additional improvements in the said area as well as their desire to manage and supervise the said garden.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on October 23, 2013.