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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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CITY TREASURER COLLECTS P30,000/ DAY FOR TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS
Posted by: RD HELEN R.TIBALDO | September 26, 2011

BAGUIO CITY, Sept. 22 (PIA) - - The City Treasurer’s Office collects about P30,000 from more than 200 traffic violators a day, according to the Baguio City Police Office -Traffic Management Group (BCPO-TMB).

P/Supt. James Logan, Chief Traffic Officer, said that illegal parking or obstruction is the number one violation that motorists commit followed by non-observance of traffic regulations and the number coding system.

Most drivers defy the traffic laws in the Central Business District (CBD) is the area especially in Session, Harrison, Mabini, Gen. Luna, Calderon Street and Lake Drive, he said.

Logan also disclosed that public transport drivers disobey the simple wearing of uniform, seatbelt and their jeepney or taxis is a smoke belcher, while the private motorists disregard the no-parking signages.

‘I appeal to all motorist to observed the law and impose self discipline in order for us to have a smooth traffic flow,’ Logan said.

He urged the various jeepney and taxi associations to police their own ranks and impose sanctions to their members who are perennial violators.

The closing of some of the pedestrian lane along Session Road which is on an experimental basis is part of the plan of city officials towards improving the flow of traffic, Logan added. * (JDP/JBZ -PIA CAR)
 

BIR TO GO AGAINST TAX EVADERS
Posted by: RD HELEN R.TIBALDO | September 25, 2011

BAGUIO CITY, Sept. 23(PIA)- - Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Commissioner Kim Henares said the agency will continue to Run After Tax Evaders (RATE) from all professions .

Henares said the BIR’s tax collection rate has improved and this could be an effect of their intensified campaign to go against tax evaders.

“We have filed a total of 67 cases against tax evaders and we have sufficient evidence to show in court,’ she said in a press briefing at the BIR Cordillera regional office.

‘We are collecting much more so maybe more people are paying right.
I would say that there’s an effect but it’s not enough,’ she said.

Henares said the bureau is short of 1.18 percent collection from January to August this year but comparing to the same period last year, collection is up by 13.40 percent.

‘We are targeting a collection of 940 billion this year and we are confident to reach the goal, having a four percent increase in our economy and this is one indication that taxpayers are doing their part in nation building,’ Henares explained.

“Paying the right taxes is not just a legal obligation, it is also a moral obligation,” Henares said.

She also reminded taxi drivers and operators to give receipts to their passengers. The BIR is currently monitoring this program, she said. Henares said drivers and operators who have failed to do this could face jail time.

Henares launched the Centralization of Data Processing (CDP) piloting it in the Cordillera Administrative Region.*(JDP/JBZ-PIA CAR)
 

SKY PASADA RESUMES FLIGHTS IN BAGUIO
Posted by: RD HELEN R.TIBALDO | September 25, 2011

BAGUIO CITY, Sept. 23(PIA)- - Sky Pasada, the lone air carrier that serviced the summer capital last year, officially reopens its Baguio flights today with its new LET 410 UVP-E aircraft.

Sky Pasada connects Baguio to Manila, Tuguegarao and Batanes with twice a week flights.

With Baguio now accessible via air travel, tourist can now reach Baguio in 45 minutes from NAIA Terminal (old domestic airport) to Loakan Airport, said Cathy dela Rosa of National Association of Independent Travel Agency (NAITAS).

This is a great relief considering the grueling land travel which was made by road repairs and bus companies are now charging additional fares to compensate the added time travel, de la Rosa said.

‘We hope that the people of Baguio will patronize Sky Pasada as a more convenient and safe mode of transportation to and from Manila,’ said Capt. Ramon Juico, Sky Pasada president.

“Join us in promoting air travel and improve the image of Baguio as a more accessible to tourist”, Juico said.

Department of Tourism regional director Pura Molintas said this is a welcome development for everyone, specifically for tourists and businessmen.

Vacationers will have lesser time travel coming to Baguio and in the Cordilleras. This is also timely because the international annual Fil-Am Golf tournament which is held in the city will be in November and December, Molintas stressed.

The globally known Baguio Flower Festival, Panangbenga 2012 will be launched this November, Molintas added. *(JDP/JBZ PIA CAR)
 

SENIOR CITIZENS TO MANAGE CITY AFFAIRS ON OCT. 3
Posted by: RD HELEN R.TIBALDO | September 25, 2011

BAGUIO CITY, Sept (PIA)- -The elderly will take over in the management of the city hall on October 3 as Senior Citizen Officials For A Day (SCOFAD) by virtue of City Ordinance 57.

