State of the City Address (SOCA)



Mayor says no to open market; urges vendors to expose violators of market laws

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan on Wednesday said there is no way that the city will allow an open market operation at the city market as it may result to further disorderliness and possible lawlessness in what should have been the city's show window.

"I think as officials of this city, we should be thinking first of the general welfare of our city and our constituents and not of the votes that we can get. I don't think an open market will be for the benefit of the majority as it will put legitimate vendors at a disadvantage and will destroy the order that we worked hard to attain at our city market," the mayor said.

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Mayor reports on state of the city

BAGUIO CITY – The city government remains committed to its thrusts of providing a sustainable environment and economy, reduced poverty, good governance and safe and resilient city amid the many challenges faced by the city at present.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan assured thus in his State of the City Address (SOCA) last Monday.

The mayor said good governance is anchored on good fiscal management "ascribing to the basic principles of prudence and austerity."

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WE ARE NOW BETTER PREPARED says Mayor Mauricio Domogan as he shares his experiences during the July 16,1990 killer quake that devastated the city as former Councilor Erdolfo Balajadia listens intently during the Kapihan Sa Baguio held at Busol Watershed. A memorial tree planting rites was also undertaken by the members of the Baguio Correspondents and Broadcasters Club (BCBC) in honor of mediamen and other individuals who have contributed for the protection of the environment who died recently. The earthquake memorials activity coincides with the observance of National Disaster Consciousness month. - By Bong Cayabyab


Memorial trees mark 24th year of killer-quake

Six growing pine saplings were added to the Busol Watershed last Wednesday as living memorials to individuals, mostly ordinary residents with extraordinary deeds, to mark the 24th anniversary of the killer earthquake that hit Baguio and Northern Luzon afternoon of July 16, 1990.

Planted in a row by journalists, relatives and friends of the six, the pine saplings were in honor of the late Dr. Charles Cheng, prison catechist Cristina Dicang, rescuers Archiemoore Ellamil and Rowell "Black" Garcia, former inmate George dela Cruz and Edward Sacgaca of the Philippine Information Agency.

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Dominican soon to be declared historical site

BAGUIO CITY – the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) and the City Government will soon unveil a marker declaring the Dominican Hill and Retreat House as a protected historical property.

The historical marker will be placed at the right side of the door of the structures main entrance showing the name of the structures, the year it was built and a description of its history.

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Fencing at the Busol Watershed Nursery in Ambiong, Aurora Hill is finally implemented to keep the area secure from illegal settlers and to jump-start the city's tree nursery project. photo by paul rillorta




101 year-old Florentina de Vera of Gibraltar Barangay and 100-year old Manuela Flores receive a check worth P10,000 from Mayor Mauricio Domogan as their incentives for being centenarians. Councilors Betty Lourdes Tabanda and Elaine Sembrano and City Social Welfare and Development Officer Betty Fangasan witness the awarding. De Vera and Flores join the rank of centenarians previously awarded (6 are still living including Flores and de Vera while three passed away). The two will be honored at the Baguio Day program on September 1.- By Bong Cayabyab


Mayor sees new waste system to service city for years

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan is still optimistic that the Integrated Solid Waste Management System (ISWMS) being prioritized by the city government will see initial implementation before the end of this year.

Domogan said, "the integrated system will aggressively decrease the expenses being incurred by the city in dealing with its residual waste and would eventually stop its hauling once the system is put in place."

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Support from germany boosts teener's chances against cancer

After four sessions of chemotherapy, 15-year old Arabella Maranes, who had to quit high school to fight cancer, is still in fighting mood, her spirits boosted by Samaritans who helped worked her corner against the big C.

Last week, support came from a small foundation in southern Germany where former world Shotokan karate champion and Cordilleran Julian Chees is based.

"We just sent P15,000 for Arabella," Chees e-mailed after Renate Doth, secretary of the Shoshin Kinderhilfe Foundation which he heads, transmitted the amount, the latest support sent in a humanitarian outreach he began in 2004.

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Barber's wife seeks samaritans

When dialysis service at the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center suddenly stopped the other Friday due to a damage on the reverse osmosis water filtering system for the some 20 blood-cleansing machines, patients scheduled for treatment had to distribute themselves to other renal centers here and in Benguet.

It was an extremely difficult shift for many patients whose treatment payment guarantees from Philhealth and the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office could not be transferred to other dialysis centers.

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Speech Delivered by Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan during the Cordillera Month Closing Ceremony
July 26 SLU-BC




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