Market day for organics proposed

BAGUIO CITY – Councilor Michael Lawana has proposed a market day for organically-grown produce at the Igorot Park from 6 to 10 AM, during Saturday and Sundays.

According to the councilor, it was observed that organic products have limited market outlets, even as there are abundant and readily available organic products within the city and outskirts.

As to Republic Act 10068 known as the Organic Agricultural Act of 2010, which provides for the development and promotion of organic agriculture in the Philippines, there should be a designated separate area to display and avoid mixing products with non-organics. A trading post for organic outputs should be provided by every local government unit, RA 10068 states.

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Smoke-Free Baguio training for bocaps, held

BAGUIO CITY – A first batch of around 50 barangay officials attended a "Smoke-Free Baguio Orientation" held October 16 and 17 at El Cielito hotel here conducted by the city government thru the Health Services Office (HSO) under Dr. Rowena Galpo in cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO).

Topics discussed by WHO and HSO speakers including Dr. Catherine Posadas during the two-day activity centered on the negative impact of smoking on health, environment, the economy and others. Provisions of Ordinance No. 34 series of 2017 or the Smoke-Free Baguio Ordinance were also explained to the participants.

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Airline exec airs insights on Loakan airport

BAGUIO CITY October 17 – An executive of one of the low cost carriers in the country said that the Loakan airport will only be capable of serving the flight requirements of small aircrafts serving domestic flights once it will undergo the needed upgrading.

AirAsia's Chief Executive Officer Capt. Dexter Comendador said there is a need to extend the airport's runway to as much as 400 meters to be able to cater to the requirements of bigger planes that will soon service the Baguio route.

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Data on tourist arrivals in Baguio still uncertain

BAGUIO CITY October 19 – The City Council Committee on Tourism, Parks, Playgrounds and Special Events admitted that the local government is having difficulty in ascertaining accurate data on the actual number of tourist arrivals in the city year-round, which will serve as basis for policy and decision makers in crafting appropriate programs to boost the local tourism industry's sustained growth.

Councilor Elmer Datuin, Chairman of the City Council Committee on Tourism, Parks, Playgrounds and Special Events, said that the data generated by the City Tourism Office (CTO) comes from the reports of accredited tourism facilities in different parts of the city, but there are figures that should be taken from non-accredited lodging facilities which are being frequented by tourists.

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Baguio IPMR row referred to NCIP central office

BAGUIO CITY October 19 – The Cordillera office of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP-CAR) leadership decided to inhibit from continuously hearing the controversy on the selection of the city's Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representative (IPMR) and referred the matter to the central office for immediate resolution amidst the brewing conflict among the involved parties.

NCIP-CAR Regional Director Roland Calde said the decision was an offshoot of the regional review committee and other related bodies that were created by the agency to try to settle the differences of the involved IPs to allow the selected IPMR to be issued the required certificate of confirmation for him to occupy a seat in the local legislative body.

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DENR to launch Carless Day on November 10

BAGUIO CITY October 19 – The Cordillera office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-CAR) and its attached bureaus will be launching the Carless Day within the agency's compound in Pacdal with the support of the Baguio-La Trinidad-Itogon-Sablan-Tuba-Tublay (BLISTT) Airshed Governing Board .

The launching of the Carless Day in the DENR-CAR compound is one of the activities lined up by the agency in celebration of Clean Air Month, Climate Change Consciousness Week and the Philippine Environment Awareness as well as World Environmental Health Day next month.

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COMELEC junks election case versus local exec

BAGUIO CITY October 19 – The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) en banc dismissed the petition for disqualification filed by Atty. Jose M. Molintas, the losing mayoralty candidate in the May 2013 mid-term elections, against incumbent Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan for lack of merit.

In a certificate of finality issued by Acting Clerk Atty. Abigail Justine M. Cuaresma-Lilagan dated September 29, 2017, the poll body decided to uphold the resolution promulgated on October 19, 2015 which dismissed the disqualification case filed against Domogan and declared the same final and executory.

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North Luzon tourism forum and career fair successful

BAGUIO CITY October 19 - The Regional Tourism Department launched the 1st North Philippines Tourism Forum and Career Fair which aims to highlight the rise of the Cordillera region as a meeting, incentive travel, convention, and exhibition career hub for tourism.

During its formal launching at the CAP Convention Center at Camp John Hay, DOT Cordillera Regional Director Marie Venus Tan emphasized the need to strengthen the human resource base for tourism particularly in the hotel and restaurants, cruise, airlines and aviation, and the travel and tours industry not only in Cordillera, but for Regions 1, 2 and 3 which will help spur the sustained growth of the industry in the said areas.

