Cordillera Day celebration


Baguio City Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan and Ifugao Governor Eugene Balitang dance with the cultural performers during the Cordillera Day celebration last July 15.


Baguio club wins top Lions International award

Members of Lions Clubs all over the world roared for the Baguio City (Host) Lions Club as it received the Beacon Award for outstanding service at their 94th International Convention last July 7 in Seattle, Washington State.

Baguio Host president Moody Imayaho remembers he rose and punched the air in jubilation when the club's "Eye Run Coz I Care" was declared all throughout Lionism as the best service project to the blind or visually impaired.

"The announcement that Baguio won was overwhelming as Lions International, with over 1.4 million members, has over 45,000 clubs spread out to 206 countries from which to select the best," Imayaho recalled. "It was an awesome confirmation of the power of the collective work of the club members and supporters, and of the vision of the pioneers who founded the club on November 21, 1950."

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Tax reforms pushed anew

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan Monday pushed anew for the consideration of the policy reforms covering tax rates in the city to maintain if not improve the revenue standing of the city in face of the impending reduction of the city's share from the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA).

During the department heads' meeting, the mayor reiterated that it is high time to act on pending proposals that aim to update the current levels of garbage, sewerage and market fees and especially the real property taxes to make the rates attuned with the present times.

Corresponding proposals to increase said fees are presently pending before the city council.

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Block III fees approved on third reading

BAGUIO CITY – The city council last Monday approved on final reading an ordinance fixing the rental fees for stalls in the newly rehabilitated Block III of the city market.

Tax Ordinance 2011-002 authored by Councilor Perlita Rondez pegged the rental rate at P500 per square meter per month.

Rondez said that as per the site development plan of the city buildings and architecture office (CBAO), there are 478 stalls at Block III. All of the stalls measure 1.6x1.2 square meters each.

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Nutrition month activities still on

BAGUIO CITY – In celebration of nutrition month, mother-and-child and environmental friendly activities will still go on all over the city until next week.

The nutrition month theme has been posted in barangays in the health districts of City Camp/Asin, Aurora Hill/Engineers Hill, Campo Filipino, Lucban, Pacdal Loakan, and Atab/Scout Barrio. Said postings remain until the end of this month.

At the Baguio Health Department, health workers, cooperative barangay officials and concerned citizens put on a trade fair last week, with San Antonio Barangay having their continuing trade fair on July 30 and 31.

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City seeks speedy sanctions against erring car smoke testing centers

Admitting its hands are tied from checking on erring private vehicle smoke testing centers, the city may have no choice but to impose additional requirements for the issuance and renewal of their business permits.

City officials decided last Monday to study how and what requirements can be tied to the licenses of these testing centers which are under the regulatory jurisdiction of the Department of Trade (DTI), Land Transportation Office (LTO), Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

In his regular meeting with city department heads, mayor Mauricio Domogan said "we keep on challenging these national agencies to impose sanctions but they claim that issues raised against erring testing centers have to be resolved in (their central offices in) Manila".

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PWD comelec registration week begins Monday

The Commission on Elections has set July 18 to 23 as National Voters' Registration Week for persons with disabilities (PWDs) to coincide with the observance of National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week.

The COMELEC declared the week as such through Resolution 11-0623 adopted last June 7 in response to a request from Manuel Agcaoili, chairman of the Alyansa ng may Kapansanang Pinoy, Inc. and Ambassador Henrietta de Villa, national chair of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting.

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Baguio chosen for climate change project

Baguio has been chosen as one of eight cities (four each in the Philippines and India) as sites of AsianCitiesAdapt, a project to develop local adaptation strategies being coordinated by the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI).

Representatives of ICLEI and other participating agencies will join mayor Mauricio Domogan at the launching of the one-year project on Tuesday morning (July 19) at the Ridgewood Residence at Barangay Lualhati here.

Domogan created last April 12 a task force he heads to spearhead the development and implementation of the city's climate change adaptation plan in relation to the AsianCitiesAdapt project.

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Despite using duds, dads 'shoot down' PCSO Loterya

BAGUIO CITY – "An evil, no matter how legal it is on its face, is still evil."

Thus, in essence, declared majority of the city's aldermen despite knowledge any actions from their assembly wouldn't matter in so far as franchises to operate Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) games of luck are concerned.

