BAGUIO CITY August 18 – The City government and other concerned agencies will pursue the demolition of at least sixty illegal structures constructed by informal settlers over a 5,000-meter land area under the name of the Benguet-Ifugao-Bontoc-Apayao-Kalinga (BIBAK) along Harrison road anytime next month.
Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan said the demolition of the illegal structures within the BIBAK property has been a long-standing problem for the local government and concerned government agencies, but now that the courts and other quasi-judicial bodies have spoken in favor of the demolition of the illegal structures, the occupant informal settlers must now voluntarily dismantle their structures before the scheduled demolition dates.
BAGUIO CITY – The tree management and improvement program of the city government is gaining ground with a total of 30 trees rescued now in Burnham and other parks.
City environment and parks management officer Cordelia Lacsamana said the salvaged trees underwent tree surgery performed by CEPMO foresters and partners from other agencies including the Green Core Society.
The program began in 2009 aims to rehabilitate trees damaged by typhoons and manage those infected by pests as part of the city's efforts to protect the trees and to maintain the city's green environs.
THE CHOSEN OUTSTANDING CITIZENS OF BAGUIO will be announced next week by the judging committee says Mayor Mauricio Domogan during a meeting of the Society of Outstanding Citizens of Baguio (SOCOB) committee members. The Outstanding Citizens of Baguio will be feted during the Baguio Day celebration on September 1. - By Bong Cayabyab
BAGUIO CITY August 16 – The City Council approved on first reading a proposed ordinance declaring Malcolm Square as a heritage zone for its historical, natural, cultural, educational, aesthetic and economic value to the city.
The ordinance authored by Councilor Elmer Datuin stated that a heritage zone shall refer to historical, anthropological, archeological, artistic, geographical areas and settings that are culturally significant to the country as declared by the National Museum or the National Historical Institute (NH), while a built heritage shall refer to man-made historic environment such as houses, factories, commercial buildings, places of worship, cemeteries, monuments and built infrastructure such as roads, railways and bridges, physically created places such as gardens, mining sites and stock routes and other places of historical significance, such as archaeological sites.
BAGUIO CITY August 16 – The City Council approved on second reading and for publication a proposed ordinance providing for the prevention and control measures to mitigate the increase in dengue fever in the city, and appropriating funds for the implementation of the said interventions.
The ordinance authored by Vice Mayor Edison R. Bilog and Councilors Peter Fianza and Roberto Ortega stated the passage of the measure will help reduce the occurrence of dengue in the city through prevention and control measures.
BAGUIO CITY – The Cordillera office of the Department of Health (DOH-CAR) reported that Abra continues to record increasing leprosy cases in the region because of its proximity with the Ilocos Region, one of the regions with the most number of cases in the country.
Clint Gil Ildefonso, TB and leprosy coordinator of the DOH-CAR, said for this year, there are 20 leprosy cases being administered by the different hospitals regionwide, although the said cases had been on a down trend over the past several years.
BAGUIO CITY August 18 – Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan said the local government is studying the possibility of converting its existing streetlight system into the much accepted Light Emitting Diode (LED) lighting system to reduce the cost of lighting public places.
"We have to continue finding ways of reducing expenses in our streetlight system to have sufficient savings that could be used to improve the system through the purchase of much cheaper but quality LED bulbs," Domogan stressed.
BAGUIO CITY – The 107th Charter Anniversary celebration of the city will be launched with a program set Aug. 22, 8 a.m. at the City Hall Flagpole Grounds.
Mayor Mauricio Domogan said the program will usher in the month-long calendar of activities lined up focusing on this year's theme, "Fostering Meaningful Change through Synergy and Cooperation."
The launch will coincide with the flag-raising rites with the St. Louis University Laboratory High School marching band at the helm.
Part of the 789 drug users who surrendered to the police authorities listen intently to City Social Welfare and Development Officer Betty Fangasan who extended a helping hand by providing awareness of the services from the city government. The Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) in partnership with Serenity, a non-government organization, conducted a Community-based Emergency Response to Persons with Substance Use Disorder orientation for the drug users to change for a better life. - By Bong Cayabyab
BAGUIO CITY – Health authorities reported decreasing tuberculosis cases but not as fast as they were projected towards achieving a tuberculosis free global village by 2035.
Dr. Alexie Marrero, head of the regional epidemiology and surveillance unit of the Cordillera office of the Department of Health (DOH-CAR), said individuals seeking medical attention for tuberculosis is increasing but the overall actual number of cases is decreasing but not in accordance to the rate that they have projected in order to achieve the goal of the World Health Organization (WHO) for the world to be free of tuberculosis.
City Hall utility workers receive a t-shirt (375 pieces) aside from more than 200 Toms shoes as gifts from the University of the Cordilleras through UC Project HELEN headed by project director and UC-VP for administration Dr. Leonarda Romasanta Aguinalde. Five balikbayan boxes filled with clothings, diapers, shoes, candies, jackets and toys donated by Rose Tagaban from Mizawa, Japan through the initiative of "A Pair of Shoes for Indigent Cordillera Athletes" founder Ida Agunos-Franklin of Nevada, USA were handed over by the City Mayor's Public Information Office to the intended recipients. - By Bong Cayabyab
BAGUIO CITY August 16 – The City Council approved on first reading a proposed ordinance penalizing parents, adopters, guardians, or persons exercising special or substitute parental authority from allowing their children or children under their parental care to be engaged in begging and prostitution and for other purposes.
The ordinance authored by Councilor Leandro B. Yangot, Jr. defined a child to be a person below 18 years old, including those within this age category who are unable to fully take care of themselves because of physical, mental handicap or condition.d
BAGUIO CITY August 17 – The Department of the Interior and Local government (DILG) recently warned local officials and employees not to deal with enterprising individuals who misrepresent themselves as close aides of Interior and Local Government Secretary Ismael Mike Sueno and collect from them monetary considerations in exchange for the immediate release of their pending requests with the agency. Among other considerations.
In an advisory to all provincial governors, city, municipal mayors, DILG regional directors and other concerned officials and employees, Josephine C. Leysa, DILG Head Executive Assistant, informed local officials that there are some enterprising individuals who misrepresent themselves as an official or employee working or otherwise connected with the agency through short message service, email communication, letter, verbal or in any other form and name dropping any DILG official or employee, to solicit favour in the form of money and other considerations.
BAGUIO CITY August 18 – Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan wants the long overdue proposal for the merger of the city's 128 barangays to guarantee the maximum utilization of available resources for the development of the smallest political subdivision in the current bureaucracy.
The local chief executive said the merger of the existing number of the city's barangays to a lean and mean number upon proper consultations with the concerned sectors will definitely help in the much-awaited progress and development of the city.
BAGUIO CITY August 18 – Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan is awaiting the advisory from the State-owned Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) and the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CESA) on the status of the operation of electronic games and jai-alai which are being used by some local corporations to justify their continuous operations in different parts of the city.
The local chief executive said that he received initial reports that PhilWeb, the on-line provider of the electronic games, including the electronic bingo operated in the city, has been dissolved after the expose of President Rodrigo Duterte that the chief executive officer Roberto Ongpin is one of the country's oligarchs, while the license of Meridien Vista Gaming Corporation, which derives its existence from the CESA, is already considered to be illegal after the economic zone authority reportedly dissolved its jai-alai license.