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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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123 ARMY RECRUITS UNDERGO CANDIDATE SOLDIER COURSE
Posted by: RD HELEN R.TIBALDO | August 20, 2011

BAGUIO CITY, Aug. 15 - - Some 123 Army recruits, mostly from the Cordillera Region, are undergoing Candidate Soldier Course conducted by the 5th Infantry Division, Philippine Army in at Camp Melchor F dela Cruz, Upi, Gamu, Isabela.

BGen Mario A Mendoza, Assistant Division Commander, who was the keynote speaker during the opening program last August 2, told the new candidate soldiers that they are the chosen from among thousands of aspirants during the pre-qualifying phase of the recruitment process. He said that they possess the best characteristics that the command is seeking to qualify in the three months of rigorous training.

Mendoza stressed that the training that they will undergo is rigid and challenging and they will be exposed to difficult situations, not only to test their endurance and presence of mind, but also to encourage them to be the best in handling difficult situations with confidence.

He urged the recruits to remain united and committed in learning the basics of soldiery as expected among them. “I expect you to encourage one another not just to survive the challenges ahead but to mold your mind and character as real and deserving candidate soldiers,” he said.

Among those who grace the opening ceremony of CSC Class 275-11 were officers and enlisted personnel and civilian employees of the Command led by Col Raul V Bautista, and parents of the recruits.

Among the candidate soldiers are those who passed the qualifying examinations the 5ID conducted in Abra and Kalinga earlier this year in efforts to help those interested to enter the military service but do not t have the resources to take qualifying exams in test centers outside the Cordillera.(PA/PIA CAR)
 

SEC. SERING CALLS ON LGUS TO INTEGRATE CLIMATE CHANGE VULNERABILITY ASSESSMENT IN LOCAL PROGRAMS
Posted by: RD HELEN R.TIBALDO | August 20, 2011

BAGUIO CITY, Aug. 16 (PIA) - - Secretary Mary Lucille Sering, National Climate Change Commission vice-chairperson, called on all local government units (LGUs) to integrate climate change vulnerability assessment in their local programs.

This was stressed by Sering to members of the Philippine Councilors League (PCL) during the opening day of the three-day PCL summit at the Baguio Convention Center here, last Friday.

According to Sering, it is high time for the different LGUs in the country to integrate local climate change vulnerability assessment in their programs as the effect of climate change is already being felt all over the world. We have witnessh the devastation brought by Typhoon Ondoy and Pepeng in 2009, he said.

Sering also stressed that the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Service Administration (PAGASA) projected that in the next ten years, the country will experience a much hotter and dryer years during summer season and more frequent and stronger weather disturbances during the rainy season.

He stressed that the government, through their office has already started its climate change adaptation and mitigation program since the last administration. Now through the directive and effort of President Benigno Aquino III, they are now finalizing the country’s climate change action plan.

Sering explained that there is now what they call as a twin global objectives against climate change which include climate change mitigation or greenhouse gas reduction and climate change adaptation.

For the country, Sering also stressed that the government is also pushing for the green growth engine, which includes advocacy on sustainable energy and environmental and ecological stability.

In line with this, President Aquino already issued Executive Order No. 23 for a moratorium or ban on logging nationwide to protect and preserve the country’s existing natural forests. For the rehabilitation or reforestation of the country’s denuded forest areas, P-Noy also issued EO no. 26 or the National Greening Program which aims to plant billions of trees to millions of acres of denuded forest and barren lands.

Sering stressed that the different LGUs in the country must also do their part to help in such effort as he called on the local legislators to help in integrating vulnerability assessment in all programs and activities of their respective localities. This also includes exploration of co-benefits of a program that will benefit the majority and not only the privilege few and to be pro-active in assessing the performance indicators – that is the green Audit Mechanism.

He underscored that the LGUs must be the frontline agencies in the formulation, planning and implementation of local climate change action plans and it shall be the responsibility of the national government to extend technical and financial assistance to LGUs for the accomplishments of such plans.

