Bidding for hauling of city's garbage underway

BAGUIO CITY January 09 – The city's Bids and Wards Committee announced that the bidding process for the hauling of the generated residual waste to the Urdaneta City sanitary landfill is now underway.

City Budget officer Leticia O. Clemente informed members of the local legislative body that the BAC finished the pre-procurement process for the determination of the hauler of the city's residual waste to Urdaneta with the hope that the hauling contract will be awarded to the winning bidder on or before February 15, 2018.

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Councilors restore P4 million assistance for Panagbenga

BAGUIO CITY January 09 – The City Council restored the P4 million annual assistance of the local government to the Baguio Flower Festival Foundation, Inc. (BFFFI) for the month-long Panagbenga, otherwise known as the Baguio flower festival, that runs from February to March this year.

The approved financial assistance to the organizers of the city's crowd-drawing event is lodged with the budget of the City Mayor's Office and will be used for the prizes of the winners of the various activities lined up for the 2018 flower festival.

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P91.2 million earmarked for city's disaster risk reduction and management

BAGUIO CITY January 09 – Members of the local legislative body approved the allocation of some P91.2 million from the P2.059 proposed annual budget for this year for the city's disaster risk reduction and management programs geared towards reducing the exposure of vulnerable sectors to natural and man-made calamities.

Louie Glenn Lardizabal, Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer who is in charge of research and planning, said that of the said amount, P63.9 million is allocated for the four thematic areas of disaster risk reduction and management while some P27.3 million is set aside as quick response fund during disasters.

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BLGF commends Baguio treasurer for quality service

BAGUIO CITY January 09 – The Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF-CAR) in the Cordillera commended City Treasurer Alex Cabarrubias for instituting the needed strategies in the collection of real property tax resulting in substantial income for the local government over the past several years.

In her letter to Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan, BLGF-CAR acting regional director Ma. Florizelda A. Enriquez added the agency also commended the city treasury office for developing a realty property tax collection system that significantly improved the city's collection efforts on real property taxes in the city and guarantees real property owners pay the appropriate tax pursuant to existing ordinances.

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BCPO proposes 4-pronged approach to ease traffic

BAGUIO CITY January 09 – The Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) proposed to the local government a 4-pronged approach to help ease the worsening traffic congestions in the different parts of the city, especially during weekends and holidays, which had been time and again, criticized by locals and visitors alike.

BCPO City Director Senior Superintendent Ramil L. Saculles said one of the proposed interventions is the immediately hiring of additional police auxiliary members to be deployed in the various traffic-prone areas around the city to smoothen traffic flow, especially when motor vehicles of residents and visitors, start to flock to certain places where people converge.

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First child of abra couple is lucky new year baby

BAGUIO CITY – The first child of a couple who hails from Abra is this year's Lucky New Year Baby again under the Silahis ng Pasko Christmas in Baguio activities.

Baby girl Crystal Kaye Diwayan was born through normal delivery at 2:30 a.m. of Jan. 1 at the Baguio General Hospital to parents Dexter Gumisa and Joylyn Diwayan, both 24 years old and natives of Boliney, Abra but now residents of Apugan, Poliwes barangay here.

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City eyes P140 million for Mines View development

BAGUIO CITY January 02 – The local government is setting its sights on a P140 million fund support from the national government, through the tourism department to help fully develop the city Mines View Park and sustain the park as one of the most frequented places in the city year-round.

Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan said that he already signed the pertinent project documents that has been transmitted to the tourism department's central office for the grant of the requested fund support within the year.

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City gives incentives to early taxpayers

BAGUIO CITY January 04 – Early real property taxpayers in the city can receive incentives if they pay their taxes during the first quarter of this year.

City Treasurer Alex Cabarrubias said real property taxpayers who will their taxes in full in January will receive a 20-percent discount while those who pay their real property taxes in full in February will be given a 15-percent discount.

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Mayor exhorts gov't workers to serve public even better

BAGUIO CITY – A New Year brings new opportunities to serve the public even better.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan "rallied the troops" in his first message to city officials, department heads and employees for 2018 in Monday's flag-raising ceremonies at City Hall.

