Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan performing the Pitik

Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan performing the Pitik (ritual) that signals the formal opening of the Ipitik International Arts and Culture Festival at the Rose Garden of the Burnham Park last February 20.


Ipitik-International Arts and Culture Festival

Clad in native Igorot regala and 9n horseback, this lad carries the flag during the opening ceremony of the Ipitik-International Arts and Culture Festival at the Rose Garden of the Burnham Park last February 20.


Ipitik Int’l. Arts Festival

An Igorot Artist clad in full Igorot attire shares the Tapey, (rice wine) to a fellow during the Ipitik Int’l. Arts Festival opening February 20.The practice is an age old culture of sharing among the Igorots.


Inauguration of the block 3

Mayor Domogan delivering his speech during the inauguration of the block 3 of the BC Public Market amid the architect’s perspective for a further development of other parts of the market.


Cordillera leaders step up campaign for autonomy

TABUK, Kalinga – Autonomy will not diminish the powers, functions and benefits already being exercised and enjoyed by the Cordillera region and its local government units under the present administrative set-up.

Instead, autonomy will give the Cordillera greater control of its remaining resources. It will give the national government legal basis to provide greater development support to a naturally rich yet poverty-stricken mountain region, the resources of which were exploited at its expense for the sake of national development.

With these premises, top local government officials in the Cordillera vowed Monday to work out a fresh attempt to flesh out self-rule, 24 years after the six-province, one-city region was established under a supposed-to-be temporary administrative set-up.

“Autonomy is the future of our region,” reiterated Baguio mayor Mauricio Domogan who, last year, was designated chair of a committee now drafting a new charter for self-rule.

The first two charters were rejected in two plebiscites, with only Ifugao voting for the first organic act in 1990 and only Apayao adopting the second version in 1998. The Supreme Court, however, ruled that a one-province autonomous region is not legally tenable.

Expressing support for the third push for self-rule were governors Jocel Baac of Kalinga who also chairs the Regional Development Council,   Nestor Fongwan of Benguet,  Leonard Mayaen of Mt. Province and Eugene Balitang of Ifugao, private sector representative Virgilio Bautista of the Regional Development Council and economic and development regional director Juan Ngalob.

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Peace council sees need to scrap fund support to marijuana farmers

TABUK, Kalinga - The Regional Peace and Order Council questioned Monday the wisdom of providing livelihood funds to areas found producing marijuana, saying such support serves as incentive for farmers to engage in the cultivation of the illicit drug.

The council also backed a suggestion of Baguio mayor Mauricio Domogan for transfer of the administration of the support fund from the Dangerous Drugs Board to the Department of Social Welfare and Development, a lead agency in the government’s poverty alleviation campaign.

The body chaired by Benguet Gov. Nestor Fongwan noted reports that, in some instances,  the support was given to the “wrong” recipients, meaning areas not into marijuana production.

Earlier, the RPOC decided to work closely with government prosecutors to strengthen cases against traffickers of prohibited drugs. Kalinga Gov. Jocel Baac, the newly appointed chair of the Regional Development Council, observed that the anti-drug campaign sometimes get stalled by dismissal of cases by prosecutors.

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City finalizing land use plan amendments

BAGUIO CITY – The city government is now in the process of finalizing the amendments to update the Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) which defines the utilization and uses of the city’s various zones.

The updated CLUP will be the basis in the implementation of the city’s zoning ordinance or Ordinance  No. 51 series of 2001 entitled “Revised Comprehensive Zoning Regulation for the City of Baguio.”

Mayor Mauricio Domogan who heads the multi-sectoral body taking charge of the revision said that as agreed on during the meeting held last Wednesday, a report will be submitted by the secretariat on the amendments adopted by the joint revision committees of the Local Zoning Board of

Adjustments and Appeals and the Local Zoning Review Committee.

The report will serve as basis in finalizing the revisions for adoption by the revision committee.

The revisions will then be submitted to the city council for enactment of an appropriate ordinance to amend and update the CLUP.

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panagbenga run set march 6

BAGUIO CITY – “Run Baguio Run,” a Panagbenga sports offering, will fire off on March 6, 6 a.m. at the Burnham Park Lake Drive here

The event will feature three divisions: 3K or the elementary division, 5K and 10K.

Marathon enthusiasts are invited to register at the City Sports Office at City Hall or at the Athletic Office in Athletic Bowl, Burnham Park.

Registration will run until March 5.


Medical officers reshuffled

BAGUIO CITY – Effective March 1, the city’s medical officers are reshuffled as to an administrative order issued by Mayor Mauricio Domogan last week.

The medical officers and their place of assignment would be: Dr. Mary Lenore Marilyn Alabanza to Pinsao and Quirino Hill; Dr. Ana Marie Banta to Atab and Scout Barrio; Dr. Alfonso Caluza to Aurora Hill and Engineers Hill; Dr. Helen Colewan to Mines View, Pacdal and Holy Ghost Proper, Honeymoon and Imelda Village; Dr. Annette Luna to Campo Filipino and Quezon Hill; Dr. Catherine Posadas to City Camp;

Dr. Marie Therese Sumbillo to Atok Trail and Loakan; Dr. Edna Tabooy to Lucban district; Dr. Nelson Hora to Asin with San Roque and Dominican, and Dr. Susan Lachica to Irisan.

