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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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GOV’T CALLS FOR RESPONSIBLE MEDIA REPORTAGE TO HELP MOVE THE COUNTRY FORWARD
Posted by: JDP/LD-PIA CAR | May 15, 2011

BAGUIO CITY, May 9 (PIA) - - The leadership of President Benigno Aquino III is for press freedom and maintains a policy of self regulation for the members of the mass media, but it is also calling on the media to practice responsible reportage to help move the country forward.

This was stressed by Presidential Communication Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Sonny Coloma in a press conference here, Friday.

According to Coloma, the government is for press freedom and will never be into controlling the media as it will be against the kind of governance it is advocating. “We are for press freedom, no control, no restraint, no censorship, though we must also be responsible and let us ask ourselves, what can we do to help our country progress on a much faster pace through the mass media of communication,” he said.

Coloma also stressed that the government is calling on the members of the media to also consider the role they might be able to play in promoting the progress of the country, which may include the promotion of the good news in the country.

In line with this, Coloma said they are now working hard in transforming the government television station Channel 4 (National Broadcasting Network or NBN 4) and Radio ng Bayan stations to be models of media reportage and become authoritative sources of information for the people.

Coloma also noted media consumers have also an influence on the level of quality of media program or reportage. Thus, he advises on the public and advertising sponsors to also look into the kind or level of media program or reportage they are following or supporting.

COMELEC BAN ON APPOINTMENT ENDS MAY 11
Posted by: JDP/JBZ-PIA CAR | May 15, 2011


BAGUIO CITY, May 9 (PIA) - - The one-year ban on the appointment of losing candidates in the May 10, 2010 automated elections will end this week, the Commission On Elections (COMELEC) said.

According to COMELEC Commissioner Armando Velasco, the election ban ends on May 11 so those political candidates who lost in the elections may already seek appointment.

Section 6, Article 9 of the 1987 Constitution which states that “no candidate who lost in any election shall, within one year after such election, be appointed to any office in the government owned and controlled corporations or in any of their substitute”.

Velasco explained that the rationale for that is to prevent the bureaucracy from being occupied by those who lost in the election, to somehow give the bureaucracy some breathing space.

Meanwhile, the COMELEC is reminding qualified new voters to register and those who want to transfer their voting address and those who want to correct their entries to visit the nearest Comelec Office. Deadline for voter’s registration is on October 31, 2012.

SENIOR CITIZENS SEEK FULL IMPLEMENTATION OF 20% DISCOUNT ON MEDICINES, GOODS, SERVICES
Posted by: ML-PIA CAR, Ifugao | May 15, 2011

LAGAWE, Ifugao, May 10(PIA) - - About 15,000 members of the senior citizens organization in the province are still hoping that all business establishments would fully grant the 20-percent discount afforded to them when buying medicines and goods as stipulated in the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010.

Provincial Federation of Senior Citizens President, Miguel Dimalnat, Sr, said implementation of the 20-percent discount is a common problem among the senior citizens in the different municipalities since many business owners especially the small ones are not giving the full 20-percent discount.

Earlier, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has warned that a jail term of one year and a fine await establishments that refuse to give senior citizens a full 20-percent discount in medicines, goods and services.

The DSWD made the reminder as it started implementing the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010. The act exempts senior citizens from the 12-percent value added tax (VAT), effectively allowing them full 20-percent discount on purchases.

“We hope that this problem that is affecting our lives will be solved so that we could also enjoy the benefits being provided under the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010,” he reiterated.

Dimalnat said there are only few establishments that grant the full discount to purchases made by senior citizens.

PCOO CHIEF SAYS THERE IS A COMMON GROUND WITH THE CATHOLIC CHURCH ON RP-RH BILL
Posted by: JDP/JBZ- PIA CAR | May 15, 2011

BAGUIO CITY, May 10(PIA) - - President Benigno Aquino III is still hoping that a there will be a common ground with the Catholic Church on the controversial Responsible Parenthood-Reproductive Health (RP-RH)Bill.

According to Sec. Herminio “Sonny” Coloma of the Presidential Communications and Operations Office (PCOO), “there is a constant dialogue with the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), there might be a common ground to unite”.

Coloma said the Palace’s position on responsible parenthood as an important issue in the controversy is very essential. The debate on the RP-RH bill is focusing only on pregnancy and child rights, he stressed that what is equally important is how future couples become responsible parents later on.