Sering was one of the resource person invited by the PCL, for its first summit that focused on climate change and the challenges it poses on urbanization.*(JDP/LD-PIA CAR)

NMIS CONDUCTS CORDILLERA MEAT INSPECTORS’ CONGRESS
Posted by: RD HELEN R.TIBALDO | August 20, 2011

BAGUIO CITY, Aug. 17 (PIA) - - More than 40 meat inspectors from the different provinces and the two cities in Cordillera join the three-day Regional Meat Inspectors’ Congress that opens today at the at Supreme Hotel in the city.

The congress organized by the National Meat Inspection Service-Cordillera (NMIS-CAR), carries the theme, ”Supporting the Local Government Units (LGUs) in their Endeavor to be Self-reliant and Continue the Powers, Duties and Functions Vested upon them’.

This is in line with the Department of Agriculture’s Agri-Pinoy program and NMIS mandate to protect the meat consuming public through efficient and effective meat inspection service.

According to NMIS-CAR OIC Regional Technical Director Dr. Florencio Pintor, the Congress aims to update LGUs on the latest approved NMIS guidelines and to ensure the implementation and enforcement of such guidelines. These will serve as their tool in decision making while performing their duties and to increase their skills in slaughtering operations.

For the three-day congress, meat inspectors will be given seminars on: Developing the Philippine Meat Control System (for LGUs); General Guidelines on Labeling of Meat and Meat Products; Legal Procedures in Conducting Post-abbatoir inspection and Legal Matters Pertaining to Meat Inspection; on the Salient Features of the

Meat Inspection Code of Philippines (RA 9296) and the guidelines in the implementation of Meat Inspection Service by LGUs.
Other topics to be discussed are the Registry of LGU Personnel and meat establishments, the Meat Establishment Improvement Program (MEIP) guidelines and other meat inspection issues and concerns of the different LGUs in Cordillera.

Resource persons for the congress includes NMIS Central office Meat Science Technology Service Division chief Dr. Marvin Vicente; Dr. Bong Manalo of Meat Export and Import Assistance Service; Accreditation, Registration, Enforcement Service Division chief Dr. Randy Lontoc; NMIS Region VII Regional Technical Director Dr. Romeo Capa; NMIS-CAR Senior Meat Control Officer Dr. Yvette Soller and NMIS-CAR Meat Inspector Cesar Caccam.*(JDP/LD-PIA CAR)

22 CORDI TOWNS QUALIFY FOR P1 M PERFORMANCE CHALLENGE FUND
Posted by: RD HELEN R.TIBALDO | August 20, 2011

BAGUIO CITY, Aug.17 (PIA) - - Twenty-two out of the 53 fourth to sixth class municipalities in Cordillera have qualified for the P1 Million Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) of the national government after they were awarded last week with a ‘Seal of Housekeeping’ by the Department of Interior and Local Government-Cordillera (DILG-CAR).

The awardees are the municipalities of Lagangilang, Pilar and San Juan of Abra; Sta Marcela of Apayao; Bokod, Kibungan, Sablan and Tublay of Benguet; Asipulo, Banaue, Kiangan, Lagawe, Lamut, Mayoyao, Tinoc and Hingyon in Ifugao; Rizal and Tanudan of Kalinga; and Besao, Sabangan, Sagada and Tadian in Mountain Province.

The PCF is a financial subsidy to Local Government Units (LGUs) who practice transparency and accountability as signified by the ‘Seal of Good Housekeeping’. This involves a counterpart sharing from the LGUs.

The P1 Million PCF subsidy and with the LGU counterpart can be used as subsidy for on-going or proposed big projects of the LGUs; counterpart funds for the LGUs foreign-assisted projects; co-financing for joint projects with other LGUs; and as counterpart for projects of the LGUs with the private sector in the context of public-private partnership in establishing more economic activities.

