Small foundation reaches out to ailing toddler

A small foundation established by the only non-German by birth to become a member of Deutchsland's national karate team last Wednesday gave a fresh fighting chance to a Baguio boy barely alive after four relapses in his long-drawn battle against leukemia.

ShoshinKinderhilfe, led by former world traditional karate champion Julian Chees, propped up five-year old Franz Asher Flores with a P10,000 support. It was the latest in a continuous out-reach to seriously ill and indigent patients here for whom the foundation was set up in 2004.

Last Sunday, Shoshin also reached out to the family of Mary Frances Catanes, Chees' elementary school classmate in Lepanto, Mankayan, Benguet. She recently succumbed to cancer at 50.

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HRAB ‘adopts’ 5-year old cerebral palsy patient Hannah

BAGUIO CITY – Her smile conquered an army...

The drizzle momentarily stopped and sunshine peeped while Hannah Cyrele Martin, accompanied by her dad Dizon and grandma Rita walked towards the entrance of the Baguio Country Club, September 16, without an inkling of what was in store for them.

Hannah was just enjoying a new toy that helps her go around during breaks from therapy and massage at home when her grandma prepped her up to meet a guy they never met before.

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Report on teen disappearances clarified; most of those missing are plain runaways

BAGUIO CITY– The Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) Tuesday allayed fears of the existence of a kidnap group preying on teenaged girls here after reports on the number of missing girls reaching 56 here caused alarm among residents and city officials.

City police director Sr. Supt. David Lacdan affirmed that the Women and Children Protection Center (WCPC) indeed recorded 56 female students missing with ages ranging from 12-25 years from January to August 2011 but further verification showed that only 11 of the number remained missing to date.

"However, the BCPO would like to clarify that these missing young girls are neither abducted nor kidnapped. Most of them ran away from home or eloped with their lovers and some of the reported missing persons were tourists," Lacdan stressed in a press statement.

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Dog and cat days set

BAGUIO CITY– To help contain the spread of rabies through pets and animal bites, City Veterinarian Dr. Brigit Piok has announced the conduct of free vaccination for dogs and cats in celebration of World Rabies Day on September 28. The vaccination started Sept 13 up to the 16th, and shall be done again on Sept. 28 and October 4. Interested pet-owners may bring their pets at the City Veterinary Office at the Slaughter House compound.

A dog walk is also scheduled on Saturday, Oct. 1, from the top of Session road to Burnham Park, in celebration of Animal Welfare day on October 4. Owners of dogs are enjoined to be at the Banco de Oro area by 5:30 AM, Oct. 1, along Upper Session road

Registration for the activities is free, at the Veterinary Office.

The activities are spearheaded by the City Government of Baguio City Veterinary Office in coordination with the Department of Agriculture.


First Balili River Day celebrated with clean-up, tree-planting

BAGUIO CITY– Last Friday, Sept 16, environmental protection enthusiasts from Baguio and neighbor La Trinidad joined hands and worked together with the fervent desire that within five years, the Baliliriver would be revitalized.

Coming from their areas of responsibility, local government officials, barangay officials, members of the academe, military, civil and community groups, government line agencies, the Chinese community and other business groups, and religious institutions had a motorcade and converged at the Chinese Bell Church along city limits, Km. 3 to launch the first Balili river day celebration.

The motorcade was to fire awareness and drum-up more support for the clean-up drives being done, the converging groups said.

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Youthful champion siblings share ‘winnings’ with 5-year old patient

"Mountains are designed to be conquered; adversities, to be defeated... [But] only conquering and winning athletes ask, 'How may I help?'"

At five years old, Hannah Cyrele Martin may not have the slightest inkling of what the quotes are about.

More, she may never experience what being a champion Taekwondo jin feels like.

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City scrambles to rehabilitate dump site

BAGUIO CITY – The city government is scrambling to rehabilitate the collapsed retaining wall and ultimately stabilize the dumpsite at Irisan barangay here and prevent another accident in the area.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan said Dept. of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Rogelio Singson committed to help the city in prosecuting the rehabilitation projects but asked the city to prepare the needed programs of work.

The mayor met with Singson last Tuesday where he presented the city's infrastructure plans and programs for prioritization.

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Market fraud uncovered; City to go after bilkers

BAGUIO CITY – A ruse involving the illegal renting out of stalls at the city public market perpetrated by unscrupulous individuals who prey on hapless vendors has been uncovered by the city government.

