Smoking violator apprehensions gaining ground

BAGUIO CITY – The implementation of the Smoke-Free Baguio Ordinance has begun to gain ground in the City as shown by the marked increase in the apprehension of violators in the past six weeks.

The Public Order and Safety Division of the City Mayor's Office reported rounding up a total of 317 violators of Ordinance No. 34 series of 2017 in February and 206 in the first two weeks of March.

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Duterte to certify final version of autonomy bill

BANGUED, Abra March 22 – Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus G. Dureza assured Cordillera leaders that President Rodrigo R. Duterte will fulfill his promise of certifying as urgent House Bill (HB) 5343 or the bill that seeks to establish the Autonomous Region in the Cordillera (ARC) once the final version of the proposed law will be agreed upon in Congress.

Dureza, who visited the province Wednesday to dialogue with the unified Cordillera Peoples Liberation Army (CPLA) command headed by Vice Governor Ronald Balao-as and the autonomy information and education campaign of the Regional Development Council (RDC), pointed out that the proposed Cordillera autonomy bill will have to follow the track that was taken by the consolidated version of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) wherein the final version will be the once that will be certified as a priority administration by the President.

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Bffi, abc asked to submit financial report on panagbenga

BAGUIO CITY – The City Local Finance Committee last week requested the Baguio Flower Festival Foundation Inc. and the Association of Barangay Councils to submit their financial reports on the activities conducted during the Panagbenga on or before April 15.

City Budget Officer Leticia Clement, LFC chair, said the statements should show the receipts and expenses for each of the activities run during the month-long festival.

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Increase in penalty for illegal parking eyed

BAGUIO CITY March 20 – The City Council approved on first reading a proposed ordinance amending Article XVI, Section 1(25) of Ordinance No. 07, series of 1984 otherwise known as the city's Comprehensive Traffic Code increasing the penalty of illegal parking from P150 to P700.

The ordinance authored by Councilor Michael Lawana stated the city's Comprehensive Traffic Code was enacted to establish a legitimate transportation and traffic regulations for the city, providing for its administration and enforcement and repealed all ordinances that were in conflict with the same.

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368 complete community-based drug rehab program

BAGUIO CITY – A total of 368 persons with substance use disorder (PSUDs) completed the Community Based Drug Rehabilitation under the city government's Integrated Participatory Community Building Program (IPCB) as of February of this year while 126 were turned-over to the Family Life Resource Centers (FLRCs) for Phase II of rehabilitation.

This was revealed in a report of the city social welfare and development office (CSWDO) which spearheads the program during the recent quarterly meeting of the City Anti-Drug Abuse Council chaired by city administrator Carlos Canilao representing Mayor Mauricio Domogan at City Hall.

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Urban garden contest on

BAGUIO CITY – Resident urban gardeners have until April 15 to submit entries to the 2018 garden contest for cash prizes and recognition during the farmers' month this May and charter celebration in September.

The announcement came from the office of Councilor Leandro Yangot, Jr. which spearheaded the endeavor, in coordination with the City Mayor's Office, Department of Agriculture (DA-CAR) and private institutions.

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City wants LED for Burnham Park lighting system

BAGUIO CITY March 20 – Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan requested the members of the Board of Directors of the Benguet Electric Cooperative (BENECO) to use the state-of-the-art and environmentally-friendly Light Emitting Diode (LED) in the planned installation of park lights around Burnham Park instead of the traditional high pressure sodium bulbs.

Domogan met with members of the BENECO board Friday to discuss the proposal of the electric cooperative to shoulder the cost of installing the over 111 high pressure sodium bulbs around the strategic areas in the park that had an earlier project cost of P3.9 million while the local government shall shoulder the over P30,000 monthly billing for the consumption of the additional lighting fixtures around the park.

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Closure of Camp 7 cement batching plant ordered

BAGUIO CITY March 20 – Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan ordered the City Permits and Licensing Division to issue the closure order to the operator of the Camp 7 cement batching plant for its inability to obtain the required business permit while concerned offices are working on the health and environmental issues that will justify the local government's action against the said facility.

