Issue of October 7, 2018
     
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Benguet
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Panagbenga Flower Festival
 
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Ningas cogon in the Anti-Road Obstruction Ordinance implementation
NAME WITHHELD, Baguio City

It is a welcome development for Baguio when our mayor signed Administrative Order 116, s. 2016 or the Anti-Road Obstruction Ordinance.

Definitely, it aims to ease out the traffic situation in the city since all illegally parked vehicles either in the city proper or barangays will be apprehended accordingly.

In its first year of implementation last year, we have really seen its effect as the license plates of many motor vehicles illegally parked were confiscated while car owners are likewise fined.

In the barangay level, we also had witnessed the same.

But as months passed by, the so-called Filipino attitude “ningas-cogon” among deputized barangay officials is evident, as it is obvious at present that the ordinance has been totally neglected.

Barangay officials are lax on the implementation of the ordinance, especially in many barangays where countless illegally parked vehicles are tolerated even if these cars are causing inconvenience to the public.

Even in the vicinity of government institutions like schools, parked private cars are seen, causing traffic, especially in the morning, while deputized barangay officials are turning a blind eye on the problem and unmindful of the traffic woes these illegally parked vehicles are causing to the public.

No matter how many ordinances/laws that our officials make if there is no political will to implement it, these become useless.

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:: TWG of Baguio Convention Center rehab needs a structural engineer
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:: "Red October"
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:: A reason for optimism
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