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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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P-NOY GRACES JOLLIBEE’S 700TH STORE MILESTONE CELEBRATION IN BAGUIO CITY
Posted by: HELEN R. TIBALDO | November 27, 2010


BAGUIO CITY – President Benigno Aquino III graced the milestone celebration of Jollibee marking its 700th store at the Jollibee Harrison Road, Baguio City on Friday, November 26.

The President arrived at the Jollibee store at about 11:30AM where he was warmly welcomed by Jollibee Executives headed by its president Ernesto Tamantiong, and Baguio City officials led by Congressman Bernardo Vergara, Mayor Mauricio Domogan and Vice Mayor Daniel Fariñas. Many people including students lined up at the street leading to the venue.

In his speech, P-Noy congratulated Jollibee for its continuing success and with its 700th store, makes them the largest quick service restaurant chain in the country. He also cited that Jollibee has proven that they can compete with foreign businesses and even surpass them.

‘Ang katangi-katangi sa Jollibee ay ang hindi matatawarang pagbandila sa kakayahan ng mga Pilipino. Wala na pong mas hihigit pang tagumpay dito: ang mahuli ang panlasang-Pinoy, ang mabihag ang pusong-Pinoy, at ang maging bahagi sa pang-araw-araw na buhay ng mga Pinoy,’ he said.

The President also lauded Jollibee for partnering with the government in pushing for the country’s development through job generation, social services, community-based feeding program, medical and gift giving missions, housing project for the poor, among others.

PNoy re-iterated that since start of his administration, he has been acknowledging the private sector as a strong partner of the government in pushing for the needed reforms.

‘Kaya po mahalagang makipag-ugnayan tayo sa pribadong sektor. Habang may namumuhunan sa ating bansa, binibigyan nila tayo ng pagkakataong mailaan ang natitirang pondo natin sa mga sektor na nangangailangan agad ng pansin, gaya ng kalusugan, edukasyon, at trabaho,’ the President said.This was the first official visit of PNoy to Baguio City. **Lito Dar/PIA

CSC BESTOWS GANTIPALA AGAD AWARDS TO 19 PDEA-CAR EMPLOYEES
Posted by: HELEN R. TIBALDO | November 27, 2010


BAGUIO CITY - 19 employees of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency – Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) are recipients of the Gantimpala Agad awards under the Civil Service Commission’s Mamamayan Muna program.

He employees were awarded by CSC Assistant Commissioner Rogelio C. Limare and Officer In-charge Director IV Fernando M. Porio of the CSC – Cordillera in a fitting ceremony last November 16 at the PDEA – CAR regional office in Camp Dangwa, La Trinidad, Benguet.

The awardees were given Gantimpala Agad pin and conferred Certificate of Recognition, “for demonstrating prompt response and heroic acts, and providing invaluable assistance during the rescue and retrieval operations, and relief goods distribution and feeding of the victims during the onslaught of typhoon Pepeng in October 2009 at Little Kibungan Village, Puguis, La Trinidad, Benguet, which truly exemplified the ideals of genuine public service”.

The awarding highlighted the Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Week Observance 2010. Presidential Proclamation No. 124 issued on November 26, 2001 declares the third week of November of every year as Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Week.

The program’s focus was on integrity and accountability development for its human resources composed of agents, technical staff, administrative personnel and project employees.

Limare and Porio also witnessed the pledging and signing of commitment to the PDEA Code of Conduct by the PDEA – CAR employees during the program.
 

PDEA – CAR NABS 3 ALLEGED DRUG PUSHERS, UPROOTS P 1.4 M WORTH OF MJ
Posted by: HELEN R. TIBALDO | November 27, 2010


BAGUIO CITY- Last week was a high performance week for anti-narcotic operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) – Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) as they arrested three alleged drug pushers and confiscated over P170,000.00 worth of marijuana and shabu in the city, and eradicated an estimated P 1,448,000.00 total worth of marijuana plants in Kapangan, Benguet.

PDEA agents on November 18 apprehended Mary Jane Fernandez Espiritu alias “Myles”, 24, Computer Secretarial graduate, jobless, native of Labrador, Pangasinan and resident of Jasmin St., San Luis Village, Baguio City and her cohort, Christian Pascua Facunla, 24,college student, native of Tarlac, Tarlac and residing at Modern Site, Bakakeng, Baguio City for selling shabu to a drug law enforcer posing as buyer. Seized from the two was about three grams of shabu, which amount to an approximate street cost of P42,000.00

Reports said Espiritu was also nabbed in 2008 with her live-in partner, Joel Fallorin, and two cohorts for sale, possession and use of shabu.

