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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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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Malcolm Square rehab pushed

BAGUIO CITY - Malcolm Square or People's Park is in dire need of rehabilitation to restore its grandeur as favorite venue for various activities.

Councilor Elmer Datuin pushed this in a proposed resolution filed before the city council.

He said Malcolm Square has been the city's "traditional event area for all kinds of public and private activities in the City of Baguio since time immemorial."

But "there is now a need to build and construct a brand new Malcolm Square that will truly be people-friendly and with multipurpose use and be a showcase of the city in terms of design reflecting a green architecture with multipurpose functionality," the alderman noted.

He said the reconstruction should be included as the city's priority project next year.

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City to harness Infotech Industry as dev't tool

BAGUIO CITY – The city government will harness the information and communication technology industry to enhance its contribution to the city's development.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan formed the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Council to spearhead the implementation of ICT programs and projects to contribute to the industry's sustained growth in the city.

The mayor will chair the council along with the Philippine Long Distance Telephone (PLDT) Company.

Various institutions representing the academe, the business process outsourcing (BPOs), the telecommunication companies (TELCOs), power providers, non-government organizations (NGOs) and the national line agencies will serve as members of the council.

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Commemorative Plaque


His Excellency US Ambassador Harry K. Thomas and Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan shows the commemorative plaque in honor of those US embassy staffs and US Peace Corps Volunteers that perished at the Nevada Hotel during the July 16, 199o Killer Earthquake. The Plaque is provided by the US and shall be permanently put in a marker on what is now the Nevada Square 21 years after.


Football Kick Off Ceremony


Lawyer Alex Bangsoy of the Goshen Land, main sponsor and organizer of the Mayor Domogan Football Cup leads the young players in a kick off ceremony during opening program of the tournament at the Melvin Jones football ground last July 2.


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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Haphazard segregation deterring success of waste management scheme

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan Wednesday said improper segregation practice or the lack of it has remained as a major stumbling block in the city's waste management efforts.

The city's waste management scheme is presently anchored on the operation of the Environmental Recycling System (ERS) machines which employs the mechanical conversion of large amounts of biodegradable wastes into high-grade fertilizer.

But up to this time, the operation of the machines can not be maximized due to poor segregation practice in the barangay level.

The two machines can process 48 tons of biodegradable wastes daily but the output has continually fallen short of the maximum requirement.

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Police asked to act on 'taxi boys'

BAGUIO CITY – The days of the 'taxi' boys – children milling in front of business establishments jostling for position to hail taxicabs for passengers during rush hours unmindful of the danger of being bumped or sideswiped by the vehicles – are numbered.

The city council last Monday approved a resolution asking the city police chief through the traffic division to implement the necessary measures to protect the interest of the children and the taxi commuters, and to coordinate with the City Social Welfare And Development Office for appropriate intervention programs for the so called "taxi boys" found along the central business district (CBD) here.

Councilor Betty Lourdes Tabanda, proponent of the measure, said, "it has been observed that several groups of children and teenage boys have strategically positioned themselves outside business establishments located at the CBD 'assisting' customers in getting a taxi and loading their baggage in exchange for a voluntary amount."

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Nutrition month focus on mother and child activities

BAGUIO CITY – A unique way of celebrating motherhood and establishing ownership on a piece of infant clothing would be to embroider said material, and have it as an entry in the first-ever contest being organized by the Aurora Hill/Engineers Hill nutrition council, one of the activities organized for the celebration of July as nutrition month.

According to Health Services Office (HSO) head Dr. Florence Reyes and Nutrition Officer Angelita Sabado, both of the Baguio City Nutrition Council, the activities were meticulously prepared by the barangay nutrition councils for the needs of their constituents.

Along with other districts, the prepared activities are: breastfeeding and nutrition summit, lactating mother seminar, trade fair, tree planting, supplementary and mass feeding, barangay clean-up drive, healthy baby contest, search for talented mother and child, luto ni nanay contest, poster making and drawing contest, slogan making and quiz bee, home garden contest, and recycled material contest.

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America in 3D (Diplomacy, Development and Defense)


Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan delivering his welcome to the America in 3D (Diplomacy, Development and Defense) during the kickoff ceremony at the SM City as US Ambassador Harry K. Thomas listens intently.

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