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Baguio is 1st year CROWN awardee

BAGUIO CITY - Being one of the contender for the National Nutrition Award, the city of Baguio was recognized and awarded as the 1st year Consistent Regional Outstanding Winner on Nutrition (CROWN) in the city category.

The city of government here was feted last October 19 at the Hotel Supreme during the 2017 Regional Nutrition Awarding ceremony.

Secretary to the mayor Rafael Tallocoy and city health officer Dr. Rowena Galpo received the plaque of recognition.

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Difficulties in city's anti-graffiti drive, noted

BAGUIO CITY – Except in a few barangays, the city's on-going campaign against illegal graffiti is still experiencing difficulties according to Anti-Graffiti Task Force (AGTF) operations head Ross Goze.

"Graffiti is continuing in the central business district and it seems that the city's anti-graffiti ordinance is not being keenly implemented in the area," he claimed.

Earlier, the task force reiterated its call for barangays to send volunteers for training so they can assist in the city's on-going campaign against graffiti vandalism.

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Staggered market development to be undertaken

BAGUIO CITY October 19 – Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan said that the local government will be implementing a staggered development in certain areas of the city public market while the awaiting the decision of the winning developer, Uniwide Sales and Realty Development Corporation, whether or not it is still interested to pursue total rehabilitation of the city's show window.

The local chief executive said the priority area to be improved by the city will be the old market building along Magsaysay Avenue so that the issues it is a fire hazard and is no longer fit for occupancy will be effectively and efficiently addressed for the safety of the occupants and the market goers.

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Timetable on barangay merger proposed

BAGUIO CITY October 19 – Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan urged the Association of Barangay Councils (ABC) in the city to have the necessary timetable in the implementation of the merger of the city's 128 barangays PRIOR TO THE CONDUCT of the May 2018 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections.

The local chief executive underscored it is best for the existing number of barangays to be reduced, as per the acceptable merger proposal, to guarantee the maximum utilization of available resources for the development of city barangays to be at par with similarly-situated barangays in other highly urbanized cities in the country.

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Cultural center, museum to rise in BIBAK property

BAGUIO CITY October 19 – The Cordillera office of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP-CAR) announced that an eight-storey cultural center and museum is expected to rise within a 1,000-square meter portion of the more than 5,000-square meter property of the Benguet-Ifugao-Bontoc-Apayao-Kalinga (BIBAK) property along Harrison Road to highlight the rich culture and traditions of the region that will serve as an added tourist destination right at the heart of the city.

NCIP-CAR Regional Director Roland Calde said that the plan to put up the cultural center and museum has been initially agreed upon by the members of the inter-agency committee, while the decision to put up a BIBAK dormitory is still being deliberated upon considering the rapid increase of students from different parts of the region who will not all be accommodated in the said lodging facility.

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Creation of local culture, arts councils backed

BAGUIO CITY October 19 – The Cordillera Regional Development Council (RDC-CAR) is supportive of the plan of the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA) to require local governments in the region to create their local culture and the arts councils to allow concerned officials to access the needed financial and technical assistance from the said Commission.

RDC-CAR Secretary and Assistant Regional Director of the Cordillera office of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA-CAR) Jedidia Aquino explained there is merit to the request of the NCCA for all local governments to create their own local culture and arts councils to help advance efforts of concerned government agencies and local governments for the preservation and protection of the rich culture and traditions of Cordillerans.

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Porters tapped to implement local ordinances

BAGUIO CITY October 19 – The local government tapped the services of the hundreds of porters in the city public market to implement the various local ordinances that will help in maintaining the cleanliness and peace and order in the city's premier public facility Councilor Leandro B. Yangot, Jr., chairman of the City Council Committee on Market, Trade and Commerce and Agriculture, said that local officials had already consulted the groups of porters in the various sections of the public market for them to augment the local police force in the enforcement of the various local ordinances that will help in improving the cleanliness around the market and prevent the occurrence of incidents that will taint a bade image of the city, especially among visitors.

"We are elated that our porters in the market agreed to help in the enforcement of our approved local ordinances so that we will be able to improve the overall condition of the market which is our show window for our visitors., considering that Baguio is one of the preferred tourist destinations in the country," Yangot stressed.

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DOT launches Bring Home a Friend program

BAGUIO CITY October 19 - Entries are now being accepted for the Department of Tourism’s “Bring Home a Friend” (BHAF) program which seeks to give an incentive and encourages Filipinos to help promote tourism by inviting foreign friends for “a reunion of sorts in the different turist destinations in the country.

During the launching of the 1st North Philippines Tourism Forum and Career Fair Tourism, Assistant Secretary Frederick Alegre explained that the program may be considered as a reunion of sorts to redefine Philippine tourism in a bid to sustain the increase in foreign arrivals considering that there are bright prospects for tourism in the country in the future.

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