The Baguio City Council reallocated the P5 million earmarked for the merger of the Summer Capital’s 128 barangays in the P2.056-billion 2018 budget.
This after some city councilors questioned its inclusion in the 2018 budget given that the plebiscite for the merger still has not been given the go signal.
Baguio’s 128 barangays, if the merger pushes through, will be reduced to 48.
The fund, instead, was given to the city government’s arts and crafts programs as well as financial assistance to the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center.
Baguio was recently named one of the new Creative Cities in the world by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).