Dad seeks help for able blood donors

BAGUIO CITY – Patients with serious illnesses in some of our hospitals are desperately in need of blood transfusion.

The Red Cross and hospitals rely only on the generosity of people who are willing and able to donate their blood to save the lives of others.

In order to boost volunteerism in the barangays, ABC President and Councilor Joel Alangsab has proposed a resolution enjoining officials of the 128 barangays in the city to identify possible blood donors within their communities.

The measure is to strengthen the proposed resolution of Councilor Erdolfo Balajadia for the establishment of a local blood council in the city which is pending approval in the city council.

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Mayor thumbs up temporary closure of Loakan road

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan this week approved the temporary closure of Loakan Road particularly the stretch from the junction of Camp John Hay to Scout Barrio area.

The said closure is anchored on the request of the contractor Goldrich Corporation Proprietor William Go for the rehabilitation, improvement, reconstruction and upgrading of the said road which started June 22.

Domogan said, 'approval of the temporary closure will fast track on-going road repairs and expedite completion of the project'.

The road repair is part of the 44M maintenance and rehabilitation work of the Department of Public Works and Highways(DPWH).

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Cordillera targets 3.4 million trees planted this year

The Cordillera launched Thursday the National Greening Program, with top environment officials initially targeting to plant 3.4 million tree seedlings over 6,804 hectares in this upland region this year.

Assistant Secretary for Luzon Regidor de Leon and regional executive director Clarence Baguilat, both of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, led various sectors in pledging support to the national program during the regional kick-off at the Quezon Hall of the Teachers Camp here.

De Leon said the Cordillera has the second highest target among the country's regions, with a budget outlay of P96 million for the six-year environmental thrust launched early last month by President Benigno Aquino III.

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City to look into BCC privatization after purchase 'a done deal' – MGD

BAGUIO CITY – It wasn't raining when the biblical ark was built.

But mayor Mauricio Domogan did a "Noah" last week expressing worries as to the use, management and economic viability of the Baguio Convention Center (BCC) even as the City Government is scrounging for ways to save ownership and possession over it.

During a presser hosted by DZEQ Radio ng Bayan, he quipped the city government will be looking into the possible privatization of the city's lone convention venue.

He said, "We will definitely look into the possibility of partnering with a private group," revealing the Hotels and Restaurants Association of Baguio's (HRAB) interest in taking over management over the city's real asset.

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City creates fish task force

BAGUIO CITY – bolstering the countries Consumer Act (RA 7394) and in order to impede the entry of unhealthy marine products in the city, Mayor Mauricio Domogan has created a task force specifically for the purpose.

Domogan said, 'this measure will achieve the objective of the city in protecting consumers against hazards to health and safety and from deceptive, unfair and unconscionable sales acts and practices".

Administrative Order No. 73 created the City Fish Inspection Task Force (CFITF) with the main function of conducting regular inspections of fish in the city market to ensure that fish sold are safe and fit for human consumption.

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Youngest Climber


Youngest Climber: Juls Marley Rabanillo enjoys walking up the Sto. Tomas road. He is registered as the youngest climber for the Freedom Climb 2011 June 12.


Better late than never

Better late than never: Benguet officials and municipal officials led by Gov. Nestor Fongwan and Vice Gov. Cresencio Pacalso listens as Baguio City Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan presented the Five Core Principles being followed in the ongoing drafting of the Third Autonomy Organic Act. The forum held last Wednesday at the Provincial capitol is the first of a series that is scheduled by the provincial government to consul its people and officials on the issue that is now sweeping the entire region.


Cordillerans prop up g-stringed sculptor in Europe

As it takes one to know one, it was no sweat for Cordillera expatriates to find Igorot carver Gilbert Gano Alberto among the 38 artists at the 10th International Sculpture Symposium that ends today in Morges, Switzerland.

"We did not have to read the country of origin of our artist but recognized (it) at once upon sighting a "takba" or "sangi"(traditional Igorot rattan backpack) set under a blue-covered pavilion," e-mailed Julio Monico through This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Most of the sculptors were on their lunch break when Monico arrived at the courtyard of the Morges Castle where the symposium was being held. So he moved to the other tents to view other works in progress, then returned to find Alberto chiseling away in his g-string.