He emphasized that there is now a statistical high of child and maternal mortality in the country and that most of these mothers are lacking maternal health care.

It is important that couple are empowered and are capable to become responsible parents, Coloma said.

With the dialogues with the CBCP, we are both finding grounds for an agreement. These talks open up minds and lead us to decide knowledgeably on the issue, he added.

loma was in Baguio City recently as a guest speaker of the national convention of Philippine Finance Association at the Camp John Hay.

OWWA, DOLE HOLD 1ST REGIONAL CONGRESS OF OFWS
Posted by: JDP/LD-PIA CAR | May 15, 2011

BAGUIO CITY, May 10 (PIA) - - The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) conducted Monday the First Regional Congress of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their families in recognition of the importance of the government partnership with the migrant sector.

The event was participated by leaders of OFW family circles and associations in the different parts of the region and representatives from the academe training institutes, church organization, local government units (LGUs) and OWWA partner agencies and non-government organizations.

In an interview, OWWA-CAR Regional Director Manuela Peña said the regional congress is a consultative process premised on the assessment of the agency’s inputs/outputs to come up with issues/concerns and problems and to draw up recommendations for program development and policy directions in fostering OFW sector development.

This is also to develop mechanisms in the implementation of the P 1 billion re-integration fund for enterprise development of OFWs.

Peña explained that the P-Noy administration, through DOLE, has set up a P1 Billion re-integration fund for this year, which can be utilized not only by OWWA members or former members but even migrant workers who want to access this re-integration program.

“Our output here today will be the regional manifesto which along with the other regional consultation output, will be brought to the national consultation on June 7, in Manila, wherein a technical working group would consolidate it on a national plan on how to manage the P1 B re-integration fund,” Peña added.

It is our policy now is that we are not coming out with policy/program development from above but from below, from our clients and partner local agencies and private organizations,” Peña stressed.

Focus group discussions included harmonizing current needs and aspirations of OFWs and the OWWA- National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO) programs and services and formulation of new strategies in the development of reintegration programs and services to address needs of OFWs and their families.

CITY GOVERNMENT PROPOSES EDUCATION LOAN TO EMPLOYEES
Posted by: JDP/JBZ-PIA CAR | May 15, 2011

BAGUIO CITY, May 12(PIA) - - The city council here is proposing an educational loan assistance to city hall employees to enhance their skills, competency and education to improve the quality of service that they extend to the public.

According to Councilor Lourdes Tabanda, there is a need to provide for educational assistance for those employees still interested to acquire higher educational qualifications but are financially constrained to consistently meet the challenges of emerging issues affecting local governance.

She said the government has the corporate organizational responsibility to give access to education enhancement to its workforce.

Regular, casual and co-terminus employees, directly receiving compensation are entitled to avail of the educational loan and for sole use of the employee, Tabanda explained.

The maximum amount of loan available under the program shall be the amount equivalent to one month gross salary of the employee and shall be released within ten 10 working days from the time of the filing of the application, Tabanda said.

Loan payments shall be automatically deducted from the payroll after the appropriate authorization shall have been executed by the employee-borrower in favor of the City Treasurer, Tabanda added.

NMIS CONDUCTS SEMINAR ON PROPER HANDLING OF FRESH, CHILLED AND FROZEN MEAT
Posted by: JDP/LD -PIA CAR | May 15, 2011

BAGUIO CITY, May 12 (PIA) - - 37 participants from government health and food safety officers, city supermarkets and meat stores and retailers participated in a seminar on “Good Handling Practices for Fresh, Chilled and Frozen Meat”, in line with the government’s effort to ensure the consumer public of fresh and safe supply of meat products.

The activity conducted by the National Meat Inspection Service -Cordillera(NMIS-CAR) aims to strengthen the shared responsibility between the NMIS, business/meat establishment and the city government of Baguio, in ensuring the public of fresh and safe supply of chilled and frozen meat products, according to Dr. Yvette Soller of NMIS-CAR Consumer, Information, Protection and Assistance Division (CIPAD).

Among the topics discussed were appropriate and accepted standards in handling fresh, chilled and frozen meat, including proper handling, preparation, storing processing and preservation of meat and meat products.

