Public relations manager for Norther Luzon Karren Padilla (extreme left) and SM Foundatiom "gamot Para Sa Kapwa" project supervisor Betina de Guzman (third from left)hand over free vitamins and medicines to patients.--- By Bong Cayabyab



A medical doctor from the "Baguio's Finest" treats her colleague's sick son during the mission. --- By Bong Cayabyab



"TEACH THEM YOUNG" - City Mayor Mauricio Domogan imparts to Yeun Soon St. Jude International kids the importance of protecting the environment and respecting historical sites in the city January 28 during the Children's Urban Heritage Walk. photo by paul rillorta


1500 patients recipients of SM and Chinese community medical missions

BAGUIO CITY - The Filipino Chinese Community in tandem with SM-Baguio with the support of the City Government in cooperation with the Baguio-Benguet Public Information Civic Action Group (BB-PICAG), City Disater Coiordinating Council (CDCC), Philippine National Red Cross, PNP Medical and Dental Team, Philippine Medical  Women's Association Baguio-Benguet Chapter, City Social Welfare and Development, Baguio Emergency Service (EMS), Baguio General and Medical Center and the City Health Office  extended help to almost 1500 patients during the "Gamot Para Sa Kapuwa"  Medical Mission at SM-Baguio January 27 as part of the Chinese New Year Festivities to welcome the "Year of the Rabbit".


Parade and Medical Mission chairman Peter Ng said since SM-Baguio started to support the program, more indigent patients availed of free medical check up and medicines.



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ERS machine eyed to reinforce old sewer treatment plant

BAGUIO CITY – Banking on the headway gained in its solid waste management program, the city government shifts its focus on the city’s liquid wastes by reinforcing the operation of the moribund sewer treatment plant (STP) with another Environmental Recycling System (ERS) unit.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan Wednesday told his media briefing that an allocation for the purchase of a smaller ERS machine to be stationed at the STP at Sanitary Camp barangay has been included in the 2011 city budget which was approved by the city council last Monday.

The city recently purchased two units of P24-tonner ERS machines worth P64 million each to tackle its biodegradable wastes.  The machines began full operations last Monday.

The mayor said smaller ERS machine will boost the operation of the 25-year old STP to enable the city to treat its liquid wastes more effectively and more rapidly.

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Mayor ‘very satisfied’ with ERS operation

BAGUIO CITY – The Environmental Recycling System (ERS) machines are now in full blasts.

On site inspection Monday by City Mayor Mauricio Domogan proved the machines are working perfectly.

“I am happy with its operation and I hope it will be very successful,” Domogan said.

Protech has begun processing bio-degradable wastes January 17 during the machines first full operation.

The machines will be composting 48 tons of bio-degradable wastes a day while residual wastes will be hauled by the company at no cost to the city.

“As soon as the new garbage trucks are delivered, we will be implementing the no segregation no collection policy,” he stressed.

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Cultural and business sensitivity promised in Panagbenga

“Panagbenga” or the Baguio Flower Festival promises to be closer to what it should be with assurances of cultural authenticity and greater support of the business sector that benefits the most from the city’s month-long special tourism-oriented event now on its 16th year.

This means adherence to the purity and genuine blending of the costumes, gong beats and dance steps of each Cordillera tribe  in the street performances, according to regional tourism director Purificacion Molintas.

This means rallying business establishments to financially contribute to the success of the month-long festival that generates huge revenues and keeps the cash registers of restaurants and hotels ringing.

“I’m embarrassed,” admitted restaurateur Moises Cating in recognition of the lackluster support of the business sector to the festival in last Wednesday’s “Kapihan” media forum at the Panagbenga Park by the first gate of Camp John Hay.

With this, Cating asked mayor Mauricio Domogan to endorse his appeal for more commercial establishments to plow back part of their huge earnings to this year’s edition of  the crowd-drawing festival that unfolds with the traditional  parade on Feb. 1.

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BFF 2011 BLISTT-friendly - mayor

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan is looking forward to a Baguio Flower Festival synchronized with activities in neighboring areas including La Trinidad, this coming February.

The mayor made the pronouncement during the Panagbenga press conference last Wednesday at the Panagbenga Park along Camp John Hay gate, saying that good neighbors supplement and complement each other.

Tourists could always arrange a visit to the valley which produces most of the blooms used in the flower festival as admitted during the press conference, the mayor said. Some of the products of neighboring towns, as with the earlier staging of the flower festival, may also be seen during the Market Encounter; and Session road in Bloom.

Accordingly, a Panagbenga marathon is being considered from Baguio City to La Trinidad or vice-versa, which the mayor said may include the municipality of Tublay. This would strengthen the BLISTT (Baguio-La Trinidad-Itogon-Sablan-Tuba-Tublay) concept, which has long been considered and consistently pushed by the city’s top executive.

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Dad seeks greater NGO participation in budget deliberations

BAGUIO CITY – “All non-government organizations (NGO) and people’s organizations ( PO ) should participate in budget deliberations to ensure the city budget is responsive to the needs of the majority.”

Thus said alderman Edison Bilog in his proposed measure “Institutionalizing the Active Participation of NGOs and Pos in Budget Deliberations.”

He said the ordinance will address “endless allegations of corruption, fraud and mismanagement… and [demand] for greater transparency and accountability in the budget process.”

To qualify, NGOs and POs must pass through a stringent accreditation process with the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) following the same process as that of accreditation of NGOs and POs to be members of the Local Development Council (LDC).

