Haphazard segregation deterring success of waste management scheme

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan Wednesday said improper segregation practice or the lack of it has remained as a major stumbling block in the city's waste management efforts.

The city's waste management scheme is presently anchored on the operation of the Environmental Recycling System (ERS) machines which employs the mechanical conversion of large amounts of biodegradable wastes into high-grade fertilizer.

But up to this time, the operation of the machines can not be maximized due to poor segregation practice in the barangay level.

The two machines can process 48 tons of biodegradable wastes daily but the output has continually fallen short of the maximum requirement.

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Malcolm Square rehab pushed

BAGUIO CITY - Malcolm Square or People's Park is in dire need of rehabilitation to restore its grandeur as favorite venue for various activities.

Councilor Elmer Datuin pushed this in a proposed resolution filed before the city council.

He said Malcolm Square has been the city's "traditional event area for all kinds of public and private activities in the City of Baguio since time immemorial."

But "there is now a need to build and construct a brand new Malcolm Square that will truly be people-friendly and with multipurpose use and be a showcase of the city in terms of design reflecting a green architecture with multipurpose functionality," the alderman noted.

He said the reconstruction should be included as the city's priority project next year.

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City to harness Infotech Industry as dev't tool

BAGUIO CITY – The city government will harness the information and communication technology industry to enhance its contribution to the city's development.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan formed the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Council to spearhead the implementation of ICT programs and projects to contribute to the industry's sustained growth in the city.

The mayor will chair the council along with the Philippine Long Distance Telephone (PLDT) Company.

Various institutions representing the academe, the business process outsourcing (BPOs), the telecommunication companies (TELCOs), power providers, non-government organizations (NGOs) and the national line agencies will serve as members of the council.

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Commemorative Plaque


His Excellency US Ambassador Harry K. Thomas and Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan shows the commemorative plaque in honor of those US embassy staffs and US Peace Corps Volunteers that perished at the Nevada Hotel during the July 16, 199o Killer Earthquake. The Plaque is provided by the US and shall be permanently put in a marker on what is now the Nevada Square 21 years after.


Football Kick Off Ceremony


Lawyer Alex Bangsoy of the Goshen Land, main sponsor and organizer of the Mayor Domogan Football Cup leads the young players in a kick off ceremony during opening program of the tournament at the Melvin Jones football ground last July 2.


Benguet eyes Autonomy Act to restore lost income from national wealth

Baguio City - Taken by surprise on the impact of the Renewable Energy Act drastically reducing their national wealth tax share from the dam operations, Benguet officials are now pinning their hope that the currently being drafted third autonomy act to restore whatever they are about to lose even as they sue for more time to make up their positions on issues that will affect the province.

Gov. Nestor Fongwan asked for more time to consult the various municipalities of his province during the presentation of the working paper on autonomy by the Third Autonomy Act Drafting Committee (TAADC) to the various Local Government Units (LGUs) of the Cordillera last Wednesday here.

Accordingly, an advice from the Department of Budget and Management showed that Barangay Dalupirip which usually got at least P1.19 million every quarter share from the operation of the San Roque Dam will only get P54,000 and Barangay Ampucao which usually got P1.7 million will only be getting P74,000.

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Alderman sets eyes on Baguio hosting of POC-PSA National Games 2012

BAGUIO CITY – "There is going to be a huge change in the Baguio sporting landscape next year...."

Thus said alderman Elmer Datuin last week as he gathered steam to push for Baguio's hosting of the revitalized Philippine Olympic Committee – Philippine Sports Association (POC-PSA) National Games next year.

In a resolution, Datuin revealed there is a growing nationwide clamor for Baguio City to host the 2012 games.

The POC-PSA National Games is touted by organizers as the "biggest multi-discipline tryout' in the country."

In a separate interview, Datuin explained due course to the proposed hosting bid substantially alters the local government's priorities in 2012.

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Asin hydro privatization on as terms approved

BAGUIO CITY – The city government is now preparing to bid out the operation of the city-owned Asin mini-hydroelectric plants in Tuba, Benguet to qualified private investors after the city council last Monday approved the terms of reference (TOR) for the contract to rehabilitate and manage the power generating facility.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan hailed the development as a milestone in the city's thrust to maximize the power generating potential of the plants and restore their viability which slackened under the city government's reins due to lack of funds and expertise.

"I hope we can speed up the paper works to facilitate the bidding and realize the long overdue privatization of this vital facility," he said

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Rainwater harvesting endorsed

BAGUIO CITY - The city council last week has approved the resolution endorsing rainwater harvesting in public schools and barangays in the city of Baguio.