The Seal of Good Housekeeping (for LGUs) is in line with DILG’s commitment to aggressively scale up interventions to elevate the practice of governance that values participation, accountability, responsiveness and transparency into an institutionalized status.

Acquiring a Seal of Good Housekeeping with an incentive of a P1 Million PCF Fund will be a yearly challenge for LGUs. To be awarded with such seal, an LGU must be evaluated to have a sound fiscal management highlighting the absence of adverse Commission on Audit opinion on their financial statements, and have been practising transparent and accountable governance - putting value on the government’s Full Disclosure Policy.

LGUs who are awarded the ‘Seal’ will also be prioritized for other government programs assistance, grants and subsidies. *(JDP/LD-PIA CAR)

PNoy LEADS SWITCH ON OF BURNHAM PARK PUBLIC LIGHTING
Posted by: RD HELEN R.TIBALDO | August 20, 2011

BAGUIO CITY, Aug. 19(PIA) -- The city’s premier park will soon be very bright at night but taxpayers need not worry of mounting electric bills as the lighting is energy saving using efficient lighting technologies for public lighting.

Today, August 19 at 7:00 PM, President Benigno S. Aquino III and Department of Energy(DOE) officials will lead the switch on ceremony of the Burnham Park public lighting at the skating area.

This project under the Public Lighting Retrofit Program of the Philippine Energy Efficiency Project(PEEP), aims to demonstrate the attainment of energy savings through the adoption of efficient lighting technologies for public lighting.

First to be retrofitted are the Melvin Jones Football area, Igorot Park, Picnic Groove, Lake area, skating rink, Rose garden and Children’s playgrounds in Burnham Park and the horseback riding area at Wright Park.

The public lighting retrofit program is implemented in Baguio City and Cagayan de Oro.

According to the DOE, the project in Baguio City covering Burnham Park and Wright Park, involves the replacement of 250-watt and 150 watt mercury vapor lamps with 70-watt high pressure sodium(HPS) vapor lamps for street lighting, and the replacement of 754 watt decorative lamps with 15-watt bollard type compact fluorescent lamp.

As the sodium lights are more efficient in terms of cost and power outage, this could have energy saving of 293,446 kilowatt hour per year and save the city government up to P 2.93 million a year in power bills.

With a project cost of P5million, payback period could be in 1.7 to two years, the DOE project brief stated.

This demonstration lighting project of Burham Park is a big boost to the ongoing development of this premier park to boost the tourism industry in the city.

For the realization of this project, a Memorandum of Agreement was forged last year between the DOE and the city government.

Under the MOA, DOE provides funding for materials and labor costs of the Burnham Park lighting project, and facilitates the bidding and awarding to a qualified electrical contractor while the city government provides assistance in the implementation of the project.

Contractor for this project is FUMACO Incorporated.

Funded by the Asian Development Bank(ADB), the PEEP also covers retrofitting of government office buildings and traffic lighting in local government units. * (JDP/ PIA CAR)

DPWH INCLUDES CITY’S NATIONAL ROAD DRAINAGE SYSTEM IN ITS PRIORITY
Posted by: RD HELEN R.TIBALDO | August 20, 2011

BAGUIO CITY, Aug. 19 (PIA) - - The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH-CAR) is now prioritizing the inclusion of the repair or rehabilitation of the drainage system in the city’s national road as present structures are now getting problems on its water carrying capacity.

This was disclosed by DPWH Baguio City District Engineer Ireneo Gallato, in a kapihan forum, Wednesday.

According to Gallato, addressing the drainage problem in the city is now among their priorities as present drainage structures are having problems in absorbing the present volume of water that pass through.

One project, Gallato cited, is the drainage project they are undertaking along Magsaysay Road, which involves 320 pieces of 36-inches in diameter concrete drainage pipes to divert the water flowing down from Quirino Hill and Ferguson down to the Balili river.

“The project aims to mitigate or address the flooding problem along Magsaysay and divert the water down to the Balili River,” Gallato said.

