Igorot karate champ comes home to share "formula of success" in world arena

BAGUIO CITY – If there's an "Englishman in New York" - Sting - who made a killing with his songs; there is an "Igorot Karate Champ in Germany" and his name is Julian Chees who's made a living in the art of fighting... and he is coming home.

Followers of the shotokan (traditional karate) will be treated to a world class seminar to be conducted by Chees on December 3, 2011 at the La Trinidad Municipal Hall in Benguet, capped by a tournament happening on the following day.

Chees holds a fifth dan (degree) blackbelt and is a product of Japan Karate Association (JKA) Shihan (Master) Kunio Sasaki – the father of shotokan (knife-hand) style of martial art in the Philippines.

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BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan last week issued Administrative Order 162, series of 2011 for the rationalization of all public utility jeepneys in the city as basis for the Baguio City Police Office Traffic Management Branch to apprehend violators of said order.

The AO was issued after a series of meetings of the Traffic and Transport Management Committee (TTMC) as to enforcement of traffic regulations in the city, for motorists and the general public.

The mayor sits as committee chairman, with Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) head David Lacdan,, Transport Management Group (TMG) head James Logan, OIC City Planning Office Engr. Evelyn Cayat, transport group head Perfecto Itliong, Jr., Council Transport Committee head Nicasio Aliping, Jr., and other concerned entities as members.

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TESDA scholarships available

BAGUIO CITY – More than a thousand local scholarships are available for qualified students in the city, as allotted by the provincial office of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). This is stated in the letter of Benguet Provincial Director Angela Gabriel.

Interested individuals are enjoined to apply at Congressman Bernardo Vergara or the city mayor's office, both at city hall.

Limited number of scholarships in animation and 2d animation are offered at the Cordillera School of Digital Arts; while a finishing course for call center agents at the Global Tech school along Magsaysay Avenue has been allotted Three hundred Ninety-Seven (397) slots.

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CPOC, LPMC meetings

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan is confident that the outcome culled from the Peace and Order Council (CPOC) and Local Price Monitoring Committee (LPMC) meetings done Wednesday last week, is positive

The CPOC meeting done last Wednesday raised issues about crime statistics in the city; which the mayor said, dropped from the same period, Jan. to Oct. 31 last year.

There is a decrease, he said, but still a serious concern of the general public as still most crimes committed are those against person and property.

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63rd Fil-Am Golf Tournament


Organizers from the Baguio Country Club and Camp John Hay respectively of the 63rd Fil-Am Golf Tournament joined by Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan and Cong. Bernie Vergara toast infront of the camera during the ceremonial Tee-Off last Friday Nov. 25.


For the Street Kids


For the Street Kids: Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan and Cong. Bernie Vergara joined by Atty. Alex Bangsoy together with selected street kids do the ceremonial kick-off to start of the Domogan-Vergara Street Kids Football Tournament last Sunday Nov. 27.


Batang pinoy four-region qualifier unfolds Wednesday

Baguio will re-live its glory days as venue for big sports competitions when the North-Central Luzon qualifier of the revived "Batang Pinoy" youth games unfolds this Wednesday at the Burnham Park athletic bowl.

City sports officer-in-charge Gaudencio Gonzales last Friday said earlier estimates of between 3,000 to 4,000 athletes coming up to compete got a boost from a decision of the Philippine Sports Commission to allow local government units within Regions 1, 2, 3 and the Cordillera to field as many athletes in the 14 events lined up.

Gonzales explained this makes the competitions open, which gives Baguio an edge as it can field more athletes at less expense than any of the visiting delegations.

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Mayor clarifies stand on free patent; DENR urged to finalize city guidelines

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan clarified that he is not against the implementation of Free Patent law in the city but admitted having reservations in allowing the processing of certain free patent applications.

The mayor said he sees no problem in the processing of free patent applications for lots measuring 200 square meters which is the maximum area allowed under the Free Patent law but what he is questioning is the move to allow the subdivision of large tracts of land into 200 square meter lots to qualify under the Free Patent.

He said this practice amounts to skirting the Free Patent law and may be abused by landowners.

He said the Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) must not allow the subdivision of said larger tracts of land and instead maintain a status quo by subjecting said lots to the regular Townsite or Miscellaneous Sales Application (TSA/MSA) procedures.

