City eyes privatization of waste collection

BAGUIO CITY – The city government will pursue the privatization of waste collection but will not lay off the 98 city employees currently serving in the solid waste division, Mayor Mauricio Domogan announced on Wednesday.

The mayor said the city realized the advantages of allowing a private company to undertake the collection based on the on-going experiment that allowed Pro Tech Machinery Corporation (Pro Tech) to undertake the direct collection of wastes from the barangays.

The experiment which ran for one month last October was extended by the mayor until January 15 after helping improve the waste collection efficiency.

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Honest-to-goodness waste management system pushed in barangays

BAGUIO CITY – Barangays should adopt and implement their own comprehensive solid waste management system, Vice Mayor Daniel Farinas and Councilor Peter Fianza urged in a proposed resolution last week.

The aldermen said that "barangays should realize that they can change the system (of being dependent on the waste management policies directed by the city) and for the better."

"With their own management system giving true meaning to reduction at source and resource recovery, the Barangays will be able to generate income while instilling discipline on the basis of the principle, 'the more you throw, the more you pay,'" they said.

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City honors 10 child friendly barangays

BAGUIO CITY – the City government has honoured the child friendliest barangays in the city in simple ceremonies last November 10.

Topping the list to get the title 'Most Child Friendly Barangay' is Upper Rock Quarry barangay headed by Punong Barangay Luis Badecao Jr. who brought home forty thousand in cash prizes and a plaque of recognition.

Close behind placing second is City Camp Proper Barangay headed by PB Aurora Abellera who also received thirty thousand cash and a plaque.

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TTMC meet for traffic concerns

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan during the Traffic and Transport Management Committee (TTMC) meeting last week pointed out the need for discipline of motorists, pedestrians and the public as to the enforcement of traffic regulations in the city.

The committee with the mayor as chairman, with Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) head David Lacdan, and 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 met to resolve issues on off-street parking and rationalization of jeepney trunklines in the city.

The move for jeepney rationalization in the city shall deal with entry and exit points of specific routes, staging and loading areas, and exact number of units for loading and staging. Accordingly, this would also show the exact number of running vehicles on the road and those on rest days, and the total number of PUJ units; to complement the carrying capacity of the city's roads. This, according to Itliong, shall also drastically cut the number of running PUJs all over the city, to Three Hundred Sixteen (316).

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Council commends Balanag

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan last week has approved the council commendation for Baguio Boy and film director Ferdinand John Longman Balanag, for his works in arts and culture and participation in community work.

In the resolution, it was stated that Balanag won the River Pursuit Award, as Best First Full Feature Documentary; and River Amulet Award, as Best Director South Asian Filmmaker Category, both in the Silent River Film Festival held in Irvine, California; and the Golden Ace Award, as Best Documentary in the 2010 Las Vegas Film Festival.

"It is appropriate to give recognition to the accomplishments of people who made outstanding performance in their respective fields bringing honor to the city," members of the council collectively stated.

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Pro Tech direct waste collection extended until January 15

BAGUIO CITY – Pro Tech Machinery Corporation (Pro Tech) will continue the direct collection of non-biodegradable wastes from the pick-up points in the barangays after Mayor Mauricio extended the authority granted to the waste company until January 15.

The mayor said the direct collection scheme which ran on experimental basis last month helped improve the waste collection efficiency of the city.

It also helped lessen the use of the Irisan dumpsite as a transfer station for nonbiodegradable wastes.

"It is the direction of the City Government to discontinue utilizing the (dumpsite) as sorting and transfer area (and) the city government is earnestly trying to locate a possible permanent transfer station for the biodegradable wastes," the mayor noted in Administrative Order No. 146.

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Public-private sector cooperation hailed for peaceful All Saints' Day observance

BAGUIO CITY – City officials led by Mayor Mauricio Domogan lauded the efforts of both the public and private sectors in maintaining peace and order during the observance of All Saints Day and All Souls Day here.

"We are happy that there were no serious incidents that occurred save for a number of minor and isolated cases and we wish to thank all the police operatives and private volunteers for a job well done," the mayor said on Wednesday.

As in the previous years, this year's observance was considered peaceful and orderly as there were no major crimes reported and only minimal number of cases of confiscation of deadly weapons and violations of restrictions on liquor-toting or drinking within the cemetery premises.

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Golf-for-a-cause beneficiaries

BAGUIO CITY- Environmental programs through the Alay Sa Kalinisan Foundation (ASK) shall be funded with proceeds from the just-concluded Domogan-Vergara Golf Tournament. ASK is the main beneficiary, with Two Hundred Fifty Thousand Pesos (P250,000) shared from the said golf competition.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan disclosed other beneficiaries during the regular media forum last week in his office.

The Palliative section of the Saint Louis Sacred Heart Hospital was allotted One Hundred Fifty Thousand Pesos (P150,000); as with a Hundred Thousand Peso (P100,000) belated support funding for the Miss Baguio Contest.

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Palace grants P110M to fix city dumpsite

BAGUIO CITY, October 28 – President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III recently approved the release of P110 million which will be used to rehabilitate the Irisan dumpsite to prevent the further collapse of its retaining wall which is a threat to the lives of those living below.