In a separate buy bust operation at Rizal Park, Baguio City, Ike Lagadeo Wadingan 22, single, and native of Belanse, Nueva Vizcaya was immediately apprehended after he delivered dried marijuana fruiting tops in three cylindrical forms and one large block to a PDEA – CAR anti-narcotic operative who acted as poseur-buyer. The illegal drugs had a total value of P P128,750.00.

Criminal cases for Violations of Section 5 (Sale of Dangerous Drugs) in relation to Section 26b (Conspiracy to Sell Dangerous Drugs) and Section 11 (Possession of Dangerous Drugs) of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002) were filed against Espiritu and Facunla before the Office of the City Prosecutor in Baguio, while a case for Violation of Section 5 (Delivery of Dangerous Drugs) was filed against Wadingan.

Meanwhile, two teams of PDEA – CAR agents conducted MJ eradication operation from November 17 to 19 at sitio Pingew in barangay Sagubo in Kapangan,, Benguet yielding 6,400 full-grown marijuana and 4,200 marijuana seedlings. The marijuana with estimated cost of over P1.4 million e were destroyed in eight different cultivation sites having an approximate entire land area of 1,400 square meters. Concerned citizens helped in the destruction of the destructive hemps.

The operatives also conducted dialogues and consultations and information dissemination to the residents on the ill effects of marijuana use, legal implications of marijuana production and trading, participation of the community in the enforcement of the drug law and other related issues. They also discussed some pertinent concerns in a brief meeting with Kapangan mayor Robert Canuto. ***

 

ABRA PROVINCIAL NSO NOW ISSUING SECURITY PAPERS
Posted by: HELEN R. TIBALDO | November 27, 2010

BAGUIO CITY – The National Statistics office (NSO) Provincial Office in Bangued in Abra is e now issuing security papers such as birth, death and marriage certificates and Certificate of No Marriage.
According to NSO Regional Director Olivia Gulla, the Abra Provincial NSO office now joins the list of NSO’s Batch Request Entry and Query System (BREQS) partners all over the region.

‘The people in Abra do not need to go to Baguio anymore to apply for their NSO security papers. All they have to do is to go to our provincial office in Bangued and then receive what they have applied for in just a week,’ Gulla said.

According to Gulla, additional fees are added to the usual charges in applying for birth, marriage or death certificates or even the Cenomar and the fee varies depending on the NSO BREQS partner. For Abra it is P40.00,’ she stressed.

‘Usually our BREQS partners are LGUs but for Abra no LGU has signified intention so we decided that our provincial officewill handle it,’ Gulla explained.

Under BREQS, our partners including the NSO provincial office in Abra, will receive their applications and then through designated liason officers will forward their application the NSO regional office (in Baguio) and later claim after processing, she explained.

Other NSO BREQS partners in the region are the local government units of Bontoc, Tadian, Paracelis and Barlig in Mountain Province; Conner and Luna in Apayao and Tabuk in Kalinga.

NSO already has a Memorandum of Agreement with the LGU of Balbalan, Kalinga and Mankayan, Benguet LGU has also already affirmed its plan in partnering with NSO.

Another BREQS partner of NSO is SM City Baguio. Aside from avoiding the long queue at the NSO Regional Office, the public could also now have the convenience of applying for their NSO security papers while shopping or enjoying the mall.

The BREQS are a big help for the people in the provinces like during this time when many athletes needs a birth certificate for the provincial sports meet, Gulla pointed out. **Lito Dar/PIA

BAGUIO MEDIA OFFER PRAYERS FOR MAGUINDANAO MASSACRE VICTIMS
Posted by: HELEN R. TIBALDO | November 27, 2010


BAGUIO CITY – Members of the Baguio media joined the nation last November 23 in commemorating the one year anniversary of the Maguindanao massacre where 25 unarmed civilians and 32 members of the media were brutally murdered in Ampatuan town, Maguindanao.
Around 50 members of the Baguio Correspondents and Broadcasters Club (BCBC) offered their prayers for the victims, more than 30 of them mediamen, and for an expeditious quest for justice.

A ‘mambunong’ or a local priest headed the prayer through a native ritual with offerings of a pair of native chickens and rice wine . The event was held at the Pine Tree Park beside the Baguio Convention Center. A tree planting activity was also held earlier in the day to kick of the commemoration ceremony.

According to BCBC President Jun Villanueva, the simple but solemn ritual is an offering of prayer for the victims of the Maguindanao Massacre and in praying for a speed-up process in seeking justice for them and their family.

‘Isang taon na ang nakalipas mula ng maganap ang insidente, sana mapabilis na ang pagbibigay ng hustisya sa mga biktima ng Maguindanao Massacre,’ Villanueva said.
President Benigno Aquino III, through Presidential Proclamation no. 73 has declared Tuesday, November 23, as a National Day of Remembrance for the victims in the Maguindanao Massacre that horrified the Filipino people and the world.

