Baguio Ordinances, Resolutions, IRRs, and Notices (2018)

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Republic of the PhilippinesRepublic of the Philippines
City of Baguio
SANGGUNIANG Panlungsod(CITY COUNCIL)

REGULAR session HELD ON 17 SEPTEMBER 2018
Authored by Hon. Joel A. Alangsab; and
Based on the report and recommendation of the Committee on Education, Culture and Historical Research.

ORDINANCE Numbered 119(Series of 2018)
PROHIBITING TRUANCY IN THE CITY OF BAGUIO
Explanatory Note

Section 17, Article II of the 1987 Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines provides that the state shall give priority to education, science and technology, arts, culture, and sports to foster patriotism and nationalism, accelerate social progress, and promote total human liberation and development.

Section 1, Article XIV of the 1987 Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines provides that the state shall protect and promote the right of all citizens to quality education at all levels and shall take appropriate steps to make such education accessible to all.

Section 2 par. (1) of Article XIV of the Constitution states that it is the duty of the state to establish, maintain, and support a complete, adequate, and integrated system of education relevant to the needs of the people and society.
Title I, Chapter 2, Section 16 of the Local Government Code of 1991 provides that every local government unit shall exercise the powers expressly granted for its efficient and effective governance and those which essential to the promotion of the general welfare.

Pursuant to Department of Education’s (Dep-Ed) Department Order 74, s. 2010, entitled: “Guidelines on Mainstreaming the Dropout Reduction Program (DORP) in the Public Secondary Schools”, the policy was embraced by Dep-Ed, Division of Baguio City, as embodied in the Division Memorandum No. 95, Series of 2017 entitled: “Division Education Development Plan (DEDP) For CY 2016-2019”. However, “truants” or students are being seen loitering in public places and entering internet cafes, business establishments and playing video/computer games and billiards during school hours resulting into dropouts. Further, some students are intermittently found to be involved in prohibited activities during school hours that they are supposed to be in school attending their classes. Because of truancy, some students also became victims of street crimes.

It is high time for the City of Baguio, being the center of education in the North Luzon, to pass a measure supporting the noble plan of Dep-Ed, Division of Baguio City, so that the best interests of children in the school will be protected.

NOW, THEREFORE, on motion of Hon. Fianza, Hon. Bomogao and Hon. Orcales, seconded by Hon. Allad-iw, Hon. Olowan, Hon. Fariñas, Hon. Ortega and Hon. Yangot,

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE SANGGUNIANG PANLUNGSOD (CITY COUNCIL) IN SESSION ASSEMBLED THAT:

SECTION 1. TITLE – This Ordinance shall be known as “ANTI-TRUANCY ORDINANCE IN THE CITY OF BAGUIO”.

SECTION 2. POLICY – This ordinance aims to:

(a) Protect the interests of our students;
(b) Help the students to be more responsible and productive by attending classes regularly and prevent them from lingering outside school campuses where they are susceptible to street crimes and other forms of danger;
(c) Assure parents of the students that their children are safe in school, regularly attending their classes and school activities;
(d) Control and prevent juvenile delinquency; and
(e) Impose sanctions for truants, commercial establishments, parents, school administrators and teachers who violate the provisions of this ordinance.

SECTION 3. DEFINITION OF TERMS – The following words and phrases, whenever used in this ordinance shall be construed as defined in this Section:

(a) “STUDENT” any  student enrolled in public/private schools within or  outside Baguio City;
(b) “TRUANT” means any student who is absent from school without valid cause, or any school-related activities and a third-time offender;
(c) “SCHOOL” means all public and private academic institutions in Baguio City;
(d) “SCHOOL HOURS” means the time of classes during weekdays (Monday to Friday) and weekend (Saturday) when used as make-up class period except when a weekday falls on a holiday;
(e) “BUSINESS ESTABLISHMENT” means malls, department stores, internet cafes, computer shops/centers, video shops/centers, billiard halls, movie houses, and other similar entertainment establishments in Baguio City;
(f) “OPERATOR” means the owner, manager, administrator, lessee or any person who operates and is responsible for the operation of a business establishment;
(g) “PARENT” means a person who is a natural parent, adoptive parent, or step-parent of a minor;
(h) “PARENT GUARDIAN” means:
1. A person who, under court order, is the legal guardian of the person of a minor;2. A public or private agency with which a minor has been placed for custody by a court;3. A person in charge of the custody or who is taking care of a minor, whether relative or not; or4. A person at least eighteen (18) years of age and authorized by a parent or guardian to accompany a minor in a public place or to have the care or custody over him/her;
(i) “PUBLIC PLACE” means a place located in Baguio City where the general public, or a substantial group of people, have access, including, but not limited to, streets, highways, sidewalks, parking lots, vacant lots, or any unsupervised place, parks, and the common areas in about churches, apartment buildings, office buildings, hospitals, schools, shops and places of entertainment such as movie theaters and similar places and business establishments;
(j) “LINGER OR STAY” means to loiter or remain, as well as to refuse to leave when requested to do so by a police officer, or the owner or other person in control of public place. This term also encompasses activities which may be mobile, such as walking, driving and riding about in a public place or business establishment; and
(k) “EMERGENCY” means an unforeseen combination of circumstances or the resulting state that calls for immediate action to prevent serious bodily injury or loss of life.

SECTION 4. PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES –

(a) It shall be unlawful for a student to loiter, linger, or stay in a public place or business establishments during school hours;
(b) It shall be unlawful for dropouts and out-of-school youth to loiter, linger or stay in a public place or business establishments within one hundred (100) meter radius from any school during school hours considering their influence to in-school students;
(c) It shall be unlawful for a parent or guardian to knowingly permit, or by insufficient control, allow the student to loiter, linger, or to stay in any business establishment or place within the city during school hours;
(d) It shall be unlawful for a teacher and school authorities to knowingly permit, or by insufficient control, allow the student to loiter, linger, or to stay in any business establishment or place within the city during school hours; and
(e) As for operator of business or amusement establishment who knowingly permit, or by insufficient control, allow the student to loiter, linger, or to stay in any business establishment or place within the city during school hours, it shall be governed by Ordinance Numbered 015, Series of 2000 [REGULATING THE OPERATIONS OF AMUSEMENT CENTERS IN THE CITY OF BAGUIO].

SECTION 5. EXCEPTIONS – The activities prohibited by Section 4 hereof shall not be unlawful in the following circumstances:

(a) When the student is on board a motor vehicle on his/her way home;
(b) When the student leaves the school for emergency purposes with a written authorization from his or her parent/guardian noted by the school authority;
(c) When the student is going for a medical appointment with a written authorization from his or her teacher or accompanied by his or her parent or guardian;
(d) When the student is permitted by the school to leave the campus for some school-related activity and has in his/her possession a valid, school-issued, off-campus permit; and
(e) When the student is accompanied by his/her parent or guardian or teacher or any school authority.

SECTION 6. THE ANTI-TRUANCY BOARD AND ITS COMPOSITION – The City Mayor through an Administrative Order shall create the Anti-Truancy Board in the City Government of Baguio and shall be composed of the following:

(a) Chairperson of the Board:   The City Mayor;
(b) Vice-Chairperson of the Board: The Chairperson of the Sangguniang Panlungsod  Committee on Education, Culture and Historical Research;
(c) Members of the Board:

1. The Division Superintendent, Department of Education;
2. The City Social Welfare and Development Officer;
3. The City Director of the Baguio City Police Office;
4. The City Director of the DILG-Baguio Field Office;
5. The Federation President of Parent Teachers Association in Baguio City;
6. The President of the Association of Private Schools Administrators (APSA);
7. The City Treasurer; and
8. Other stakeholders and NGO’s to be identified by the Chairperson of the Board.

SECTION 7. FUNCTIONS OF THE ANTI-TRUANCY BOARD – The Anti-Truancy Board shall have the following functions:

1. Make responsive and essential the implementation of this ordinance;
2. Deputize all local police units, barangay officials, parents’ and teachers’ associations officers, the school officials, and  the teachers as truant officers in the implementation of this ordinance;
3. Control and prevent juvenile delinquency and in order that the safety and welfare of students and public welfare will be protected;
4. Take active steps in ensuring that the procedure set forth in Chapter 1, Section 21 of the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006 will be strictly followed;
5. Institute a mechanism on a continuous information and education campaign;
6. Serve as an advisory body to the Sangguniang Panlungsod relative to the ordinance; and
7. Constantly remind the operators of business or amusement establishment anent the Ordinance Numbered 015, Series of 2000.

SECTION 8. SANCTIONS – Subject to the requirements on due process, the following sanctions shall be imposed on violators of this ordinance:

(a) The sanction for a student, dropouts and out-of-school youths who violate this ordinance shall be:
For the 1st Offense – A Student dropouts and out-of-school youths found violating this ordinance shall be brought to their residence or to the Barangay Council for the Protection of Children Office to be released to the custody of their parents. The student shall undergo counseling session/s to reorient his/her responsibilities before being properly turned over to his/her parents/guardians or the concerned school authorities; and
For the 2nd Offense and Subsequent Offenses – Join appropriate intervention programs by the City Social Welfare and Development Office.
(b) The sanction for any parent/legal guardian who violates this ordinance shall be:
For the 1st Offense – attendance in parenting education seminar;
For the 2nd Offense – a fine of P1,000.00 and/or be required to render community service for 16 hours at the discretion of the court; and
For Subsequent Offenses – a fine of P3,000.00 and/or be required to render community service for 1 (one) day at the discretion of the court.
(c) The sanction for any teacher or school authority who violate this ordinance shall be:
For the 1st Offense – Warning;
For the 2nd Offense – a fine of P 1,000.00; and
For Subsequent Offenses – a fine of P 3,000.00 without prejudice to any administrative case.
(d) For operators of business establishment, the penalties provided under Ordinance Numbered 015 Series of 2000, [as amended], shall govern.
The City Legal Officer shall assist the Anti-Truancy Board in reviewing reports of and complaints for violations of this ordinance and in determining liability or appropriate cases to file. Further, the City Legal Officer shall also extend any legal assistance and/or file cases on matters pertaining to this ordinance.

