City to work out settlement for purchase of Convention Center

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan last week directed city legal officer Melchor Carlos Rabanes to work out the compromise settlement with the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) for the resolution of the ejectment case it filed against the city over the purchase of the Baguio Convention Center.

In his Ugnayang Panlungsod press briefing last Wednesday, the mayor said he asked Rabanes to immediately coordinate with the GSIS legal counsel in preparing the compromise settlement which will be submitted to the court for approval.

This developed as the city council last Monday approved the mayor's request for the realignment of P200,185,882.05 pooled from unused funds from the city coffers to pay the city's outstanding balance to purchase the convention facility and avoid incurring more interest or lose the facility altogether.

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Dads want dead trees cut down

BAGUIO CITY – The city council last Monday approved a resolution authored by Vice Mayor Daniel Farinas calling on the Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the city environment and parks management office (CEPMO) to trim or cut dead trees that pose danger to lives and property.

Farinas said several dead pine trees and other tree species can be observed in various areas in the city which "might cause danger and damages to people and properties especially when the rainy days come."

"These dead trees pose danger to the lives and limbs of residents who live nearby, for these dead trees easily fall because their trunks and branches are already rotten," Farinas noted.

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Parking prohibition at Poliwes Barangay approved

BAGUIO CITY – Parking of vehicles are now prohibited along the roads and streets of Poliwes Barangay, from Milton House down to the turning point at Purok IV, Apugan, and from the Barangay Hall to the turning point at Purok II and Purok III, at all times.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan signed city council Ordinance No. 20 series of 2011 which was based on the report and recommendation of the Committee on Public Utilities, Transportation and Traffic Legislation and introduced by Councilor Richard Carino.

Apugan Barangay Road is the only main road of Poliwes Barangay which is a busy street just four meters wide.

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"G-STRINGED ARTIST'S PASSPORT" – this stone figure of an igorot drummer (muntobob) and other works served as the passport for Ifugao woodcarver Gilbert Gano Alberto to the on-going 10th International Sculptors Symposium in Morges, Switzerland. Contributed photo




"CLEAN-UP" – City Mayor Mauricio Domogan addresses government employees and volunteers joining the Clean-up drive campaign at the city hall grounds June 10. Photo by paul rillorta




"NOT SPARED" - City employees remove candy wrappers and trash left at plant boxes by irresponsible individuals at Bonifacio Street last June 10. The anti-smoking campaign of the city contributed greatly to the cleanliness in the area as minimal cigarette butts were found. Photo by paul rillorta


MGB bares landslide-prone areas in the Cordillera

BAGUIO CITY, June 2 (PIA) - - The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)- Cordillera has completed its geo-hazard assessment of eight target municipalities in the region and has identified 50 barangays which are highly susceptible to landslides and 20 barangays susceptible to flooding.

MGB Regional Director Orlando Pineda Sr. announced that they already completed the geo-hazard assessment using a 1 is to 10,000 scale map.

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Boy who wanted to fly a plane passes on

Baguio boy Mark Anthony Viray passed on before dawn Wednesday, ending his protracted battle against cancer that drew support from various corners, including children inspired by his dream of one day flying a plane.

The kid succumbed to the big C at the intensive care unit at 3:57 a.m., 20 days after his last hospital admission, 33 months after he was diagnosed for Hodgkin's lymphoma, or cancer of the lymph nodes. He was 13, and is survived by his 50-year old dad, Ernesto, a widower and off-and-on taxi driver, and elder sister Kristina, 15, who had dropped out of high school to take care of him.

Ernesto remembers a doctor waking him up to tell his son was already gone. As he waited for the mortuary service to come prepare his son for the vigil, it helped him cope by texting the transition to Samaritans whose numbers he found in his cell phone directory. By morning, neighbors led by led by punong barangay Narcisa Laguitan were waiting for the casket bearing a child of the village to arrive.

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Draft Autonomy Act open to public scrutiny; Public forum set June 10

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan Wednesday said the draft working document of the Third Autonomy Act which has just been completed by the Third Autonomy Act Drafting Committee (TAADC) is open to public scrutiny and suggestions, corrections and counterproposals to the act are welcome during the public forum on June 10, 8:30 a.m. at the Baguio City Multi-purpose Hall.