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Mayor clarifies health status

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan Wednesday assured that he is not suffering from any serious medical condition and that his recent health problems had been caused by his own negligence and not by any acute ailment.

In his Ugnayang Panlungsod media briefing, the mayor said his health status has returned to normal after recovering from recurrent bouts with the flu and of recent, with pneumonia.

He said he has been given a clean bill of health after finally heeding his doctor's advice of completing the required number of days of rest which he admitted he had been ignoring when he first contracted the flu last month and suffered from relapse days later.

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Artist in g-string wins big in Europe with 'kailian' support

Cordillera gongs pealed last week-end in Switzerland to celebrate an Igorot artist's winning twin top honors for his stone carving of an old man beating a gong at the 10th International Sculpture Symposium in Morges town by Lake Geneva.

Woodcarver-turned driftwood and river stone sculptor Gilbert Gano Alberto, the only Asian and smallest artist among 30 from 20 countries, stood tall as he received the Prix du Public (Audience Choice) plum and annexed the silver in the Prix du Jury (Jury Prize), becoming the only double winner in the prestigious event.

"The sound of the gangsa (gong) echoed through the alps and lakes to thank Kabunian (the Almighty) for the recognition to a humble but talented "kailian" (compatriot)," recalled expatriate Lolita Hafner.

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Incentives up for agencies supporting city as top LGU

The city council has adopted a resolution providing incentives to agencies, offices or departments "that promoted the image of the city as top performing local government unit".

The resolution, introduced by vice-mayor Daniel Farinas, was approved during the city council session last June 6 and was approved by mayor Mauricio Domogan last June 16.

In adopting the measure, the council noted "it has been public knowledge that there are government offices and agencies in the City of Baguio that contributed to its development and made the city as one of the top performing Local Government Units".

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Public advised to bear with traffic inconvenience as contractor vows speedy work at Loakan Road

BAGUIO CITY – Public works and city officials here appealed to the public to bear with the traffic inconvenience that will result from the total closure of the Loakan Road (Scout Barrio area) for 60 days to give way to an ongoing road improvement project in the said area.

Baguio City District Engineering Office Engineer Ireneo Gallato said the road closure is needed to ensure speedy and quality completion of the project which covers the rehabilitation of the damaged paved road including road widening and installation of drainage line.

Although no date has been set for the closure as of last Friday, asphalt scraping work has begun along the stretch since last week drawing complaints from motorists.

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Independence Day in the Mountain


Independence Day in the Mountain: A group of climbers waves the National colors during the Freedom Climb 2011 last June 12 in Mt. Cabyao and Sto Tomas Tuba Benguet. The Freedom climb 2011 officially registered 5,692 climbers in 69 mountains all over the Philippines including two mountains overseas and is just awaiting validation from the Guinness World Record and declaration for the new world record of most people in a mountain ascent-Multiple Location.


National Games winner

National Games winner: City Officials led by Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan joined for posterity the athletes who represented the city during the Philippine National Games held in Bacold recently. The city delegates garnered the most number of gold medals and total number of medals among all the competing teams.


Ailing call center worker makes sos call

Benedict Angelo Isip, a 26-year old call center agent, fears for his five-year old daughter should he go blind due keratoconus, an eye defect diagnosed only last month.

Doctors at the American Eye Center in Mandaluyong set corrective surgery last June 11 but Benedict, a single parent, defaulted, unable to raise P70,000 for the procedure.

Benedict's mother, Rose Marie Grace, presented his plight to the Benguet provincial social welfare and development office which came up with a social case study report that while the family members have a regular source of income, they need outside help to be able to pay for the costs.

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Kidney patient passes on

It may be a motherhood statement, but Veronica Lee-Casuga had always believed hope is believing despite evidence to the contrary.

So does her husband, Joefrey, who lost her before dawn last Tuesday - to complications of end-stage kidney failure she had fought for years.

That's why in 2002, three years after she was diagnosed, Veronica underwent kidney transplant at the St. Luke's Medical Center in Quezon City.

That's why mayor Mauricio Domogan interceded for her case to be classified as charity, to give the girl, then 21, a chance for a new lease on normal life. That's why her maternal aunt, Noella Wallac, gifted her with her own kidney.

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