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Airsoft games in public places regulated

Organizers of airsoft games held in public places will be required to get permission from the city council for the conduct of their activities following Monday’s approval of Resolution 311, s. 2017, entitled “Regulating airsoft games and related activities conducted in all parks of the City of Baguio.”

This is to promote safety and general welfare in parks where people seek retreat, relaxation, and other recreational activities.

Authored by Councilor Faustino Olowan, the resolution stated that most of reported incidents of physical injuries caused by stray pellet bullets fired by airsoft participants were blamed on the organizers’ failure to install safety measures such as protective grid or net around the engagement area for the protection of people in the vicinities.

It was also observed that due to limited open spaces in the parks, the required distance or buffer zone from the point of the competitions to nearby establishments or designated zones for park goers are not followed.

One victim who was hit in the mouth by a stray pellet while inside the Ibaloy Heritage Park at Burnham sustained a broken tooth due to the strong impact of the pellet.

The council approved Resolution 318, s. 2017 “Requiring all barangays in the City of Baguio to submit within 30 days their respective traffic schemes and plans for possible incorporation to the city’s Comprehensive Transportation and Traffic Ordinance.”

The move aims to put in order the process and participation of the barangays in the implementation of clearing operations as directed by Administrative Order 116, s. 2016 for compliance with the provision of the law that the authority to enact policies regulating parking and the use of streets is vested with the council.

This, is also to clarify the impression that street regulations can be implemented by the barangays on their own in accordance with the deputation made under the AO without the need of council action.

Sec. 391 of the Local Government Code, which provides the powers, duties, and functions of the barangay, did not state any authority of the barangay to regulate use roads or streets.

Penned by Councilor Peter Fianza, the resolution said that the sangguniang panlungsod has the power to regulate use of barangay roads or streets pursuant to Sec. 458 of the LGC, barangay policies on regulating parking and the use of streets within their respective jurisdictions shall be adopted first as ordinances or incorporated in an ordinance that shall be considered by the city council for a comprehensive and holistic regulation.

Through a joint resolution, the body condemned the brutal killing of taxi driver Roberto Agram Albino and other similar killings of taxi drivers in the city.

Albino, 47, from Bautista, Pangasinan and a resident of Km. 4, Asin Road was killed by an unidentified assailant last Aug. 19 at about 6:45 p.m. along Marcos Highway, Sitio Badiwan, Barangay Poblacion, Tuba.

Based on the Tuba Municipal Police Station, initial investigation revealed the victim sustained one stab wound on his lower right neck that caused his death.

Since no suspect has been identified, the council appealed to all concerned citizens who may have knowledge about the incident to help by giving details of the killing.

Through joint Resolution 313, s. 2017, the council commended Tracee Joy Sab-it Guinyawan and Amy Angeli Bongaoil Cabansi who topped the Social Worker Licensure Examination administered by the Professional Regulatory Commission last July 27 and 28 in different testing centers across the country.

Guinyawan garnered 84.50 percent and ranked 5thplace while Cabansi garnered 84 percent and ranked 9th place among all 5,997 examinees. They are graduates of Saint Louis University.

“It is but fitting to commend these new social workers for their relentless hard work and determination, giving honor to their families, to their alma mater, and to the City of Baguio,” reads the resolution penned by Councilor Leandro Yangot.

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