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‘SAGIP BUHAY’ BLOODLETTING SET ON JAN 21

BAGUIO CITY (PIA) -- A mass bloodletting donation activity dubbed “Tambalang Sagip Buhay, Karamay Habang Buhay Part III” will be conducted at the city’s Malcolm Square on Saturday,

BENGUET OFFICIALS OPPOSE HB 5518 GRANTING FRANCHISE TO SEPARATE ELECTRIC COOP FOR BAGUIO

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet(PIA)-- Provincial officials expressed their opposition to the proposed separation of franchise on the distribution of electric power from the existing Benguet Electric

DOT TARGETS TO BRING IN 10M FOREIGN TOURISTS BY 2016

BAGUIO CITY, Jan. 13 (PIA) - - To become the ‘must experience’ destination in Asia, is the strategic vision of the Department of Tourism’s (DOT) National Tourism Development Plan

HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE OF NHTS-PR POOR FAMILIES EXTENDED UNTIL DEC. 2012

BAGUIO CITY, Jan 13 (PIA) - - The health insurance coverage of Philhealth sponsored members under the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) is extended up to December

1,121 INDIVIDUALS IN CAR BENEFIT FROM DOLE’S EMERGENCY EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM IN 2011

BAGUIO CITY, Jan. 10 (PIA) - - Around 1,121 individuals from typhoon-stricken areas in the region were benefitted by the emergency employment program of the Department of Labor and Employment

DENR OFFICIAL SUPPORTS LAW ON STIFFER PENALTY ON ILLEGAL LOGGING

BAGUIO CITY, Jan. 10 (PIA)-- Department of Environment and Natural Resources(DENR)- Cordillera executive director Clarence Baguilat believes that the bill seeking the imposition of life

ENVIRONMENT IS A MAIN CONCERN FOR BENGUET

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet. Jan.9 (PIA)-- Environment protection will be a top priority of this vegetable producing province for the year 2012. Governor Nestor B. Fongwan said they will intensify the

DOLE-CAR DISPOSES 188 CASES OF INSPECTION-RELATED LABOR VIOLATIONS IN 2011

BAGUIO CITY, Jan. 9 (PIA) - - The Department of Labor and Employment- Cordillera Regional Office (DOLE-CAR), through the inspections they made to 736 establishments in the different parts of the

‘DSWD-CORDILLERA ROSE ABOVE CHALLENGES’ –SEC. SOLIMAN

BAGUIO CITY-- Department of Social Welfare and Development(DSWD) Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman commended the DSWD-Cordillera personnel Wednesday saying the regional office has ‘risen

SAVING THE WATERSHED OF THE CORDILLERA THRU PES

BAGUIO CITY, Jan. 3(PIA)-- There is an urgent need to revive and to sustain the source of water which is necessity for the survival of all living creatures that include human, plants and

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DEPED OPENS DOOR FOR HIGH SCHOOL ARTS SCHOLARS
Posted by: RD HELEN R. TIBALDO | August 30, 2010


The Department of Education is opening the door for another future world-class artist like Raymond Red who was the first Filipino to win the highly-coveted Palme d’Or award at the internationally-renowned Cannes Film Festival in France.

Red is an alumnus of the Philippine High School for the Arts (PHSA).

The Department of Education is now accepting applications from graduating elementary students (Grade VI or Grade VII) to be among the young arts scholars who will have the privilege of full scholarship to a special education focused on the arts offered by PHSA in Makiling, Los Banos, Laguna.

“This scholarship privilege will enable budding artists to realize their full potential in various art disciplines and who will one day make the country proud,” said DepEd Secretary Br. Armin Luistro, FSC.

PHSA is a government-run special secondary school for young artists. PHSA conducts screening of applicants annually to continuously search for artistically talented children who will be given special training in the field of dance (ballet and folk dance), creative writing, music, theater and visual arts. The school’s curriculum is intended to ensure continuing source of artists of excellence and leaders in the preservation and promotion of Filipino artistic and cultural traditions.

