On-going BFF activities

BAGUIO CITY – Majority of this year’s Panagbenga activities are focused on the theme, “The Environment and Community in Harmony;” which started with the distribution of pine tree seedlings to participants during the opening parade. Recipients of the pine tree seedlings are expected to plant these in their neighborhood for the benefit of the environment; and the public.

Add to these are health-oriented, cultural and sports activities this Sunday, Feb. 13; the Arnis de Mano Tournament at Malcolm Square, simultaneous with Prolife’s symposium/seminar for the youth, dubbed as “Choices,” at the Baguio Convention Center; and a cultural presentation at the SM events center.

All these come after yesterday’s comebacking activity: the Let A Thousand Flowers Bloom painting contest at the Melvin Jones. Participated in by individuals, family members, and the community as a whole, the activity shows creative artistry as embossed on canvas. As in the past years, the activity’s paintings shall be “curtain-raisers” during the grand streetdancing parade on Feb. 26.

The Baguio Flower Festival on its 16th year also features the Fluvial Float Parade and Pre-Valentine Entertainment at the Lake, today at the man-made lake, Burnham Park.

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Timetable set for Cordillera autonomy drive

BAGUIO CITY, February 04 – The Third Autonomy Drafting Committee (TADC) mandated its provincial committees to submit their proposals on their desired provisions that will be included in the preparation for the third draft of the Cordillera Autonomy law on or before March 31 to allow its consolidation into a third Organic Act that will be submitted to Congress before the opening of its second regular session on July this year.

However TADC members led by Baguio City Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan will have a preliminary meeting on March 11, 2011 at the Baguio City Multipurpose Hall to assess the extent of the provincial consultations undertaken to gather the sentiments of the people on the pertinent provisions that will be acceptable for inclusion in the third Organic Act.

Under the proposed timetable by the TADC, the draft bill will be subjected to consultations with Cordillera congressmen during the months of April to June so that it will be officially filed in the House of Representatives by July.

The committee expects that the third autonomy law will be approved by both chambers by the end of this year so that its contents will be disseminated to the different parts of the Cordillera early next year.

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Domogan criticizes suspension of demolition of informal settlers’ structures

BAGUIO CITY February 04 – Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan here branded the recent order of President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III to national government agencies and local government units to suspend evictions nationwide as vague in the sense that there are already existing laws governing the sensitive issue.

In his letter to Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse M. Robredo, Domogan pointed out that Republic Act (RA) 7279 otherwise known as the Urban Development Housing Act which clearly enumerates the structures of informal settlers that cannot be demolished unless there is clear compliance with the requirements of the law.

The local chief executive said that the consequence of the directive is serious and damaging to the city since the local government has pending demolition orders which are ready for implementation covering structures constructed on watersheds, forest reservations, road-rights-of-way, river and creek beds and private titled properties. These structures have been investigated and found to be outside the exceptions enumerated in RA 7279.

“It appears likewise that the directive is ordering us not to demolish structures that will be constructed from now on road-right-of-ways, watersheds, forest reservations, parks, among others which we respectfully submit as violative of existing laws. In short, the city is being prevented to do its duty to protect our watersheds, parks, forests, road-right-of-ways, school sites. By demolishing structures illegally constructed on the said areas.” Domogan stressed.

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Panagbenga Festival

The month long Panagbenga Festival is now formally opened with the opening parade last February first. 17  High School and Elementary group  participants compete with each other for the final 9 slots that will join the Grand Street Dancing Parade on February 26.


The Sacred Scroll

The Sacred Scroll: Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan is one of the main actor in this independent Film being shoot here in the city. It is a story of a sacred scroll that was lost for a long period but was found and returned by sailors from far way land. Baktadan (Igorot name of the Mayor) together with the other elders of the Applai sub-tribe of the Igorots were very happy for the return of the scroll and called for a celebration of gongs and dances.