The local chief executive said the City Health Office and the City Environment and Parks Management Office (CEPMO), which are members of the task force earlier created to look into the violations of the batching plant, to finalize the report required from them that will strengthen the city's position against the batching plant operator considering its supposed violations on health and environmental regulations.

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Put up of barangay human rights action centers pushed

BAGUIO CITY March 20 – The City Council approved on first reading a proposed ordinance reinforcing Resolution No. 371, series of 2011 entitled "Urging all Barangays in the City of Baguio to Establish and Rationalize a Barangay Human Rights Action Center and to Train a Barangay Human Rights Action Officer (BHRAO" by directing all barangay officials in the city to create or operationalize the Barangay Human Rights Action Center (BAHRAC) with functional barangay human rights action officer in their barangays as mandated by law and providing the fund of P1,28 million to be taken from the savings of the city's 2018 annual budget.

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Books containing misinformation about Cordillerans not authorized

BAGUIO CITY March 22 – The Cordillera office of the Department of Education disclosed that the publication and subsequent circulation of a number of books containing alleged misinformation about the Cordillera and indigenous peoples living in the region was not evaluated and authorized by the agency.

DepEd-Cordillera officer-in-charge May Eclar said the matter on the controversial publications in books that contained misinformation about the Cordillera and IPs were already brought to the attention of the agency's Bureau of Learning Resources (BLR) for the conduct of the required investigation and to look into how the matter will be eventually corrected by the ones that published the questionable books.

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Beneco help sought anew in lighting burnham park

BAGUIO CITY – The City Government sought the assistance of the Benguet Electric Cooperative Inc. (BENECO) in improving the lighting system at Burnham Park.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan on Wednesday said Councilor Benny Bomogao has written the BENECO board of directors to implement the project under its corporate social responsibility program and this was approved by BENECO General Manager Gerardo Verzosa with a request that the City pay the metered consumption of the streetlights.

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GSO accomplishments, bared

BAGUIO CITY – The General Services Office (GSO) has established the transfer station of garbage at the Dairy Farm along Marcos Highway to facilitate the disposal of the city's residual garbage in coordination with the Departments of Environment and Natural Resources and Agriculture including the City Engineers Office.

This was reported by GSO Officer-In-Charge Eugene Buyucan in Monday's flag-raising rites at City Hall before officials and employees headed by Mayor Mauricio Domogan.

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DILG reiterates ban on govt officials, employees in entering casinos

BAGUIO CITY – The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has issued Memorandum Circular No. 2018-25 reiterating DILG MC No. 2017-20 entitled, "Enjoining all local government officials and employees to strictly observe and comply with the prohibition against entering, staying and/or playing at gambling casinos".

The circular aims to immediately address the negative effect on the public of government service as a whole that a mere entry or presence of government officials and employees in a gambling casino shall be considered as conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service, unless the same was in the performance of official duties and functions.

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P2.5M assistance to urban farmers

BAGUIO CITY – Urban farming in Baguio gets a boost with a P2.5M fund from the Department of Agriculture – CAR, for agricultural activities pending the submission of pertinent documents.

This was announced during the first quarter meeting of the City Agriculture and Fisheries Council (CAFC) with the supervision of City Agriculturist Alberto Tomas and DA-CAR staff led by Karen Ganga last week at the City Veterinary Office, Slaughterhouse compound.

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TIEZA earmarks P20 Million for Burnham walkway

BAGUIO CITY March 19 – The State-run Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) earmarked some P20 million for the improvement of the interior walkway of the Burnham lake to improve its current condition that will be attractive to both residents and tourists.

City |Environment and Parks Management Officer Cordelia Lacsamana said plans for the project are being prepared in coordination with the City Engineering Office prior to submission to the TIEZA so that the noble tourism project will be implemented and completed by the end of the year.

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Cohesive vision care in the city proposed

BAGUIO CITY March 20 – The City Council approved on first reading a proposed ordinance developing a cohesive eye and vision care in the city, providing funds and for other purposes.

The ordinance authored by Councilor Leandro B. Yangot, Jr. stated that it will be a declared policy of the local government to protect and promote the right to health of the people and instill health consciousness among them, thus, the city shall harness the collective voice of the city's health system to initiate a city-wide action that emphasize and eye and vision health promotion and reduce vision impairment.

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