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Posted by: HELEN R. TIBALDO | January 31, 2011

BAGUIO CITY - Regional Director Celina Claver of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DoTC) announced continuing efforts to crackdown colorum vehicles in the Cordillera.

Claver that their office continue to carry out different strategies in order to prevent the increase of numbers of colorum vehicles particularly taxis with expired franchise. She said their monitoring is abrupt and sometimes they conduct it during night time in different locations.

She admitted that DoTC lack personnel to do enforcement so DoTC has deputized police force whose deputization has to be renewed every three months

“Majority of our enforcers now are job contracts. We are forced to hire job orders because if we don’t hire there is no enforcement.”

“Colorum vehicles are those vehicles which franchises are already expired and are yellow plated, and Public Utility Vehicles (PUVs) which are operating without franchise and are green plated.”
Other colorum vehicle includes taxi units which were dropped from the service due to out-modeled units and are still operating on the streets.

“One of the procedures being enhance by our office is the conduct of thorough inspection if the unit is dropped we remove all the markings and we even get the meter.”

According to Claver she ordered the impounding of vehicles especially those with repeated violations.

She likewise said that they have to strengthen the penalties being imposed so violators won’t take it for granted. *( Mari Cruz /PIA CAR)

Posted by: HELEN R. TIBALDO | January 31, 2011

BAGUIO CITY -- Combating HIV/AIDS remains to be a big task for the country as the Department of Health data shows an increasing trend on the number of diagnosed patients.

In 2010 alone, the DOH National Epidemiology Center recorded 1,417 cases of HIV cases, wherein 94 percent of the patients are male.

Locally, the City Health Services Office (HSO) recorded six positive cases of HIV/AIDS cases, the largest number recorded in a year since the surveillance started in 1984. This brings the total cases recorded in the city to 41, with 17 of the patients already dead.

City HSO Reproductive Health and Wellness Center (RHWC) Head Dr. Celiaflor Brillantes, in an interview, affirmed that HIV/AIDS is still a problem that needed to be addressed especially in line with the country’s commitment to achieve the UN Millennium Development Goal (MDG) by 2015.

For the City HSO, in partnership with the City AIDS Watch Council (AWAC) and other stakeholders, combating HIV/AIDS is a continuous effort.

Brillantes informed that they will be starting with a team building this week in preparation for the Integrated HIV Behavioral and Serological Surveillance (IHBSS) which they will conduct in February, in time with the Baguio Flower Festival or Panagbenga.

While the city is in a festive mood during the Panagbenga, the City Health will also be busy for the conduct of the IHBSS. ‘There are new concepts on conducting IHBSS that we need to tackle. When we conduct our surveillance, we will also be doing mapping of cruising sites of (sex) free-lancers, Men having sex with men (MSMs) and other night (hot) spots, Brillantes said.

She explained that the surveillance does not mean that Baguio is a hot spot for HIV/AIDS. With the surveillance, our objective is to ensure that our nightspots are following the city rules and also to cover the free lancers, which are not from Baguio, together with their route. Free lancing usually increases during the Panagbenga,’ Brillantes said.

According to Brillantes, the city’s registered nightspots and bars are not a threat as far as HIV/AIDs is concerned. They have been cooperative with the RHWC in ensuring the health status of their workers but during such time like Panagbenga, there maybe some who would bring in new and unlicensed/uncertified workers from outside the city just to boost their profit.

The city health department is also wary of the growing number of MSMs that are having HIV/AIDS. In 2010 alone, four of the six positive cases recorded in the city are MSMs.

As for the tourists who will come during the Panagbenga, Brillantes stressed that they are not implying that Baguio night or entertainment spots are dangerous place to visit, but she advised them to be cautious and responsible.

In 2010 alone, the DOH National Epidemiology Center recorded 1,417 cases of HIV cases, wherein 94 percent of the patients are male. *( Lito Dar/ PIA CAR)

Posted by: HELEN R. TIBALDO | January 31, 2011

BAGUIO CITY – All is set for the 16th Flower Festival or Panagbenga 2011. All of the scheduled activities are already calendared while security preparation and other plans for this over a month long festivities are in place.

