AGTF continues to train volunteers to fight graffiti

BAGUIO CITY– Anti-Graffiti Task Force (AGTF) action officer Ross Goze said 61 volunteers from 31 barangays have attended the training-seminars conducted by the AGTF.

These volunteers will assist in the city’s on-going campaign against graffiti vandalism.

The AGTF is co-chaired by Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan and CJ Neiderstadt.

The lectures and trainings on the implementation of Ordinance 41 series of 2008, or the Anti-Graffiti Code of the City of Baguio, were held at the task force office at Baguio Convention Center (BCC).

Goze urged other barangays to cooperate and participate in the fight against graffiti by sending their volunteer – representatives for training.

Goze 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 City Ordinance defines graffiti or 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 absolutely prohibited from authorizing graffiti-type artwork for decorative purposes.

The ordinance mentions other prohibited acts, penalties to be imposed for violations and other pertinent details for its proper implementation. PNA –