SECTION 9. FUNDING – The amount of P100,000.00 is hereby allocated from the General Fund of the City Government of Baguio for the initial funding to defray the expenses necessary for or incidental to the implementation of this ordinance.
The initial funding and funds generated from other sources, such, but not limited to, the proceeds from administrative penalties, shall be placed in a trust fund, specifically intended to defray expenses and operationalize activities of this ordinance.  The Anti-Truancy Board shall be empowered to determine how the trust fund is to be utilized in furtherance of this ordinance, subject however to the usual government accounting and auditing procedures. The expenses include, but are not limited to:

(a) Cost of printing copies of this ordinance, the citation tickets, and information, education, and communication materials pertaining to this ordinance;
(b) Cost of regular or periodic meetings of the Anti-Truancy Board;
(c) Incentive or reward for private citizens who report violations of this ordinance;
(d) Institutional and operating expenses for the intervention program; and
(e) Other expenses associated with the implementation and enforcement of this ordinance.

SECTION 10. FORMULATION OF IMPLEMENTING RULES AND REGULATIONS – The formulation of implementing rules and regulations for better implementation of this ordinance shall be directed by the Local Chief Executive with the approval of the Sangguniang Panlungsod (City Council).

SECTION 11. SEPARABILITY CLAUSE – If any provision or section of this Ordinance, or the application thereof to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the other provisions or sections of this Ordinance and the application of such circumstance shall not be affected thereby.

SECTION 12. REPEALING CLAUSE – All prior Ordinances, Executive Orders, Administrative Orders, Rules and Regulations, or part/s thereof that are inconsistent with the provisions of this Ordinance are hereby repealed or modified accordingly.

SECTION 13. EFFECTIVITY CLAUSE – This Ordinance shall take effect in accordance with the Local Government Code of 1991, as amended.

Unanimously passed.

CERTIFIED CORRECT:
(Sgd.) EDISON R. BILOG
City Vice-Mayor and Presiding Officer
Date Signed: Oct. 3, 2018

Attested:
(Sgd.) BRENNER L. BENGWAYAN
Secretary to the Sanggunian

APPROVED:
(Sgd.) MAURICIO G. DOMOGAN
City Mayor
Date Signed:  Oct. 4, 2018

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Republic of the Philippines
City of Baguio
SANGGUNIANG Panlungsod
(CITY COUNCIL)

REGULAR session HELD ON 18 JUNE 2018
Authored by Hon.  Benny O.  Bomogao,
Hon. Michael L. Lawana, and
Hon. Faustino A. Olowan; and
based on the Report and Recommendation of the
Committee   on   Public   Utilities,
Transportation and Traffic Legislation.

ORDINANCE Numbered 78
(Series of 2018)

 TOWING ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF BAGUIO
 
Explanatory Note

Section 11, Article XI of Ordinance Numbered 07, Series of 1984 [A COMPREHENSIVE TRANSPORTATION AND TRAFFIC REGULATIONS FOR THE CITY OF BAGUIO, PROVIDING FOR THE ADMINISTRATION AND ENFORCEMENT THEREOF, AND FOR THE REPEAL OF ALL ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT THEREWITH, AND PROVIDING FOR OTHER PURPOSES] or otherwise known as the “TRANSPORTATION AND TRAFFIC ORDINANCE, as amended by Ordinance Numbered 55, Series of 1988, to wit:

“x x x x 
 “Article XI. Stopping, Parking and Towing of Vehicles.

 “Section 11. Towing of Vehicles. To tow away, pull or take other appropriate action against any or all vehicles which are abandoned along public roads, streets or alleys, including vehicles parked thereat for servicing, check-up or other mechanical test or repairs, except in emergency cases, where said vehicles impede the flow of traffic, cause traffic hazards or constitute a nuisance”.

 “x x x x”.

The need for a clear supporting guidelines and policies for this purpose which passage would support and enhance improvement of the city’s traffic concerns.

NOW, THEREFORE, on motion of Hon. Bomogao, Hon.  Olowan, and Hon. Lawana, seconded by Hon. Yangot, Hon. Alangsab, Hon. Allad-iw, Hon. Fariñas and Hon. Ortega VI.

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE SANGGUNIANG PANLUNGSOD (CITY COUNCIL) IN SESSION ASSEMBLED THAT:

SECTION 1.  TITLE – This ordinance shall be known as TOWING ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF BAGUIO.

SECTION 2.  PURPOSE – The purpose of this ordinance is to provide for a regulated towing system of damaged, abandoned, immobilized, illegally parked, or disabled motor vehicles on public right-of-way or on public or private property within the City streets/roads.

SECTION 3. DEFINITIONS – As used in this Ordinance, the following terms and phrases enumerated shall mean and refer to as follows:

3a. MOTOR VEHICLE – as defined in the TRANSPORTATION AND TRAFFIC ORDINANCE means, any vehicle designed to be self-propelled, and includes any vehicle designed to be propelled, and includes any vehicle designed to be propelled by electric power obtained from overhead wires but not operated upon rails.
32. PERSON – an individual, firm, partnership, association, employee, corporation, company, or organization of any kind.
3c. TOWING VEHICLE – a vehicle designed and used for removing and transporting motor vehicles. This term shall also include a rollback truck, tow truck, or other vehicles commonly used to perform towing services.
3d. CITY TOWING TASK FORCE – the task force that is responsible for towing in the absence of a private towing company.
3e. STORAGE FACILITY – any enclosed or open area used or intended to be used as impoundment of vehicles removed by authorized agency in violation of the Ordinance.

SECTION 4.  AUTHORITY TO REMOVE AND IMPOUND –

4a. On public property – Any vehicle parked on any of the highways, roads or streets, public right-of-way or other public property in the City, which is parked in violation of any provision of the law or of any Ordinance of the City may be removed under the provisions of this Ordinance. The Chief of Police, Chief of Traffic Management Unit, Department of Public Works and Highways, City Engineer, or City Parking Management Office are authorized to remove any vehicle.
Removal shall be done only by the City Towing Task Force of the City or by a licensed towing company, if there is any.  Any vehicle removed shall be impounded in a storage facility, as herein defined, or on property controlled by the City and designated for vehicle impounding by the City.

4b.On private property – Any motor vehicle left unattended on private property within the City may be removed under the provisions of this Regulation. The decision to remove any such motor vehicle shall be made by either the property owner or the City after informing the owner. But in cases where the owner cannot be reached, yet it is a hindrance to public access can be outrightly towed.

Any motor vehicle removed by authority of this ordinance shall be impounded in a storage facility, as herein defined.

SECTION 5.  IMPLEMENTING BODY – The City Engineering Office shall primarily be responsible for the implementation of this Ordinance.

SECTION 6.  TOWING LICENSE. Any person or company may be authorized by the City to undertake the business of towing.

6a. ANNUAL LICENSE REQUIRED. Towing License is required for any towing company engaged in the business of towing vehicles in the City of Baguio.
6b. APPLICATION FOR LICENSE. Applications for towing license shall be submitted to the Chief Executive upon forms prepared and made available by the City.
6c. ISSUANCE OF LICENSE. A towing license shall be issued only to towing companies that comply with the provisions of this ordinance.
6d. LICENSE FEE. The license fee under this Ordinance shall be Two Hundred Fifty Thousand Pesos (250,000.00).
6e. LICENSE RENEWAL. All licenses, except those terminated for just cause as provided herein, are subject to an annual renewal fee of Twenty Thousand Pesos (20,000.00).

SECTION 7. REQUIREMENTS/QUALIFICATIONS – Towing companies to be licensed under this Ordinance to tow vehicles must comply with the following requirements and qualifications, as follows:

7a. Minimum Requirement:

7a1. Business and tow equipment shall be located within the City of Baguio;
7a2. Tow trucks for heavy and light vehicles
7a3. Towing Equipment;
7a4. Secured storage facilities;
7a5. Equipped with security measures such as 24/7 security guard, CCTVs, and fences among others;
7a6. Other requirements as may be determined by the local chief executive.

7b. Tow trucks must be in excellent running condition, and they must be equipped with radios and/or cell phones, and all the other required devices such as the following:

7b1. Towing Bar
7b2. Spare tire
7b3. Chain block with belt lifter
7b4. Jack and tire wrench
7b5. Fire extinguisher
7b6. Blinker and hazard light
7b7. Tool Box
7b8. Two (2) units of reflectorized early warning device
7b9. Signboard to be installed at the rear of towed vehicle indicating that it is being towed.
7b10. They shall be required to undergo monthly maintenance
7b11. Towing services must operate on a 24-hour basis.

7c. The tow trucks crew or personnel must:

7c1. Wear identification cards of their company/office, prescribed uniforms, shoes and have short hair-cuts.
7c2. Exercise utmost courtesy and observe proper decorum in dealing with the public/motorists.
7c3. Must submit the performance record of the company to ensure that it has sufficient skills to provide towing services.
7c4. Must submit a surety bond for each tow truck requested for accreditation to answer for any loss or damage incurred in towing vehicles. Towing company/agency shall be required to post a surety bond of P50,000.00 per tow truck.
7c5. Must pay annual accreditation fees to the LGU concerned. Accredited towing company/agency shall be required to pay P5,000.00 annual accreditation fee for the first two (2) tow trucks and P2,000 for every additional unit in excess of two (2).
7c6. Must submit all necessary documents pertinent to the ownership of the company and its towing equipment.
7c7. Accredited tow trucks must have standard colors. For City Towing tow trucks, the standard color shall be white bearing the seal of the City.

SECTION 8. STORAGE FACILITIES FOR TOWING COMPANY – The following are the basic requirement but are not limited to:

8a. Shall be located within the City of Baguio or nearby municipalities but in no case exceed ten (10) kilometers away from the City proper.
8b. The storage facility shall be owned or leased by the towing company owner.
8c. The storage facility shall comply with zoning regulations applicable in the jurisdiction where the facility is located.
8d. The storage facility shall be, at a minimum, enclosed by a secured fence or building. When enclosed by a fence, the fence shall be a minimum of 6 feet in height and made of a sturdy material such as a chain link, wooden slats, or other approved material. All gates shall be secured with locks or other security mechanisms to reasonably prevent entry by unauthorized persons. It shall be at least one hundred fifty (150) meters away from any gasoline station, gas riffing station or any flammable storage of an establishment.
8e. The towing company owner is responsible for the security of the stored vehicles.
8f. The towing company owner shall establish a system convenient to the vehicle owner to provide for release of towed vehicles from the storage facility 24 hours a day, daily.
8g. Release of towed vehicles under the private towing license or by the city shall be released immediately.
8h. Release of personal property from a towed vehicle that is not attached to the vehicle shall be made immediately upon request. .