An X-Ray machine technician from SM Foundation " Gamot Para Sa Kapwa" helps a partly disabled patient after a chest x-ray check-up.--- By Bong Cayabyab



A medical doctor from the "Baguio's Finest" treats her colleague's sick son during the mission. --- By Bong Cayabyab



"TEACH THEM YOUNG" - City Mayor Mauricio Domogan imparts to Yeun Soon St. Jude International kids the importance of protecting the environment and respecting historical sites in the city January 28 during the Children's Urban Heritage Walk. photo by paul rillorta


1500 patients recipients of SM and Chinese community medical missions

BAGUIO CITY - The Filipino Chinese Community in tandem with SM-Baguio with the support of the City Government in cooperation with the Baguio-Benguet Public Information Civic Action Group (BB-PICAG), City Disater Coiordinating Council (CDCC), Philippine National Red Cross, PNP Medical and Dental Team, Philippine Medical  Women's Association Baguio-Benguet Chapter, City Social Welfare and Development, Baguio Emergency Service (EMS), Baguio General and Medical Center and the City Health Office  extended help to almost 1500 patients during the "Gamot Para Sa Kapuwa"  Medical Mission at SM-Baguio January 27 as part of the Chinese New Year Festivities to welcome the "Year of the Rabbit".


Parade and Medical Mission chairman Peter Ng said since SM-Baguio started to support the program, more indigent patients availed of free medical check up and medicines.



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BENECO donates P3 million worth of lighting equipment to Baguio

BAGUIO CITY February 04 – The management of the Benguet Electric Cooperative (BENECO) donated to the city government lighting fixtures and other related accessories to boost the bid of local officials to light up the city’s parks and major thoroughfares to deter the commission of crimes. The donation amounts to a total of P3 million.

A total of 112 fixtures were used to light up Loakan road leading to the vicinity of the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) while 138 fixtures were used to light up Burnham Park exclusive of the 50 poles used to hold the lighting facilities.

The proposal of the rural electric cooperative to help light up various parks and streets in the city at no expense to the local government, except for the monthly power bills, has been pending before the city government since the previous administration.

Gerardo P. Verzosa, BENECO general manager, said the lighting equipment used along the Loakan road was valued at P1.4 million while the lighting fixtures and poles used around Burnham Park is worth at least P1.5 million although more fixtures will still be installed around the city’s premier park.

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9 elementary schools eyeing ‘best Panagbenga street-dancing team

BAGUIO CITY – And then there were nine…

Nine elementary schools passed stringent screening, February 1, in their campaign towards glory in the first ‘Cordillera dance-spiced’ street-dancing competition set February 26, during the Panagbenga Grand Street-Dancing Parade.

In no particular order, the Baguio Flower Festival Foundation, Inc. (BFFFI) secretariat named Baguio Central School (entry 2), Quezon Elementary (8), San Vicente Elementary (9), Mabini Elementary (10), Rizal Elementary (11), John Hay Elementary (12), Special Education Center (14), Josefa Cariño (15), and Aguinaldo Elementary (17) as the ‘lucky 9’.

There were 17-participating schools in the preliminary dance-off.

The teams were judged using a 100-percent scale divided into the following elements: choreography (20-percent), theme or concept (20-percent), performance (20-percent), costume (15-percent), props (15-percent), and overall impact (10-percent).

Dangal Guevarra, BFFFI secretariat chief revealed, “Choreography includes creativity and artistry of movement patterns, appropriateness of movements, and integration of Panagbenga basic movements.”

He explained, “The BFFFI and our consultants from the National Center for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) have observed Cordillera culture expressed in dance movements have been slowly diminishing in our dancing cavalcades.”

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The Panagbenga Park

The Panagbenga Park finally opened last February 1 that also ushers in the opening of the Panagbenga 2011. Led by Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan,City Officials and the BFFI officials cut the ribbon, planted trees, witness the indigenous Rites, and ecumenical prayers, sacrificed a pig and of course the turning over of the Panagbenga mace to the Mayor at the same time the Chairman of the BFFI.



City Police Director david Lacdan, Secretary to the Mayor Raffy Tallocoy, SM-Baguio mall Manager Engr. Marc Jansen Pe and dr. Charles Cheng supervises the medical mission held at SM-Baguio last Jan. 27.--- By Bong Cayabyab



Public relations manager for Norther Luzon Karren Padilla (extreme left) and SM Foundatiom "gamot Para Sa Kapwa" project supervisor Betina de Guzman (third from left)hand over free vitamins and medicines to patients.--- By Bong Cayabyab





Children's Urban Heritage Walk

"RESPONSIBLE" young students of Yeun Soon St. Jude International learns how to segregate trash they picked up during the Children's Urban Heritage Walk January 28 with government and other volunteers as their guides. Photo by Paul Rillorta

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