Declaration of September 13 as regional holiday studied

BAGUIO CITY September 26 – Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan welcomed the proposals of concerned sectors to work out the declaration of September 13 of every year as a regular holiday in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) to celebrate the signing of the historic 'sipat' or peace agreement between former rebel priest Conrado Balweg of the Cordillera Bodong Administration (CBA) and the Cordillera Peoples Liberation Army (CPLA) and former President Corazon C. Aquino that paved the way for the end of armed struggle in the region.

However, the local chief executive admitted that there is a need to consult the various sectors in the region regarding the merits of the said proposal to declare every September 13 as a regular holiday in the region considering its effects primarily to the businessmen who will have to pay their workers double that would mean an added expense on their part.

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Baguio Central School pupils duck, cover and hold during the 3rd National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill. Baguio City was devastated by a "Killer Quake' on July 16, 1990. - By Bong Cayabyab


City's first barangay pay parking project inaugurated

BAGUIO CITY – A barangay-based pay parking project, a first-of-its-kind in the city has been inaugurated at Pinsao Pilot barangay last week.

Punong barangay Sotero Dulaycan said the pay parking area covers 190 square meters situated at Purok 7 of the barangay and can accommodate around 15 motor vehicles at a time.

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The 4th Batch of Readers Club from Pinsao and Bonifacio Elementary Schools take their Readers Oath as new members during the Avid Readers Club Incentive Program initiated by the Soroptimist International- Cordillera Chapter under program director Myrna Villaon Winstead. - By Bong Cayabyab


Beautiful baguio photo contest results bared

BAGUIO CITY – Photographs depicting dramatic Burnham lake scenes emerged as top winners in the recently concluded 108th Baguio Charter Day celebration "Beautiful Baguio" photography contest.

A scene showing swan boats in perfect array amid a placid lake taken by Marc Jan D. Calub won first place in the conventional category while another vista of the lake and the boats captured at night time by Sheila Mae Desamito copped the top prize in the mobile phone category.

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Diplomat Hotel to be established as museum, visual arts

BAGUIO CITY September 26 – The city Council approved on first reading a proposed ordinance establishing the Diplomat Hotel, known as the Dominican Heritage Hill and Nature Park, as a Museum and venue for Visual and Performing Arts, creating an ad hoc committee to formulate the implementing rules and regulations governing its operations and appropriating P3 million for its implementation.

The ordinance authored by Councilor Lilia A. Fariñas stated the City Environment and Parks Management Office will be tasked to be the lead agency in the implementation and regulation of the activities within the said city-owned property and shall outline the implementing rules and regulations for its operation, along with the ad hoc committee that will be created, with the approval of the City Council and to perform such other duties as may be required.

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Amendment to Baguio curfew ordinance proposed

BAGUIO CITY September 26 – The City Council approved on first reading a proposed ordinance amending Ordinance No. 50, series of 2009, further amending Ordinance No. 271, series of 1995 otherwise known as the Baguio city curfew ordinance.

The ordinance authored by Councilor Elaine Sembrano stated as a measure to protect children from crime, violence and harm, children shall not loiter, roam or play on the streets, roads, plazas, parks, internet shops or cafes, amusement or gaming facilities or other public places or establishments in the city between 9 pm to 4 am.

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Council files opposition to digital channel application

BAGUIO CITY September 26 – The City Council approved a resolution filing the city's opposition to the application of Baycomms Broadcasting Corporation for the issuance of a certificate of public convenience to install, operate and maintain digital terrestrial television broadcast station in the city and the issuance of a provisional authority pending final determination of the merits of the application.

The local legislative body decided to file the required resolution of protest after the applicant repeatedly failed to appear during its regular sessions over the past several weeks for it to substantiate its application and explain to the local legislators the benefits of having the terrestrial television broadcast station.

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Organic demonstration areas identified

BAGUIO CITY September 26 – The City Council approved on third and final reading a proposed ordinance designating the Rose Garden of Burnham Park, Rizal Park and the landscaped area fronting the city hall building as demonstration areas showcasing the use of organic fertilizers derived from the city's Environmental Recycling System (ERS) machines and the sludge generated from the Baguio sewerage treatment plant.

