THE Baguio City Fire Department will start fire safety inspections of boarding houses and dormitories next week in time for opening of classes in June.
Baguio City Fire Marshal Joe Fernand Bangyod said they will begin inspecting boarding houses and dormitories, particularly in the city’s university belt along Bonifacio and General Luna Streets, after Brigada Eskwela operations this week to ensure these establishments are complying with fire safety standards.
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Sangguniang Kabataan Foundation (SKF) president Brenden Kim Quintos is hoping for continuity of projects for the youth here.
“With the new set of newly elected Municipal Officials, who will take their oath this coming June 30, we hope that the SK of La Trinidad will still play a major role in the development of the municipality through the support of the newly elected mayor,” Quintos said.
THE continuous exodus of private school students to public schools due to increasing tuition fees has resulted to the increased number of students per classroom in Baguio City.
City Schools Division Superintendent Estela Cariño said several public schools, especially those near the Central Business District, have recorded high rates of transfers of students whose parents can no longer afford increasing school fees.
THE Benguet Provincial Board passed a resolution on Monday expressing support to the Senate bills numbers 118 and 119 which aim to increase the local government units’ share from natural wealth taxes.
On April 2, Itogon council passed Resolution 67, series of 2013 supporting the two senate bills of Senator Aquilino Pimentel Jr.
THE Balili River System Revitalization Coalition (BRSRC) will launch its official website and web-based pollution monitoring system of the river by June 2013.
The BRSRC’s website is developed by the University of the Cordilleras (UC), an academe member of the coalition.
THE Broadcast Enterprises and Affiliated Media Inc. (Beam) will soon install a 10-kilowatt (kw) digital pay television broadcast station in Baguio City.
Beam president Engr. Alexander Paredes submitted a petition to the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) for the issuance of a certificate of public convenience (CPC) and provisional authority to the company for it to install, operate, and maintain the proposed broadcast station.
THE City Government of Baguio will launch the religious centers tour on May 23 as part of the Summer Vacation (Sumvac) in Baguio activities.
Councilor Philian Louise Weygan-Allan who heads the Sumvac church activities committee, said the tour aims to acquaint participants with the various spiritual centers in the city.
LEAKING roofs, crumbling seats, and unsanitary toilets greeted participants in the annual Brigada Eskwela activity spearheaded by the Department of Education (DepEd) in all public schools in Baguio City on Monday.
City Schools Division Superintendent Estela Cariño said that despite a limited budget for the annual repairs and maintenance of public schools, they have to make do with the available materials and help from parents and volunteers to ensure the needs of students and teachers are met once classes start on June 3.
DESPITE several complaints from the academic sector, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Sonny Coloma said issues on the K+12 are just transitory effects.
He called on the administrators of higher educational institutions (HEI) to evaluate the concrete effects of the new system before complaining.
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Governor Nestor Fongwan is bent on focusing on the programs for the province.
“We will maintain all existing programs we have started,” the governor said.
THE Department of Agriculture (DA) now offers more scholarship slots to students interested to pursue studies on organic farming.
The agency partnered with Benguet State University (BSU) to channel the scholarship opportunity to deserving students. The university was chosen as the implementing arm of DA on this grant because it is the only the school in the Cordillera offering a course major in organic agriculture (OA).
BONTOC, Mt. Province -- Despite a complaint on the legality of the Provincial Board of Canvassers, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) proclaimed incumbent and reelected Representative Maximo Dalog, Governor Leonard Mayaen, and unopposed vice governor Bonifacio Lacwasan.
Comelec provincial supervisor Nicasio Jacob made the proclamation on May 14.
SMART Communications clarified issues in weak cellphone signal suspected to be the cause of the late transmissions here.
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said the delay in proclamation for the province was due to late transmissions from Atok, Bakun, and Kibungan towns.
THE Department of Energy (DOE) presented its accomplishments for the Philippine Energy and Efficiency Project (Peep) May 16.
The DOE initiated the Peep to decrease electricity consumption; to reduce health risk associated with residual mercury and kerosene of grid areas; and to establish a certification process for energy and environmentally efficient commercial buildings.
A VENUE for many public gatherings, political rallies, concerts and programs, the Malcolm Square will be rehabilitated next month to cater to more activities and other public gatherings in the heart of Baguio City.
Councilor Elmer Datuin, Committee on Tourism, Special Events, Parks and Playgrounds chairman, said some P7.8 million fund is available for the renovation of Malcolm Square.
