Baguio air quality fast improving

BAGUIO CITY November 02 – The Cordillera office of the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB-CAR) stated that the air quality in the different parts of the city continues to improve based on third quarter results obtained from five designated ambient air quality monitoring stations as compared to the results gathered by the same stations during the second quarter of this year.

In his letter to Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan, EMB-CAR Regional Director Reynaldo S. Digamo stated that the five monitoring stations in the city were located at the Mile High Center and Ayala Techno Hub at Camp John Hay, EMB-CAR grounds in Pacdal, Plaza Garden along Lower Session Road and Burnham Park.

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Lion's Head informal settlers get reprieve

BAGUIO CITY November 02 – Dozens of informal settlers within the vicinity of the Lion's Head in barangay Camp 7 were able to get a 30-day reprieve after the Department of Public Works and Highways – Baguio City District Engineering Office (DPWH-BCDEO) gave in to their appeal for the rescheduling of the demolition of their illegal structures.

The informal settlers signed a commitment that they will voluntarily dismantle their illegal structures upon the expiration of the 30-day grace period and that they will transfer to their proposed relocation site that was constructed by the agency for the said purpose.

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City to highlight 'green architecture' in Ganza parking

BAGUIO CITY November 02 – The local government will highlight the use of 'green architecture' in the planned put up of a 4-storey multi-level pay parking building within the Ganza parking area which was identified and earmarked for parking purposes.

Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan said that plans being prepared for the multi-level parking building will include 'green architecture' as part of the local government's mandate to embrace the put up of 'green buildings' in an effort to enhance the preservation and protection of the city's environment, which is being threatened by rapid urbanization.

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Free medical checkup for senior citizens eyed

BAGUIO CITY November 01 – Senior citizens in the city stand to get added benefits from the local government once a pending proposed ordinance will be enacted, providing free medical general examination checkup for senior citizens during their birth months as a gesture of gratitude for their contributions to the development of the city.

Councilor Elaine D. Sembrano explained the proposed local legislative measure will cover all senior citizens who are bonafide residents and registered voters of the city.

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City to designate April 22, June 5 as Carless Days

BAGUIO CITY November 01 – Motor vehicles will be barred from roaming around the city once a proposed ordinance is passed designating every April 22 and June 5 as Carless Days in the city to help significantly reduce the increasing pollutants in the city's air.

Councilor Elaine D. Sembrano stated the implementation of Carless Days shall cover all roads within the territorial jurisdiction of the city.

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5 Benguet towns record good air quality

BAGUIO CITY November 02 – The Cordillera office of the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB-CAR) disclosed that the air quality in the five Benguet towns surrounding the city were able to register good air quality based on the results of the ambient air quality monitoring conducted by the agency in strategic areas within the said municipalities.

EMB-CAR regional director Reynaldo S. Digamo said the conduct of the regular ambient air quality monitoring is pursuant to the pertinent provisions of Republic Act (RA) 8749, otherwise known as the Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999, and its implementing rules and regulations.

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Satellite markets in all city barangays backed

BAGUIO CITY November 03 – The City Council passed a resolution supporting the establishment of satellite markets in the city's 128 barangays to help decongest the influx of market goers to the public market in the central business district area, provided that the barangays are able to comply with the guidelines for the put-up of the facilities.

Councilor Leandro B. Yangot, Jr., Chairman of the Committee on Market, Trade, Commerce and Agriculture, said that Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan earlier committed to source out the funds for the initial rehabilitation and upgrading of existing public markets from available sources of funds of the local government while the put up of other satellite markets in other barangays will be a long-term project of the local government that has to be part of the annual investment plans of the concerned barangays and the city in the future.

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PDEA clarifies report on Baguio as marijuana producers

BAGUIO CITY October 25 – The Cordillera office of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA-CAR) said that there is nothing to rectify on an alleged previous report that Baguio City is a producer of marijuana because the anti-drug agency never came out with a declaration stating that the country's undisputed Summer Capital is a producer of the illegal hemp.

PDEA-CAR Public Information Officer Atty. Joseph Frederick Calulut said that PDEA Director-General Aaron Aquino already came out with a recent pronouncement that upon verification of the complaint raised by Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan during the joint meeting of the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) and Regional Development Council (RDC) in Luna, Apayao last September 7, 2017, it was found out that there was no such report made by the agency identifying Baguio City as a marijuana producer, thus, there is nothing to rectify on the said report.

