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Posted by: HELEN R. TIBALDO | October 23, 2010

BAGUIO CITY – Mining companies in Benguet are back with their normal operations as Super Typhoon Juan left the region with no casualty and minimal effect as far as mining is concerned.

According to Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Regional Executive Director Clarence Baguilat Jr., all mining company are back to their normal operations. As per their inspections, even the tailing dams of all mines were left unscathed by the super typhoon, he added.

RED Baguilat also stressed that better preparedness and cooperation from the public and communities are big factors for the zero incident/casualty in the mining sector. ‘Preparedness is really the key. The mining sector was given advisory or warning early on and it is a big factor that the public really take on our advised. The media also play their part in warning or giving advisories to the public,’ he added.

Meanwhile, Baguilat is advising the public to inspect trees inside their properties if they pose immediate danger to life and properties especially if there is strong winds.
Two of the five recorded casualties of typhoon Juan in Cordillera were accidentally pinned down by fallen trees.

‘Isa ito sa laging tinututukan ng DENR, with the onset of rainy season. We are inspecting trees, if they pose immediate danger to life or properties. We also call on the public’s cooperation by inspecting the trees inside their properties or they can also call for the DENR’s assistance, in inspecting the trees, so it can be properly determine if such tree needs to be cut or just need a trimming. As much as possible we want to save the tree,’ Baguilat stressed.

Baguilat is also reiterating the call for the public to help in clearing clogged drainage and debris and to heed geo-hazard warnings and signages put up by the DENR in areas susceptible to landslides and flooding and landfall. He also informed that the geo-hazard mapping of the region has already been completed.

He is reminding the public to remain vigilant with PAGASA’s forecast that there would be at least five typhoons and more intense rains due to La Niña before the year end. ** Lito Dar/PIA


Posted by: HELEN R. TIBALDO | October 23, 2010

BAGUIO CITY - In efforts to protect the city’s main watershed from intruders, the Busol Watershed Task Force requested the city government to issue a demolition order for two newly erected shanties the soonest.

In the regular monthly meeting of the Baguio Regreening Movement(BRM), the task force identified the owners of the shanties located along Purok 4, East Bayan inside the Busol Watershed reservation , as certain Junie and Carlos Aluda.

In a foot patrol at Tip-top, the Task Force discovered the two shanties dismantled earlier were reconstructed by the owners who are identified as heirs of Gumangan and Sumangen.

The task force composed of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources , Baguio Water District and the Baguio City Police Office, is also asking that demolition order be issued for the illegal construction of houses of certain Mr. Walis. Daluyen, Panay, Haban and Marcelino.

Baguio City Councilor and BRM Chairperson Erdolfo Balajadia said the BCPO and the city government should immediately stop the unlawful construction of the houses.

The BRM and BWD will put up three guard houses for the task force use. We should be vigilant and report any illegal activities being done in the watershed, Balajadia said.

P/Supt. Constante Chinayog Jr, deputy city director for administration said that they will detail a police personnel to man the proposed guard house. In the meantime, police precinct 6 is helping the task force.

Congressman Bernardo Vergara also released P1 million from his Countrywide Development Fund for the protection of the Busol Watershed.

On the other hand, Anthony de Leon of Baguio Country Club said that they have donated P10,000 to BRM and a total of 7,000 saplings for the reforestation of the watershed in Baguio City. *** joseph b zambrano/pia-car

Posted by: HELEN R. TIBALDO | October 23, 2010

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – The impact of typhoon Pepeng last year still haunts the affected families in Little Kibungan, in barangay Puguis but with their resiliency they struggle to move on guided by the lessons learned from the past experience.

With super typhoon Juan, their fears surfaced again but are now better prepared.

Some families whose houses were located on higher grounds settled back in the area but those who are located along the creeks and whose houses were washed out went to seek refuge to their relatives, rented or looked for other places to settle.

Winkle Alguin, former President of Little Kibungan Village Association said this time when they were warned to vacate, his family willingly went to the center together with the other residents as the fear is always there.

Sharing his experience during typhoon Pepeng, he admitted that there were already initial warning from barangay officials to vacate their area and proceed to the evacuation center but this was ignored. He said who would think that the mountain from a distance would give way and reach their area. His house is located above the foot of another mountain. It was only on the next day that he evacuated with his family.

