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city marks women’s month

BAGUIO CITY – The city will join the nation in celebrating Women’s Month in March with a line-up of activities dubbed “Kababaihan Festival” focused on the theme, “Babae: Tagumpay Ka ng Bayan.”
Mayor Reinaldo Bautista Jr. called on all baranay council and women’s groups, local government units and national agencies to actively participate in the month-long celebration even as he also asked the private sector to share their resources by sponsoring or conducting activities devoted to women.

Sports: barrio school bags “panagbenga” arnis championship

Remote Ampucao National High School in Itogon, Benguet fought to a 5-1-3. gold-silver-bronze medal harvest in the full contact events to capture the Baguio Panagbenga Arnis Invitational Championship last Feb. 21 at the Malcolm Square .

Renan Alindayo gave the icing for Ampucao by topping the “anyo” (form) event of the meet conducted by the National Institute of Information and Technology as a community-led project for the Baguio Flower Festival.

Boy needs support for second bout with cancer

Ailing 12-year old Baguio boy Mark Anthony Viray will have to use up his treatment fund against cancer to undergo two CT scans to determine whether the disease hadn’t spread to his chest and abdomen.

The tests, to be done this week, will determine the chemotherapy treatment protocol to be prepared by his pro bono doctors at the Baguio General Hospital for his second bout against Hodgkins lymphoma.

Fire trucks in need of repairs

BAGUIO CITY – City Fire Marshall Richard Villanueva disclosed 4 of its big fire trucks are in need of repairs.

Villanueva said they are seeking the help of the City Government for the repair and maintenance of its trucks.

The city recently donated a brand new fire truck to the fire department which would be used to augment its capability during emergencies.

We are very thankful to the city for giving us a new fire truck, and we would be very happy if our other trucks get repaired, he said.

Fire department: Establishments in city not compliant to fire code

BAGUIO CITY – The fire department recently presented its findings business establishments here do not comply with the fire code.

Almost 80% of inspected establishments has issues, Fire Marshall Richard Villanueva said.

Among the problems encountered during surprise inspections include inadequate fire fighting appliance, lack of fire alarms, no emergency lighting system installed, no fire exit plans, lack of luminous exit signs and lack of no smoking signs.

cement pine tree torn down to give way to something ‘significant’

BAGUIO CITY – The cement pine tree, which became the subject of public ridicule when it was built atop Session Road in the early 1990’s, has been torn down to give way to what Mayor Reinaldo Bautista Jr. described as something “significant and memorable.”
The mayor in his weekly press briefing last Thursday refused to divulge what will replace the tree monument save for assuring that it will be better than any markers found around the city as it will showcase the community effort that characterizes the city’s development.

new technology touted to solve city’s waste woes

BAGUIO CITY – City officials are bullish over a new waste technology that promises to totally solve the city’s problems on collecting, hauling and disposing garbage that have hounded the city for a long time now.
Mayor Reinaldo Bautista Jr. Thursday formally accepted the proposal of MacKay Innotech Philippines Inc. for a municipal solid waste (MSW) waste conversion technology that will take charge of collecting, dumping, processing and converting wastes into raw energy at a contract volume of 150 metric tons a day at a rate of P1,500 per ton as hauling and tipping fee.

Smoke Belchers Beware

BAGUIO CITY – City streets traversed by smoke belching vehicles is getting smaller.

Mayor Reinaldo Bautista, Jr., this week said all smoke belching vehicles caught will have to fix their cars or risk being caught.

In his weekly Ugnayan Program, Bautista said, drivers whose vehicles are flagged by the Road Side Inspection, Testing and Monitoring Team (RITMT) and fails tests will be apprehended.

It would be impossible for them to get their licenses or plates released unless they comply with regulations. This will stop them from polluting the air in Baguio City, he said.

ombudsman to probe ncip commissioners over forbes park lot titling

BAGUIO CITY – The Office of the Ombudsman has found enough basis for administrative investigation of the case filed by the city government for grave misconduct and gross neglect of duty against the commissioners of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) responsible for the award of Forbes Park forest reservation lots to private applicants.

barangays reminded anew to segregate wastes

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Reinaldo Bautista Jr. appealed anew to residents here to segregate their wastes to help in the city’s waste management efforts.

            The mayor said the city government through the city environment and parks management office will continue to collect wastes on schedule but residents are expected to do their share by segregating their wastes at their households to facilitate the disposal of the refuse.

dads peg budget at P1.57B

BAGUIO CITY – The city council on Monday approved the income component of the city budget which pegged the city’s 2010 budget at P1,057,183,000.

Vice Mayor Daniel Farinas said the expenditure aspect will be tackled next after questions on the proposed budgets of the each of the 28 departments in the city government have been resolved.

The approved amount is higher by P15 million than the proposed executive budget of P1,042,183,000.

NDAP-CAR garners top nutri award

BAGUIO CITY- The Nutrition Dietitians Association of the Philippines (NDAP) Cordillera Administrative Region chapter won as Most Outstanding Chapter nationwide for 2009, as with the past year, 2008.

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