“We continue to institute reforms in all areas and aspects (of concerns needed to be addressed) for the city of Baguio. It requires both short term and strategic solution. Just bear with us, please be patient with us. Rest assured that we have all the passion to institute these reforms,” Magalong said in press conference Tuesday.
His 15 – point agenda of good governance include speeding up government action; revitalizing the environment; innovating peace and order condition; aggressive traffic management; responsive education program; empowering the youth; expanding health and social services; responsible tourism; enlivened culture, arts, crafts and heritage; market modernization; efficient disaster management, empowered barangay governance; expanding social services and entrepreneurial promotions; poverty reduction; and resolution of issues involving ancestral lands and claims.
Magalong disclosed that the city government will also be focusing on the protection and preservation of heritage and historical sites in Baguio, which inventory already started. First on the agenda is the restoration of the Baguio Post Office along the Session Road Rutonda area which he personally inspected and saw the awful state of the place.
He noted that the commercialization or renting of spaces in the area resulted to the deterioration of the building and its surroundings, unworthy for a heritage and historical. He said he will call on the attention of the Post Master General to look into the present state of the Baguio Post Office and institute appropriate action.
Magalong also reiterated his warning against erring business establishments in the city. He already ordered the closure of around 30 establishments that have either no business permits or into illegal operations such as those with restaurant business permits but operating as bars. There were also some even serving liquor and alcoholic beverages to minors and having no control over heavily drunk youth and alleged molestation of women in their establishments.
Aside from complying with the legal business requirements, the mayor also required erring establishment owners to come out with a sincere manifesto of commitment before they are allowed to resume operation.
“I assure you that three years from now, we will see a better Baguio. I cannot fail you and I will not fail the people of Baguio,” Magalong stressed. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)
By Carlito C. Dar