"SIX OUTSTANDING CITIZEN'S" of Baguio takes center stage during the 102nd Charter Day Celebration held at the Baguio Convention Center last September 1. They are (Sr. Lourdes Dulay, PB Lilia Farinas, Dr. Amparo Rimas, Dr. Florence Reyes, Former City Mayor Jaime Bugnosen and Jerry Lingaling (seated back). Photo by paul rillorta




Baguio residents and officials light up candles for the victims of Typhoon Mina which struck the city last week killing 8 persons. The prayer vigil is part of the 102nd Charter Day Anniversary Celebration last September 1 at the Baguio Convention Center instead of a parade in the city's thoroughfares. Photo by paul rillorta


Mayor on dumpsite disaster: cooperation not nitpicking

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan last week humbled himself and appealed to residents here to cooperate and to unite in finding solution to avert a repeat of the Irisan dumpsite trash slide that killed six people along Asin Road at the height of typhoon "Mina" last Aug. 27.

The mayor brushed aside the criticisms lodged at his administration over the tragedy saying the focus should not be on fault-finding but on teamwork to expedite remedial measures and avoid occurrence of similar incidents.

"Let's be united to address the problem given by the recent typhoon. I'm sure we can contribute and achieve a lot if we will just choose to work together instead of (resorting to) finger-pointing," the mayor said.

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Six city 'workhorses' dubbed 'outstanding' during 102nd Baguio Day

BAGUIO CITY – Less the usual pomp and buoyancy of lore, the 102nd Baguio Day Anniversary turned out to be "one of the best" as it refocused spotlight on six individuals and not pageantry as the city convalesces from destruction wrought by "Mina".

And while the September 1st theme was "Sustaining the Growth of Baguio through Teamwork," which bespeaks of a community in its entirety, for a passing moment, it became self-empowerment which treats of the individual.

Florence Reyes. M.D.: Health Innovator

First to be conferred the title "Outstanding Citizen of Baguio" for her accomplishment in the field of health is Florence Reyes, M.D.

Currently the chief of the City Health Office (CHO), she is half the team that invented "Iodi-Pure" – an iodine concoction that has, since 2005, tapered illnesses and defects due to iodine deficiency such as mental retardation, deaf-mutism, and goiter.

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Anti-rabies ordinance up on second reading

BAGUIO CITY – The city council is considering the proposed Baguio City Anti-Rabies Ordinance.

Up on second reading, the measure as authored by Councilors Perlita Chan-Rondez and Councilor Erdolfo Balajadia seeks to protect Baguio's human and animal inhabitants from rabies infection pursuant to Republic Act No. 9842 otherwise known as the Rabies Act of 2007.

Among the proposed provisions are the creation of the Local Rabies Prevention and Control Committee (LRPCC) with the City Mayor as Honorary Chairman, who shall lead, recommend and assist in the formulation of policies and guidelines on all matters pertaining to rabies prevention and control measures.

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Burnham lake lighting


President PNoy Aquino listens to Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan during the switching ceremony of the Burnham lake lighting last Friday Aug. 19.

The President's switching was witness by youth leaders led by Councilor Carlmaine Denney Yangot (4th from left), Dept. of Energy Secretary Almendras (partly covered by the mayor) and Cong. Bernardo Vergara.




BACK TO SCHOOL – Officers of the Philippine National Police from Regions 1, 2, 3 and CAR endures the three day seminar on 'Media Relations' at Camp Bado Dangwa, La Trinidad, Benguet as part of their continuing education and enhancement for better public service.


Mayor bares procedure in availing financial assistance for indigent patients

BAGUIO CITY – bolstering its commitment to provide services to patients to its indigent residents, the city government has strengthened its 'Indigent Patient Program' which will provide financial assistance to those who cannot afford to pay their bills.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan signed Administrative order No. 96 series of 2011 for the adoption of a flow chart which explains in detail the steps and procedures in availing the financial assistance to indigent patients who are residents of the city.

Patients wanting to avail of the financial assistance will first approach a Sanguniang Panglungsod (SP) member and secure a referral letter addressed to the City social Welfare and Development Office (OCSWADO).