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Modernization of city's STP up

BAGUIO CITY – one of the major tourist destinations in the country for its cool climate and friendly people, the city caters to millions of visitors yearly.

The population has doubled over the past years mainly due to tourism, education and business that basic needs of food, shelter most especially water has also increased.

In line with this, the city government is stepping up its effort in the conservation of our water sources and is seriously taking into consideration the treatment and recycling of its wastewater.

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City's top barangays in drug abuse fight feted

BAGUIO CITY- Top barangays, schools, organizations and individuals active in the fight against drug abuse were honored last Friday morning, Nov. 25, during the culminating ceremonies of Drug Prevention and Control Month of the City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (CADAC) at the city hall multi-purpose hall.

The awardees received trophies and certificates, while there were some who were given cash awards; with guests Department of Interior and Local Government representative Euchols Manacling, Baguio City Police Office Director David Lacdan, and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Director Gil Castro present.

Vice-Mayor Daniel Farinas who sits as CADAC action officer and Councilor Joel Alangsab, Association of Barangay Captains; were present during the awarding ceremonies.

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Belen-making contest ushers in yuletide season

BAGUIO CITY – Barangays are encouraged to join the belen-making contest, with the purpose of instilling teamwork between and among grassroots officials and their respective residents. That is because only one entry per barangay is allowed.

This was announced during the well-attended monthly Punong Barangays' (PB) meeting last week.

The "Belen" or nativity scene entry should be in place by the last week of November, it was learned.

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Tee-off of the 63rd. Fil-Am Golf Tournament


Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan during the ceremonial Tee-off of the 63rd. Fil-Am Golf Tournament at the Baguio Country Club and Camp John Hay respectively last Friday Nov. 25. The Fil-Am Golf Tournament is recorded in the Guinness Book of World Record as the biggest and longest running amateur golf tourney in the entire World.


Center for the Baguio IP


Gabriela Party-List Representative Luz Ilagan (2nd. from R) joined by Congressman Bernie Vergara and Mayor Domogan and local IP leaders cut the ribbon last Sunday Nov. 27 for the inauguration of the phase I of the construction of the Building that will house the Center for the Baguio IP, the Burnham Park Office and the barangay Burnham Park-Legarda Barangay Hall.


Canadian medical mission coming for third straight year

A Canada-based medical mission founded barely two years ago will be on its third straight surgical outreach early next year at the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center.

GO-MED (Greater Outreach Medical/Educational Destinations), which membership includes nursing graduates of the BGHMC, has scheduled free surgical procedures for indigent patients from January 30 to Feb. 12, according to medical center chief, Dr. Manny Factora.

Aside from the two previous surgical missions conducted here in early 2010 and this year, GO-MED had donated two operating room beds, two anesthesia machines, 30 hospital beds and numerous surgical and medical supplies to the top regional hospital of the Cordillera, Factora said.

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DPWH urged to speed up road works for a hassle-free holiday

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan appealed to the Dept. of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to speed up the road improvement projects currently being implemented within and outside the city to avoid further inconvenience in time for the Christmas holidays and the upcoming activities that the city will host.

During the Ugnayan Panglungsod press briefing last Wednesday, the mayor expressed hope that the DPWH will hasten the road works in Tarlac and Pangasinan so that travel time to the city will revert to normal and that tourists will be encouraged to come up to the city for the holidays.

Last Monday, Baguio Flower Festival executive committee chair Anthony De Leon made the same pitch and expressed hope that the road network leading to the city will be cleared in time for the staging of the 17th Panagbenga festival to ensure its success.

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Brighter but quieter Baguio yuletide celebration up

BAGUIO CITY – Holiday merrymakers in the city are in for a brighter but quieter yuletide treat as the city government vows more colorful Christmas activities and adornments while mulling a total ban on the sale and use of firecrackers this year.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan Wednesday said that to encourage a festive atmosphere this year, brighter lights and ornaments will deck major roads and establishments in the city while various Christmas treats will cheer tourists and residents under the month– long "Christmas in Baguio" calendar of activities with the theme, "Warm Christmas in Cool Baguio."

The mayor however is poised to impose a total ban on firecrackers as the city council last Monday left the discretion to the city executive as per Ordinance No. 53 series of 2009.

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