SECTION 9. GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR LICENSE – No license shall be issued until it has passed the requirements provided by this Ordinance.  The City Engineering Office and City Legal Office shall issue the certification of compliance only after conducting an ocular inspection and mandatory compliance with all the requirements provided by this Ordinance.

SECTION 10. PAYMENT OF TAXES. PROPERTY, BUSINESS PRIVILEGE, CITY TAXES AND FEES – No company shall receive a license or license renewal if the company has not paid its property taxes and/ or business privilege and mercantile Taxes or any other fee as required under City Ordinance.

SECTION 11. RESPONSIBILITY AND LIABILITY OF VEHICLE OWNER – The person who owns an abandoned vehicle or parts shall be liable for all the costs incidental to the removal, storage and disposal of the vehicle or the parts under this Ordinance.

SECTION 12. GENERAL REGULATIONS 

12a. All vehicles removed, transported or conveyed, shall be stored at the towing company’s storage facility or at property owned or controlled by the City.
12b. Any vehicle remaining at the storage facility for more than 90 days may be removed and disposed in accordance with disposal procedures by the General Services Office.
12.c Towing companies and or in the absence thereof, the City Towing shall be available to tow vehicles 24 hours-a-day, 7 days a week.
12d. All licensed towing companies shall be required to notify the Chief of Police within 24 hours of any modifications to information provided in the tower’s license application.

SECTION 13. PROHIBITED ACTS – The following shall be a prohibited act for any towing company or City Towing Authorities:

13a. From Sub-contracting towing services;
13b. Falsify any information with regard to the application.
13c. Remove a motor vehicle without using a wrecker or towing equipment.

SECTION 14. STORAGE FEES – Storage fees shall be assessed against the vehicle owner/representative for the storage or towed vehicles at either the towing company’s facility or a City facility:

14a. Php 500.00 for the first 24-hours;
14b. Plus P500.00 daily;

SECTION 15. NOTIFICATION OF REMOVAL OF VEHICLE TO THE IMPOUNDING/STORAGE AREA – The owner shall be responsible for retrieving his vehicle without need of notification.

SECTION 16.  PERISHABLE GOODS LEFT AT THE VEHICLES – The city or towing companies has no obligation in reimbursing the owner of any damaged goods found in his vehicle.

SECTION 17.  RECORDS OF VEHICLES TOWED OR STORED. Every vehicle towed or stored must have the following information:

17a. Registration plate number.
17b. Picture of the area where it was towed showing the traffic violations
17c. Date and Time before towing the vehicle.
17d. Date, Time and Picture of the vehicle after it arrives at the impounding area.
17e. Date, Time and Picture showing that the vehicle was released to the owner/custodian.
17f. Towing and storage charges for each towed vehicle as indicated in the logbook.

SECTION 18.  REPORTING OF TOWED VEHICLE – The towing of a motor vehicle shall be reported immediately to the Traffic Management Unit of the Baguio City Police Office. No towing shall be done without the assistance or presence of a police officer who shall write his name and signature in the towing information.

Towing without the presence of a police officer or duly deputized enforcer shall be considered car napping.

SECTION 19.  INFORMATION RECORDING – The City Engineering Office or private towing company must record the following information of the towed vehicle:

19a. Make
19b. Model
19c. Year
19d. Color
19e. License Plate Number
19f. Lot/Location/Street
19g. Name/Address Of Towing/Immobilizing Service:
19h. Time Of Towing
19i. Date Of Arrival At The Impounding Area
19j. Authorized Signature
19k. Name Of The Police Assisting Officer
19l. Name Of Owner And Signature (If Applicable)

 SECTION 20.  EFFECT OF PAYMENT OF TOWING AND STORAGE CHARGES WITHOUT PROTEST – The payments of any towing and storage charges, authorized by this Ordinance shall, unless made “under protest,” be final and conclusive and shall constitute a waiver of any right to recover the fees paid.

SECTION 21. RECORD OF VEHICLES REMOVED/IMPOUNDED – The City Engineering Office or designee shall keep a record of all illegally parked and/or immobilized vehicles impounded and shall be able at all reasonable times to furnish the owners/custodians with information as to the location of the storage facility where such vehicles are impounded.

SECTION 22. OWNER/OPERATOR LIABLE FOR FINE/PENALTY –  The payment of towing and storage charges authorized by this ordinance shall not operate to relieve the owner or operator of any vehicle from liability for any fine or penalty for violation of any law or ordinance on account of which such vehicle was removed and impounded.

SECTION 23. TERMINATION OF LICENSE – Any towing company or its employee who violates any provision of this Ordinance shall be issued a written warning for the first violation during any calendar year. Any subsequent violation during the same year may cause the termination of the towing company’s license.

SECTION 24.  TOWING FEES FOR THE CITY GOVERNMENT AND PRIVATE TOWING COMPANIES –
The standard towing fee shall be collected by both government and private entities subject to the following rates:

Light vehicles (weighing less than 4,500 kgs) P1,500.00 for the first 4 km
Medium vehicles(weighing between 4,501 kg and 7500 kg) P2,500.00 for the first 4 km
Heavy vehicles(weighing 7501 kg and above) P4,500.00 for the first 4 km
In all cases, P200.00 shall be charged per kilometer on top of the base fee measured from place of towing to the impounding area.

Any driver who shall illegally park his motor vehicle on any public road, street or thoroughfare in the City of Baguio shall pay a fine as indicated under the Parking Ordinance.  In addition, a standard towing fee shall be collected by both government and private entities subject to the following rates stated above. Provided that, Section 7 of this Ordinance shall all be complied with.

SECTION 25. RESPONSIBILITY OF THE COMPANY OR CITY TOWING – The towing company/agency, whether private or government shall be held responsible for towing the vehicles, as follows:

25a. Unattended illegally parked vehicle shall be towed and issued a Ticket Violation Receipt immediately upon arrival at the impounding area.
25b. Flat-tired vehicle must be moved to the emergency lane on its own, if not, it will be towed.
25c. Stalled or illegally parked vehicle as a result of empty fuel tank, may be towed to the nearest gasoline station, however, the towing fee should be paid to the tow truck in accordance with the number of kilometers from the point of origin to the gasoline station and a Ticket Violation Receipt shall be issued to the driver.
25d. Stalled or illegally parked vehicle as a result of engine trouble shall be towed in cases where the driver deliberately refuses to remove his vehicle or cannot move his vehicle due to the absence of equipment, etc. or to circumstances beyond his control, and a Ticket Violation Receipt shall be issued to the driver.
25e. Illegally parked vehicles that are already clamped shall not be subject for intercession by the owner of the vehicle.
25f. Upon receipt of the report on a stalled/illegally parked vehicle, the tow truck shall immediately proceed to the identified location thereof. The crew shall make report on the said stalled/illegally parked vehicle.  The following information must be provided:

25f1. Stalled/illegally parked vehicle’s plate number, type and color;
25f2. Vehicle’s condition/other description;
25f3. Tow truck’s name, plate number, address and telephone number;
25f4. Names of towing crew/personnel;
25f5. Designated impounding area or location where the stalled/illegally parked vehicle will be brought.
25f6. If the subject vehicle for towing is in the watch list of car napped vehicle, then it will be reported to the proper authorities.
25f7. Upon receipt of such instructions, the towing crew shall engage the tow-hook to the stalled or illegally parked vehicle.
25f8. Before actual towing and the owner of the vehicle is around, the crew may call the police to issue the Citation Ticket.

25f8a. Should the vehicle owner refuse to accept the notice, then the notice shall be disregarded and the apprehending officer will request for the immediate towing of the vehicle.
25f8b. In case the owner is willing to pay the penalties upon issuing the citation ticket, then the vehicle may not be towed but immediately advice the owner to remove his vehicle.

SECTION 26. LIABILITY – In cases of disagreement of both parties on damages and violations of national laws and ordinances, the court shall determine the liability and responsibility of each party found liable thereof.

SECTION 27. SEPARABILITY CLAUSE – If any provision or section of this Ordinance, or the application thereof to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the other provisions or sections of this Ordinance and the application of such circumstance shall not be affected thereby.

SECTION 28. REPEALING CLAUSE – All prior Ordinances, Executive Orders, Administrative Orders, Rules and Regulations, or part/s thereof that are inconsistent with the provisions of this Ordinance are hereby repealed or modified accordingly.

SECTION 29.  EFFECTIVITY CLAUSE – This Ordinance shall take effect in accordance with the Local Government Code of 1991, as amended.

Unanimously passed.

CERTIFIED CORRECT:
(Sgd.) EDISON R. BILOG
City Vice-Mayor andPresiding Officer
Date Signed: June 22, 2018

Attested:
(Sgd.) BRENNER L. BENGWAYAN
Secretary to the Sanggunian

APPROVED:
(Sgd.) MAURICIO G. DOMOGAN
                          City Mayor
           Date Signed:  June 22, 2018

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Republic of the Philippines
City of Baguio
SANGGUNIANG PANLUNGSOD
(CITY COUNCIL)

REGULAR SESSION HELD ON 04 JUNE 2018

Authored by Hon. Elaine D. Sembrano
and based on the Report and Recommendation
of the Committee on Laws, Human Rights and Justice.

ORDINANCE Numbered 75
(Series of 2018)

DISALLOWING THE GRANT OF EXEMPTION OR OUTRIGHTLY DENYING APPLICATIONS FOR EXCEPTION, VARIANCE, OR NON CONFORMING USE OF COMMERCIAL AND INSTITUTIONAL BUILDINGS RELATIVE TO THE PARKING LOT REQUIREMENT WITHIN THE CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT AREA IN THE CITY OF BAGUIO, AND SETTING THE GUIDELINES FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF ARTICLE VIII OF CITY ORDINANCE NUMBERED 63, SERIES OF 2016.

Explanatory Note

Vehicular traffic is one monstrous challenge the city is experiencing more often as the mobility of people increases inversely to the shrinking space the city can offer.

Despite the implementation of several traffic rerouting schemes, the traffic situation direly needs improvement including the review and assessment of supporting policies to come up with complementing tools to alleviate the public’s day-to-day struggles with traffic and other related social episodes when in the city’s commercial district;

The exercise of political will must primarily regard the general welfare and interest of the people and the granting of certain privileges must be exercised with cerebral and patriotic prudence so as not to render certain policies ineffective or partial.

