PHILIPPINE National Police Director General Allan Purisima recently approved the release of P12.5 million to the Police Regional Office Cordillera for the repair and upgrading of various police stations.
As part of the region-wide implementation of the PNP Operational Transformation Plan 2013 of the Capability Enhancement Plan of the police, several police stations will be upgraded and repaired to improve service to the public.
THE Commission on Population (Popcom) – Cordillera wants to cut the population rate by half in the region comes 2015.
Regional Director Rosa Fortaleza said they are strengthening their Philippine Population Management Program (PPMP) in order to address the increasing population of the region. She said the program would like to respond to the current population growth rate of the region.
A TEAM of experts from the University of the Philippines Diliman created a safer way to process gold.
Herman Mendoza, from the UP Department of Mining, Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, has partnered with the Department of Science and Technology to bring a study to life aimed to make gold processing safer without the use of cyanide and mercury.
THE Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) on Saturday arrested two suspects of a robbery committed early morning of Saturday at Tiptop, Ambuklao Road, Barangay Gibraltar.
THE Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) opened the 2013 Cordillera Regional Skills Competition Monday at the Baguio City Schools of Arts and Trades (BCSAT).
TESDA Cordillera OIC Regional Director Genaro Ronald Ibay revealed the areas of competition are on web designing; graphics services; information technology (IT) software solution; IT networking; restaurant services; commercial cooking; automotive services; welding; and furniture and cabinet making. The competition started Monday and will end on Thursday.
BAGUIO City Mayor Mauricio Domogan last week formed a team to monitor compliance with the decisions and conditions set by the Local Zoning Board of Adjustment and Appeals (LZBAA).
In his Administrative Order No. 213, the mayor said there are instances when the LZBAA sets conditions in granting exceptions to proposed projects being sought for locational clearances and a monitoring team must be created to conduct inspections to ensure that these conditions are being followed.
BANGUED, Abra -- Community Health Teams (CHTs) in six municipalities in the province participated in a convention to capacitate the health care service providers to be able to deliver fast and reliable health services.
This convention was part of the implementation scheme of the Maternal and Child Health Care program being funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in the Cordilleras that aims to contribute to the attainment of the national government’s goal of providing access to Kalusugang Pangkalahatan (Universal Healthcare).
TABUK CITY, Kalinga -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resource (DENR) provincial office asked communities to plant fruit trees and bamboos either on their real land properties or in public lands covered by the National Greening Program (NGP).
Severino Dalutag, head of the provincial environment and natural resources office, said planting fruit trees contributes to income generation if sold or commercialized when planters engage on mass production and processing. Not only as an additional source of family income but fruits also give man vitamins and food nutrients, he quipped.
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Pasil folk continue to protest against Makilala Mines.
Artemio Dalasen from the Guinaang tribe said they are asking the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) not to begin the Free Prior and Informed Consent Process alleging flawed consultations with the community.
BAGUIO City Councilors Elmer Datuin and Richard Cariño recently called on the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Heritage Conservation Society to preserve historic Teacher’s Camp as a heritage site.
Both local legislators in a resolution they authored revealed concerned citizens informed their offices there are ongoing discussions about privatizing Teachers Camp and developing it into a mall.
TABUK CITY, Kalinga -- With the advent of the Yuletide season, aggressive campaign on "Oplan Iwas Paputok" is now ongoing.
Oplan iwas paputok is a multi-sector drive spearheaded by the Department of Health (DOH) for a safe revelry during the season.
LAGAWE, Ifugao -- The search for the 2013 best nutrition friendly school canteens in the province started last week with members of the Provincial Nutrition Council (PNC) as evaluators.
Eleven schools consisting of two central and nine elementary schools are joining the said search that aims to ensure safe and nutritious snacks for school children.
THE National Electrification Administration (NEA) has ruled over complaints against Benguet Electric Cooperative (Beneco) board member Benny Bomogao, finding him guilty of gross misconduct and gross neglect of duty.
The NEA found Bomogao guilty of charges hurled by complainant lawyer Emiliano Gayo in 2012, and ordered that the Beneco board member be removed from office immediately.