This time they are prepared with the basic things they need to bring when calamity strikes. Spiritually, the wife said their faith in God together with the people in the area became stronger. They are grateful for the help extended by both the government and the private sector.

Gloria Fred, whose family sought refuge in the home of Governor Nestor Fongwan, said alertness is important. If there are warnings of typhoons or calamities, evacuation should not be further delayed because we can never tell nor foresee what may happen. She valued the importance of keeping flashlights as power outage is experienced during calamities as well as stock of unperishable food stuff.

She admitted that t she always feels fear recounting that fateful night of October 8, 2009 when she heard rolling sound causing vibrations and cannot determine where the sound was coming from. Only to find out that their village was covered by mudslide killing tens of people and toppling many houses.

Mayor Gregorio Abalos, Jr. issued a directive for the residents of Little Kibungan to evacuate. During the typhoon, Abalos together with the officials were going around the town to monitor any untoward incidents.

Barangay Captain Evelyn Ramos said upon receipt of the mayor’s directive, she together with an SK representative, barangay secretary and some officials knocked on the doors of the families advising them to evacuate for their safety.

Although they have all acceded to the call for pre-emptive evacuation to prevent any untoward incidents, Ramos stressed the vigilance of residents to voluntarily evacuate as soon as they learn of a typhoon that may hit. She said the center is always open for them.

Ramos said if warnings are issued we should not wait until something happens. We should protect the environment by planting trees ,she added.

Chief of Police Freddie Lozano said preparedness is still important during calamities as this would lessen damage and loss of lives.

Kagawad John Danglipen said drainages should be cleared to avoid clogging which is one of the causes of destruction.
A year after typhoon Pepeng, the affected families are still awaiting for relocation. But they are not sold to the idea of swapping their area if they will still be paying some amount in the proposed Tawang Relocation site. *** Susan Aro/PIA-Benguet

Posted by: HELEN R. TIBALDO | October 23, 2010

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet - Operators of computer shops in Itogon have to be on guard of their student-clients who spend time in their shops following the approval of an ordinance regulating their operations.

The Sangguniang Panlalawigan in its regular session last week approved on second and final reading Municipal Ordinance No. 6 series 2010 regulating the operations of computer shops.

The measure was drafted to regulate the playing of computer games. As it was observed, students oftentimes hang around computer shops to play games even during school hours rather than surfing educational stuff to enrich their knowledge.

The crafting of the regulatory measure is also due to the clamor of parents of elementary and high school whose children may have been hooked up to the games in computer shops.

The measure indicated the time students below 18 years old will be allowed to play games. They should not be playing during regular class hours and beyond 7:00 in the evening.

As premised, the notice should be printed in four inch letterings visible enough for posting at the entrance or in a conspicuous area within the computer shop.

Violation of the ordinance will penalize operators and owners of computer shops on the following grounds: first offense – P1,500.00 fine and suspension of operation for 30 days; second offense – P2,000.00 fine and suspension of operation for a period of 60 days; and P2,500.00 fine and permanent closure.

The Order takes effect upon approval and in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Code of 1991 and its implementing rules and regulations. *** S.C. Aro/PIA-Benguet

Posted by: HELEN R. TIBALDO | October 23, 2010

BAGUIO CITY - The Cordillera Regional Minerals Development Council (RMDC) has set a mining summit at the Pinesview Hotel in this mountain resort on October 28.

Secretary Ramon Paje of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources will be the guest of honor and speaker of the one day Regional Mining Summit.

The mining summit aims to present the general situation of the mining industry in the Cordillera region and the potentials of the provinces in the industry. It is also aimed at providing venue for the constructive discussion of issues and concerns on mining and formulate recommendations on how to address this situation. This is also an avenue to promote responsible mining towards regional autonomy and development.

The event will be participated by the different mining stake holders in the private and government sectors. Representatives from the mining companies, small scale mining organizations, non government and people’s organization, the academe and the other private sector are expected to attend the summit.

Local government chief executives specifically of mining communities and regional line agencies will also be joining the one day summit.

Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Director Samuel Paragas who will present the situation and the potentials of mining industry in the Cordillera Region.

The mining industry indicators show the significant contribution of mining to the economy. At the national level, gross value production in 2008 was P88.9 Billion equivalent to 1.2 percent of Gross Domestic Product.