Section 24, Article VIII, Ordinance Numbered 63, series of 2016, [ADOPTING THE REVISED COMPREHENSIVE ZONING REGULATIONS FOR THE CITY OF BAGUIO, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS “THE COMPREHENSIVE ZONING ORDINANCE FOR THE CITY OF BAGUIO”, AND PROVIDING FOR THE ADMINISTRATION, ENFORCEMENT AND AMENDMENT THEREOF, AND FOR THE REPEAL OF ALL ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT THEREWITH.], provides for the granting of exceptions, variances or deviations as may be allowed by the Local Zoning Board of Adjustment and Appeals (LZBAA).

NOW, THEREFORE, on motion of Hon. Olowan, Hon. Avila and Hon. Bomogao, seconded by Hon. Yangot, Hon. Sembrano, Hon. Alangsab, Hon. Allad-iw, Hon. Fariñas and Hon. Ortega VI

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE SANGGUNIANG PANLUNGSOD (CITY COUNCIL) IN SESSION ASSEMBLED THAT:

SECTION 1. TITLE – This ordinance shall be known as AN ORDINANCE DISALLOWING THE GRANT OF EXEMPTION OR OUTRIGHTLY DENIES APPLICATIONS FOR EXCEPTION, VARIANCE OR NON CONFORMING USE OF COMMERCIAL AND INSTITUTIONAL BUILDINGS RELATIVE TO THE PARKING LOT REQUIREMENT WITHIN THE CENTRAL BUISINESS DISTRICT AREA IN THE CITY OF BAGUIO, AND SETTING THE GUIDELINES FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF ARTICLE VIII OF ORDINANCE NUMBERED 63, SERIES OF 2016.

SECTION 2. AREA OF COVERAGE – This Ordinance shall cover the following barangays within the Baguio City Central Business District, particularly:

a) Kayang-Hilltop Barangay;
b) Upper Market Barangay;
c) Padre Zamora Barangay
d) Padre Burgos Barangay
e) Camp Allen Barangay;
f) Upper and Lower Magsaysay Barangays;
g) Session Road Barangay;
h) Rizal Monument Barangay;
i) AZCKO Barangay;
j) Malcolm Square Barangay;
k) Kabayanihan Barangay;
l) Kagitingan Barangay;
m) Upper and Lower General Luna Barangays;
n) ABCR Barangay;
o) Teodora Alonzo Barangay;
p) New Lucban Barangay;
q) Burnham-Legarda Barangay;
r) Kayang Extension Barangay;
s) Queen of Peace Barangay; And
t) Palma Urbano Barangay”.

SECTION 3. COMPLIANCE – Existing commercial or institutional buildings within the areas specified in Section 2 hereof, using their parking lots as commercial spaces or other purposes shall be given six (6) months to revert their spaces into the original use as parking spaces for tenants and clients as per Building Permit issued by the City Buildings and Architecture Office (CBAO). Compliance Hereof shall be monitored by CBAO. Likewise, commercial buildings without the necessary number of parking lots shall be required to comply in accordance with the zoning ordinance of Baguio, within one (1) year upon receipt of notice.

SECTION 4. INVENTORY – The City Planning and Development Officer or the Zoning Officer, upon approval hereof, shall submit to the Office of the City Mayor and the Sangguniang Panlungsod an inventory of buildings granted exceptions by the LZBAA, deviations or currently non-conforming with the Zoning Ordinance relative to parking for appropriate action in accordance with this Ordinance.

SECTION 5. INFORMATION DRIVE – Within three (3) months upon approval of this Ordinance, CBAO in coordination with the Zoning Officer shall ensure that all property owners within the Baguio Central Business District are duly informed of the provisions of this Ordinance.

SECTION 6. PENALTY – No business permit, occupancy permit or other related permits and clearances shall be issued to any commercial or institutional establishment for any violation of this Ordinance, in addition to fines and penalties provided for by law.

SECTION 7. LIABILITY – Government officers or employees responsible for the approval of any grant for exception or variance contrary hereof, shall be held liable and be dealt with accordingly and in accordance with law.

SECTION 8. SEPARABILITY CLAUSE – If any provision or section of this Ordinance, or the application thereof to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the other provisions or sections of this Ordinance and the application of such circumstance shall not be affected thereby.

SECTION 9. REPEALING CLAUSE – All prior Ordinances, Executive Orders, Administrative Orders, Rules and Regulations, or part/s thereof that are inconsistent with the provisions of this Ordinance are hereby repealed or modified accordingly.

SECTION 10. EFFECTIVITY CLAUSE – This Ordinance shall take effect in accordance with the Local Government Code of 1991, as amended.

Unanimously passed.

CERTIFIED CORRECT:

(Sgd.) EDISON R. BILOG
City Vice-Mayor and
Presiding Officer
Date Signed: June 11, 2018

Attested:

(Sgd.) BRENNER L. BENGWAYAN
Secretary to the Sanggunian

APPROVED:

(Sgd.) MAURICIO G. DOMOGAN
City Mayor
Date Signed: June 11, 2018

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Republic of the Philippines
City of Baguio
SANGGUNIANG PANLUNGSOD
(CITY COUNCIL)

REGULAR SESSION HELD ON 16 APRIL 2018

Authored by
Hon. Edison R. Bilog, Hon. Leandro B. Yangot Jr., Hon. Joel A. Alangsab and
based on the Report and Recommendation of the Committee on Public Protection
and Safety, Peace and Order.

ORDINANCE Numbered 49
(Series of 2018)

REQUIRING THE OWNERS/OPERATORS OF HOTELS, MALLS, SUPERMARKETS, AMUSEMENT CENTERS, TOURIST SPOTS, AND OTHER ESTABLISHMENTS/AREAS WHERE THE PUBLIC CONVERGE TO ADOPT TIGHTER SECURITY MEASURES THROUGH THE INSTALLATION OF CLOSED-CIRCUIT TELEVISIONS, USE OF METAL DETECTORS, AND THE LIKE TO ENSURE PUBLIC SAFETY AND PROVIDING PENALTIES IN VIOLATION THEREOF.

Explanatory Note

Incidences of violence in public places are becoming more and more common. It seems that every day shooting or terrorist attack hits the news. Places involved in these crimes involve malls, supermarkets, and other public places.

Section 16 of Republic Act No. 7160 or the Local Government Code of 1991 provides that “every local government unit shall exercise the powers expressly granted, those necessarily implied therefrom, as well as powers necessary, appropriate, or incidental for its efficient and effective governance, and those which are essential to the promotion of the general welfare.” It further states that it shall also promote safety and maintain peace and order, and preserve the comfort and convenience of its inhabitants.

The City Government of Baguio in its desire to ensure the safety not only of tourists but of all constituents of the City of Baguio should then require owners/operators or persons-in-charge of establishments or areas where public converge to adopt tighter security measures through the installation of Closed-Circuit Televisions (CCTVs), use of metal detectors, and the like. Maintenance of peace and order and the prevention of crime is of primordial consideration thus this ordinance.

NOW, THEREFORE, on motion of Hon. Ortega VI, Hon. Olowan and Hon. Fianza, seconded by Hon. Yangot, Hon. Allad-iw, Hon. Alangsab, Hon. Sembrano, Hon. Avila, and Hon. Fariñas.

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE SANGGUNIANG PANLUNGSOD (CITY COUNCIL) IN SESSION ASSEMBLED THAT:

SECTION 1. TITLE – This Ordinance shall also be known as PUBLIC SAFETY ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF BAGUIO.

SECTION 2. POLICY – It is hereby declared a policy in the City of Baguio to ensure public safety by requiring owners/operators of hotels, malls, supermarkets, amusement centers, tourist spots, nightspots, and other establishments/areas where the public converge to adopt tighter security measures through the installation of Closed-Circuit Televisions, use of metal detectors, and the like.

SECTION 3. DEFINITION OF TERMS – As used in this Ordinance, the following terms shall mean as follows:

(a) Closed-Circuit Television or CCTVs – also known as video surveillance is the use of video cameras to transmit a signal to a specific place, on a limited set of monitors.

(b) Establishment or Facility – refer to a building, structure or area where security measures should be adopted to ensure the safety of individuals or persons within the structure.

(c) Metal Detector – an electronic instrument that detects the presence of metal. It is useful for finding metal inclusions hidden within objects like bags, luggage, etc. Another common type are stationary “walk through” metal detectors used for security screening at access points in malls, prisons, and airports to detect concealed metal weapons on a person’s body.

SECTION 4. SECURITY MEASURES OR FRAMEWORKS – Owners/operators or persons-in-charge of hotels, malls, supermarkets, amusement centers, tourist spots, and other establishments/areas where the public converge may adopt the following protective and security measures:

(a) Access Control:

1. Issue photo identification badges to all employees and require that badge be displayed at all times.
2. Issue special identification badges to contractors, cleaning crews, vendors, and temporary employees.
3. Require sign-in/sign-out for visitors and issue special identification badges to visitors.
4. Review vehicle traffic patterns inside the building parking areas.
5. Keep vehicles distant from sensitive or critical areas.
6. Approach all illegally parked vehicles and require that they be moved or have them towed.
7. Provide adequate door and window locks and other access controls to areas where access is to be limited.
8. Add intrusion detection systems and alarms.
9. Train mailroom and receiving personnel to recognize suspicious mail, packages, shipments, or deliveries.

(b) Communication and Notification:

1. Install system(s) that provide communication with all people at the facility, including building management and tenant employees.
2. Develop a notification protocol that outlines who should be contacted in times of emergencies, including both building management and tenants.
3. Develop a process for communicating to building management, employees, and tenants the current security situation.

(c) Cyber Security:

1. Develop and implement a security plan for computer and information systems.
2. Design and implement a secured computer network architecture.
3. Regularly review the facility’s web site to ensure that no sensitive information is provided.

(d) Incident Response:

1. Ensure that an adequate number of building management emergency response personnel are on duty and/or on call at all times.
2. Provide training and equipment to building management emergency response personnel to enable them to deal with terrorist-related incidents.

(e) Monitoring, Surveillance, Inspection:

1. Install video surveillance equipment (e.g. CCTV, lighting).
2. Install detector and alarm systems.
3. Continuously monitor all people entering and leaving the facility.
4. Continuously monitor all vehicles approaching the facility for signs of threatening behavior.

(f) Personnel:

1. Conduct background checks on all employees.
2. Incorporate security into employee training programs conducted for building management and tenants.
3. Maintain an adequately sized, equipped, and trained security force.
4. Conduct regular drills.

(g) Planning and Preparedness:

1. Conduct threat analyses, vulnerability assessments, consequence analyses, risk assessments, and security audits.
2. Develop a comprehensive security plan and emergency response plan for the facility.
3. Conduct regular exercises with facility employees, including building management and tenants.
4. Establish procedures for building evacuation and for shelter-in-place situations.

