Local Executives of Baguio, La Trinidad, Itogon, Sablan, Tuba and Tublay elected the first set of BLISTT Governing Council Officers in a breakfast meeting last February 27, 2014 at the Prince Plaza Hotel. Voted were Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan as Chairman, Sablan Mayor Arthur Baldo as Co-Chairman, La Trinidad Mayor Edna Tabanda as Treasurer, and Tublay Mayor Ruben Paoad as Secretary.
As stipulated in the recently signed MOA, the elected officials will have a one year term and the elected Chairman of the Governing Council will also be the Chairman of the Development Council.
Oath taking of the new BLISTT Officers is scheduled on March 7, 2014 which will also be a BLISTT Development Council Meeting.
The conduct of local consultations in the BLISTT areas is next in the agenda with Itogon, Sablan, Baguio and Tuba scheduling it on March 19, March 25, March 26 and April 4 respectively while La Trinidad and Tublay are still deciding on the best possible dates. The local consultations have the main purposes of 1) informing local officials and other stakeholders on the BLISTT initiative and 2) involving local stakeholders in the formulation of the BLISTT strategic framework and identification of BLISTT-wide development priorities.
by Freda Toyoken