THE City Government of Baguio is looking into the development of a temporary solid waste landfill site while it prepares for a long-term solution to its garbage problem.
Mayor Mauricio Domogan, in his Ugnayang Panlungsod Program on Friday, said the city has found a 22-hectare site for its Integrated Solid Waste Disposal System in one of the city's adjoining municipalities in Benguet province.
A 14TH month pay? Why not?
This is if the bill requiring an employer to pay a 14th month gets approved in Senate.
THE lawyer of missing activist James Balao's family found the response of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) slow.
Lawyer Jennifer Asuncion said a month after receiving orders from the Supreme Court, Task Force Balao has not given out new developments on the case, except for a computerized cartographic sketch of suspects who abducted the missing activist.
SAGADA, Mountain Province -- The Third Pine Tree Festival will be held in the tourist town of Sagada with exciting and educational activities on December 13 to 14 at Saint Mary School gymnasium.
An early morning bike run and a parade will kickstart the program, followed by the message of elder Walsiyen Gaongen of Sagada.
TABUK CITY, Kalinga -- Kalinga Governor Jocel Baac reiterated the strict implementation of new policy directions to improve the quality of health services at Kalinga Provincial Hospital (KPH).
Dr. Rosalinda Jambaro, the OIC KPH chief, said Monday that the governor wanted to put in place policies governing the operation of said facility-adequate drugs and medicines, clean hospital, 24-hour doctor duty, and no professional fees (PF) for charity and indigent patients.
REPORTS from the Environment department confirm dwindling air quality in the Valley.
Wilhelmina Lagunilla, chief planning officer of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Environmental Management Bureau, said results of air quality survey over parts of the province capital confirm a dwindling quality of air.
THE Baguio Regional Trial Court branch 61 recently meted a life term and a P5 million fine for a father and son who maintained and operated a drug den along Siapno Road.
The Baguio drug court in its recent decision convicted Theodulo “Teddy” Villareal and son, Peter John Villareal, for converting their house into a drug den, “a place where illegal drug activities abound” the court decision said.
THE Department of Health-Cordillera continues to advocate for safety and health as back to back festivities are expected this Yuletide season.
Center for Health Development - Health Emergency Management Service Coordinator Elnoria Bugnosen said the public must be cautious this Christmas season and must avoid playing with fireworks because it is the major cause of most injuries in the region every December and January.
THE profiteering days - and nights - of organizers of fund-raisers for their personal profit but masquerading as humanitarian and civic projects will soon be over, at least here in Baguio.
Stung by the proliferation of fun-runs, concerts and other solicitation events labeled “for-a-cause” but turn out to be “for-a-cost” to line the pockets of the organizers, the City Social Welfare and Development Office is set to endorse to Mayor Mauricio Domogan an executive order regulating any form of fund-raising here.
THE International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) has pledged some US$ 4 million (P164 million) in aid for agricultural rehabilitation and start-up grant for farmers in Typhoon Yolanda affected areas in the Visayas.
IFAD Country Program Officer Dr. Yolando Arban disclosed the amount is now being worked out by the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Finance for the rehabilitation of farms, irrigation systems and existing IFAD projects in the Eastern and Western Visayas.
HEDCOR, Inc. won the 2013 Outstanding Labor Management Cooperation for Industrial Peace Award with corresponding P50,000 cash awarded by the Philippine League Of Labor Management Cooperation Practitioners, Inc. (PHILAMCOP) and the National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB) on November 28 at Grand Men Seng Hotel, Davao City during the 9th National Labor Management Cooperation Convention.
Hedcor, Inc. received the same award in 2011. Another win will bring them to the category of a Hall of Famer.
TAKING a respite from searching for Samaritans, Remedios Walleng, a 34-year old mother of two, took time - like a mother should - to breast-feed Jereka, her five-month old daughter.
She was wearing a mask against infection, as her immune system has been weakened by Hodgkins lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph nodes diagnosed Christmas last year, and by four chemotherapy sessions she had undergone since then.
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.