In the region, the potential of the mining industry continues to hold promise with its estimated gold ore reserves of 42.8 million Metric Ton and copper ore reserves of 1.3 billion metric ton. Estimated minerals production in 2007 was 6,061 kilogram of gold, 5,206 kilogram of silver and 79, 254 DMT of copper.

On the other hand, Bureau of Local Government and Finance Regional Director Ricardo Cawed, will present the Local Government Units revenues and benefits derived from mining in the different provinces.

National Commission on Indigenous People Regional Director Amador Batay an will discuss the Indigenous People Rights Act and in relation with the mining industry.

Batay an will explain the process of the Free Prior and Informed Consent which is a basic requirement in obtaining exploration and mining permits here in the region. The FPIC consultation and issuance has always been an issue here especially in mining communities.

Benguet Governor Nestor Fongwan, who is the co chair of the Provincial Mining Regulatory Board, will give a situationer of the Small Scale Mining(SSM) industry in the province .

Small scale mining is one of the main industries e of Benguet. At present, there are more than 8,000 small scale miners operating in the different municipalities and there are nine mining permits issued by the provincial government under the PMRB. Most of these miners are registered under the Benguet Federation of Small Scale Miners, Inc but many still l undocumented.

Small scale mining is often viewed negatively on several issues such as the use of child labor, social disruption, environmental degradation and the high incidence of mine accidents. The small scale mining sector needs to be approached in a holistic manner that takes into account all socio-economic systems in order for it to become an instrument for development in the fight against poverty.

During the event, participants will also forge an agreement among concerned stakeholders and foster cooperation for the implementation of an action plan to implement decisions in the mining industry. ** Redjie Cawis/ PIA

Posted by: admin | October 23, 2010

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – A construction worker was found electrocuted during the height of typhoon Juan in Bineng , La Trinidad, Benguet.

The victim was identified as Broslie Badival, 19 years old, single, a native of Kasibu, Nueva Viscaya and a resident of Central Bineng in La Trinidad.

Police investigators said that at about 10 PM on October 18, , the victim asked permission from Cesar Bugtong, his employer that he would go to the construction site and spend the night at the site.

However, at around 4:30 the next morning, Marlon Wakat, a farmer who passing by the area discovered the lifeless body of Badival still in contact with a cut power cable. He immediately reported this it to the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MDRRMC).

The MDRRMC immediately dispatched the Bureau of Fire protection to respond to the incident and called the Benguet Electric Cooperative for assistance.

Barangay officials and the responders from the MDRRMC retrieved the body after the power cable was cut down by BENECO line men for the safety of the responders.

BENECO line men said that the cut cable that killed Badival was caused by the strong winds of typhoon Juan. Several posts and power cables were also taken down by falling trees and branches at the height of typhoon Juan causing black outs in Baguio City and Benguet.

Meanwhile, in Baguio City, Andres Realina, a guard at the Busol Watershed died on duty when he was pinned by a falling tree .

In Babalag, Rizal, Kalinga, Aileen Respicio died also from when tree pinned their house.

In Ifugao, Max Pod-itan reportedly drowned in Ahin River in Tinoc while the body of Martin Talango was found covered by mudslide in Banaue. **Redjie Cawis/ PIA

Posted by: HELEN R. TIBALDO | October 23, 2010

BAGUIO CITY – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD-CAR) is urging the public to be watchful of any misuse of national government projects and assistances to the local communities in the campaign of political aspirants for Monday’s Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan election.

In an official statement released by DSWD Regional Director Porfiria Bernardez, she said ‘Relief assistance should not be used for any campaign or for anyone’s political advantage.’

Bernardez issued clarifications about the status of projects being implemented by DSWD that may be taken advantage of by aspiring officials.

The Food-for-Work Program which is supported by the United Nations-World Food Programme (UN-WFP) and is now on its final wave, involves the distribution of rice as assistance to the typhoon affected communities.
According to Bernardez, the public should be vigilant with the program. Any misuse, mishandling, or unfair distribution of relief assistance may be reported to local authorities or, in case of non-resolution at the local levels, grievances may be elevated to the provincial or regional office.

In line with the DSWD’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), there have been reports that some politicians who are running in the election allegedly threatened 4Ps beneficiaries. Accordingly, these politicians say that the beneficiaries will be delisted from the program if they will not vote for them.

