Most city infra projects ahead of schedule

Most of the city's infrastructure projects supported by its Internal Revenue Allotment and Local Development Fund are ahead or on schedule, city engineer Leo Bernardez reported last week.

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City officials headed by Mayor Mauricio Domogan, Vice Mayor Daniel Fariñas and City Police Director Jesus Cambay Jr present a plaque of commendation to PSInsp. Larry Gabion for the arrest of four suspects possessing six packs of marijuana leaves (164.9 grams) with an estimated dangerous Drug Value of P4,195 while conducting a foot patrol last February 11 along Naguillan Road.---By Bong Cayabyab


Sister cities pledge more exchange programs with Baguio

BAGUIO CITY – Six of Baguio's most active twin cities from five countries committed to pursue more meaningful exchange programs with the city.

Delegations from Vallejo City (California, USA) led by Sister City Commission vice chair Dan Buan, Vaughan City (Ontario, Canada) headed by deputy mayor Gino Rosati, Gongju City (South Korea) by deputy mayor Yoon Seok-Gyu, Taebaek City (South Korea) led by vice mayor Yong Ki Chung, Hanyu City (Japan) and Hangzhou (China) represented by Baguio-based nationals vowed to share with Baguio their best practices in the following fields: strengthening of sister-city ties; tourism development; community partnership and government systems development.

Heads and members of the delegations signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Baguio officials headed by Mayor Mauricio Domogan, Rep. Bernardo Vergara and Councilor Betty Lourdes Tabanda during the welcome banquet tendered by the city last Feb. 22 to affirm the exchange programs pledged during the Sister-Cities Forum held earlier as a side event to the recently concluded Baguio Flower Festival.

Vallejo City pledged the beautification of the memorial parks of World War II veterans and the appropriate recording of all data to encourage visitation and remembrance of their heroic legacy. They also intend to encourage the proactive participation of various veterans groups in the city.

The Vallejo group composed of Tanzania Committee chair Dr. Ward Steward and Sister City Association members Nelly Buan, Paul Ligda, Elissa Steward, Maximo Potente and wife and Lilibeth Asera also vowed to pursue the creation of a Vallejo-Baguio Sister City Shrine Task Force and the Vallejo-Baguio Sister City Educational Program Task Force Committee.

Vaughan City delegation composed of Councilor Marilyn Iafrate, spouses Tony and Erlinda Insigne and Lurvie de Blois all of the Filipino-Canadian Association of Vaughan (FCAV) volunteered the promotion of systems and best practices on waste disposal strategies, waste disposal being both cities' immediate concern.

Gongju City also represented by Jeong Gwang-ui nd Lee Sun-hwa presented the following projects: creation of the Gongju marker in Botanical Garden and the reciprocal participation in both the Gongju Festival and the Panagbenga Festival. They also committed to initiate the Gongju public official and employee exchange program.

Taebaek which sent the biggest delegation composed of Councilor Kim Chun-soo, tourism chief Bae Il-hwan, official report chief Sin Ok-hwa, chief of international exchange Kwon Tae-you, mayor's secretary Kim Hyoungmcheol, adviser Kim Hak-jo, Kim Yong-an and journalists Bae Yeon-ho and Oh Hyeong-sang volunteered the forging of agreement for the to emulate the O2 Resort of Taebaek in Baguio City by December and the visit of the city environment and parks management office in Taebaek to gain information on the best practices of Taebaek with regards to solid waste management.

Taebaek also committed the improvement of the existing employee exchange program by April; the mounting of an art exposition in coordination with the Taebaek Art Association following reciprocal visits and incorporating innovation with the inclusion of instrumentalists; sustained participation in Panagbenga and Fil-Am golf tournament; and the participation of the Baguio delegation to the Taebaek Snow Festival in January 2014 and to the Taebaek elections and inauguration in June-July 2014.

Hanyu representatives presented the promotion of the eco-friendly micro-mobility electric motor to improve transportation; launching of information education campaigns on the culture and history of Hanyu and Baguio through reciprocal student visits including significant historical data on World War II pioneers in Baguio and another information drive on health and wellness through natural healing techniques. Hanyu also offered a sharing of best practices on waste management and segregation.

