Cordi Leaders and the Peace Negotiator

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Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan emphasize a point during the Regional Development Council (RDC) meeting last February 13 in Tabuk City Kalinga where the regions leaders meet with Secretary Jesus Dureza of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process. The RDC meeting coincided with the first Bodongh Festival of the province. *** Photo by Ryan Mang-usan


No terrorist threat in Baguio

BAGUIO CITY February 16 – Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan vehemently belied social media reports of alleged terrorist threats in the city over the past weeks, saying that such text messages and social media reports are considered hoax and that the city was never placed under red alert for such threats.

The local chief executive said it is unfortunate that such negative reports were timed when the city's temperature was on a down trend serving as an added attraction for local residents and visitors to go around the city and experience the city's wintry weather.

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2017 Liga ng mga Barangay of Antique Congress

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Mayor Mauricio Domogan welcomes participants during the 2017 Liga ng mga Barangay of Antique Congress last Thursday at CAP-John Hay which again proves that the city remains the favorite convention and conference destination in the country. (cassey francis -- pio intern)


Local governments to adopt strategies to curb drug problem

BAGUIO CITY February 16 – Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan said the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) in the Cordillera agreed that local governments will have to adopt localized strategies to help curb the proliferation of illegal drugs in their areas of jurisdiction to end the country's drug problem and effectively and efficiently address factors compromising peace and order nationwide.

The local chief executive said the sudden withdrawal from the Philippine National Police (PNP) from the government's anti-drug campaign due to the involvement of some police scalawags in extortion activities in the guise of legitimate drug operations has greatly affected the campaign to put an end to the drug problem.

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Prisoners reach out to girl stricken with hydrocephalus

Responding to a call for help aired through television channel ABS-CBN, inmates of the Baguio city jail raised P6,598 which they turned over last Valentine's Day to the family of a young girl in need.

"It is not the amount but the effort," an inmate said of the fund drive for Mary Kim Casipit, a four-year old girl stricken with hydrocephaly and whose plight the prisoners learned through an appeal coursed through the TV channel.

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Search on for UN public service awardees

BAGUIO CITY – The United Nations is now accepting nominations for the 2017 United National Public Service Awards (UNPSA).

Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Ismael Sueno said the UNPSA "promotes and rewards innovation and excellence in public service in support of the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the principle of leaving no one behind which form the core of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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City back to normal after red alert hoax

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan on Wednesday said the city's situation has returned to normal immediately after being gripped by alarm caused by false reports on its peace and order situation that circulated on social media and text messages last week.

The mayor however appealed to the media practitioners and social media habitués to help erase the stigma caused by the red alert hoax by posting factual situations proving that the city is safe and peaceful.

Dept. of Tourism Cordillera (DOT-CAR) administrative assistant Ian Catacutan on Tuesday told the pre-disaster risk assessment meeting called by the Office of the Civil Defense Cordillera (OCD-CAR) that tourist arrivals had gone back to normal after a momentary slump triggered by the terrorist scare.

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Ibaloi Park to be declared as a living museum

BAGUIO CITY February 15 – The City Council approved on first reading a proposed ordinance declaring the Ibaloi Park as a living museum and authorizing the installation of the bust of Mateo Cariño and for other purposes.

The ordinance authored by Councilor Edgar M. Avila stated the proposed measure will also be known as the Mateo Cariño ordinance and effective upon its approval, the Ibaloi Park which is within Burnham Park will be declared as a living tradition for Ibalois in honor of their greatforefather and that his bust will be installed at the entrance of the said park.

The ordinance added the care and maintenance of the living museum shall be with the City Environment and Parks Management Office (CEPMO) and the said office can enter into a memorandum of agreement with the Onjon in Ivadoy, a duly accredited non-government organization to effect the said project.

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Ban Dumping of carcasses of dead animals in city

BAGUIO CITY February 15 – The City Council approved on first reading a proposed ordinance prohibiting the dumping of carcasses of animals in public and open spaces, private properties, rivers, drainages and other waterways and providing penalties for violations.

