Campaign against graffiti in Baguio City intensified

BAGUIO CITY –The Anti-Graffiti Task Force (AGTF) Is conducting training-seminar to more than 50 barangay volunteers from 28 of 129 barangays (villages) in this city.

AGTF volunteer Ross Goze said the volunteers will assist the task force in the implementation of Baguio City Ordinance numbered 41 s. 2008 or the Anti-Graffiti Code of Baguio City.

Lectures and trainings on the implementation of the ordinance are being conducted at the Baguio Convention Center (BCC).

Goze said the activity will go on until all 129 barangays field in their volunteers.

She said trainees were given the general overview of the code; the process of gathering inventory of illegal graffiti in their respective areas; the actual information campaign and the proper way of removing illegal graffiti.

The code defines graffiti (graffiti vandalism) as “any unauthorized inscription, word, figure, painting or defacement that is written, marked, etched, scratched, sprayed, drawn, painted or engraved on or otherwise affixed, to the extent that the graffiti was not authorized in advance by the owner or occupant of the property, or despite advance authorization, is otherwise deemed a public nuisance and shall include all types of unauthorized markings amounting to vandalism and public nuisance.”

A property owner is not prohibited from authorizing graffiti-type artwork for decorative purposes.

The code also mentions other prohibited acts, penalties to be imposed for violations and other pertinent details for its proper implementation.

In 2012, the Baguio City Schools Division of the Department of Education (DepEd) issued Memorandum 171 citing the continuing proliferation of graffiti vandalism here.

The memorandum signed by Agustin Laban III, officer-in-charge (OIC) Baguio City Schools Division Superintendent instructing all concerned school personnel – teachers and administrators – to disseminate the contents of the ordinance. PNA –