The approved resolution requested the Baguio Water District (BWD), City Environment Parks and Management Office (CEPMO) and City Building and Architecture Office (CBAO) to encourage other institutions and barangay households to "devise ways to do simple rainwater harvesting to minimize dependence on commercial water supply and to maximize the use of rainwater made available by nature."

The resolution came on the heels of the felt effect climate change where there is heavy precipitation during wet season, but with water shortage as a big volume of water flows underground and to the big bodies of water. Water harvesting thus, is considered as a mitigating measure being adopted to meet the demands of consumers.

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Police asked to act on 'taxi boys'

BAGUIO CITY – The days of the 'taxi' boys – children milling in front of business establishments jostling for position to hail taxicabs for passengers during rush hours unmindful of the danger of being bumped or sideswiped by the vehicles – are numbered.

The city council last Monday approved a resolution asking the city police chief through the traffic division to implement the necessary measures to protect the interest of the children and the taxi commuters, and to coordinate with the City Social Welfare And Development Office for appropriate intervention programs for the so called "taxi boys" found along the central business district (CBD) here.

Councilor Betty Lourdes Tabanda, proponent of the measure, said, "it has been observed that several groups of children and teenage boys have strategically positioned themselves outside business establishments located at the CBD 'assisting' customers in getting a taxi and loading their baggage in exchange for a voluntary amount."

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Nutrition month focus on mother and child activities

BAGUIO CITY – A unique way of celebrating motherhood and establishing ownership on a piece of infant clothing would be to embroider said material, and have it as an entry in the first-ever contest being organized by the Aurora Hill/Engineers Hill nutrition council, one of the activities organized for the celebration of July as nutrition month.

According to Health Services Office (HSO) head Dr. Florence Reyes and Nutrition Officer Angelita Sabado, both of the Baguio City Nutrition Council, the activities were meticulously prepared by the barangay nutrition councils for the needs of their constituents.

Along with other districts, the prepared activities are: breastfeeding and nutrition summit, lactating mother seminar, trade fair, tree planting, supplementary and mass feeding, barangay clean-up drive, healthy baby contest, search for talented mother and child, luto ni nanay contest, poster making and drawing contest, slogan making and quiz bee, home garden contest, and recycled material contest.

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America in 3D (Diplomacy, Development and Defense)


Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan delivering his welcome to the America in 3D (Diplomacy, Development and Defense) during the kickoff ceremony at the SM City as US Ambassador Harry K. Thomas listens intently.


Football their Wanes (G-String)


Football their Wanes (G-String)- Pinsao National Highschool and Baguio City National High school players scramble for the ball during their exhibition match last July 2 that marks the formal start of the Mayor Domogan Football Cup.


PDEA warns of an international drug syndicate in our midst

La Trinidad, Benguet-- The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) CAR warned the Cordillera of the West African Drug Syndicate (WADS) that had already penetrated the region trading cocaine even as the price of this illegal drug had dramatically gone down due to oversupply since last year.

Atty. Gil Castro, the PDEA-CAR OIC regional director, made this revelation during the Regional Peace and Order Council meeting here Wednesday. Castro who recently took over the directorship of the anti-drug agency said that WADS is a transnational drug syndicate operating in the whole of South East Asia and have been trying to smuggle cocaine into mainland China.

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Massive consultations up on updated city land use plan

BAGUIO CITY – The proposed updated Baguio City Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) and Zoning Ordinance will be subjected to extensive consultations with the various sectors before adoption by the city council.

The CLUP defines the utilization and uses of the city's various zones and serves as the basis in the implementation of the city's zoning ordinance.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan, chair of the City Development Council (CDC) which drafted the updated CLUP, said the CLUP serves as "our City's road map to 2020" and "our blueprint for our City's physical and economic development toward a safer and healthier environment."

Councilor Isabelo Cosalan Jr., head of the council committee on urban planning, lands and housing which is studying the proposed CLUP and zoning ordinance, held an initial consultation with urban planners and members of the academe last Wednesday to come up with a framework for a massive consultation process that will ensure maximum participation of the stakeholders from the various sectors.

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City team to monitor, confiscate DEHP-tainted products

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan last week in a meeting with concerned offices cautioned the public about buying apparently Di(2-ethlhexyl) Phthalate (DEHP)-contaminated products allegedly from Taiwan, in business establishments around the city.

The products, he said, are being monitored by the Local Price Monitoring and Coordinating Council (LPMCC) for immediate confiscation, following the receipt of a letter from Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Gregory Domingo and advisory from Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Director Suzette Lazo.

The communication received earlier, warned the general public about DEHP-contaminated food products as being harmful to human beings; with high doses and repeated exposure (and ingestion) causing fertility problems and damages to the kidney.

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