The ordinance authored by Councilor Leandro B. Yangot, Jr. stated the dumping of carcasses of animals such as dogs, pigs, cats, and rats, among others in drainages, canals, rivers and other waterways is strictly prohibited. Under the ordinance, any person, natural or juridical, found violating the provisions of the ordinance shall be fined in the amount of P1,000 for the first offense, P2,000 for the second offense and P5,000 and 36 hours of community service in his or her barangay for the third offense.

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Handog ng Panagbenga sa Pamilya

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Mayor Mauricio Domogan during the Handog ng Panagbenga sa Pamilya where families painted thousands of flower banners last Feb 12 at the Melvin Jones Grandstand.(cassey francis -- pio intern)


Gov't workers told to stay away from casinos

BAGUIO CITY – Government officials and employees were enjoined to strictly comply with the prohibition from entering, staying or playing at casino joints.

Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Ismael Sueno issued this reminder in support of President Rodrigo Duterte's similar directive.

The President through the Office of the Executive Secretary issued Memorandum Circular No. 06 enjoining all government officials and employees to strictly observe and comply with the prohibition against going to gambling casinos.

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STL to operate in Baguio anytime

BAGUIO CITY February 16 – The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) informed Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan that its Board of Directors approved a still undisclosed company to operate the Small Town Lottery (STL) in the city pursuant to the revised STL rules and regulations.

However, the local chief executive admitted that he is still going over the revised STL rules and regulations to make sure that the company has satisfactorily complied with the revised rules and regulations to help eradicate illegal gambling in the different parts of the city and has not violated existing laws, rules, and regulations.

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Council urges for the Resumption of peace talks

BAGUIO CITY – There is a need to make peace a reality in our lifetime.

Councilors Arthur Allad-iw, Leandro Yangot, Jr., Faustino Olowan and Benny Bomogao filed a resolution in the city council urging the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) to resume the peace negotiations in a "non-adversarial way".

The proposed measure states that the peace negotiations should focus on the substantial agenda of social, economic and political reforms that address the root causes of armed conflict, "in deference to the outcry of Filipinos for a just and lasting peace".

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PSUDs pursue renewal, avail of gov't livelihood program

BAGUIO CITY – A group of persons with substance use disorder (PSUDs) who recently completed the five-step self-help rehabilitation organized themselves into an association to avail of a livelihood program from the government.

Newly elected officials of the Pines Renewal Organization took their oath of office before Mayor Mauricio Domogan last Wednesday as a full-fledged association prior to their availing of the National Greening Program of the Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources.

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Amnesty for lack of building permit proposed

BAGUIO CITY February 15 – The City Council approved on first reading a proposed ordinance providing amnesty on building permit requirements for those in actual physical and notorious possession of public lands in the concept of an owner and for other purposes.

The ordinance authored by Councilor Edgar M. Avila stated that the local legislative measure will be known as the Magna Carta for Land Possessors in Baguio and effective upon the enactment of the measure, the City Mayor upon the recommendation of the Chairman on Urban Planning, Lands and Housing shall issue a mayor's tolerance permit to any individual who has been or through his predecessor-in-interest have been in actual, physical and notorious possession of public lands in the concept of an owner defined in the Civil Code of the Philippines for 30 years, provided that, a residential house or structure has been built, provided further, that within the said period, he has declared the improvements for taxation purposes with the City Assessor's Office.

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Supply of snack foods in city schools to be regulated

BAGUIO CITY February 15 – The City Council approved on first reading a proposed ordinance regulating the supply, sale, and distribution of snack food and other food products in public schools in the city.

The ordinance authored by Councilor Elaine D. Sembrano stated it shall be applied to the premises of all public day care centers, elementary and secondary schools within the jurisdiction of the city, including canteens, cafeteria, refectories, dining halls and other similar areas where food is stored, prepared or served to schoolchildren, students or school employees.

Pursuant to the provisions of the ordinance, a monitoring board shall be created in each school or group of public schools, whatever is most practicable, to be composed of the City Health Services Office as Chairperson with members coming from the School Principal, representative from the City Social Welfare and Development Officer, representative from the Parents-Teachers-Community Association (PTCA), representative from the food service sector, and representative from the barangay council where the school is located who shall be appointed by the City Mayor.

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