Alay Sa Kalinisan Search for the 10 Most Cleanest and 10 Most Dirtiest Barangays of Baguio board of judges chairperson Dr. Julie Cabato can not hide her disgust during a surprise inspection of transportation terminals, bars and restaurants near the tourist spots and central business district area.The ASKI board of judges headed by Cabato noted scattered litters of cigarette butts, moma spit and very dirty comfort rooms which make a bad impression to visitors and tourists. - By Bong Cayabyab


Buguias town to eventually co-own hydropower plant being built by BENECO

Cordillera communities at a loss on how to deal with influential power companies harnessing their water resources for renewable energy generation may well learn to negotiate for benefits offered by the Benguet Electric Cooperative (BENECO) to Buguias, Benguet in its first hydro power generation project.

Topping the benefits accruing to the community, the Buguias municipal government will eventually co-own the three-megawatt (3,000 kilowatts) Man-asok hydroelectric plant being built at Sebang, Buguias to the tune of P451,143,461.

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City requires security guards to undergo trainings on disaster response, traffic direction, crime reporting

BAGUIO CITY – All security guards, officers and consultants assigned in any workplace in the city will now be required to undergo local orientation trainings on emergency or disaster response, traffic direction and control and crime or incident reporting.

This is by virtue of Ordinance No. 69 series of 2017 or the "City Orientation Training Ordinance for Security Guards of 2017" authored by Councilor Peter Fianza and approved by the city council on third reading.

Fianza said the ordinance will put in place "the mechanisms to properly define the role of security guards" in assisting policemen in the maintenance of peace and order and protection of life and property and in cases of emergencies and disaster.

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President ordered DPWH to prioritize P5.2 billion CAR infra- projects

BAGUIO CITY July 20 – President Rodrigo R. Duterte ordered Public Works Secretary Mark Villar to work out the funding for the completion of major infrastructure projects in the different parts of the Cordillera amounting to some P5.2 billion.

The President gave the directive to Secretary Villar at the close of the meeting of the Cordillera leaders with the Chief Executive at the Malacanang Palace Tuesday night which drew a loud round of applause from the local officials.

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NCCA wants creation of councils for culture and the art

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet July 19 – The National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA) wants local government units around the country to create their local councils for culture and arts to help in preserving and protecting the rich culture and heritage of the people in various parts of the archipelago.

Speaking before the huge crowd that gathered at the Wangal Sports Complex during the celebration of the 30th founding anniversary of the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), NCCA Executive Director Rico Pableo, Jr. said the creation of local councils for culture and arts will be included as one of the criteria for judging local governments for their compliance to the coveted Seal of Good Local governance this year.

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CA upholds legality of city's anti-batching plant law

BAGUIO CITY July 20 - The 17th Division of the Court of Appeals (CA) upheld the legality and constitutionality of Ordinance No. 043, series of 2007 or the city's anti-batching plant ordinance overruling the decision of a lower court that declared the said local legislative measure as flawed.

In a 31-page decision signed by Associate Justices Ramon A. Cruz, Marlene Gonzales-Sison and Henri Lean Paul B. Inting, the CA cited there being a mixture of questions of facts and of law, the local government correctly instituted its appeal.

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Family of ofw due for head surgery in singapore appeals for help

BAGUIO CITY – The family of a pregnant Overseas Filipino Worker who suffered a stroke and is now due for a costly head operation in Singapore is appealing for help.

Leona Wal last week aired the appeal of son Walter for financial assistance for wife Liezl, 32, who is 17 weeks pregnant to undergo an operation at the Singapore General Hospital to remove the veins that caused her hemorrhagic stroke last July 2.

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Phil-Jap friendship day celebration to be held

BAGUIO CITY – An interplay of culture and traditions in celebration of Philippines-Japan friendship day, with a photo exhibit, is scheduled today, Sunday, July 23at the Baguio City National High School Auditorium.

The event is sponsored by the Fil-Japanese Foundation, Inc. – Northern Luzon, the local government of Baguio in partnership with the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO), Baguio Elderly Assembly (BEA) and the National Correspondents Club of Baguio (NCCB).

