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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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DOLE, OWWA TO GIVE SKILLS TRAINING, STARTER KIT ASSISTANCE TO 55 WOMEN OFW RETURNEES
Posted by: HELEN R. TIBALDO | July 19, 2011

BAGUIO CITY, July 12 (PIA) - -The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in partnership with the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) are set to provide skills training and livelihood starter-kit assistance to 55 female Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) returnees under DOLE’s ‘Balik Pinay’ program.

According to DOLE-Cordillera OIC Regional Director Sixto Rodriguez, the Balik-Pinay Program is part of the government’s nationwide reintegration program for Filipina expatriates. It aims to assist interested women OFWs to develop their business and other skills for their respective livelihood especially those who decide not to go back to foreign countries to work.

For Cordillera, DOLE’s Reintegration Program allocated P355,000 for the Balik Pinay program.

Meantime, OWWA-CAR Regional Director Manuela Peña, in an interview, affirmed that they have already identified 55 female OFWs from the different parts of the region, regardless if they are active OWWA members or not, who will participate or to be benefitted by the program.

According to Peña, with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) taking care of the accredited trainers and in partnership with the DOLE Provincial Officers and OWWA Migrant Desk in the provinces, they will be providing skills training to 55 female OFW program participants as well as livelihood starter kits.

Trainings will include beauty care, manicure/pedicure, hand/foot spa (massage), and food processing. The starter kits to be provided are the needed or related equipment that they would need to practice what the participants would learn from their respective trainings.

Peña stressed that they will be conducting the training in four areas, Baguio City – for the program participants from Baguio, Benguet, Abra and Mountain Province; then another training area each in Apayao, Kalinga and Ifugao.

Peña also affirmed that they are now just waiting for the transfer of fund from DOLE so that they can start scheduling the trainings as they are mandated to implement the program not later than September 30. *(JDP/LD-PIA CAR)
 

 

TAXI UNITS IN BAGUIO-BENGUET STARTS CALIBRATION FOR NEW P35 FLAG DOWN RATE
Posted by: HELEN R. TIBALDO | July 19, 2011


BAGUIO CITY, July 13 (PIA) - - Hundreds of taxi cabs here in Baguio-Benguet, particularly those with plate number ending five and six, are up for calibration today for the implementation of the P35 new flag down rate.

Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) Regional Director Celina Claver, in an interview, said that for today which is the start of calibration, they will be entertaining those with plate numbers 5 and 6 coinciding with the Wednesday number coding. This will continue everyday following the same coding scheme, Thursday – 7 and 8, Friday – 9 and 0, Monday – 1 and 2, Tuesday 3 and 4, until all the estimated 3,000 taxi units here in Baguio-Benguet have been calibrated.

Claver explained that taxi owners or operators will first submit their documentary requirements which include Original Receipt (OR) and Certificate of Registration (CR) and franchise at the Land Transportation Regulatory and Franchising Board (LTFRB) Office, then after paying the corresponding fee, they can low be logged-in and scheduled for calibration.

Calibration is done at the Baguio Convention Center. Inspection and road test will also be conducted to each taxi unit to assure that it complies with all the requirements and that its meter is properly calibrated.

The DOTC also already issued advisory taxi drivers that they cannot charge the P35 flag down rate unless their units are properly calibrated and inspected.

Meanwhile, City Public Transport Affairs Office (PTAO) head Perfecto ‘Junie’ Itliong advised the public that a taxi driver can only charge the P35 flag down rate if its meter is already calibrated and bear a new seal.

“One good thing on this re-calibration is that all taxi units will be inspected, wherein we can determine or identify which taxi is already phase out, unregistered and even un-calibrated meters. All of these concerns will be addressed,’ Itliong said.

He stressed that taxi units should bear side markings, have an available receipt and the driver should have identification (ID) cards.

For any complaint or violation, Itliong urged the public to write down the plate number of the taxi and report it immediately to the DOTC Regional Transport Adjudication Service (RTAS).

Itliong advised taxi operators and drivers that while waiting for their turn to submit their units for calibration, they should already prepare and complete all the necessary documentary requirements. *(JDP/LD-PIA CAR)

 

DEADLINE OF FILING OF APPLICATION FOR TEACHER’S BOARD EXAM AT PRC-BAGUIO MOVED TO JULY 18
Posted by: HELEN R. TIBALDO | July 19, 2011


BAGUIO CITY, July 14 (PIA) - - Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) chairperson Teresita Manzala announced that the deadline of submission of application for the Licensure Exam for Teachers (LET) in PRC-Baguio Regional office is moved from July 15 to July 18 in view of Presidential Proclamation no. 190 series of 2011, declaring July 15 as a Special Non-working day in the Cordillera Administrative Region on the occasion of its 24th foundation anniversary.