The Panagbenga festivity will open up on February 1 with the inauguration of the Panagbenga Park, which is located along the Military Cut-off rotunda.

In a recent media forum held at the said park site, Mayor Mauricio Domogan, in behalf of the City of Baguio and the citizenry, expressed his gratitude to the Hotel and Restaurants Association of Baguio (HRAB) and to all the people, who in one way or another contributed to the realization of the Panagbenga Park.

‘We would like to thank the HRAB and those who one way or another contributed for the improvement of this Pangabenga Park. The first flower festival started in this area and from now on starting the staging of this 16th Panagbenga, any activity for the Baguio Flower Festival will start from the Pangbenga Park,’ Domogan said.

According to Domogan, the Panagbenga Festival was conceptualized 16 years ago to boost the city’s tourism sector and with the establishment of the Panagbenga Park, through the concerted effort of the city government and the private sector, he challenge all the people of Baguio, to work together not only for the city’s tourism but for the city’s development as well.

In the same forum, HRAB president and Baguio Country Club General Manager Anthony De Leon announced that by February 1, the Pangbenga Park will be ready with its ‘Dap-ayan’ area, wishing well, the beautifully planned landscape, and a butterfly sanctuary or garden, which will be open free to the public. On the opening day there is also a plan for local artist to have an exhibit on the said park.

To ensure the safety of the Panagbenga Park, the HRAB will hire security guards to man the area. Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) Director David Lacdan, in the same forum, assured that they will be putting in two police personnel for morning and night duty in the park in addition to the regular mobile patrol around. Lacdan also affirmed that they have also already talked to the barangay officials in the area for possible security augmentation from barangay tanods.** (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Posted by: HELEN R. TIBALDO | January 31, 2011

BAGUIO CITY - The Baguio Filipino-Chinese Community opened the Year of the Rabbit with the annual gift sharing to indigent families of barangays San Carlos Heights and Irisan here last Friday.

More than 100 indigent families identified by the City Social Welfare and Development Office received packages containing basic food items and groceries at the Idogan Village Basketball Court at San Carlos Heights.
According to Peter Ng, Executive Committee Vice Chair, the gift sharing is an annual event being undertaken by the Chinese community in sharing their blessings to other people who are in need. This year, Bell Church president Paul Go chairs the committee on humanitarian outreach coordinated with the OCSWADO for the event.

Ng said that the annual gift sharing is one way of bringing the Chinese people and their culture closer to the Filipinos particularly with Baguio residents. They also want to show that Chinese New Year is for all and not for Chinese only.

During the gift giving, the members of the Chinese community also gave out traditional “tikoy” or rice cake to the family beneficiaries and they even taught them on how to cook the Chinese delicacy.

Dr. Charles Cheng added that with the gift giving being done, the Chinese community is being inspired to do more and give more yearly.
Last year the Chinese community shared their gifts with indigent families in San Antonio Village in Aurora Hill. They also helped the family of William Educa, a taxi driver whose son is suffering from congenital heart disease.

Ng disclosed that the spring festival in coordination with the city government will conduct a medical and dental mission sponsored by the SM Foundation at the SM City rotunda on January 27.

The Spring Festival will be highlighted by the Chinese New Year parade on February 4 at 3:00 PM that will start at the top of Session Road going thru the city’s main thoroughfares. ** (Redjie Cawis /PIA CAR)

Posted by: HELEN R. TIBALDO | January 31, 2011

BAGUIO CITY – A total of P1.6 billion worth of dangerous drugs were confiscated by operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Philippine National Police and other law enforcement units or groups in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) in 2010.