Successful applicants will be awarded free tuition, textbooks, board and lodging, a modest monthly stipend, individualized classes with master teachers, and a chance to represent the country in international competitions and exchange programs. The scholarship grant is renewable every year upon satisfaction of both academic and non-academic requirements.

Eligible applicants must be Filipino citizens with no pending application as immigrant to any foreign country. He/she should have outstanding ability in dance (folk dance or ballet), music (instrument or voice), theater, visual arts and creative writing; graduating Grade VI or VII pupils this SY 2010-2011; able to take up the scholarship in the school year for which the scholarship is granted; proficient in oral and written language (English and Filipino); good health condition; willing to study in a boarding school; and determined to pursue a college in fine arts or architecture, music, dance, theater, creative writing, journalism or any related courses upon graduation from PHSA. He/she should not be more than 15 years old.

Luistro also related that the specialized curriculum PHSA offers is what the department wishes to push through once the K+12 program is institutionalized.


“We should push for the kind of curriculum that will enhance the multi-intelligence of the students. It is also important that the curriculum is relevant to the needs of the industry and responds to the needs of our students,” explained Luistro.

Interested applicants may send their accomplished form and other requirements by mail or by personally bringing them to the Annual Nationwide Search for Young Art Scholars Committee, Philippine High School for the Arts, national Arts Center, Mt. Makiling, College 4031, Laguna.

For creative writing applicants, additional requirements include a neatly presented portfolio of not less than ten (10) samples of writings (e.g. short story, poem, essay) in Filipino and/or English, typewritten, double-spaced on A4 white bond paper authenticated by the school principal or teacher-in-charge. For music, applicants are required to submit a video-taped performance on a CD or DVD format. For visual arts, applicants may also submit ten (10) images of artworks (jpeg format) in CD or DVD.

Downloadable application form and pertinent information about the school and the scholarship are available from the following websites - www.phsa.edu.ph; www.deped.gov.ph; and www.ncca.gov.ph.

Applicants who qualify in the preliminary evaluation will be notified by PHSA for further assessment and live audition at a specified Regional Test and Audition Center. The PHSA will announce the exact location of the audition centers by email.

Deadline for the submission of applications is on August 30, 2010.**DepEd Release
 

MEDIA GROUP GOES CRAZY AGAIN
Posted by: RD HELEN R. TIBALDO | August 30, 2010


As part of their offering for Baguio City’s 101th anniversary celebration, members of the Cordillera News Agency are staging another concert on September 2, 2010 at the Cafe by the Ruins.

Dubbed "Crazy on Baguio 2", the event will start with the opening of an art exhibit entitled "Explorations" featuring works by local artists at about 5PM to be followed by an essay and poetry event called “Notebook Reading” by the Baguio Writers' Group.

After the art exhibit and poetry reading, the venue will then turn into a concert hall of sorts with C N A members attempting to relive music of the past with Domecio Cimatu Jr. doing a Frank Sinatra, Art Tibaldo doing an Elvis Presley and Tom Jones.

Baboo Mondonedo, Carmel Chammag, Lilian Oliva, Laarni Sibayan-Ilagan, Sonny Boy Sanidad will also sing popular songs that stayed in the music billboards for decades. Rose White, Rosemarie Dulnuan and Alah Sungduan will also be singing pop songs while backup and instrumentation will be provided by a local band called the Chandlers.

It can be recalled that the same group except for Sanidad and Sungduan performed at the same venue in celebration to Baguio’s centennial anniversary last year. Tibaldo, who is the Technical Director of CNA-TV, is considering the addition of a musical variety of their weekly cable television program.

Cordillera News Agency-Television program dubbed “This Is Baguio TV Show” pioneered local community programming when it started airing news feeds and features and involved mass communication students as early as August of 1993 with a temporary studio at the University of the Philippines. **
 

BIR IMPROVES TAX COLLECTION
Posted by: RD HELEN R. TIBALDO | August 30, 2010


BAGUIO CITY - The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in the Cordillera improved its tax collection with P2,002 billion from January to August this year or an increase of P272 million or 15 percent over the same period last year.

