Some 95 current elected officials in the Cordillera, mostly punong barangays and barangay kagawads, have surrendered to the police in line with the government’s war on drugs.
BAGUIO BEAUTIES -- University of the Cordilleras Tourism Management student Arianne Dia Gallotan (4th from l) was crowned Miss Baguio 2016 during coronation night at the Baguio Convention Center over the weekend. Flanking Gallotan, who received P50,000 prize money from Mayor Mauricio Domogan, are (from l) 3rd runner up Trizha Ocampo of University of Baguio, 1st runner-up Charlyn Villena of UB, Miss Baguio Liga ng Barangay 2016 Vijita Kumari Shah of UC, Miss Baguio Tourism 2016 Alexia Sonia Edmund of Saint Louis University, 2nd runner-up Christine Mary Pacleb of SLU, and 4th Runner up Ghenesis Latugat of UC. The winning bevy of beauties will be the city’s ambassadresses of goodwill.
-- Ofelia Empian/Ryan Mangusan
Police Inspector Chriz Comicho Dulagan will soon be taking home to Sagada, Mountain Province his brand new title as “Man of the World 2016” after winning one of the major titles in the Misters of Filipinas pageant held in Manila on Sept. 18.
The city government maintains that the demolition of around 60 structures at the Bibak compound along Harrison Road must push through to put order in the area.
The national poll body suspended all activities related to the 2016 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections originally scheduled to be implemented this year but have been reset in October next year.
GUNNED DOWN -- Two more individuals, including a 47-year-old mother, were gunned down by pairs of unidentified suspects at the City Public Market and Lopez Jaena Street in Baguio in span of two days last week. While reports said it could be drug-related, police are still conducting follow-up investigations. -- Harley Palangchao
A CALL FOR PEACE -- The 44th commemoration of the declaration of Martial Law was observed by various civil society organizations, academic institutions, and youth organization with call for peace and opposition to any attempt to revise the country’s history during the Martial Law regime. -- Redjie Cawis
CARE FOR MOTHER NATURE -- Personnel of the Baguio City Police Office under S/Supt. George Daskeo joined the city government-led reforestation program at Mount Sto,Tomas as a way of observing the 116th Philippine Civil Service anniversary. The activity is in partnership with SM City Baguio which provided the pine saplings. -- Bong Cayabyab
SAFETY FIRST -- Benguet Rep. Ronald Cosalan together with Benguet Tourism Officer Claire Prudencio and Tublay Mayor Armand Lauro turned over safety gadgets and other gears to tourist guides after they led the ribbon cutting of the upgraded tourism center of Tublay in its bid to further promote the Bengaongao and Don Paterno caves at Barangay Ambongdolan. Present during the occasion were DOT-CAR senior official Jovy Ganongan and Cara Cosalan. -- Meryl Luquey
TRANSPORT AND TOURISM FRONTLINERS -- The top performing taxi drivers using Grab, an online transport network and technology services, were awarded by Grab Baguio Manager Roberto Belda during recognition rites. Continuing education and training are being extended to Grab taxi drivers who are also tourism frontliners along with their colleagues in the public transport sector. -- Harley Palangchao
EMPOWERING STARTUPS -- The Tech4ED, which stands for “Technology for Education to gain Employment, and to empower Entrepreneurs towards Economic Development” project of the Information and Communication Technology of the Office of the Department of Science and Technology was launched at the Calle Uno Coworking and Collaborative Space by Department of Information and Communication Technology OIC Director William Rojas and Calle Uno Managing Director Ace Estrada. -- Redjie Cawis
GUNNING FOR 3RD TIME -- After its successful hosting of the Cordillera Administrative Region Athletic Association meet for 2015 and 2016, Baguio will also bid for the hosting in 2017 of the biggest school-based sporting event in the region. Sepak takraw is one of jaw-dropping events of CARAA. -- Harley Palangchao