(h) Report Suspicious Activity – Management or staff of a facility should immediately report to the nearest station of the Baguio City Police Office if suspicious activity is observed or if abandoned boxes, bags, etc. are found within the premises.

SECTION 5. ON PRIVACY AND ELECTRONIC SURVEILLANCE – The usage of CCTVs as a recording device shall be in compliance with the provisions of Republic Act No. 10173 or the Data Privacy Act of 2012, assuring that the data subject/s need to consent before the recording and release of information unless there is legal obligation that required for it to be kept or processed. Provided that: Proper procedure was followed, data obtained through a CCTV shall be admissible in court.

SECTION 6. PENALTIES – Any operator/owner or person-in-charge found to violate this ordinance shall be liable to pay a fine, as follows:

OFFENSE                   PENALTY
1st Offense:                Three thousand pesos (P 3,000.00)
2nd Offense:              Four thousand pesos (P 4,000.00)
3rd Offense:               Five thousand pesos (₱5,000.00) and cancellation of permits.

SECTION 7. REQUIREMENT PRIOR TO THE ISSUANCE OF PERMITS – No establishment such as hotels, malls, supermarkets, amusement centers, tourist spots, and other establishments/areas where the public converge shall be allowed to apply or renew permits from the City Government of Baguio without presenting its existing security measures or frameworks to the City Buildings and Architecture Office. The City Buildings and Architecture Office shall issue the necessary certificates or clearances in relation to the Ordinance.

SECTION 8. IMPLEMENTING OFFICES – The City Buildings and Architecture Office (CBAO) in coordination with the Baguio City Police Office (BCPO), the Public Order and Safety Division (POSD) under the City Mayor’s Office, and the Permits and Licensing Division under the City Mayor’s Office shall ensure the implementation or enforcement of this Ordinance.

SECTION 9. MONITORING – The CBAO in coordination with the BCPO and the POSD shall be tasked to conduct regular ocular inspections from the approval of this Ordinance to ensure that owners/operators of the above-mentioned types of establishments/areas have complied with the requirements of the Ordinance.

SECTION 10. TRAINING – Should owners/operators or persons-in-charge desire trainings pertaining to the security measures or frameworks as provided in this Ordinance, the BCPO and the POSD shall provide the necessary trainings to the establishment’s personnel or security force.

SECTION 11. IMPLEMENTING RULES AND REGULATIONS – The CBAO in coordination with the BCPO and the POSD shall prepare the Implementing Rules and Regulations for this Ordinance and submit such to the City Mayor and to the office of the Sangguniang Panlungsod for approval.

SECTION 12. INFORMATION AND EDUCATION – The Public Information Office under the City Mayor and the Public Information Officer of the Sangguniang Panlungsod ng Baguio shall ensure the widest information and education to inform all owners/operators or persons-in-charge of such establishments as well as the general public about the provisions of this ordinance.

SECTION 13. SEPARABILITY CLAUSE – If any provision or section of this Ordinance, or the application thereof to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the other provisions or sections of this Ordinance and the application of such circumstance shall not be affected thereby.

SECTION 14. REPEALING CLAUSE – All prior Ordinances, Executive Orders, Administrative Orders, Rules and Regulations, or part/s thereof that are inconsistent with the provisions of this Ordinance are hereby repealed or modified accordingly.

SECTION 15. EFFECTIVITY CLAUSE – This Ordinance shall take effect in accordance with the Local Government Code of 1991, as amended.

Unanimously passed.

CERTIFIED CORRECT:

(Sgd.) EDISON R. BILOG
City Vice-Mayor and
Presiding Officer
Date Signed: April 23, 2018
Attested:

(Sgd.) BRENNER L. BENGWAYAN
Secretary to the Sanggunian

APPROVED:

(Sgd.) MAURICIO G. DOMOGAN
City Mayor
Date Signed: April 23, 2018

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Republic of the Philippines
City of Baguio
SANGGUNIANG PANLUNGSOD
(CITY COUNCIL)

Proposed Ordinance No. 0006-18
introduced by
Hon. Maria Mylen Victoria G. Yaranon

AN ORDINANCE ENTITLED “REGULATING THE USE AND MAINTENANCE OF SIDEWALKS AND SETBACKS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES”.

Explanatory Note

Sidewalks should be a fundamental form of infrastructure in all neighborhoods across the city. Sidewalks may exist but some are poorly designed or falling into despair. When surfaces are cracked and uneven, they become tripping hazards and uncomfortable to walk on. Pedestrians especially the disabled are at risk of being sideswiped by vehicles as they try to avoid obstructions along the sidewalk.

It is a declared policy of the State to safeguard life, health, property and public welfare, consistent with the principles of environmental management and control; and to this end; make it the purposes of this Ordinance to regulate the use and maintenance of sidewalks and setbacks and to clear the same of illegal commercial and private structures, in order to facilitate the safe and convenient use thereof, pursuant to Book I, Chapter 2, Section 16 and Chapter 3, Article 1, Section 455, paragraphs (b) (3) (V1) of the Local Government Code.

NOW THEREFORE, on motion of Hon. MARIA MYLEN VICTORIA G. YARANON, duly seconded;

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE SANGGUNIANG PANLUNGSOD (CITY COUNCIL) IN SESSION ASSEMBLED THAT:

SECTION 1. This Ordinance shall be known as the Sidewalk Ordinance of 2018.

SECTION 2. t shall be the responsibility of the owner and/or dweller, lessee, occupant of a residential or commercial establishment to regulate the use and maintenance of the sidewalk, curb and gutters, and canals fronting their residence or establishments.

SECTION 3. Definition of Terms – For purposes of this Ordinance, the following terms shall have the corresponding meaning:

a. Sidewalk means that portion of a roadway assigned for the use by pedestrians, which must be free from all forms of physical obstructions for anything found on it, whether of value or not.

b. Setback is the horizontal distance, measured from the outmost face of the building/structure to the property lines, that must be absolutely free from all forms of physical obstructions, that can negatively affect natural light and ventilation, or that can impede access to the sides and near area.

c. Curb and Gutter means any physical structure that segregates the road from the sidewalks and its accompanying structure, where water flows toward a canal and for purposes of this Ordinance, shall form part of the sidewalk.

d. Sidewalk Obstruction means any structure, whether permanent or temporary, immovable or movable, erected along, standing on, adjoining, or in any manner impeding safe and convenient passage through any sidewalk; the conduct of business by sidewalk vendors; and any belonging or thing found therein, which shall be deemed nuisance per se and treated as trash, subject to summary abatement and/or disposal, as provided for under this Ordinance. Provided, that property of the government, including official road signs and structures erected and installed, for the purpose of regulating the flow of traffic, shall not be considered as such.

e. Damaged Sidewalk means a sidewalk where the vertical or horizontal line or grade is altered or displaced to the extent that a safety hazard exists, or the side in such a condition as to endanger property or people using the sidewalk in a condition as to interfere with the public convenience in the use thereof.

SECTION 4. Regulation of Sidewalks, setbacks and other similar public spaces.
The use of sidewalks, setbacks and other similar public spaces for commercial and personal purposes is hereby prohibited. This prohibition includes but is not limited, to the following activities along sidewalks:

a. Selling of goods by sidewalk vendors, or offering for sale of goods, beverages, magazines, newspapers, cigarettes, jewelry, shoes or footwears and other analogous items;
b. Washing and drying of clothes;
c. Vehicle garage or conduct of vehicle repair/carwash business;
d. Dumping of garbage or litre;
e. Setting up of basketball court;
f. Constructing pens or cages of animals or animals on leash;
g. Storing soft drinks or bottled drinks and cases;
h. Storing of household appliances and furniture;
i. Storing of junks and recyclable materials;
j. Use as storage of construction materials and equipment;
k. House or business extension, including installation of roofs and canopies, awnings and the like;
l. Installation of permanent fence or gate;
m. Use of sidewalks for plants, trees and planters;
n. Installation of signs or billboards on or above sidewalks and detached from the establishment;
o. Parking of vehicles on sidewalks or a portion of the vehicle thereon;
p. Using of sidewalks for drinking liquor and beverages and holding of parties;
q. Drying of rice, corn, coffee, tobacco and other agricultural products;

SECTION 5. Sidewalk obstruction as nuisance per se and treatment thereof as trash. All prohibited
activities, conducted along sidewalks are hereby declared nuisance per se and illegal, subject to summary abatement.

Likewise, all sidewalk obstructions, including belongings and things found therein, whether of value or not, shall be presumed or treated as trash, subject to forfeiture and disposal, without need of judicial proceedings.

SECTION 6. Summary abatement, forfeiture and disposal of sidewalk obstructions. The City and its component barangays are hereby authorized to summarily abate, forfeit and dispose any obstruction, found within their respective territorial jurisdiction.

Provided that, enforcers of the local government unit and barangay officials shall be free from liability,
arising from the lawful forfeiture and disposal of sidewalk and setback obstructions, as prescribed herein.

Provided, further, that all the costs, related to the above-mentioned forfeiture and disposal, shall be
charged at the expense of the violator of this Ordinance.

SECTION 7. Duties of owner, lessee and occupants of residential and commercial establishments. The owner, lessee and occupants of residential and commercial establishments adjacent to or fronting
on any portion of a sidewalk shall maintain the sidewalk in a clean, safe and non-dangerous condition.

It shall be likewise, the duty of the above cited persons to repair/restore such sidewalk when damaged because of improvements made on their property and pay the costs and expenses therefor.

Further, it shall be the duty of the above cited persons to paint appropriate sidewalk markings (e.g. alternate yellow and black diagonal lines enclosed with yellow lines) especially when their property frontage is used wholly or partially as parking space or as driveway.

SECTION 8. Penal Clause. Any person, corporation, trust, firm, partnership, association or entity, found violating this Ordinance, or the rules and regulations promulgated hereunder, shall be penalized as follows:

First Offense:                                                        Fine of ₱ 500.00
Second Offense:                                                   Fine of ₱1,000.00
Third Offense and Subsequent Offense:         Fine of ₱2,000.00

SECTION 9. Implementing Rules and Regulations. The City Mayor, through the City Engineer’s Office, in consultation with the City Planning Office, shall promulgate the rules and regulations to carry out the provisions of this Ordinance, within sixty (60) days from its effectivity.