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Department of Interior and Local Government -Baguio Field Office city director Evelyn Trinidad briefs the members of the City human Rights, Justice, Peace and Order Council on the finalization of the proposed office budget plan for CY 2017 to 2019 annual investment plan held at BCPO Conference Hall. - by Bong Cayabyab


Congestion at City Jail, reported

BAGUIO CITY – The Baguio City Jail (BCJ) has a total population of 619 inmates or persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) as of October 26, this year, with 511 in the male dorm and 108 in the female dorm.

BCJ male and female dorm wardens J/CInsp. Crispin Dornagon, Jr. and J/SInsp. April Rose Ayangwa, respectively, said the male dorm has a 411 percent congestion rate while the female dorm is at 116 percent.

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Cash incentives for senior citizens defined

BAGUIO CITY November 01 – Senior citizens who were able to reach certain ages in their lives stand to get incentives from the local government once a proposed ordinance defining age brackets and the corresponding incentives, now pending with the local legislative body, will be enacted.

Councilor Leandro B. Yangot, Jr. filed an ordinance granting cash incentives to senior citizens in the city who have reached the ages of 65, 70, 75, 80, 85, 90, 95 and 100 with the respective amounts of P5,000, P10,000, P15,000, P20,000, P25,000, P30,000, P35,000 P40,000 and P50,000.

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Creation of Baguio culture, arts council proposed

BAGUIO CITY November 01 – The preservation and promotion of culture and arts in the city got an added boost following the filing of a proposed ordinance creating the Baguio City Culture and the Arts Council in support of the plan of the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Cordillera Regional Development Council (RDC-CAR) to establish said councils to allow access to financial and technical assistance from the Commission.

Councilor Lilia A. Farinas underscored the purposes of the creation of the Baguio City Culture and Arts Council, which include the advancement of efforts of concerned government agencies and local governments for the sustainable preservation and protection of the rich culture, heritage, arts and traditions of the city and its people; qualify and comply with the criteria of local governments for the coveted Seal of Good Local Governance in coordination with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and to allow the city to have access to both financial and technical assistance that the NCCA has to offer.

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City to regulate games of chance

BAGUIO CITY November 01 – The conduct of electronic games and other games of chance in the city will be strictly regulated once a proposed ordinance governing the operation of electronic games, bingo and other games of chance will be enacted.

Councilor Edgar M. Avila said that upon the effectivity of the measure, a special committee on games and amusement for the local legislative body shall be established and it shall be composed of 3 representatives from the majority party and or collation and 2 representatives from the minority party or coalition and the chairman shall be selected from among the members of the committee.

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Market porters support clean, green campaign

BAGUIO CITY November 02 – Hundreds of porters in the city's public market expressed their support to the local government's clean and green campaign ad to reduce the volume of pickpocketing incidents for the sustained law and order in the market.

The commitment of the porters was made during recent consultations conducted by the Committee on Market, Trade, Commerce and Agriculture chaired by Councilor Leandro B. Yangot, Jr. who assured them that through the initiative of the committee members, cash rewards will be given to the porters who will be able to arrest individuals involved in pickpocketing incidents in the market area.

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The welcome marker says it all


Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan and other Baguio delegates pose for posterity at the marker as they enter Vaughan a sister city of Baguio in Canada. The Mayor and his group is on a three sister city of Baguio travel. They were in Hangshou China last week, Vaughan Canada this week and Vallejo City in the US next week. Photo Courtesy of Ryan Mangusan.




The Lakan and Lakambini Royal Court John Dayasen and Nida Tabat representing the veterans; Renato and Luzvimin Asuncion of BARP; Alexander Nigos and Letecia Generao of PIGRA; and Patricio and Herminia Pascua of FBASECA pose for posterity after receiving their respective medallion, flower crowns ,trophies and bouquet during the presentation as part of Baguio's "Pista Sa Nayon" initiated by the City Government of Baguio through the City Social Welfare and Development Office headed by Betty Fangasan and the Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs headed by Isaias Barongan with the cooperation of the National Correspondents Club of Baguio headed by former Councilor Nars Padilla. - By Bong Cayabyab

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