Greeting the new Year


A spectacular fireworks display by the City Government held at the Melvin Jones Grandstand, Burnham Park watched by thousands of people, both residents and visitors that ushers-in 2018.****


Proposed P2.056 billion city budget deferred

BAGUIO CITY January 11 The City Council deferred for the second time the proposed P2.056 billion annual budget of the local government this year following concerns raised against some priority development projects funded under the city's Annual Investment Plan (AIP).

While approving the proposed budgets of all the departments of the local government for this year, the local legislative body deferred action in the approval of the proposed P210 million earmarked for the construction of a multi-story pay parking facility in the vacant lot owned by the city located near the Baguio fire department and the P17 million set aside for the improvement of the perimeter of the Melvin Jones football ground that will serve as the relocation site of the night market vendors.

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Creative City Planning


Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan joined by local artists, urban planners and other city officials and stakeholders from the Private Sector planning on the launching of Baguio City as UNESCO Creative City right at the very first day of work, January 3, 2018 at the City Mayor's Office. *** Photo by Ryan Mangusan


Ortega named to vacant council seat

BAGUIO CITY January 12 – President Rodrigo R. Duterte approved the appointment of the son of the late Councilor Roberto "Bobby" Ortega to succeed him after his untimely demise last July 30, 2917.

The appointment papers of Francisco Roberto Pacoy Ortega VI, 29, and a bonafide member of the United Nationalist Alliance 9UNA0, was signed by the President on December 29 2018 and was made available to the local government recently.

The young Ortega will serve the unexpired term of his late father as a member of the local legislative body after he was recommended by the UNA leadership to be appointed for the said post.

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Council proposes social media in drug war

BAGUIO CITY – The city council on Monday tackles the proposed resolution calling for Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-CAR head Edgar Apalla to consider the use of social media in the ongoing war against drugs.

Authored by Vice-Mayor Edison Bilog, the measure proposes the use of social media and SMS blast in "initiating and undertaking its national campaign against drug abuse, prevention and control programs." Informed sources say SMS (or "text") blast is a mobile network carrier that "provides fast, reliable and most affordable means to improve communication, through bulk sending." An analysis system for detailed reports and charts for easier decision-making may also be provided through this means, it was known.

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EMB-CAR records improvement in Baguio air quality

BAGUIO CITY January 09 – The Cordillera office of the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB-CAR) reported there was a drastic improvement in the city's air quality within the central business district during the Yuletide season last year compared to the previous year because of the aggressive implementation of the total ban on the use of firecrackers for the Yuletide revelries.

Wilma Lagonilla of the Cordillera office of the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB-CAR) said the general ambient air monitoring machine installed in Burnham Park recorded the fair range of air quality in the city, 95 micrograms per cubic meter for PM 10 and 33 micrograms per cubic meter for PM 2.5 midnight of December 31, 2017.

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Bidding for hauling of city's garbage underway

BAGUIO CITY January 09 – The city's Bids and Wards Committee announced that the bidding process for the hauling of the generated residual waste to the Urdaneta City sanitary landfill is now underway.

City Budget officer Leticia O. Clemente informed members of the local legislative body that the BAC finished the pre-procurement process for the determination of the hauler of the city's residual waste to Urdaneta with the hope that the hauling contract will be awarded to the winning bidder on or before February 15, 2018.

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400 to be hired for city's SPES

BAGUIO CITY January 09 – Some four hundred individuals will be hired by the local government this year for the annual Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) geared towards providing deserving youth the opportunity to work to sustain their studies.

Jose Atanacio, Executive Assistant IV of the City Mayor's Office and Public Employment Services Office (PESO) Manager, said funds for the increase in the individuals to be hired under the SPES are incorporated in the proposed annual budget of the city this year.

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Political will, public cooperation key to reduced firecracker injuries

BAGUIO CITY January 08 – The strong political will of city officials in imposing a total ban on the sale and use of firecrackers for the Yuletide revelries and the cooperation of the public to such policy of the local government were instrumental in the reduction of firecracker-related injuries in the city during the Yuletide revelries, city health authorities said here recently.

City Health Officer Rowena Galpo revealed that for the period December 21, 2017 to January 5, 2018, there were only three reported firecracker injuries in the city which is 40 percent lower than the 5 cases reported during the same monitoring period in 2017.

