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7 July 10

A few years back, the government tightened its policies against the use of mobile devices while driving (Anti-distracted Driving Act).  Soon, pedestrians in Baguio City will no longer be allowed to use their mobile phones while walking, especially when crossing busy streets and alleys.

What specific acts are prohibited under this ordinance and what penalties and consequences await stubborn residents and tourists?  Read on.

  1. Texting or reading text messages while crossing pedestrian lanes or streets.
  2. Reading any material while crossing a pedestrian lane or street.
  3. Texting or reading while traversing a sidewalk which causes delays in the mobility of other pedestrians and using a mobile device while crossing a pedestrian lane or the street wherein the line of sight is directed or focused to such devices.

Penalties:

  1. First offense:
  • Reprimand
  1. Second offense:
  • P1,000 fine or
  • Community service
  1. Third offense:
  • P2,000 or
  • Community service or
  • A penalty of 1 to 10 days in jail
  1. Fourth offense:
  • P2,500 and community service or
  • Imprisonment of 11 to 30 days.

Who will apprehend offenders?

  • The City Public Order and Safety Division (POSD)
  • Baguio City Police Office-Traffic Management Unit
  • Barangay Police and enforcers

Closed-circuit television (CCTV cameras) will also be used by the authorities in presenting proof of violation.

Reference: http://www.baguiocityguide.com

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7 July 2

The first day in office of newly elected city officials proved to be a productive one – especially for the city government of Baguio.  One of the first and most popular ordinance they proposed to implement is the Anti-distracted Pedestrian decree.

Under the proposed ordinance, pedestrians will be disallowed from using their gadgets and other electronic devices while crossing a street to avoid distractions that may result in accidents.  Although the news did not specify the gadgets, I assume that foremost on the list is the mobile phone.  This means that Baguio residents and tourists must keep their phones away when walking along busy streets such as Session Road, Assumption, Magsaysay Avenue, Bokawkan, Bonifacio, Country Club Drive, South Drive, etc.

What types of devices and activities are prohibited?

Again, the news did not specify, BUT if given the privilege to air my opinion, I would recommend (apart from texting and calling):

  1. Listening to music with earphones on.
  2. Speaking on the phone using a Bluetooth earpiece (because this will still distract you – based on my experience. I could have my hands free from holding my phone while talking to someone but my mind would always be focused on my conversation, not on what my free hands should be doing.).
  3. Playing games, browsing online (including social media, online shopping, paying bills, etc.).
  4. Taking pictures – seriously, why would you want to take a picture while you’re crossing a street or walking down a busy road unless it’s the Shibuya crossing in Japan or Times Square in New York.
  5. Reading from an e-book. This should be self-explanatory.

What are the consequences if you break the (upcoming) law?

You shall be made to settle a fine of P5,000 and or spend some time in prison – when found to have violated the law at least three times.

First-time offenders will be required to render community service (Baguio is truly big on community service!) for 15 days and 30 days for the second offense.

Any exemptions?

Of course, if you can prove that your reason for texting or calling is a valid emergency, you will be excused.  Emergency responders performing their official duties are likewise exempted from the law.

I fully support this ordinance and I hope that other cities, especially in Metro Manila, would follow suit.  I have heard one too many stories of people getting hit by vehicles because they were busy tinkering with their phones or are listening to super loud music while crossing the streets or even just walking down busy alleys.  It is frustrating to see people lose their lives just because they are distracted by something as negligible as a text or phone call (or social media).

I want to hear your thoughts on this. Do you agree with Baguio City?

Reference: www.baguio.gov.ph

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It’s that time of the year again when people make a beeline to the Summer Capital of the Philippines, and it’s not even summer yet!  The Panagbenga Festival, or the Baguio Flower Festival, has become one of the most popular city celebrations in the country, attracting local and foreign tourists by the hundreds of thousands.

It all started in 1995 when Baguio officials agreed to come up with a citywide celebration that will encourage tourists to visit, creating more business for Baguio locals during the sleepy gap between Christmas and Holy Week.  Their ideas flourished (like the blooming sunflowers in summer!) to become what we now call the Panagbenga Festival (panagbenga is a Kankanaey term meaning “a season of blooming” or “a time for flowering”.).  And since it was first celebrated two decades ago, what used to be a two-week citywide event now spans a total of five weeks, including the first week of March!  Each weekend is filled with activities like grand parades, kite-flying competitions, and fireworks displays while weekday visitors can bask in the flower exhibits, bazaars, and food fairs along the famous Burnham Park, Session Road, and Melvin Jones Grandstand.  The city is anything but sleepy, I tell you. And you have to experience it at least once.

