Pakistani Ambassador to the Philippines

Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan gives the symbolic key to the City to His Excellency Ambassador Mohsin Razi, the Pakistani Ambassador to the Philippines during the latter’s courtesy call to the Mayor last Wednesday.


Fertilizer from Garbage

Fertilizer from Garbage - Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan (2nd. From Right) showing the fertilizer that comes from the Environmental Recycling System Machine, a conversion of the biodegradable waste of the city to the  Benguet Officials from Benguet led by Gov. Nestor Fongwan (3rd. fr R), La Trinidad Mayor Greg Abalos (2nd. Fr R) and Tublay Mayor Ruben Paoad (4th fr R) after the ERS inauguration last Wednesday Feb. 9. Benguet Farmers have been given the first priority to buy the fertilizer.


Ceremonially switch on the newly completed Burnham Park lighting

Light as a crime deterrent- With Bishop Carlito Censon and BENECO officials led by Board President Ferdy Bay-asen (R) and GM Gerardo Versoza (2nd. Fr R) and Councilor Betty Lourdez Tabanda smiling, Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan ceremonially switch on the newly completed Burnham Park lighting last Tuesday Evening.


Finally Garbage solution

Finally Garbage solution-Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan is all smile as he led  in the untying of the ribbon during  the inauguration of the ERS (Environmental Recycling Systems) Machine last Wednesday Feb. 9 at the Irisan composting plant.


Kids write about walking baguio’s urban landscape

Mayor Mauricio Domogan had to reset another appointment the other week so he could send off the kids assembled in front of the Baguio Convention Center.

The kids were out to explore their city’s urban landscape and get to know its landmarks, bits of local history and how Session Road got its name.

All from Yeun Soo-St. Jude International School, they were clutching stick brooms, dustpans and black garbage bags so they could sweep litter along the way. With them were firemen, police officers, foresters, teachers, doctors and other volunteers of the city’s “Urban Heritage Walk” for children.

Back in school, the kids wrote individual impression that pieced together the walk-through experience:

“We gathered at the convention center. The police officers initiated physical exercise. That exercise was fun. Minutes later, Mayor Domogan came. He gave his speech. His speech was very meaningful.” – Jamby Baldago.

“Mayor Domogan talked in front of us and we are so lucky because we have seen him. We started cleaning at the Convention Center. We have learned many things and I learned that I will never throw garbage everywhere.” –Janjan Halal.

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City launches “clean-and-green” contest for barangays

The search is on for the city’s cleanest and greenest barangays as a sidebar of the 16th edition of the  Baguio Flower Festival.

Search chair and city councilor Betty Lourdes Tabanda said the clean-and-green competition  integrates the barangay roadside, garden and parks landscaping contest, as suggested by mayor Mauricio Domogan.

Judging will be based on cleanliness and orderliness (sanitary condition, air quality and visual appeal – 40 percent), greening (including landscaping and gardening – 35 percent), and innovation and initiatives, including impact of projects, barangay participation and support (25 percent).

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Info drive being mounted on dengue control strategy

BAGUIO CITY – An information-education campaign (IEC) is being developed here for a community-based dengue fever control strategy focusing on the use of net cover on water containers as a deterrent to the spread of the dreaded disease.

The IEC is a special project of the World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with the Dept. of Health-Center for Health Development Cordillera (CHD-CAR) and the Baguio Health Department (BHD) aimed at curbing the incidence of dengue in the country.

The city has been chosen as pilot area for the project.

Elvira Flora, head of the Health Education and Promotion Office (HEPO) of the BHD said they are now in process of evaluating the IEC materials produced as a component method of the project.

A primary group was formed composed of representatives from the various government and private agencies to conduct a first-level evaluation of the IEC materials comprised of posters, brochures, flipcharts, streamers, buntings, stickers, leaflets and others.

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Alternative learning system sought for inmates

BAGUIO CITY – Baguio City jail inmates must be afforded the opportunity to avail of the Alternative Learning System (ALS), a non-formal education programs of the Dept. of Education (DepEd).

The city council approved a resolution authored by Councilor Philian Louise Weygan requesting the DepEd and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) to facilitate the ALS program annually among the inmates.

“An inmate should not be deprived to avail of the educational opportunity that the government offers to its people particularly in the BJMP as a coping mechanism service that the bureau can provide to its inmates,” the resolution noted.

Weygan noted that the DepEd in the past had conducted ALS programs in the city jail but this was not done on a regular basis.

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On-going BFF activities

BAGUIO CITY – Majority of this year’s Panagbenga activities are focused on the theme, “The Environment and Community in Harmony;” which started with the distribution of pine tree seedlings to participants during the opening parade. Recipients of the pine tree seedlings are expected to plant these in their neighborhood for the benefit of the environment; and the public.

Add to these are health-oriented, cultural and sports activities this Sunday, Feb. 13; the Arnis de Mano Tournament at Malcolm Square, simultaneous with Prolife’s symposium/seminar for the youth, dubbed as “Choices,” at the Baguio Convention Center; and a cultural presentation at the SM events center.

All these come after yesterday’s comebacking activity: the Let A Thousand Flowers Bloom painting contest at the Melvin Jones. Participated in by individuals, family members, and the community as a whole, the activity shows creative artistry as embossed on canvas. As in the past years, the activity’s paintings shall be “curtain-raisers” during the grand streetdancing parade on Feb. 26.

The Baguio Flower Festival on its 16th year also features the Fluvial Float Parade and Pre-Valentine Entertainment at the Lake, today at the man-made lake, Burnham Park.

