Kids, samaritans reach out to the sick

The message is clear: One is never too young or far to be a Samaritan.

Grade and high schoolers of Yeon Soo-St. Jude International School here turned over P3,500 last Thursday for Irish Gulitiw, a 14-year old suffering from the debilitating effects of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.

The donation served as the kids’ way of passing on the kindness of volunteers who recently guided them in exploring Baguio’s landscape under the city’s “Urban Heritage Walk” for children, said school principal Jonalyn Anombra.

Irish, daughter of marginal farm laborers, recently underwent a pro bono check-up at the St. Luke’s Medical Center in Quezon City on request of mayor Mauricio Domogan.

She returned home to an uncle’s home at  Camp 7 with support from Baguio boy and expatriate Joel Aliping. The girl, who can hardly stand and is on protective mask, is now being monitored by rheumatologist, Dr. Emily Ruiz of the Notre Dame de Chartres Hospital here.

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City launches “clean-and-green” contest for barangays

The search is on for the city’s cleanest and greenest barangays as a sidebar of the 16th edition of the  Baguio Flower Festival.

Search chair and city councilor Betty Lourdes Tabanda said the clean-and-green competition  integrates the barangay roadside, garden and parks landscaping contest, as suggested by mayor Mauricio Domogan.

Judging will be based on cleanliness and orderliness (sanitary condition, air quality and visual appeal – 40 percent), greening (including landscaping and gardening – 35 percent), and innovation and initiatives, including impact of projects, barangay participation and support (25 percent).

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Info drive being mounted on dengue control strategy

BAGUIO CITY – An information-education campaign (IEC) is being developed here for a community-based dengue fever control strategy focusing on the use of net cover on water containers as a deterrent to the spread of the dreaded disease.

The IEC is a special project of the World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with the Dept. of Health-Center for Health Development Cordillera (CHD-CAR) and the Baguio Health Department (BHD) aimed at curbing the incidence of dengue in the country.

The city has been chosen as pilot area for the project.

Elvira Flora, head of the Health Education and Promotion Office (HEPO) of the BHD said they are now in process of evaluating the IEC materials produced as a component method of the project.

A primary group was formed composed of representatives from the various government and private agencies to conduct a first-level evaluation of the IEC materials comprised of posters, brochures, flipcharts, streamers, buntings, stickers, leaflets and others.

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Alternative learning system sought for inmates

BAGUIO CITY – Baguio City jail inmates must be afforded the opportunity to avail of the Alternative Learning System (ALS), a non-formal education programs of the Dept. of Education (DepEd).

The city council approved a resolution authored by Councilor Philian Louise Weygan requesting the DepEd and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) to facilitate the ALS program annually among the inmates.

“An inmate should not be deprived to avail of the educational opportunity that the government offers to its people particularly in the BJMP as a coping mechanism service that the bureau can provide to its inmates,” the resolution noted.

Weygan noted that the DepEd in the past had conducted ALS programs in the city jail but this was not done on a regular basis.

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On-going BFF activities

BAGUIO CITY – Majority of this year’s Panagbenga activities are focused on the theme, “The Environment and Community in Harmony;” which started with the distribution of pine tree seedlings to participants during the opening parade. Recipients of the pine tree seedlings are expected to plant these in their neighborhood for the benefit of the environment; and the public.

Add to these are health-oriented, cultural and sports activities this Sunday, Feb. 13; the Arnis de Mano Tournament at Malcolm Square, simultaneous with Prolife’s symposium/seminar for the youth, dubbed as “Choices,” at the Baguio Convention Center; and a cultural presentation at the SM events center.

All these come after yesterday’s comebacking activity: the Let A Thousand Flowers Bloom painting contest at the Melvin Jones. Participated in by individuals, family members, and the community as a whole, the activity shows creative artistry as embossed on canvas. As in the past years, the activity’s paintings shall be “curtain-raisers” during the grand streetdancing parade on Feb. 26.

The Baguio Flower Festival on its 16th year also features the Fluvial Float Parade and Pre-Valentine Entertainment at the Lake, today at the man-made lake, Burnham Park.

