Operation Tuli


City Mayor Mauricio Domogan visits young boys undergoing circumcision at the Cobalt Building of the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC) last May 24 during the "Operation Tuli" conducted by the Philippine College of Surgeons Cordillera Chapter in coordination with the City Government of Baguio. Photo by paul rillorta




"BETTER PREPARED" - City Administrator Carlos Canilao meets with members of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) at the Office of Civil Defense at DPS Compound last May 26 in preparation for storms that might affect the city. Photo by paul rillorta


Samaritans pool two-month fund for ailing nurse

The kindness of strangers, high school batch mates and an aunt who declined to be identified will give 23-year old Sheryl Cacay Degay a two-month respite from the gnawing fear of missing her twice-a-week dialysis treatment for kidney failure.

Degay, ninth of 11 children of a 71-year old farmer and carpenter, came out the other week to tell her condition, hoping Samaritans out there would reach out to her. The graduate nurse admitted her family had long been exhausted – especially financially -, and groping for support for her survival.

Last Thursday, she e-mailed how her high school batch mates (Audie,

Melody, Arrianne, Brenda, Graal, Banagi, Lyn, Esam, Audie, et. al ) pooled and delivered to her P1,800. They all belong to Class 2005 of St. Mary's School in Sagada, Mt. Province.

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Typhoon preparations on high gear -- Mayor

BAGUIO CITY - Mayor Mauricio Domogan Wednesday said the city's preparations for the rainy season are presently on a high gear to ensure that contingency measures are in place to avoid damages and loss of lives during typhoons.

He said appropriate orders have been made for concerned offices to map out emergency measures in the event of massive devastation and the city's isolation due to typhoons to ensure enough food supply, evacuation centers, effective rescue operations, infrastructure restoration and other needs.

He said that in anticipation of the onslaught of super typhoon "Chedeng," the city last Tuesday allocated P500,000 for rescue and relief operations to be spearheaded by the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC).

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Mayor halts fairs in city parks

BAGUIO CITY –Mayor Mauricio Domogan Wednesday during the weekly Ugnayan presser has ordered a stop to the holding of Trade Fairs in the city's primier park.

Requests from Barangay officials in holding fund raising activities particularly trade fairs in the Central Business District (Malcolm Square and Rose Garden) has been rejected .

Another livelihood exhibit at the Igorot Park has been ordered removed after an inspection by the Licensing Office, Public Order and Safety Division (POSD) and the Police revealed a trade fair instead of an Industrial and Agricultural Exhibit is ongoing .

Domogan said, 'holding of fund raising activity for barangay projects can be done as it is allowed under Republic Act. 7160 Sec. 391 (11) without the need of securing a permit but it should be on an exclusive barangay property'.

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12 colleges in CAR raise tuition fees

BAGUIO CITY - The Commission on Higher Education Cordillera (CHED-CAR) said 12 schools in the Cordillera region implemented an increase in their tuition, miscellaneous and other fees.

Based on the list from CHED-CAR, seven schools will raise tuition fees per unit, three others will increase miscellaneous and other fees while two schools will apply the increase only for the incoming first year students.

In Baguio City, Kalos M.A. College posted the highest increase at 20 percent effective first semester of school year 2011 to 2012. From the previous tuition of P116 per unit, the fee will now be P140 per unit.

San Pablo Seminary will impose 15 percent increase in tuition fees to P375.35 per unit.

The other schools and the schedule of increased fees are as follows:

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CHSO urges public to participate in dengue prevention campaign

BAGUIO CITY - The City Health Services Office (CHSO) encourages the public to be alert and to take part in preventing the spread of dengue fever in Baguio City.

The CHSO recently held a Dengue Awareness Caravan at Brgy. South Sanitary Camp. The caravan promotes anti-dengue measures which include 'operation-taob' (turnover) for empty containers and operation 'yugyug' (shake) for plants particularly Fortune plants where rainwater settles.

The office also distributed drum covers in two barangays in the city -- Kias and Bakakeng for an anti-dengue experiment in partnership with World Health Organization and the Asian Development Bank.

"We want the public to know that they can play a big part in preventing this dreaded disease," said CHSO Medical Officer IV Dr. Donnabel Tubera.

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Inmates, mostly in yellow, watch the live telecast of the Pacquiao-Mosley fight, thanks to efforts of media groups led by Miggs Velarde.