BIR Regional Director, Atty. Norberto D. Vitug, said that with their intensified tax information campaign helped improve their tax collection.

The income tax and the collection of the Value Added Tax (VAT) greatly contributed to the enhancement of our collection, Vitug said.

We implemented new approaches to boost collection by writing our taxpayers, reminding them and giving guidelines on when and how to pay their tax making it easier to file their return, he said.

The BIR also pursued and intensified its tax compliance verification drive, going after tax evaders by imposing “Oplan Kandado”. Three establishments were padlocked in Baguio City due to non-registration of business tax.

Establishments are required to register their business, display the BIR certificate of registration, the registration fee for the current year and “Notice to the Public/Ask for Receipt”.

Vitug added that taxi drivers should issue official receipt and that the passengers should ask for it upon paying their fare. We need the cooperation of each and everyone. The paying public should always demand for an official receipt every time they pay goods or services.
Meanwhile, the bureau’s “Premyo sa Resibo” is continuing. It can be recalled that a taxpayer from Baguio City won P1 million from the program.

To join “premyo sa resibo” , asks for a receipt from your purchases and using your cellular phone text the following: PSR<space> TIN of the receipt<*> O.R. number<*> amount in the receipt. Example is: PSR 008003071035*49724*150.

Prizes at stake are P30 load, P5, 000 cash, brand new car and P1 million pesos. *** (joseph b. zambrano/pia)
 

OWWA INVITES 4TH YEAR HS DEPENDENTS OF OFWS TO APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP
Posted by: RD HELEN R. TIBALDO | August 30, 2010


BAGUIO CITY – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) is calling on fourth year high school students who are dependent of active Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) to apply for the OWWA Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP).
This was reiterated by OWWA OIC Regional Director Evelyn Laranang during the launching of the regional search of the 2010 Model OFW Family of the Year Award (MOFYA) last week.

According to Laranang, the EDSP is open to all fourth year high school who is either a child of a married OFW or a brother/sister of a single or unmarried OFW, and active OWWA member.

The top 150 examiners for this year’s qualifying examination nationwide will be included as OWWA EDSP scholars.

‘Application for the qualifying examination is already available at the OWWA regional office or can be downloaded from the OWWA website – www.owwa.gov.ph. Deadline for submission is September 30,’ Laranang said.

Last year, six students from the region – one each from Baguio and Benguet and four from Kalinga, qualified for the scholarships. Four of them are now enrolled at the Saint Louis University, one at the University of Baguio and one enrolled in a university in Manila. At present, OWWA-CAR maintains 29 EDSP scholars for the region.

EDSP provides a P60,000 per year or P30,000 per semester scholarship assistance to qualified scholars, who can enroll in any four to five years baccalaureate course in any Commission on Higher Education (CHED)- accredited higher education institution in the country.
For the documentary requirements, applicants need to show an OWWA membership certification for their OFW benefactor, a birth certificate (for a child of an OFW) and birth certificate of both the applicant and his OFW brother or sister (if the applicant is a sibling of a single OWWA member OFW), a certification from their school (for good moral character and certification that they belong to the high school graduating batch), an a health certificate.

The applications can be submitted to the OWWA regional office located at Private Road, Magsaysay Avenue, Baguio City or can be endorsed through the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) provincial offices.

For more details and information, interested applicants can call OWWA-CAR at telephone numbers 445-2260 or 300-3658.

Meanwhile, Laranang also reiterated OWWA’s call on any non-government organization , people’s organization (POs), religious organizations or associations, community-based socio-civic organizations/associations, and local government units all throughout the region, to send in their nominations for the 2010 Regional Search for the Most Outstanding OFW Family of the Year Awards (MOFYA). Deadline for nominations is on September 17.

The MOFYA search is a yearly activity of OWWA where two winners will be chosen by a Regional Screening and Selection Committee , one each from the land- based and the sea-based OFW category.