NMIS Central office CIPAD Division chief Roberta Riguer discussed the right procedures for consumer complaints handling and the guidelines on proper labeling of meat and meat products. On the other hand, Dr. Rozalina Herrera, also from NMIS central office, discussed good handling practices on fresh, chilled and frozen meat in supermarkets.

NMIS-CAR Regional Technical Director Dr. Florencio Pintor, gave a brief description of NMIS policies, mandates and regulation. He also discussed the present guidelines in the issuance of advertising sales promotion permit and the procedures in conducting post abattoir operation.

DOH SEC SAYS COUNTRY READY TO FACE DISASTER
Posted by: admin | May 15, 2011

BAGUIO CITY, May 12 (PIA) - Department of Health Secretary Enrique Ona said that the government is prepared for any calamity that might hit the country was here in Baguio City during the height of typhoon Bebeng last Monday, along with the other health officials for the Universal Health Care Conference for North and Central Luzon.

Ona said that the Aquino Administration is doing its best to prevent untoward incidents during disaster through the preventive measures done by the different government agencies under the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council.

The NDRRMC, he said, is conducting preemptive measures to make sure that during typhoons or any natural disasters, deaths and injuries could be averted especially on landslide prone areas or coastal areas.

The DOH is also intensifying the Health Emergency Management System that would be helpful during disasters, he said.

Ona also bared that this time, there is a better communication between government agencies and members of the NDRRMC that is very effective. Information dissemination among agencies is also improved, he added.

Meanwhile, the NDRRMC reported that typhoon Bebeng left at least 24 people dead and thousands of families displaced. Bebeng also affected at least 40,286 families – or 209,621 individuals in 293 villages in 40 towns, five cities and 10 provinces. Property damage amounted to some 7,245 hectares of corn, rice, and crops. Losses were estimated at P117.825 million.

CITY HEALTH OFFICE HOLDS DENGUE AWARENESS CARAVAN
Posted by: JDP/LD-PIA CAR | May 15, 2011

BAGUIO CITY, May 13 (PIA) - - With the on-set of rainy season, the City Health Services Office (HSO) held yesterday a Dengue Awareness Caravan at the South Sanitary Camp barangay covered court to drum up people’s consciousness to be alert and take part in preventing the spread of this dreaded disease.

The caravan included ‘operation taob’ (turn-over) for empty containers and operation ‘yugyug’ (shake) for plants, particularly Fortune plant, where rain water settles.

According to City HSO Medical Officer IV Dr. Donnabel Tubera, the Dengue Awareness Caravan will now be a continuing program of the city health office. “It is high time for the public to go and see their households and backyards for possible breeding grounds of mosquitoes,” Tubera said. Possible mosquito breeding grounds are open containers and drums, as well as empty or open cans and bottles where rain water may settle in.

Tubera also confirmed the increase in dengue cases in the city this year. From January up to present, the City HSO recorded 42 cases of dengue, which is 33 percent higher compared to the 30 cases recorded during the same period last year.

Though there was no recorded clustering of dengue cases in the different city barangays, Tubera advised the public to be vigilant and ensure that their households and backyards are clean from possible dengue mosquito breeding sites.

Tubera also advised those who have fever to play it safe and immediately consult a doctor. For free consultation, the public could go to the nearest health centers or to the City Health Services Office.

REGIONAL RH BILL FORUM SET IN BAGUIO
Posted by: Redjie Cawis/ PIA | May 15, 2011

BAGUIO CITY - - A multi-sectoral group advocating the Reproductive Health Bill is set to conduct a forum on May 21 at the Pines View Hotel here to educate participants on this controversial bill.

Commission on Population Regional Director Ma. Aurora Quiray said the forum would educate the participants on the revised RH Bill 4244, which is now the draft bill being read in Congress. The forum would give update on the status of the bill and the possibility of it being passed by lawmakers.Quiray said the RH bill should be informed to all for the people to understand why there are some opposing it, and some are supporting it.

This is one reason that there is a need to broaden multi-level, multi-sectoral support towards the passage of the RH Bill through a policy forum, she said.

Participants of the forum are barangay and other local officials, representatives from the government and non-government organization and private stakeholders.

Speakers include RH advocates Ifugao Congressman Teddy Baguilat, Mayor, Muricio Domogan, and party list representatives from the DIWA and Gabriela and private sector rep Ramon San Pascual of the Philippine Legislators Committee on Population Development.

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