DESPITE new laws enacted to further protect human rights in the country, many persons continue to report abuses.
Newly enacted laws such as Republic Act 9745 or the Anti-Torture Law and Republic Act 10353 or the Anti-Enforced Disappearance Act remain hardly implemented or appreciated by various government agencies including state forces.
THE Commission on Human Rights (CHR) gave its nod to the Senate Bill 1081 also known as "Anti-religious and Ethnic Stereotyping Act" recently after keen review.
On the Commission's position paper, chairperson Loretta Ann Rosales along with the commissioners stated the bill is "a very important bill and in full accord with the provisions of various international treaties on the elimination of religious and/or ethnic discrimination, the 1987 Philippine Constitution and other pertinent domestic laws."
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Incumbent Association of Barangay Councils (ABC) president Teddy Quintos retained his seat after winning his re-election bid in Monday's elections.
Quintos garnered nine votes over lone rival for the ABC seat, former councilor and municipal administrator Charles Canuto who got seven.
THE ban on the sale of firecrackers in Baguio City will cover malls, public market and small stores all over the city.
This was emphasized by Mayor Mauricio Domogan who also ordered the Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) to step up its campaign against the illegal sale of firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices in all parts of the city.
LAGAWE, Ifugao -- The Ifugao Cultural Heritage Office (ICHO) recently established a School of Living Traditions (SLT) at the Provincial Capitol here to support the cultural programs and provide funds for the restoration and protection of the unique beauties and identities of the Ifugao people.
THE Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) aims to become globally competitive especially at this computer age.
Tesda Training Institute Director Francisco Jucar Jr. said they continue to explore information technology (IT) and they stated revisiting their higher level curriculum in order to be competitive.
TABUK CITY, Kalinga -- Around 216 registered nurses applicants joined the initial examination for the hiring of Registered Nurses for Health Enhancement and Local Service program now called the Nurse Deployment Project 2014.
Kalinga Center for Health Development Chief Dr. Bernadette Andaya said the examination composed of aptitude and technical tests is the first screening for the hiring of RN Heals where 50 slots are allotted for Kalinga.
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.