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Dads propose upgrading, 24-hr operation of library
by Jordan G. Habbiling / PIO

The Baguio City Public Library might soon be open for 24 hours with improved facilities, better services, and a coffee, food, and charging station.

Three councilors are proposing for the modernization of the Baguio City Public Library and the expansion of its service hours. In their proposed ordinance, Vice Mayor Faustino Olowan and councilors Levy Lloyd Orcales and Vladimir Cayabas deemed the development of the City Library, particularly its physical structure, and its services claiming these areas are in need of improvements or upgrades to conform to existing standards.

Once enacted, the ordinance will be known as the “Modernization of the Baguio City Public Library of 2019.”

The proponents cited an “explanatory study” made through a public survey conducted by the City Library with a total of 1,094 respondents. The study recommended the expansion of the library’s service hours to encourage more people to use it. The study also recommended the relocation and overall improvement of the public library.

The proponents stressed the significance of optimizing literacy by upgrading all services provided by the government.

The proposed ordinance also recognized the vital role of knowledge and information in nation-building by providing up-to-date books and other resources that are accessible to the public when needed and by creating an adaptive convenient operational atmosphere that is crucial in enhancing students’ scholastic performance.

Under the ordinance, a City Library Board will be created pursuant to Republic Act 7743, Article 10, Section 13 of its Implementing Rules and (IRR). The board will serve as advisory and policymaking body addressing matters involving programs, projects, and activities of the City Library. Being the head of the City Library Board, the mayor may hire additional personnel for its effective and efficient operation.

Through the ordinance, the city government will pursue the maintenance and improvement of the discussion rooms, the audio visual room, its connectivity/network, security measures, the library sections (General, Filipiniana, Law, Local History, and CAR), the online data sources, the online public access catalog, the conference hall, the exhibit and display area, and the Internet room.

The proponents also envision expanded library services and programs that will give the visitors an enhanced experience in the library, thus enticing more people to become regular library users.

Under the ordinance, the library will be open round-the-clock. With the 24-hour scheme, a portion of the building will be leased for the putting up of a concession for coffee, food, and charging station “that will allow the readers to remain in the premises of the City Library while doing extensive work and research-related activities.”

Aside from the station, the City Library will also provide book-binding, photocopying, and printing services to increase the availability of references to the readers. All income derived from the book-binding, photocopying, and printing station as well as the coffee, food, and charging station will be deposited in a trust account.

An initial budget worth P2 million will be allotted for the purpose and will be deposited in the trust account following the approval of the ordinance.

Furthermore, upon the approval of the ordinance, the City Librarian will furnish a quarterly report to the City Library Board all information regarding the operation of the City Library and the status of implementation of the ordinance.

The ordinance was referred to the committee on ethics, governmental affairs, and personnel.


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