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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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Pacquiao wins 7th title
Posted by: Baguio Trader | November 16, 2009

Manny PacquiaoPacquiao stepped into the ring against WBO Welterweight King Miguel Cotto, carrying with him the hope of the entire Filipino nation that he will win and make boxing history by winning 7 World Title in 7 different weight division. No other fighter in the history of boxing has won as many belts in different weight classes.

This is also the first time that his parents will be watching him fight inside the arena.

After the fist round, Manny Pacquiao showed that he is the more determined fighter by landing visible shots to the head and the body. Pacquiao dominated the fight by knocking Cotto in the 3rd and 4th round until referee Kenny Bayless stepped in the 12th round to end the fight. Miguel Cotto showed that he really prepared for this fight but his bulk and strength was not enough to Manny Pacquiao's speed and power.

It was very humble for Manny Pacquiao to say during the press conference that he is only an ordinary fighter trying to win fights, making the fans happy and bringing honor to his country.

That's Manny Pacquiao, the best pound for pound boxer of all time, the people's champ, a mega boxer.... A FILIPINO.

BFF launching on Nov. 16, 1st Ibaloi day on Feb. 23, 2010
Posted by: Julie G. Fianza | November 16, 2009

The 2010 Baguio Flower Festival shall be launched on Monday, Nov. 16, after the flag ceremony at the City Hall grounds.

This was announced by vice mayor Daniel Fariñas during the regular media forum last week. The 15th version of Panagbenga this coming February would be a very exciting event, he said.

The launching has been rescheduled several times, with the weather being considered, as with the storms that hit the city.

Bands from the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) and University of the Cordilleras (UC) shall lead the singing of the Pambansang Awit and Baguio Hymn, as congressman Mauricio Domogan delivers his Panagbenga message. Mayor Reinaldo Bautista Jr. shall declare the opening of the festival and would unveil the Panagbenga colors with the city officials present.

The UC cultural group offers a presentation for the program. A press conference follows at the Sangguniang Panlungsod Hall, and a concert at SM in the evening, with fireworks to end the day.

Panagbenga activities are slated this coming February with a grand opening parade, market encounter, a ballet musicale show at the Burnham lake, the Let a thousand flowers bloom, grand street parade, Session Road in Bloom, Pony Boys’ Day, and the closing activities. The Chinese New Year and PMA Alumni Homecoming are also included in the Baguio Flower Festival activities. Other activities are expected to be slated.

Incidentally, the first Ibaloi day shall be observed on Feb. 23, 2010, and the next years thereof. This was declared through a council resolution as finally approved by Bautista last week.

In the resolution, it was stated that the date has significance to the Ibaloi as indigenous inhabitants of the city; to commemorate the date when the US Supreme Court recognized the legitimacy of Mateo Carino’s struggle for Native Title. The date shall also give “due recognition to the original indigenous inhabitants of the city,” it was stated in the approved resolution

Mateo Cariño, the first elected popular representative to the chief executive of the American Insular Government, then filed a land registration case when his pasture lands were “grabbed and converted into Camp John Hay.” On Feb. 13, 1909, after six years of proceedings, the US Supreme Court finally affirmed that “Mateo Cariño indeed owned the land through Native Title.”

Cariño, who died before the decision was given, left a legacy when the decision on Native Title become a part of the laws of the land, and even in international law as affirmed on Feb. 23, 1909, the resolution further states.

No-segregation-no-collection policy on again
Posted by: Aileen P. Refuerzo | November 16, 2009

The city government will strictly implement anew the no-segregation-no-collection policy on waste in all areas of the city beginning Dec 1.

Acting Mayor Daniel Farinas said that pending the adoption of a permanent waste disposal system, the city should employ stricter measures to contribute to the orderly disposal operations and to the reduction of the waste outputs.

The city’s waste collection scheme normalized last week after the city council approved a P25 million appropriation for the hauling out of garbage to Capas, Tarlac. The fund will cover hauling, tipping fee, gasoline, per diems and repair expenses until December this year.

As per the public advisory issued by the acting mayor, the strict segregation requirement will be imposed in all barangays, the public market, institutional areas, highways and the central business district.

“Unpacked or scattered residual wastes will not be collected and barangay officials should see to it that strict compliance be observed to assure collection,” the advisory warned.

Farinas said the segregation and collection of recyclable and biodegradable components shall be the responsibility of the barangays and the collection of residual wastes will be done by the city through the city environment and parks management office. The collection will be done once a week based on the existing schedule.

