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City continues to compromise with taxpayers; lowers proposed increase in land market values

BAGUIO CITY – The city government decided to lower further the proposed increase in market values for lands in the city as a compromise with the taxpayers.

This will be the second time that the proposed rates were decreased in deference to the request of the landowners and the business community in the city as aired in the series of public hearings conducted on the matter.

City assessor Almaya Addawe will present the adjusted rates in another public consultation set on Aug. 17, 2 p.m. at the Sangguniang Panlungsod session hall.

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RDC Advisory Committee at the House of Representatives

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Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan (RDC Chairman ) seems to have a serious conversation with Benguet Congressman Ronald Cosalan, one of the most senior congressman of the Cordillera at the sideline of the meeting of the members of the RDC and the RDC Advisory Committee at the House of Representatives. *** Photo by Ryan Mangusan

 

Baguio, Benguet ready for Palaro bidding

BAGUIO CITY August 10 – The local governments of Baguio City and Benguet province are ready to participate in the upcoming bidding process to be conducted by the Palaro Selection Board (PSB) of the Department of Education to select the next host of the prestigious Palarong Pambansa 2018.

Stakeholders from the academe, business, transport volunteer emergency responders, among others, joined law enforcers, city, municipal and provincial officials and concerned government agencies in the signing of their commitment to extend all-out support in the joint hosting of the national sports competition to be held during the summer months.

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Electric coops ask DOE to compare benefits offered to host communities

Alarmed over the increasing number of private developers of hydro-energy being given "water rights" and hydro service contracts in these uplands, the Cordillera Region Electric Cooperatives Association (CRECA) has asked the Department of Energy to give them the avenue to challenge these in accordance with benefits being offered by these companies vis-a-vis those of cooperatives. .

In Resolution 2017-07, the CRECA is calling on the DOE to allow them "to challenge holder(s) of existing hydro-service contracts provided the electric cooperatives can provide greater benefit to the local community and will reduce the cost of electricity to member-consumers".

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Smoke Free Baguio training slated

BAGUIO CITY -- The city government in cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO) country office will conduct a training-workshop in line with the approved Smoke-Free Baguio Ordinance on August 15 and 16 at El Cielito Hotel, here.

Participants to the two-day activity include councilor and ABC president Michael Lawana, city administrator Carlos Canilao, city health officer Rowena Galpo, city building and architects office head Nazita Banez, city legal officer Melchor Rabanes, city treasurer Alex Cabarrubias, and city human resource management officer Augustin Laban III;

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Spay and neuter area for dogs and cats, in the works

BAGUIO CITY – The city veterinary office (CVO) under Dr. Brigit Piok is hoping that several projects including the construction of a spay and neuter area for dogs and cats will commence before the end of this year to further improve her office's services to the public.

Others are the construction of a sewage treatment plant for the city abattoir, a composting area and the upgrading of slaughterhouse facilities, machineries and buildings.

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No legal impediment in action versus Camp 7 batching plant

BAGUIO CITY August 09 – Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan underscored there is no legal impediment on any action that may be taken by the concerned departments of the local government to closure the controversial Camp 7 cement batching plant even without using the assailed anti-batching plant ordinance.

The local chief executive pointed out there are other laws such as the newly implemented Environment Code and other related pollution laws that could be used against the questionable operation of the Camp 7 batching plant even if the lawyers of the owner claim that there is still a case that is subject to litigation, citing the fact that there was no restraining order that was issued against the local government to prevent the concerned departments from pursuing actions against the plant.

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Put up of crematorium in city proposed

BAGUIO CITY August 08 – The City Council approved on first reading a proposed ordinance establishing a local government-owned crematorium facility in the city and appropriating the needed funds for the purpose.

The ordinance authored by Councilor Leandro B. Yangot, Jr. stated the amount of P5 million will be appropriated from the general fund of the local government or from any available source for the successful implementation of the ordinance.

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Camp 7 bocap slapped 6-month suspension

BAGUIO CITY August 10 – The City Council approved the recommendation of one of its division on barangay cases to suspend controversial Camp 7 punong barangay Constancio Danao for a maximum period of six months without pay after finding him guilty of serious or grave dishonesty and grave misconduct.

In a 19-page resolution, the local legislative body found Danao guilty of the offense of gave dishonesty and grave misconduct for manipulating the procurement of the needed warning devices and disaster risk reduction and management equipment by allowing the payment of the procured items even without the authority of the barangay Bids and Awards Committee (BAC).