The SCOFAD will take their oath during the flag raising ceremonies at the city hall grounds which would officially start the observance of October as Senior Citizens Month.

This years’ theme is “Nakatatanda gabay, tulay, kagapay at bantay sa matuwid na daan tungo sa kaunlaran.”

Dr. Melandre Rusgal will be congressman for a day while Professor Federico Balanag will sit as mayor and former regional director Isaias Barongan as vice mayor.

The city councilors are Herminia Pascua, Flora Balaba, Ruperto Ferrer Jr., Condrado Catral Sr., Romeo Umali, Casimero Viray Jr., Sonya Nigos, Cristeta Antonio, Carlito Ballesteros, Generosa Carbonell, Antonio Padlan, Placido Abuan, Monroe Taclawan and Alfredo Alvarado.

Sitting as department heads are the following, Crispina Luna as city accountant; Adororado de Guzman as city administrator; Elizabeth Rentar as city assessor; Alejandro Nigos as city auditor; Rogelio Luna Sr. as city budget officer; Filemon Longakit Jr as city building official; Mila Dar as city civil registrar, Clarita Dulay-Climaco as city DepEd superintendent; Balbina Ernesto as city DILG; Jesus Luzadas as city engineer; Narciso Tabaje as city environment officer; Vincent Salabao as general service officer; Eduvigis Campos as city health officer; Gloria Molina as human resource officer; Panfilo Salango as city legal officer, Feliberto Longboan as city planning officer; Florentino Awingan as city secretary; Felicitas Buli-e as city social welfare officer; Filomena Vistro as city treasure and Nestor Escosa as city veterinarian.

The criteria used for the selection of the SCOFAD include: must be a Filipino citizen, a resident of Baguio, must be a member of accredited senior citizens organization and must have a good moral character. *(JDP/JBP PIA CAR)
 

BIZMEN ENCOURAGED TO INVEST UNDER IPP
Posted by: Joseph B Zambrano | September 25, 2011

BAGUIO CITY. Sept (PIA)- -The Board of Investments (BOI) is encouraging local and foreign businessmen to invest in the country under Investment Priority Plan (IPP) program of the government.

BOI Governor Geronimo Sta. Ana said they are conducting roadshows to discuss about the new IPP being implemented by the Aquino administration this year.

The IPP contains the list of industries that will be given incentives by the government. This include projects under the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) program, mass housing, tourism , energy, infrastructure, motor vehicles/transportation, green projects, agriculture/agribusiness and fishery, mining, shipbuilding, research and development, creative industries, and disaster prevention, mitigation and recovery projects.


“We want to inform investors of the new and very interesting incentives included in the newly-approved IPP,” he said.

Sta. Ana said that some of the new and “interesting” additions to the IPP include incentives to products related to the manufacture of alternative fuel vehicles and electric vehicles, exploration, development and utilization of indigenous energy sources, ship building, and green projects.

Sta. Ana added that foreign investors are interested in venturing to mining in the Cordillera region.

The BOI is going around the country to do presentation in key areas for the orientation of the 2011 IPP.

The BOI, in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Cordillera, invited businessmen from small and medium enterprises to the presentation here in the city, Friday. This will also be their chance to register with the DTI, he said.(JDP/JBZ PIA CAR)

LOCAL BOXER TO DEFEND WBO TITLE
Posted by: RD HELEN R.TIBALDO | September 24, 2011

BAGUIO CITY,Sept.19(PIA) - - The fighting pride of Besao in Mountain Province is set to defend his World Boxing Organization oriental bantamweight against a formidable Thai opponent in Hong Kong on September 22.

With his condition already in check, world titlist Dayer Gabutan is all set to defend his belt against Thailand’s Petch TwinsGym at the Kowloon Bay International Trade and Exhibition Centre.

This will be his third title defense since outpointing fellow Filipino Jilo Merlin in Angeles City, Pampanga in July last year.

The 22-year-old champion from Ambagiw, Besao is currently ranked number 6 as the world’s bantamweight.

Gabutan trained for more than two months and has since lodged more than 50 sparring rounds in his training program for his title defense.