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BENECO donates P3 million worth of lighting equipment to Baguio

BAGUIO CITY February 04 – The management of the Benguet Electric Cooperative (BENECO) donated to the city government lighting fixtures and other related accessories to boost the bid of local officials to light up the city’s parks and major thoroughfares to deter the commission of crimes. The donation amounts to a total of P3 million.

A total of 112 fixtures were used to light up Loakan road leading to the vicinity of the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) while 138 fixtures were used to light up Burnham Park exclusive of the 50 poles used to hold the lighting facilities.

The proposal of the rural electric cooperative to help light up various parks and streets in the city at no expense to the local government, except for the monthly power bills, has been pending before the city government since the previous administration.

Gerardo P. Verzosa, BENECO general manager, said the lighting equipment used along the Loakan road was valued at P1.4 million while the lighting fixtures and poles used around Burnham Park is worth at least P1.5 million although more fixtures will still be installed around the city’s premier park.

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9 elementary schools eyeing ‘best Panagbenga street-dancing team

BAGUIO CITY – And then there were nine…

Nine elementary schools passed stringent screening, February 1, in their campaign towards glory in the first ‘Cordillera dance-spiced’ street-dancing competition set February 26, during the Panagbenga Grand Street-Dancing Parade.

In no particular order, the Baguio Flower Festival Foundation, Inc. (BFFFI) secretariat named Baguio Central School (entry 2), Quezon Elementary (8), San Vicente Elementary (9), Mabini Elementary (10), Rizal Elementary (11), John Hay Elementary (12), Special Education Center (14), Josefa Cariño (15), and Aguinaldo Elementary (17) as the ‘lucky 9’.

There were 17-participating schools in the preliminary dance-off.

The teams were judged using a 100-percent scale divided into the following elements: choreography (20-percent), theme or concept (20-percent), performance (20-percent), costume (15-percent), props (15-percent), and overall impact (10-percent).

Dangal Guevarra, BFFFI secretariat chief revealed, “Choreography includes creativity and artistry of movement patterns, appropriateness of movements, and integration of Panagbenga basic movements.”

He explained, “The BFFFI and our consultants from the National Center for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) have observed Cordillera culture expressed in dance movements have been slowly diminishing in our dancing cavalcades.”

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The Panagbenga Park

The Panagbenga Park finally opened last February 1 that also ushers in the opening of the Panagbenga 2011. Led by Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan,City Officials and the BFFI officials cut the ribbon, planted trees, witness the indigenous Rites, and ecumenical prayers, sacrificed a pig and of course the turning over of the Panagbenga mace to the Mayor at the same time the Chairman of the BFFI.



City Police Director david Lacdan, Secretary to the Mayor Raffy Tallocoy, SM-Baguio mall Manager Engr. Marc Jansen Pe and dr. Charles Cheng supervises the medical mission held at SM-Baguio last Jan. 27.--- By Bong Cayabyab


City to continue anti-squatting drive despite P-noy order halting evictions

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan Monday said the city will continue to implement demolition orders and pursue its thrust to protect its watersheds, forest reservations and road right-of-ways despite President Benigno Aquino III’s order suspending evictions of informal settlers in said critical areas in the country.

The mayor said the city does not mean to openly defy the President’s order but the decision to uphold its anti-squatting stance would better serve the city’s interest which, the mayor believes would also be the President’s desire.

Moreover, the mayor said he believes that the President’s directive was not meant to abet squatting in such critical areas as watersheds and road right-of-ways especially in areas like Baguio City where there are only few remaining forested areas.

“I don’t believe that with his directive, the President meant to tolerate the illegal activities of squatters in undermining our watersheds so we will continue to proceed (with our thrust to stop and remove these squatters),” the mayor said during last Monday’s meeting with the city department heads.

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City asks airlines anew to service baguio

BAGUIO CITY – The city council reiterated earlier requests to the various airline companies to service the city.

The body approved Resolution No. 25 authored by Councilor Elmer Datuin for the purpose.

“It has been a long time now since an airline company has stopped its flight operations servicing the City of Baguio and… it is high time that talks be initiated… for resumption of regular flights,” the resolution noted.

Datuin said the city being a major tourist destination needs air travel service “to maximize its potentials for tourism growth.”

“The Manila-Baguio route is a vital travel link considering that the city is one o the premiere venue for tourism and business events,” he said.

