Issue of August 5, 2018
Mt. Province

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RTWPB okays P20 to P30 wage hike in Cordillera

Wages for minimum wage earners in the Cordillera have increased.
The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (TRWPB) approved on July 20 Wage Order 19 granting an additional P20 to P30 per day to the basic pay of minimum wage earners in the region.

POST-HARVEST CELEBRATION -- Villagers from barangays Hapao, Baang, and Nunggulunan in Hungduan, Ifugao celebrate the post-harvest ritual called “punnuk” by the Hapao River on weekend with Tourism Sec. Bernadette Romulo-Puyat (in Ifugao garb, 2nd from left-inset) joining the villagers in observing the annual rites, which has been enshrined by Unesco as an “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity” due to its significance in ensuring abundant harvest and prosperity aside from gathering the people to share their common good.
-- Ofelia Empian

Fifty-five barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan officials have been barred from formally occupying their posts for failure to submit a certificate of compliance affirming that they have submitted their Statement of Campaign Contributions and Expenditures to the Commission on Elections.

The Baguio Medical Center (BMC) denied any involvement in the dumping of medical wastes in Taloy Sur, Tuba, Benguet recently.

BENECO to offer faster Internet

Member-consumers of the Benguet Electric Cooperative will soon enjoy faster and cheaper Internet service integrated with their power connection.

BCPO is best PCR nationwide

The Baguio City Police Office has been conferred the “Outstanding City Police Office for Police Community Relations for 2018” by the Philippine National Police in Camp Crame on July 30.

SWEEP -- The new set of officials of the Association of Barangay Council-Baguio chapter led by reelected president Michael Lawana and vice president Wilbert Ponce were inducted by Mayor Mauricio Domogan, a day after the ABC elections at the DILG office last week. The other elected officials are Murphy Maspil as auditor and Genesis Gallente, James Doligas, William Regacho, Nick Nialla, Van Dicang, Miguel Arrnaiz, Elsie Tindoc and Arnold Alimbuyao as board of directors.
-- Ryan Dale Mangusan
BEST IN PCR -- Baguio Mayor Mauricio Domogan and C/Supt. Rolando Nana, Police Regional Office-Cordillera director, join the individual and unit awardees during the culminating rites of the Police Community Relations Month at Camp Bado Dangwa in La Trinidad, Benguet on July 30. Domogan, who graced the occasion as guest of honor and speaker, urged the regional police command to sustain its peacekeeping efforts and promote strong ties with communities.
-- PRO-COR photo
AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE -- Farmers at the Strawberry Farm in La Trinidad, Benguet have installed low-cost green houses to protect their crops from extreme heat and strong rains brought about by climate change. Farmers in other parts of the Cordillera are also adopting technologies to counter the effects of weather disturbances.
-- Harley Palangchao

BLOOD DRIVE -- More than a hundred blood donors trooped to the La Trinidad municipal gymnasium last week to support the simultaneous hundred donor’s blood drive of the Benguet Blood Council during the observance of the 2018 National Blood Donor’s Month held every July. The laying of the 100 beds for a hundred voluntary donors signifies the attainment of the 100 percent voluntary blood donation of the Philippine Red Cross as part of its “no replacement and no paid donors” campaign by 2020. -- Ofelia Empian

BOOSTING TOURISM THROUGH AGRICULTURE -- Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat received from Ifugao officials led by Gov. Pedro Mayam-o a coffee table book featuring the rich history of the Banaue Rice Terraces and its people. Puyat has been actively promoting tourism in the countryside through events related to agriculture such as the “punnuk” post harvest ritual she attended in Hapao, Hungduan last week. -- Ofelia Empian
PRICE MONITORING -- In a recent visit in Baguio, Trade and Industry USec. Ruth Castelo (1st from l) took time to monitor the prices of basic and prime commodities in several establishments to know if business owners adhere with the DTI’s suggested retail prices. Assisting her are DTI-CAR Director Myrna Pablo and Baguio-Benguet Director Freda Gawisan.
-- Carlito Dar
WRESTLING BY THE RIVER -- Male villagers from Baang, Hapao, and Nunggulunan in Hungduan, Ifugao wrestled by the river as part of the indigenous rites of the post-harvest ritual called “punnuk,” which is listed as among the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization.
-- Ofelia Empian

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