TMB still pushes for pedestrian closure despite protests

BAGUIO CITY - the Baguio City Police Office, Traffic Management Branch (BCPO-TMB) assessment and evaluation of the closure of three pedestrian crossing at Session Road, this city still stands.

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SPO1 Erano dela Cruz announces the various activities being undertaken by the Baguio City Police in line with the observance of Police Community Relations Month during city hall's flag raising ceremony July 2.--- By Bong Cayabyab


DENR clarifies tree cutting suspension

BAGUIO CITY – the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Cordillera Administrative Region (DENR-CAR) clarified Monday a previous order suspending the processing of all requests and applications for tree cutting permits here.

During regular council sessions July 2, Augusto Lagon, DENR Technical Director for Forest Management cited DENR memorandum dated April 3, 2012 issued by DENR Undersecretary Analiza Rebuelte-Teh which deferred and suspended the processing of all requests and applications for tree cutting permits nationwide until further notice.

This is in answer to queries from the council on tree cutting permits being issued by the DENR Regional office in the city.

Lagon however said another memorandum dated June 22, 2012 also from Undersecretary Teh clarified the first order stating this time that the suspension of the issuance for tree cutting permits cover only naturally grown trees within public forest and timberland.

The order also states the suspension does not cover naturally grown trees within private or titled property, planted trees within public forest and private lands and those covered by exemptions provided in Executive Order 23.

EO 23 or the moratorium issued by the President prohibits the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) from issuing or renewing tree cutting permits in all natural and residual forests nationwide, except for clearing of road right of way by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), site preparation for tree plantations, silvicultural treatment and similar activities, provided that all logs derived from said cutting permits shall be turned over to the DENR for proper disposal.

It also allows the issuance of permits for tree cutting associated with cultural practices pursuant to the Indigenous Peoples Right Act (IPRA Law) subject to strict compliance with existing guidelines of the DENR.

The DENR was invited primarily to shed light on the status of permits issued to SM Development Corporation on the cutting, pruning and earthballing of trees at Luneta Hill.

Lagon clarified permits issued to SM are presently suspended as they are complying with the orders of the court '.

Lagon also said, 'the trees earthballed by the mall giant has indications of survival'. ***paul rillorta


City turns cyber on health

BAGUIO CITY – health services in this mountain resort has gone high tech, thanks to the first government run inter-active website made available to young adults.

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Burnham fencing on its way to completion

BAGUIO CITY – From over 700 spans of fence needing sponsors to secure the perimeter of Burnham Park, it is now down to 75 spans to complete the ambitious yet novel fencing project.

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Youth, seniors appeal for access

Young and elderly Baguio residents Monday called for greater pedestrian access to the urban space even as traffic scheme planners assured they have the welfare of walkers in mind in their proposal to improve the flow of motor vehicles along the city's main streets.

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Philhealth unveils four-ailment treatment benefit package

Persons covered by the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (Philhealth) may now avail – if they are qualified - for fund support in case they're suffering from any of four serious ailments covered by the newly launched "Case Type Z" benefit package of the government medical care system.

In Philhealth Circular 030 issued last June 13, Philhealth president Eduardo Banzon identified the initial afflictions covered:

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Fil-Am Friendship Day


Students of the Baguio City High School Special Performing for the Arts Dramatizing the American influence during the Fil-Am Friendship Day last July 4 at the Convention center.


Dads to investigate tree cutting activities in city

BAGUIO CITY – an investigation will be conducted on the reported tree cutting activities here despite the absence of permits issued by the Department of environment and natural Resources (DENR).

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Vice Mayor Daniel Farinas calls on city hall employees and residents to support and join the observance of Fil-Am Day, Nutrition Month, and Police Community Relations Month activities during city hall's flag raising ceremonies July 2. --- By Bong Cayabyab


Two foreign companies eye city's waste potential

BAGUIO CITY – the Solid Waste management Board Thursday (July 4) met with two potential companies planning to put up a 'waste to energy' facility here.

In the meeting, representatives from both companies expressed their desire to Mayor Mauricio Domogan in entering into an agreement with the city government to put up a waste-to-energy plant in the city on a Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) scheme.

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Call for autonomy support highlights 25th cordi day fete

BAGUIO CITY – The 25th Cordillera Day celebration from July 14-16 will aim to "propel unwavering commitment and support to the pursuit of Cordillera autonomy."

Mayor Mauricio Domogan on Wednesday said one of the highlights of the celebration will be the signing of a manifesto of support to the clamor for autonomy by all the officials of the Cordillera provinces and city.

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Two city employees commended for honesty

BAGUIO CITY – There's no dearth of honest employees at City Hall as proven by two employees who were commended for their kind deed within a week of each other.

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Road to recovery too long for five-year old

It will be a long way back home to Tinoc, Ifugao for Jeremiah Tuda, a five-year old confined since last March at the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center.

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Blistt concept of development resurrected anew

The on-and-off BLISTT cluster concept of development for Baguio and the neighboring towns of La Trinidad, Itogon, Sablan, Tuba and Tublay has been resurrected anew, this time with greater hope for its finally being fleshed out.

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Fil-Am friendship day celebration


Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan, Congressman Bernardo M. Vergara and an American War veteran appreciates some of the exhibits at the lobby of the Baguio Convention Center during the July 4, 2012 Fil-Am friendship day celebration.

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