City to bid out asin hotspring resort

BAGUIO CITY – The city government will bid out the operation of the Asin Hotspring Resort Complex in Asin, Nangalisan, Tuba, Benguet.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan Wednesday said this was the consensus reached during a meeting with the Local Finance Committee.

He said the committee turned down a proposal for renegotiation from Roger Sinot, long-time operator of the complex who was ejected after losing a court case against the city government recently.

The mayor said Sinot proposed to continue operating the resort offering a 80-20 percent operator-owner income sharing scheme.

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Mayor halts fairs in city parks

BAGUIO CITY –Mayor Mauricio Domogan Wednesday during the weekly Ugnayan presser has ordered a stop to the holding of Trade Fairs in the city's primier park.

Requests from Barangay officials in holding fund raising activities particularly trade fairs in the Central Business District (Malcolm Square and Rose Garden) has been rejected .

Another livelihood exhibit at the Igorot Park has been ordered removed after an inspection by the Licensing Office, Public Order and Safety Division (POSD) and the Police revealed a trade fair instead of an Industrial and Agricultural Exhibit is ongoing .

Domogan said, 'holding of fund raising activity for barangay projects can be done as it is allowed under Republic Act. 7160 Sec. 391 (11) without the need of securing a permit but it should be on an exclusive barangay property'.

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12 colleges in CAR raise tuition fees

BAGUIO CITY - The Commission on Higher Education Cordillera (CHED-CAR) said 12 schools in the Cordillera region implemented an increase in their tuition, miscellaneous and other fees.

Based on the list from CHED-CAR, seven schools will raise tuition fees per unit, three others will increase miscellaneous and other fees while two schools will apply the increase only for the incoming first year students.

In Baguio City, Kalos M.A. College posted the highest increase at 20 percent effective first semester of school year 2011 to 2012. From the previous tuition of P116 per unit, the fee will now be P140 per unit.

San Pablo Seminary will impose 15 percent increase in tuition fees to P375.35 per unit.

The other schools and the schedule of increased fees are as follows:

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CHSO urges public to participate in dengue prevention campaign

BAGUIO CITY - The City Health Services Office (CHSO) encourages the public to be alert and to take part in preventing the spread of dengue fever in Baguio City.

The CHSO recently held a Dengue Awareness Caravan at Brgy. South Sanitary Camp. The caravan promotes anti-dengue measures which include 'operation-taob' (turnover) for empty containers and operation 'yugyug' (shake) for plants particularly Fortune plants where rainwater settles.

The office also distributed drum covers in two barangays in the city -- Kias and Bakakeng for an anti-dengue experiment in partnership with World Health Organization and the Asian Development Bank.

"We want the public to know that they can play a big part in preventing this dreaded disease," said CHSO Medical Officer IV Dr. Donnabel Tubera.

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Inmates, mostly in yellow, watch the live telecast of the Pacquiao-Mosley fight, thanks to efforts of media groups led by Miggs Velarde.

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Wardess Sr./Insp. April Rose Ayangwa beside the box into which the inmates placed P4,400.00 as their contribution to relief efforts for Japan.


Prisoners find poetry on mother’s day

“In the absence of space / She puts a smile on the moon’s face / making sure life below her is at peace with the equation of chaos.”

That’s how one male prisoner set to poetry the city jail’s observance of Mother’s Day early last Sunday afternoon, just after the 447 occupants watched with guards the lack of poetry which Manny Pacquiao shamed Shane Mosley. (The live cable connection for the fight was courtesy of Skycable Family, Baguio Correspondents and Broadcasters Club led by Miggs Velarde and The Miners headed by Zards Gacad. The giant screen was installed by Visionworks which did the same when the prisoners rooted and voted for Baguio’s Metamorphosis and singer Ingrid Payaket, the city’s finalists in last year’s “Pilipinas Got Talent”.)

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Hope flickers for city on John Hay rental share collection

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan is hopeful that the city government can finally collect its share from the rental of Camp John Hay after the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) gave the developer Camp John Hay Development Corporation (CJHDevCo) a deadline to settle its mounting rental obligation.