The regional winners will then compete with the winners in the 16 other regions, for the National Model OFW Family of the Year Award. **Lito Dar/PIA
 

CITY INTENSIFIES ANTI-DENGUE DRIVE, ACTIVATES ’LITTLE DENGUE BRIGADES
Posted by: RD HELEN R. TIBALDO | August 30, 2010


BAGUIO CITY – With big increase in dengue cases this year, the City Health Services Office (HSO) has intensified its anti-dengue campaigns in partnership with other agencies.

City Health Officer, Dr. Florence Reyes bared that the HSO recently held a meeting with the Department of Education Baguio (DepEd-Baguio) officials and representatives from the different public and private schools in the city for the re-activation of ‘Little Dengue Brigades,’ in schools.

‘The Little Dengue Brigades will be composed of a pupil from each grade four, five and six class and the teachers of lower grade classes. They will be in-charge in monitoring possible mosquito breeding grounds such as empty containers and flower pots, inside and outside their classrooms, as well as in the school surroundings,’ Reyes explained.

Reyes also reminds the students, particularly those in the elementary, that in-line with the ‘self-protection’ info campaign, to wear long sleeves, pants and even long socks, when going to school to protect themselves from dengue bites especially during the dengue peak time of 6-8 am. and 4-6 pm.

Reyes also affirmed that the city government through the City HSO and in partnership with the Department of Health (DOH), intensified its anti-dengue campaigns and is now involve in a massive information drive especially on the 4S (Search and Destroy, Self-protection, Seek early consultation and Say no to indiscriminate fogging) campaign against dengue.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan himself, is now leading various clean-up drives on the city’s different barangays and as part of Baguio’s 101st chartered anniversary. He also spearheaded a city wide clean-up drive Friday, August 27.

In the info drive, Reyes reiterated to the public the use of plastic net covers for drums, ‘operation taob’ – for empty containers and the ‘operation yugyug’ for backyard plants like ‘Bromilliad’ and Fortune Plants.

‘In a test done by our entomologists, a single bottle cap or tansan, can house about seven kiti-kiti or mosquito larvae, so how much on the stagnant water deposited into open containers and plants, Dr. Reyes stressed.

As of August 20, there were already 503 dengue cases recorded in the city or an increase of 162 percent compared to the 192 cases recorded during the same period last year, Reyes bared.

According to Reyes, the sharp increase in cases is just as expected, as dengue is cyclic, ‘tumataas ang kaso ng mga dengue, every two to three years especially during the rainy season’.

‘About 90 percent of our city’s barangays, has recorded at least two and more dengue cases, but in our clean-up campaign we should focus on all of the city’s 128 barangays,’ Reyes said.

The rise in dengue cases is noted in many regions and dengue is fast becoming a national health problem. As of August 14, a total of 54,659 cases were already reported nationwide, including 429 deaths. This figure is 74.9 percent higher for the same period last year. Regions with most numbers of cases were Western Visayas with 7,680 cases, Central Mindanao – 6,470, CALABARZON – 5,739, Eastern Visayas – 5,543, NCR – 4,744, Southern Mindanao – 4,658 and Northern Mindanao with 3,935 cases.

For CAR, Department of Health (DOH-CAR) Dengue coordinator Dr. Alexei Marrero reported a total of 2,577 dengue cases throughout the region as of August 21, a 153 percent increase compared with the same period last year. **Lito Dar/PIA
 

BCPO ASSURES SAFETY OF TOURISTS, FOREIGN RESIDENTS
Posted by: RD HELEN R. TIBALDO | August 30, 2010

 

BAGUIO CITY – The Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) assures the safety of the tourists and the foreigner residents in the city amid the August 23 hostage incident in Manila that claimed the lives of eight Hongkong tourists, and its readiness to respond to any emergency situation.

In a Kapihan forum launching the region’s observance of the National Crime Prevention Week in September, Police Relation Officer SPO4 Viyo Hidalgo stressed that the BCPO maintains a year-round crime prevention mindset, and the emergency response team such as the Special Weapon and Tactical (SWAT) teams are capable to respond to any given emergency situation.