Bernardez clarified that only the DSWD has the right to remove or add 4Ps beneficiaries. “We have our systems and conditions that govern the implementation of the program. While it is true that we are in partnership with the local government units and executives, it is still the DSWD that leads the implementation of the program including selection, identification, and monitoring of the beneficiaries,” she said.

The Kapit-bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS), a World-Bank funded project, is also a barangay-based project implemented by the DSWD.

The project currently operates only in Besao, Mt. Province although it eyes scale-up by year end and early 2011. The DSWD again advises the public, particularly those in Besao and even old project areas to be vigilant of any tagging, labeling, or attribution of priority or prioritized projects under KALAHI-CIDSS with names of politicians or candidates.

These projects and other related on-going relief assistance or foreign-funded projects , which are measures towards poverty alleviation, are exempted from the ban imposed by the Commission on Elections.
Thus, the DSWD reiterates its call for the public to be watchful of any misuse of such projects or programs during this election period. **Lito Dar/PIA

Posted by: HELEN R. TIBALDO | October 16, 2010

BAGUIO CITY – At this time that the effects of global warming and climate change are already being felt, the public is once again reminded to be responsible consumers and be conscious of the impact of their practices especially on the environment.

This appeal was reiterated by government line-agency heads during the launching program and forum for the Consumer Welfare Month (CWM) celebration at the SM City Baguio, Tuesday.

According to Department of Trade and Industry (DTI-CAR) Consumer Welfare Division Chief, Atty .Sam Gallardo, this is the reason why this year’s CWM Celebration focuses on consumers as Green Multipliers.

‘We at the DTI, together with our partner agencies at the Consumernet, are advocating for the increase in awareness of ordinary consumers on green consumerism, on the implications of their buying habits to the environment,’ Gallardo said.

Gallardo pointed out that it is becoming a habit for the buying public to go for cheaper products rather than the best product for the consumers or for mother earth. With the present issues of global warming and climate change, maybe it is high time that the consumers look back on how they exercise their habit. Maybe it is also something that we need to start to look at, here in the country,’ Gallardo added.

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-CAR) Regional Executive Director Clarence Baguilat Jr. also echoed the same sentiments. With the country’s increasing population, consumerism leads to many environmental problems including the big bulk of waste it produces and lack of supply from mother nature – clean air, water, land, forest and minerals – fora and fauna. We have to focus on Green Consumerism - for responsible consumers to be environment friendly in our consumerism practices,’ Baguilat said.

The DENR is the lead agency in this year’s CWM celebration.

Regional Director Dr. Myrna Cabotaje, of the Department of Health, on the other hand, stressed that consumers have rights but they also have responsibility especially in ensuring that we have a better environment to leave for the future generations.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan, who served as guest speaker for the CWM launching program, called on the public to start looking at the issues which directly affect people. Citing the over population of Baguio City, Domogan stressed that ‘we have to continue to work together, with concerted and continued effort in taking care of our environment, for us to avoid mother nature to retaliate, for us to avoid disasters’.

Other activities lined up for the month-long celebration include free film showing for government employees and students at the SM City Baguio, Green Exhibits, painting contests, quizbee and extemporaneous speech contest. **Lito Dar/PIA

Posted by: HELEN R. TIBALDO | October 16, 2010

BAGUIO CITY – The Philippine Nurses Association (PNA)- Baguio Chapter recently created its own Emergency Response Team (ERT), initially composed of 11 volunteer member nurses, to help the city’s volunteer groups in responding to disasters or emergencies.

According to PNA – Baguio President Norenia Dao-ayen, their ERT can help provide pre-hospital management, medical transport and medical emergency care services.
‘Our emergency response team members have undergone various emergency response training and the team was recently recognized by the City’s Emergency Medical Services (BCEMS) and the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP)’, Dao-ayen said.

She added that they also set to train a team of second liners by January next year and are building the team little by little in terms of equipment.

Dao-ayen said.they have been regularly providing volunteer services in times of emergencies or disasters but after what the country as a whole , and Cordillera in particular, had experienced during typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng last year, PNA Baguio decided to create its own emergency Response Team.

PNA Baguio Team member Joy Malong affirmed that their team is currently doing a 24-hour monitoring rotation and are ready to help respond to emergencies, not only in the city Baguio but also to the nearby municipalities of Benguet.