Once said bodies qualify, they shall be given the right to participate in city budget deliberations and have access to all pertinent documents.

On top of this, they shall likewise be given the right to submit position papers where they can suggest or recommend probable revisions to the annual city budget.

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Children's Urban Heritage Walk

"RESPONSIBLE" young students of Yeun Soon St. Jude International learns how to segregate trash they picked up during the Children's Urban Heritage Walk January 28 with government and other volunteers as their guides. Photo by Paul Rillorta


2011 budget approved

BAGUIO CITY – The city council last Monday approved the city’s budget for this year to the tune of P1,092,095,000.

The approved financial plan is higher by close to P35 million from last year’s budget of P1,057,183,000.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan lauded the city council for swiftly acting on the proposed financial plan after thorough deliberations and consultations with the executive department.

The income component is distributed as follows: beginning balance -- P151,000,000; local taxes -- P287,750,000; permits and licenses – P15,120,000; service income – P36,195,000; business income – P59,430,000; other income of P100,100,000; Internal Revenue Allotment – P432,000,000; and gains accounts – P10,500,000.

The expense category is distributed as follows: P414,032,000 for personal services; P389,359,000 for maintenance and other operating expenses; P148,429,000 for capital outlay; and P92,220,000 for development fund. The additional P1 million will be distributed to the personal services, MOOE and capital outlay items as adjustments were made on the budgets of some departments.

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Mayor: No let-up on Forbes Park lot fight

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan Wednesday assured that there will be no let-up in the city’s fight to recover the Forbes Park lots erroneously awarded to private individuals.

“We will continue to fight for the nullification of the spurious titles issued for these lots to reclaim and maintain them as part of our forest reservation,” the mayor said.

The mayor said that as a result of his appeal to President Benigno Aguino III recently, the city has received commitment from the Office of the Solicitor General to fast-track the filing of the petition for the nullification of the Certificates of Ancestral Land Title (CALTs) issued by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) over the lots.

He said the city will continue coordinating with the OSG to ensure that said petition will be filed at the soonest possible time.

The mayor said the OSG has the sole authority to initiate proceedings for the cancellation of the CALTS.

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Dad pushes for city wide PUV registration

BAGUIO CITY – Not Radio Frequency Identification(RFID), but City Councilor Nicasio Aliping is proposing a resolution for the eventual local registration of all Public Utility Vehicles(PUV) coming in and out of the city.

Dubbed ‘Registration and Stickering System’ for all public utility vehicles citywide aimed at eventually recording all existing PUV’s plying the Baguio route.
Aliping’s idea is to have a record and inventory of all PUV’s doing business in the City of Baguio.

At present, we do not have a record of how many public utility vehicles granted franchises by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), Aliping said.

With the resolution, PUV’s will have to register and secure a clearance first with the city government before registering with the LTFRB.
It requires all PUV’s including buses, jeepneys, taxis, vans for hire and school service to secure a clearance with the city for purposes of registration, extension, substitution and transfer thru the Traffic and Transportation Management Committee (TTMC), the ordinance states.

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Bigger, better, authentic Panagbenga 2011 promised

BAGUIO CITY – A bigger, better and more authentic Panagbenga shall be seen this February with the concerted efforts and cooperation of all those involved, from the academic and business sectors, private and government sector and the community as a whole.

This was promised by panelists during the Panagbenga press conference at the Panagbenga park last Wednesday; with the Baguio Flower Festival Incorporated (BFFI) Executive Committee members present including Mayor Mauricio Domogan, Department of Tourism Regional Director Pura Molintas, Hotelier Anthony de Leon, Businessman Moises Cating, Urban planner Joseph Alabanza, Camp John Hay Chief Operations Officer Freddie Alquiroz, Father of Panagbenga Atty. Damaso Bangaoet, HOLCIM cement Philippines executive David and Police Chief David Lacdan.

It shall also be the cleanest and greenest, with efforts as to the theme, “The Environment and Community in Harmony,” the panelists collectively agreed.

As announced by the mayor, the Panagbenga Park along Camp John Hay gate shall be the starting point of all Baguio Flower Festival activities. It shall also be blessed and inaugurated an hour earlier than the opening and elimination parade on February 1. The park, in the first phase of development is being prepared with a butterfly sanctuary, coffee hut and other amenities. The second phase of development comes later, it was known.      
Environment-saving efforts are also first in the flower festival agenda, so tree seedlings shall be distributed among the BFFI board of trustees, and later to barangay officials for planting on available spaces.

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MGD eggs theft victims to file cases even as ‘10 crime rate tapers

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan last week egged victims of petty thieves to file cases even as the Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) marked a 33-percent decrease in 2010 theft cases compared to the previous year.

He said it takes more than police visibility and tenacity in apprehending petty criminals to reduce the numbers further, adding “the citizenry should do its part by filing charges against crooks to prevent such cases from recurring.”

Despite decrease, he expressed alarm in the number of cases tallied by BCPO saying it “does not speak well of Baguio being a tourist city.”

BCPO reported 1,200-theft cases in 2010 as compared to the previous year’s 1,792.

He said, “Theft has been ranked second to physical injuries in the tally of index crimes for [two consecutive years already].”

He said, “While I believe memos aren’t needed because BCPO is doing its job… we need our constituents to do their part by filing cases and dismissing lack of concern, reasoning court cases would just take much of their precious time.”

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