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Former track and field varsity member of the University of the Cordilleras Sandi Abahan receives receives the trophy for topping the Northface 100KM Trail Ultramarathon female category from City officials headed by Mayor Mauricio Domogan and City Sports Coordinator Gaudencio Gonzales. With 200 participants, only 89 finished the trail ultramarathon where Abahan with a time of 17 hours, 56 minutes and 58 seconds. Also in photo (PIX 1426) are 100km Men's 3rd Placer James Tellias and TNF 50KM 2nd Placer Robert Arellano.- By Bong Cayabyab


Mayor see an empowered LGUs in the Duterte presidency

BAGUIO CITY May 19 – Local government units (LGUs) will be guaranteed better benefits and privileges with Presumptive President Rodrigo Duterte at the helm because he is aware of the predicament of local officials having been a local chief executive for several decades, Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan said here Wednesday.

The local chief executive cited the long pending proposal to increase the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) of barangays, cities, municipalities and provinces will likely gain headway once President Duterte assumes the presidency by noon of June 30, 2016 since he has been aware of such clamor since the early implementation of the provisions of the Local government code of 1991.

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Newly elected Baguio City Councilors hand signs after officially proclaimed. From left to right are Atty. Benny Bomogao (UNA) ; journalist Arthur Allad-iw (LP); former Upper Quezon Hill PB Leah Fariñas (LP, widow of the late Vice Mayor Daniel Fariñas); former Youth Sectoral Representative Atty. Edgar Avila (UNA) and Arch. Mylene Yaranon (LP), daughter of former Mayor Braulio Yaranon. The new set of the members of the City Council is now composed of three women (two previously) including re-elected City Councilor Elaine Sembrano. - By Bong Cayabyab



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German landscaper and artist Frank Georg who painted the biggest "Last Supper" and other artworks displayed at the Baguio Cathedral receive a plaque of commendation from city officials headed by Mayor Mauricio Domogan for rendering voluntary services as a landscaper in the city since 2010 during City hall's flag raising ceremony May 16. Gerg's works were displayed in an arts exhibit at the City Hall lobby before being transferred at the Dominican Hill and Retreat House for permanent display. - By Bong Cayabyab


North Face trail-run finishers feted

BAGUIO CITY May 17 – The city government paid tribute to local runners who were able to win in the various categories of the North Face trail-run held in the city and nearby Benguet towns recently.

Leading the honorees who were presented to city officials during the regular Monday flag-raising ceremonies at the city hall grounds was Baguio-based runner Sandy Menchi Abahan who topped the female category of the 100-kilometer trail run when she clocked 17:56:58 for the challenging ultra-trail marathon.

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Baguio athletes shine in ASEAN Masters championships

BAGUIO CITY May 17 – Veteran athletes from the Summer Capital stamped their respective classes in their chosen events as they snared sixteen gold, five silver and one bronze medals in the recently-concluded Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Masters athletic championships held in Singapore.

Seasoned runner Christabel Martes was the lone Baguio athlete who was a quadruple gold medalist in the prestigious international athletic competition when she garnered gold medals in the 2000-meter steeplechase, 4x400-meter relay, 1500 run and 5,000-meter run.

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Council summons DPWH-CAR officials on May 23

BAGUIO CITY May 18 – The city council approved a resolution inviting officials of the Cordillera office of the Department of Public works and Highways (DPWH-CAR) to appear before the local legislative body on Monday, May 23, 2016, to shed light and explain the current citywide construction of drainage systems which had been the major cause of traffic congestions in the city's central business district.

The resolution authored by Councilors Michael Lawana and Faustino Olowan cited there're is a need for the DPWH-CAR to explain why the projects were implemented without appropriate consultations with the city government in order to facilitate the smooth implementation of the projects and prevent its significant impact to the traffic congestions within crowded areas around the city.

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BCPO cited for exemplary performance during elections

BAGUIO CITY May 18 – The city council passed a resolution commending the men and women of the Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) for their exemplary performance in supporting the Commission on elections (Comelec) maintain a peaceful and orderly elections in the city last May 9, 2016.

The resolution authored by Councior Roberto C. Ortega was unanimously approved upon the recommendation of the committee on human rights, justice, public protection and safety, peace and order.

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Revival of ESL project in Itogon pushed

BAGUIO CITY May 19 – The city government, the Itogon municipal government and the management of the Benguet Corporation (BC) recently signed a memorandum of understanding for the revival of the engineered sanitary landfill (ESL) project within the company's open pit site in Antamok, Itogon, Benguet.

