Federalism not a hindrance to Cordi autonomy bid

BAGUIO CITY July 27 – Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan underscored the present administration's plan to change the current unitary form of government to federal form will not hinder the region's renewed quest for autonomy but instead compliment the move for self-governance considering that both aspects of government have almost the same principles.

The local chief executive said federalism and autonomy are both anchored on the devolution of powers from the central to the regional and local governments, increased responsibility of the regional and local governments in the discharge of their duties and responsibilities, the chance for the local governments to identify priority development projects, the increased share of resources among others, thus, there is no actual conflict between the two options available for the Cordillera to embrace.

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Former NCIP-CAR commissioner Bridgit Pawid, UP-Baguio professor emeritus Dr. June Prill Bret and respected environmentalist Dr. Julie Cabato exchange knowledge and experiences on the early history of the Cordillera region with UP-Baguio alumnus Michael Armand Canilao who was the resource speaker during the Saliksik-Kordilyera lecture series on evanescent market encounters in Northwestern Luzon: identifying the five gold trading trails through GIS, ethnohistory and archaeology held at UP-Baguio last July 25. Canilao is now working on his dissertation (Phd in Anthropology) at the University of Illinois, USA. - By Bong Cayabyab


Sept. 22 city-wide clean-up day

BAGUIO CITY- Mayor Mauricio Domogan through Administrative Order (AO) 86, series of 2017 has declared Sept. 22, 2017, Friday morning as Balili river massive clean-up drive, enjoining the working force from the city government officials, employees and residents from adjacent barangays.

The mayor said the activity contributes to environmental cleanliness and would heighten the people's awareness of their role and responsibilities as stakeholder of an effective and efficient solid and waste water management.

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Members of summer job students assigned at the Mayor Office led by petite "star dancer" Thea Rovelyn Tolibas twirl and swirl to the latest dance craze to the delight of city hall civil servants and visitors during City hall flag raising ceremonies. - By Bong Cayabyab




Baguio boy Chess International Master (IM) Haridas Pascua, 24 years old, Information Technology student of the University of Baguio receives City Council Resolution 259 series of 2017 and accolades from city officials headed by Vice Mayor Edison Bilog during City hall flag raising ceremony July 24 for winning the 10th JAFTA Chess Festival last May-13-19 held in Jakarta. IM Pascua also landed 3rd place in the BAWAH 12 Tahun Challenger Open last April 22 to 23 held in Malaysia. - By Bong Cayayab


Use of roof gardens to be regulated

BAGUIO CITY July 25 – The City Council approved on first reading a proposed ordinance regulating the use of roof gardens of buildings in the city.

The ordinance authored by Councilor Leandro B. Yangot, Jr. stated roof gardens of buildings, if and when used as refreshment parlor, bar, night club, restaurant, floor or stage show or other public use and if and when parties and social gatherings are to be held shall conform with the requirements prescribed in the said measure.

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Blood donation allowed as settlement of fines

BAGUIO CITY July 26 – The City Council approved on first reading a proposed ordinance allowing voluntary blood donation as an alternative mode of settlement of administrative fines for violation of city ordinances with fines ranging from P500 to P1,000.

The ordinance authored by Councilor Joel Alangsab stated the local government declared as a policy the voluntary donation of blood as an alternative mode to settle administrative fines for violation of ordinances enacted by the city with fines ranging from P500 up to P1,000.

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NCCA commends Baguio for urban gardening ordinance

BAGUIO CITY July 26 – The National Commission on Culture and Arts (NCCA) commended the local government for enacting an ordinance that aggressively promotes urban gardening among its residents and the production of edible plants for various purposes apart from sustaining the greenery of the city.

NCCA arts section head Ferdinand Isleta said the enactment of the urban gardening ordinance is aligned with its programs on the preservation and protection of the age-old tradition of residents of helping produce their own source of food aside from contributing in efforts to improve the state of their own environment.

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Revision of government procurement law backed

BAGUIO CITY July 27 – Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan welcomed the pronouncement of President Rodrigo R. Duterte for the Congress of the Philippines to revisit and introduce the appropriate changes to Republic Act (RA) 9184 or the government Procurement Act to fastrack the bidding process and guarantee the timely delivery of equipment and supplies of government agencies and local governments.