The mayor and the members of the city council last Tuesday met with the representatives of the BCDA, the CJHDevCo and the John Hay Management Corp. (JHMC), a subsidiary of the BCDA mandated to monitor the facility’s development to thresh out issues on the rental share and the purchase of the Baguio Convention Center.

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Children protection council re-organized

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan last week issued Administrative Order (AO) 60 for the re-organization of the city council for the protection of children; with four distinct committees: Survival, Development, Protection and Participation. Said council shall attend to plans, programs and policies that are “gender-fair, culturally relevant and responsive” to needs of children 0 to below 18 years of age.

The mayor heads the council with the Save Our School Children Foundation Inc., (SOSFI) as co-The Participation Committee is headed by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) City Director with the Sangguniang Kabataan Federation (SKF) President; Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) President; City Information Officer and Social Services Division (SSD), both of the City Mayor’s Office (CMO); Baguio Center for Young Adults (BCYA), Inc; and CCF Saleng Parents’ Asociation, as members.

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City prepares for rainy season

BAGUIO CITY – though the city will not be directly affected by the incoming typhoon, the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) is not taking any chances and has put in place 'OplanChedeng' to efficiently and effectively coordinate all emergency operations in the city.

City Administrator Carlos Canilao, Action Officer of the CDRRMC has mobilized all operatives and trained volunteers of the City Disaster Operations Center (CDOC) for any eventuality.

Canilao said ' proper coordination and communication among the different teams will ensure that needed manpower and resources are distributed to barangays directly which will be affected by the typhoon'.

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Kindergarten officially mandatory this year

BAGUIO CITY - The Department of Education-Cordillera (DepEd-CAR) confirmed the mandatory implementation of the universal kindergarten education in the region which is a part of the K+12 program approved by President Benigno Aquino III that requires five-year-old children to enter kindergarten before they could enroll to grade school effective June this year .

"The Philippines is the only remaining country in Asia with a 10-year pre-university program, resulting to an insufficient mastery of basic competencies due to congested curriculum," said Teresita Velasco, CEO VI Director III of DepEd-CAR.

According to DepEd, there are studies in the Philippines which have shown that an additional year of schooling increases individual earnings by 7.5 percent and so K+12 will contribute to over-all economic growth.

Velasco explained that the universal kindergarten education aims to ensure readiness of the children, to enhance their social skills and creativity at an early age which will help them cope with their new environment when they enter grade school.

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Pre-marriage counseling team created

BAGUIO CITY – Early this month, Mayor Mauricio Domogan has issued Administrative Order 66 creating a pre-marriage counseling team; with a revised pre-marriage counseling manual with important information about marriage and relationships, human sexuality, maternal, child and neonatal health, family planning, Sexually Transmitted Diseases including HIV/AIDS, responsible parenthood and home management.

The requirement is anchored on Presidential Decree 965 requiring all engaged couples to attend a Pre-marriage Counseling (PMC) session; and a joint memorandum circular of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Commission on Population (PopCom) mandating all government units to adopt amendments on the revised Pre-marriage counseling program.

All local government units are thus enjoined to create and implement the program as to PD 965, the new Family Code and the Local Government Code for the efficient and effective delivery of the program.

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Mayor Mauricio Domogan calls on inmates to examine their lives and work for reform. With him is Jail Warden Chief/Insp.



A female inmate, accompanied by Jail Officers Rosana Malanta and Ruby Wanawan, deposits the prisoner's support for Japan through a Philippine National Bank Account opened by the Philippine National Red Cross.


Dads recount legislative work on betel-nut chewing, smoking, traffic flow

Unlike smokers, betel nut chewers can still do their thing in public places up here, so says an amendatory ordinance the city council passed last Feb. 14.

The day of passage (Valentine’s) apparently had nothing to do with the red product of the habit or practice among a growing number of “aficionados” no longer limited to Ifugaos and traditional tribal users.

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Segregate, Mayor reminds residents anew

BAGUIO CITY – For the nth time, residents here were reminded to segregate their wastes right in their homes.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan said he will not get tired of reminding the public if only to make the city’s waste management program work.

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