He explained that they will put on improvement projects on the part of the Balili River so that it can accommodate the volume of water that will flow into it.

For the garbage that may flow to the Balili River, Gallato said that they will be putting screens to ensure that garbage would not clog the drainage as well as put more damage to the river.

He also announced that they are coordinating with the city government regarding households and establishments whose sewer lines are tapped on their drainage systems or canals, to control the flow of unsanitary water and materials into the Balili River.

“Addressing the drainage problem in the city can also be a part of our Disaster Risk Reduction and Management effort because it can anticipate possible flooding that typhoons could possibly bring into the city as in the case of the water coming from Quirino Hill and Ferguson that contribute to the flooding in the City Camp Lagoon area,” Gallato added. *(JDP/LD-PIA CAR)

DOH WARNS PUBLIC ANEW AGAINST DENGUE
Posted by: RD HELEN R.TIBALDO | August 13, 2011

BAGUIO CITY, Aug. 10 (PIA) - - With the rainy weather being experienced these days, the Department of Health (DOH) is reminding the public anew to be vigilant against the dengue virus that could be contracted by anyone especially the young children and the old ones.

According to DOH-CAR Anti-dengue program coordinator Dr. Alexei Marrero, though the number of dengue cases this year is lower than that of 2010, the public should not be complacent and must remain vigilant as clustering of cases has been noted in some barangays all in the region.

DOH-CAR data shows that from January to August 8 this year, there are recorded 1,395 dengue cases in the region with eight death cases. The figure indicates a decrease by about 54 percent compared to the 3,047 cases recorded during the same period last year, however, the number of death increased as compared to the seven deaths recorded in 2010.

“The public should remain vigilant as we expect the number of dengue cases to rise in the coming months. Thus, we have to continue to implement environmental cleanliness and continue to search and destroy possible mosquito breeding grounds, as dengue can be fatal and can affect anyone”, Marrero said.

Marrero reiterated to the public to continue with the 4S campaign which includes: Search and Destroy, Seek early treatment, Self-protection and Say no to indiscriminate fogging.

In addition, the DOH has been distributing insecticide treated nets to public schools especially to dengue prone barangays. In partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), it has also already started pilot-testing the Oviciadal-Larvicidal (OL) Trap project in some areas all over the country.

Meantime, Health Secretary Enrique Ona, in an earlier statement called on the local government units (LGUs), community leaders and the public to continue organizing clean-up drives in their respective areas to ensure that possible dengue mosquito breeding sites are destroyed.

“We have succeeded in bringing down the cases of dengue but we must avoid complacency. Instead our gains should encourage us to keep up the good work”, Ona said.

At the national level, from January to July 23 this year, dengue cases already reached 38,876 cases with 226 deaths reported. Though the number of cases is about 25.85 percent lesser compared to the 52,428 cases recorded during the same period in 2010, dengue outbreak, as well as clustering of cases has been recorded in various parts of the country. *(JDP/LD-PIA CAR)

BAGUIO GEN HOSPITAL CLARIFIES TRAINING FEE FOR NURSING GRADUATES
Posted by: RD HELEN R.TIBALDO | August 13, 2011

BAGUIO CITY, Aug. 8 (PIA) - - The chief nurse of the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC) clarified that they are not charging fee for nursing students or graduates to undergo volunteer or internship work in their hospitals but rather for actual training and practicum for nurses.

This was stressed by BGHMC Chief Nurse Elena Tampican in a media forum last week. According to Tampican, what a nursing student or graduate is paying is actually for the ‘Enhancement of the Skills and Attitude of Nurses’ training requirements and needed materials.

She explained that the training lasts for almost five months as it includes about three-weeks of lectures from some of the BGHMC department heads and medical experts, plus an actual hospital training or practicum for four months.