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Wardess Sr./Insp. April Rose Ayangwa beside the box into which the inmates placed P4,400.00 as their contribution to relief efforts for Japan.


167 boys brave rite of passage

His grandmother let him be when a six-year old grandson backed out from hall of the Cobalt Building of the Baguio General Hospital that medical center chief, Dr. Manuel Factora turned into a 19-bed circumcision room last Tuesday morning.

"Nakita na ngamin diay kadakkel diay indyeksyon nga intudok da idiay ubing nga kaabay na (Because he saw the big syringe used on the boy beside him)," the grandma explained after the kid swore he'll never submit himself to the rite of passage.

Only he and four other boys called off their surgical appointments at the last moment, according to Noel Mabutas, head of the special services division of the city mayor's office which has been coordinating the annual summer project, dubbed "Operation Tuli", since 2004.

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Mayor prays no hitch will mar cjhdevco rental payment

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan is keeping his fingers crossed that the Camp John Hay Development Corporation (CJHDevCo) will settle its Camp John Hay rental obligations with the Bases Conversion Development Authority without any hitch.

Although he expressed confidence that the developer will comply with its obligation to settle part of the mounting lease obligation by May 31 as mandated by the revised Memorandum of Agreement covering the lease, the mayor warned that a deadlock will result to more arbitration issues that will mean further delay in the lease payment.

"We have our best expectation and we did our best effort so we hope that they will comply so we can also collect our share for the project we intend to pursue, but if something happens and the developer fails to pay, then it will again go to arbitration which (is what) we do not like to happen," the mayor said.

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City to bid out asin hotspring resort

BAGUIO CITY – The city government will bid out the operation of the Asin Hotspring Resort Complex in Asin, Nangalisan, Tuba, Benguet.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan Wednesday said this was the consensus reached during a meeting with the Local Finance Committee.

He said the committee turned down a proposal for renegotiation from Roger Sinot, long-time operator of the complex who was ejected after losing a court case against the city government recently.

The mayor said Sinot proposed to continue operating the resort offering a 80-20 percent operator-owner income sharing scheme.

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City prepares for rainy season

BAGUIO CITY – though the city will not be directly affected by the incoming typhoon, the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) is not taking any chances and has put in place 'OplanChedeng' to efficiently and effectively coordinate all emergency operations in the city.

City Administrator Carlos Canilao, Action Officer of the CDRRMC has mobilized all operatives and trained volunteers of the City Disaster Operations Center (CDOC) for any eventuality.

Canilao said ' proper coordination and communication among the different teams will ensure that needed manpower and resources are distributed to barangays directly which will be affected by the typhoon'.

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Kindergarten officially mandatory this year

BAGUIO CITY - The Department of Education-Cordillera (DepEd-CAR) confirmed the mandatory implementation of the universal kindergarten education in the region which is a part of the K+12 program approved by President Benigno Aquino III that requires five-year-old children to enter kindergarten before they could enroll to grade school effective June this year .

"The Philippines is the only remaining country in Asia with a 10-year pre-university program, resulting to an insufficient mastery of basic competencies due to congested curriculum," said Teresita Velasco, CEO VI Director III of DepEd-CAR.

According to DepEd, there are studies in the Philippines which have shown that an additional year of schooling increases individual earnings by 7.5 percent and so K+12 will contribute to over-all economic growth.

Velasco explained that the universal kindergarten education aims to ensure readiness of the children, to enhance their social skills and creativity at an early age which will help them cope with their new environment when they enter grade school.

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Pre-marriage counseling team created

BAGUIO CITY – Early this month, Mayor Mauricio Domogan has issued Administrative Order 66 creating a pre-marriage counseling team; with a revised pre-marriage counseling manual with important information about marriage and relationships, human sexuality, maternal, child and neonatal health, family planning, Sexually Transmitted Diseases including HIV/AIDS, responsible parenthood and home management.

The requirement is anchored on Presidential Decree 965 requiring all engaged couples to attend a Pre-marriage Counseling (PMC) session; and a joint memorandum circular of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Commission on Population (PopCom) mandating all government units to adopt amendments on the revised Pre-marriage counseling program.

All local government units are thus enjoined to create and implement the program as to PD 965, the new Family Code and the Local Government Code for the efficient and effective delivery of the program.

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Mayor Mauricio Domogan calls on inmates to examine their lives and work for reform. With him is Jail Warden Chief/Insp.

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