As stated in Administrative Order 019, series of 2011, the more than one week given to the medical officers should allow for a smooth turnover of duties and responsibilities to their successors.

The reshuffling of positions is done “in the exigency of service to meet the demands of the rapidly growing population in the city,” and that the medical officers will be able to “satisfactorily perform their assigned duties and responsibilities.”

Basically, medically officers from the City Health Services Office, are assigned to health units to effectively and efficiently respond to the health needs of the local residents within their areas of responsibility.


Ipitik Int’l. Arts Festival

As the 108 gongs are being played around it, cultural dancers are also doing the unity dance during the Ipitik Int’l Festival. The 108 gongs represent the 108 years of Baguio since the coming of the Americans.


Inauguration of the block 3

Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan engaged in serious talk with Councilor Perlita Rondez Chan who chair the Committee on Market and Trade of the City Council and Engr. Oscar Flores of the City Building and Architecture Office (CBAO) during the inauguration of Block 3 of the Public Market last February 21. Take note of the background tarp which is the architect’s perspective for a plan to develop block 4 and the old Magsay building fronting the Centermall.


Peace at last?

Peace at last?- This seems to be what is being shown by this gesture of both Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan and Madam Cecille Afable who have been the mayor’s most vocal critics from the media. This photo was taken at the Ibaloi Park (portion of the Burnham Park) during the Ivadoy Day last February 23 which also coincide with the commemoration when Carino Claim over vast track of land in Baguio City in the early 1900s.


Driver’s wife pleads for ailing hubby

Add Eduardo Magat, a former barangay councilman, masseur and off-and-on family driver, to the growing list of patients suffering from chronic or end-stage kidney failure.

Punong barangay John Dongla of St. Joseph Village certified last week that the family of the 54-year old patient, is financially drained, unable to sustain his medications, much less his twice-a-week hemodialysis treatment.

“That’s why I’m asking you to please write on my husband’s condition, hoping readers next Sunday would respond to our appeal for help,” Virginia, his wife and mother to their six children, told this writer.

She presented Dongla’s certification, together with a clinical abstract prepared by Dr. Edrian Geronimo of the Department of Internal Medicine of the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center where Eduardo was confined.

The diagnosis: Cerebro vascular disease, thrombotic infarct, left middle cerebral artery, day 3 post ictus, hypertension IIC, chronic renal insufficiency, probably secondary to hypertensive nephrosclerosis, nephrolithiasis, left.

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Mayor on Ad Congress hosting: city won’t push it

BAGUIO CITY – No, the city government will not go down on its knees to beg for the hosting of the Philippine Advertising Congress (PAC) this year.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan Wednesday told the Ugnayang Panlungsod media briefing that the city will merely serve its intention to host the event.  No more, no less.

The mayor admitted he was dismayed when the PAC organizers did not automatically award this year’s hosting slot to Baguio considering the forfeiture of its hosting chance in 2009.  But this does not mean that the city will go to the extent of begging just to be able to nail the hosting chore this time.

The 21st AdCon was slated November 18-21, during the Baguio Centennial year 2009. But due to damage on major arteries en route the city wrought by typhoon ‘Pepeng’, organizers decided to hold the same at the Subic Bay Freeport at the last minute.

Hosting the ad congress would have brought to Baguio some 5,000 to 6,000 top advertising top guns to the city. According to local businessmen, this translates to higher economic activity and more cash for the city’s coffers.


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city satisfied with taxpayer turnout, ample collection

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan Wednesday expressed satisfaction with the turnout of business taxpayers and the ample business revenues that the city has so far collected.

The mayor announced during the Ugnayang Panlungsod that the city has collected a total of P78, 464,103.98 in business taxes alone as of February 15.

The mayor said the amount can be considered as sizeable considering that this is only the first quarter of the year and the amount is expected to further increase considerably when businessmen complete their tax payments after the fourth quarter.

He attributed the successful revenue collection to the cooperation of the taxpayers and the diligence and hard work of the personnel of the city treasurer’s office.

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Women and children anti-trafficking committee created

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan last week issued Administrative Order 20, series of 2011, creating the Baguio City Committee on Anti-Trafficking and Violence Against Women and their Children (BCCAT-VAWC).

The mayor heads the committee; with members: Executive Directors of the Save Our Women, Inc., and Baguio Center for Young Adults (BCYA); Presidents of the Sangguniang Kabataan Federation (SKF) and Association of Barangay Council (ABC); the Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) Director; Public Employment and Services Officer (PESO); Sangguniang Panlungsod Chairman, Committee on Women and Social Services; City Health Officer, City Planning and Development Officer (CPDO), and City Social Welfare and Development Officer (CSWDO).

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