According to PDEA – CAR Acting Director Edgar Apalla, bulk of the confiscation was on the confiscated 7,601,433 pieces of full-grown marijuana plants valued the P1,520,286,600.00. This was followed by 846.78 kilos of dried marijuana leaves in brick form valued at P21,169,375.00; 329,555 pieces of marijuana seedling -P13,182,200.00; 431.60 kilos of plain, dried marijuana leaves - P10,789,986.75; 68 kilos of dried marijuana stalk- P8,500,000.00 n 43.31 grams of shabu-P259,869.60 are in; 1,400 grams of marijuana resin-P35,000.00; 1,370 grams of marijuana seed -P34,250.00; and PhP15,693.75 are in tablets and ampules of dangerous drug with accepted medical use.
Such illegal drugs were nabbed in 115 anti-drug operations, which involved 53 buy-busts or entrapments, 37 searches and seizures, 18 marijuana eradications, six warranted searches and one warranted arrest.

The operations also resulted in the pinning down of 93 pushers and 17 possessors of dangerous drug, one financier of illegal drug trade, and one cultivator of marijuana, or a total of 112 arrested persons, four of them minors. 94 of the arrested were men and 18 were women.

PDEA also bared that seven of the arrested drug law violators are in the Target List of Drug Personalities and 12 are in the Watch List. Eight are identified members of local drug groups. There was also one foreign national arrested.
A total of 86 drug-related cases were subsequently filed before the different prosecutor offices and courts all over the Cordillera Region.

Apalla also reported that during the 115 drug law enforcement operations, nine vehicles were impounded and 98 ammunitions, deadly weapons and firearms, and 31 communication equipment were confiscated as non-drug evidence.

Records show that drug -supply-reduction accomplishments in the Cordillera Region from January 1 to December 31, 2010 had generally increased by 26.80% as compared to the same period in 2009.

Apalla believes that such achievement was brought about not only by the good intelligence work of various drug law enforcement units in the region, but also by a more informed, educated and responsive Cordillera communities against drug abuse, and illicit cultivation or manufacture, transport, distribution, prescription and sale of dangerous drugs.

PDEA – CAR had conducted 91 seminars, trainings, symposia and fora in schools, barangays and workplaces in 2010 reaching out to about 22,025 Cordillerans, mostly of youths and community leaders.

Complementing these drug-demand-reduction initiatives were numerous film showings, photo exhibitions, distribution of reading material, open houses, public destruction of dangerous drug, outreach programs, mass media activities, religious affairs, sports fests, green campaigns, participation in barangay fiesta, medical-dental missions, parades, among others. **(PDEA

Posted by: HELEN R. TIBALDO | January 31, 2011

BAGUIO CITY - Three local journalists brought honors anew to the city as they bagged awards in the prestigious 2010 Bright Leaf Agriculture Journalism Award.

Photojournalist Andy Zapata, Baguio correspondent of the Philippine Star, won the Tobacco Photo of the Year award. Entitled “The Best among the Best,” his winning entry was a distinctive portrait of a tobacco farmer surrounded by leaves. Zapata is the winner in this category for three consecutive years.

The Agriculture Photo of the Year was awarded to Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI) Northern Luzon Bureau photographer Edgardo Espiritu . His entry, “Luntiang Daan,” features a rice-terraces farming family showing a Kalinga mother holding her baby as she watches her three other children at play in a wide green field of palay.

This is also the second consecutive year that Espiritu won in this journalism award.

The two photojournalists each received a cash prize of P25,000, an iPod, trophy and an all expense paid trip to Asia.

DZWX Bombo Radio Baguio anchorman Delfrado ‘Jun’ Villanueva won the Best Radio Segment on Agriculture entitled “The Life in the Farm”. This won him a cash prize of P60,000 and a trophy.

‘I encourage my fellow journalists to join in this prominent movement as it enhances and showcases our work as media and at the same time gives us a chance to win fabulous prizes, ‘ said Villanueva who is also the president of the Baguio Correspondents and Broadcasters Club (BCBC).

Bright Leaf has been honoring the cream of the crop in agriculture journalism. There were 927 entries from all over the country for the various categories in 2010.

Today, more than ever, it is important to bring to light the issues and movements that define today’s agricultural industry by encouraging reportage on this sector, said Chris Nelson, president of Philip Morris, who sponsors the event.

He said each entry underwent a rigorous judging process and came under the scrutiny of some of the most respected figures in the Philippine agricultural research and journalism.

