City lauds first Brave Combat Champ

BAGUIO CITY – The Summer Capital is truly a city of champions.

The city council passed a resolution commending and congratulating Stephen "The Sniper" Loman and his coach for being the first Brave Bantamweight Champion during the Brave Combat Federation's Brave 9: The Kingdom of Champions held in Bahrain on November 17, 2017.

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Jiu-Jitsu champ, commended

BAGUIO CITY – The city government has regularly paid tribute to its outstanding athletes for their astonishing feats in local and international competitions bringing pride and glory to the Summer Capital.

The city council passed a resolution congratulating, giving due recognition and appreciation to Godwin Amos Langbayan for winning two gold and one silver medals during the 2017 Asia Pacific Submission Jiu-Jitsu GI and No GI International Open held in Pasay City on November 5, 2017.

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Baguio muay thai artists victorious in South Korea

BAGUIO CITY -- The city council passed a resolution congratulating, giving due recognition and appreciation to all the victorious athletes and their coaches during the Jincheon 1st World Youth Martial Arts Masterships held November 3 to 7 in South Korea.

With the theme, "A Global Festival for Young Martial Artists", the event was participated by Muay Thai athletes from 30 countries including the Philippines.

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City issues 49 demolition orders

BAGUIO CITY – The city legal office (CLO) under lawyer Melchor Rabanes has issued a total of 200 resolutions, 62 notices of demolition and 49 demolition orders on squatting cases in the Summer Capital from January to November this year.

This was revealed in Monday's flag-raising rites at City Hall before officials and employees led by Mayor Mauricio Domogan.

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DPWH, city to reconcile convention center design

BAGUIO CITY December 14 – The local government and the Cordillera office of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH-CAR) will be reconciling their designs for the proposed rehabilitation and repair of the city-owned Baguio Convention Center (BCC) before the conduct of the public bidding for the P180 million initially earmarked by the agency for the said project.

Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan said technical personnel of the DPWH-CAR and the local government must work on the reconciliation of the design of the city's premier convention facility so the bidding process could be done the soonest for the utilization of allocated funds.

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Monitoring of price hike in basic commodities sought

BAGUIO CITY December 12 – The City Council approved a resolution requesting the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Baguio-Benguet provincial office and other concerned government agencies to intensify their efforts in monitoring price increases and other alterations on quantity and quality of commodities, particularly 'pasalubong' products, in the different parts of the city.

The resolution authored by Councilor Leandro B. Yangot, Jr. stated it has been observed last year up to the present that prices of basic commodities, if not the quality, particularly 'pasalubong' products, had irregular changes that resulted to confusion among consumers, especially residents and visitors alike, on the real price of the said products.

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Put up of reg'l research center for innovative science eyed

BANGUED, Abra December 12 – The Cordillera Regional Development Council (RDC-CAR) approved a resolution endorsing the establishment of Regional Research and Development Center for Innovative Science and Engineering for funding under the Niche Centers in the Regions for Research and Development (NICER) of the Science for Change program of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

The Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022 and the Cordillera Administrative Region Development Plan 2017-2022 recognizes the role of science, technology and innovation (STI) in the nation's long-term economic and social progress.

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Adjustments on budget income statement sought

BAGUIO CITY December 13 – The City Council wants the Local Finance Committee to make the appropriate adjustments in the income statement of the P2.054 billion 2018 annual budget of the local government to reflect the true income that will be derived by the city exclusive of the funds to be generated from the implementation of the supposed revised schedule of market values that remains unacted upon.

Local legislators claimed that to stick with the original proposal of the city relative to the proposed 2018 annual budget will result to the realization of a budget deficit, because the local government will not be able to collect the projected increase in the income to be derived from the adjustment of the schedule of market values for lands in the city considering the proposed ordinance containing the adjustments has yet to be acted upon.

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Mayor Mauricio Domogan inspects the eco-friendly "future public utility jeepney" which offers better convenience and safety to the riding public last week. - By Bong Cayabyab


Autonomy is still best option for Cordillera

BAGUIO CITY December 14 – The chairman of the Cordillera Regional Development Council (RDC-CAR) emphasized that the renewed quest for autonomy is still the best option for the region instead of joining the supposed bandwagon for the segregation of the Cordillera as an independent federal state.

Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan, who chairs the RDC-CAR and Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC-CAR), said the establishment of the autonomous region in the Cordillera has already been enshrined in the 1987 Constitution thus it has the sufficient legal basis, while the planned shift to a federal form of government entails the amendment of the Constitution which take time because it will go a long way aside from the fact that the proposed constitutional change will have to be ratified by the Filipino people.

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Art installation burned, to be replaced by traditional Christmas tree

BAGUIO CITY – A traditional Christmas tree will replace the art installation atop Session Road after it was damaged by fire last week by still unidentified perpetrators according to councilor Elmer Datuin, committee on tourism head and Christmas in Baguio 2017 chairman.

The artwork, created for free by Tinatik artist and Baguio resident Maela Liwanag Jose, sustained damage on its lower portions due to the fire.

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Proposed reactivation of CAR bodies unlikely

BAGUIO CITY December 14 – The chairman of the Cordillera Regional Development Council (RDC-CAR) underscored the proposal of some sectors in the region for the reactivation of the disbanded Cordillera bodies is no longer practical because the RDC-CAR has been empowered by law to perform the functions of the said bodies.

Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan, who chairs the RDC-CAR and the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) in the Cordillera, said the proposed reactivation of the CAR bodies, particularly the Cordillera Executive Board (CEB), Cordillera Regional Assembly (CRA), and the Cordillera Bodong Administration (CBA), will surely take some time and could be overtaken by events, especially in the region's renewed quest for autonomy and the planned shift to federal form of government by the present administration.

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BENECO lauds order on issuance of permits

BAGUIO CITY December 14 – The Benguet Electric Cooperative (BENECO) expressed its support to the local government for issuing the necessary directive to the City Buildings and Architecture Office (CBAO) building permits for structures exceeding three meters in height situated near and under the transmission lines of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP).

In his letter to Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan, BENECO General Manager Gerardo P. Verzosa stated that like NGCP, the electric cooperative continuously urged its member-consumers to refrain from erecting their houses and other structures below its distribution lines considering the danger that the public will be exposed.

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Building owners urged to comply with Accessibility Law

BAGUIO CITY December 12 – The City Council approved a resolution encouraging all government offices, agencies or instrumentalities holding offices or with buildings located within the city to strictly comply with Batas Pambansa Bilang 344, or the Accessibility Law.

The resolution authored by Councilor Leandro B. Yangot, Jr. stated that in the city there are alarming reports that some government offices or agencies are located in private and public buildings which are not yet compliant to BP 344. This making it burdensome for persons with disabilities and even senior citizens to transact business with the concerned offices, automatically depriving them of the opportunities to avail of essential services and ultimately participate fully in social life and development of the societies they live in, and to enjoy opportunities available to other citizens.

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Coops, LGUs told to put up credit surety fund

BANGUED, Abra December 12 – The Cordillera Regional Development Council (RDC-CAR) approved a resolution encouraging cooperatives, non-government organizations (NGOs) and local government units in the region to establish their respective credit surety fund (CSF) to cater to the needs of micro-business and small and medium enterprises in the future.

The region's policy-making body chaired by Baguio City Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan stated that to date, Benguet and Baguio City have already established their credit surety fund where a good number of member micro, small, and medium (MSM) enterprises in the area have availed of the services of such facilities to sustain their operations and increase their capitalization for expansion among other purposes.

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23rd Panagbenga to be launched December 18

BAGUIO CITY December 12 – The 23rd edition of Panagbenga, otherwise known as the Baguio Flower Festival, will be formally launched by the local government and the Baguio Flower Festival Foundation Inc. (BFFFI) on Monday, December 18, 2017 with a new setup in the organizational structure following attempts from the city to take over the conduct of the city's major crowd-drawing event.

The festival was named Panagbenga in recognition of the time when flowers blossom, considering that February is the blossoming of flowers in the Baguio City and Benguet areas.

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