Council to check plans for add'l hog corrals at Slaughterhouse Compound

BAGUIO CITY – The Baguio City Market Authority has been asked to submit plans and other documents in relation to the proposed additional hog corrals at the Slaughterhouse Compound to the city council on or before January 15, this year.

The request was made thru a resolution recently passed by the local legislature and ratified by Mayor Mauricio Domogan.

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Lease of Mines View building studied

BAGUIO CITY January 02 – Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan ordered the city's Local Finance Committee to study the possibility of leasing-out the 4-storey Mines View Park building to maximize its potentials as a business center for the benefit of existing stallholders housed in the said city-owned structure.

The local chief executive admitted having received a proposal from a private individual for a long-term lease of the city-owned property built over a decade ago as a relocation site of vendors then scattered around the park.

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Club justifies non-payment of amusement tax

BAGUIO CITY January 03 – The Baguio Country Club (BCC) justified that it is not obliged to pay the necessary amusement tax for the operation of its Christmas village as the village's main activity or attraction is to showcase the Christmas decorative arts made of recyclable waste materials conceptualized and made by the exclusive club's employees.

In his letter to City Treasurer Alex Cabarrubias, BCC general manager Anthony R. de Leon explained that the Christmas decorative arts were arranged or exhibited in a mock up village for better appreciation and presentation instead of ordinary display.

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COA commends 3 city hall workers for no shortage in collections

BAGUIO CITY January 03 - - The Commission on Audit (COA) commended three cash disbursing officers of the City Treasury Office for having incurred no shortage or overage during the conduct of the cash examination on their cash accounts for the period January 1 to November 27, 2017.

In her letter to Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan, Supervising Auditor Dibangkiton I. Ayoong informed that the cash and cash items and accountable forms of Zenaida B. Solomon, Administrative Assistant V or Cash Disbursing Officer, Imelda M. Quenano, Administrative Assistant V or Cash Disbursing Officer and Rhonda Ali E. de Guzman, Liquidating Officer or Administrative Assistant III, all of the City Treasury office, were approximately accounted for.

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EMB-CAR lauds Baguio for solid waste management practices

BAGUIO CITY January 03 – The Cordillera office of the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB-CAR) commended the local government under the leadership of Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan for its sustained efforts in implementing the pertinent provisions of Republic Act (RA) 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000, specifically the immediate action on the reported violations on the prohibited acts.

In his letter to the local chief executive, EMB-CAR regional director Reynaldo S. Digamo noted that on September 5-29, 2017, the agency's solid waste enforcers and educators team (SWEET) revalidated violations of Section 48 of RA 9003, particularly littering, throwing, dumping of waste matters in public places and establishments causing or permitting the same, which were first documented in the different sites in the city from May to September last year that was immediately reported to the barangays concerned for appropriate action and which were immediately resolved through the intervention of the mayor.

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Baguio to operate on re-enacted budget this year

BAGUIO CITY January 04 – The city government will temporarily operate on a re-enacted budget at the start of this year while the City Council body is winding up its deliberations on the city's proposed P2.059 billion city for 2018.

The councilors were not able to pass the proposed 2018 annual budget during their last regular session on December 18, 2017 due to various issues raised on the implementation of the local government's priority programs and projects funded by the proposed budget so they decided to continue the budget deliberations starting January 8, 2018.

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Baguio youth propose solutions to issues

BAGUIO CITY  – Various youth leaders in the city suggested possible solutions to the prevailing youth-related issues confronting the local government during the two-day Youth Summit held at the Baguio Convention Center late last year.

The Youth Summit was initiated by the Committee on Youth Welfare and Sports Development and the Committee on Social Services, Women and Urban Poor to solicit the insights of the youth on the prevailing issues confronting their sector.

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Inauguration of the life-sized elephants at the Botanical garden


Mayour Mauricio G. Domogan expressing his gratitude to the Kingdom of Thailand during the Inauguration of the life-sized elephants at the Botanical garden. A gift of the government of Thailand to the City of Baguio. A symbol of friendship between the Philippines and Thailand. *** Photos by Ryan Dale Mangusan


Inauguration of the life-sized elephants at the Botanical garden


City Officials led by Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan and the Thai Ambassador to the Philippines His excellency Mr. Thanatip Upatising ; posing for posterity during the the Inauguration of the life-sized elephants at the Botanical garden last December 18, 2017. A gift of the government of Thailand to the City of Baguio. A symbol of friendship between the Philippines and Thailand. Photos by Ryan Dale Mangusan


P12 million earmarked for autonomy info drive

BAGUIO CITY January 02 – Some P12 million was earmarked by the national government in its 2018 budget for the Cordillera office of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA-CAR) and the Regional Development Council (RDC-CAR) to sustain the initial gains of the campaign for region's renewed quest for regional autonomy.