Nelson said the Bright Leaf Agriculture Journalism Awards affirmed the company’s commitment to provide a voice for the agriculture industry.*** (Joseph B Zambrano /PIA CAR)

Posted by: HELEN R. TIBALDO | January 31, 2011

BAGUIO CITY - The newly refurbished Block III of the city market will be completed by February 16.

Councilor Perlita Chan Rondez, Committee on market development chairperson of the City Council during an interview over Radyo ng Bayan, announced that the target date of completion of Block III of the city market is earlier than scheduled.

She said that this is a very good development considering that ‘we’re going to have a peaceful, more clean, not fire hazard, and not anymore a place of criminality due to open space market.’

“ You can see from the four corners what is happening inside the building. And it’s no longer sleeping quarters of vendors from the lowlands,” Rondez pointed out.

Block 3 and its neighbor Block 4 were considered public annoyances because of their neglected state and foul smell. Authorities even tagged these as havens for criminals.

She said official guidelines on the use of the said market will be released as soon as it will be finalized and approved by the City Market Authority (CMA) including the opening of submission of applications for said market building.

Rondez said she is hopeful that 700 vendors will be accommodated on the market building. Prior to its construction, there were just around 200-300 legitimate vendors.

She is confident that there will be not much problem in the selection of tenants because they will check who really are the legitimate vendors with leasehold contract. Second prospective tenants should show proof that they paid taxes and rent so they will be ask to produce official receipts to determine that they are legitimate vendors.

As embodied in the market ordinance, all leasehold rights should pass through and approved by the City Council.
“To be fair with those who comply with the law, we will not recognize those vendors who were able to acquire store rights without the approval of the city government,” Said Rondez.

The law may be harsh but it is the law, we have to implement it, she added.

She called on all the previous tenants who are still interested to be ready of the following requirements to avoid delay; Contract of lease or leasehold rights, old receipts as proof of payment of business permits be it expired that will show proof that they were recognized by the government and legitimate ID to prove that they are the owner of the leasehold contract.

According to Rondez, as of now what they are accepting letter of intent address to the city mayor. **( Mari Cruz /PIA CAR)

Posted by: HELEN R. TIBALDO | January 31, 2011

BAGUIO CITY - The Commission on Human Rights is looking into the two cases of establishments that allegedly did not give discounts to Person with Disabilities(PWDs).

CHR lawyer Mary Grace Dalog said that the two PWD filed separate complaint in the CHR regional office against the establishments for allegedly not giving them appropriate discounts as provided by law. Both incidents happened last December.

The first case is against a known drug store along Session Road. Allegedly, the drug store refused to give the 20 percent discount on the medicines the PWD bought.

The other case is a against restaurant concessionaire at SM City .
Dalog did not name the PWDs and the establishments for legal purposes.

The CHR already gave letter to these establishments asking them to explain their side for not giving discounts to these individuals. The CHR will be conducting investigation on the establishment and the PWD to collaborate their stories.

She said that if these establishments will be proven that they did not give the discounts due the PWDs as provided by law, they will be filing cases against them.

In Republic Act 9442 or the Magna Carta for Persons with Disabilities, it states the rights and privileges of persons with disabilities. It also stresses the 20 percent discount to be given to PWDs.

The 20 percent discount for PWDs includes selected land, air and sea transportation, except taxi/tricycle fares.

It also includes identified services and commodities like medical and dental care services including laboratory and professional fees and even purchase of medicines.

The Magna Carta also includes discount on food, entertainment and recreational or cultural services. It also grants special discounts on the purchase of basic commodities and services in selected and identified establishments and to provide express lanes for PWDs.

The CHR is asking the public especially to senior citizens and PWDs to report these kinds of violations to the CHR for appropriate actions. Dalog explained that the actions being done by the CHR is not to scare business establishments but they want them to be informed and implement the laws and privileges for the PWDs.

