P125 M PEZA tax share release okayed by DBM

BAGUIO CITY, September 16 – The city government got a timely financial boost and an early Christmas present from the Aquino administration following the marching orders of Budget Secretary Florencio "Butch" Abad to release the P125M share of the city from PEZA taxes that was wrongly remitted to the national coffers over a decade ago.

Abad made the directive to his subordinates to process the release of the amount considering that the city urgently needs additional funds to bankroll the implementation of priority calamity projects.

During the continuing budget deliberations in the House of Representatives, Rep. Bernardo M. Vergara raised concerns over the continuous failure of the DBM to release the accumulated PEZA share of the city government that was wrongly remitted to the national treasury by former officials of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in the Cordillera considering that it was vetoed several times and that it seemed the national government was not interested in giving it to the city.

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Attempts to sabotage ERS operations bared

BAGUIO CITY, September 16 – Amidst the consolidated efforts of the city government and Protech Machinery Corporation to perfect the system that will be a permanent solution to the city's garbage disposal problem, some groups and individuals are working on the sidelines to sabotage the operation of the P128 million Environmental Recycling System (ERS) machines in order to divert the blame on the city's garbage problem to the current local officials that will advance their own personal and political interests.

This was underscored by Mr. Luis A. Lu, Jr., assistant vice president of Protech Machinery Corporation, who added that there were already incidents that indicate some groups and individuals are trying their best to sabotage the operations of the machines so that they will not be able to convert the city's biodegradable wastes into high grade compost fertilizer.

Prior to the collapse of the portion of the Irisan dumpsite retaining wall that caused the highly publicized trash slide, some individuals had already attempted to steal the engine of the ERS machines and that they were also able to remove the belt of the boiler.

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Pre-schoolers of the SLU-SVP Day Care center present their entries to the search for the biggest pine cone and longest pine needle for judging by Cristy Angeles, Assistant Vice-President of SM Foundation during their forest encounter at the busol watershed last week. The environmental learning experience was arranged by day care worker Arlene Paringit. Schools and other groups wanting to explore the water source under the city's Eco-walk program may contact the Information Division, City Mayors office at Tel. No. 442-2502.


City issues guidelines on revived no-segregation-no-collection garbage policy

BAGUIO CITY –The city government has issued guidelines for the revived "no segregation, no collection" policy in garbage collection beginning Sept. 12.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan urged residents here to educate themselves and the members their households on the rudiments of waste segregation to enable them to comply with the revitalized garbage separation campaign and contribute to the solution of the city's garbage problem.

At the same time, the mayor lauded the best performing barangays in terms of waste segregation namely Pinsao Proper and Quirino Hill barangays which he said should serve as role models of other barangays.

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Small foundation reaches out to ailing toddler

A small foundation established by the only non-German by birth to become a member of Deutchsland's national karate team last Wednesday gave a fresh fighting chance to a Baguio boy barely alive after four relapses in his long-drawn battle against leukemia.

ShoshinKinderhilfe, led by former world traditional karate champion Julian Chees, propped up five-year old Franz Asher Flores with a P10,000 support. It was the latest in a continuous out-reach to seriously ill and indigent patients here for whom the foundation was set up in 2004.

Last Sunday, Shoshin also reached out to the family of Mary Frances Catanes, Chees' elementary school classmate in Lepanto, Mankayan, Benguet. She recently succumbed to cancer at 50.

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Domogan backs Juvenile law amendments; erring kids’ days numbered

BAGUIO CITY – "The intentions of the law is good... but the flaws are coming out now."

Thus said mayor Mauricio Domogan last week rallied for immediate amendments to the Juvenile Justice Welfare Act (RA 9344) even as the Congress of the Philippines is set to "suspend" implementation of the same.

These, in the heels of mushrooming incidence of gang-related crimes involving mostly high school kids and equally disturbing rise of kids emboldened by faulty legislation to run away from their homes placing, albeit wrongfully, the local police in the spotlight even as the "missing" merely decided to be "missed".

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Character city week set

BAGUIO CITY – The city will celebrate the Annual Character City Week from Sept. 19-25.

CouncilorPhilian Louise Weygan-Allan, coordinator of the character program, said the activities will be launched on Monday (Sept. 19) during the flag-raising ceremonies at City Hall.

During the launching, the business sector will distribute character reformation materials to taxi, jeepney groups, government employees, students and other sectors.

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PDIC to conduct LBC depositor’s forum in Baguio

BAGUIO CITY– A depositor's forum is being set for LBC Development clients here in the city as soon as a convenient date and suitable venue is found. Procedures for servicing of deposit insurance claims, queries as to deposits, and distribution of claim forms shall be responded to during and after the forum.