"Everybody is invited to this second forum where we intend to take up the draft act, provision by provision, and you are welcome to present your suggestions and counterproposals so I hope everybody will be ready to present them," the mayor said.

The TAADC last Wednesday conducted the first forum where the draft working document was presented by Regional Development Council (RDC) co-chair Dr. Virgilio Bautista and RDC Development Administration sector chair Cesar Liporada.

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Socialized housing accreditation sought

BAGUIO CITY – Councilor Isabelo Cosalan has sought the accreditation of the city government with the Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) to enable the city to avail of the Localized Community Mortgaged Program (LCMP) for its housing projects.

In a proposed resolution, Cosalan said the city has many homeless residents in need of low-cost housing projects and the city despite several local legislations asking for the implementation of housing projects has not come up with a concrete settlement project due to lack of funds.

"The lack of funding is the primary reason why there has been no city government implemented/completed socialized or mass housing project," Cosalan stressed.

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Guidelines on traffic experiments adopted

BAGUIO CITY – The implementation of traffic experiments in the city will now be governed by guidelines.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan has signed city council Ordinance No. 21 providing for these rules as introduced by Councilor Betty Lourdes Tabanda and co-authored by Councilors Nicasio Aliping Jr. and Joel Alangsab and based on the report and recommendation of the Committee on Public Utilities, Transportation and Traffic Legislation.

"As a growing urban center, one of the problems besetting the city is traffic congestion. It is incumbent upon the city officials to explore possible, doable and acceptable solutions to ease the traffic situation," the ordinance noted.

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Alay Sa Kalinisan regular meeting


Land Transportation District Officer Teodora Caguicla clarifies issues regarding the registration of Public Utility Vehicles (PUV's) and some concerns on street parking. With her are City General Services Officer Romeo Concio, ABC President and Councilor Joel Alangsab and ASKI Sec. Gen. Alou Meneses during the Alay Sa Kalinisan regular meeting at the Sto. Nino Slaughter House Barangay covered court last June 7. Photo by paul rillorta




"FACE TO FACE" – Atty. Jose Molintas shares his views on the drafting of the third autonomy act during a public consultation last June 10. Photo by paul rillorta


Baguio IPs petition to remove NCIP chair

Baguio City - Right before the very recent appointment of Commissioner Zenaida H. Pawid as NCIP chairperson, a petition of the members of Baguio indigenous community was filed with the Office of the President May 25 for her to be removed as commissioner due to conflict of interest.

The conflict of interest as stated in the petition, arises from the NCIP chair being a part of a clan with ancestral claims over a vast tract of land. Being an heir and a claimant of such wide tract of land in Baguio City, the likelihood that the Hon. Pawid will favor her personal interest over and above the interest of her public office is not far-fetched. How then could she observe the norms of conduct of public officials and employees as mandated by Section 4 of Republic Act No. 6713 otherwise known as the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees?... Her stay in office despite such conflict of interest is surely not in accord with the MATUWID NA DAAN, the petition states.

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The summer of 18: students recall manual labor

Eighteen students, mostly incoming college freshmen, thought they'd be assigned to offices under the city's 30-day summer youth employment program. They found themselves doing manual labor, particularly weeding to establish a fire lane and then caring for pine seedlings. At the end of their work last Friday, they wrote:

When the first day of work came under the Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES), we were expecting to be assigned in offices, particularly the Public Information Office at City Hall, only to end up in the mountains of Busol. We were all disappointed at first, but we had no choice. – Novy Galletes, 16.

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Youth Theatre raises substance of Flag day

Theirs was an intermission, a break from the proceedings, yet the students' street theatre depiction of this nation's struggle for freedom uplifted Baguio's "National Flag Day" observance at the seldom-visited Aguinaldo Shrine at Happy Glen.

"It was so moving, so inspiring in its delivery of the substance of the celebration," said city councilor Philian Weygan-Allan of the rendition of the Special Performing Arts of the Baguio City National High School.

It was the 28th of May on the 113th year to the day when the original Philippine flag was hoisted for the first time by Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo following his victory in the Battle of Alapan, Cavite against the Spaniards under Gen. Leopoldo Garcia Pena.

With their collective shout for freedom, the students raised five flags at the base of the horse-mounted statue of Aguinaldo, ending in a diorama pose and the crowd erupting in applause.

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