Tampican also stressed the need for giving actual training to the nursing graduates not only to learn actual hospital operation but also to boost their morale and self-confidence. She shared that she has noticed that nursing graduates nowadays are harder to orient and have less confidence compared to the past graduates.

“There is really a need for actual training for our nursing graduates and those who have undergone training at the BGHMC could attest to this. They are even the ones who are defending us as you can see on Facebook or the internet. Maybe it is because of the quality and the large number of nursing students today which makes their practicum in some nursing schools not adequate enough. We even have nursing students and graduates outside Baguio and from far provinces that come at the hospital applying for the said training,” Tampican said.

She also bared that they get training applicants on a ‘first come, first serve’ basis and depending on their set target number based on the number that their nursing staff could properly supervise or sometimes on the number of patients in the hospital.

“Their practicum is divided into several modules and we also gives pre-test and post-test to the trainees aside from the actual evaluation. We are converting their practicum into actual experience and training to enhance their skills and be prepared on actual hospital works, which is also essential for them in securing a job,” Tampican strssed.* (JDP/LD-PIA CAR)

CITY OFFICIALS INTENSIFY CAMPAIGN AGAINST ILLEGAL GAMBLING
Posted by: RD HELEN R.TIBALDO | August 6,, 2011

BAGUIO CITY, Aug. 1 (PIA) - - “Gambling is a social menace to our society. I had been and will always be against it. I never condone any culture, or practice or vices where money can be made through game of chance”.

These were the words of commitment of Mayor Mauricio Domogan in the city’s fight against illegal gambling, during his State of the City Address (SOCA) last week.

In line with this, Domogan gave directive to the members of the city’s anti-gambling group, , Task Force Jupiter, to intensify their campaign against illegal gambling operations in the city as he called on the citizens not to bet in order for such gambling operations to die naturally.

Domogan reported that in his first year in office, the city’s law enforcers have conducted a total of 39 illegal gambling operations that led to the arrest of 124 personalities and confiscation of more than P40,000 cash bets and assorted gambling paraphernalia. In addition, 33 illegal gambling cases were also already filed in court against the arrested gambling personalities.

He reiterated the importance of the public’s participation in the fight against illegal gambling. “There will be no gambling if there are no bettors. There will be no gambling if there are no gamblers”, Domogan stressed.

Meantime, the City Council on its regular session last week approved a resolution proposed by Councilor Edison Bilog, requesting for the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) to conduct an investigation on the alleged existence of ‘jueteng’ in the city.

The said resolution also calls for the arrest of bet collectors and any other individual involved should the investigation finds out that there is still ‘jueteng’ operations in the city.

The City Council had earlier passed a resolution banning the operation of the ‘Loterya ng Bayan’ in the city. *(JDP/LD-PIA CAR)
 

4P's TO KEEP IMPROVING ITS SERVICES
Posted by: RD HELEN R.TIBALDO | August 6,, 2011

BAGUIO CITY, Aug. 4(PIA)- - The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) or the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in the Cordillera continues to develop tools that would improve program implementation.

According to Cordillera DSWD Regional Director Leonardo Reynoso, the development of spot map for the region and the conduct of case records management for every household beneficiary aim to provide better analysis and understanding of the CCT program and serve as a guide for the agency and its partners in providing rightful assistance for beneficiaries.

During the previous seminar-workshops conducted, it was suggested that spot mapping of every household and the facilities for health and education should be accounted for in order to assess and identify geographically the location of the supply-side in the barangay level, Reynoso explained.

This activity will be done in partnership with the local government unit (LGU), partner volunteer organization, and non-government organizations as well as parent leaders of the program, he said.

The spot map will be posted and consolidated in the municipality and provincial level to allow corrections and updating of information, Reynoso said.

Meanwhile, as of the latest report from the DSWD, a total of P249, 510,500 CCT funds were given to beneficiaries in the different provinces and cities in the region.

The province of Abra has the biggest number of recipients with a total of 25,065 beneficiaries. *(JDP/JBZ-PIA CAR)

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