Additional barangay satellite markets sought

BAGUIO CITY – More barangay satellite markets may soon be established in the various barangays in the city in line with the city government's thrust to decongest the central business district as well as to promote livelihood and employment in the barangay level.

The city council committee on market, trade, commerce and agriculture chaired by Councilor Leandro Yangot Jr. proposed a resolution approving the construction of additional barangay satellite markets particularly in the 12 barangays that submitted intent.

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Baguio to defend Batang Pinoy title

BAGUIO CITY – The Summer Capital will send a 331-man delegation to the 2017 Batang Pinoy Luzon Leg Competitions slated on October 21 to 28 in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur, composed of athletes, coaches and officials including a medical team.

Vigan will also host next year's Palarong Pambansa.

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Diplomat Hotel subject for private-public partnership

BAGUIO CITY October 12 – The local government is inviting prospective developers who want to introduce the needed facelift of the Diplomat Hotel located in the Dominican Hill and Nature Park to file their letters of intent and proposals the soonest in preparation for the opening up of the area for a private-public partnership (PPP) venture that will provide an added attraction for local and foreign visitors frequenting the city.

Councilor Elmer Datuin, chairman of the City Council Committee on Tourism, Parks, Playgrounds and Special Events, said that the local government was already able to pass the required PPP ordinance that outlines the details of the partnership to be established with the private sector, thus, interested developers are already welcome to submit their proposals on how to improve the state of the Diplomat Hotel to make it attractive for visitors to include the visit in the area as part of their regular itinerary when coming up to the city for a well-deserved vacation.

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Cordillera dengue cases drop by 73 percent

BAGUIO CITY October 10 – The Cordillera office of the Department of Health (DOH-CAR reported dengue fever cases in the region dropped by 73 percent for the first nine months of this year after being able to record some 2,689 cases this year compared to the 9,813 cases last year.

Dra. Jennifer Joyce R. Pira, Medical Officer III and head of the Department of Health Emergency Management Cluster of the DOH-CAR, reported that deaths due to dengue fever also decreased this year with 8 fatalities for the reckoning period compared to 21 fatalities recorded during the same period last year.

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Typhoid fever cases drop by 52 percent

BAGUIO CITY October 10 – The Cordillera office of the Department of Health (DOH-CAR) revealed that typhoid fever cases in the region decreased by 52 percent with registered 1,585 cases for the first nine months of this year compared to the 3,307 cases reported during the same period last year.

Dra. Jennifer Joyce R. Pira, medical officer and head of the DOH-CAR Health Emergency Management Cluster, said there was only 1 typhoid-related death for the reckoning period this year compared to the 2 typhoid-related deaths during the same period last year.

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Healthy lifestyle to prevent mental health problems

BAGUIO CITY October 11 – A mental health expert from the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGMC) Department of Psychiatry underscored that the practice of healthy lifestyle will help prevent individuals from contracting illnesses that will lead to mental disorders and compromise their ability to socialize and become productive citizens of the communities where they belong.

Dr. Lowell A. Rebucal, Medical Specialist II and Department Head of BGHMC's Department of Psychiatry, said one of the primary causes of mental health problems among those seeking medical attention from them is stress, thus, the need for people to appropriately manage stress to prevent them from contracting mental that compromises their quality of life.

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Barangays must be fiscally independent

BAGUIO CITY October 12 – Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan wants the barangays to be financially independent once the city's 128 barangays are merged to allow them to implement their desired development projects and enhance the delivery of basic services to the people without relying on concerned government agencies and the local government for assistance.

The local chief executive pointed out one of the advantage of the barangays being fiscally independent will be the grant of regular salaries for barangay officials and personnel will be hired to assist them in addressing the concerns of their barangays.

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Baguio to host 1st North Philippines career fair

BAGUIO CITY October 12 – Thousands of students and hospitality industry stakeholders will be flocking to the city to grab the rare opportunity of being exposed to the realities of their chosen profession for the upcoming 1st North Philippines Tourism Forum and Career Fair at the CAP Trade and Cultural Center on November 16-18, 2017.

Maria Venus Q. Tan, regional director of the Cordillera office of the Department of Tourism (DOT-CAR), said that the event will help unveil the many tourism career opportunities not only in the country but also in other parts of the world to accommodate the increasing number of young professionals taking up courses related to the hospitality and tourism industry.

