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Best of the Cordillera’s

A Kalinga Pangat saying his indigenous Prayer at the Baguio Convention Center before the start of the Parade of Festivals that highlights the Best of the Cordillera’s last week as Cordillera Leaders led by Benguet Gov. Nestor Fongwan and Baguio City Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan awaits their turn to invoke the blessings of Kabunian for the region.


Organizers of Fil-Am Golf Tourney

Organizers of Fil-Am Golf Tourney led by Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan n(3rd from R) and Congressman Bernardo Vergara (3rd from L) posed for posterity during the Ceremonial Tee Off last Nov.26 at the Camp John Hay Golf Course. The tournament’s 57th staging is the biggest and longest running Amateur Golf Tournament in the Guinness Book of Records.


Mayor bullish on new waste technology; dads given right to choose P30M pet projects

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan Wednesday expressed high hopes that the Environmental Recycling System (ERS), the new garbage conversion technology being adopted by the city government, will succeed in fixing the city’s waste management system which presently relies on costly out-of-town hauling services.

During the Ugnayang Panlungsod media briefing, the mayor expressed confidence that the advent of the ERS technology in the city would enable the city to effectively manage its wastes, both the biodegradable and the non-biodegradable kinds, and be weaned from hauling that has been draining the city’s finances.

The mayor expressed gratitude to the city council for confirming the Memorandum of Agreement for the purchase of two ERS machines to jumpstart the Japanese technology’s operations in the city starting next month.

The MOA was confirmed after gaining the nod of ten councilors – Philian Louise Weygan, Richard Carino, Gloria Ysabel De Vera, Perlita Rondez, Fred Bagbagen, ElmerDatuin, Nicasio Palaganas, Erdolfo Balajadia and Nicasio Aliping Jr. – who all agreed that the new technology is promising and “worth taking risks for,” if only to find solution to the nagging garbage problem that has hounded he city since 2007.

Councilors Peter Fianza and Isabelo Cosalan Jr. voted against the confirmation while Betty Lourdes Tabanda and Edison Bilog abstained from voting. They questioned the procedures adopted in the procurement process for the machines citing serious lapses and irregularities.

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Panagbenga 2011 Launching

University of the Cordilleras’ Dance Street Dancing troops shows some of their wares during the Panagbenga launching at the City hall Ground last November 15.


Forbes Park issue

Forbes Park issue- Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan intimately discuss city development issues including the issuance of title over parts of Forbes Park with NEDA Director John Ngalob and PMS Representative Ceasar Tuliao during the RDC enbanc meeting hosted by the City Government last Friday.


MGD: “Court process to take full course over Asin Pool issue”

BAGUIO CITY – “Roger Sinot is ‘appealing to negotiate’ with us regarding his continued operation of the Asin Hot Springs Resort (AHR).”

Thus said mayor Mauricio Domogan during the Ugnayan presser hosted by DZRH ‘Radio ng Bayan’ last week.

He revealed Sinot, beleaguered operator of the city-owned AHR in Nagalisan, Tuba, Benguet sent word apparently attempting to squeeze himself out of an ejectment suit that could mean goodbye to his bread and butter.

In a November 8 letter to the mayor, Sinot alleged perfection of a contract between him and erstwhile mayor Bernardo Vergara placing rentals over the property at P3,000 per month with back rentals pegged at P2,500 per month.

He however admitted that while he “signified and in fact tendered payment of the rentals,” the same was refused on the ground that the contract was never confirmed by the council.

With this, he sought “renegotiation” with the Domogan Administration “to embody such terms and conditions which are beneficial to all concerned.”

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Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan pose for posterity with US Embassy Consul General and Vice Consul

Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan pose for posterity with US Embassy Consul General and Vice Consul and a Filipino staff during the groups Courtesy call last Wednesday at the City Mayor’s Office.



Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan signing the Memorandum of Agreement for the Anti-Child Abuse

Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan signing the Memorandum of Agreement for the Anti-Child Abuse last Monday as he is being watched by Children of the Consuelo Homes Orphanage.



Bangladeshi Ambassador

Bangladeshi Ambassador receives a seal of the city from Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan during her Courtesy Call at the City Mayor’s Office Sunday Nov.28.


