Alternative solutions for waste disposal launched

BAGUIO CITY – the city thru the Environment and Parks management Office (CEPMO) is embarking on a strategy to help clean the city's water ways and tributaries of wastes while providing alternative means of clean energy for households.

The alternative technology introduced is the use of 'Bio-digesters' or a device to collect methane gas from animal manure and other wastes.

A training workshop on building and operating the family sized bio-digester was formally launched last august 10 at the Baguio Sewage Treatment Plant at the North Sanitary Camp this city.

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Domogan releases P.3 million in livelihood loans

Mayor Mauricio Domogan released last Monday P305,000 in non-security, no-interest loans to 33 individuals and groups needing capital to start or prop up their livelihood projects ranging from soap and yoghourt making to cut flower propagation.

At the turn-over of checks in his office, the mayor advised the grantees to pay back the non-collateral loans so that others from Baguio will also be able to access the same coming from his Priority Development Allocation Fund (PDAF) as a congressman prior to his return as mayor.

"Pagragsakan mi no usarenyoitipagsayaatanyodayta a gated," he told the grantees in Ilocano, adding that their repayment would ensure continuity of the fund support.

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Session road cement tree removal probe urged

BAGUIO CITY – A probe team was formed here to investigate the alleged arbitrary removal of the cement pine tree at the Session Road rotunda as ordered by the Office of the Ombudsman.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan issued Administrative Order No. 89 constituting an ad hoc committee composed of Dept. of Public Works and Highways City District Engineer IreneoGallato as chair and with city engineer Leo Bernardez and city legal officer Melchor Carlos Rabanes as members to conduct the probe.

The mayor said this is to comply with the directive of the Office of the Ombudsman through acting deputy ombudsman for Luzon Wilbert Candelaria last June 15 for the Office of the City Mayor to spearhead said investigation.

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The Ten Commandments building constructed at the Dominican Hill which was donated to the City Government of Baguio stand majestically and is now open to the public as a Tourist come-on. The building will serve as a meditation center for residents and visitors.


City begins budget preparation for 2012

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan has given the go signal for the preparation of the city budget for year 2012.

The mayor approved the budget call issued by city budget officer Leticia Clemente to all city departments setting the guidelines in the preparation and submission of the budget proposals for next year.

The mayor said he will convene the City Development Council which will screen the priority programs and projects and come up with the Annual Investment Plan (AIP) to list the projects that will be funded in next year's budget.

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City gov’t, media mourn death of pioneer

BAGUIO CITY - His colleagues in both the media and the city government best remember him as a principled, virtuous man dedicated to his craft and cause.

Thus indeed is a fitting salute to media and city human resource management pioneer Jose "Joedax" Dacawi, 66, who succumbed to a lingering illness last July 30, almost two years after he retired from the city government as city human management officer. He was laid to rest last Saturday (August 6) at the Baguio Cemetery.

"Joedax... manifested enthusiasm and dynamic energy towards performing his daily tasks that helped in the attainment of the city's goals and objectives," the city council wrote in a resolution passed last Monday to pay tribute to the late public servant.

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City prepares for 102nd Baguio day fete

BAGUIO CITY – The city government is gearing up for the 102nd Baguio Charter Day celebration come Sept. 1.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan last week formed the executive committee to spearhead the preparations for the fete.

City administrator Carlos Canilao and Councilor Elmer Datuin will chair the committee which is expected to come up with a line-up of activities to mark the occasion.

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Domogan spells out 2012 plans

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan Monday laid down his plans for the succeeding year to sustain the momentum gained during the first year of his administration and propel the realization of the goals he set at the start of his term.

In his State of the City Address (SOCA), the mayor spelled out the thrusts and directions he intends to pursue in 2012.

Topping his list is the maintenance of the integrity of the environment which can be done by continuing to preserve and protect the City's urban green areas and watersheds; to assert regulation on water abstraction to ensure sustainable water supply;to intensify the implementation of the Clean Air Ordinance and improve air quality; work out the expansion of the City's Sewerage system to cope with rapid urbanization; andto enhance the aesthetic ambience of city parks.

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Back on her feet, girl walks to thank benefactors

Since she can walk again and was going home, 15-year old Irish Gullitiw last Tuesday retraced her way into offices and institutions. She made the rounds to thank agencies and people who had helped restore her health and rekindle her will to return to school.