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P-Noy asked to issue proclamation to segregate John Hay barangays

BAGUIO CITY – The city council and heads of the 13 barangays within the Camp John Hay reservation appealed to President Benigno S. Aquino III to issue a Presidential Proclamation for finally pave the way for the segregation of the barangays from the former military reservation.

The city council last Monday approved the proposed resolution of Councilor Karminn Cheryl Dinney Yañgot for said purpose while the punong barangays also adopted a similar resolution last Thursday.

Both resolutions stressed that it is high time that a proclamation for the segregation of barangays Camp 7, Country Club Village, Greenwater, Happy Hallow, Hillside, Loakan-Apugan, Loakan-Liwanag, Loakan Proper, Lower Dagsian, Lucnab, Military Cut-Off, Sta. Escolastica Village, and Upper Dagsian be issued considering the length of time that passed since the segregation was made as one of the conditions in the development of Camp John Hay.

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5-year-old hannah Cyrelle Martin, a special kid, smiles at her photo while trying out an adult's wheel chair at her home in Camp 8. the kid, daughter of a vegetable porter at the city market, is in need of a kid's trolley or wheelchair fitting her size, as the one her dad borrowed had to be returned. People who can spare a kid's wheel chair or trolley may ring up Dizon, Hannah's dad at cellphone 0912-3173957 or this photographer's number 0916-7778103. photo by Ramon Dacawi


City declared under state of calamity; council to conduct inquiry

BAGUIO CITY – The city council last week declared the city in a state of calamity to expedite mitigating measures on the typhoon-triggered trash slide that killed six people in Asin Road last Aug. 27.

The body set an inquiry on the incident tomorrow (Sept. 5) inviting key personalities led by Mayor Mauricio Domogan and Protech Machinery Corp. vice president Luis Lu Jr. to its regular session.

The calamity status was declared upon the request of Mayor Domogan to enable the city to utilize the P93 million calamity fund to expedite the clearing of the trash mounds that covered Asin Road and to rehabilitate the collapsed wall that triggered the spill out of 15,000 tons of garbage.

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102nd Baguio Day: MGD appeals for unity after calamity

BAGUIO CITY – It is probably the simplest Baguio Day celebration to date... but the message, powerful nonetheless.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan during the 102nd Baguio Day program appealed for participatory governance anew, aware Baguio is merely starting to slither away from the damage wrought by the recent typhoon "Mina".

In a speech delivered before a throng of three thousand revelers at the Baguio Convention Center, September 1, he asked the Baguio constituency to be "active players in sustaining gains the [city achieved through the years]."

These, in the face of legal threats and unsavory commentaries he has received after thousands of tons of garbage overflowed to claim lives and property at the Irisan Dumpsite last week.

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Pnoy light


Cong. Bernardo M. Vergara seems to be pointing it to President Aquino and Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan (inset) the newly lighted Burnham lake during the switching of the lights installed by the Department of Energy last Aug. 19.


Colorful dances


Colorful dances like this one shown by the members of the Baguio City National High school Special Performing Arts during the launching of the Baguio Day month long events last Monday August 22, are expected to be shown during the Baguio day celebration on September 1 when it reach its 102nd. anniversary foundation.




A FATHER'S WISH - 5-year-old hannah Cyrelle Martin, a special kid, smiles at her photo while trying out an adult's wheel chair at her home in Camp 8. the kid, daughter of a vegetable porter at the city market, is in need of a kid's trolley or wheelchair fitting her size, as the one her dad borrowed had to be returned. People who can spare a kid's wheel chair or trolley may ring up Dizon, Hannah's dad at cellphone 0912-3173957 or this photographer's number 0916-7778103. photo by Ramon Dacawi


City-BENECO resolves row over Asin Hydro ops, Beneco to pay P8.7-M

BAGUIO CITY – A flicker of sunbeam finally cleared up the row over paperless deal Baguio-Benguet Electric Cooperative (Beneco) has with the Baguio government over the Asin Mini-hydroelectric Plants (AMP) operations.

Thus revealed mayor Mauricio Domogan during the weekly Ugnayan forum with media hosted by DZRH 'Radio ng Bayan," August 20.

Domogan said the parties' joint technical team (JTT) finally came up with a logical way to divide the "money pie" over city-led operations of the AMP after a meeting, August 16.

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