In an overwhelming vote of 10-votes out of 14 during the council's July 11 session, dads placated fears expressed by local religious groups that the local government has changed stands vis-à-vis operation of PCSO-led gaming in the city.

The vote was over a proposed resolution authored by Coun. Edison Bilog, bolstering the city's anti-legal gambling position expressed in earlier resolutions numbered 122-2002 and 446-2008 – the anti-casino measures.

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Domogan advises against amnesty on tax delinquencies

Please don't treat the delinquent like you do the law-abiding.

With that view, Mauricio Domogan last Monday advised anew the city council against adopting an ordinance proposed by councilor Edison Bilog to grant a general amnesty for delinquent real property and business taxpayers.

Such urging is part of the mayor's response to queries from members of the local legislature led by vice-mayor Daniel Farinas on what the city should do to address a shortfall in its internal revenue allotment (IRA) resulting from the confirmation of 16 new component cities which will also be entitled to shares from the fund from the national government.

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City, DPWH link arms vs. squatters

BAGUIO CITY – The city government and the Dept. of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) have linked arms for the eradication of squatters on road right-of-ways, sidewalks and lots covered by national roads and highways in the city.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan Monday told department heads that the city and the DPWH through the city district engineering office have set the protocol on the issuance and implementation of demolition orders to speed up the removal of illegal structures built on national roads.

The mayor said that as per the agreed procedure, the DPWH will be in charge of issuing the demolition orders while the city government will assist by providing the manpower to undertake the dismantling operation.

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Dads to clarify alleged dip in tourist arrivals in city

BAGUIO CITY – The city council will clarify with tourism officials the alleged 33 percent decline in tourist arrivals in the city for the first three months of the year.

The body invited Dept. of Tourism Cordillera (DOT-CAR) regional director Pura Molintas, city supervising tourism officer Benedicto Alhambra and Baguio Tourism Council chair Anthony De Leon to its regular session tomorrow (Monday) to shed light on said report.

Councilor Elmer Datuin who proposed the invitation of said officials in aid of legislation said that records of the DOT-CAR as reported by the City Tourism Office listed 135,566 arrivals in the city from January to March this year, marking a 33 percent decrease from last year's 201,234 tourist arrivals.

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Sports feature: Baguio's Field of Dreams:touching and changing lives of kids through football

The Melvin Jones football grounds may not be London's Wembley Stadium. Or Camp Nou, that 100,000-capacity stadium of the Barcelona Football Club rated five star by the Federation Internationale de Football Association.

Still, it has seen muddied "wagwag" boots propel dreams in children's hearts. Like the motto on the stands of Camp Nou ("Mes que un club"), it's more than an un-even, un-manicured field. It has become the field of dreams for Baguio's young football players.

These dreams get etched in their young minds every time they risk getting scolded by their mothers for soiled socks, shoes and kits marinated in the chocolate brown dust and mud at Burnham Park.

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Search on for city's best performing barangay

After the selection of the city's outstanding barangay captains comes the on-going search for Baguio's best performing barangays based on last year's grassroots governance.

Twenty seven of the 128 barangays here made the June 24 deadline for the submission of their letters of intent to be judged under a project initiated by the special services division of the city mayor's office and approved by mayor Mauricio Domogan.

Judgment will be based on barangay administration and governance, environmental management, infrastructure, peace and order and public safety, health and nutrition, and social welfare development.

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Search on for accomplished youth groups

Youth organizations have until July 31 to submit their entries for the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO), an annual awards program of the National Youth Commission.

In a recent memorandum circular, Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo encouraged local government executives "to promote, support and/or participate in the program through formal submission of entries of organized youth groups/organizations to the TAYO search".

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City petitions NCIP for cancellation of Wright Park CALT

BAGUIO CITY – The City Government last week petitioned the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) to issue Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) and injunctive writ barring conveyance of lands covered by overlapping land titles in Wright Park.

It likewise asked NCIP to recall its resolutions awarding Certificate of Ancestral Land Titles (CALT) to heirs of Josephine Abanag, which lands are already covered by titles in the name of the Baguio City and the Republic, praying said CALTs be cancelled.

In an 8-page petition, the city government represented by mayor Mauricio Domogan claimed CALT Nos. CAR BAG-1110-000276 to 1110-000303 and Original Certificate of Title (OCT) CALT-130 were fraudulently acquired by the respondent heirs.

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Speech Delivered by Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan during the Cordillera Month Closing Ceremony
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