Issue of June 18, 2017

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GSO auctions compost processed by ERS machines

Acting on recommendation of the committee on health and sanitation, ecology and environmental protection chaired by Councilor Elaine Sembrano, the city council has invited to its session tomorrow, June 19, General Services Officer Romeo Concio for enlightenment regarding the raw compost materials at Irisan.

Other resource persons are City Environment and Parks Management Officer Cordelia Lacsamana, department of agriculture Regional Executive Director lorenzo caranguian and regional agricultural and fisheries Council chair balbina ernesto.

The discussion would focus on the March 23report of Concio to Mayor Mauricio Domoganregarding the disposition of raw compost materials produced by the environmental recycling system machines, which the City Legal Office in its comments and observation last April 19 has found no statutory ground which would impede the GSO in giving due course to the disposition of the 3,000 sacks of raw compost materials through public auction held on Dec. 7, 2016.

In 2010, the city purchased from Pro Tech Machinery Corporation two ERS machines worth P64 million each to process biodegradable wastes with agreement that the supplier will buy the raw compost materials produced by the machines at a price of not less than P6 to P8 a kilo.

However, after the purchase, Pro Tech reasoned that it could not buy the fertilizers for it has yet to obtain a license to manufacture and sell fertilizers from the Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority. For this reason, the GSO opted to coordinate with the City Disposal Committee for the auction of the raw compost to avoid their piling up at the storage facility at the former Irisan Dumpsite.

To further address the plight of persons with disabilities, the council approved Ordinance 47, s. 2017, which mandates all barangays in baguio to establish and maintain PWD desks and create a pwdcommittee in every barangay.

The PWD desk shall mean an established table or section in the Barangay Hall to be manned by a PwD desk officer who is either a barangay official or a volunteer.

The PWD committee shall serve as an advisory committee to the barangay council. It is encouraged to request assistance from government officials or offices in the formulation of their development plans and programs.

The general management and operation of the PWD desk shall be formulated jointly by the barangay council and the PwD committee.

Liable persons and punishable acts under the ordinance are the punong barangay if they fail to create a committee within six months after the ordinance takes effect; the barangay council if they pass resolutions that is not in accordance with the guidelines in appointing a desk officer or PwD representative in the committee.

Aside from sanctions imposed by other laws, those who violate the ordinance shall be penalized P3,000 for the first offense; P4,000 and stern warning for the second offense; and P5,000 and imprisonment or both as may be determined by the court for the third offense.

Only non-government officials or employees in the committee shall be entitled to travel and other allowances, including the desk officer who can receive honorarium equal to the amount being received by a barangay secretary.

The Ordinance, which was authored by Councilor Art Allad-iw was submitted to Mayor Domogan for his approval.

Through resolution 191, s. 2017, the permits and licensing division was directed to require all golf courses in the baguio to secure their business permits and for said office to submit its report to the council within 15 working days from approval of the measure.

the resolution penned by vice mayor edison bilog also directed the city treasurer or his representative to assess the arrearages incurred by golf courses that have been operating without business permits.

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