Commission on Elections Chairman Andres Bautista said Saturday the Comelec en banc has decided that a special election will be conducted for the gubernatorial post in Mountain Province.
WONDERS OF THE CORDILLERA -- The breathtaking view of the Mayoyao Rice Terraces, one of the five rice terrace clusters inscribed in the Unesco Heritage List in 1995, is just one of the wonders this region has to offer to local and foreign visitors. The call for the preservation of cultural heritage sites and the remaining forest covers in the Cordillera topped the people’s clamor as they joined the worldwide Earth Day celebrations last week. -- Harley Palangchao
The regional consular office of the Department of Foreign Affairs in Baguio said the limited number of 60 applicants daily and the new appointment system that started on April 21 is only temporary due to ongoing ePassport system upgrade.
Parties interested to buy land properties are asked not to consider buying lots within the Baguio Dairy Farm at Barangay Dontogan pending the resolution of the case before the Supreme Court questioning the legality of the Certificates of Ancestral Land Titles covering the reservation.
INCONSIDERATE? -- Pedestrians find it hard to use most sidewalks in the city because these are usually used as parking spaces by clients of business establishments, like this chain of restaurants near the Wright Park bridle path. The problem persists despite the area’s proximity to the BCPO Station 3, which is supposed to prevent obstruction of sidewalks. -- Harley Palangchao
DEPED TURNOVER -- Benguet State University and the Department of Education-Cordillera sign a MOA for BSU’s turnover to the DepEd the management of its facilities, equipment, and personnel of its non-laboratory high schools in the Bokod and Buguias campuses. BSU President Feliciano Calora Jr. and DepEd-CAR Director Ellen Donato led the MOA signing that was witnessed by mayors Edna Tabanda of La Trinidad and Mauricio Macay of Bokod and representatives from various agencies and local government units.
-- Ofelia Empian
CARING FOR BUSOL -- Grantees of the city’s Special Program for Employment of Students assigned at the Busol Watershed prepare for their environmental duties, which include ring-weeding, putting up of tree guards, and building fire lines for the upkeep of the watershed. Assisting them are personnel of the Public Information Office led by its Division Chief Aileen P. Refuerzo. -- Alberto Manaois
SAVING LIVES -- Personnel of Bontoc Central Fire Station, BFP Provincial Office and the Philippine National Police perform the proper way of attending to a severely injured person during the simultaneous national earthquake drill held in Bontoc, Mountain Province on April 21. The activity that drew support from public and private sectors was initiated by the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office. -- Ferdie Castañeda
BIG CATCH -- Pig catching, traditionally called “abang ni keshel,” will be one of the highlights of the 9th eco-tourism and Bindiyan Festival in Kabayan, Benguet on April 30. The pigs to be caught will be butchered, cooked and served to the community and guests who attend the event, aimed to preserve their rich cultural heritage. -- Harley Palangchao
`NANAYPRENUERS’ -- Mothers-cum-entrepreneurs Clarita Castillo and Zenaida Cating present their dessert specialties like the ginataan, lelot-balatong, halu-halo, and blueberry cheesecake that Baguio locals and visitors look for whenever they are craving for merienda. These products used milk as one of its main ingredients. -- Harley Palangchao
PALARO ACHIEVERS -- Bemedalled athletes from the Cordillera who delivered 12 gold, 19 silver, and 15 bronze medals that placed the region to 9th place overall in the Palarong Pambansa 2016 in Albay were honored by DepEd-CAR officials led by Dir. Ellen Donato (2nd from l-front row) during thanksgiving rites in Wangal, La Trinidad, Benguet. -- Ofelia Empian