BAGUIO CITY March 21 – Some 128 applications for the issuance of Certificates of Ancestral Land titles (CALTs) covering various parts of the city are now undergoing the mandatory review of the concerned offices of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) to ascertain their validity and legitimacy to be processed.
Lawyer Roland Calde, NCIP-CAR regional director, informed the members of the City Council that the previous moratorium on the acceptance of CALT applications and their subsequent processing had already been lifted, thus, the resumption of the pertinent processes to determine the legitimacy and validity of the said applications before the issuance of CALTs to the applied areas in the different parts of the city.
Baguio Central School students dock and cover under the watchful eye of school principal Esther Litilit during a simultaneous earthquake drill of all public and high schools here. After a few hours, Baguio was jolted by real mild earthquakes at 11;34 a.m. with magnitude 3, 11:37 a.m. with magnitude 2.4 and 1:08 p.m with magnitude 2.5. No damages or casualties were reported by the Office of the Civil Defense and DepEd- Baguio and the CDRRMC. - By Bong Cayabyab
City Accountant Antonio Tabin reports on the status of the city's local collection exceeding the P609 million target with a total of P700 million actual local collection for 2016 during City Hall's flag raising ceremonies. – By Bong Cayabyab
City officials headed by Mayor Mauricio Domogan, Cong. Marquez Go and Vice Mayor Edison Bilog receive from Tiongsan Harrison-La Trinidad vice president Jasper Lao-Colangco and DTI-provincial director Freda Gawisan the donation 20 of trash bins to segregate biodegradable, non-biodegradable and recyclable trash which will be installed within the strategic areas at the Central Business District. - By Bong Cayabyab
BAGUIO CITY March 22 – The Cordillera office of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP-CAR) returned to the indigenous peoples (IP) community to decide on the fate of the city's Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representative (IPMR) following the emergence of various legal and moral issues confronting the selection of Roger Sinot as the IP representative to the local legislative body.
Lawyer Roland Calde, NCIP-CAR regional director, said the petition of a number of Kankana-ey, Kalanguya, Ibaloi and other IPs in the city alleging, among others, their exclusion from the selection process of the city's IPMR will be brought back to the IPs for them to discuss and decide whether or not to uphold the earlier selection of Sinot as the IP representative of the city.
BAGUIO CITY – Rep. Marquez Go wants the House of Representatives committee on energy to conduct an inquiry into the "alleged disparity and overpricing of fuel prices in Northern Luzon."
Go announced this when he reported on his accomplishments before City Hall officials and employees led by Mayor Mauricio Domogan and Vice Mayor Edison Bilog last Monday.
In House Resolution No. 853 which was currently referred for study by the House committee on energy, Go said , "There is a prevailing disparity between the pump prices of fuel in the areas of Northern Luzon particularly in the province of La Union and Baguio City which is in fact questionable."
BAGUIO CITY – The on-going campaign for free dialysis continues to draw support from the various sectors here with now over 32,000 signatures submitted for collation and submission later to concerned national government offices.
More than 203 students and employees of the University of Baguio Science High School (UBSHS) headed by school principal Erlina De Peralta signed the petition urging the government to provide free dialysis treatment for all kidney patients undergoing the blood-cleansing procedure.
BAGUIO CITY March 21 – The City Council approved on first reading a proposed ordinance requiring public and private market and 'talipapa' vendors and helpers, except those in malls and shopping complex, to wear color-coded aprons while plying their trade and providing penalties for violators.
The ordinance authored by Councilor Leandro B. Yangot, Jr. stated all public and public market and 'talipapa vendors' and helpers, except those in malls and shopping complex, are required to war color-coded aprons while plying their trade, red for meat and fish vendors, green for fruit, vegetable and grocery vendors and yellow for eatery and dry goods vendors.
Mayor Mauricio Domogan (inset) exhorts pregnant mothers to observe the theme "Malusog na Mommy, Healthy si Baby at Family" during the Buntis Congress while Congressman Marquez Go, Councilor Elaine Sembrano and City Health Officer Rowena listen intently. - By Bong Cayabyab
BAGUIO CITY March 21 – Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez ordered the local government of Baguio to update the schedule of market values for its real property taxes pursuant to the provisions of the Local Government Code to generate sufficient resources that could be plowed back to the people through the implementation of development projects and enhanced delivery of basic services.
Secretary Dominguez noted that the last general revision of property assessments in Baguio city was in 1996, hence, the current property tax base of the city is already outdated by 21 years.
By the fiscal year 2015, the finance official explained the local government was able to collect P179.88 million on real property taxes using the current schedule of market values as the basis of property assessments.
The debilitating effects of trying to maintain life-time dialysis have caught up with Emilia Atiwon, a 61-year old widow who, like many in her condition, is grappling with the continuous need to support her blood-cleansing sessions scheduled twice a week.
An unemployed widow with three sons, Atiwon had taken odd jobs as domestic and as laborer sanding and smoothening woodcarvings for sale at Asin Road Barangay here.
Her first two sons are woodcarvers while the third assists her in going to and from her dialysis treatment at Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center. Their combined earnings of P600 a day falls short of the cost of one hemodialysis session, which is pegged at P1,200, excluding maintenance medicines.
BAGUIO CITY March 20 – The members of the City Council were obviously irked by the continuous refusal of ranking officials of the Police Regional Office (PRO) in the Cordillera to appear before its regular session to shed light on the unceremonious transfer of a devoted city traffic police officer to Apayao for doing his job in apprehending the driver and security aide of one of the members of its command group as it tasked the Committee on Laws to study what available sanctions could be imposed against them for their failure to heed the local legislative body's police invitation.
Instead of appearing in Monday's regular session as per invitation by the local legislative body, PRO-COR regional director Chief Superintendent Elmo Francis o. Sarona, deputy regional director for administration Senior Superintendent Gregorio Lim and deputy regional director for operations Senior Superintendent Angelito Casimiro again wrote the local legislative body that they will not appear in the said meeting because of pressing matters that they have to attend which obviously irked the members of the City Council.
BAGUIO CITY – The city needs to establish more sources of local revenues and improve tax collection to wean itself from external fund dependence and attain self-sufficiency, a member of the local finance committee stressed on Monday.
City accountant Antonio Tabin, addressing City Hall's flag-raising rites, said that while the city continues to improve its internal or local tax collection which for 2016 reached the P700-million mark as against its P610 million target, it remained dependent on external or national government sources.
BAGUIO CITY March 23 – Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan underscored an autonomous region in the Cordillera will be the future of the region because it will ensure the preservation of the region's rich history, culture, and traditions and guarantee the preservation of the environment while making sure that the region will benefit from its resources with lesser restraint from outside forces.
The local chief executive pointed out the unified stand of the seven Cordillera lawmakers in filing House Bill (HB) 5343 or the Organic Act for the Cordillera is already a good sign towards achieving the desired autonomous status for the region in the next few years.
BAGUIO CITY – "Summer Vacation (SUMVAC) in Baguio," the city's flagship summer offering unravels here starting this month with various treats for both the tourists and residents.
Religious activities marking the Lenten season ushered in the calendar of events and more will be held over the three-month spread as mounted by the ecumenical and inter-faith groups in the city.
Mayor Mauricio Domogan called on the residents and tourists to take part in the various activities that highlight the city's many facets.
The March calendar consists of religious, graduation rites and a potpourri of events that started last March 1.