Issue of September 9, 2018
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Calamity victims granted amnesty
by PIO release

Victims of calamities who do not have electric and water connections may now apply for connection at the Benguet Electric Cooperative and/or the Baguio Water District.

The city council approved on third and final reading the ordinance granting an amnesty on electric and water connections.

The amnesty is anchored on Republic Act 10121 or the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010, which aims to assist victims of calamities or catastrophic events recover from the effects of a disaster.

To avail of the amnesty, applicants should be able to submit to the Beneco or BWD a certificate from the Bureau of Fire Protection in cases of arson or damage due to fire; certificate from the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office if such damage of property was due to typhoon, flooding, erosion or any other damage caused by natural calamities; certificate from the Baguio City Police Office in cases of damages to properties caused by negligence; certification of the punong barangay that such property was damaged due to man-made or natural causes, certification of the punong barangay that the applicant is the owner or lessee of the said house and lot, certification from the City Building and Architecture Office waiving the requirements for water and electrical connection; and certificate of exemption of payment of permits and fees to be issued by the City Treasurer’s Office.

In case the victim/s of calamities is not the land owner or a mere lessee, the ordinance states that an affidavit of undertaking must be signed by the applicant stating that such application is only for electrical and water connection and cannot be used as proof of ownership for the land.

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