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SC upholds closure of Rillera building

BAGUIO CITY August 08 – The Second Division of the Supreme Court (SC) affirmed the previous rulings of the Court of Appeals (CA that upheld the decision of a lower court dismissing the petition of the Hilltop Market Fish Vendors Association against the local government against the closure of the Rillera building, popularly known as the fish section of the market vendors, for lack of merit.

In an 11-page decision signed by Associate Justice Antonio Carpio for the division dated July 20, 2017, the SC denied the petition for review filed by the association because in the contract of lease, one of the parties binds himself to give to another the enjoyment or use of a thing or a price certain and for a period which may be definite or indefinite and being a consensual contract, a lease is perfected at the moment there is a meeting of the minds upon the thing and the cost or consideration which are to constitute the contract and thereafter, the lessor is obliged to deliver that thing which is the object of the contract in such a condition as to render it for the use intended, and the lessee is obliged to use the thing is a diligent father of a family, devoting it to the use stipulated or that which may be inferred from the thing leased.

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Dost offers undergraduate scholarship program

BAGUIO CITY – The Dept. of Science and Technology is now accepting applications to the DOST-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) Undergraduate Scholarship program for Academic Year 2018-2019.

DOST Cordillera Regional Director Victor Mariano, in a letter to Mayor Mauricio Domogan, said the scholarship program is open to the non-Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) students who belong to the upper top five percent of the graduating class.

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DPWH earmarks P180 million for convention center rehab

Baguio city August 08 – Some P180 million was earmarked by the Department of Public works and Highways (DPWH) for the proposed repair had rehabilitation of the city-owned Baguio Convention Center under the agency's 2018 national building program which forms part of the national expenditure program.

In her letter dated July 31, 2017 to Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan, DPWH-CAR regional director Nerie D. Bueno requested the local government for a coordination meeting to discuss the preparation of detailed plans and the conduct of pre-detailed engineering activities for the identified project that was provided the required funding requirement by the agency in next year's budget.

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City vet bares accomplishments

BAGUIO CITY – The city veterinary office (CVO) under Dr. Brigit Piok has inspected a total of 273,980 heads of animals and passed for slaughter in the first semester of 2017 including 4,996 tons of meat that was deemed fit for human consumption.

Her office also found 1,345 kilograms of meat unfit for human consumption that were immediately confiscated, condemned and properly disposed of.

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City vet vaccinates 30,787 dogs in first sem

BAGUIO CITY – The city veterinary office (CVO), in partnership with other government and non-government agencies, has vaccinated 30,787 out of 50,000 dogs in the city and neutered 97 dogs and cats in the first semester of this year

City veterinarian Brigit Piok said 1,229 stray dogs were impounded during the period and with the help of barangays, the dog traps given them by her office yielded 83 dogs impounded.

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BENECO assures speedy transfer of electric poles

BAGUIO CITY August 08 – The Benguet Electric Cooperative (BENECO) assured the local government that electric poles that are affected by the implementation of government infrastructure projects will be immediately relocated to safer places the soonest after the public works department and the energy department issued a joint circular to address the perennial problem of unattended poles affected by road and other infrastructure projects.

BENECO general manager Gerardo P. Verzosa informed the members of the City Council in last Monday's regular session that there is no more problem in the requests for transfer of electric poles that are affected by government infrastructure projects because the DPWH-DOE joint circular guaranteed the payment of the labour and materials that will be incurred by the cooperative in the transfer of its electric poles to safer places.

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Convention center design contest to push through

BAGUIO CITY August 08 – The proponent of the Baguio Convention Center design contest will still push through as planned even if the proposed ordinance authorizing the charging of the amount of P2.35 million from the non-office account of the 2017 annual budget for the said purpose was withdrawn during the local legislative body's regular session last Monday.

Councilor Maria Mylene Victoria G. Yaranon, author of the proposed ordinance, said she was constrained to withdraw her proposal because she was already exasperated and tired of justifying the merits of the proposal, especially to some local legislators who refuse to think out of the boxes and those who try to project themselves as working for the welfare of the people when in fact, they are not doing so.

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STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS 2017

STATEMENT IN REPLY TO THE PUBLISHED OPEN LETTER OF BCDA PRESIDENT and CEO ARNEL PACIANO D. CASANOVA

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Speech Delivered by Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan during the Cordillera Month Closing Ceremony
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