“It is strictly prohibited for residential barangays to bring or dump their generated biodegradable and residuals to CBD, market, national roads and highways where collection is being done on daily basis.”

Farinas directed the barangays to utilize available spaces in their areas to manage the biodegradable wastes and to avail of the services of the private junkshops in the city in selling the recyclable wastes if they have no MRFs.

To help in the waste reduction, the city allowed 150 waste pickers to conduct secondary sorting at the Irisan transfer station subject to conditions, Farinas said.

Among the conditions was that the waste pickers must produce a daily quota of 20-25 kilos of qualified residual plastics from the station for processing by the Holcim cement plant in Bacnotan, La Union pursuant to an existing agreement between the city and the cement company. Farinas said this will enable the city to save P88,000 of tipping fee per month

Centennial activities on until December
Posted by: Julie G. Fianza | November 16, 2009

To complete the celebrations for the centennial year, specially designed activities shall go on until the end of this year, sticking with the Baguio Centennial Commission schedule.

The Builders of Baguio awards program for institutions will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday at the University of Baguio Gym while awarding for the for individual category is set Nov. 22, also at 2:00 p.m. at the University of the Cordilleras Gym. The awards program for families was held last Sunday at the Saint Louis University Burgos Gym.

Other activities for November include the garden and orchid show at the Baguio Orchidarium on the 20th; the Fil-am Golf tournament on the 18th up to Dec. 5; Kennon International Friendship Challenge and the Baguio Builders’ Kennon Walk, both on the 21st.

Cordillera’s Best fashion show will be on the 28th while much of the region’s cultural celebration as one of the country’s best, takes place on the 25th to the 30th. Lively street parades will be held in the morning of Oct. 28 and 29 with regional representatives clad in colorful costumes and accessories from the provinces of the Cordilleras.

A music fest will take place at the Baguio Cathedral, for the second time, on the 25th to 28th; while the Department of Social Welfare and Development celebrates Social Welfare Week on the last week.

A Taekwondo competition, national level and a debate festival is also scheduled.
Dec. 1 will feature the DSWD’s International Day for Persons with Disabilities; an art workshop on the 12th; and interschool choral competition on the 13th; an extreme sports competition on the 19th.

Another garden show at the Baguio Orchidarium at Burnham Park on the 20th; and fireworks display on New Year’s Eve.

A concert from the HRAB and a torch parade are also scheduled. Dawn and midnight masses to celebrate the yuletide season shall be observed in churches around the city.

The closing festival of the Centennial Commission is also slated in December. Other activities are the Centennial Music Festival; indigenous sportsfest; game-o-rama; Handog ng SLU sa Baguio; Speech and Public Speaking Festival; Performing Arts; and 100 Dancers and Choir Fest.

Other details of the activities may be requested from the Baguio Centennial Commission office at the Baguio Convention Center. Individuals who would like to inquire may call telephone numbers 446-2009.

City to pursue MRF to solve garbage maze
Posted by: Aileen P. Refuerzo | November 16, 2009

There’s a way out of the garbage mess apart from hauling out the refuse to sanitary facilities elsewhere.

Acting mayor Daniel Fariñas said on Thursday that the city will pursue the establishment of materials recovery facilities as a priority long-term waste management solution after the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) offered its waste disposal site for the establishment of a materials recovery facility to serve at least 12 barangays near the academy.

He said the city plans to construct a covered court-style structure and set up two machines that could process 50 tons of wastes each per eight hours at the PMA’s five-hectare site which he along with city administrator Peter Fianza, executive assistant Engr. Antonio Bautista, and members of the City Solid Waste Management Board inspected early this week.

The technology will be copied from the facilities being used in Cavite City which Fariñas and Fianza along with councilor Antonio Tabora Jr. also inspected last Wednesday.

The acting mayor said they will approve a memorandum of agreement with PMA on the linkage which will be submitted to the city council for confirmation. The body last Monday approved a resolution which authorized the mayor to initiate a joint venture with PMA and with John Hay Management Corporation (JHMC) on the set up of said MRFs and to sign a MOA as needed.

Fariñas said the city intends to fast-track the project and that to facilitate its implementation, he had recommended the adoption of the MRF project to the city council. He said an expert has been invited to present the project to the body on Nov. 16.

In his letter to the city council, Fariñas also recommended the fast-tracking of the procurement and installation of MRF machines and equipment which will include conveyors, mixers, bio-reactors, and other machines that could process wastes into useful materials.

