21st local gov't day celeb

BAGUIO CITY – Barangay Lourdes Subdivision Extension emerged as winner of the Most Outstanding Peace and Order Council in the city after thorough assessment as to organization membership, meetings, policies and budget, and accomplishments, for the past evaluation period.

Coming in next are Imelda Village, Irisan, General Emilio F. Aguinaldo, Camp 7, Pinsao Proper, Hillside, New Lucban, East Modernsite and T. Alonzo barangays.

The awards were given last Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the Baguio Convention Center during the 21st local government day celebration, where city officials, Punong Barangay, local officials and constituents were present.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan, Atty. George Fortea representing Congressman Bernardo Vergara, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) City Director Evelyn Trinidad and Guest of Honor DILG-CAR Regional Director John Castaneda presented the awards.

Councilors Joel Alangsab and Isabelo Cosalan, Jr. and Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) Director Jesus Cambay were also present during the program.

The theme for this year's celebration is, "Panangtalyaw ti Napalabas ken Panangpasangbay iti Masakbayan."

The mayor, Atty. Fortea and RD Castaneda also focused on said theme in their messages. Mayor Domogan pointed out the need to get back to the basics for good governance. Following the Ten Commandments faithfully would be a good way to start in serving the people, he said.

Congressman Vergara through Atty. Fortea asked that the local officials serve their constituents with dedication as to be "worthy of emulation," and serve as inspiration to the general public.

RD Castaneda, in his speech advocated the "good governance" legacy left by the late DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo. He also pointed out the need for organized participation between the public and private groups, accountability of public officials, responsiveness to the needs of the general public; full disclosure and transparency; and clarity of rules and regulations being imposed. Public officials are expected to be "mahusay, matino at karapat-dapat," he said.

He also lauded Baguio's award for good housekeeping in 2011 which gained P3M for the city. RD Castaneda also advocated the need for Baguio to maintain good relations between and among neighboring towns; the Baguio-La Trinidad-Itogon-Sablan-Tuba-Tublay concept. Expansion within the neighboring areas may also offer economic gains, business prospects, and solutions for Baguio's problems, he said.

In connection with the celebration, the biggest loser in line with Healthy Lifestyle spearheaded by the City Nutrition Council (BCNC) and Health Services Office was also awarded.

According to Health Officer Angelita Sabado, the participants in the pound-by-pound weight loss program exerted effort as to aero exercise, healthy lifestyle and diet which resulted to four to twelve-kilo-loss within a four-month period, from June to September this year.

The weight-loss program was done with professional trainors and evaluators where Janet Fransciso of North Central Aurora Hill won with the most number of excess pounds shed off. Second, third and fourth placers are: Joan Vister of New Lucban, Margarita Zapanta of Upper Quezon Hill, and Imelda de Vera of Trancoville, respectively.

Active participants also in the program are: Luz Laop of Irisan, Myla Marie de Los Santos of Imelda Village, Jenny Dang-as of East Quirino Hill and Annabelle Felicio of Lopez Jaena barangays.

It is envisioned that the weight-losers shall serve as examples to those who aspire to be fit and healthy. -juliegfianza


Timpuyog Bets


From L to R are candidates of the Timpuyog Ti Baguio coalition; Councilor Joel Alangsab (who is the current ABC President) Councilor Fred Bagbagen (seeking his 3rd Term), Lawyer George Dumawing, comebacking Councilors Federico Mandapat, Edilberto Tenefrancia, and Ellaine Sembrano, Seeking her 3rd. Term Councilor Lulu Tabanda, Congressman Vergara, Mayor Domogan, Vice Mayor Danny Farinas, Reelectionist Councilors Elmer Datuin and Philian Weygan Allan, comebacking Councilor Robert Ortega, Lawyer Maskay, singing the National Anthem during the simple Prayer meeting at the Sunshine Park before proceeding at the COMELEC office.


The Trio leadership


Top three position candidates and the trio leaders of the Timpuyog Ti Baguio showing their Certificate of Candidacies after filing it with the COMELEC Office Wednesday. They are Vice Mayor Danny Farinas, Congressman Bernie Vergara, and Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan.


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Congressman Bernardo Vergara and Mayor Mauricio Domogan cut the ceremonial ribbon opening the L-shaped over-pass between City Hall and Baguio Central School last Sept. 27. By Bong Cayabyab




Congressman Bernardo Vergara, Mayor Mauricio Domogan and Councilor Betty Lourdes Tabanda hand over free CFL energy saver bulbs to hundreds of Baguio residents after showing their latest BENECO electricity bills last September 27 at the City Hall lobby. To save electric consumption nationwide, the Department of Energy sponsored the project through the office of Congressmen.---By Bong Cayabyab


Lets Go Timpuyog


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