PRESIDENTIAL Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Sonny Coloma urged Filipinos who have relatives working in Taiwan to calm down and let the government do its job.
“We will protect our citizens because that is our duty and obligation. We will not just stand idly and allow our citizens to be harmed. Our government is committed to ensure that our citizens are safe; they are protected from harm, injury or from any threat to their well–being. The government is doing everything for the protection of all Filipino workers abroad,” he said.
CAMP DANGWA -- Cordillera policemen and drug agents destroyed millions in illegal drugs here.
Marijuana plantations were destroyed in 16 plantation sites with a land area of 2,658 square meters in the villages of Tacadang, Kibungan and Kayapa, Bakun, both in Benguet.
NEWLY elected Baguio Representative Nicasio Aliping is serious in advancing Cordillera people’s rights.
Representative-elect Aliping, in an interview after his proclamation Tuesday, said among his priorities upon entering the House of Representatives is to address the social needs of the people.
ENERGY savings are expected from the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Philippine Energy Efficiency Projects (Peep) in the country.
DOE undersecretary Loreta Ayson said they will be wrapping up the project, which started in 2009, in key cities in the country to curb the country’s growing energy demand.
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Tublay town hosts its first-ever Mt. Pokkong trek, giving nature lovers a new challenge.
Dubbed as “Am-am ni Itubday: Visiting the Hidden Treasures of Tublay,” the activity aims to promote the town’s potential for eco-tourism adventure and spelunking on may 25 and 26.
SEVERAL teachers of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) allayed their fears on the effects of the K+12 new educational curriculum.
Saint Louis University dean of the School of Accountancy and Business Management Reynaldo Bautista said they are now on a dilemma on how to shift their school program in order not to be affected by the K+12 system once the first batch of the system will be enrolled.
JOHN Hay Management Corporation (JHMC), Bases Conversion Development Authority’s (BCDA) estate manager in the former American base, maintained it is submitting to arbitration proceedings.
The management, however, stressed this does not stop them from filing and pursuing criminal cases against its lessee Camp John Hay Development Corporation (CJHDevCo).
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Governor Nestor Fongwan reminded councilmen here of the lessons learned during the recent elections.
Fongwan said dirty politics has no place in the province, but added “it turns out that we have been infected by dirty tactics here.”
CORDILLERA tourism director Purificacion Molintas said technology and culture and the arts could go hand in hand.
She underscored the role of the younger generation in preserving the best cultural practices and traditional art.
PROVINCIAL canvassers proclaimed Ifugao representative-elect Teodoro Baguilat Jr. despite early rumors his proclamation will be halted due to a case filed for his disqualification from a pending Ombudsman decision of his dismissal.
Commission on Elections–Ifugao provincial election supervisor Elenita Tabangin-Capuyan said there is no reason for them to suspend the proclamation of Baguilat as the Comelec En Banc has not barred them and the provincial Board of Canvassers from declaring Baguilat as winner of the congressional race in the province.
“THE Role of Chinese Culture in a Globalized World” will be discussed by a German authority on the issue in a symposium set on Wednesday (May 23) at 1:00 p.m. at the multi-purpose hall of the City Hall.
Dr. Peter Kupfer, formerly of the Chinese Language and Culture Department of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz in Germany, will be the launching speaker in a series of symposia being organized by the Society of Outstanding Citizens of Baguio, in coordination with the Baguio-Filipino Chinese Community.
A TOP official of Camp John Hay Development Corporation (CJHDevCo) was prevented to leave the country Saturday amid malversation charges filed by the Department of Justice.
CJHDevCo chairman and Chief Executive Officer Robert John Sobrepeña was asked to disembark a Philippine Airlines flight bound for the United States prior to take off last May 11.
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Regional cops have certified elections to be peaceful here.
Cordillera chief Benjamin Magalong said, "The success of the elections can be attributed to the peacekeeping strategy of PRO COR that started since last year."
BAGUIO celebrates the flower month of May with a wedding expo at the SM City Baguio on May 29.
The event will highlight the best and latest in the wedding industry in North Luzon. It also aims to promote Baguio City and other parts of the region as the perfect wedding destination.
THE Departmnet of Energy (DOH) aims to energize 90 percent of the households in the country by 2017 under the electrification program implemented by the National Electrification Administration (NEA).
Energy Research and Testing Laboratory Services Director Racquel Huliganga revealed the department is continuously looking for sitios without electricity and the search will be until 2017.