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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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DENR-CAR JOINS CELEBRATION OF WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY
Posted by: HELEN R. TIBALDO | June 12, 2011

BAGUIO CITY - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources- Cordillera region (DENR-CAR) headed by Regional Executive Director Clarence Baguilat, join today’s international celebration of World Environment Day though an ecumenical service and a simple program attended by all its DENR bureaus.

In an interview, Baguilat said that the celebration of Environment Month this June focuses on the International Year of the Forests with the theme, “Forests: Nature at your Service.’

Baguilat stressed that the theme is very timely with the National Greening Program (NGP) of President Benigno Aquino III, which is one of the priority programs of the DENR.

On the NGP, Baguilat highlighted the importance of the support of everyone in the said program especially that the Cordillera has the second highest number of seedlings to be planted and areas to be covered.

“More or less we need about three million seedlings, both forests and fruit trees, to be planted at about 6,000 hectares of forest areas in the region,’ Baguilat said.
According to Baguilat, they are now set to start the planting of trees this June and will continue up to December. The production seedlings is on-going and so far , about half of the six million seedlings needed has already been produced.

Aside from greening program, Baguilat also explained that they are also intensifying their forest protection program in line with Executive Order 23 of Pres. Aquino declaring a moratorium on the cutting and harvesting of timber in the natural and residual forests and creating the anti-illegal logging task force.

“It is a multi-agency work, the DENR is working with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the Philippine National Police (PNP) and other related government line- agencies, and of course we also need the citizenry’s support in such effort”, he stressed.

Baguilat also called on the Indigenous People (IPs) in Cordillera to help and make it also their responsibility to protect and plant trees on the forest lands covered by their respective ancestral domain.

On the observance of World Environment Day, Baguilat reiterated his call to the public, especially Cordillerans, to support the NGP and the forest protection program of the government.

“Magtulong- tulong tayo. Kailangan ito dahil malaki na ang nawala sa ating mga kagubatan, mula sa mga nakaraang dekada. Upang sa ganon ang mga susunod na henerasyon ay kanila din na magamit at mapakinabangan ng maayos ang kapaligiran, lalo na ang mga kagubatan (Let us help each other to ensure that the future generations could also use or benefit from the environment especially our forests)”, Baguilat said. *(JDP/LD-PIA CAR)

 

PHIL. VETERANS BANK URGED TO ADOPT VETERANS PARK
Posted by: HELEN R. TIBALDO | June 11, 2011

City Mayor Mauricio Domogan urged the Philippine Veterans Bank to adopt the Veterans Park located along Harrison Road.  
Domogan, who was the guest speaker during the inauguration of the  new PVB Baguio branch along Kisad Road  last week,  encouraged the bank officials to adopt and maintain the Veterans Park which is just a short walk across Burnham Park.
 
The mayor suggested that the city government could have a Memorandum of Agreement with the PVB to continue the help and support of the bank to the veterans who are  their  primary clients.
 
Domogan stressed that the adoption of the Veterans Park by the PVB would assure the continued improvement and development of the park which is being used by the World War II veterans for their daily activities and  special events.
 
The city council earlier this year had  allocated at least P2 million  for the improvement of the park but this is not enough, said Domogan.
 
The maintenance of the park by the Veterans Bank would mean a great thing to our war heroes who are growing older by the minute, he added. 
Philippine Veterans Affairs Office Regional Deputy Vice President Napoleon Gojo said that the adoption of the park would be a good gesture on the part of the Veterans Bank since the city government has been doing their part in the improvement and beautification of the park.
 
Gojo also requested that the bank open branches in other provinces in the region for other veterans living in far-flung areas to have easier access to the services of the bank.
 
PVB President and Chief Executive Officer Ricardo Balbido Jr. said that they would consider the proposal of the mayor, which he thinks is a project that will be fruitful for the bank, the city government and the war veterans. *(Redjie Cawis PIA)

ALL SYSTEMS GO FOR FREEDOM CLIMB 2011
Posted by: HELEN R. TIBALDO | June 11, 2011

It’s all system go for the record breaking Freedom Climb 2011 set this weekend.