Hangzhou representatives pledged the completion of the Hangzhou marker by April and the creation of reciprocal markers in Hangzhou by June. They also committed the activation of the Student and Teacher Exchange Program with the goal of promoting Mandarin language in the Philippines and English in Hangzhou.

Domogan hailed the sister cities for actively pursuing exchange programs and expressed hopes that all the activities named for this year will be pursued to further strengthen friendship, promote mutual understanding and development opportunities among the kin cities. – Aileen P. Refuerzo


Experimental night market to continue; new rules set

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan authorized the continued implementation of the experimental night market along Harrison Road but issued new rules to improve the conduct of the livelihood project.

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Mayor Mauricio Domogan welcomes Regional Directors from Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Education, Department of Health and the Department of Labor and Employment during a courtesy call held at City Hall Multi-Pupose Center. The regional directors are in town for the Consultation Workshop and Study Tour themed "Converging Efforts Toward Effective Transition". - By Bong Cayabyab


Panagbenga 2013 financial audit pushed

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan supports the city council's move for the audit of fund-raising activities of Panagbenga 2013. The financial statement should make public all fund-raising components of the just-concluded Baguio Flower Festival including the Session Road in Bloom, Market Encounter/Baguio Blooms and the like, the mayor said.

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Women's month celebrated

BAGUIO CITY – Eight outstanding women in their own field of service were feted during the Women's day program last Friday morning at the Baguio Convention Center, with Congressman Bernardo Vergara, Mayor Mauricio Domogan and other city officials present.

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Flower Floats


Panagbenga's float parade again showede hundreds of thousand visitors why our festival is one of the best in the country. Left and below photo shows the innovativeness of the Baguio Country Club and the City Government float while another float (left bottom photo) shows a culture inspired scene in one of the floats. *** photo by Joel Belinan


SDP winners


Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan with the Panagenga mace led other city officials at the forefront of the Grand Street Dancing and the Parade of Floats last February 23 and 24. middle photo is the winning piece of the Mountain Province delegates that got the second prize and the Apayao provincial delegates (bottom) that got the third prize award.*** photo by Joel Belinan


Mayor maintains city's roadside smoke emission tests in order

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan on Wednesday maintained that the vehicle smoke emission tests conducted in random and on a voluntary basis by the city's Roadside Inspection, Testing and Monitoring Team (RITMT) are in order and are not the true cause of the inaccuracies that of recent have disgruntled many private and public utility motorists.

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A mother spends a quality time with her daughter at lunchtime at the City Hall's Mini Park. - By Bong Cayabyab



BAGUIO CITY - To sustain the city of pines, being the Summer Capital of the Philippines and one of the summer best destination, Mayor Mauricio Domogan issued Administrative Order No. 012, series of 2013, re-organizing the working committees for the summer vacation (SUMVAC) in Baguio 2013.

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Massive graffiti clean-up drive participants commended

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan last week has approved the commendation authored collectively by members of the city council for participating schools, colleges, universities and the National Service Training Program (NSTP) core for the massive graffiti clean-up drive done last February 16 and 17, here in the city.

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Mayor Mauricio Domogan meets with the representatives of the City Council, technical working groups, the Baguio's Finest , offices and agencies concerned in preparation for the influx to tourist and vacationers this coming summer season. - By Bong Cayabyab


OSG seeks reconsideration of ca decision on wright park CALTs

BAGUIO CITY – The Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) sought reconsideration of a Court of Appeals (CA) decision dated January 15 denying its petition for certiorari, prohibition and mandamus over the Original Certificates of Ancestral Land Titles (O-CALTs) issued by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) over lots located in the city including Wright Park.

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Mayor reaffirms stand on ancestral land claims

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan on Wednesday reiterated that the city government will continue to respect the claims of ancestral land applicants in the city as long as these are legitimate Igorot claims qualified for disposition as ancestral land under existing laws.

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