"FACE TO FACE" – Atty. Jose Molintas shares his views on the drafting of the third autonomy act during a public consultation last June 10. Photo by paul rillorta




"NOT SPARED" - City employees remove candy wrappers and trash left at plant boxes by irresponsible individuals at Bonifacio Street last June 10. The anti-smoking campaign of the city contributed greatly to the cleanliness in the area as minimal cigarette butts were found. Photo by paul rillorta


MGB bares landslide-prone areas in the Cordillera

BAGUIO CITY, June 2 (PIA) - - The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)- Cordillera has completed its geo-hazard assessment of eight target municipalities in the region and has identified 50 barangays which are highly susceptible to landslides and 20 barangays susceptible to flooding.

MGB Regional Director Orlando Pineda Sr. announced that they already completed the geo-hazard assessment using a 1 is to 10,000 scale map.

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Boy who wanted to fly a plane passes on

Baguio boy Mark Anthony Viray passed on before dawn Wednesday, ending his protracted battle against cancer that drew support from various corners, including children inspired by his dream of one day flying a plane.

The kid succumbed to the big C at the intensive care unit at 3:57 a.m., 20 days after his last hospital admission, 33 months after he was diagnosed for Hodgkin's lymphoma, or cancer of the lymph nodes. He was 13, and is survived by his 50-year old dad, Ernesto, a widower and off-and-on taxi driver, and elder sister Kristina, 15, who had dropped out of high school to take care of him.

Ernesto remembers a doctor waking him up to tell his son was already gone. As he waited for the mortuary service to come prepare his son for the vigil, it helped him cope by texting the transition to Samaritans whose numbers he found in his cell phone directory. By morning, neighbors led by led by punong barangay Narcisa Laguitan were waiting for the casket bearing a child of the village to arrive.

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Draft Autonomy Act open to public scrutiny; Public forum set June 10

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan Wednesday said the draft working document of the Third Autonomy Act which has just been completed by the Third Autonomy Act Drafting Committee (TAADC) is open to public scrutiny and suggestions, corrections and counterproposals to the act are welcome during the public forum on June 10, 8:30 a.m. at the Baguio City Multi-purpose Hall.

"Everybody is invited to this second forum where we intend to take up the draft act, provision by provision, and you are welcome to present your suggestions and counterproposals so I hope everybody will be ready to present them," the mayor said.

The TAADC last Wednesday conducted the first forum where the draft working document was presented by Regional Development Council (RDC) co-chair Dr. Virgilio Bautista and RDC Development Administration sector chair Cesar Liporada.

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Baguio a step ahead in anti-smoking campaign

BAGUIO CITY – City officials here are pleased of the fact that the city is a step ahead in the implementation of the anti-smoking campaign.

While Metro Manila is bracing for the campaign that broke ground just recently through the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA)'s "100 percent Some-Free Metro" sortie, Baguio has been scoring headway on said front for years now.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan acknowledged the marked improvement in the local residents' consciousness of the city's anti-smoking drive in such a way that smokers have generally learned to put off smoking in vehicles and in public places.

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6 new HIV cases reported in Baguio for first quarter of 2011

BAGUIO CITY - The Baguio City Health Office (CHO) reported six new cases of Human Immuno Deficiency Virus/ Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome or (HIV/AIDS) for the first quarter of 2011.

The patients' ages range from 22 to 39 years old. One is a female aged 39 and the rest are males aged 22, 27, 28, 32 and 35 and are confessed"MSM" or men having sex with men.

According to the CHO's HIV/AIDS Registry, there are 47 cases recorded from 1992 to 2011 with ages ranging from 17 to 45 years old. A total of 17 died.

The CHO is advising the people suspected to have contracted the disease to seek medical attention at once.

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DSWD, DepEd strengthen Pantawid Program for poor children

BAGUIO CITY - In an effort to strengthen the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of Education (DepEd) recently held a program enhancement workshop.

"What we want to achieve is to cut the intergenerational cycle of poverty. That's why we are here to combine our best efforts to meet this challenge," said DSWD-Cordillera regional director Leonardo Reynoso.

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Food subsidy for small-scale Cordi Farmers

The Department of Social Welfare and Development-Cordillera (DSWD-CAR) has announced the launchig of a food subsidy program intended for small-scale farmers in the region.

The subsidy program, aims to respond to the effects of increasing prices of fuel and basic commodities, by engaging its target beneficiaries in community-based 'cash for training' and 'cash for work' activities.

DSWD Regional Information Officer Rogerson Dennis Fernandez said the 'short-intervention' will provide the farmers with cash in order for them to meet their requirements for food and other basic necessities.

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Baguio IPs petition to remove NCIP chair

Baguio City - Right before the very recent appointment of Commissioner Zenaida H. Pawid as NCIP chairperson, a petition of the members of Baguio indigenous community was filed with the Office of the President May 25 for her to be removed as commissioner due to conflict of interest.