So to help you plan your trip, here is the schedule of activities for this year’s Panagbenga Festival:

February 1, 2016

  • Grand Opening Parade: Drum and Lyre Competition
    • Location: Panagbenga Park, Session Road-Magsaysay Avenue-Harrison Road-Melvin Jones Football Grounds
    • Time: 8am
  • Opening Concert
    • Location: Atrium, SM City Baguio
  • Baguio Blooms Exhibition and Exposition
    • Location: Lake Drive, Burnham Park

February 2 to 7, 2016

  • Baguio Blooms Exhibition and Exposition
    • Location: Lake Drive, Burnham Park

February 8, 2016

  • Chinese Spring Festival
    • Location: City-wide
  • Baguio Blooms Exhibition and Exposition
    • Location: Lake Drive, Burnham Park

February 9 to 13, 2016

  • Baguio Blooms Exhibition and Exposition
    • Location: Lake Drive, Burnham Park

February 14, 2016

  • Handog ng Panagbenga sa Pamilya Baguio
  • Let a Thousand Flowers Bloom
  • Panagbenga 2016 Kite-Flying Challenge
  • Panagbenga Variety Show
  • Fireworks Display
    • Location: Melvin Jones Grandstand and Football Grounds
  • Baguio Blooms Exhibition and Exposition
    • Location: Melvin Jones Grandstand and Football Grounds

February 15 to 17, 2016

  • PMA Grand Alumni Homecoming
    • Location: PMA Loakan Road
  • Baguio Blooms Exhibition and Exposition
    • Location: Melvin Jones Grandstand and Football Grounds

February 18, 2016

  • Baguio Blooms Exhibition and Exposition
    • Location: Lake Drive, Burnham Park

February 19, 2016

  • Floral Arrangement Competition (Judging)
    • Location: Baguio City National High School
  • Barangay Clean and Green Landscaping Competition (Judging)
    • All Baguio City Barangays
  • Baguio Blooms Exhibition and Exposition
    • Location: Lake Drive, Burnham Park

February 19 to 21, 2016

  • School Based Landscaping Competition (Judging)
    • Location: Baguio City Schools
  • Baguio Blooms Exhibition and Exposition
    • Location: Lake Drive Burnham

February 22 to 26, 2016

  • Baguio Blooms Exhibition and Exposition
    • Location: Lake Drive, Burnham Park

February 27, 2016

  • Grand Street Dancing Parade
    • Location: Panagbenga Park-Session Road-Magsaysay Avenue-Harrision Road-Athletic Bowl
    • Time: 8AM
  • Baguio Blooms Exhibition and Exposition
    • Location: Lake Drive, Burnham Park

February 28, 2016

  • Grand Float Parade
    • Location: DILG – Session Road – Harrision Road – Athletic Bowl
  • Baguio Blooms Exhibition and Exposition
    • Location: Lake Drive, Burnham Park

February 29 to March 4, 2016

  • Session Road in Bloom
    • Location: Session Road
  • Baguio Blooms Exhibition and Exposition
    • Location: Lake Drive, Burnham Park

March 5, 2016

  • Pony Boys Day
    • Location: Wright Park
  • Baguio Blooms Exhibition and Exposition
    • Location: Lake Drive, Burnham Park

March 6, 2016

  • Panagbenga Closing Ceremonies and Grand Fireworks Display
    • Location: Athletic Bowl and Various Areas in Baguio CBD
  • Baguio Blooms Exhibition and Exposition
    • Location: Lake Drive, Burnham Park

Pack warm clothes as February could be one of the coldest months in Baguio. Bring comfortable (and durable!) footwear because you will be walking a lot.  Traffic has become worse over the years and taking your car to the city proper during the festivities may not a good idea.

Do your share in keeping the city clean and orderly too.

Have a safe trip and enjoy the festival!

Source: http://www.baguiocity.co/panagbenga-2016-schedule-of-activities/

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