P-Noy also called on the Filipino people to solemnly bear the departed in their thoughts, and for all citizens from all walks of life to commit in solidarity to the quest for justice for the victims.

Villanueva said personally he is in favor with the growing clamor for a live coverage of the court hearing as this could help expedite the judicial process and the quest for justice.

Meanwhile, local members of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) also held a candle lighting ceremony at the Burnham Lake in the afternoon, also to offer prayers for the victims of the Maguindanao Massacre and to voice out the call for justice. **Lito Dar/
 

PDEA AGENTS EXAM SET ON DECEMBER 4
Posted by: admin | November 27, 2010


BAGUIO CITY – Application for the 2010 Drug Enforcement agent examination is still open and interested applicants can either apply online or go directly to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Regional Office in Camp Bado Dangwa, La Trinidad Benguet.

The examination will be held on December 4 in four designated testing centers nationwide. For Northern Luzon, it will be at the Baguio City National High School. The other testing centers are in General Santos City for the Mindanao area, Tacloban City for the Visayas Region and in Quezon City for the National Capital Region.

Applicants must be 21-35 years old, a degree holder, a civil service professional examination passer or a Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) license holder. Applicants must be physically fit, of good moral background, computer literate, must have a commendable oral and written communication skills, willing to undergo six months rigid training and willing to be assigned anywhere in the country.

For the height requirement, applicant must be five feet two inches for female and five feet four inches for male.

PDEA-CAR Information Officer Emely Fama is advising competent Cordilleran who may be lacking in height to get a National Commission on Indigenous People certification (NCIP) for them to be exempted from the height requirements.

For application procedure, Fama explained that applicants can fill-up application form at the PDEA-CAR Regional office, or they can download it from the PDEA Website, www.pdea.gov.ph, fill it up, then scan the form and e-mail to pdea_acad@yahoo.com. Fama also reminded the applicants not to forget to include their e-mail address and contact number to their application form.

Walk-in applicant will also be entertained. They need to bring an original and photocopy of their eligibility and birth certificate. For more details, interested applicants can visit the PDEA-CAR Regional Office in Camp Bado Dangwa, La Trinidad Benguet or call them at (074)422-5544 or 422-2642.

Fama said PDEA hopes to fill-up the 200 drug enforcement agent positions that are available from applicants who will pass the examination. **Lito Dar/PIA

FONGWAN CALLS ON ALL SECTORS HELP IN MOVING BENGUET FORWARD
Posted by: HELEN R. TIBALDO | November 27, 2010

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – ‘Let us work together to move forward the province on a higher level,’.

This was the message of Benguet Governor Nestor Fongwan, in welcoming over a thousand people who joined the opening parade and cultural program of the Adivay Festival at the Provincial Sports Center in Wangal, La Trinidad last November 20.

With the province’s goal of moving Benguet forward to a higher level, the ‘Adivay 2010’, which is in celebration of Benguet’s 110th Foundation Anniversary, carries the theme ‘Harmonizing Production with Demand through Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Good Manufacturing/Mining Practices (GMP), emphasizing on health and environment.’

According to Fongwan, the province through the GAP/GMP will now harmonize its production to the present market need or demand. In addition, the provincial government is also in the process of strengthening the province’s tourism industry in order to become another source of livelihood for the people of Benguet.

Hopeful for a better years ahead, 21 native (black) pigs were offered in a ‘Cañao’, where each mayor/leader from 13 municipalities of Benguet also performed an ‘Iwik’ - butchering of pigs as offering after a ‘mambunong’ performed a ritual and Fongwan and his wife performed the indigenous, agricultural and industrial products of the different municipalities are also in display in a week-long Agri-trade fair at the Provincial Sports Center which will run until November 26.

To further boost the agricultural sector of the province, Fongwan and Department of Agriculture officials also led the inauguration and blessing of another Bagsakan Center in the area last Friday, November 19.**Lito Dar/PIA

ANTI NARCS OPERATIVES CONFISCATE P4.9M WORTH OF MARIJUANA
Posted by: HELEN R. TIBALDO | November 27, 2010

BAGUIO CITY - Government anti narcotics operatives arrested a suspect and confiscated 93 marijuana bricks weighing approximately 90 kilograms valued at P4.95million in a buy bust operation dawn of November 23 in Polis, Kibungan, Benguet.

Arrested by joint operatives of the Regional Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operation Task Group and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency- Cordillera was John Pawas, 46 years old, and a porter from Polis, Kibungan, Benguet.

Philippine National Police – Cordillera Regional Director Villamor Bumanglag commended the group headed by Deputy Chief Pol. Sr. Insp. Melchor N. Ong for the successful operation conducted at about 2:05 AM.