She also disclosed that they have just finished different emergency response trainings such as Basic Life Support, Trauma Access, water and fire safety training and basic ropemanship.

‘For any emergency, the public can call us at telephone number 4421911. We are also linked with the City’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS),’ Malong added.

For the other services, Dao-ayen announced that they are providing seminars, skills training and other assistance to new nurses. They are also slowly building up their library for student nurses.

Dao-ayen also informed that they are in the process of building a Hospice Care team to be composed by a group of nurses and physicians, who will provide health care assistance to terminally ill patients. ** Lito Dar/PIA

Posted by: HELEN R. TIBALDO | October 16, 2010

BAGUIO CITY - A drug pusher covering up as tourist guide was sentenced to life imprisonment almost eleven months after he was nabbed by agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) – Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) for sale and possession of shabu in the city.

Judge Antonio C. Reyes, the Presiding Judge of the First Judicial Regional Trial Court Branch 61 in Baguio City ordered last September 13 the conviction to life term of Roland V. Arquillo for having found guilty beyond reasonable doubt of violating Section 5 (Sale of Dangerous Drugs) and Section 11 (Possession of Dangerous Drugs) of Republic Act 9165 or The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Arquillo was also ordered to pay a P5 million fine and additional 12 years and one day to 20 years incarceration, and P300,000 penalty

In a 12 page decision, Reyes penned; “This Court has observed, through the overwhelming evidence presented by the prosecution, that there was a legitimate entrapment operation conducted by the PDEA team in the afternoon of October 31, 2009 that led to the arrest of the accused…

The prosecution’s evidence fully maintained the legitimacy of the buy-bust operation and that the arrest of the accused was valid together with the confiscation of three (3) other sachets of shabu”.

Further strengthening the case is the fact that the PDEA – CAR drug law enforcement officers complied with Section 21 of RA 9165, which deals with keeping the integrity of the contraband confiscated, the judge noted.

According to PDEA-CAR Regional Director, Police Chief Inspector Edgar Apalla, Arquillo is identified with drug group and is in the drug personality list in the region.

Meanwhile, the PDEA-CAR scored anew in its intensified buy bust operations in the city with the arrest of four drug pushers in a span of 48 hours last week.

Nabbed in a buy bust operation at Pinsao pilot barangay night of October 5 was 32 year old Zanny Quiroz who was caught in possession of two sachets of shabu weighing 0.31 grams and various drug paraphernalia.

In a separate operation on the same day at Bayan Park barangay, suspects Mark Cabiles and Raymund Tamo were arrested for possessing four sachet of shabu.

PDEA reported that another suspected drug pusher was nabbed the following day in a buy bust operation in Upper Quezon Hill. Found in the possession of Ken Jadormio were two suspected sachet of shabu weighing 0.09 grams.

Except for Jadormio, the three other suspects have previous record with the illegal drug trade or allegedly related with a drug operator. **

BAGUIO CITY – About 9,525 teachers are needed to man the 3,175 clustered precincts in the Cordillera region for the October 25 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan polls.

Atty. Julius Torres, Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Cordillera Regional Director said to ensure that there will be no shortage of Board of Election Tellers (BET)for the October 25 polls, the COMELEC has lifted the ban on teachers who were deactivated during the May elections and allowed them to serve in the Barangay and SK polls.
Torres, however, clarified that Comelec does not allow teachers to join BETs in areas where they have relatives or kin running in the elections.
Village and youth polls are considered to be more personal that other elections with the candidates and teachers more likely to be related with
each other.

The BET is tasked in the conduct of voting, counting of votes, as well as in maintaining order within the polling place. The BETs will act as Board of Canvassers and will proclaim the winners in their respective areas.

Each BET member shall be entitled to an honoraria of P1,000 per day for a maximum of two days of service and with those also handling SK precincts will receive an additional honoraria of P500 each.
Torres said the BETs will have a refresher training to prepare them for the October 25 elections.

As always, teachers are ready to perform as BETs during elections, Director Josefina Tamondong of the Department of Education-Cordillera said.

Torres also disclosed that to ensure that the coming election is honest, orderly and peaceful, Comelec has coordinated with the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines to give special attention to 84 barangays in CAR under the election watch list.

33 of the barangays in the election watch list are in Abra, 20 in Mt. Province, 9 in Kalinga and 8 in Ifugao, Torres said. *** joseph b zambrano/pia


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