Issue of April 16, 2017
     
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"Brilliantly Best Baguio"
BARRY MARTIN, Baguio City

I am a 75-year-old New Zealander  residing at Balacbac since 2012, with my wife, Jovita.

By profession, I am an air traffic control systems engineer, so everything I do is very systematical.

Three times I had very bad experiences with smoke-belching. I wrote two letters to Mayor Mauricio Domogan, not just complaining, but giving suggestions as to what could be done. As a result of these letters, Mayor Domogan invited me to attend his environment meetings of the Alay sa Kalinisan Inc. held at City Hall. From these meetings I learned much about how the City Hall functions and how difficult it is to get things done in this special city.

As a result of what I have learned, I wanted to give Mayor Domogan a fresh vision for the city to raise the function of the City Hall up to the very best management standards. This is to achieve my motto for Baguio City, which is “Brilliantly Best Baguio.”

I had lived in Wellington City for 60 years, so I know how the city functioned, but the changes my city council had made were so exemplary. The quality of the management of the city is very high. They are transparent in managing the affairs of the city. Also, they were being very creative in all that they were doing. I was thrilled to see this. They have 89 types of services they render to residents and businesses. It is my desire to share proposals to the city reason that I printed 2,500 pages from the website and analyzed these.

I worked over nine weeks to produce a 200-page report giving 331 visions for Baguio. Of these, 91 could potentially be major visions for the city, and the remaining 240 are potential visions for the city. I supplied these documents to Mayor Domogan at the end of February 2016. Of course, electioneering was to begin soon, so my report was probably “put on the shelf” for a time.

From these 91 major visions I chose nine to include a 30-year plan for Baguio City. I have done all this at no cost, out of my love for the city and its people.

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:: Christ has risen
Easter Sunday in celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the only–begotten Son of God, is the most significant Christian feast.
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:: On the city’s Anti–Road Obstruction Ordinance
It’s amazing to hear news regarding the Anti–Road Obstruction Ordinance being implemented by the city government through the barangay officials. But ningas kogon din pala ang mga barangay official.
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:: Gibraltar Road being compromised by a real estate project
Last Oct. 24, 2016, I wrote to this section about the collapsed wall of Suntrust Gibraltar.
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:: Public warned from lending money to a gold buyer
This is to inform the public that the undersigned are pursuing a case against Elizabeth D. Disierto of Camp 4, Kennon Road, Tuba, Benguet.
 

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