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City receives school buildings from various groups

BAGUIO CITY - When it rains it pours... After the city government of Baguio contracted with Protect Machinery Corp (PMC) to build the first of its kind   Japanese made state of the art Environmental Recycling System (ERS) entire the country, nearby provinces and municipalities headed by Benguet Governor Nestor Fongwan, La Trinidadmayor Greg Abalos, Tublay Mayor Ruben Paod and Dagupan City Tourism Officer Rosemarie Teng Mejia  came to up to observe  with an interest to  use the same technology.

By promoting ERS Machines, PMC president Katsotushi Shimizu, also the president of Shimizu and Company LTD who is one of the leading shipping business in Japan, promised Mayor Mauricio Domogan to donate a public school building as a token of gratitude to the city government during a brief courtesy call at the Mayor'sOffice February 8, a day before the inauguration and blessing of the two units of ERS Machines at the  Irisan Dumpsite.

Also,On February 10, a four-man delegation from Nagoya Honmaru Lions Club (NHLC) from Japan headed by 1st Vice President Sotaro Nishioka,a sister club of Pines City Lions Club (PCLC) headed by president PSupt. Engelbert Soriano paid a courtesy visit to  the Mayor's Office informing Mayor Domogan of a  Memorandum Of Agreement entered  into between NHLC, PCLC, the city government of Baguio and the Department of Education represented by City  Schools Division Superintendent Ellen Donato to donate a school building from the Lions Club International  Foundation (LCF) through the joint efforts of Pines and Honmaru which will be known as LCIF building to be constructed at Bonifacio Elementary School.

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Timetable set for Cordillera autonomy drive

BAGUIO CITY, February 04 – The Third Autonomy Drafting Committee (TADC) mandated its provincial committees to submit their proposals on their desired provisions that will be included in the preparation for the third draft of the Cordillera Autonomy law on or before March 31 to allow its consolidation into a third Organic Act that will be submitted to Congress before the opening of its second regular session on July this year.

However TADC members led by Baguio City Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan will have a preliminary meeting on March 11, 2011 at the Baguio City Multipurpose Hall to assess the extent of the provincial consultations undertaken to gather the sentiments of the people on the pertinent provisions that will be acceptable for inclusion in the third Organic Act.

Under the proposed timetable by the TADC, the draft bill will be subjected to consultations with Cordillera congressmen during the months of April to June so that it will be officially filed in the House of Representatives by July.

The committee expects that the third autonomy law will be approved by both chambers by the end of this year so that its contents will be disseminated to the different parts of the Cordillera early next year.

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Domogan criticizes suspension of demolition of informal settlers’ structures

BAGUIO CITY February 04 – Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan here branded the recent order of President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III to national government agencies and local government units to suspend evictions nationwide as vague in the sense that there are already existing laws governing the sensitive issue.

In his letter to Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse M. Robredo, Domogan pointed out that Republic Act (RA) 7279 otherwise known as the Urban Development Housing Act which clearly enumerates the structures of informal settlers that cannot be demolished unless there is clear compliance with the requirements of the law.

The local chief executive said that the consequence of the directive is serious and damaging to the city since the local government has pending demolition orders which are ready for implementation covering structures constructed on watersheds, forest reservations, road-rights-of-way, river and creek beds and private titled properties. These structures have been investigated and found to be outside the exceptions enumerated in RA 7279.

“It appears likewise that the directive is ordering us not to demolish structures that will be constructed from now on road-right-of-ways, watersheds, forest reservations, parks, among others which we respectfully submit as violative of existing laws. In short, the city is being prevented to do its duty to protect our watersheds, parks, forests, road-right-of-ways, school sites. By demolishing structures illegally constructed on the said areas.” Domogan stressed.

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Panagbenga Festival

The month long Panagbenga Festival is now formally opened with the opening parade last February first. 17  High School and Elementary group  participants compete with each other for the final 9 slots that will join the Grand Street Dancing Parade on February 26.


The Sacred Scroll

The Sacred Scroll: Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan is one of the main actor in this independent Film being shoot here in the city. It is a story of a sacred scroll that was lost for a long period but was found and returned by sailors from far way land. Baktadan (Igorot name of the Mayor) together with the other elders of the Applai sub-tribe of the Igorots were very happy for the return of the scroll and called for a celebration of gongs and dances.

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