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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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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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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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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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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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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