BCPO Deputy Director for Administration, P/Supt Constancio Chinayog, also confirmed that that the city’s SWAT team is well trained and that all of their personnel have undergone crisis management seminars. ‘It all goes down on the logistical requirements, application na lang, depende sa given crisis situation,’ Chinayog said.

The BCPO also affirmed that they have already increased police visibility in key areas in the city. They are also currently coordinating with the different barangay officials for the re-activations of their ‘barangay tanod.’

The city police is also currently implementing a ‘Cops on the School’ program which assures the safety of students going to and going home from their schools. They have created student crime prevention committees in close coordination with the different school administrators in the city, in addition to the regular ‘TOP COPS’ or tourist police which are closely manning the different tourist spots in the city.

In the same forum, BCPO Deputy City director for Operations P/Supt. Andrew Cayad also stressed that the city’s crime volume is also on the downward trend. From 571 last January, it went down to 351 by June.

In line with the Manila hostage incident, the BCPO also held an actual training exercise, Thursday morning, depicting an emergency response with the same scenario.
Meanwhile, President Benigno Aquino III declared last Wednesday, August 25 as a National Day of Mourning, in solidarity with the people of Hongkong and the bereaved families of the eight Hongkong tourists that were killed during hostage incident at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila.

The President, through Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo, also has already expressed his condolences to the People’s Republic of China and to the people of Hongkong. He also instructed Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo and Justice Secretary Leila De Lima, to head a thorough investigation of the incident.**Lito Dar/PIA
 

COMMUNITY, SCHOOLS ACTIVE INVOLVEMENT IN CRIME,DRUG PREVENTION SOUGHT
Posted by: RD HELEN R. TIBALDO | August 30, 2010


BAGUIO CITY – The Cordillera region joins the nation in the celebration of National Crime Prevention Week (NCPW) this first week of September. The theme is “Komunidad at Pulisya, Magkasama Tungo sa Pag-unlad ng Bayan,” with the slogan “Ako, Ikaw, Tayong Lahat Laban Sa Krimen,”.

To launch the schedule of activities for the NCPW that will be observed in the region for the whole month, the NCPW, the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM), in partnership with the Police Regional Office – Cordillera (PRO-Cor), had a Kapihan Forum Wednesday at the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG-CAR) conference hall.

According to NAPOLCOM Regional Director Pedro Mangannon, the NCPW, which is accordance with Presidential Proclamation 461 (made in 1994), aims to promote community involvement and participation in crime prevention. It also hopes to build public commitment and participation in activities that effectively deter commission of crimes.
BCPO deputy director for administration, P/Supt. Constancio Chinayog stressed that they have scheduled various crime prevention information awareness campaigns with various schools and barangays in the city for the observance.

Chinayog stressed that the community and schools active involvement in crime prevention, especially in the city is important. ‘The city’s police force is not enough to secure all the more than 300,000 population of Baguio, even with our present mandate to perform a 12-hours duty. The community through the different barangays and other civic organizations act as force multiplier in crime prevention,’ Chinayog said.

Baguio Center for Young Adults (BCYA) head Ms. Marlene De Castro, also stressed the need for a ‘paradigm shift’ in the mindset of the people in the community, in terms of crime prevention. ‘Kadalasan kasi kapag may crime, isip ng tao huwag makialam, o takot, sinasabi nila trabaho ng pulis iyan, ito iyung paradigm shift, dapat kapag may violence against women and children o kapag may magnanakaw, ay makialam ang mga tao sa mga barangay,’ De Castro said.

‘The Protection and security of a community is not only a police work, it is everybody’s concern. The people in community, are the eyes and ears of their respective barangays, they should be actively involve, in securing and protecting the community themselves, in coordination with the police, De Castro added.

In the same forum, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Regional Director P/CInsp. Edgar Apalla announced that PDEA, in partnership with the City’s Anti Drug Abuse Council (CADAC) – through BCYA, Baguio City National High School (BCNHS) and other high schools in the city, will be conducting training for ‘Junior Police,’ that will be formed in the city’s different high school campuses.