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Adopted Son


Secretary Jess Duresa of the Office of the Presidential Assistant on Peace Process receiving the adoption certificate and the Shield from Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan during the adoption rite last Friday July 14, that coincided with the Baguio leg of the Gong Relay program and part of the Cordillera month celebration. Duresa who was the Guest Speaker of the program was given the name "Mensapit" which means Peace Maker and savior, extorts the Cordillera people and leaders to unite to attain Cordillera Autonomy. He said that the Cordillera shall not be left behind with the Duterte's push for the Bangsa moro law. *** Photos by Joel B. Belinan


Crime policies, security report now required among city colleges

BAGUIO CITY – Colleges and universities in the city are now required to come up with crime prevention policies as a means of promoting crime awareness and security among their constituents.

The city council approved on third reading Ordinance no. 68 series of 2017 or "An Ordinance Promoting Crime Awareness and Security in Institutions of Higher Learning within the Territorial Jurisdiction of the City of Baguio" authored by Councilor Leandro Yangot Jr. for this purpose.

"This ordinance seeks to establish a program that would provide adequate and updated information for students, parents or guardians as well as the community of all our learning institutions on their safety and security policies and procedures," Yangot said.

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Camp 7 batching plant task force ordered to work double time

BAGUIO CITY July 19 – Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan ordered the newly created Camp 7 batching plant task force to work double time in the required joint inspection of the cement batching plant in barangay Camp 7 to find out its violations to the city's zoning ordinance and Environment Code which can warrant its eventual closure ending the predicaments of the residents living within its vicinity.

The local chief executive also adhered to the recommendation of city building official Engr. Nazita Bañez to use the violations of the batching plant to cancel the Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) issued by the Cordillera office of the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB-CAR) which is allegedly being used by the operator as a legal justification for its continuous operation.

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City dads, workers told to participate in programs

BAGUIO CITY July 19 – Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan urged all officials and employees of the local government to actively participate in the various programs and activities not only of the city but also other local governments and concerned governments in the region.

The local chief executive expressed disappointment over the very poor attendance of city hall officials and employees in the Baguio leg of the Cordillera Unity Gong Relay last Friday at the city hall grounds and the 30th Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) founding anniversary main program held at the Wangal Sports Complex in La Trinidad, Benguet sponsored by the Benguet provincial government and the Cordillera office of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP-CAR).

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US firm conducting study on city's waste disposal

BAGUIO CITY July 20 – A United States-based waste disposal company is now studying the city's waste disposal system for it to come out with the recommendations on the appropriate solutions that can be adopted.

City General Services officer Romeo D. Concio said the proponents want to introduce the anaerobic digester as one possible solutions to the city's waste disposal system, thus, the company officials and technical people studying the current state of our garbage before they will make their recommendations.

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Council approved Gratuity pay for job order workers

BAGUIO CITY July 20 – The City Council approved on third and final reading a proposed ordinance adopting and authorising the grant of gratuity pay to job order and contract-of-service workers of the local government for last year and allocating the appropriate amount for the purpose.

The ordinance authored by Councilor Peter C. Fianza stated the grant of gratuity pay will be adopted by the city to recognize the hard work and contribution of workers whose services were engaged through job order and contract for services in 2016 and for succeeding years as policy directions and instructions will allow.

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Baguio, San Juan City to forge sisterhood ties

BAGUIO CITY – Vice Mayor Edison Bilog and San Juan City Vice-Mayor Janella Ejercito Estrada presided over a joint special session Wednesday at City hall's SP Session hall on the forging of sisterhood ties between the two cities.

The meeting was attended by elected officials, department heads, section chiefs and staff from San Juan City and several of their Baguio counterparts.

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Thai symbols in botanical garden

BAGUIO CITY- As a manifestation of friendship, Thailand donates a concrete adult and two baby elephants to Baguio, to be installed at the Botanical garden, with expected inauguration on December 5 this year.

Symbolizing manual labor, royal iconography for centuries and as official national animal of Thailand for many centuries, the elephants shall be molded and installed at the Botanical garden with a Thai landscaping concept through three craftsmen from Thailand.

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