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Members of the Baguio, La Trinidad, Itogon, Sablan ,Tuba and Tublay Tour Guides Inc. headed by president Jennifer Baltazar take their oath of office before Mayor Mauricio Domogan during City Hall flag raising ceremonies which was witnessed by DOT-CAR regional director Venus Tan. - By Bong Cayabyab


Shift to alternative modes of transport beneficial to Baguio

BAGUIO CITY June 23 – The proposed shift from gas or diesel-powered motor vehicles to alternative modes of transport will be beneficial to the people of the city, including the transport sector, because of expected lesser pollution among other direct and indirect benefits, Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan said here Wednesday.

The local chief executive said the members of the city's transport sector should not fear that the on-going pilot test of the solar-powered bus will deprive them of their daily income once the use of the said alternative mode will be proven feasible because they are the ones who will directly benefit from it.

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Louie Glenn Lardizabal of the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CDRRMC) gives some pointers on what to do during a manmade or natural calamity during the barangay Peacekeeping Action Team seminar. The CDRRMC is active in conducting drills, seminars and first aid training as part of the city's program to prepare the Baguio citizenry for the "Big One" like the July 16 1990 Killer Quake. - By Bong Cayabyab



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Little Miss Philippines-Italy and Anak Ko Iyan Grandchampion in Milano,Italy Anna Labandia Tonello pay a brief courtesy call to Mayor Mauricio Domogan accompanied by her mother Carmelita and uncle Fedrico Labandia at the mayor's office. Anna will attend the City Hall flag raising ceremonies to render an intermission number for the outgoing city officials on June 27. - By Bong Cayabyab


Committee selects Daskeo as new BCPO chief

BAGUIO CITY June 21 – The long wait for a permanent police chief is over after the Screening Committee selected by majority vote Acting City Director Senior Superintendent George D. Daskeo as the new City Director of the Baguio City Police Office (BCPO).

Four committee members voted in favour of Daskeo while two members voted for Senior Superintendent Jimmy Catanes of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) during the screening process undertaken by the committee created for the purpose late Monday afternoon.

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Mayor Mauricio Domogan thanks Security Bank Foundation Inc. program manager Mariamel Cordova, Security Bank vice president and North Luzon area head Ferdinand Uy for their intent to donate two school buildings (two-storey with six classrooms each ) in Mabinini and Rizal Elementary Schools. A memorandum of agreement is now prepared. They said the school buildings intended to built will be able to withstand a major earthquake and strong typhoon to be implemented on or before the end of this year. - By Bong Cayabyab



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City Poverty Reduction AND Alleviation Team chairman and City Mayor Mauricio Domogan calls on offices and agencies concerned to upgrade and download all the needed informations to immediately implement all joint national and city projects during a meeting last June 22. - By Bong Cayabyab


LGUs must handle BUB project funds

BAGUIO CITY June 23 – "The national government must download to the beneficiary local government units the funds earmarked for the implementation of Bottom Up Budgeting (BUB) projects to avoid undue delays in the implementation of funded projects considering that LGUs are capable of complying with the stringent guidelines for the programmed projects," Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan said here Wednesday.

The city mayor said the current delays in the implementation of BUB projects funded by the different government agencies is due to the bureaucracy involved in the release of funds from the national government because it has to pass through relevant government agencies that coordinate with the concerned local governments for the implementation of the funded projects.

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City, DPWH coordination system pushed

BAGUIO CITY June 22 – The City Buildings and Architecture Office (CBAO) recommended that there must be a coordinative system between the city government and the Department of Public Works and Highways – Baguio City District Engineering Office (DPWH-BCDEO) in relation to project implementation to avoid duplication and overlapping of works.

In her letter to Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan, City Building Official Engr. Nazita F. Bañez reported that the city government had a 2012 local development fund (LDF) project for the initial stage of the construction of a basketball court phase I with an appropriation of P250,000 and the footings, columns and beams were completed sometime in July 2013.

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Mayor Mauricio Domogan meets with Luis Lu of Protech Machinery and National Solid Waste Management Commission environment technical expert Belle Cabiso on upgrading residual waste management and other environmental issues during a brief courtesy call by the latter.. - By Bong Cayabyab


Renegotiation of CJH deal proposed

BAGUIO CITY June 23 – Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan is proposing the renegotiation of the mutually reinstituted contract between the State-owned Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) and the Sobrepeña-owned Camp John Hay Development Corporation (CJHDevCo) in order to maximize the development potentials of the 247-hectare John Hay Special Economic Zone (JHSEZ).

The local chief executive is eagerly awaiting the officials who will be appointed by President-elect Rodrigo Duterte to replace the current set of BCDA officials before he will try to venture the proposal that will contribute in increasing employment opportunities and sources of livelihood for the local residents once the proposed development of the former American rest and recreation centre will be realized as planned over two decades ago.

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City Social Welfare and Development Officer Betty Fangasan emphasizes the need of humane treatment in bringing back mendicants to their provinces. Mayor Mauricio Domogan aired his concern on the proliferation of mendicants including Badjaos from the southern part of the country who come up here to beg for alms using their children. Also present during the meeting are City Police Director George Daskeo and other officers concerned. - By Bong Cayabyab



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Doña Josefa Cariño Elementary School pupils and their teachers join the simultaneous national earthquake Drill last June 22. - By Bong Cayabyab


New sports incentive ordinance passed

BAGUIO CITY June 21 – The city council approved, on second reading after publication, a proposed ordinance known as the 'Baguio-based athletes and coaches incentives and benefits ordinance of 2016" to update the antiquated sports incentive measure.

The ordinance, authored by Councilors Michael Lee Lawana and Peter Fianza and co-authored by all members of the local legislative body, stated that qualified Baguio-based athletes are individuals who, as an individual basis or as a member of a team, are allowed to participate in any individual or team sports competition in representation of the city by reason of their enrolment in a school in the city, membership in a sports club, organization or discipline located and operating within the city, function or simply by their residency in the city.

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Council okays environment code on second reading

BAGUIO CITY June 24 – The city council approved on second reading after publication the proposed environment code of the city after having gone through extensive deliberations over the past thirteen years.

The present members of the council earlier agreed to pass the environment code before the end of their term on June 30, 2016 in order to help improve the compliance of the city government to the stringent rules and regulations of the National Competitiveness Council considering that it is the only chartered city in the country without an updated environment code.

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Creation of Baguio heritage council proposed

BAGUIO CITY June 21 – The city council approved on first reading a proposed ordinance creating the Baguio Heritage Council, providing funds and formally identifying and declaring as heritage zones, sites, markers and buildings and structures in various areas in the city

The ordinance authored by Councilor Leandro B. Yangot, Jr. seeks to declare as heritage zones, Camp John Hay and Loakan airport; heritage building structures the site of the Baguio stone market, Plaza Theatre, Arevalo building, Philippine National Bank building, SM building, Pines Arcade, Laperal Building, Baguio Country Club, Casa Vallejo, Mateo Cariño house in Camp 7, Baden Powell, 1917 eagle marker installed at the Maharlika Livelihood Center, Café by the Ruins, the White House of Teachers Camp, Liberation markers along Naguilian Road, Kennon Road and Marcos highway, Heritage House and Laperal White House, while the proposed heritage sites are Kennon Road viewpoint, site of the old observatory, the zigzag road, Camp Henry T. Allen, John Hay, Baguio Teachers Camp, Session road, Malcolm Square, Harrison road and Cabinet Hill.

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