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Baguio barangays to be reduced to 42

BAGUIO CITY January 09 – The city's Task Force on Barangay Merger reported that the current 128 barangays could be reduced to only 42 barangays once the local government successfully implements the long overdue merger of the smallest political subdivision in the bureaucracy.

Councilor Michael Lawana, chairman of the City Council Committee on Barangay Affairs and head of the Task Force on Barangay Merger, said the proposed 42 barangays for the city resulted from the numerous meetings of the task force with concerned barangay officials starting last year and that consultations are expected to continue this year until a final barangay merger plan shall have been officially adopted for implementation.

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Kafagway-CAR sports international luminaries award and recognition rites set

BAGUIO CITY – The Kafagway sports international luminaries award and recognition program (KSILARP) will be held at the Silungan Center of the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO), Upper Session road on February 10. Athlete Stephen Loman and sportsman-coach Marques Sangiao will lead the core of awardees from the city and other parts of the Cordillera region.

Loman, a student from the University of the Cordilleras (UC) last November won the inaugural world bantamweight title in the Brave Combat Federation with a first round knock-out against Indian National Gurdarshan Mangat at the Khalifa Sports City in Bahrain. For his exemplary achievement, he will receive the prestigious NCCB Kafagway Sports "Super Athlete of the Year 2017" trophy. On the other hand, veteran sportsman-coach Sangiao who was recently named as the No. 2 Most outstanding MMA Coach in Asia, will receive the "Super Coach of the year 2017" trophy. He is the founder of Team Lakay, the mother sports organization of former ONE World Lightweight Champion Edward Folayang and other outstanding MMA warriors from the Cordillera. Sangiao is a veteran world and Southeast Asian Games gold medalist and is also a wushu coach at UC.

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Slu, uc commended for achievements

BAGUIO CITY – The City Council recently commended two universities here for their latest academic pursuits.

In Resolution No. 457 series of 2017, the body cited St. Louis University for being the second top performing school of nursing during the Nurse Licensure Examination (NLE) administered in November last year as recognized by the Professional Regulation Commission.

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City to purchase 4 more garbage trucks

BAGUIO CITY January 08 – The city will purchase four more garbage trucks this year to further improve the efficiency of collecting the city's waste in the 128 barangays.

City General Services Officer-in-Charge Eugene Buyucan said the budget for the purchase of these dump trucks in included in the P2.059 billion proposed city's annual budget pending deliberations with the City Council.

At present, the city has a total of 14 serviceable garbage trucks servicing the city's 128 barangays from 3 am to 11 pm collecting garbage as per the scheduled collection dates per barangay.

With the 4 garbage trucks that will be added to the city's existing fleet of trucks, Buyucan explained garbage collection will become more efficient and there will be less depreciation of the vehicles.

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Encroachments in City-owned Sto. Tomas property noted

BAGUIO CITY January 09 – The City General Services Office confirmed that there has been a significant increase in the number of settlers in various portions of the 139-hectare city-owned property in Barangay Sto. Tomas School Area based on the results of the recent inspection made by concerned officials on the status of the area.

GSO officer-in-Charge Eugene Buyucan said the continuous increase in the number of settlers in various portions of the city-owned property might have a negative implication on the local government's plan of putting up its integrated solid waste disposal facility within a 50-hectare portion of the property previously proposed to be fenced.

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Councilors restore P4 million assistance for Panagbenga

BAGUIO CITY January 09 – The City Council restored the P4 million annual assistance of the local government to the Baguio Flower Festival Foundation, Inc. (BFFFI) for the month-long Panagbenga, otherwise known as the Baguio flower festival, that runs from February to March this year.

The approved financial assistance to the organizers of the city's crowd-drawing event is lodged with the budget of the City Mayor's Office and will be used for the prizes of the winners of the various activities lined up for the 2018 flower festival.

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P91.2 million earmarked for city's disaster risk reduction and management

BAGUIO CITY January 09 – Members of the local legislative body approved the allocation of some P91.2 million from the P2.059 proposed annual budget for this year for the city's disaster risk reduction and management programs geared towards reducing the exposure of vulnerable sectors to natural and man-made calamities.

Louie Glenn Lardizabal, Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer who is in charge of research and planning, said that of the said amount, P63.9 million is allocated for the four thematic areas of disaster risk reduction and management while some P27.3 million is set aside as quick response fund during disasters.

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