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It does not take a genius to know that most people would prefer visiting a place that offer delightful vistas, engaging activities, safe, has clean environment, and facilities at par with international standards, among other things. At least, that’s the ideal.

Despite its natural beauty and genuine hospitality of Filipinos, this beautiful archipelago of delicious coconuts, smiling carabaos, blushing strawberries, and aromatic durians still lags far behind most of its ASEAN neighbors in terms of tourist arrivals. This Ibaloy writer believes more has to be done in informing foreigners that the country is generally a safe place to visit and it’s more fun in the Philippines. More world-class infrastructure and facilities must also be built including a speedier Internet service. Pronto.

In this regard, we hope the proposed ordinance authored by Vice Mayor Edison Bilog regulating the operation and maintenance of public and pay toilets in Baguio will be approved. It aims to establish standards that will improve the quality or services and enhance the experience of visitors and guests who will use these facilities in the Summer Capital.

Bilog said that public toilets should be clean, dry, hygienic and complete with various amenities, accessories, or facilities, located conveniently, well-maintained and equipped with a proper waste management system.

These should also be able to cater to people with different genders and cultural needs, age groups and persons with disabilities. Let’s bring “comfort” back to our comfort rooms.

Anyway, high-fives to Tiongsan supermart represented by Jasper Lao for donating 10 trash bins and three weighing scales to the city in coordination with the Department of Trade and Industry.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan said the trash bins will be situated in the central business district while the weighing scales will be used at the public market.

Also, Baguio Rep. Mark Go reported that he has authored more than 60 house bills and co-authored more than 40 in his eight months in Congress that will positively affect people’s lives.

Good News: The city council recently commended Raul Frigillana, a security guard at Teacher’s Camp, for “his exemplary act of honesty” in returning a wallet containing a huge amount of money including several identification and bank cards, to its rightful owner.

“The act of Raul Frigillana strengthens the fact that residents of Baguio are indeed honest and trustworthy and deserve praise and commendation from the city and its officialdom,” reads the resolution of commendation.

The august body also commended Police Officer 2 Ben Pais, a traffic beat cop, for his “outstanding public service and dedication”, in assisting a differently-abled person cross a busy street, made sure that the latter was safe and even carried the person’s bag.

“Pais’ outstanding service and selfless act sets an example for others to emulate and merits the utmost recognition and praise from the city government of Baguio,” the resolution reads. Cheers!

We’re on TV, every other Tuesday, 4 p.m., over SkyCable with Vladimir Cayabas, on Radio, Wednesdays, 8 a.m., over DZEQ Radyo ng Bayan and K-Lite 96.7 FM with Lady Hillary, Tuesdays, 8 a.m., and report over other local radio stations when needed. Visit the Public Information Office at City Hall for assistance or call 442-2502. It’s more fun and cooler in Baguio!

Here’s “Complaint” by William Carlos Williams: “They call me and I go. / It is a frozen road/ past midnight, a dust/ of snow caught/ in the rigid wheeltracks. / The door opens. / I smile, enter and/ shake off the cold. / Here is a great woman/ on her side in the bed. / She is sick, / perhaps vomiting;/ perhaps laboring/ to give birth to/ a tenth child. Joy! Joy! / Night is a room/ darkened for lovers, / through the jealousies the sun/ has sent one gold needle! / I pick the hair from her eyes/ and watch her misery/ with compassion.”

Until next week and may Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ continue to bless and keep us all safe.

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