SECTION 10. If, for any reason or reasons, any part or provision of this Ordinance shall be held to be unconstitutional or valid, the other parts or provisions hereof which are not affected thereby shall continue to be in full force and effect.

SECTION 11. This Ordinance shall take effect in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Code of 1991.

Unanimously passed.

(Sgd.) MARIA MYLEN VICTORIA G. YARANON
City Councilor

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Republic of the Philippines
City of Baguio
SANGGUNIANG PANLUNGSOD
(CITY COUNCIL)

REGULAR SESSION HELD ON 19 FEBRUARY 2018

Introduced by Hon. Joel A. Alangsab and based on the report and recommendation of the Committee on Employment, Livelihood and Cooperatives and Persons with Disabilities (PWDs)

ORDINANCE Numbered 28 (Series of 2018)

AMENDING ORDINANCE NUMBERED 108, SERIES OF 2008 [REGULATING THE USE OF PARKING SPACES AND BLUE LANES FOR THE USE OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES (PWDs)].

Explanatory Note

The City Government of Baguio upholds and adheres the principles of the Constitution and all laws and rules that grant rights and privileges to Differently-abled/Other-abled Persons and, thus, commits to formulate and implement local policies and procedures deemed to reinforce such laws and rules in view of strengthening the efficient and effective application thereof.

While City Ordinance No. 108, Series of 2008 subsists, the same is insufficient to carry out the intent of Republic Act No. 7277, otherwise known as THE MAGNA CARTA FOR DISABLED PERSONS and Batas Pambansa Bilang 344, otherwise known as THE ACCESSIBILITY LAW and its Amended and original Implementing Rules and Regulations. Thus, there is a need to amend the said Ordinance to help reinforce the provisions of the aforementioned laws and rules that promote the protection and welfare of Differently-abled/ Other-abled
persons. Such as designating enough exclusive parking spaces intended for their motor vehicles in all commercial establishments, government offices, schools, hospitals or clinics and any other similar institutions found within the territorial jurisdiction of the City of Baguio, providing schemes and penalties for effective implementation, and for other purposes.

NOW, THEREFORE, on motion of Hon. Allad-iw, Hon. Ortega VI, and Hon. Yaranon, seconded by Hon. Yangot, Hon. Alangsab, Hon. Datuin, Hon. Sembrano, Hon. Fariñas, Hon. Olowan, Hon. Bomogao, and Hon. Avila

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE SANGGUNIANG PANLUNGSOD (CITY COUNCIL) IN SESSION ASSEMBLED THAT:
Section 1. The Section 1 of Ordinance Numbered 108, Series of 2008 is hereby amended, to read as follows:

“Section 1. Title. – This Ordinance shall be known as The Differently-abled/Other-abled Persons’ Special Parking and Blue Lanes Privilege Ordinance.”

Section 2. The Section 2 of Ordinance Numbered 108, Series of 2008 is hereby amended, to read as follows:

“Section 2. Definition of Terms. – For purposes of this ordinance, the following shall be defined as follows:

1. Differently-abled/ Other-abled Persons This Ordinance adopts the basic definition of the term Disabled
Persons as stated under Republic Act 7277 otherwise known as “The Magna Carta for Disabled Persons”, Batas Pambansa Bilang 344, otherwise known as the “Accessibility Law” and other related laws. However, to be more sensitive, the word “Differently-abled/ Other-abled persons” instead of “disabled persons” shall be used as these people are not totally disabled.

Thus, Differently-abled/Other-abled Persons shall be defined as Persons suffering from restrictions of different abilities, as a result of a physical, mental, physical or sensory impairment, in performing an activity in the manner or within the range considered normal for a human being.

Disability shall mean either a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more psychological, physiological or anatomical function of an individual or activities of such individuals; or a record of such impairment; or being regarded as having such impairment.

For purposes of this ordinance, a Differently-abled/Otherabled Person must present an identification card issued by the Persons with Disability Affairs Office (PDAO) or the City Social Welfare and Development Office (OCSWDO) or in lieu thereof, a certification issued by any of the aforementioned offices attesting to their condition or impairment.

2. Blue lanes – The color blue markings on the roads exclusively for the use of Differently-abled/Other-abled Persons and senior citizens.”

Section 3. The Section 3 of Ordinance Numbered 108, Series of 2008 is hereby amended, to read as follows:

“Section 3. It shall be the duty of the Philippine National Police (PNP) or any law enforcement agency/security guards or personnel manning the parking area that only Differently-abled/Other-abled Persons shall use the designated parking slots. In the pursuit of the foregoing policy, there is hereby provided the following reinforced procedures that Differently-abled/ Other-abled Persons are provided with enough exclusively designated parking spaces while they go visit or do business at commercial establishments, government offices, schools, hospitals or clinics and any other similar institutions found within the territorial jurisdiction of the city, to wit:

3.1 All covered establishments under this Ordinance are required to provide additional exclusive parking spaces for Differently-abled/Other-abled Persons in the following proportion:

Establishments whose parking space for vehicles consists of 5-10 lanes shall each provide or allot and designate at least one (1) parking lane for Differently-abled/Other-abled Persons and those whose parking space for vehicles consists of more than Ten (10) lanes shall each provide or allot and designate at least two (2) parking lanes for Differently-abled/Other-abled Persons.

3.2 Establishments with multi-storied parking spaces such as malls or other similar large business establishments shall strictly observe and apply the preceding provision hereof in the distribution of parking lanes for Differently-abled/Other-abled Persons per storey or floor.

3.3 All public facilities and private commercial establishments, particularly malls and other large establishments, found within the territorial jurisdiction of the city, except those whose parking
lanes are limited only to Ten (10) or less, are hereby enjoined to conduct, from time to time, a statistical survey of the likely population of their Differently-abled/Other-abled Persons clients to guide them in allotting and designating enough number of exclusive parking spaces for Differently-abled/Otherabled
Persons.

3.4 That, all public facilities and private commercial establishments whose parking space consists of Ten (10) lanes or lesser are hereby enjoined to do their best to also craft and thus implement internal arrangements which are deemed efficient and effective towards ensuring the provision of exceptional accommodation to Differently-abled/ Other-abled Persons in terms of vehicle parking, whenever necessary or appropriate.

3.5 That all parking spaces and blue lanes as provided herein shall include ramps and/or railings whenever applicable.

3.6 It is hereby understood that government offices as mentioned herein shall include barangay halls of the different barangays in the City of Baguio.

3.7 That blue lanes marking and signages/signboards for Differently-abled/Other-abled Persons parking spaces must be visible and permanent in nature.”

Section 4. The Section 4 of Ordinance Numbered 108, Series of 2008 is hereby amended, to read as follows:

“Section 4. Philippine National Police (PNP) or any Law Enforcement Agency/Traffic Enforcer/s, Guard/s or Personnel/s Manning the Parking Area on Duty to Monitor Strict Implementation of this Ordinance and Sanctions to Offenders. – To ensure the efficient and effective implementation of the preceding section hereof, Philippine National Police (PNP) or any Law Enforcement Agency/traffic enforcer/s, guard/s or personnel/s manning the parking area on-duty at both public facilities and private commercial establishments are hereby deputized to ensure that no vehicle other than those of Differently-abled/
Other-abled Persons shall park at exclusively designated parking spaces intended for them, thus, authorized to cite for violation of this Ordinance any person who, after due advice, still willfully insists to park their vehicle thereat.

4.1 As deputy officers, such Philippine National Police (PNP) or any Law Enforcement Agency/Traffic Enforcer/s, Guard/s or Personnel/s Manning the Parking Area on-duty shall maintain a logbook or a record book for violators wherein they shall list down the name of the offender, the plate number of the vehicle the offender was driving at the time of the violation, the appropriate time and day such violation was committed, and some other important narrative facts or data consistent of other imprudent acts that could be possibly recorded in relation to the violation committed.

4.2 Records of violations shall be immediately turned over to the management for formal endorsement, within twenty-four (24) hours from the commission of the offense, to the PWD Affairs Office (PWDAO) if already operational under the City Mayor’s Office and the City Social Welfare and Development Office and the City Treasurer’s Office copy furnished the nearest Land Transportation Office or LTO station within the city, for the appropriate issuance of the corresponding citation ticket and other applicable sanctions whatsoever.

4.3 Without prejudice to the imposition of other appropriate penalties stated under applicable laws and rules, persons other than Differently-abled/ Other-abled Persons who shall utilize the blue lane and parking space shall be penalized, upon the issuance of the corresponding citation ticket by the City
Treasurer’s Office, be fined as follows:

First Offense Fine of (P1,000.00)
Second Offense Fine of (P2,000.00)
Third Offense Fine of (P3,000.00)
Fourth and Subsequent offenses Revocation of Driver’s License by the Land Transportation Office.

4.4 Any private commercial establishment who willfully refuses to implement this Ordinance shall, upon the issuance of the corresponding citation ticket by the City Treasurer’s Office, be fined as follows:

First Offense Fine of (P1,000.00)
Second Offense Fine of (P3,000.00)
Third Offense Fine of (P5,000.00)
Fourth and Subsequent offenses Revocation of Permit to Operate Business

4.5 The collections derived from penalties shall be given to the PWD Affairs Office (PDAO) if already operational under the City Mayor’s Office to be used exclusively for the benefits of the Differently-abled/Other-abled persons.”

Section 5. The Section 6 of Ordinance Numbered 108 Series of 2008 is hereby amended, to read as follows:

“Section 6. The Philippine National Police (PNP) or any Law Enforcement Agency/Traffic Enforcer/s, Guard/s or Personnel/s who shall be found negligent in the implementation of this Ordinance be referred to the appropriate administrative body for the determination of their administrative liability. Those who willfully refused to implement this Ordinance, aside from administrative penalty, shall likewise be penalized
as follows:

First Offense Fine of (P1,000.00)
Second Offense Fine of (P2,000.00)
Third Offense Fine of (P3,000.00)”

Section 6. SEPARABILITY CLAUSE. – If, for any reason, any part or provision of this Ordinance shall be held unconstitutional or invalid, the other parts or provisions hereof which are not affected shall continue to be in full force and effect.

Section 7. REPEALING CLAUSE. – All Ordinances, Resolutions, and regulations, or part or parts thereof, which are inconsistent with this Ordinance, are hereby repealed and/or modified accordingly.

Section 8. EFFECTIVITY CLAUSE. – This Ordinance shall take effect in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Code of 1991, as amended

Passed.