Climbers and outdoor enthusiasts will try to make history as they attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest ascent on a mountain in multiple locations to break the 10 year record currently held by the United Kingdom and Ireland with 600 people scaling 112 mountains simultaneously.

Edgar Bansale of the Freedom Climb 2011 reported that at least 7,000 hikers are set to greet the country’s favored mountain destinations scheduled with the Independence Day event.

At least 108 mountains in the country have been identified to form part of the Freedom Climb, covering 46 provinces and 87 municipalities with Baguio serving as the main headquarters for the nationwide event.

The province of Benguet will have six climb points, which include Mt. Pulag and Mt. Tabayoc in Kabayan, Mt. Ugo in Itogon, Mt. Kalawitan and Mt. Sisipitan in Bakun, and Mt. Santo Tomas and Mt. Cabuyao in Tuba.

Mount Pulag will have several entry points including Akiki, Ambangeg and the Tawangan trails, all in Kabayan. Baguio City will be the starting point of Mt. Santo Tomas and Mt. Cabuyao.

According to Bansale, Baguio will also serve as the main nerve center of the activity that will include the closing program of the event. Freedom Climb north Luzon coordinator Simpson Domoguen said that there are more than 600 registered individuals who will join the climb here.

He assured that they are making a priority the safety and security of the hikers.They are taking all the necessary precautions to make sure that all participants will be safe especially with the impending weather disturbances this weekend. *(Redjie Cawis/ PIA)

 

DOT PROMOTES TABUK CITY’S MATAGOAN FESTIVAL
Posted by: HELEN R. TIBALDO | June 11, 2011

BAGUIO CITY – Tabuk City Mayor Tubban thanked the Department of Tourism (DOT-CAR) headed by its Regional Director Pura Molintas for the years of support and assistance they have been extending to Tabuk City for the promotion and enhancement of the Matagoan festival and the various activities it have e been conducting that contributed to the enhancement of their performance level terms of customer service, dance and music, other arts, and festival management.

Tubban and Molintas guested in the kapihan forum at the DOT Regional Office Wednesday, to promote the Matagoan Festival from June 23 to 25 to coincide with the 4th City founding anniversary of Tabuk.

According to Mayor Tubban, there will be pre-activities on June 22 that would include soft opening of the Patawid Agro-industrial and tourism fair and a Tabuk Hymn Contest.

On June 23, the festival will start with the Matagoan Call at 6:00 AM, followed by PATAWID Agro-Industrial and Tourism Parade and a short opening program. In this day, Tabuk will also be opening its tourism information and assistance center, One Town One Product (OTOP) Showroom and Pasalubong Center and the Agri-Products Display Booths.

In the afternoon, there will be Agro-indigenous games, city tour of guests and visitors, Talama Sunset Viewing and a concert.
On June 24, which will be Tabuk City’s Foundation Day, there will be a grand civic parade, ecumenical service, a short program, culinary fest a drum and lyre competition and a concert in the evening.

June 25 will be a Cultural Day wherein Matagoan run will feature men on g-strings and women on tapis running. Other events on this day will include invitational white water rafting, cultural street dancing competition and a cultural presentation. *(Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

 

13,356 HOPEFULS SET TO TAKE JULY NURSING BOARD EXAM
Posted by: HELEN R. TIBALDO | June 11, 2011

BAGUIO CITY - The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) Baguio Regional Office is busy preparing for the July 2 and 3 nursing board examination wherein 13,356 nursing graduates are set to take the exam in four different venues in Northern Luzon.

This was affirmed by PRC-Baguio Regional Director Teofilo Gaius Sison Jr., in an interview over PIA Hour radio program over DZWT Radyo Totoo.

Sison announced that aside from Baguio City, the three other testing centers are in Dagupan City in Pangasinan, San Fernando City, La Union and Cabanatuan City in Nueva Ecija.

Sison explained that 13,356 examinees who filed their application here in PRC Baguio Regional Office are from different provinces here in Northern Luzon as the office does not only caters to professionals and students from Cordillera Administrative Region but also those from regions 1, 2 and 3.