The conflict of interest as stated in the petition, arises from the NCIP chair being a part of a clan with ancestral claims over a vast tract of land. Being an heir and a claimant of such wide tract of land in Baguio City, the likelihood that the Hon. Pawid will favor her personal interest over and above the interest of her public office is not far-fetched. How then could she observe the norms of conduct of public officials and employees as mandated by Section 4 of Republic Act No. 6713 otherwise known as the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees?... Her stay in office despite such conflict of interest is surely not in accord with the MATUWID NA DAAN, the petition states.

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The summer of 18: students recall manual labor

Eighteen students, mostly incoming college freshmen, thought they'd be assigned to offices under the city's 30-day summer youth employment program. They found themselves doing manual labor, particularly weeding to establish a fire lane and then caring for pine seedlings. At the end of their work last Friday, they wrote:

When the first day of work came under the Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES), we were expecting to be assigned in offices, particularly the Public Information Office at City Hall, only to end up in the mountains of Busol. We were all disappointed at first, but we had no choice. – Novy Galletes, 16.

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Youth Theatre raises substance of Flag day

Theirs was an intermission, a break from the proceedings, yet the students' street theatre depiction of this nation's struggle for freedom uplifted Baguio's "National Flag Day" observance at the seldom-visited Aguinaldo Shrine at Happy Glen.

"It was so moving, so inspiring in its delivery of the substance of the celebration," said city councilor Philian Weygan-Allan of the rendition of the Special Performing Arts of the Baguio City National High School.

It was the 28th of May on the 113th year to the day when the original Philippine flag was hoisted for the first time by Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo following his victory in the Battle of Alapan, Cavite against the Spaniards under Gen. Leopoldo Garcia Pena.

With their collective shout for freedom, the students raised five flags at the base of the horse-mounted statue of Aguinaldo, ending in a diorama pose and the crowd erupting in applause.

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City ready for school opening – Mayor

BAGUIO CITY – All is set for the opening of classes tomorrow (Monday, June 6), Mayor Mauricio Domogan said on Wednesday.

The mayor said he expects all concerned offices to comply with his standing order to implement contingency measures to ensure that the opening of classes will run smoothly and peacefully.

He said Police Regional Office-Cordillera (PRO-COR) regional director Villamor Bumanglag assured the assignment of 70 additional police personnel to the city and the mayor said this will definitely help the city's peace and order program starting with the opening of classes.

Over 70,000 students are expected to troop back to the various public and private pre-school, elementary and secondary institutions in the city based on the city schools division's yearly enrollment projection. The figure does not include students in the colleges and universities which will also begin their classes on the same day.

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DOST fights Dengue by OL-Trap (by: Roief Reyes and Meenally Arpon)

BAGUIO CITY - The Department of Science and Technology-Benguet (DOST-Benguet) launched the Ovicidal/Larvicidal (OL-Trap) System developed by the DOST-Industrial Technology Development Institute (DOST-ITDI) to fight dengue fever right down to households where the health menace starts.

DOST-Benguet SRS I Pepito Toning said that that the mosquito trap is a system used to control the population of the dengue virus-carrying Aedes mosquitoes.

Barangay Pico is the first barangay in the region to acquire the OL-Trap which accumulated a total of 2,700 larvae. The OL-Trap Kit includes three components: a black tumbler, a lawanit board and organic pellets. Each recipient-household received a set of four OL-Trap kits and a six-month supply of organic pellets formulated by DOST-ITDI.

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DOST launches SETUP for MSMEs in Baguio and Benguet

The Department of Science and Technology-Benguet (DOST-Benguet) is calling on micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Baguio and Benguet area to avail of the Small Enterprises Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) before the June 30 deadline.

According to DOST-Benguet SRS I Pepito Toning, SETUP is a nationwide strategy to encourage and assist MSMEs to adopt technological innovations to improve their operations and thus boost their productivity and competitiveness.

Toning added that SETUP enables firms to address their technical problems through technology transfer and technological interventions to improve productivity through better product quality, human resources development, cost minimization and waste management and other operation related activities.

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DSWD enhances ties with civil society group to implement core poverty-reduction programs

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) aims to harness its partnership with civil society organization will be renowned and enhanced," said DSWD-Cordillera regional director Leonardo Reynoso.

According to Reynoso, the role of the CVO is to ensure that the programs of the government are implemented well.

The various CSO, which were from various non-government organizations (NGO), private firms and people's organizations (PO) planned for the engagement with the DSWD on various levels particularly the "Bantay," projects and activities geared toward fighting corruption; "Gabay," a means for extending technical assistance; "Kaagapay," or anti poverty projects and activities; "Tulay," which refers to facilitating action, feedback and monitoring.

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