The Office of Social Welfare and Development has also received several complaints on establishments not giving discounts to PWDs and senior citizens. **(Redjie Cawis/ PIA CAR)

Posted by: HELEN R. TIBALDO | January 31, 2011

BAGUIO CITY -- The Department of Health (DOH), in collaboration with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), is set to hire 10,000 unemployed nurses nationwide for training deployment on government hospitals and Rural Health Units (RHUs), under the Registered Nurses for Health Enhancement and Local Service (RN HEALS) program.

DOH-CAR Regional Director Myrna Cabotaje the Cordillera gets an initial allocation of 358 slots which shall be distributed as follows, Benguet with 85, Ifugao – 92, Kalinga- 37, Abra - 67 and Mountain Province -77.

Cabotaje explained that the project aims to make essential health services available to the Filipino people and to help unemployed workers to gain work related experience.

‘The project aims to help our unemployed nurses gain work related experience as qualified beneficiaries of the project will be deployed for a six months training in a government hospital and another six months to Rural Health Units (RHUs).They will be given a training certificate after they finish the program.

It also aims to address the issue that some of our nurses even need to pay some hospitals just to have a training experience,’ Cabotaje said.
The nurses will be receive a monthly stipend of P8,000 and Local Government Units (LGUS) are also encouraged to provide additional allowances and benefits worth at least P2,000 for these nurses. PhilHealth and the Government Service Insurance System are also being tapped to provide group insurance to the nurses while private corporations are encouraged to chip in through their available resources.
Cabotaje explained that in line with the P-Noy administration to converge all its social programs targeting the indigent families and the poorest communities in the country, nurses under the RN HEALS program will be deployed to DSWD pre-identified communities which are also beneficiaries of the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program of the government.

According to Emy Ferrer of DOLE-CAR, as of Monday there are already 35,000 nurses nationwide, who applied for the program. Application for the said program is done online or through the DOLE website and deadline of application will be on February 4 .DOLE will short list the applicants based on the program’s criteria.

Ferrer stressed that applicants with no working experience and job related trainings will be given priority as well as those who residents or local to the municipalities covered by the Health Facilities Enhancement Program of DOH and Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or the Conditional Cash Transfer of the DSWD.

The list of successful applicants with their area of assignments shall also be posted online at the DOLE website. *( Lito Dar /PIA CAR)

Posted by: HELEN R. TIBALDO | January 31, 2011

BAGUIO CITY – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) adopts mediation as an alternative source to expensive and tedious court litigations to resolve the cases of consumer complaints.

Richard Limpin, Officer-In-Charge of the Consumer Welfare Division of DTI, said during a radio interview that the DTI is at present adopting the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) law in the processing of consumer complaints, stating the advantage of mediation as an alternative means in dispute resolution.

“If there is failure in mediation, that’s the time the complaints will be subject to arbitration where in there will be court hearings and presentation of evidences.”

If in case the complainant is not satisfied with the result of the arbitration then they can elevate the complaint in the DTI national office, Limpin added.

Under the Consumer Welfare Act, there are implementing agencies who are accepting complaints. ‘If it concerns devices, appliances we file our complaints to the DTI, if it is agricultural products we file it to the Department of Agriculture, and if food items, chemicals, perfumes and the like we file it at the Bureau of Food and Drug (BFAD) of the Department of Health (DOH),” Limpin said.

He said consumers not wanting to be fooled into buying fakes should look for the DTI ICC or the Products Standards mark which certifies that the commodity has passed the standards set by the DTI-Bureau of Product Standards (BPS).

The ICC is issued to certify the product’s proper importation clearances before they are distributed in local markets, Limpin said.

Limpin noted that common complaints being received by DTI office are those on the service shops including cellphones and warranties.
He encouraged the public to avail of the services of repair shops accredited by the DTI in order to be assured of a quality service.

According to Limpin, Pursuant to Presidential Decree 1572, all establishments engage d in service and repair shops must acquire accreditation from the DTI.

Accreditation aims to safeguard the public against inefficient, unfair, and incompetent practices of service and repair shops, Limpin added.
The deadline for accreditation is every 31st of January. **( Mari Cruz /PIA-CAR)


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