Mayor Mauricio Domogan gives fatherly advice to the third batch of 823 drug users and 108 drug pushers (12 died during an alleged encounter with police personnel) who surrendered to police authorities to reform and shy away from the drug menace. Mayor Domogan promised a helping hand to gave information on the services provided by the city government. The orientation seminar for the surrenderees is a project of the City Social Welfare and Development Office headed by Betty Fangasan in coordination with the Baguio City Police Office headed by city police director PSSupt. George Daskeo in partnership with Serenity, a non-government organization, that conducts a Community Based Emergency response for Persons with Substance Use Disorder and an orientation for drug users to change their lives for the better. - By Bong Cayabyab


City marks 107th baguio day on sept. 1

BAGUIO CITY – The city will mark the 107th Baguio Day celebration on Sept. 1 with colorful and meaningful activities top-billed by the traditional program at 8 a.m. at the Baguio Convention Center and the civic parade down Session Road.

Presidential Communications Secretary Jose Ruperto Martin Andanar will keynote the program with this year's theme is "Fostering Meaningful Change through Synergy and Cooperation."

Rep. Marquez Go, Mayor Mauricio Domogan and Vice Mayor Edison Bilog will also deliver their messages during the program.

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Members of the Saint Louis University Laboratory High School Cultural Dance troupe perform an interpretative dance number for the launching of the 107th Baguio Charter Day Anniversary with the theme " Fostering Meaningful Change through Synergy and Cooperation" during the City Hall flag raising ceremonies last Monday. - by Bong Cayabyab




Department of Foreign Affairs- Baguio OIC director Eleanor Belgica (extreme right) expounds her ideas and concerns for the protection and best billeting areas of foreign dignitaries who will visit Baguio next year for the ASEAN Summit. Other issues were tackled on local level concerns by Belgica with Mayor Domogan during a brief courtesy call last August 25. --- By Bong Cayabyab


Karateka fulfills annual humanitarian outreach

Coming home from Germany where he has been based for years now has become an annual humanitarian pilgrimage of sorts for former world karate champion Julian Chees who capped his latest visit last week by reaching out to patients in Mt. Province and at the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center.

"Reaching out provides deeper meaning to my annual visit home," said Chees, a sixth dan blackbelt and native of Maligcong, Bontc, Mt.Province as he was led by a social worker to the beds of patients in need of support at the BGHMC.

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Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC) chief Dr. Emmanuel Acuba bares the hospital's 10-year development plan with a total of P1.5 billion infra projects including state-of-the-art medical equipment that will provide higher standards of medical treatment catering to patients with better environment and tourism-oriented facilities and patient-friendly services. It was revealed during the consultative meeting with representatives from the city government, other local government units, lead agencies, academe and non-government organizations last August 24. - by Bong Cayabyab




Baguio Midland Courier general manager Gloria Antoinette Hamada pledges to extend a helping hand through information dissemination for the various projects of the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center headed by BGHMC medical center chief Dr. Emmanuel Acuba. The pledge was made during a consultative meeting with local government unit representatives and those from national lead agencies, academe, religious groups, non-government organizations and other individuals last August 24. - by Bong Cayabyab


Modern family planning hard to get node from many Cordillerans

BAGUIO CITY August 25 – The Cordillera office of the Population Commission (POPCOM-CAR) disclosed that fifty percent of Cordillerans do not accept modern family planning because of the wrong perception on the side effects of contraceptives to the health of users.

Rose Fortaleza, POPCOM-CAR regional director, said pills are the most common form of artificial contraceptives being used by females in the different parts of the region while the no-scalpel vasectomy among males is the most unpopular form of birth control method among the region's population.

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On UNIWIDE issue: Council told to await review committee results

BAGUIO CITY August 25 – Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan urged members of the City Council to await the findings and recommendations of the review committee tasked to evaluate the market development contract entered into between the city government and Uniwide Sales Realty and Resources Development Corporation before acting on a pending proposal to rescind the 20-year old agreement.

