City officials urged the Baguio Character Council to give its comment regarding the issue on the proliferation of illegal gambling in the city.
In a resolution authored by Councilor Maria Mylen Victoria G. Yaranon, city legislators stated that the Baguio Character Council should give its comment regarding the controversial matter on illegal gambling and what actions it can take to appropriately address the said perennial problem.
Earlier, the local legislative body passed Ordinance No. 39, series of 2023, or the Character City Ordinance of Baguio for the adoption of a character-based approach in governance where its citizens, community leaders, and government officials and employees are models or exemplars of good character.
The purpose of the Character City program is to instill positive values in all aspects of human endeavor for the establishment of a city or community of character where elected officials, community leaders, and citizens recognize the importance of good character that everyone works together to ensure that families are strong, homes and streets are safe, education is effective, business is productive, neighbors care about one another, and citizens are free to make wise choices for their lives and families.
The Baguio Character Council’s functions, among others, include the promotion of values towards attaining the vision and mission of the local government as a Character City.
The council stipulated that latest reports on the conduct of illegal gambling operations in the city have been widely circulating online, thus, the need for the Character body to come out with its firm position on the said matter to send the clear message to the people that the body values the practice of good character for the welfare of the citizens.