He said the city could use funds available for waste management or avail of other resources including loans being offered to the city to complete the machinery requirements of the MRFs.
The city-PMA linkage was broached during a meeting with Defense Sec. Gilbert Teodoro and PMA officials led by Supt. Leonardo Calderon and PMA solid waste management head Col. Nilo Perfecto who bared that President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo had directed the PMA to assist the city government on the garbage concern.

The MRF will be operated by the so-called insular prisoners of the academy saving the city manpower expenses.

For the Camp John Hay MRF, Fariñas said he had proposed a linkage with the JHMC and if approved, the city could pursue a technology like that being used in Boracay.

For the smaller MRF sited located in some barangays, he said the city could adopt methods observed in MRFs located in Quezon City which they also inspected along with the Cavite facility.

He said he also requested the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to help the city by facilitating the needed permits and documents needed for the establishment of these facilities.

He said guidelines on the operation of these MRFs will be also adopted by the city government soon.

Baguio launches Centennial Coffee Table Book
Posted by: Lito Dar | November 16, 2009

The city’s Centennial Coffee Table Book was launched Saturday at the City Hall.
Baguio Centennial Commission chair Virgilio Bautista the book contains ways of the different generation that took care of Baguio in its 100 years of existence as a chartered city.

The book is sold P1,500 and available at the Baguio Centennial Commission office at the Baguio Convention Center.

Bona Elisa Resureccion, author of the Centennial Coffee Table book, said the 24-page book which was completed three years, is priceless since it gives an overview of the last 100 years of Baguio.

During the launching program, Baguio Rep. Mauricio Domogan expressed the city’s gratitude to the people who contributed to the realization of the book. He said the book is the written documentary comprising a granary of the city’s history.

Other officials present during the launching were CenteCom commissioners Arch. Joseph Alabanza, Dr. Ronald Paraan, Gerry Evangelista, Edilberto Tenefrancia, Mike Pearson, Narda Capuyan and Benny Carantes. Vice mayor Daniel Fariñas and the book’s editor, Alice Wilder also graced the event. The book was sold at P1,200 each as a special offer during the launching.
Alabanza in a statement said the city should now be looking beyond 2009, towards the future of Baguio and the BLIST areas. Alabanza also expressed optimism that the initial stages of works in city’s Centennial Park will continue and be completed Dec. 31. A time capsule or canister, will be laid down at the said park, which will contain the different activities that were conducted in celebration of the centennial year.

In the same program, the city of Baguio gave recognition to all of the volunteer groups that joined the “Operation Typhoon Pepeng.”

Fariñas said the certificate of recognition given to the volunteer groups and for all the heroes that lend their assistance during the said calamity, is a simple token from the city and the people of Baguio. He also expressed the city’s gratitude to the volunteers who untiringly rendered their services.
 

42 NARS nurses deployed in Mt. Prov
Posted by: Juliet B. Saley | November 16, 2009

BONTOC, Mountain Province – Eight towns here are now benefitting from the services rendered by the second batch of nurses ired under the government’s Nurses Assigned in Rural Service (NARS) project.

The 42 nurses are now deployed in the municipalities of Barlig, Bauko, Besao, Natonin, Paracelis, Sabangan, Sadanga and Tadian.

Miguela Limmayog, Field Unit Head of Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in the province said these nurses were employed effective last Nov. 4. They reported to DOLE provincial office last Nov. 9 after their training in Baguio from Nov. 4 to 6.

They had a brief orientation before their deployment to their assigned places. They will undergo a six-month training.

Of the total trainees, 24 are assigned at the Bontoc General Hospital and Luis Hora Memorial Regional Hospital in Abatan, Bauko while the other 18 are assigned in the Rural Health Units of the identified municipalities. Five nurse trainees are deployed per municipality except for Bauko and Tadian municipalities which have six nurse trainees each.

The nurses will rotate in their hospital or rural health unit for a period of three months. At the end of the third month, nurses who have completed their rotation in the hospital shall be assigned to a rural health unit and vice versa.. While on training, nurses will be given a monthly stipend/allowance of P8,000.

The NARS project which is jointly implemented by the Department of Health (DOH), DOLE and the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC), is a training cum deployment program which aims to address the glut in nurses who lack experience and the proliferation of volunteer nurses working in hospitals without salary. It also aims to promote public health of and bring the government closer to them. Volunteer nurses in some hospitals pay the health institutions to obtain certificate of work experience.