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400 to be hired for city's SPES

BAGUIO CITY January 09 – Some four hundred individuals will be hired by the local government this year for the annual Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) geared towards providing deserving youth the opportunity to work to sustain their studies.

Jose Atanacio, Executive Assistant IV of the City Mayor's Office and Public Employment Services Office (PESO) Manager, said funds for the increase in the individuals to be hired under the SPES are incorporated in the proposed annual budget of the city this year.

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Political will, public cooperation key to reduced firecracker injuries

BAGUIO CITY January 08 – The strong political will of city officials in imposing a total ban on the sale and use of firecrackers for the Yuletide revelries and the cooperation of the public to such policy of the local government were instrumental in the reduction of firecracker-related injuries in the city during the Yuletide revelries, city health authorities said here recently.

City Health Officer Rowena Galpo revealed that for the period December 21, 2017 to January 5, 2018, there were only three reported firecracker injuries in the city which is 40 percent lower than the 5 cases reported during the same monitoring period in 2017.

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Agencies to grant incentives to LGUs with zero casualty

BAGUIO CITY January 09 – Concerned government agencies are now contemplating on granting appropriate incentives to local governments that achieve zero casualty during the celebration of the Yuletide revelries in the future to encourage local governments to be aggressive in the campaign to totally ban the use of firecrackers and pyrotechnic materials in their areas of jurisdiction.

Dra. Lakshmi Legaspi, regional director of the Cordillera office of the Department of Health (DOH-CAR), said the agency is looking into how to incorporate the criteria of judging local governments in their compliance to the realization of zero firecracker incidents and zero casualty in their areas of jurisdiction during the celebration of the Yuletide season to spare their constituents from being exposed to the hazards of exploding firecrackers.

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BFP questions permit of Pailaw vendors

BAGUIO CITY January 09 – The Cordillera office of the Bureau of Fire Department (BFP-CAR) questioned the procedures undertaken that led to the issuance of permit of the eleven Pailaw vendors who sold pyrotechnic materials along the Palispis-Aspiras highway, particularly at Poblacion, Tuba, Benguet last December 28-31, 2017 in time for the New Year revelry.

BFP-CAR assistant regional director for administration and operations Superintendent Allan Eballar raised the issue as based on records with the BFP-CAR, the special permit of the Pailaw vendors was issued by Tuba Mayor Ignacio Rivera on December 5, 2017 while their clearance from the PNP Civil Security Group based in Camp Crame, Quezon City was issued two days later.

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POSD enforcers arrest pickpocket suspects

BAGUIO CITY January 03 – Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan commended several personnel of the city's Public Order and Safety Division (POSD) for the arrest of alleged pickpockets and illegal peddlers selling prohibited firecrackers in separate incidents in the city last year.

The local chief executive said the bravery of the enforcers in arrestingpickpocket suspects only shows their dedication to serve the interest of the people of the city even if they are in job order status.

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Tax payment process going smoothly – city treasurer

BAGUIO CITY – The tax payment process at City Hall has gone smoothly despite the volume of taxpayers who came to settle their accounts on the first working day of the year, City Treasurer Alex Cabarrubias said on Wednesday.

The city treasurer was on hand personally monitoring the flow of clients hopping from one section to another last Thursday to ensure that the procedures are followed and that no long queues are formed.

"As much as possible, I don't like to see queuing but that cannot be avoided with the turn-out that we are having so we just make sure that the lines do not get too long," he said.

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Working permit processing on

BAGUIO CITY – The Public Employment Services Office (PESO) Baguio City has geared up for the expected influx of clients who will renew their working permits this year.

Public Employment Services Office (PESO) designate and Executive Assistant Jose Atanacio of the city mayor's office said they have set up express lanes for their clients expected to come in droves in the coming days.

Last year, the PESO issued a total of 26,000 new and renewed permits and this year it is expected to increase by a margin.

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