Mayor Mauricio Wednesday formed a three-man fact-finding team to dig up information on the scam and establish the identities of the bilkers.

The mayor said the team will be composed of City Administrator Carlos Canilao , city legal officer Melchor Carlos Rabanes and market superintendent Paul Tamayo.

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Beautiful paintings of students adorns the City Health Office conference room for judges to appreciate as highlight to the 'Bagong Maginoo' contest targeting public utility vehicle driver's in promoting Family Planning and Responsible Parenthood. Winning artworks will be displayed atop PUJ's going around the city. Photo by paul rillorta


Domogan backs Juvenile law amendments; erring kids’ days numbered

BAGUIO CITY – "The intentions of the law is good... but the flaws are coming out now."

Thus said mayor Mauricio Domogan last week rallied for immediate amendments to the Juvenile Justice Welfare Act (RA 9344) even as the Congress of the Philippines is set to "suspend" implementation of the same.

These, in the heels of mushrooming incidence of gang-related crimes involving mostly high school kids and equally disturbing rise of kids emboldened by faulty legislation to run away from their homes placing, albeit wrongfully, the local police in the spotlight even as the "missing" merely decided to be "missed".

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Character city week set

BAGUIO CITY – The city will celebrate the Annual Character City Week from Sept. 19-25.

CouncilorPhilian Louise Weygan-Allan, coordinator of the character program, said the activities will be launched on Monday (Sept. 19) during the flag-raising ceremonies at City Hall.

During the launching, the business sector will distribute character reformation materials to taxi, jeepney groups, government employees, students and other sectors.

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PDIC to conduct LBC depositor’s forum in Baguio

BAGUIO CITY– A depositor's forum is being set for LBC Development clients here in the city as soon as a convenient date and suitable venue is found. Procedures for servicing of deposit insurance claims, queries as to deposits, and distribution of claim forms shall be responded to during and after the forum.

This is according to a letter from Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC) Executive Vice President Cristina QueOrbeta to Mayor Mauricio Domogan officially informing him of the prohibition of LBC bank to do business in the country. The bank has been placed under receivership with the PDIC as of last Friday, Sept. 9, as to the New Central Bank Act and through the Monetary Board of the BangkoSentralngPilipinas.

"As receiver, PDIC's primary interest is the immediate and effective takeover of the bank, its assets, records and affairs in order to safeguard their integrity for the protection of the interests of its depositors, creditors and the general public....." EVP QueOrbeta stated in her letter.

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Protech denies being remiss in waste obligation

BAGUIO CITY –Protech Machineries Corp. Luis Arquiza Lu Jr. Wednesday said the company has been complying with its obligations in dealing with the city's wastes particularly in the maintenance of the Environmental Recycling System (ERS) machines and the hauling out of residual wastes.

Lu who arrived two days after the Monday session of the city council where he was invited to shed light on the deal said he did not intend to evade the council inquiry. He said the invitation did not reach him in time to make it to the session.

He however assured that he will attend the next session tomorrow (Monday).

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City reinforces waste segregation to solve garbage problem

BAGUIO CITY – The city government will intensify the implementation of waste segregation policy all over the city to make the city's waste management plan effective.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan on Monday ordered barangay officials here to pinpoint an area in their barangays to serve as pick-up point for segregated wastes.

He said biodegradable and non-biodegradable wastes must be positioned separately in said pick-up points to facilitate easier collection by waste workers as per the established collection schedules.

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Farinas wants national agencies’ help in solving Baguio’s waste problem

BAGUIO CITY – Vice Mayor Daniel Farinas wants the city government to seek the help of the Dept. of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) in solving its solid waste problem.

In a proposed resolution, Farinas said the city "is in dire need of assistance in whatever form from different agencies, whether it is public or private considering the immense damage typhoon Mina had caused."

He said the DPWH and the NDRRMC serve as frontline agencies that can be tapped in times of calamities considering its manpower and services and expertise.

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Block IV development underway; Block III zoning compliance pushed

BAGUIO CITY – The city government will implement the development of the Block IV section of the city public market soon.

Mayor Mauricio Domoganbared that the city has finished bidding the P25.6 million worth project, the latest in the string of market development projects after the tobacco and sari-sari and Block III sections.

He said the city will soon issue notices to present occupants to voluntarily vacate their spaces and the city expects full cooperation from these vendors.

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