Association for Philippine-China Understanding (APCU) national president Gabriel Lopez inducts into office newly elected officers of APCU-Baguio Chapter headed by president Jolly Rillera during the 42nd Anniversary, 27th Induction of Incoming Officers and 2nd Induction of Youth Group held at Hotel Supreme last November 17. - By Bong Cayabyab




Miss Silahis ng Pasko contestants show off their form during the talent and search proper held at City Hall Multi-Purpose Center. - By Bong Cayabyab




Benguet-based muscle builders show off their form and bulging muscles to the delight of the crowd during the 12th Adivay Festival marking the 117th Benguet Foundation Anniversary. - By Bong Cayabyab


Jeepney operators, drivers okay night market extension

BAGUIO CITY November 24 – Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan announced that the local government was able to effectively and efficiently address the issues and concerns of jeepney operators and drivers along Perfecto St. who will be affected by the proposed extension of the night market to the said area in the next few weeks.

The local chief executive and members of the Baguio City Market Authority (BCMA) met with the different jeepney associations using Perfecto St. as their terminals and explained to them that there is no truth to the rumors being circulated by some interest groups that their terminals will be removed from the area in exchange for the stalls of night market walk in vendors.

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OMB opens satellite office in baguio

BAGUIO CITY – The Optical Media Board formally opened on Wednesday its Northern Luzon satellite office at the One-Stop Shop Division of the City Treasury Office at Baguio City Hall which will cater to clients in Regions I, II and the Cordillera Administrative Region.

OMB chair and chief executive officer Anselmo Adriano and executive director Victor Luis Padilla II led the ribbon-cutting rites with Mayor Mauricio Domogan and Councilors Elaine Sembrano, Leandro Yangot Jr., Mylen Yaranon, city treasurer Alex Cabarrubias and city licensing officer Allan Abayao.

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More women in Baguio are smokers – CHSO

BAGUIO CITY November 24 – More women in the city are smokers compared to their male counterparts based on a recent study conducted by the City Health Services office (CHSO).

Dra. Donnabel Tubera, CHSO Tobacco Control Officer, said of the 34% of local residents who are smokers, 35.8% are women while only 32.1% are men; 31.8% were found to smoke daily, wherein 33.3% are women while 30.3% are men.

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Student security, safety edict proposed

BAGUIO CITY November 21 – The City Council approved on first reading a proposed ordinance known as the Student Security and Safety measure.

The ordinance authored by Councilor Leandro B. Yangot, Jr. stated the measure shall apply to all primary, secondary, tertiary, vocational and technical schools, public or private, operating in the city.

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Council defers action on edict regulating operation of pay CRs

BAGUIO CITY November 21 – The City Council deferred acting on a proposed ordinance regulating the operation and maintenance of public toilets and pay comfort rooms in the city until such time that the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) shall have completed the bidding procedures.

The local legislative body decided to await the outcome of the bidding process considering that a disqualified bidder for the operation of the public pay comfort rooms had reportedly filed a motion for reconsideration before the BAC which is now the subject of a thorough deliberation.

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PMSEA, Baguio City renew Botanical Garden agreement

BAGUIO CITY November 22 – The local government and the Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association (PMSEA) renewed their memorandum of agreement for the sustained maintenance of a PMSEA Park within the city's Botanical Garden to serve as a site to propagate endemic tree species to boost the attractions within one of the city's premier parks.

PMSEA president Engr. Louie Sarmiento, City Environment and Parks Management Officer (CEPMO) Cordelia Lacsamana, and Councilor Michael L. Lawana participated in the signing ceremonies. Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan was not present as he was in Malacañang attending a meeting of the officers of the League of Cities of the Philippines (LOCP) with President Rodrigo R. Duterte.

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Grandma seeks support for dialysis

Milagros Tait is 62 years old, a grandmother with no means of income and has to rely on the kindness of government, relatives and strangers to survive diabetes-triggered kidney failure.

Having survived on twice-a-week hemodialysis since 2010, the mother of two and grandma to four has already used up her allotment of 90 treatment sessions per year provided by Philhealth.

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Public Employment Services Officer manager and Mayor Mauricio Domogan's executive assistant Jose Atanacio hands over certificates to more than 200 jobseekers who completed Life Skills Training to be provided technical training proper while receiving daily stipend and meals while continuing to hone their skills for possible hiring or direct employment. The JobStart program is funded by CANADA ADB in cooperation with DOLE-CAR and the city government of Baguio. - By Bong Cayabyab


Number coding scheme suspended from November 27 – December 15

BAGUIO CITY November 22 – Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan issued Administrative Order (AO) No. 183, series of 2017 suspending the implementation of the Baguio number coding Scheme for private motor vehicles of the participants and the members of their families of the 68th edition of the Fil-Am Invitational Amateur Gold Tournament scheduled on November 27 to December 15, 2017.

Some 1,200 golfers from the various parts of the world will be arriving in the city during the aforesaid dates to participate in the longest running amateur golf tournament in the world.

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Free burial assistance for indigent residents

BAGUIO CITY – The city council approved on final reading Ordinance No. 107 series of 2017 or the Pauper's Burial Ordinance in the City of Baguio which provides free burial services to residents who are indigent, street roamers or unclaimed victims of disasters or crimes.

Authored by Couns. Leandro Yangot Jr. and Lilia Fariñas, the measure "addresses the concerns of the marginalized sector in the locality in times of loss of a loved one where since the tough economic times have left them struggling with day-to-day expenses, their meager earnings and little savings hardly cope with emergency situations" like death.

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City to use Brillantes property for cemetery expansion

BAGUIO CITY November 21 – Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan ordered the City Environment and Parks Management Office (CEPMO) and its attached offices to work out the opening of the road network from the old Baguio public cemetery to the adjacent 4-hectare Brillantes property that will serve as the expansion of the already congested burial ground so that the local government could already use the purchased property nearly two decades ago.

The local chief executive directed the CEPMO to already conduct an inventory of the tombs that will be affected by the construction of the road so that the same will be relocated so that the city will be able to maximize the use of the purchased Brillantes property for the expansion of the public cemetery considering its current congested situation.

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Deliberations on P2.05 billion budget set December 11

BAGUIO CITY November 21 – Members of the City Council agreed to devote its remaining regular sessions on December 11 and 18, 2017 for the deliberation of the city's proposed P2.05 billion annual budget to allow concerned departments to be ready to answer clarificatory questions related to the increased annual appropriations.

The local legislators also agreed that in case the devoted dates will not be sufficient to warrant the approval of the proposed city annual budget, the local legislative boy will be holding as many special sessions that will be required until such time that the budget will be passed before the end of the year.

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Baguio will remain as PMSEA's home

BAGUIO CITY November 22 – The Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association (PMSEA) announced that Baguio City will remain as its home because of the existence of its unique climate, active participation of the mining industry stakeholders and the overwhelming support of the local government to the group's programs and advocacies.

PMSEA President Engr. Louie Sarmiento said that the local government of Legazpi City, Albay had been bidding for the hosting of the organization's Annual Mine Safety and Environment Conference (AMSEC) over the past 3 years and it is again expected to bid for the hosting of the 65th gathering of mining industry stakeholders next year.

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