NEDA-CAR regional director Milgaros A. Rimando said that the allotted fund this year is lower compared to the P15 million that they agency had been receiving since the RDC-CAR embarked on autonomy as its overarching agenda to jumpstart massive development regionwide over a decade ago.

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Baguio compliant to writ of kalikasan – EMB-CAR

BAGUIO CITY January 03 – The Cordillera office of the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB-CAR) reported that the local government is compliant with the writ of continuing mandamus as per the notice of decree consent issued by the Court of Appeals (CA) former 6th division that resulted to the closure of the city's Irisan open dumpsite.

In the agency's second semester monitoring report on the status of the closed Irisan dumpsite of Baguio City in compliance with the writ of kalikasan and continuing mandamus, EMB-CAR regional director Reynaldo S. Digamo stated that the facility is still closed for dumping and is not receiving any new collected waste and it is still secured with its perimeter fences which are thickly covered by vegetation.

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P10M earmarked for proposed Baguio Bahay Pag-asa

BAGUIO CITY December 26 – The Department of Justice (DOJ), through the Juvenile Justice Welfare Council, earmarked some P10 million for the establishment of the city's Bahay Pag-asa.

Councilor Leandro B. Yangot, Jr., one of the propnents of the resolution that requested for the project, said the DOJ is only awaiting the decision of the city government on the possible site for the Bahay Pag-asa.

He said city officials are grateful to the DOJ for considering the local government's request to fund the establishment of a Bahay Pag-asa in the city to address the problems of children-in-conflict with the law.

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Change in anti-firecracker slogan proposed

BAGUIO CITY January 04 – Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan strongly recommended to the Department of Health (DOH) and the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) to explore the possibility of changing its slogan of 'Iwas Paputok" to "Bawal and Paputok" to send a clear message to the people to refrain from exploding firecrackers during the celebration of the Christmas and New Year revelries.

The city chief executive admitted that while there has been a significant decrease in firecracker-related injuries in the city during the New Year revelry that dropped to only 3 incidents compared to the 11 incidents recorded last year, concerned agencies and the city government must work double time to strictly implement the total ban on the use of firecrackers during the celebration of the Christmas and New Year.

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Coordination needed to solve land use problems

BAGUIO CITY January 04 – Concerned stakeholders agree there must be closer coordination among the barangays, the local government and the various government agencies in solving the city's land use problems.

The agreement was reached during the forum conducted by the Committee on Urban Planning, Lands, and Housing chaired by Councilor Edgar M. Avila with members Councilors Leandro B. Yangot, Jr. and Elmer Datuin entitled "Land Use and the Role of the Local government Unit and the Private Sector in Urban Management and Development" held last December 15, 2017 at the PFVR gym.

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HSO reports six firecracker injuries in CAR, three from Baguio

BAGUIO CITY – The City Epidemiology Surveillance Unit of the Health Services Office under Dr. Rowena Galpo has reported that as of 12 noon of January 5, this year, there were six reported cases of fireworks-related injuries in the region all from the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC). The surveillance began December 21, 2017.

HSO Medical Officer Donna Tubera said this is 25 percent lower than the 8 recorded for the same period in 2017 and 54 percent lower compared to a five-year average.

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Agencies explore action plan to maximize city's creative city status

BAGUIO CITY - Government and private stakeholders convened recently to chart action plans aimed at "maximizing Baguio City's membership" to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Creative Cities Network.

Councilor Elmer Datuin who was invited to the Small-Group Strategic Planning Session last Dec. 16 by the Dept. of Tourism regional director Marie Venus Tan and UP Baguio Chancellor Dr. Raymundo Rovillos said the participants led by the newly formed Baguio City Creative Council for Crafts and Folk Arts were able to interact and explore the concept of "Creative Economy " as a means of making creativity as a component of urban development.

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