Baguio launches Panagbenga 2011

BAGUIO CITY - City Officials and employees led by Mayor Mauricio Domogan together with the Baguio Flower Festival (BFF) organizers and working committees officially launched the Panagbenga 2011 last Monday at the Baguio City Hall.

With the theme “The Environment and Community in Harmony”, the 16th staging of the Panagbenga on February next year will focus on the culture and heritage of the Cordillera together with the promotion of environmental protection and conservation.

BFF co-chairman Anthony De Leon said that Cordillera culture and heritage will be the main focus of the festival especially in the street dancing competition. He noted that for the past Panagbenga street dancing parades, the Cordillera theme was slowly disappearing.

This year it will be Cordillera colors that will stand out during the parade. Choreography, props, costume and music will focus on the Cordillera culture, said De Leon.

Domogan, who is the honorary chairman, said that the only way to promote the distinct identity of the Cordillera is to come up with unique activities and events such as Panagbenga that can only be seen here in Baguio and the region.

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Panagbenga 2011 Launching

City Officials and Baguio Flower Festival Foundation Inc. official led by City Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan pose for posterity immediately after the unveiling of the Panagbenga 2011 banner during the launching of the city’s main tourism and cultural festival last Nov. 15 at the City hall ground.


57th Annual Mine Safety and Environmental Week

Chilean Ambassador, His Excellency Roberto Mayorga (left) and Ambassador Delia Albert (R) flanked Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan as they discuss mining issues during the 57th Annual Mine Safety and Environmental Week at the CAP John Hay Convention Center. Mayor Domogan was the Keynote speaker of the Mining Symposium while Ambassador Mayorga made a presentation on Mining Industry of Chile and Rescue of the 33 miners trapped more than 700 meters in a mine in the Northern part of their country.


RDC urge P-Noy to direct Solgen to file annulment of Forbes Park titles

The Regional Development Council during its meeting last Friday passed a resolution requesting P-Noy to direct the solicitor general to file the necessary cases for the annulment of the Certificates of Ancestral Land Title (CALTs) issued covering parts of the Forbes Park Reservation and to undertake the necessary moves for the immediate resolution of such.

The RDC resolution is in support of the efforts of Baguio City to cause the cancellation of the CALTs issued by the NCIP to the heirs of a certain Lauro Carantes covering more than 25 hectares within the Forbes Park. During the RDC meeting hosted by the city government, Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan emphasized that the issuance of CALTs covering forest reservations in Baguio including the Forbes Park is its main concern. The special hour is usually where the host LGU presents all its development concerns for appropriate agencies to address.

In urging that the said CALTs should be annulled, Mayor Domogan cited the fact that the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA) is applicable in Baguio but in a limited manner. He said that under the IPRA, particularly Section 78, it limited the application of the IPRA only to ancestral land claims that had been recognized by the government either administratively or by the courts prior to the passage of the law in 1997.

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Abad backs direct remittance of taxes from companies utilizing resources

BAGUIO CITY, November 12 – The national government supports the passage into law of a long standing bill in Congress that allows companies exploiting, utilizing and developing the country’s natural resources to directly remit the 40 percent share to the local governments of communities hosting their respective operations, Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, said here Wednesday.

The Aquino administration’s budget czar cited there is a need to download to the local government what is due them and privatize what needs to be privatized in order to create a lean and mean bureaucracy that is able to effectively and efficiently attend to the basic needs of the people, especially in terms of health, education and infrastructure as well as enhanced delivery of social services to slowly eradicate poverty in the countryside.

Earlier, the direct remittance bill which was passed by the House of Representatives in the 12th 13th and 14th Congress through the authorship of former Congressman and now Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan was again re-filed by Benguet Rep. Ronald M. Cosalan and Baguio City Rep. Bernardo M. Vergara in order to obligate large-scale hydro power and mining companies to directly remit to the host local governments their 40 percent share from the national wealth taxes they are paying for their operations.

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Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan delivering his key note address during the culmination program of the IP month celebration

Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan delivering his key note address during the culmination program of the IP month celebration last week at the SLU covered court stressing the importance to safeguard the gains in IP struggle for their rights as embodied in the IPRA but the same law should not also be use to exploit others.


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