PRC-Baguio will still be accepting examination application on Monday, July 18 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

As July 13, PRC-Baguio has already processed 7,300 applications. The figure already exceeded the expected target of about 6,500 examinees for the scheduled September 25, 2011 LET.

PRC-Baguio Regional Director Teofilo Gauis Sison Jr., in an earlier interview, bared that of the exams they are conducting here, the teacher’s board exam is second to the nursing board exam with highest number of examinees.
Aside from Cordillera, the PRC Baguio Regional Office also services regions I,III and some nearby provinces in Region II.

Sison said PRC Baguio has been posting higher LET passing percentage rate in the past several years. In the April 2011 LET, PRC Baguio recorded a 24.29 percent passing rate which is higher than the national passing rate of 20.67 percent. In April 2010, it posted a 22.18 percent passing rate against the 19.15 percent at the national level and in September 2010, it had 25.33 percent compared to the national rate of 22.52 percent.

Meanwhile, as part of the PRC’s thrust of bringing its services closer to the people, the Baguio Regional Office in coordination with the local government units, will conduct a Mobile Outreach Service in Alaminos, Pangasinan on July 29 and Laoag, Ilocos Norte on August 13.

Services that PRC will bring in to these areas include: processing of application for December 2011 Nurses Licensure Examination and other licensure examinations; processing of renewal of ID/License; processing of initial registration of newly-passed examinees; issuance of Certifications of Good Standing; and releasing of unclaimed ID/License.

Professionals who may wish to claim their Professional ID Card and/or Board Certificate on the above schedules may e-mail PRC-Baguio at prcbaguio.regulations.renewal@gmail.com or text 0921-969-3919 and/or 0917-961-2510 at least three or four days before the scheduled date. *(JDP/LD-PIA CAR)

 

NUTRITION MONTH CELEBRATION FOCUSES ON BREASTFEEDING
Posted by: HELEN R. TIBALDO | July 19, 2011


BAGUIO CITY, July 15 (PIA) - - “Isulong ang Breastfeeding – Tama, Sapat at EKsklusibo (TSEK)”, this is the theme for this year’s celebration of nutrition month which aims to advocate breastfeeding as a key strategy in ensuring proper nutrition and good health for both mothers and their babies.

National Nutrition Council (NNC-CAR) Regional Coordinator June Falancy, in a kapihan media forum Wednesday, stressed that this year’s nutrition month celebration focuses on breastfeeding because statistics show that the country still has poor breastfeeding practices. Only 36 out of 100 babies are exclusively breastfed from birth up to their sixth month.

Though the region’s statistics fair better than the national level, Falancy stressed that only about 54 babies out of 100 are directly fed from their mothers’ breasts during birth, and only about 37 out of 100 babies aere given exclusive breast milk up to their sixth month. Statistics also show that about six out 100 babies in the region, have never experienced or were never breastfed.

In line with this, Falancy also outlined the importance of breastfeeding, both to mothers and their babies, physiologically, psychologically and even financially as studies show . Breastfeeding could give to both mothers and their babies, health wise and also psychological as it promotes better attachment or bonding between them, plus the financial benefit as their family can save as much as P2,000 per month from buying formula milk.

In adopting the Health Department’s ‘Breastfeeding TSEK’ campaign guidelines in this year’s National Nutrition Month celebration, Falancy stressed that ‘Tama’ means that the right way is to directly feed the babies from their mothers breasts from the time they were born. ‘Sapat’ means the mother’s breast milk is enough for the babies need and ‘Ekslusibo’ is for the exclusive breastfeeding of babies for the first six months, without any other baby food and liquids.

In the ‘Breast feeding TSEK’ campaign, health experts and advocates always emphasize that breast milk is best for babies and enough for all their needs. It is also emphasizes that all mothers have the ability to breastfeed and to provide enough breastmilk for their babies. *(JDP/LD-PIA CAR)

 

DOH LEADS COMMEMORATION OF NATIONAL POISON AWARENESS WEEK
Posted by: HELEN R. TIBALDO | July 1,, 2011

BAGUIO CITY, June 27 (PIA) - - Health authorities remind the public to manage their stress and keep poisonous materials locked and secure as the Department of Health (DOH) leads this week’s commemoration of National Poison Awareness Week, with the theme, “Lason ay Iwasan: Para sa Kalusugan at Kapaligiran Pamana sa Kabataan”.

In a Kapihan media forum last Wednesday, Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC) head Toxicologist Dr. Brigida Claro affirmed that poisoning, may it be accidental or intentional, remains to be a problem here in the region.

According to Claro, though not as many cases as other ailments, there are about two to three poisoning cases a month at the BGHMC. Most of the cases, she said, are suicidal which usually involves alcohol intoxication and pesticides.