From the Hayashi–Highland Boxing gym in La Trinidad, Benguet, Gabutan continued sparring round s and tougher training regime at the Cavite Contender Gym in Cavite City.

Meanwhile, Twin Gym is fresh from a KO victory in round 3 over fellow Thai Stamp Sor Saknarin last month at the legendary Lumpini Stadium in Bangkok.

Also in the in the undercard is Pinoy welterweight Dennis Padua Singwancha of Guimba, Nueva Ecija, who will have the very tough assignment to battle Thailand’s knockout seeker Ekapol Yothinpanawet.*(JDP/RC-PIA CAR)

MULTI-LEVEL PARKING, CENTRALIZED LOADING TERMINALS SEEN AS SOLUTION TO CITY TRAFFIC
Posted by: RD HELEN R.TIBALDO | September 4,, 2011

BAGUIO CITY, Aug.29 (PIA) - - The city’s transport sector proposes the establishment of a multi-level parking and a centralized loading terminals for public utility vehicles as a solution to the traffic problem here.

The proposal was made during the two-day Tourism Summit held at the Baguio Country Club last week.

According to Public Transport Affairs Office head Perfecto ‘Jun’ Itliong, who presented the workshop output of the transport sector group, addressing the traffic problem would be a big boost to the city’s tourism and which could eventually to bring back Baguio as a prime tourist destination in the country.

“Our proposal is for the establishment of multi-level parking facility which can be used by our public utility vehicles (PUVs) and private vehicles, who are currently using city roads for parking which adds to our traffic situation. With such facilities, we can reduce the park vehicles in our roads by about 90 percent”, Itliong said.

Another proposal Itliong mentioned is the establishment of a centralized loading area for buses, jeepneys and maybe even school services.

“We are already rationalizing the loading system in our jeepney terminals which aims to reduce the number of units parked at their loading terminals at any given time. Having a centralized loading terminal for buses would also help a lot as it would decongest the traffic inside the city’s central business district”, Itliong said.

“There is already an administrative order for bus companies to have their own private terminals as what Victory and Genesis bus companies have, so that they would not use government or national roads as terminal. This will clean Governor Pack Road, which we can then use for our visitors or tourists that are coming in”, Itliong added.

For the government’s response, Councilor Elmer Datuin, chairman of the City Council’s Tourism Committee, stressed that the city government headed by Mauricio Domogan is already looking into the proposal and conducting series of consultations with the different city sector on such endeavor. He also assured the city council’s willingness to support the proposal. * (JDP/LD-PIA CAR)

DOT WORKING WITH LGUS, PRIVATE STAKEHOLDERS TO IMPROVE TOURISM STATISTICS GATHERING
Posted by: RD HELEN R.TIBALDO | September 4,, 2011

BAGUIO CITY, Aug. 29 (PIA) - - The Department of Tourism (DOT) is now working with the different local government units (LGUs) and private stakeholders in efforts to improve the gathering of tourism-related statistical data in the region.

DOT Regional Director Pura Molintas, during the Tourism Summit last week,, informed that they are now providing trainings to tourism officers in the different LGUs in the region on tourism statistics and on improving the capacities of LGUs on tourism related programs.

Here in Baguio, Molintas also affirmed that they are also including in their trainings personnel of some tourism establishment such as members of the Hotel and Restaurants Associations of Baguio (HRAB).

Molintas is also open to the proposal of HRAB, through its president Baguio Country Club General Manager Anthony De Leon, for a creation of a secretariat that would handle tourism statistical data. She, however, stressed that members of the secretariat should undergo training for the needed technical requirement or know-how.

Molintas also outlined the importance of the LGUs and the tourism related establishment of providing them correct, accurate and timely statistical data, as this will be the basis of the rating of Baguio, as well as Cordillera as a whole, as far as tourism is concerned.

“If we will be able to perfect the system the tourist arrival, this will catapult us to a higher level than what we have earmarked here in Baguio”, Molintas stressed.
Meantime, City Tourism Officer Benny Alhambra also reported that insufficient monitoring of tourist arrivals and other tourism-related data is one of the concerns that the city government must address.

“The responsibility of providing credible statistical data calls for the need for manpower, equipment, training and technical knowledge of statistical activities and processes. With the current organizational structure and limited resources of the City Tourism Office, there is insufficient monitoring not only of tourist arrivals but other tourism-related data as well”, Alhambra said.