Out of the said amount, P10 million will be utilized to pay the hauling of garbage washed down to the villages below the dumpsite while P100 million will be used to construct a super steel structure that will stabilize its retaining wall and hold the remaining waste from being carried away by water during heavy rains.

Rep. Bernardo M. Vergara cited that the approval of the release of the multi-million fund shows the concern of the Aquino administration in helping the city government address its garbage problem that will bring back the vibrance of the city's local tourism industry which had been greatly affected by negative reports about the trashslide.

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Mayor: still 'NO' to sale of pyros in city

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan this week has reiterated his call for a total ban of pyrotechnic products sale and use in the city.

Domogan believes firecrackers most especially those sold illegally have been major causes of loss of lives and limbs and damage to properties.

'City Ordinance No. 53 which regulates the sale of firecrackers and pyrotechnics in the city needs to be amended', Domogan said citing the lack of provisions in the ordinance which will give power to law enforcers to confiscate this items bought outside the city.

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City celebrates drug prevention month, calls for support

BAGUIO CITY – the City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (CADAC) leads the drug abuse prevention and control month celebrations citywide which was launched Wednesday (Nov. 9) at the Sangunian Panglungsod Session Hall.

Celebrated every November, this years theme "Global Action for Healthy Communities without Drugs" gathered CADAC members namely the Baguio City Police office(BCPO), Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Education (DEP-ED), Department of Justice (DOJ), Non-Government Organizations and members of the media for a short briefing on its plans and programs to address the drug menace in the city.

Cadac Action Officer Vice-Mayor Daniel Farinas has announced the calendar of events for the Drug prevention Month starts with an orientation and workshop for the Barkadahan Kontra Droga Movement (BKDM) members and Life Skills Training slated November 11 to 13 under the DEP-ED.

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Panagbenga 2012 launching on Monday

BAGUIO CITY –Again, the rhythmic Panagbenga hymn composed by Dean Macario Fronda of SLU shall be heard as Baguio Flower Festival (BFF) 2012 is launched during the city hall flag-raising ceremonies this Monday, Nov. 14.

Expected to be simple yet colorful, the launching ceremonies for the 17th staging of the Panagbenga festival shall have the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) band render the Pambansang Awit. This will be done after the parade of colors; the Philippine flag, the Baguio banner, and the sunflower-laden Panagbenga flag.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan shall declare the festival open, as Hotel and Restaurant Association of Baguio (HRAB) officer and Baguio Country Club General Manager Anthony de Leon and Freddie Alquiroz unveils the flower festival logo and theme.

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DENR launches political boundary survey of city barangays

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources has launched a cadastral survey to delineate the political boundaries of each of the city's 128 barangays, a project mayor Mauricio Domogan deems complicated enough for the 180-day time frame to be met.

At the project briefing last Friday, the mayor rallied the city's barangay officials to support the survey, particularly for the immediate settlement of border disputes, or else "ha'n nga mailippas dayta (the project won't be finished)".

He warned against a survey resulting in boundary feuds only renewed instead of being settled by the project, noting the city's own unsettled border tiffs with adjoining towns. He expressed hopes the survey would eventually be useful in the resolution of the city's boundary dispute with La Trinidad, Tuba and Itogon, Benguet.

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Mayor poised to adopt total ban on firecrackers

BAGUIO CITY – A total ban on the sale and use of firecrackers looms in the city as Mayor Mauricio Domogan Wednesday vowed to toe the line on the Department of Health (DOH)'s campaign for an explosive-free celebration of Christmas and New Year.

"If the DOH will sustain its campaign to prohibit the use of firecrackers, then we will follow its recommendations," the mayor said.

The mayor said city residents should learn to conduct their merrymaking through safe and peaceful means not only to prevent fireworks-related injuries and deaths but also to avoid pollution caused by these explosives.

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Christmas in Baguio committees out

BAGUIO CITY-Mayor Mauricio Domogan last week announced the issuance of Administrative Order 145 creating the "Christmas in Baguio 2011" executive and program committees, during the regular Ugnayan in his office.

The executive committee for this year's celebration, is composed of Congressman Bernardo Vergara as honorary chairman, the mayor and Vice-Mayor Daniel Farinas as chairman and co-chairman, respectively. Committee members are; City Administrator Atty. Carlos Canilao, Chair on Tourism and Special events Councilor Elmer Datuin, City Budget Officer Leticia Clemente, City Accountant Antonio Tabin, City Treasurer Thelma Manaois, City Assessor Augustus Medina, City Building Officer Engr. Oscar Flores, and City Engineer Leo Bernardez.

The committee shall oversee, formulate and implement the "necessary policies, guidelines, measures and program of activities," this Christmas season.

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Future Police Officers


Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan pose with a group of 19 PNPA (Philippine National Police Academy) cadets who all hails from the Cordillera during their courtesy call to the Mayor last Friday October 28. They were accompanied Police Superintendent Ranel Noronio. It was learned that Cordillerans on a per region basis now dominates the PNPA in numbers and even achievements.

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