More freebies await early taxpayers

BAGUIO CITY – Taxpayers who will settle their revenue obligations early will receive more freebies from the city government.

City treasurer Thelma Manaois announced that apart from the discounts annually given to early birds, taxpayers who will pay their taxes in full will have two chances of winning prizes: by playing the "roleta" and by joining the raffle draw set for April 13.

The three-pronged promotion is part of the city government's social marketing program approved by Mayor Mauricio Domogan to drum up the campaign for early tax payment and rev up further the collection of real property and business taxes this year.

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Council approves 72 ordinances in 2011

BAGUIO CITY – The city council approved a total of 72 ordinances in 2011 and most of the measures dealt with the preservation of the environment, Vice Mayor Daniel Farinas reported on Monday.

Farinas said one significant legislative measure aimed at preserving the ambience of the city was the ordinance requiring all construction owners to plant trees as a condition for the issuance of an occupancy permit.

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115th commemoration of our National Hero's martyrdom


Police Chief Supt. Benjie Magalong Pro-Cor Director pose for posterity with city officials led by Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan after laying the Grand Writ during the 115th commemoration of our National Hero's ( Dr. Jose Rizal) martyrdom last Dec. 30, 2011 at the Rizal Park. Dir. Magalong who was the Guest Speaker of the event together with Mayor Domogan urged everyone to emulate the heart and patriotism of Rizal in consonance with present day situation. Others in photo are from L; City Administrator Atty. Carlos Canilao, CSupt. Magalong, Councilor Betty Lourdez Tabanda, Mayor Domogan, Atty. George Fortea (Representing Cong. Vergara), Engr. Oscar Flores of the CBAO and Mr. Romy Concio of the GSO.




Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan remove the tapes of the muzzles and checks the Service Firearms of the Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) personnel early morning of Monday January 2, 2012. The tape was put before the new year to ensure that no uniformed personnel will fire their service firearms indiscriminately and which based on the inspection of the mayor no one violated such.


Business permit renewals made "simpler"

BAGUIO CITY - Mayor Mauricio Domogan last week issued Administrative Order 002, series of 2012 enforcing a simpler method for the processing of business permit renewals at city hall.

"There is an urgent appeal by taxpayers to accelerate the pace of processing business permits," the AO states.

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Leaders rally citizens for action to honor Rizal’s martyrdom

City mayor Mauricio Domogan last Friday called on Filipinos to reflect not only on the martyrdom of Dr. Jose Rizal but on what each has and will do in the exercise of the freedom for which the national hero fought and died.

"I hope that we continue to value our freedom and not take it for granted," he said at the rites marking the 115th anniversary of Rizal's execution by firing squad in the hands of the Spanish colonial government at Bagumbayan, now the Luneta Park in Manila.

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City expects to bid out asin hydro project in January

BAGUIO CITY – The city government expects to bid out the operation of the city-owned Asin mini-hydroelectric plants in Tuba, Benguet to qualified private investors this January.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan said the city looks forward to setting the project into motion to finally realize its thrust to maximize the power generating potential of the plants and restore their viability.

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Council backs Pinsao road development to decongest city center

BAGUIO CITY – The city council supported Councilor Isabeo Cosalan Jr.'s proposal for the development of a road linking Longlong in Pinsao Proper to Irisan particularly the road that passes through Bowat as a priority project to support the city's thrust to decongest the central business district.

In a proposed resolution which the body approved recently, Cosalan also sought to urge Rep. Bernardo Vergara to allocate funds for the development of said stretch.

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Football faces brighter future as expats bring home gear

The late football coach and Gold Ore weekly paper editor Jose "Peppot" Ilagan must be smiling from up there in the great newsroom and playing field in the sky. Things are looking up from down here, at least for three reasons.

First was three of his boys – midfielder Albert Martin, his brother and striker Jimmy and defender and goalie Edward Dait – recently came home with playing shoes, balls, uniforms and socks to prop up those who took over from them chasing dreams at the Burnham Park football grounds.

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Mayor hopeful city will meet revenue target

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan expressed hopes that the city will again meet if not surpass its revenue target this year to ensure smooth delivery of public service and implementation of priority projects despite the reduction of its Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) share.

"We hope that we will be able to collect our targeted revenue again this year like in the past years when most of our estimates had been attained and even exceeded," the mayor said.

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Writ laying ceremony


Police Chief Supt. Benjie Magalong, PRO-Cor Director along with Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan pose for posterity with some surviving war veterans, executives of the Rizal Banking Corporation and representatives of the Rizalistas' during the writ laying ceremony for the 115th commemoration of our National hero's martyrdom last Dec. 30,2011 at the Rizal Park.


First Line of Business


"FIRST LINE OF BUSINESS" - City Mayor Mauricio Domogan explains to Barangay Captains the 'need to study further' the proposal of Beneco for the metered streetlights of the city during its first meeting with barangay officials for 2012. With him are Congressman Bernardo Vergara, ABC President Joel Alangsab and Beneco General Manager Gerardo Versoza (hidden). photo by paul rillorta


Mayor denies hand in tree cutting permit

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan Thursday denied having a hand in the issuance of permit allowing the cutting and balling of trees for the expansion project of SM City here.

The mayor said the authority to issue such permits lies with the Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and not with the city executive.

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City rushes aide to S. Mindanao

BAGUIO CITY – Recalling the natural calamities which the city suffered during the past, Mayor Mauricio Domogan Monday announced the release of Four Hundred Thousand Pesos as aide to Southern Mindanao.

The aide in the form of cash was distributed to various Local Governments depending on the severity of the damage brought about by Typhoon Sendong.

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Council pushes early bidding of public works projects

BAGUIO CITY – The city council wants national agencies to bid out public works projects early to allow the timely implementation of these projects and avoid creating problems in localities.

The body approved Vice Mayor Daniel Farinas' proposed resolution urging the Dept. of Public Works and Highways and the Dept. of Budget and Management to allow early bidding of public works projects included in the list of projects already funded under the approved national budget to ensure the projects' early implementation.

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Anti-mendicancy drive nets 52

The city's anti-mendicancy drive netted last Tuesday evening 52 persons, all transients who were transported back to where they were earlier based.

Social welfare officer III Liza Balao of the city social welfare office said the round-up was done by the city's task force on anti-mendicancy, an inter-agen cy group composed of government and private sector representatives, including the Commision on Human Rights , the police, Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center, and bus companies plying the route to and from the city.

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