BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan ordered the city budget office to coordinate with concerned government agencies and other departments of the city government to pool their available resources which could be utilized to strengthen the city’s anti-graffiti campaign and bring back the cleanliness of the city that helped earned its title as a Hall of Fame awardee in the cleanest and greenest highly urbanized city in 1995.
Domogan expressed disappointment over the deteriorating behaviour of today’s youth considering that they are the ones actually involved in the graffiti all over the city.
Based on data obtained from the Baguio City Police Office (BCPO), the local chief executive cited almost all of the 40individuals arrested by law enforcers for violation of the city’s anti-graffiti ordinance are young individuals aged 14 to 17 years old.
“We have to closely coordinate with the concerned government agencies and local departments so that we will be able to determine the availability of sufficient resources which we could use against the graffiti all over our city,” Domogan stressed.
According to him, the active participation of parents and teachers to the city’s anti-graffiti campaign is important because they are the ones looking over the welfare of their children and for them not to be involved in dirtying the city.
He observed that the areas in the city which were painted with graffiti were covered by members of the city anti-graffiti task force but after several days, it was again posted with graffiti which illustrates the lack of discipline among those doing graffiti in the different barangays and even in overpasses and walls in the central business district area.
He called on barangay officials and law enforcers to intensify their campaign against those involved in graffiti so that they will be reminded not to do such bad things that tend to dirty the city and paint a bad image of the city which was a former Hall of Fame awardee in clean and green.
Domogan expressed his gratitude to the media for being actively involved in information dissemination against graffiti, citing that the sustained efforts of all sectors in the city against graffiti will surely gain ground in the future once all the needed programs will be put in place.
He warned individuals continue to dirty the city that the city government will not hesitate to impose stiffer penalties against them aside from community service and challenged them to behave or else they will incur bad records in the local blotters of the police.
By Dexter A. See