The memorandum of understanding was signed by City Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan, Itogon Mayor Victorio Palangdan and BC officer-in-charge Engr. Arsenio Sebial.

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German landscaper and artist Frank Georg assisted by Mayor Mauricio Domogan and Vice \Mayor Edison Bilog cuts the ceremonial ribbon featuring the biggest "Last Supper" more than 60 of his artworks displayed at the City Hall lobby in his honor. The city government represented by Mayor Domogan also gave Georg a plaque of commendation for rendering voluntary services as a landscaper in the city since 2010 during City Hall's flag raising ceremony May 16. - By Bong Cayabyab


Bright prospects for Cordillera autonomy with Duterte administration

BAGUIO CITY May 19 – The renewed pursuit for Cordillera autonomy which took a back seat during the Aquino administration will likely gain headway in the term of Presumptive President Rodrigo Duterte considering that it is aligned with his advocacy on federalism, Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan said here Wednesday.

The city mayor cited the clamor for regional autonomy in the Cordillera is inter-connected with Duterte's advocacy on federalism that is why autonomy advocates will have an easier time soliciting his support for the realization of the conversion of the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR( into an autonomous region.

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The cash incentive donated by a benevolent donor from the USA was handed by Mayor Mauricio Domogan to SLU-LAB taekwondo jins Xaphrine Rivera who earned the first gold medal (P3,000) in the elementary division and earning the most number of medals with 3 golds (P3,000 or a total of P6,000 cash incentive ) in the girls elementary division and UB Science High Gabriel Soria for earning the most medals in the boys high school category (2 golds and a silver, P3,000) during the just concluded Palarong Pambansa in Albay.. UB High arnisador Eza Rai Yalong (not shown in photo) who garnered the most number of medall (2 golds and a silver) in girls high school received the amount of P3,000 from the same donor coursed through this photographer this photographer at the Public Information Office. The same incentive was donated by the same benevolent donor worth P12,000 for the athlete recipients in the same category last year. - By Bong Cayabyab


City cuts down power expense with led conversion project

BAGUIO CITY – The city government has cut down its power consumption with the pocket implementation of the Light Emitting Diode (LED) conversion project in selected priority areas.

Engr. Ric Molina of the electrical division of the city engineer's office reported a 50 percent actual savings realized in pilot areas covered by the conversion project which include the city's main thoroughfares and major parks.

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Mayor urges Public participation in consultations for city's development

BAGUIO CITY May 18 - Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan wants open-minded citizens to actively participate in consultations that will be scheduled by the city government to solicit the valid and legitimate suggestions and recommendations of concerned sectors of the city relative to the crafting of policies concerning the overall development of the city.

The local chief executive cited that it is unfortunate that results of previous consultations relative to proposed policies on the comprehensive land use plan, zoning ordinance, environment code among others end up in a stalemate because most of those participating in scheduled consultations have already convictions relative to such issues.

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Finally, a proposed ordinance to ban firecracker in the city

BAGUIO CITY May 18 – The city council approved on first reading a proposed ordinance imposing a ban on the possession, distribution, display, sale and use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devises and materials by private persons and entities in the city.

The proposed ordinance authored by six-term Councilor Betty Lourdes F. Tabanda was anchored on the snowballing clamor from local residents on the imposition of the total ban on the display, sale and use of firecrackers and pyrotechnic materials as evidenced by the over 14,000 signatures and 48 barangay resolutions as well as an unnumbered Resolution of the Liga ng mga Barangay supporting the imposition of a total ban on firecrackers and pyrotechnic materials in the city.

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Duterte urged to appoint responsible BCDA, JHMC executives

BAGUIO CITY May 19 – Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan urged Presumptive President Rodrigo Duterte to appoint responsible and dedicated officials of the State-owned Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) and its subsidiary, the John Hay Management Corporation (JHMC), for the timely and immediate resolution of the issues and concerns surrounding the mutually prostituted lease agreement of the 247-hectare John Hay Special Economic Zone (JHSEZ).

The local chief executive accused the current BCDA and JHMC leaderships of having unilaterally decided on their own that resulted to the filing of various cases against BCDA and JHMC and counter charges against the developed, the Camp John Hay Development Corporation (CJHDevCo), thereby depriving the city government its appropriate share from the lease rentals of the special economic zone.

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