Unaided, she walked up city hall so she could thank mayor Mauricio Domogan. Months ago, she could not walk and had to be carried by her mother Elma or uncle Jimmy as they were knocking on doors for support towards her medical deliverance.

Last January, the mayor wrote an appeal for St. Luke's Medical Center to take her in as a charity case, for laboratory tests to zero in on why her frail body and life were slowly wasting away.

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City, DENR, DPWH fuse to resist Chuntug lot private use

BAGUIO CITY – Some things do last beyond one's lifetime.

Yu Hwa Ping, the businessman who never gave up his quest to develop a parcel of lot along Chuntug Street had reason to celebrate early 2010 when the Office of the President (OP) granted his wish to secure title over a controversial property a few months before he passed on.

But the City Government, Department of Environment and Natural Resouces (DENR)-Cordillera, and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH-Cordillera won't make it easy on his heirs.

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551 awarded night market slots

BAGUIO CITY – A total of 551 have been awarded slots in the city's night market project along Harrison Road as of August 9.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan authorized the transfer of the temporary night market from the Athletic Bowl to Harrison Road starting July 25 due to the onset of the rainy season and the lean season for tourist arrival in the city.

Lawyer Dennis Ruiz of the city legal office who heads the screening committee for the vendors said the selection process will continue until they are able to complete the 1,050 slots.

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Team created to draft city’s sports code

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan this week signed Administrative Order No. 95 series of 2011 officially creating a Technical Working Committee (TWC) to draft the city's sports code.

City Administrator Carlos Canilao has been tasked to chair the drafting committee in formulating the city's Comprehensive Sports Development Program (CSPD) which will be incorporated in the proposed city sports code.

The SangunianPanglungsod Committee on Youth Welfare and Sports Development will co-chair the TWC with members coming from the City Sports Development Office, City Public Information Office, City Mayors Office, City Administrators Office and 3 representatives from duly accredited sports organizations in the city.

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DPWH asked to improve info dissemination, coordination on projects

BAGUIO CITY – The city council last Monday urged the Dept. of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to improve its public consultation and information strategies on their public works projects to allow people more opportunities to be informed, ventilate their opinions and to prepare for the inconvenience that may result from the implementation of the projects.

The body also asked the department to install bigger billboards on both ends of the project sites for better visibility and serve the people's information needs.

The body felt that the department's strategy was lacking after the DPWH successively implemented road works in various parts of the city resulting to traffic snarls, confusion and public outcry.

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Mayor taps NGO’s to help in drives vs. illegal gambling, smoking

BAGUIO CITY – Two non-government organizations have been authorized by Mayor Mauricio Domogan to assist in the campaigns against illegal gambling and smoking in the city.

The mayor last July 18 issued Administrative Order No. 85 authorizing the duly accredited members of the Bantay Baguio (Citizens Watch), Inc. to assist the city government in monitoring the proliferation of illegal activities such as illegal gambling, businesses operating without business permits and others.

On July 21, the mayor issued Administrative Order No. 86 authorizing the members of the Church of God Baguio to assist the city government in the implementation of the Comprehensive Anti-Smoking Ordinance specifically related to the apprehension of smokers in public places and vehicles and the posting of 'No Smoking' signs in conspicuous places in the city.

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Nutrition workers honored Aug. 3

BAGUIO CITY – Speaking during the nutrition month culmination program last Wednesday, August 3, Mayor Mauricio Domogan encouraged the general public to be extra watchful about their food intake, exercise regularly, avoid stressful situations and have enough time for recreation and relaxation.

He also emphasized on eating indigenous yet nutritious food, which may also be medicinal in nature; affordable or easily grown in their backyards.

And consistently with the theme, "Isulongang Breastfeeding-Tama, Sapat at Eksklusibo!" the mayor made known plans for not less than twenty (20) nursing mothers per barangay to convene and breastfeed their babies simultaneously as a showcase.

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Domogan cites gains in first year

BAGUIO CITY – The city government attained substantial gains in its various programs during the first year of the administration of Mayor Mauricio Domogan as gleaned from the city executive's report last Monday.

In his State of the City Address (SOCA) delivered before a crowd at the Baguio Convention Center, the mayor cited the city's accomplishments on the following thrusts: environment; fiscal; infrastructure; peace and order; social services; education; and health.

He attributed said achievements to the continuing teamwork and cooperation between the public and the private sectors of the city.

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