Drained OFW seeks Samaritans

After a two-year work contract in Saudi Arabia that supported his mother and younger brother, Martin Jude Barros came home last November to settle down and raise a family.

So last April 26, he married sweetheart Abby Jane Tambiac. Less than a month later, he fell ill and was confined at the SLU Hospital of the Sacred Heart.

The diagnosis was simply shattering, financially and emotionally: Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. It's a cancer that attacks the lymph nodes, the body's natural immune system that the big C turns mutant and awry, threatening what it's supposed to protect.

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Strengthening family values key to solving peace woes – Domogan

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan last week emphasized the role of reinvigorating traditional 'pinoy' family values in dousing speculations the City of Baguio is no longer safe.

This, amidst unfounded furor on 56-missing babes; the death of a grade 5-pupil; the passing away of kids allegedly victims of gang violence; and baseless rumors of an organized human trafficking band in the city.

The city is currently observing the "Family Month" (whole month of September) and the "Character Week" (starting September 21) which was launched during the City Hall Flag Ceremony Monday.

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Mayor welcomes independent probe into trash slide

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan welcomed the city council move to call for the conduct of an independent investigation into the August 27 trash slide.

"There's no problem with that independent investigation so we can be assured of an impartial outcome," the mayor said.

The city council last Monday approved a resolution asking for the conduct of an independent probe by the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE) to achieve an unbiased view of what really transpired during the incident and what caused the collapse of the retaining wall.

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Senior-citizen-official-for-a-day on Oct. 3

BAGUIO CITY- Senior Citizens shall again take over the executive and legislative positions in the city government next Monday, Oct. 3. They are expected to employ intellect, practical know-how, experience and wisdom earned through the years, in trying to straighten some of the city's circuitous systems and through legislation, try to solve some of its problems.

The one-day stay in office is in accordance with council ordinance no. 57, series of 2009 that gives cognizance to senior citizens' role in "participatory governance."

Educator Dr. Milandre Rusgal shall take over Congressman Bernardo Vergara's office, while Mayor Mauricio Domogan takes a rest for the day, as Mr. Federico Balanag shall be city hall's top person-in-charge.

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Baguio Teams siphon Alaminos dry in Reg’l TKD war with record 39-golds

ALAMINOS CITY – Team Baguio ruled the 6th Regional Adventure Hundred Islands Taekwondo Championships anew, September 17, at the Don Leopold Auditorium here.

Composed of the city's formidable gyms – The Baguio Defenders Taekwondo Do Jang (BDTDJ), Ultimate Fitness Center – Art Haven (UFC-Art), Bravehearts Gym, and GB Sports Taekwondo Training Center (GB) garnered a record 39-golds, 27-silvers, and 53-bronze medals.

Team Baguio split into four teams after opportunity to snatch all trophies presented itself. In the end, the Overall Championship, Overall 1st Runner Up, and Overall 2nd Runner Up trophies found its way to the 'Fighting City of Pines'.

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Students swarm Mayor Mauricio Domogan calling for action on reported missing minors last Monday at the City Hall grounds.



TESDA Director General Sec. Emmanuel Joel Villanueva, City Mayor Mauricio Domogan and other officials attend the 9th Technical –Vocational Education and Training (TVET) 'Ubdan Daing' Skills Festival held at the Baguio Convention Center September 20 to highlight the growing number of students taking up vocational courses.



Architect Joseph Alabanza tries for the first time rappelling a steep part of the Baguio Heritage Hill and prayer mountain to plant a Pine seedling down below last September 22 during the celebration of the Character City Week.



Students of Pines City National High School rappels down a steep slope at the Heritage Hill before they can plant a Pine seedling last September 22 as part of the celebration of the Character City Week.


Waste segregation in city gaining headway

BAGUIO CITY – The reinforced waste segregation campaign began to gain headway here even as Mayor Mauricio Domogan urged residents to exert more effort to comply with the scheme which he said, if perfected, will eventually solve the city's garbage problem.

"We are looking forward to perfecting the segregation system because if we can, we will be able to address both our nonbiodegradable wastes which are being processed in our ERS (Environmental Recycling System) and the biodegradables which will be collected by the Pro Tech (Machinery Corporation)," the mayor said.

City environment and parks management office head Cordelia Lacsamana said the level of compliance to the segregation requirement has considerably increased to 50 percent of the 128 barangays and this is expected to further improve as the city intensifies the implementation of the no-segregation-no-collection policy.

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Test proves good quality of ers fertilizer

BAGUIO CITY – An analytical laboratory test conducted on the compost fertilizer produced by the Environmental Recycling System (ERS) proved its high-grade quality.

Ruben Cervantes of the solid waste division of the City Environment and Parks Management Office (CEPPMO) said the test conducted by the Sentro sa Pagsusuri, Pagsasanay at Pangangasiwang Pang-Agham at Teknolohiya Corp. (SentroTek) showed that the fertilizer contains ample amounts of essential nutrients particularly Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium or NPK and Zinc.

The test results showed it also contains Lead, Mercury and Cadmium in acceptable levels.

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Free Rabies vaccination set

BAGUIO CITY – In celebration of World Rabies Day on Sept. 28, cats and dogs shall be accorded free rabies vaccination on September 28, 29, 30, October 3 and 4 at the City Veterinary Office, Slaughterhouse Compound, from 8AM to 5PM.

In a letter to Mayor Mauricio Domogan, City Veterinarian Dr. Brigit Piok said that pet-owners could bring their cats and dogs for vaccination only if they are over three (3) months of age and in good health. Female pets to be vaccinated should not be pregnant, Dr. Piok also said.

Simultaneously, a free pet consultation shall be done at the same venue.

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Mayor opens city housing to victims of trash slide, releases financial assistance to victims

BAGUIO CITY - Displaced families affected by the trash slide were offered the chance to finally own a house they can call their own.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan announced Wednesday his desire for the families whose houses were damaged to avail of the city housing project at Cypress Village, Irisan here.

The housing project is owned by Asia Pine Hills Development Corporation and has a total land area of 8,204 square meters subdivided into four titled lots.

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Parent's Neighbourhood Association of Irisan (PNAI) President Esther Toralde receives a P26,000 check from Congressman Bernardo Vergara as a livelihood assistance fund last September 20 at the Congressman's Office.



Residents affected by the calamity in Irisan receives P20,000.00 financial assistance each from the city through Mayor Mauricio Domogan last September 21 at the Mayor's Office.



Members of the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CDRRMC) assists Councilor Philian Louise Weygan-Allan in rappelling down a deep ravine to plant a Pine seedling last September 22 as part of the Character City Week Celebration.

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