CERTIFIED CORRECT:

(Sgd.) PETER C. FIANZA
Member and Temporary
Presiding Officer
Date Signed: Feb. 26, 2018

Attested:

(Sgd.) BRENNER L. BENGWAYAN
Secretary to the Sanggunian

APPROVED:

(Sgd.) MAURICIO G. DOMOGAN
City Mayor

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Republic of the Philippines
City Government of Baguio
SANGGUNIANG PANLUNGSOD

Proposed Ordinance No. PO 0136-17

introduced by

HON. LEANDRO B. YAÑGOT Jr.

Regulating the Use of Roof Gardens of Buildings in the City of Baguio

Ordinance No.____
Series of 2017

Explanatory Note

The Urban Heat Island Effect is the difference in temperature between a city and a rural area that surrounds it. Dark surfaces absorb and radiate heat, raising temperature as much as 6 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit. The result is more than uncomfortable. It has consequences for our health, checkbooks and our environment.

The key to reducing the Urban Heat Island Effect is to reduce the total area of dark, heat-absorbing surfaces such as rooftops and pavement. The use of vegetation on a roof is an excellent option. Plants reflect heat, provide shade, and help cool the surrounding air through evapotranspiration. A rooftop garden cuts the energy use within the building, especially for cooling

In addition, plants actually filter the air. Plants improve air quality by using excess carbon dioxide to produce oxygen.

A rooftop garden can add usable leisure space to a property that is attractive to people as well as to wildlife such as butterflies and birds.

NOW THEREFORE, on motion of Councilor Leandro B. Yañgot, Jr. duly seconded

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE SANGGUNIANG PANLUNGSOD IN SESSION ASSEMBLED THAT;

Section 1 .Title. – This Ordinance shall be known as “An Ordinance Regulating the Use of Roof Gardens of Buildings in the City of Baguio”

Section 2. Rules and Regulations.

1. Roof gardens of buildings, if and when used as refreshment parlor, bar, night club, restaurant, floor or stage show and/or other public use and if and when parties and social gatherings are to be held thereat shall conform with the following requirements:

a. Shall be provided with sufficient fire escapes or stairs;

b. Outer walls shall be of reinforced concrete hollow blocks five feet high with one fourth (1/4) inch wire mesh, three (3) feet high over such walls. If the side of the building is fronting a street or open court, the width of which is not less than ten (10) meters, the height of the reinforced concrete or concrete hollow block wall may be reduced to a minimum of four (4) feet without the necessity of providing the wire mesh over said wall.

2. Roof gardens of buildings not in conformity with the above mentioned requirements shall not be allowed, in any case, to be used as refreshment parlor; bar, night club, restaurant, floor or stage show or other public use. The City Mayor shall order the closure of such establishment unless the requirements of this Ordinance are complied with.

Section 3. Penalty. The owner of the building or any person who shall violate any provision of this Article shall be punished by a fine of not less than One Thousand Pesos (₱1,000.00) but not more than Five Thousand Pesos (₱5,000.00), or by imprisonment of not less than Thirty (30) days but not more than six (6) months, or both such fine and imprisonment at the discretion of the Court.

Section 4. Monitoring and Evaluation. Evaluation of the regulation and long term impact of the use of Urban Roof shall be done by the CBAO and other representatives from the City Government of Baguio.

Section 5. Separability Clause. For any reason or reasons, any part or provision of this Ordinance shall be held to be unconstitutional or invalid, the other parts or provisions hereof which are not affected thereby continue to be in full force and effect.

Section 6. Repealing Clause. All other ordinances, rule and regulations part or parts thereof which are contrary and inconsistent herewith are hereby repealed or modified accordingly.

Section 7. Effectivity. This Ordinance shall take effect in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Code of 1991.

(Sgd.) LEANDRO B. YAÑGOT JR.
City Councilor

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Republic of the Philippines

City Government of Baguio

Office of the SangguniangPanlungsod

(City Council)

PROPOSED ORDINANCE INTRODUCED BY COUNCILOR LILIA A. FARIÑAS entitled, “REQUIRING ALL PUBLIC UTILITY JEEPNEY OPERATORS IN THE CITY OF BAGUIO TO INSTALL AN ADDITIONAL STEP BOARDON THEIR UNITSTO EASE ENTRYAND ENSURE SAFETY AND CONVENIENCE OF PASSENGERS ESPECIALLY FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES (PWDs),PREGNANT WOMEN, SENIOR CITIZENS, AND CHILDREN

Explanatory Note

Alighting or getting down jeepneys is an arduous hurdle for Persons With Disabilities (PWDs), Pregnant Women, Senior Citizens, and Children,  on account of their predicament, age and height. The height from the ground to the first step of any regular jeepney are usually too high for these particular groups of people, and also for a great majority.  A significant number of senior citizens  and PWDs expressed and pointed out their dilemma.

Resolution Numbered 078, series of 2012 requested the jeepney operators and drivers in the city of Baguio to install appropriate or additional step board for the safety and convenience of the senior citizens, the persons with disabilities (PWDs), and the pregnant women.

Section 21, Rule VII (Government Assistance) of the Rules and Regulations Implementing Republic Act No. 9257 or “An Act Granting Additional Benefits and Privileges to Senior Citizens Amending for the Purpose Republic Act No. 7432, otherwise known as ‘An Act to Maximize the Contribution of Senior Citizens to Nation Building, Grant Benefits and Special Privileges and for other Purposes’ states,

“Section 21. Access to Public Transport. – The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and other concerned agencies shall develop a program to assist senior citizens to fully gain access in the use of public transport facilities.

“The minimum requirements and standards to make transportation facilities, buildings and utilities for public use accessible to senior citizens shall be developed to enhance the mobility of senior citizens particularly those with disability pursuant to Accessibility Law.”

It is for this reason that an additional step must be added onto the regular stair of public utility jeepneys not only to eliminate the inconvenience posed against our less fortunate brothers and sisters, but also as an additional safety feature for all passengers who board jeepneys. Providing an additional step to lower the embarkation of passengers will ultimately eliminate this problem, and ease the difficulty to alight jeepneys for everyone.

NOW THEREFORE, on motion of Councilor Lilia A. Fariñas, duly seconded;

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE SANGGUNIANG PANLUNGSOD IN SESSION DULY ASSEMBLED THAT:

SECTION 1: Title: This ordinance shall be known as: Additional Step Ordinance for Baguio City PUJs”;

SECTION 2: Declaration of Policy: It is hereby declared a policy of the City Government of Baguio that ALL Public Utility Jeepneys (PUJs) duly registered to operate within the streets of the City of Baguio, including those that embark passengers from the city toward nearby municipalities, for as long as said jeepneys operate within the boundary of the city, shall install an additional step on the stair leading toward the passenger cabin, to ease the difficulty of passengers especially for People With Disabilities (PWDs),pregnant women, senior citizens, and children;

SECTION 3. Definition of Terms:

(a)   Jeepney – the local term for a “jitney” which is hereby adopted for the purpose of this Ordinance, synonymous and interchangeable with the term Public Utility Jeepney or PUJ for short, duly registered and operating as a public utility transport for paying passengers bound for predestined locations.

(b)  Step Board – would mean the additional stair to be installed to the regular one-step stair of Public Utility Jeepneys, which is located at the farthest rear end of jeepneys where passengers board going inside the passenger cabin.

SECTION 4. Installation

(a)   Jeepney operators/owners  shall install and pay for the costs of the  additional step for their own unit/s;

(b)  Since jeepneys differ with regard to their unit’s brand and model, a standard width of not less than one (1) foot or as may be necessary, and a standard height of one (1) foot more or less, or as may be necessary, measured from the ground up, will be the standard size of the additional one-step in  this rrdinance;

(c)   If, for engineering reasons, the preceding statement cannot be adhered to, the PUJ owner/operator shall do the necessary means so as to observe this Ordinance, and for as long as the additional step shall bear the minimum measurement standards as may be necessary, and to ensure the safety of all passengers.

(d)  The additional one-step to be installed shall be made of steel; the angle bars and step board of which should be capable of bearing the weight of ANY passenger, and could withstand the rigors of welding;

(e)   PUJ owners/operators shall perform and observe all the means necessary to insure the safety of every passenger with regard to the additional step installed. Any incidental cost,  incurred by  a passenger such as damage to life, limb or property, due to  poor installation and/or sub-standard materials used  for the additional step, shall be  the responsibility of the PUJ operator/owner.

SECTION 5. Enforcing Agencies. The Traffic Division  of the Baguio City Police Office, the Traffic Management Bureau, and all other Traffic Marshalls authorized by such agencies are directed to enforce this Ordinance  and apprehend non-compliant jeepney operators.  The same offices shall provide reports to the Sangguniang Panlungsod regarding compliance to this ordinance.

SECTION 6. Penalty. Any jeepney operator who violates this ordinance shall pay the penalty  of ONE THOUSAND PESOS (Php 1,000.00)  and  additional penalty of FIVE HUNDRED PESOS (Php 500.00) for every offense thereafter.

SECTION 7. Separability Clause. If for any reason or reasons, any part of this ordinance shall be held unconstitutional or invalid, the other parts or provisions hereof which are not affected shall continue to be in full force and effect.

SECTION 8. Repealing Clause. All existing ordinances or parts thereof which are inconsistent with any provision of this ordinance are hereby repealed or modified accordingly.

SECTON 9. Effectivity Clause. This Ordinance shall take effect AFTER Sixty (60) Days from its approval to provide time for PUJ operators/owners to comply with its mandate.