The local chief executive pointed out the creation of the review committee was his response to Resolution No. 056, series of 2016 which requested him to create the said committee purposely to evaluate the contract and make the appropriate recommendations on steps to be undertaken by the local government in pursuing the development of the city's market facility.

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Baguio-Hanyu, Japan Sister Cities Student Exchange Program


City officials headed by Mayor Mauricio Domogan, Vice Mayor Edison Bilog, Japanese Consul to the Philippines Carlos Teraoka present the symbolic key to the city to Baguio-Hanyu, Japan Sister Cities Student Exchange Program head of delegation, school principal Masaru Sugita, during the City Hall flag raising ceremonies last Monday. With them are Pines City Lions Club and Abong Foundation members serving as foster parents to the visitors during their stay here. - By Bong Cayabyab


Baguio's outstanding citizens to be feted

BAGUIO CITY – Five outstanding citizens of Baguio from different fields shall be honored during the 107th charter anniversary Sept. 1, Thursday morning, at the Baguio Convention Center.

Atty. Augustin Laban III and Dr. John Tinoyan, are honored for public service, Atty Richard Stone Pooten for Business, Architect Gloria Asprec-Vergara for Community Development and Melanie Rulla-Saro for professional service.

Laban III, now the officer-in-charge of the Schools Division Superintendent (SDS), Assistant SDS, Legal and Office of the Accountant; Department of Education (Dep-Ed), Baguio, is one of the awardees for public service. He acquired his Masters in Development Management, as a scholar, with the highest honors and a leadership awardee, at the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) in October 2014.

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Soroptimist International of North Central Luzon District head Chona Nerez, district directors Karen Labiaga, Lilia Saturnino, Mildred Johnson and district director-elect Flor Balabla pose for posterity with Mayor Mauricio Domogan during the group's brief courtesy call at the mayor's office last August 24. - By bong Cayabyab




Officers of the Baguio Association of Purified and Mineral Water Refillers Inc. headed by charter president Atty. Nellie Olairez pose for posterity with Secretary to the Mayor Rafael Tallocoy representing Mayor Mauricio Domogan as guest of honor and speaker, Councilors Elaine Sembrano and Edgar Avila with the awardees from the government sector and the rank of water refillers during their 10th year of providing safe and clean, affordable water in every home. The event was held at Supreme Hotel last August 23. - by Bong Cayabyab


Barangays officials urged to reserve open areas for parking

BAGUIO CITY August 25 – Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan reiterated his previous appeal to barangay officials to already reserve available open spaces in their respective areas of jurisdiction purposely for the common parking area of their constituents to prevent the use of local roads for paring that contribute to the occurrence of traffic congestions.

The local chief executive pointed out that barangays must already reserve the available open spaces in their respective areas of jurisdiction to prevent them from being illegally occupied or titled by enterprising individuals depriving the barangays of sufficient spaces for public needs, especially for common parking areas for barangay constituents.

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Limited livelihood aid for drug surrenderees in city

BAGUIO CITY August 25 – Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan admitted the City Government has limited funds for livelihood assistance for the rapidly increasing number of drug surenderrees wanting to reform their way of life that is why efforts are being done in order to help them shy away from going back to the illegal drug trade.

The local chief executive claimed drug surrenderees wanting to avail of livelihood assistance from the city can submit their project proposals to the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) which will in turn evaluate the feasibility of their proposals before the approval of the no-interest and non-collateral loan.

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European Union MPs call for implementation of RH law

BAGUIO CITY August 25 – Members of Parliament from the European Union (EU) claimed the enactment of the responsible parenthood and reproductive health (RH) law is a monumental victory for both women and men in the Philippines but what would ultimately spell the difference in their lives is the full implementation of the law.

Seven European parliamentarians from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Portugal, Romania and Catalonia in Spain are in the country for a week-long study tour to learn about the nation's sexual and reproductive health and rights situation.

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