For the July 2 and 3 Nursing Board Exam, 5,426 examinees will take their exam in six different testing centers here in Baguio, 3,183 will take it in four testing centers in Dagupan, 2,677 will be taking the exam in four different testing centers in San Fernando, while, 2,070 examinees will take the exam in two testing centers in Cabanatuan.

Sison also announced that school and room assignments of examinees will be posted on the PRC blog site, www.prcbaguio.blogspot.com.
Wth four different testing areas here in Northern Luzon, we are bringing our services closer to the examinees which could also help them and their parents save travel and lodging money, Sison said.

He also bared that based on their statistics, examinees who took their exams in their own towns have a higher passing rate probably due to less stress and trauma.*(JDP/LD-PIA CAR)

 

DTI ASSURES PUBLIC OF STABLE PRICES OF SCHOOL SUPPLIES
Posted by: HELEN R. TIBALDO | June 11, 2011

The government assured the public of stable prices of school supplies in the whole country.

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Gregory Domingo announced during the nationwide joint presentation of the CNEX and “Talking Points” over Radyo ng Bayan that the DTI is working closely with other concerned government agencies in maintaining the prices of school supplies as part of the government's continuing campaign against erring retailers.

Domingo likewise informed that the DTI is closely monitoring different bookstores and department stores nationwide in its commitment to assure consumers of steady prices of notebooks, pad papers and other school needs.

Aside from prices, the DTI also inspects the quality and proper labeling of school supplies.

He said that under the Consumer Act of the Philippines or Republic Act 7394, manufacturers and distributors are required to comply with the minimum labeling requirements which include the name and address of manufacturer, trade or brand name, type or size of product, country of manufacturer, quantity, toxicity warning and instruction for use.

Other important markings that school supplies should bear include the class of paper (book or bond) and number of leaves for notebooks and school pads, hardness symbol for lead pencils, the word “non-toxic” for crayons, and tip classification for ballpens.

He added that they already coordinated with the Bureau of Food and Drug of the Department of Health (BFAD-DOH) to ensure that the crayons being sold are certified to be non-toxic. (JDP/MC-PIA CAR)

 

PARENTS HAVE THE RIGHT TO BUY SCHOOL SUPPLIES ANYWHERE -DTI
Posted by: HELEN R. TIBALDO | June 11, 2011

Parents are not obligated to buys supplies in the schools where their children are enrolled.

Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory Domingo said during the Joint Communication and News Exchange Forum and Talking Points – Special Edition Thursday morning that parents have the right to buy school supplies anywhere they choose to.

This was the Domingo’s response on a query regarding private schools forcing the parents to buy school supplies including books and uniforms in their schools which allegedly are more costly.

Domingo said that parents have a choice of buying the school supplies in places where they think it is more economical and cheaper or where they can save more such as malls, department stores, bookstores and even public markets.

He said he would talk to the Department of Education officials to look into this problem and to possibly sign a Memorandum of Agreement to make sure that schools will not force parents to buy their school supplies from their own schools only.

Domingo also said that he would look into the situation of private schools that are reported doing this.

The secretary added that forcing a person to buy something at a certain place is illegal and punishable under the Consumer Welfare Act.

In the Baguio-Benguet area, there are some private schools who are requiring that school supplies and uniforms be bought from the school to ensure that uniformity.

There are, however, some schools who allow parents to buy from the outside with the reminder that these supplies and uniform should be the same as prescribed and should not stand out from the rest.

Domingo also reported that the DTI is still continuing with the Diskwento Caravan that is giving discounted prices to school supplies in selected stores, which he says that has given parents savings. (Redjie Cawis/ PIA)

 

BAGUIO-BENGUET MEDICAL SOCIETY BACKS ANTI SMOKING CAMPAIGN
Posted by: HELEN R. TIBALDO | June 11, 2011

BAGUIO CITY - Benguet Medical Society (BBMS) announced its support to the anti smoking campaign for a smoke- free environment.

Dr. Frederick Untalan of the BBMS, in a radio interview, informed that members of the BBMS are supportive of the nationwide campaign of the Department of Health towards a 100% smoke- free environment.

He encouraged hospital administrators to strengthen the strict implementation of the no smoking policies in hospitals like what the city government is doing.
Untalan likewise called on his fellow medical practitioners particularly those who are smoking to stop the habit and lead by example.