A case was filed against Pawas in violation of Republic Act 9165 otherwise known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

BAGUIO RECORDS 6 NEWS HIV/AIDS CASES
Posted by: HELEN R. TIBALDO | November 27, 2010

BAGUIO CITY – Six new confirmed HIV/AIDS positive cases were recorded in the city from January to November this year bringing to 21 the total cases including 17 patients who have already died.

According to Dr. Celiaflor Brillantes, head of the City Health Services Office’s Reproductive Health and Wellness Center (RHWC), the six new cases stand as the biggest number recorded in the city in a year since they started monitoring HIV/AIDS cases in 1992.

Brillantes stressed that the increasing cases of HIV/AIDS is becoming alarming. Of the 41 cases in Baguio, 10 were recorded from 1992 to 2002 but from 2003 to 2010 it increased to 31 cases. She also noted the increasing cases of HIV/AIDS among men. Of the six new cases, five are male and of the total 41 cases, 35 of them are male.

Recently, the DOH y reported that there are about four new cases of HIV/AIDS a day being recorded in the country for this year.
The use of condom is being promoted by the health department for safe and responsible sex as it is still the most effective tool against Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) especially HIV/AIDS.

According to UNAIDS estimates, there are now 33.3 million people living with HIV including 2.5 million children. In 2009,some 2.6 million people became newly infected with the virus and an estimated 1.8 million people died from AIDS.

One positive development on the issue of HIV/AIDS is the recent news release that even the Roman Catholic Church head Pope Benedict XVI is now considering the possible use of condoms in combating AIDS.
In an interview, Baguio Center for Young Adult (BCYA) head Marlene De Castro welcomed such development that the Catholic Church is starting to realize the need for the use of condom, not as contraceptive but as a protection for STIs.

She, however, stressed the need for a responsible promotion on this issue. According to De Castro, the promotion must have a very clear intention that condom use is for protection against (STI) infection and must be done by a person with respect, values and responsibility.

Meanwhile, the whole world will once again be commemorating World AIDS Day on December 1 with the theme 'Universal Access and Human Rights'. This is important for reminding people that HIV has not gone away, and that there are still many things to be done.

Locally, the Baguio Aids Watch Council Inc (AWAC) will again spearhead the city’s celebration of World Aids Day starting with a press-conference on December 1.

The main events will be held on December 3 with a ‘Fun Run’ for AIDS in the morning, which will be followed by a program at the Baguio Convention Center.

The AWAC, through the RHWC, in coordination with the City’s HIV Surveillance Team and the Bars and Restaurants Associations (BARS) of Baguio. is also set to conduct the 5th Annual HIV/AIDS Conference entitled ‘Moving Towards Change… Towards a Clean Entertainment.’ **Lito Dar/PIA

MANIFESTO CAMPAIGN FOR CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION FUND BILL LAUNCHED
Posted by: HELEN R. TIBALDO | November 27, 2010

BAGUIO CITY – The Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC) launched its ‘Depensa! Di ako patatalo sa nagbabagong klima,’ campaign here through a press conference Tuesday morning at the Luisa’s Café along Lower Session Road.

According to ICSC Campaign Consultant Angelo Kairos Dela Cruz, the Depensa! campaign aims to increase public awareness on the issue of climate change and to mobilize the support of the people together with the different local government units, especially those who are vulnerable to climate change, to help support the immediate passing of the People’s Survival Fund (PSF) Bill filed in Congress by Senator Juan Ponce Enrile and Congressman Erin Tañada.

Dela Cruz explained that few people are aware of the PSF bill which if approved will be very critical in the fight against climate change especially for vulnerable areas like Baguio City and Benguet, which is listed as the second most vulnerable province in the country as far as climate change is concerned.

According to de la Cruz, the PSF seeks to establish a fund dedicated to vulnerable local government and communities struggling to adapt to the rapidly changing climate. “The PSF is a reward fund which vulnerable localities that craft climate change adaptation projects or plans can access,’ he said.

‘The PSF could also help address other issues or problems like livelihood, poverty, health or emerging diseases or even other women concerns that climate change could bring,’ Dela Cruz added.

As for PSF funding sources , Dela Cruz also explained that it will be composed of contributions from private, public, foreign and local sources, including annual general appropriations from the national government, percentage from the Motor Vehicle User’s Charge, cash dividends from Government Owned and Controlled Corporations and credits earned under the Clean Development Mechanism, among others.

In pushing for the passage of the PSF Bill, ICSC is also now circulating a manifest (of support), in which they aim to be signed by at least 20,000 people all over the country. The ICSC also hopes to convince local chief executives to publicly support the early passage of the said bill. They are also considering asking members of Congress to allocate 10 percent of their Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) to fund the adaptation needs of vulnerable communities.

Baguio City, is part of the second leg of the ICSC’s nationwide campaign with Bacolod and Nueva Ecija. For the first leg, ICSC visited Surigao Del Norte and Del Sur and Agusan Province. **Lito Dar/PIA

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