ELIMINATE stigma, give additional support to prevent the spread of Human Immunodeficiency Virus and open more testing centers.
This was the call of Red Ribbon Project coordinator in Baguio Ryan Javier to the local government during the World AIDS Day celebration after their organization noticed a seeming lack of support for the wellness of residents to have access for HIV testing and education.
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- More doctors were assigned to the province in a bid to improve health services.
Governor Nestor Fongwan administered the oath taking of three female physicians who were appointed as full pledged provincial employees to be detailed at the Benguet General Hospital (BeGH) and Dennis Molintas Municipal Hospital.
OFFICIALS OF the Philippine National Police–Cordillera reminded policemen and private individuals not to use their guns as "fireworks" this Christmas and New Year celebrations.
Deputy Regional Director for Operations Senior Superintendent Ulysses Abellera said firing of firearms as noisemaker this season is not allowed. Private individuals and cops with licensed or unlicensed firearms caught firing indiscriminately will be punished, he warned.
BAGUIO City Mayor Mauricio Domogan urged neighboring towns to adopt a total ban on the selling of firecrackers and pyrotechnics.
Domogan told reporters Wednesday he received information La Trinidad town will also adopt the ban in firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices which reduces means for Baguio residents to have access to these banned products.
TABUK CITY, Kalinga -- Local food processors recently underwent a two day training workshop with the Packaging Technology Department -Industrial Technology Development Institute of the Department of Science and Technology.
Sunshine Molintas, Trade Industry Specialist-Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program of the Department of Trade-Kalinga, said the activity aims to arm the processors with the knowledge on how to make their products commercially marketable and competitive and how to protect their rights as the product developers.
PHILEX Mines is awaiting government decision whether or not to permanently operate the Padcal site.
"We are still waiting, we have no choice," said Libby Ricafort, vice president for Operations at Philex Mining and resident manager.
THE Baguio Council approved the proposed resolution of Councilor Betty Lourdes Tabanda urging Congress through Representative Nicasio Aliping, Jr. for legislation giving benefits to barangay officials.
Included in the proposed legislative measures are benefits and emoluments to the Barangay secretary, treasurer, tanods and the lupong tagapamayapa members.
TEENAGE pregnancy is among the major causes of extensive increase of population in the country. In order to solve this, the Commission on Population–Cordillera will soon introduce a unique campaign come 2014.
Information officer Job David Manalang revealed they are ready to launch the 101 XSX (Ex the Early Sex) program, which is "a social movement campaign to curb risky behavior and early sexual encounter that lead to teen pregnancies among the youth."
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Students in the different districts of the Department of Education-Benguet exhibited their skills and competed in a Skills Exhibition Division Technolympics at the Benguet State University-Secondary Laboratory School recently.
With the theme "Strengthening and Upgrading Skills and Competence in Facing Life’s Challenges," the event kicked off with a parade from the Philippine National Bank-Trinidad to the BSU open gym.
BONTOC, Mountain Province -- In their desire of to continue reducing violence against women and children, the Provincial Board aims to replicate the Comprehensive Intervention Against Gender-Based Violence in the province.
The board recently passes a resolution authorizing Governor Leonard Mayaen to enter into a MOA with the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
THE partnership between the City Government and the Asian Cities Adapt (ACA) and the University of the Philippines-Baguio has released reports on the expected impacts of climate change here.
The report which is part of the project of ACA to carry out a cyclical adaptation management process based on sound adaptation research integrating adaptation needs will help the local government plan and build resilience towards the effects of climate change.
REPRODUCTIVE health advocate and former Baguio City mayor Peter Rey Bautista predicts more pressing social problems for the Summer Capital following the severe effects of climate change now being felt around the world.
“A ballooning population makes us more vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Reason why the Reproductive Health Bill must now be implemented to help us lay out better plans also for disaster preparedness,” Bautista stressed.
INCREASING cases of teenage pregnancies in the region has prompted the Population Commission to seek the help of boarding house owners in Baguio City.
Population Commission Regional Director Rosa Fortaleza said they opted to seek the aid of boarding house owners explaining they may counsel the youth preventing them from engaging in risky sexual behaviors.
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Sangguniang Kabataan president and Councilor Brenden Kim Quintos stepped down from his position last week without fanfare, leaving a gap in the youth representation for the town.
Quintos along with other youth representatives of the SK all over the country stepped down, leaving youth representation empty for local government units until the issues surrounding the SK are resolved.
THE CIVIL Service Commission (CSC)–Cordillera officials said drinking of liquor even on Christmas parties in government offices is prohibited.