‘As physicians, it is our duty to inform the public of the clear and present danger of tobacco smoking against our health and lives,’ he said.
Untalan pointed out that smoking is the most preventable cause of cancer deaths.

Second hand and even third hand tobacco smoke equally kills people, Untalan said, citing that there are available smoking secession treatments which they can use like taking candy, chewing gum and they can even try the scientific way which is nicotine patch.

He also informed that lately, E-cigarettes are marketed as cigarette substitutes but according to him, there are lots of countries which banned, regulate and even prohibited the use of e-cigarettes for reasons that there is no validated clinical trials and toxic analysis that it really stops craving for cigarette.

The e- cigarette is an electronic device which is powered by a battery, and a liquid nicotine mixture derived from tobacco and is converted into a vapor that can be inhaled by a user. *(JDP/MC-PIA CAR)

 

4PS IMPLEMENTERS GATHER TO ENHANCE PROGRAM DELIVERY
Posted by: HELEN R. TIBALDO | June 11, 2011

BAGUIO CITY, - Towards a better implementation and delivery of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) with the Department of Education (DepEd) Cordillera recently held a program enhancement seminar- workshop.

The event, which aims to strengthen the program implementation and the identification of problems or gaps for quick resolutions, was participated by the various stakeholders like school officials and 4Ps workers.

According DSWD regional director Leonardo C. Reynoso, the government wants to break the cycle of poverty and challenges the implementors to achieve a 101 percent success of the program.

The 4Ps task is to alleviate poverty among poor households by investing in human capital among poor children and as beneficiaries they have to comply with the program conditions that focus on health, nutrition, and education.

The DepEd has been taking a great responsibility in ensuring and monitoring that the compliance of children to at least attend 85 percent of the school days.

Sonia Gabrielles of DepEd and 4Ps focal person vowed to adhere its commitments of the program and work closely with DSWD and other program partners.

“Aside from overseeing implementation of the program, we will ensure that we will synchronize our efforts by closely coordinating with the DSWD and other program partners” Gabrielles added.

The 4Ps is currently being implemented in 42 municipalities in the region with 54,414 children beneficiary. *(JDP/JBZ-PIA CAR)

 

PRC ADVISES LET EXAMINEES TO FILE THEIR APPLICATIONS NOW
Posted by: HELEN R. TIBALDO | June 11, 2011

BAGUIO CITY, - The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) Baguio Regional Office advises all those who are opting to take the September 25 Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) to file their application now and not wait for the July 15 deadline.

In an interview over the PIA Hour radio program over DZWT Thursday, Regional Director Teofilo Gauis Sison Jr. advises those who are planning to take the September 25 LET exam to be wary of the deadline and submit their applications now, especially that the rainy season has already started, as there would be no extension after July 15.

Sison also advises applicants to ensure that they have completed all the needed requirements and that they should only submit genuine documents before they file their application.

According to Sison, they are expecting over 6,000 examinees for the said exam. As of June 8, PRC Baguio has already processed 2,259 applications.

The PRC will also receive LET applications when their ‘Service on the Go’ program goes to the Provincial Capitol of Lagawe Ifugao on June 16 and at the Department of Education (DepEd) Division Office on Lingayen, Pangasinan on June 22.

Meantime, Sison also announced that about 1,300 new teachers who passed the April 2011 LET are set to take their oath at the University of Baguio Gymnasium on June 24, with Baguio Congressman Bernardo Vergara as the guest speaker and the Chairman of the Board of Professional Teachers as the administering officer.

Sison also affirmed that the PRC Baguio Regional Office has been posting a higher LET passing percentage rate in the past several years. He credits this to the good teacher education program in the region as well as in the other nearby provinces whose graduates are also taking their board exams here.

For the April 2011 LET, PRC Baguio recorded a 24.29 percent passing rate compared to the national passing rate of 20.67 percent. In April 2010 LET, Baguio posted a 22.18 percent passing rate against the 19.15 percent at the national level. In September 2010,

Baguio recorded a 25.33 percent compared to the national rate of 22.52 percent and this has been the trend since 2006. *(JDP/LD-PIA CAR)

 

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