This is according to a letter from Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC) Executive Vice President Cristina QueOrbeta to Mayor Mauricio Domogan officially informing him of the prohibition of LBC bank to do business in the country. The bank has been placed under receivership with the PDIC as of last Friday, Sept. 9, as to the New Central Bank Act and through the Monetary Board of the BangkoSentralngPilipinas.

"As receiver, PDIC's primary interest is the immediate and effective takeover of the bank, its assets, records and affairs in order to safeguard their integrity for the protection of the interests of its depositors, creditors and the general public....." EVP QueOrbeta stated in her letter.

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Protech denies being remiss in waste obligation

BAGUIO CITY –Protech Machineries Corp. Luis Arquiza Lu Jr. Wednesday said the company has been complying with its obligations in dealing with the city's wastes particularly in the maintenance of the Environmental Recycling System (ERS) machines and the hauling out of residual wastes.

Lu who arrived two days after the Monday session of the city council where he was invited to shed light on the deal said he did not intend to evade the council inquiry. He said the invitation did not reach him in time to make it to the session.

He however assured that he will attend the next session tomorrow (Monday).

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'No Blocking Signs' installed along Legarda Road blocks the sidewalk intended for pedestrians forcing them to use the street which is inches away from speeding cars.




5-year old Hannah seemingly jumps for joy with a P10,000 gift from the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Baguio (HRAB) for her continued therapy during her visit at the Baguio Country Club last September 16. HRAB President Anthony De Leon and HRAB Membership Committee Chair Anabelle Ramos personally handed to her grandmother Rita Martin the amount along with goodies.


Pro Tech commits to complete hauling

BAGUIO CITY – Pro Tech Machineries Corporation committed to haul out non-biodegradable wastes completely in two weeks' time pending the preparation of a staging area outside of the Irisan controlled dump facility.

City environment and parks management officer CordeliaLacsamana said a memorandum of agreement is being drafted for the staging area being prepared also in Irisan barangay of which among the terms will be that the transport of non-biodegradable wastes to another should be done within 24 hours.

Pro Tech vice-president Luis Lu Jr. also assured the city council last Monday that they will comply with all the terms of their contract with the city particularly on the hauling of non-biodegradable wastes and the purchase of the compost materials generated by the Environmental Recycling System (ERS) machines.

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HRAB ‘adopts’ 5-year old cerebral palsy patient Hannah

BAGUIO CITY – Her smile conquered an army...

The drizzle momentarily stopped and sunshine peeped while Hannah Cyrele Martin, accompanied by her dad Dizon and grandma Rita walked towards the entrance of the Baguio Country Club, September 16, without an inkling of what was in store for them.

Hannah was just enjoying a new toy that helps her go around during breaks from therapy and massage at home when her grandma prepped her up to meet a guy they never met before.

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Report on teen disappearances clarified; most of those missing are plain runaways

BAGUIO CITY– The Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) Tuesday allayed fears of the existence of a kidnap group preying on teenaged girls here after reports on the number of missing girls reaching 56 here caused alarm among residents and city officials.

City police director Sr. Supt. David Lacdan affirmed that the Women and Children Protection Center (WCPC) indeed recorded 56 female students missing with ages ranging from 12-25 years from January to August 2011 but further verification showed that only 11 of the number remained missing to date.

"However, the BCPO would like to clarify that these missing young girls are neither abducted nor kidnapped. Most of them ran away from home or eloped with their lovers and some of the reported missing persons were tourists," Lacdan stressed in a press statement.

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Dog and cat days set

BAGUIO CITY– To help contain the spread of rabies through pets and animal bites, City Veterinarian Dr. Brigit Piok has announced the conduct of free vaccination for dogs and cats in celebration of World Rabies Day on September 28. The vaccination started Sept 13 up to the 16th, and shall be done again on Sept. 28 and October 4. Interested pet-owners may bring their pets at the City Veterinary Office at the Slaughter House compound.

A dog walk is also scheduled on Saturday, Oct. 1, from the top of Session road to Burnham Park, in celebration of Animal Welfare day on October 4. Owners of dogs are enjoined to be at the Banco de Oro area by 5:30 AM, Oct. 1, along Upper Session road

Registration for the activities is free, at the Veterinary Office.

The activities are spearheaded by the City Government of Baguio City Veterinary Office in coordination with the Department of Agriculture.


First Balili River Day celebrated with clean-up, tree-planting

BAGUIO CITY– Last Friday, Sept 16, environmental protection enthusiasts from Baguio and neighbor La Trinidad joined hands and worked together with the fervent desire that within five years, the Baliliriver would be revitalized.

Coming from their areas of responsibility, local government officials, barangay officials, members of the academe, military, civil and community groups, government line agencies, the Chinese community and other business groups, and religious institutions had a motorcade and converged at the Chinese Bell Church along city limits, Km. 3 to launch the first Balili river day celebration.

The motorcade was to fire awareness and drum-up more support for the clean-up drives being done, the converging groups said.

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