Completion of the training under NARS program shall be considered as a substitute for the work experience requirement of hospitals and other health facilities, both local and overseas

COMELEC briefs Baguio voters,media on election automation
Posted by: Lito Dar | November 16, 2009

The Commission on Election (COMELEC) and Smartmatic-TIM, conducted voter’s education on election automation in the city last week.
The first session was conducted Nov. 9 at the Saint Louis University Burgos gymnasium in coordination with various organizations and departments.
Members of the local media were also briefed through the DZEQ – Radyo ng Bayan Baguio.

At the SLU briefing, COMELEC Commissioner Armando Velasco said there are already 44 million registered voters nationwide, which is expected to 47 million, once the voters list is finalized. Velasco expressed optimism that Filipinos could overcome predicaments that hounded the previous elections.

Smartmatic–TIM, presentation and demonstration pecialist Gaye Cabalo educated the participants on the election automation process and gave a demonstration regarding the use and the capability of the automated voting machine or the Precinct Count Optical System (PCOS) machine.

Cabalo said that the automated election, through the use of PCOS machines, is a paper-based automated election system, which will provide a “no human intervention ballot counting.” She also assured the public that voting using the PCOS would be very simple as they will only undergo the usual voting process, then shade the oval opposite the candidates on their ballot, insert their ballot to the machine if they are done and then go again to the usual voting process.

Smartmatic-TIM and the COMELEC have already proof-tested the machines, Cabalo assured adding all the security measures under manual election system are still applicable and security is strengthened through automation, by the use of passwords, Personal identification Numbers, digital signature and encryption.
Cabalo urged the voters to exercise their right of suffrage.
She also advised the voters to be vigilant as automation cannot address the problem of vote-buying and election violence.

In a statement, Velasco also assured the COMELEC is all set for the implementation of the 2010 automated polls and that they are expecting the full delivery of the 82,136 PCOS machines by February 2010.

Velasco also assured power interruptions would not be a problem as the machines include a battery pack, which could last up to 16 hours. Also included in the total number of machines to be delivered are 2,000 spare units, which will also be distributed or positioned nationwide, especially, on possible risk areas, he said.
 

PGMA wants environment- friendly entrepreneurs
Posted by: Lito Dar | November 16, 2009

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo last week expressed hope that entrepreneurs will put up businesses that are environment- friendly and help mitigate the effects of climate change.

''I hope next year I will be giving awards to entrepreneurs whose kind of businesses are those that help mitigate the effects of climate change,'' the President said at the Go Negosyo Caravan in Balanga, Bataan known worldwide as the site of the historic Death March.

The President visited Bataan to lead the awarding of outstanding entrepreneurs.
The President said charcoal briquettes produced from garbage with the use of the technology developed by the Department of Science and Technology should replace destructive small-scale logging practice.

She said used and discarded plastics could be recycled into construction materials such has hollow blocks.

She added water lilies, which often clog waterways, could be made into handicrafts such as slippers, baskets and bags.
 

DA urges farmers help mitigate the effect of Climate Change
Posted by: Lito Dar | November 16, 2009

The country’s agriculture is one of the sectors that can be severely affected by climate change like what was experienced during the onslaught of Typhoon Pepeng where millions worth of damages on agricultural products and infrastructures were recorded in Northern Luzon.

Department of Agriculture Agri-business Marketing Assistance Division (DA-AMAD) head Patricio Ananayo said the agriculture sector was heavily affected by the recent strong typhoons, which some experts believe can be attributed to climate change.

Ananayo said the damage brought to the region’s agricultural sector can be attributed to the improper or inappropriate use of environmental resources. He said have also contributed to the problem by expanding their farming to forested and watershed areas.

To mitigate climate change, Ananayo said farmers should do their part and help in securing watersheds and forest reservations, where potable and irrigation water come from. These also help in providing a normal temperature to mitigate global warming.

Ananayo said 70 to 80 percent of farmers in Cordillera depend on farming but it would also be difficult if there would be no more forest or watershed to sustain their irrigation. He encouraged farmers to help in rebuilding and protecting water resources.

Aside from the food security program, DA is also supporting other agri-business venture, like the honey bee industry which has a strong potential in the region and can be a big help in the enhancement of the environment, Ananayo said.

Honeybees help, through pollination, which enhances the development of more fruits and seeds production, aside from producing products that are beneficial to the people, he said.

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