Council sets public hearings on pending measures

BAGUIO CITY  – The city council will subject to public scrutiny several proposed ordinances to gather inputs and determine the sentiments of the people on the proposed measures.

On June 30 at 9 a.m. at the City Council Session Hall, the city council Committee on Laws, Human Rights and Justice under Councilor Faustino Olowan will hold a public hearing on the proposed amendatory ordinance filed by Councilor Edgar Avila amending section 6 of Ordinance No. 1 series of 2003 or the Baguio City Number Coding Scheme and on another amendatory measure proposed by Vice Mayor Edison Bilog seeking to refine Ordinance No. 61 series of 2008 or the Clean Air Ordinance of Baguio City.

Avila sought to include self-driven motor vehicles, motorbikes of senior citizens and differently-abled persons among those exempted from the number coding scheme.

Bilog’s amendment, on the other hand, focused on adding a provision in the Clean Air ordinance where offenses by polluting vehicles will be reset yearly and will not be accumulatively counted “considering the normal wear and tear of vehicles which is beyond the control of motorists.”

On July 4 at 8:30 a.m. at the Multi-purpose Hall, four proposed ordinances will be subjected to public consultations by the Council Committee on Health and Sanitation, Ecology and Environment Protection chaired by Councilor Elaine Sembrano:

Proposed Ordinance No. 005 series of 2017 which requires homeowners and developers of residential subdivisions in the city to plant trees in their open spaces and to preserve and to maintain the same and providing penalties therefor;

Proposed Ordinance No. 37-17 regulating the operation and maintenance of public toilets and pay comfort rooms in the city;

Proposed Ordinance 97-16 requiring that the roof or covering of all government-owned buildings or structures, barangay halls, multi-purpose halls, barangay covered courts, day care centers and residential buildings be painted with cool colors to help protect the environment and manage the effects of climate change; and

Proposed Ordinance 47-17 providing for regulations in the conduct of medical missions and similar undertakings in the city.

Another public hearing will be held on Proposed Ordinance 19-17 of Councilor Avila providing amnesty on building permit requirements for those in actual, physical and notorious possession of public lands in the concept of owner and for other purposes on July 7 9 a.m. at the City Council session hall.

By Aileen P. Refuerzo

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