Baguio number coding scheme suspended November 14 to December 09

BAGUIO CITY November 10 – Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan ordered the suspension of the implementation of the Baguio Number Coding Scheme on November 14 to December 9, 2016 for private vehicles of participants and their family members of the 63rd Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association (PMSEA) Annual National Mine Safety and Environment Conference and the 67 Fil-Am Invitational Golf Tournament which will be held at the CAP Trade and Cultural Center and the Baguio Country Club (BCC) and the Camp John Hay (CJH) fairways, respectively.

Domogan issued Administrative OrderNo. 147, series of 2016 suspending the implementation of the implementation of the Baguio Number Coding Scheme, specifically for the participants and their family members, of the two major events to be held in the city starting next week.

Baguio City will play host to the 63rd Mine Safety and Environment Week on 14-18 November 2016 and the 67th staging of the Fil-Am Invitational Golf Tournament, the longest running amateur golf competition in the world, on 21 November to 10 December 2016.

“There is a need to suspend the implementation of the number coding scheme for all private vehicles of participants of the two primordial national and international events in the city on the aforesaid dates in order to provide members of the mining industry and other stakeholders and our golfers, visitors and their families convenient and stress-free journey around the city to help boost the city’s identity as the prime tourist destination,” Domogan stressed.

Under the said order, participants and family members of the PMSEA Annual National Safety and Environment Conference and the 67th Fil-Am Invitational Golf Tournament are required to show to the apprehending officers their respective identification cards for them to be exempted from the coverage of the Baguio Number coding Scheme.

Ordinance No. 01, series of 2003 s amended by Ordinance No. 107, series of 2008 is known as the “Baguio City Number Coding Ordinance;”

Section 6 of Ordinance No. 01, series of 2003 as amended by Section 1 of Ordinance No. 107, series of 2008 exempts private motor vehicles and chartered public utility vehicles of visitors, tourists, vacationers or participants of sanctioned activities such as conventions, conferences and assemblies provided that sponsoring groups of the conventions, seminars, conferences or assemblies shall be required to issue to their participants the necessary stickers or documents showing that the owners or possessors thereof are participants in such activities.

Executive Order No. 1, series of 2009 entitled “SETTING THE GUIDELINES FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF ORDINANCE NO. 107, SERIES OF 2008” defines sanctioned activities as those referring to sponsored, co-sponsored or hosted activities by the City of Baguio which are duly authorized or approved by the City Mayor or the City Council through the appropriate resolutions.

He urged the motoring and commutting public to cooperate with the partial suspension of the number coding scheme for the benefit of convenient travel along the city’s major roads.

By Dexter A. See