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Scout councilors tackle environmental, social issues

BAGUIO CITY – As part of their training for leadership and socio-civic duties, Scout Councilors (SC) from the city's public and private secondary schools tackled 28 proposed resolutions and ordinances during the session last Monday afternoon.

This, after turn-over rites where 81 boy and girl scouts sat as Scout Officials for a Day (SOFAD), led by Scout Jemma Sabelo from Easter College High School (ECHS) as congressman; Roald Eras Xavier Bautista from Baguio City National High School (BCNHS) as mayor; Loida Faith Dalingay of the same school as vice-mayor; councilors, city department and assistant department heads, judges in the municipal and regional trial courts and some utility institutions.

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More volunteers needed for city's anti-graffiti drive

BAGUIO CITY -- The Anti-Graffiti Task Force (AGTF) chaired by Mayor Mauricio Domogan is reiterating its call for barangays to send volunteers for training so they can assist in the city's on-going campaign against graffiti vandalism.

Domogan has earlier directed police personnel to step up their apprehension of violators of the city's anti-graffiti ordinance as he stressed that graffiti vandalism continues to be a problem in many parts of the Summer Capital.

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Sale of fake products affecting tourism industry assailed.

BAGUIO CITY October 12 – A member of the local legislative body admitted that the continuous sale of alleged fake Baguio products to foreign and domestic visitors by enterprising individuals roaming around parks and public places has significantly affected the sustained growth of the city's tourism industry over the past several months.

Councilor Elmer Datuin, chairman of the City Council Committee on Tourism, Parks, Playgrounds and Special Events, claimed that by the mere word of mouth from disappointed visitors that they were victimized by unscrupulous individuals selling purported Baguio products has a great impact to the project influx of tourists because their friends and relatives have second thoughts in spending their vacation in the city for fear that they will be the next victims of such malpractice of trade.

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BGHMC offers no balance billing for senior citizens

BAGUIO CITY October 10 – The Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC) offers no balance billing for senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWDs) in need of medical procedures and surgery for aged hips and joints that need replacement.

Dr. Justinano S. Bai, Medical Officer II of the BGHMC Department of Orthopaedic, said the osteoarthritis surgery for senior citizens and PWDs is available for free by the hospital to the said sectors to ensure their free mobility.

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Operator notifies city on increase of tipping fee

BAGUIO CITY October 11 – The Metro Clark Waste Management Corporation (MCWMC) notified the Baguio City government on the impending increase of the tipping fee that the company is charging for every tone of residual waste dumped in its Capas-based waste disposal facility effective January 1, 2018.

In a letter to Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan, MCWMC Marketing Supervisor for LGU Elaine M. Sese explained that the increased tipping fee charged to local governments will P150 per ton of residual waste increasing the existing P500 to P650 due to the increase in the prices of diesel fuel and equipment parts which are major components of their operations.

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City to lobby for lower tipping fees

BAGUIO CITY October 12 – Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan revealed the local government will lobbying the management of the Metro Clark Waste Management Corporation for the reduction of the proposed increase in tipping fees in its residual waste dump facility starting next year to reduce the projected increase in the city's expenses on solid waste management.

The local chief executive said the local government will negotiate with Metro Clark to reduce their proposed P650 tipping fee per ton of garbage dumped in its Capas sanitary landfill to at least P600 to reducing the city's expenses on the hauling of waste outside the city.

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Replica of 5 Thai elephants set December 18

BAGUIO CITY October 12 – Officials of the local government and the Manila-based Thailand embassy will be inaugurating the replica of five giant Thailand elephants now being built in a designated portion of the Botanical Garden by December 18, 2017.

Councilor Elmer O. Datuin, chairman of the City Council Committee on Tourism, Parks, Playgrounds and Special Events, said that the on-going construction of the replica of the five giant Thai elephants is around 60 percent complete and will be ready for inauguration by the scheduled date.

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Mayor grateful to mining firm for WTE project

BAGUIO CITY October 12 – Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan expressed his gratitude to the Romualdez-owned Benguet Corporation (BC) for sustaining the company's earlier commitment for the use of a portion of its Antamok open pit site for the put up of a waste to energy facility in partnership with its private developer and a technology provider.

The local chief executive admitted having an emergency meeting with BC top executives and other interest groups to thresh out minor problems that cropped up while the company's private partner, Goldrich Natural Exploration and Development, Inc., was performing its due diligence activities pursuant to a tripartite memorandum of agreement signed among the involved parties last year.

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