Mayor cautions vs. text pranks on class suspensions

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan on Wednesday cautioned the public against text messages circulated at odd hours containing his alleged announcements of class suspensions saying these are not true.

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City tries to cut down on hauling cost, ponders legal action vs. protech

BAGUIO CITY – With plans for the establishment of an engineered sanitary landfill (ESL) just beginning to take off, the city government struggles to cope with the spiraling cost of shipping out its wastes as it continues to look for remedies to cut down on hauling expenses.

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Five cops nominated for BCPO head

BAGUIO CITY – The top cop for the Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) should be coming soon, Mayor Mauricio Domogan assured the public during last week's media forum Ugnayan, as five nominees have been listed.

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Irisan dumpsite holding up despite rains

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan is relieved that the Irisan dump facility is holding up despite the continuous monsoon rains that has battered the city over the past weeks.

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Mayor wants independent audit of John Hay contract

BAGUIO CITY, August 03 – Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan wants both the State-owned Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) and the Sobrepena-owned Camp John Hay Development Corporation (CJHDevCo) to sit down in arbitration and work out an independent audit of the 50-year lease agreement of the 247-hectare John Hay Special Economic Zone (JHSEZ) instead of trading allegations through paid advertisements in the media.

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Mayor designates former police, treasury chiefs as city gov't consultants

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan last week designated a former city police chief and a recently retired city treasurer as consultants of the city government on peace and order and financial resource management, respectively.

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Monsoon rains batter city

BAGUIO CITY – Torrential rains triggered by typhoon "Gener" last week caused landslides and floods that sent 95 families to evacuation centers but no casualties.

The city remained on a red alert status as of last Friday as monsoon rains continued to pour intermittently.

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Sandal donation keys more costly humanitarian service for rotarians

Something's being cooked up for the city jail, something as sweet as freshly baked bread. The ingredients got stirred when members of Rotary, the international service organization, visited while typhoon Gener was pouring last Thurday morning.

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Resolution re: BENECO to senate

BAGUIO CITY – The city council last week agreed to furnish copies of a privilege speech by Councilor Fred Bagbagen as to alleged irregular spending of the Benguet Electric Cooperative (BENECO), to Joint Congressional Power Commission Co-Chair Senator Sergio Osmena III, House Cooperative Development Committee Chair Representative Jose Ping-ay, Energy Regulatory Commission Secretary Jose Almendras, and Department of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima.

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Fort del pilar teacher airs sos in fight against big c

After figuring out the costs for the long haul, a public school teacher found herself with no choice but to go public about her grim battle against breast cancer. She's keeping her fingers crossed Samaritans out there would respond and prop her up in her four remaining chemotherapy sessions.

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Mayor says EMB backs ECC for ESL

BAGUIO CITY – There might be hope for the planned Engineered Sanitary Landfill (ESL) for Baguio-La Trinidad-Itogon-Sablan-Tuba-Tublay (BLISTT).

This was revealed by Mayor Mauricio Domogan Wednesday during the Weekly Ugnayan presser here.

The mayor said the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) voted 17-0 in support of the issuance of the Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) which is a vital requirement to commence the planned ESL in Barangay Ampucao.

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LGUs to enjoy independence even with autonomy

TUBA, Benguet, August 03 – Barangays, municipalities, cities and provinces will continue to enjoy independence from each other even if the Cordillera will become autonomous, a private sector representative of the Regional Development Council (RDC) in the Cordillera said.

Dr. Peter M. Cosalan, Benguet's private sector representative to the RDC-CAR, said the local governments hosting mining, hydroelectric and other companies exploiting, utilizing and developing resources will be the ones to directly benefit from such operations contrary to the fear of some people that other local governments outside the host communities will also take part in the share of the host communities from the national wealth tax equivalent to 40 percent.

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Mayor seeks cooperation from vendors

BAGUIO CITY – The city government here have opened up selected spaces in the city's public market for sidewalk vendors to sell their wares.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan during the weekly Ugnayan presser Wednesday said 25 stalls at Block 3 have been made available to accommodate vendors who wish to avail of the same.

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Amended terms for led technology studied

BAGUIO CITY – The city council is considering the amendments on the approved the terms of reference (TOR) for the streetlight replacement and management venture using the Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology.

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Search is on for "Ms. Baguio"

The search for "Miss Baguio 2012" is on as the city's committee in charge of the beauty pageant voted last Thursday to award its management this year to Sonny T. Productions, a Baguio-based outfit that had handled similar contests.

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New dialysis patient knows not where to turn to for help

As one of the latest additions to the growing number of patients with total kidney failure, 57-year old Milgaros Tait of Scout Barrio here confessed last Friday morning she didn't know who or where to turn to for her next hemodialysis session set later in the afternoon.

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