According to De Castro, the training on junior police will include lectures on the problem of illegal drugs, its symptoms and sign so they will know how to detect drug users, young people or anybody who is into drugs and the role they will do, as junior police. ‘In this line of endeavor, values education is also important, to be involved in community work and policing’, she added.

Meantime, Apalla informed that PDEA, in coordination with the Department of Health, is coordinating with the city’s public transport sector for a possible conduct of mandatory drug testing for public utility drivers including truck drivers.

In an interview, City’s Public Transport Affairs Office head Jun Itliong stressed his support to Apalla’s plan of mandatory drug testing for public utility drivers.

Other NCPW Committee members present at the forum were DILG, Baguio City Police Office (BCPO), Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, Highway Patrol Group, Bureau of Jail and Management and the Public Attorney’s Office. **Lito Dar/PIA
 

CORDILLERA GRAND SLAM WINNER IN THE 2010 TESDA INSTITUTIONAL AWARDS
Posted by: RD HELEN R. TIBALDO | August 30, 2010


BAGUIO CITY – The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority – Cordillera (TESDA-CAR) bagged three top honors in TESDA’s 2010 Institutional Awards held Wednesday, August 25 in Manila.

According to TESDA-CAR Regional Director Cenon Querubin, the three top awards Cordillera won can be considered as a grand slam as it is the first time that a region won top honors in the three institutional awards categories.

For the National TESDA IDOL, Renante Cobcobo won over 11 participants from other regions. Cobcobo, who started with a cosmetology Tek-Bok course, now owns and manages two beauty salons in La Trinidad, Benguet and one in Bontoc, Mountain Province. Cobcobo also writes a weekly column in the lifestyle section of Sunstar Baguio.

Danilo Adlaon of Region 10, Rodolfo Espino of Region 3 and Jalel Moises Maximo of region 1, were the first, second and third runner up winners, respectively.

The nationwide search for the TESDA IDOL aims to give due recognition to the men or women, who took one or more Tech-Voc programs from TESDA and/or from its network of public/private institutions, who have attained skills excellence and success in their chosen occupation and contributed to the economic growth in their communities; to increase the level of awareness and appreciation of tech-voc education among the general public in the country; and to raise the self-confidence level and boost the morale of tech-voc graduates.

TESDA-CAR also won in the National Trainers Encounter. Regional Training Center Machining Trainer Serafin M. Lauro emerged top in the machining category. Lauro got the opportunity to compete in the National Trainers Encounter when he bested three other competitors in the Luzon Zonal Trainers encounter held in Palawan last May.
The said skills encounter was a battle of TESDA’s best trainers. It underscores a crucial trait of a Tech-Voc Education and Training (TVET) Trainer, which is a world class skills and appropriate work ethic.

Xijen College of Mountain Province was also awarded as the national winner in the Institutional category of the Kabalikat Awards.

Kabalikat Awards is TESDA’s annual institutional award recognizing and honoring its outstanding partners in the promotion and enhancement of technical education and skills development. Aside from institutions, the said awards also conferred to Local Government Units and Private firms (industry) or competencies.

Trophies, certificate of recognition and cash prizes were conferred to the winners of the 2010 Institutional Awards.

Guest of honor during the awarding was Executive Secretary Pacquito Ochoa **Lito Dar/PIA
 

TOURISM INDUSTRY IN JEOPARDY AS A RESULT OF THE HOSTAGE INCIDENT
Posted by: RD HELEN R. TIBALDO | August 30, 2010


The Department of Tourism is preparing for the worst case scenario in the tourism industry after the tragic hostage crisis in Manila that caused the death of eight Chinese nationals last week.

With the report of DOT Secretary Alberto Lim that the effect of the hostage crisis in the tourism industry could last up to three months, the local tourism department is assessing the tourism and marketing strategies to be done.

