Heat insulation materials for Baguio city hall offices pushed

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BAGUIO CITY – City officials reiterated a previous resolution requesting the City Buildings and Architecture Office (CBO) to install roof thermal and heat insulation materials in all the offices located at the second floor and attic of the Baguio City hall building.

Under Resolution No. 251, series of 2021 that was signed by Mayor Benjamin B. Magalong, local legislators pointed out that thermal insulation is one of the most important system components of a roof as it significantly reduces the heat and coldness which occupants of a building may experience caused by inclement weather.

Further, it also helps protect the internal structure from moisture, wind and external temperatures and for long years, offices located at the second floor and attic of the city hall are inconveniently affected by warm weather and high temperature, especially during summer, thus, thermal insulation is needed to control or lessen the impact of heat on the health and welfare of employees and clients transacting business thereat.

In 2017, the council passed Resolution No. 277, series of 2017 that requested the CBAO to install roof thermal and heat insulation materials in all offices located at the second floor and attic of the city hall building.

The body stated that climate change is greatly affecting the weather condition in the city being the most exposed and vulnerable to extreme weather events as compared to other major cities in the country.

According to the council, such weather condition directly influences the temperature in the offices at the second floor and attic of the city hall where the same varies drastically from cold to hot and vice versa as a result of no installed roof thermal and heat insulation materials, poor ventilation and unsuitable ceiling and structure consequently affecting the health of the concerned officials and employees.

Because the productivity of the workers are deeply disturbed, the council asserted there is a need for the concerned office, specifically CBAO, to install the aforesaid required materials in all the offices to promote sufficient and suitable ventilations not only for the employees but also for the increasing number of clients.

The local legislative body identified the CBAO as the lead office that ensures that all government buildings in the city are in compliance with appropriate architectural design, construction methods, structural standards and criteria, thus, the need for the said office to pursue the long-standing request for the benefit of the employees and the transacting public.

The council recommended that the installation of such identified materials should already be included as part of the works that will be undertaken when the local government will pursue the proposed renovation of the different offices based in the city hall building to address the plight of the workers for the installation of the same to solve their problems on too much heat during the summer season.

The council expressed hope that the aforesaid request will be implemented in due time so that the employees who are inconvenienced by the extreme heat during the summer will be able to effectively and efficiently discharge their duties and responsibilities.

By Dexter A. See
Photo by Armando M. Bolislis

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