She said they have about six deaths last year due to severe cases of poisoning that involved herbicides, which are strong and fast in destroying people’s kidneys and lungs.
Claro also affirmed poisoning cases among miners due to gas inhalation.

One way of addressing the problem is educating the people on the harm that such substance could bring, and it is important that pesticides should be out of reach especially of children and they should be locked.

Aside from providing treatment, Claro also bared that they refer poisoning patients to their psychiatry department to provide them, as well as their watchers or family members, counseling on how to handle problems or manage their depression or stress.

Claro added that some government agencies and the Pesticide Fertilizer Authority are now working hard in producing less harmful pesticides.

Meantime, DOH-CAR Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit head Dr. Nicolas Gordo, in the same forum, affirmed that the government and the private sector are working hard on improving an Integrated Pesticide Management (IPM) program, as well as on proper handling and disposal of pesticide bottles/containers.

Gordo also reiterated the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, especially the stress management part pointing out that with the increasing population, it is very hard for people to be depressed which is why the public should learn or practice to cope with their stress, either by doing family activity or by any other alternative ways. *(JDP/LD-PIA CAR)

 

DPWH ENFORCES TRUCK, BUS BAN ALONG FRAGILE KENNON ROAD
Posted by: HELEN R. TIBALDO | July 1,, 2011


BAGUIO CITY, June 27 (PIA) - - All types of buses and big trucks weighing 11 tons and above are not allowed to pass in the historic Kennon Road, as per advisory issued by the Department of Public Works and Highways.

Covered in the ban are trucks with the following description; 6 wheeler weighing 11 tons (loaded), 10 wheeler with 12 tons (no load) and 18 wheeler 17 tons (no load).

According the Engr. Edilberto Carabbacan, regional director of DPWH Cordillera, the truck and buses ban is to prevent accident and further destruction to the three bridges along Kennon road which were declared by the Bureau of Design of the DPWH as ‘weak’.

The DPWH is strictly enforcing a one- way traffic with no shifting gears along the Kennon Bridge, Demonstration Bridge and Camp 6 Bridge for safety purposes.

‘Our concern is safety for everyone, the motorist and the riding public. We have already recommended for the immediate repair and restoration of the bridges,’ he said.

Carabbacan admitted that Kennon Road is fragile considering that there are many areas aside from the bridges, which need repair.

”If we continue allowing heavy trucks using Kennon Road it would aggravate the damaged sections,’ he explained.

The scenic Kennon Road is still the shortest route going to Baguio and it is where one can see the panoramic Zigzag Road and the Lion’s head. *(JDP/JBZ-PIA CAR)

 

8 COUPLES MARRY IN SAME-SEX HOLY UNION
Posted by: HELEN R. TIBALDO | July 1,, 2011

BAGUIO CITY, June 27 (PIA) - - “I do…” Eight couples including a foreigner exchanged vows in the first holy union of same-sex in the country held here in this mountain resort over the weekend.

The Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) of Metro Baguio spearheaded the solemn wedding ceremony of same-sex couples at the Ayuyang Restaurant attended by at least 100 witnesses, family and other supporters of the couples.

American Richard Macleland and Filipino partner Jonjon Punzal came up to Baguio City from Caloocan City on Saturday to be blessed and united as one in the church ceremony. The couples for two years were joined by three other male couples and four female couples from Baguio and other parts of the country.

MCC pastor Myke Sotero said that although same-sex wedding is not allowed under existing Philippine laws, their church organization only aims to assert the right to love and relationship of same-sex couples by conducting the holy union.

Sotero explained that the mass wedding is not same-sex marriage but same-sex Holy Union as there is no law yet recognizing same-sex marriage in the country. He said that the Holy Union is a celebration of the love of the same-sex couples and it is not immoral.

He adds that the MCC offer a safe haven for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender where they can build a relations hip with God and live the way they are without fear of discrimination.

MCC Makati Pastor Edgar Constantino cleared that holy union rites are given to LGBT couples who wish to profess their love and fidelity to one another before God and the community. He stressed that the constitution provides a clear provision on religious freedom and separation of church and state.

The Holy Union event was the highlight of the annual Baguio Pride Network celebration. It also coincided with the legalization of Same-sex Marriage in New York City in the United States of America.

Meanwhile, the same-sex wedding gathered negative reactions particularly from the different religious sect here in the city. The Catholic Church together with the other Christian Churches here in Baguio criticized and condemned the act of same-sex wedding which they point out is immoral and unacceptable. (JDP/RC- PIA CAR)

 

5TH BRIGHT LEAF AWARDS ON
Posted by: HELEN R. TIBALDO | July 1,, 2011


BAGUIO CITY, June 28(PIA) - - Men and women in media are once again invited to participate in the Bright Leaf Agriculture Journalism Awards where fabulous prizes await the winners.
Now on its fifth year, the activity aims to promote journalistic excellence in the field of agriculture and to recognize the works of media people who are dedicated to increase public awareness to the development of Philippine agriculture.