DOT Cordillera Regional Director Purificacion Molintas, who heads the Area Unified Tourism Organization (AUTO) in North Luzon, had an initial meeting and assessment with the situation of tourism north of Manila. The AUTO is an organization composed of local government units, tourism agencies and the private sector that makes tourism policies and marketing strategies in the whole of North Luzon which includes regions 1, 2, 3 and the Cordillera Region.

AUTO members in the Northern Luzon provinces reported cancelation of bookings particularly in Laoag in Ilocos Norte. Reservations from Kaohsiung, Taiwan and chartered flights from Hong Kong have also been cancelled, Molintas added.

On Thursday, a Hong Kong Express plane picked up at least 50 tourists in Laoag and brought them back to Hong Kong. All the Hong Kong Express flights in Manila, Clark and Laoag have already been cancelled.

The DOT is hopeful that the incident will not immediately affect the tourism industry here in the Cordillera region.
So far, there are no reported cancellation of bookings with respect to the Chinese nationals and other foreign nationals in the region She expressed hope that the other countries will not cancel bookings in the aftermath of that hostage incident.

Molintas explained that at least 1500 Chinese tourists visit the city alone and they are in the top 10 of tourists visiting the country yearly. Even with the small number of Chinese tourist that arrive in Baguio it still contributes to the economy of Baguio City and the adjoining towns of the province of Benguet, she added.

Molintas said what the DOT can do is to cushion the negative impact of the hostage incident. We will come out with more vigilant tourism and marketing strategies together with local government units, private sectors and the other stake holders she adds.

On the other hand, Tourism Officer Benedicto Alhambra said that this time of the year is generally lean months for tourism with the expected rains and typhoons in the region. But still, domestic tourists still come to Baguio for their Lakbay Aral and educational tours.
Alhambra added that the city tourism and the DOT will have a pro active approach to answer this problem on the industry. They will be meeting with the tourism sector including travel and tour operators and hoteliers in the city.

In an interview with Baguio City Congressman Bernardo Vergara, a member of the committee on tourism in the congress, he disclosed that they will meet with the Department of Foreign Affairs, DOT and other stake holders to come out with a better plan on how to handle the tourism situation in the country.

Meanwhile, the DOT and the Baguio City Tourism office have offered masses at several churches in the city and even lighted incense and offered prayers at the Chinese Bell Church for the victims of the tragedy. **Redjie Cawis/ PIA
 

ABALOS WANTS A NEW TRADING POST
Posted by: RD HELEN R. TIBALDO | August 30, 2010


With the rising demand of the Benguet Vegetables, the municipality of La Trinidad wants to have another vegetable trading post.

Municipal Mayor Gregorio Abalos said that the municipal government is aiming to have a new trading post to ease the congestion at the trading post in Kilometer 5, La Trinidad, Benguet.

Abalos said that the trading post now is filled up every day with trucks of traders coming from the different municipalities in Benguet and Mountain Province and other traders pick up these produce to be brought to the markets in the lowlands and the National Capital Region (NCR) and even as far as Mindanao.

The municipality is planning to make a two hectare land at the Benguet State University Strawberry Farm lot into a new vegetable trading post. This is wider than the one in KM 5, and trucks can move here freely avoiding the traffic jam and congestion along the main highway, Abalos said.

The municipal government will be conducting meetings and consultation with the BSU authorities for their planned trading post. He explained that the LGU is tapping other partners in the government and private sector for their development project because for one, the town has limited land area.

The establishment of the La Trinidad vegetable trading post in the early ‘80s made the vegetable industry in Benguet a very lucrative business and a dream come true for the local government of La Trinidad that supervises the vegetable venture.
Agricultural land rich La Trinidad municipality is acknowledged as the largest trading post for vegetables in the country with more than 1,000 tons from the entire Benguet Province passing through the place daily thus ensuring steady supply to Metro Manila and other parts of Luzon.

However, over the years the municipality has been plagued by two major production problems, the increased use of inorganic fertilizers and pesticides in order to cope with ever-increasing demand and the high volume of daily wastage for as much as 60 tons daily at the trading post. **Redjie Cawis/ PIA
 

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