The ordinance authored by Councilor Elaine D. Sembrano stated that it shall be the policy of the local government to promote the use of environmentally-sound methods and sustainable practices that maximize the utilization of valuable resources and encourage resource recovery, conservation and utilization.

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Guest of Honor and City Human Resource Management Officer Atty. Augustin Laban III swears into office the new set of Baguio Association of Private Technical Vocational Institution, Inc. during the 15th TVET "Ubdan-Daing Festival held at Baguio Convention Center September 27. The new set of officers of BAPTI are Vladimir Cayabas (NIIT) as president, Dr. Abegail Bersamin of PCC as vice president, Engr. Carol Paran of MITI as secretary, Jubelle Wageyen of NorthPhil as assistant secretary, Herminia Sicco of DCCP as treasurer, Filipino Labiste MMS-DTCC as auditor, Jhon Atanacio of Informatics as P.R.O and Glamoco Camora of UB and Orlando Basungit of BCT as business managers. - By Bong Cayabyab




The Office of Councilor Arthur Allad-iw and the Office of the City Social Welfare and Development Office under Betty Fangasan meet with various representatives concerned in the prepartion of the upcoming International Day For Persons With Disabilities to discuss and plan the activities of the said celebration. - By Bong Cayabyab


Elderly summit set oct. 4

BAGUIO CITY – A summit on elderly concerns is slated on Oct. 4, 1p.m. at the Multi-purpose Hall, City Hall.

City council secretary Brenner Bengwayan said the forum will be led by the city council committee on social services, women and urban poor chaired by Councilor Lilia Farinas.

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Senior citizens, PWDs to given priority in use of gov't centers

BAGUIO CITY September 26 – The City Council approved on first reading a proposed ordinance mandating all government institutions and offices and barangays to give priority to the activities of senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWDs) on the use of government managed multi-purpose halls, covered courts and places of meetings.

The ordinance authored by Councilor Leandro B. Yangot, Jr. stated that the measure is intended to recognize the rights of senior citizens and PWDs and make it a concern of the family, community and the government, to give full support to the improvement and well-being of the elderly and PWDs and their full participation in society considering that they are integral parts of Philippine society and encourage the communities they live with and the future generations to reaffirm the valued Filipino tradition of caring for the elderly and PWDs.

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City to bid out 2018 hauling of garbage

BAGUIO CITY September 26 – The local government is inclined to bid out the hauling of the city's residual waste to the sanitary landfill in Capas, Tarlac to invite interested haulers to participate in the competitive bidding geared towards continuously lowering the hauling cost of the city's residual waste.

Eugene D. Buyucan, officer-in-charge of the City General Services office, informed the members of the local legislative body that he already prepared the purchase request for the hauling of the city's residual waste to Capas, Tarlac and submitted the same to the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) for the scheduling of the bidding process.

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Baguio-Benguet loses bid to host 2018 Palarong Pambansa

BAGUIO CITY – The Summer Capital and Benguet's fervent dream of co-hosting the 2018 Palarong Pambansa remains just that for now – a dream.

The Palarong Pambansa Technical Evaluation Committee headed by Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Briones has chosen Vigan City, Ilocos Sur as venue of the Games next year where more than 12,000 elementary and secondary athletes from 18 regions are expected to compete.

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Use of anti-odor agents by hauler okayed

BAGUIO CITY September 26 – The City Council approved a resolution urgently reminding the City Solid Waste Management Bioard (CSWMB) through the General Services Office and the City Solid Waste Division and the garbage hauler to ensure that waste materials are treated with anti-odor agents before the same are transported or hauled out of the city.

Further, the resolution also requested the General Services Office to use anti-odor agents and dis-infectants on the city's garbage trucks hauling garbage from the different barangays to the haule3r's transfer station in Lamtang, Puguis, La Trinidad, Benguet to lessen the foul odor emanating from the generated waste in the city's barangays.

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