The local chief executive pointed out Congress must also include in the possible amendments of the procurement law the policy on multiple contracts of suppliers and contractors to guarantee that a single contractor will not corner projects.

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Board of Judges of the Alay sa Kalinisan Search for the 10 Cleanest and the 10 Dirtiest Barangays of Baguio under the chairmanship of well respected environmentalist Dr. Julie Cabato brave the "wrath" of typhoon Gorio evaluating the nook and crannies of the city's 128 barangays. - By Bong Cayabyab




City officials headed by Vice mayor Edison Bilog and City Social Welfare and Development Officer Betty Fangasan welcomes the students from Catholic Children and Youth Foundation from South Korean during City Hall flag raising ceremonies. The 2nd contingent under the Youth International Exchange Program composed of 17 youths, 4 teachers and one nurse headed by Gerald Koo Bon Young are in town as volunteers to undertake improvement and re-painting the Day Care Center in Pinget barangay followed by cooking and feeding program as part of culture interaction among both youths of Baguio and South Korea. - By Bong Cayabyab


Bingo operators snub public hearing

BAGUIO CITY July 27 – Operators of the traditional and electronic bingo outlets operating in the different parts of the city snubbed the public hearing organized by the City Council purposely to get the sentiments of the concerned sectors regarding the proliferation of gambling joints in the city.

Representatives of the Bingo Palace Corporation, Highland Gaming Corporation, the operator of the electronic bingo outlet in the Maharlika Livelihood Center and the operator of the electronic and traditional bingo outlet along Marcos highway did not appear at the Wednesday public hearing to prove the legitimacy of their operation amidst the vehement opposition of anti-gambling advocates to these operations in strategic areas in the city.

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Anonymous donor gives kidney patient new lease on life

A fund support of P5,000 dialysis patient Martina Pacatiw Macario received last week will not stop her from sleeping –when she can – on a pew of the chapel of the Baguio General Hospital where she had found sanctuary in a determined move to save on costs and sustain her life-saving blood cleansing sessions she has to undergo for a life-time.

The amount coming from an unidentified Korean woman who coursed it through courier at the public market in La Trinidad, Benguet last Monday, is too precious to be used for transport fare and other needs outside dialysis.

The support triggers a retelling of Macario's story – so she can thank the donor and for other would-be Samaritans to follow the anonymous donor's act.

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Baguio barangays told to put up community-based venture

BAGUIO CITY July 26 – The City Council approved on first reading a proposed ordinance empowering the barangays in the city to establish their 'Baguio is beautiful brigade barangay project,' a community-based venture purposely to attain green, safe, livable and resilient city.

The ordinance authored by Councilor Lilia A. Fariñas stated it is a declared policy of the local government to empower the various barangays in the city to establish their 'Baguio is beautiful brigade project' and encourage them to group themselves, coordinate with responsible offices to learn from each other and develop strategic, feasible and viable plans for them to be more effective partners in making the city a beautiful, clean and green, safe, liveable and resilient city thereby augmenting the quality of community life.

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NCCA to extend aid for convention center design contest

BAGUIO CITY July 26 – The National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA) expressed its willingness to extend technical assistance to the local government for the Baguio Convention Center architecture design contest to help reserve and historical value of the city-owned premier convention facility.

NCCA arts section head Ferdinand Isleta commended the local government for coming out with the idea of having the convention center design contest to attract design enthusiasts to participate in formulating a design that can be used for the development and upgrading of the facility.

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Additional cash incentives for retiring gov't workers okayed

BAGUIO CITY July 26 – The City Council approved on third and final reading an ordinance granting cash incentives in the amount of P5,000 for every year of service to every retiring official and employee of the local government or city elective official at the end of his or her term in recognition of their unselfish contribution and dedicated service, and amending for the purpose Ordinance No. 08, series of 2007 as amended by Ordinance No. 074, series of 2001 and further amended by Ordinance No. 20, series of 2013.

The ordinance authored by Councilor Leandro B. Yangot, Jr. stated over the years, the local government displayed excellent performance in the delivery of service to the public and had even exceeded its targets and this feat had far reaching effects that the city was praised nationwide as evidenced by the numerous awards and recognitions it garnered through the years.

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