Data from non-commercial and unregistered accommodation facilities such as retreat or residential houses is excluded from our official statistics which is why the city’s tourist arrivals data is understated. Alhambra added. *(JDP/LD-PIA CAR)

TYPHOON MINA LEAVES 10 PERSONS DEAD, 12 INJURED AND 5 MISSING IN CORDILLERA
Posted by: RD HELEN R.TIBALDO | September 4,, 2011

BAGUIO CITY, Aug. 30 (PIA) - -The Office of Civil Defense reported 10 persons dead, 12 injured and five other missing in the Cordillera Administrative Region due to Typhoon Mina, as of yesterday afternoon.

Six of the fatalities died in Baguo City. Five perished when the retaining wall of the Irisan dumpsite collapsed Saturday during the height of typhoon Mina. OCD Regional Director Olive Luces identified the dead as siblings – Revuller, Apolinario and Frando Flores and Jeffonie and Noemi Cael - who died when tons of garbage rolled over their houses. The other victim, Floro Soliven, was buried in a landslide in a pocket mining site in barangay Kias.

In Benguet, Rodolfo Gagucas and Alex Magno were victims of landslides in Ucab, Itogon, and in Santo Tomas, Tuba, Benguet, respectively.

In Abra, Bragas Domingo of Bucay and Dindo Candido of Villaciosa have reportedly died in separate drowning incidents.

Still missing are Antonia Tacio who is suspected to have been buried in the garbage landslide incident at the Irisan dumpsite; Dagul Joaquin and Gregorio Padua of Dulong Tubo, Abra, and Roberto Agameng of San Ramon, Manabo, Abra were reported to be missing possibly due drowning incidents , and a certain Apolonio of Liwan West, Rizal, Kalinga is said to have fallen in a creek.

Luces also reported that with the strong rains and winds brought about by Typhoon Mina, 65 barangays, 3,470 families and more than 15,000 individuals were affected in the Cordillera. 312 families or roughly 1,300 persons were safely evacuated to 22 different evacuation centers, she added.

From initial assessment, OCD-CAR also reported seven totally damaged and 94 partially damaged houses, P67.87 Million estimated worth of damages to agriculture and P28.13 M estimated damage to infrastructure.

Luces also reported that the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is now prioritizing road clearing operations. As of yesterday afternoon, 26 of the 51 National Road portions closed by landslides, were already cleared and open to traffic. * (JDP/LD-PIA CAR)

PHILHEALTH EXPLAINS ‘KALUSUGAN PANGKALAHATAN’ ROADMAP TO CORDI STAKEHOLDERS
Posted by: RD HELEN R.TIBALDO | September 4,, 2011

BAGUIO CITY, Aug. 31 (PIA) - - The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHIC) or Philhealth, in a recent regional health forum with their stakeholders here in Cordillera, outlined the program thrust of President Aquino’s health agenda otherwise known as ‘Kalusugan Pangkalahatan’ (Universal Health Care) and its implementation roadmap.

According to Philhealth Regional Vice President Leo Douglas Cardona, ensuring unified, affordable, accessible and quality health for all Filipinos is a heavy task but can be gradually and eventually achieved with the collaborative and convergence of effort of all stakeholders.

Cardona explained that President Aquino is now embarking on the ‘Kalusugan Pangkalahatan’ health agenda, which based on its implementation roadmap, is now on its launch phase, to be scaled up by 2012 to 2013 and eventually moving to its sustainability phase up to 2016.

The ‘Kalusugan Pangkalahatan’ implementation roadmap is basically defined by three thrusts which includes: expansion of National Health Insurance Program enrollment and benefit delivery using the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) National Household Targeting System as a tool; improvement/increase access to quality hospitals and health care facilities, and for the attainment of health related Millenium Development Goals.

Cardona stressed that Philhealth is now working in achieving high benefit delivery rate through effective coverage, broadening access to benefits and high value support.

The primary goal of Philhealth is to ensure health insurance coverage to all the 5.2 million poor families listed in the NHTS and in line with this, Philhealth, starting September 1, will also implement 23 new insurance benefit package for its members including 11 medical and 12 surgical cases.

In addition, Philhealth will also start to implement come September 1, a no ‘Balance Billing Policy’ for their NHTS and sponsored members. This aims to provide free hospitalization for the poor Filipino families when confined on Philhealth wards of government health facilities. *(JDP/LD-PIA CAR)

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