(Sgd.)  LILIA A. FARIÑAS

    City Councilor

(HeraldExpress August 6, 2017)

 

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Republic of the Philippines
City of Baguio
Sangguniang Panlungsod
(City Council)

Proposed Ordinance No. 0122-17 introduced by Hon. JOEL A. ALANGSAB entitled:

AN ORDINANCE PROHIBITING TRUANCY IN BAGUIO CITY

Explanatory Note:

Whereas, Section 17 of Article II of the 1987 Constitution provides that the state shall give priority to education, science and technology, arts, culture, and sports to foster patriotism and nationalism, accelerate social progress, and promote total human liberation and development.
Whereas, Section 1 of Article XIV, Section of the 1987 Constitution provides that the state shall protect and promote the right of all citizens to quality education at all levels and shall take appropriate steps to make such education accessible to all;
Whereas, Section 2 par. (1) of Article XIV states that it is the duty of the state to establish, maintain, and support a complete, adequate, and integrated system of education relevant to the needs of the people and society;
Whereas, Title I, Chapter 2, Section 16 of the Local Government Code provides that every local government unit shall exercise the powers expressly granted for its efficient and effective governance and those which essential to the promotion of the general welfare;
Whereas, Department of Education issued DO 74, s. 2010 entitled: “Guidelines on Mainstreaming the Dropout Reduction Program (DORP) in the Public Secondary Schools”.
Whereas, the above policy was embraced by DEP-ED, Division of Baguio City, as embodied in the Division Memorandum No. 95, Series of 2017 entitled: “Division Education Development Plan (DEPD) For CY 2016-2019”, Despite this, however, “truants” or students can be seen loitering in public places and entering internet cafes, business establishments and playing video/computer games and billiards during school hours resulting into drop-outs. Further, some students are intermittently found to be involved in prohibited activities during hours that they our supposed to be in school attending their classes. Because of truancy, some students also became victims of street crimes;
Whereas, it is high time for the City of Baguio being the center of education in the entire North Luzon to pass a measure supporting the noble plan of our Division Office so that the best interests of our children whom the government and parents have provided a place in school are protected;
NOW THEREFORE, on motion of Hon. Joel A. Alangsab duly seconded, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE SANGGUNIANG PANLUNGSOD (City Council), IN SESSION ASSEMBLED THAT:

SECTION 1. TITLE – This Ordinance shall be known as “AN ORDINANCE PROHIBITING TRUANCY IN BAGUIO CITY”.
SECTION 2. POLICY. This ordinance aims to:

(a) Protect the interests of our students;
(b) Help the students to be more responsible and productive by attending classes regularly and prevent them from lingering outside school campuses where they are susceptible to street crimes and other forms of danger;
(c) Assure parents of the students that their children are safe in school, regularly attending their classes and school activities;
(d) Control and prevent juvenile delinquency; and
(e) Impose sanctions for truants, commercial establishments, parents, school administrators and teachers who violate the provisions of this ordinance.

SECTION 3. – DEFINITION OF TERMS – The following words and phrases, whenever used in this ordinance shall be construed as defined in this Section:

(a) BUSINESS ESTABLISHMENT – means malls, department stores, internet cafes, computer shops/centers, video shops/centers, billiard halls, movie houses, and other similar entertainment establishments in Baguio City;

(b) EMERGENCY- means an unforeseen combination of circumstances or the resulting state that
calls for immediate action to prevent serious bodily injury or loss of life.

(c) LINGER OR STAY – means to loiter or remain, as well as to refuse to leave when requested to do so by a police officer, or the owner or other person in control of public place. This term also encompasses activities which maybe mobile, such as walking, driving, and riding about in a public place or business establishment.

(d) OPERATOR – means the owner, manager, administrator, lessee or any person who operates and is responsible for the operation of a business establishment;

(e) PARENT – means a person who is a natural parent, adoptive parent, or step-parent of a minor;

(f) PARENT GUARDIAN means:
1) A person who, under court order, is the legal guardian of the person of a minor;
2) A public or private agency with which a minor has been placed for custody by a court;
3) A person in charge of the custody or who is taking care of a minor, whether relative or not; or
4) A person at least eighteen (18) years of age and authorized by a parent or guardian to accompany a minor in a public place or to have the care or custody over him/her.

(g) PUBLIC PLACE means a place located in Baguio City where the general public, or a substantial group of people, have access, including, but the limited to, streets, highways, sidewalks, parking lots, vacant lots, or any unsupervised place, parks, and the common areas in about churches, apartment buildings, office buildings, hospitals, schools, shops and places of entertainment such as movie theaters and similar places and business establishments.

(j) SCHOOL means all public and private academic institutions in Baguio City;

(k) SCHOOL HOURS means the time of classes during weekdays (Monday to Friday) and weekend
(Saturday) when used as make-up class period except when a weekday falls on a holiday.

(h) STUDENT any student enrolled in public/private schools within or outside Baguio City;

(i) TRUANT means any student who is absent from school without valid cause, or any school-
related activities.

SECTION 4. – PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES. –
(a) It shall be unlawful for a student to loiter, linger or stay in a public place or business establishments during school hours.
(b) It shall be unlawful for drop outs and out of – school youth to loiter, linger or stay in a public place or business establishments within One Hundred (100) meter radius from any school during school hours considering their influence to in-school students.
(c) It shall be unlawful for a parent or guardian to knowingly permit, or by insufficient control allow, the student to loiter, linger or stay in any business establishment or place within the city during school hours.
(d) It shall be unlawful for a teacher and school authorities to knowingly permit, or by insufficient control allow, the student to loiter, linger or stay in any business establishment or place within the city during school hours; and
(e) Operators of business or amusement establishment who knowingly permit, or by insufficient control allow, the student to loiter, linger or stay in any business establishment or place within the city during school hours, it shall be governed by Ordinance Numbered 015 Series of 2000 entitled, REGULATING THE OPERATIONS OF AMUSEMENT CENTERS IN THE CITY OF BAGUIO.

SECTION 5. EXCEPTIONS. – The activities prohibited by Section 4 here of shall not be unlawful in the following circumstances:
(a) When the student is on board a motor vehicle on his/her way home;
(b) When the student leaves the school for emergency purposes with a written authorization from his or her parent/guardian noted by the school authority;
(c) When the student is going for a medical appointment with a written authorization from a teacher or accompanied by a parent or guardian; and
(d) When the student is permitted by the school to leave the campus for some school-related activity and has in his/her possession a valid, school-issued, off-campus permit; and
(e) When the student is accompanied by his/her parent or guardian or teacher or any school authority.

SECTION 6. THE ANTI-TRUANCY BOARD AND ITS COMPOSITION. – The City Mayor through an Administrative Order shall create the Anti-truancy Board in the City Government of Baguio and shall be composed of the following:
(a) Chairman of the Board: The City Mayor
(b) Vice-Chairman of the Board: The Chairman of the Sangguniang Panlungsod Committee on Education, Culture and Historical Research;
(c) Members of the Board:
1. The Division Superintendent, Department of Education;
2. The City Social Welfare and Development Officer;
3. The City Director of the Baguio City Police Office;
4. The City Director, DILG-Baguio Field Office;
5. The Federation President of Parent Teachers Associations in Baguio City;
6. The President of the Association of Private Schools Administrators (APSA);
7. The City Treasurer; and
8. Other stakeholders and NGOs to be identified by the Chairman of the Board.

SECTION 7. FUNCTIONS OF THE ANTI-TRUANCY BOARD. – The Anti-Truancy Board shall have the following functions:
1. Make responsive and essential the implementation of this ordinance;
2. Deputize all local police units, barangay officials, Parents and Teacher Association (PTA) Officers, the school officials, and the teachers as truant officers in the implementation of this ordinance;
3. Control and prevent juvenile delinquency and in order that the safety and welfare of students and public welfare will be protected;
4. Take active steps in ensuring that the procedure set forth in Chapter 1, Section 21 of the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006 will be strictly followed;
5. Institute a mechanism for continuous information and education campaign;
6. Serve as an Advisory body to the Sanggunian Panlungsod relative to the implementation and improvement of this Ordinance; and
7. Constantly remind the operators of business or amusement establishment anent the Ordinance Numbered 015, Series of 2000.

SECTION 8. SANCTIONS. – Subject to the requirements on due process, the following sanctions shall be imposed on violators of this Ordinance:

(a) The sanctions for student, drop outs and out of-school youth who violate this ordinance shall be:
1st OFFENSE -A student, drop outs and out of school youth found violating this Ordinance shall be brought to their residence or to the Barangay Council for the Protection of Children office (BCPC) to be released to the custody of their parents. The student would undergo a counseling session to re-orient on his/her responsibilities before being properly turned over to his/her parents/guardians or the concerned school authorities.
2nd OFFENSE & SUBSEQUENT OFFENSES – Join appropriate intervention programs by the City Social and Development Office.
(b) The sanction for any parent/ legal guardian who violates this ordinance shall be:
1st OFFENSE – Attendance to parenting education seminar.
2nd OFFENSE – A fine of ₱1,000.00 and/or be required to render community service
for 16 hours at the discretion of the court.

SUBSEQUENT OFFENSES – A fine of ₱3,000.00 and/or be required to render community service
for 32 hours at the discretion of the court.
(c) The sanction for any teacher or school authority who violate this ordinance shall be:
1st OFFENSE – Warning.
2nd OFFENSE – A fine of ₱1,000.00.
SUBSEQUENT OFFENSES – A fine of ₱3,000.00 without prejudice to any possible administrative case.
(d) Operators of business establishments, shall be governed by the penalties provided under Ordinance Numbered 015, series of 2000.
The City Legal Officer shall assist the Anti-Truancy Board in reviewing reports of and complaints for violations of this Ordinance and in determining liability or appropriate cases to file. Further, the City Legal Officer shall also extend any legal assistance and/or file cases on matters pertaining to this Ordinance.
SECTION 9. FUNDING. — An initial funding to defray the expenses necessary for or incidental to the implementation of this Ordinance in the amount of ₱100,000. 00 shall be sourced from the unobligated surplus of Special Educational Fund of the City Government of Baguio, and is hereby allocated through the Local School Board.

The initial funding and funds generated from other sources, such as, but not limited to, the proceeds from administrative penalties, shall be placed in a Trust Fund, specifically intended to defray expenses and operationalize activities of this Ordinance. The Anti-Truancy Board shall be empowered to determine how the Trust Fund is to be utilized in furtherance of this Ordinance, subject however to the usual government accounting and auditing procedures. The above expenses include, but are not limited to:
a. Cost of printing copies of this Ordinance, the Citation Tickets, and information, education and communication materials pertaining to this ordinance;
b. Cost of regular or periodic meetings of the Anti-Truancy Board;
c. Incentive or reward for private citizens who report violations of this Ordinance;
d. Institutional and operating expenses for the intervention program; and
e. Other expenses associated with the implementation and enforcement of this Ordinance.

SECTION 10. SEPARABILITY CLAUSE – Any provisions or portion of his ordinance found to be violative of the Constitution or invalid shall not impair the other provisions or parts thereof, to be in force and effect.
SECTION 11. REPEALING CLAUSE. – Ordinances, rules and regulations or parts thereof, which are inconsistent or in conflict with provisions of this ordinance are hereby repealed and/or modified accordingly.
SECTION 12. EFFECTIVITY. – This Ordinance shall take in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Code of 1991.

(Sgd.) JOEL A. ALANGSAB
City Councilor

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