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Loan Assistance Fund Project

Continuing Loan assistance- Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan releasing the loan assistance to the beneficiaries of his Loan Assistance Fund Project during the simple ceremony last Wednesday at the City Mayor’s Office, a program he started when he was still the congressman.


Lighted Park

Lighted Park- Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan led the city and BENECO officials in a walk-through at the Burnham park immediately after the ceremonial switching of the lights last Tuesday evening. BENECO lighted the park at no cost to the city although the city will maintain the same. Others in Photo are BENECO Board President Ferdy Bay-asen, Councilor Lulu Tabanda and husband Jun.


Peace and order council identifies lapses in anti-drug campaign

Kalinga Gov. Jocel Baac, the new chair of the Regional Development Council, last Sunday called for “proper coordination” with government prosecutors to strengthen cases filed against people engaged in the illegal drug trade. 

Baac told members of the Regional Peace and Order Council that drug cases, particularly the production and trafficking of marijuana, remain alarming, yet the crackdown on the menace is  weakened when charges are dismissed by the prosecutor’s office

Director Edgar Apalla of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency agreed with Baac’s view. He cited two instances when suspects in buy-bust operations were released  after the cases were filed with the prosecutor’s office, adding “we wrote the regional state prosecutor about this”.

Such views were in response to the call of RPOC chair, Benguet Gov. Nestor Fongwan for the council to focus on the anti-drug campaign. Presiding over the council’s meeting, Fongwan narrated how then President Arroyo called his attention to the marijuana problem in his province.

Sometimes when cases are filed, “ the problem is with the prosecutor’s office”, Bac said.  

A day after the RPOC meeting, however, the news was on the court dismissal of a case due to lapses on the part of PDEA operatives in a buy-bust operation.

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Kids, samaritans reach out to the sick

The message is clear: One is never too young or far to be a Samaritan.

Grade and high schoolers of Yeon Soo-St. Jude International School here turned over P3,500 last Thursday for Irish Gulitiw, a 14-year old suffering from the debilitating effects of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.

The donation served as the kids’ way of passing on the kindness of volunteers who recently guided them in exploring Baguio’s landscape under the city’s “Urban Heritage Walk” for children, said school principal Jonalyn Anombra.

Irish, daughter of marginal farm laborers, recently underwent a pro bono check-up at the St. Luke’s Medical Center in Quezon City on request of mayor Mauricio Domogan.

She returned home to an uncle’s home at  Camp 7 with support from Baguio boy and expatriate Joel Aliping. The girl, who can hardly stand and is on protective mask, is now being monitored by rheumatologist, Dr. Emily Ruiz of the Notre Dame de Chartres Hospital here.

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City to continue anti-squatting drive despite P-noy order halting evictions

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan Monday said the city will continue to implement demolition orders and pursue its thrust to protect its watersheds, forest reservations and road right-of-ways despite President Benigno Aquino III’s order suspending evictions of informal settlers in said critical areas in the country.

The mayor said the city does not mean to openly defy the President’s order but the decision to uphold its anti-squatting stance would better serve the city’s interest which, the mayor believes would also be the President’s desire.

Moreover, the mayor said he believes that the President’s directive was not meant to abet squatting in such critical areas as watersheds and road right-of-ways especially in areas like Baguio City where there are only few remaining forested areas.

“I don’t believe that with his directive, the President meant to tolerate the illegal activities of squatters in undermining our watersheds so we will continue to proceed (with our thrust to stop and remove these squatters),” the mayor said during last Monday’s meeting with the city department heads.

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City asks airlines anew to service baguio

BAGUIO CITY – The city council reiterated earlier requests to the various airline companies to service the city.

The body approved Resolution No. 25 authored by Councilor Elmer Datuin for the purpose.

“It has been a long time now since an airline company has stopped its flight operations servicing the City of Baguio and… it is high time that talks be initiated… for resumption of regular flights,” the resolution noted.

Datuin said the city being a major tourist destination needs air travel service “to maximize its potentials for tourism growth.”

“The Manila-Baguio route is a vital travel link considering that the city is one o the premiere venue for tourism and business events,” he said.

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City receives school buildings from various groups

BAGUIO CITY - When it rains it pours... After the city government of Baguio contracted with Protect Machinery Corp (PMC) to build the first of its kind   Japanese made state of the art Environmental Recycling System (ERS) entire the country, nearby provinces and municipalities headed by Benguet Governor Nestor Fongwan, La Trinidadmayor Greg Abalos, Tublay Mayor Ruben Paod and Dagupan City Tourism Officer Rosemarie Teng Mejia  came to up to observe  with an interest to  use the same technology.

By promoting ERS Machines, PMC president Katsotushi Shimizu, also the president of Shimizu and Company LTD who is one of the leading shipping business in Japan, promised Mayor Mauricio Domogan to donate a public school building as a token of gratitude to the city government during a brief courtesy call at the Mayor'sOffice February 8, a day before the inauguration and blessing of the two units of ERS Machines at the  Irisan Dumpsite.

Also,On February 10, a four-man delegation from Nagoya Honmaru Lions Club (NHLC) from Japan headed by 1st Vice President Sotaro Nishioka,a sister club of Pines City Lions Club (PCLC) headed by president PSupt. Engelbert Soriano paid a courtesy visit to  the Mayor's Office informing Mayor Domogan of a  Memorandum Of Agreement entered  into between NHLC, PCLC, the city government of Baguio and the Department of Education represented by City  Schools Division Superintendent Ellen Donato to donate a school building from the Lions Club International  Foundation (LCF) through the joint efforts of Pines and Honmaru which will be known as LCIF building to be constructed at Bonifacio Elementary School.

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