Regional Director Marilyn Taldo said this is a prohibited act under the memorandum circular (MC) no. 4, series of 2011 issued by Chairman Francisco Duque. She explained the MC states policy guidelines on the prohibition on the consumption of alcoholic beverages among government officials and employees.
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Authorities are now focusing on eradication of highland plantations of marijuana.
Benguet cops along with drug agents uprooted 15 plantations in Sitio Delsig, Poblacion and Sitio Bulalakaw, Takadang both from Kibungan.
INFRASTRUCTURE projects are finally coming into fruition five years after the implementation of the Cordillera Highland Agriculture Resource Management Program 2.
Department of Agriculture Assistant Regional Director Cameron Odsey, CHARM2 coordinator said infrastructure, agroforestry and livelihood projects which form major components of the project funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development.
"WE are not at fault."
With this the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples denied they are to blame for the rampant subdivision of ancestral land titles given to IPs especially in Baguio City.
THE Department of Labor and Employment said employers are given only up to December 24 to release their employees' 13th month pay.
Baguio–Benguet Field Office Labor and Employment officer Engr. Jose Gamad, Jr. said employers who have not yet released the 13th month pay must do so before December 24 or face complaints.
THE Philippine National Police recently conferred to the Police Regional Office-Cordillera its certification on the Performance Governance System–Stage Initiation.
In compliance to the PNP Patrol Plan 2030 initiated by Director General Allan Purisima entitled “Cascading the enhanced scorecard of the Chief PNP to the Police Regional and Provincial Offices,” the region’s police became one of only two police regional offices in the country to attain the certification.
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- New coffee varieties will be put under further studies here.
“Rest assured findings and any actions to be taken by this office will be properly channeled through the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist,” Department of Agriculture Regional Director Marilyn Sta. Catalina assured Governor Nestor Fongwan.
LAGAWE, Ifugao -- The National Food Authority (NFA) here is enjoining farmers in the province to sell their palay to the government in either dry or newly-threshered state.
NFA-Ifugao officer in-charge Lolita Paz said the grain agency has started procuring the so called wet "sariwa" palay with the price ranging from P13.48 to P15.66 per kilogram.
BAGUIO City Police Office (BCPO) heightens its efforts for the protection of participants to the international golf invitational, which is currently being held in the city.
The Fil–Am golf tournament is now being held at the Camp John Hay and at the Baguio Country Club. The tournament started November 20 with series of practice games. The game will end on December 7 with an awarding ceremony to be held at the venue.
THE Regional Development Council–Cordillera (RDC) has set into motion the preparatory activities, which include series of consultations and information, education and communication in preparation for the Regional Autonomy Summit set for the first quarter of 2014.
Last November 17 and 18 at Asin Tuba Benguet, the Philippine Information Agency led media practitioners and national government agencies and local government information officers for a Media Powwow dubbed as "Cordillera Autonomy, A revisit."
THE AIDS Society of the Philippines presented the 2nd Scarlet Letters with a poetry slam advocating for awareness to celebrate World AIDS Day.
Board member of the Aids Society of the Philippines Diana Mendoza said the poetry slam is a way to help raise awareness and prevent Human Immunodeficiency Virus.
TABUK CITY, Kalinga -- The Ecological Solid Waste Management Board of this city is seeking for increase in appropriations for environment programs.
Patricia Abibico, city environment and natural resources officer, reported that the City Council appropriated P7.2 million for environmental programs for 2014 but the ESWMB sees this as very minimal considering the importance of environment protection.
BONTOC, Mountain Province -- Responsible mining and registration of the various small scale mining operations in the province were among the concerns raised in a recent forum on small scale mining held in this capital-town.
Provincial Administrator Johnny Co, who represented Governor Leonard Mayaen, reiterated the need for the local miners to register their small scale mining operations as required by law.
BAGUIO City Mayor Mauricio Domogan ordered a crackdown on banned products still found in stores in the city.
In a memorandum, Domogan tasked City Health officer Dr. Florence Reyes, police director Jesus Cambay Jr., Permits and Licensing officer Cristio Lagyop, Public Order and Safety Division head Fernando Moyaen and Food and Drugs Administration representative Saturnina Pandosen to constitute a joint inspection team to conduct inspections in the different establishments around the city to remove the banned products.
VITAL legislations needed to combat Climate Change remain pending at the City Council despite a growing clamor for these legislations to better prepare the city against calamities.
Legislations including the Environment Code, the local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management ordinance and the Comprehensive Land Use Plan remain pending in the City Council.
EFFORTS to clamp down illegal business operators in the city have gained ground with the City Treasurer's Office reporting a P20 million surplus collections for regular and special business permits.
City Treasurer Alicia Onoza reported an increase in local revenues from the target of P200 million for renewals and application of new business permits numbering more than 16,000.