The contest is open to all Filipino journalists as well as to the correspondents of any local publications or broadcast companies.
Contestants must be a resident of the country. Each entry should be an original work, published or broadcast and must have been published or broadcast first in a Philippine publication, television or radio.

The Bright Leaf Awards is composed of ten categories such as Best Agriculture News Story, Best Agriculture Feature Story, Best Agriculture TV Program/Segment, Best Agriculture Radio Program/Segment, Agriculture Photo of the year, Tobacco Photo of the Year, Agriculture Story of the Year and Tobacco Story of the Year.

All entries must be submitted on or before 7:00 PMof August 31, 2011. For more information, contestants may visit the official website of the Bright Leaf, log on to www.brightleafawards.com.
Last year, three local journalists brought honors 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.

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. (JDP/JBZ-PIA CAR)
 

 

NNC-CAR SEEKS RDC ENDORSEMENT IN ADVOCATING THE EXPANDED BREASTFEEDING PROGRAM
Posted by: HELEN R. TIBALDO | July 1,, 2011

BAGUIO CITY, June 29 (PIA) - - The Regional National Nutrition Council sought the aid of the Regional Social Development Committee (RSDC) in a move to further strengthen the advocacy on the expanded breastfeeding program of the government requiring lactation stations for breastfeeding mothers.

The RSDC subcommittee of the Regional Development Council (RDC) endorsed to the RDC Executive Committee a resolution enjoining all regional line agencies, local government units, state universities and colleges and all other public and private stakeholders of the Cordillera Region to implement Republic Act No. 10028 otherwise known as the Expanded Breastfeeding Promotion Act of 2009.

RA No. 10028 mandates all health and non-health facilities, establishments or institutions to establish lactation stations in workplaces. Regional National Nutrition Council Coordinator June Falancy said about 28 percent of mothers do not practice breastfeeding and instead use infant formula milk.

Falancy said the provision of lactation stations in workplaces encourage working mothers to breastfeed their babies. If RDC-CAR approves the measure, hopefully establishments will be convinced to set aside a lactation room, she said.

Although it has long been a practice to breastfeed babies in public places, Falancy said times are now changing and mothers are rarely seen openly nursing their babies.

Breastmilk is still best for babies as it contains complete and essential nutrients suitable for their need. Accordingly, it contains colostrum filled with antibodies, vitamins A and K, and proteins. It has natural laxative and helps reduce incidence of jaundice in new born babies.

The law also encourages concerned agencies such as the Department of Health for continuing information, education, re-education and training programs for health personnel. The Department of Education and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority are also urged to integrate relevant subjects in all education levels especially in the allied professions. *(JDP/SCA-PIA CAR)

 

PTAO REMINDS TAXI OPERATORS, DRIVERS OF THE GUIDELINES ON THE NEW TAXI FLAG DOWN RATE
Posted by: HELEN R. TIBALDO | July 1,, 2011


BAGUIO CITY, June 29 (PIA) - - The Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) in Manila recently approved a P35 flag down rate for the first 400 meters and additional P2.00 for the succeeding 200 meters, or one minute and 30 seconds waiting time.

Public Transport Affairs Office (PTAO) Coordinator Perfecto Itliong Jr. announced in a radio interview that the Department of Transportation and Communication will start the calibration, sealing and testing of taxi meters to be conducted at the Baguio Convention Center starting on July 4, with plate numbers ending in 1 and 2 following the number coding scheme of the city.

He reminded the operators and drivers to accomplish the following requirements at the LTFRB office in Pacdal before proceeding to the Baguio Convention Center for inspection, testing and resealing of meters.
Itliong reiterated the steps to be followed: first would be to fill up resealing inspection form; second step - proceed to Window 5 for verification of franchise, step 3- proceed to window 3 for assessment of fees and fourth step is payment of assessment fees at window 4, all located at LTFRB office in Pacdal.

Step 5 is for drivers and operators to proceed to the BCC grounds with the following requirements such as Official Receipts, Certificate of Registration, franchise decision, DTI trade name, accreditation, calibration booklet, and receipt issuing meter.

He stressed that the LTFRB will be strict with the said requirements before calibrating and resealing the meters for the new flag down rate.
In addition, operators and drivers are required to provide coin box, seatbelts, clean seat covers, no smoking sign, trash bin, driver’s identification card, inside markings of trade names, plate number and contact number and receipt issuing meter.

Itliong reiterated that the above conditions must have to be met by the franchise holders before they could implement the new rates. *(JDP/MC-PIA CAR)

 

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