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Issue of March 19, 2017
     

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AFP-PNP pursuit vs NPA halt classes in Abra town

Classes in 11 schools were suspended in Malibcong, Abra due to the continuing clashes betweengovernment forces and the New Peoples Army rebels.


FUTURE LEADERS -- Members of the Philippine Military Academy Salaknib Class of 2017 throw their shakus in jubilation at the culmination of their graduation rites at Fort Del Pilar in Baguio on March 12 with President Rodrigo Duterte rallying them to be morally upright, be vanguards of hope, and be catalysts for change. Meanwhile, Cordillerans take pride that Navy Ensign Eda Glis Buansi Marapao of Benguet, who received the National Defense Saber, ranked third among the 167-strong Salaknib class. -- Harley Palangchao / Ofelia Empian

BSP reassures 103 pine trees cut covered by DENR permit

While the city’s Environment Code explicitly bans treasure hunting activities in Baguio, the City Council has approved the request of a resident to dig and prove the existence of treasure beneath the Baguio Convention Center.

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas assured the public that construction of its Baguio office at Loakan Road underwent a stringent process and involved the inputs of several stakeholders, including environmental groups and the business sector.

President Rodrigo Duterte is still acknowledging that the operation of large-scale mining is governed by laws despite throwing his support to the anti-mining stance of Environment Sec. Gina Lopez.

 

The Special Committee on North Luzon Growth Quadrangle approved House Bill 4570, a measure seeking to abolish toll gates and the imposition of fees along the Baguio-Bontoc Halsema Highway National Toll Road.

 

Linking the smoking habit to the country’s grim health situation, the Baguio City Health Services Office (CHSO) blew the horns on the dangers of tobacco smoking anew, as it challenged the city council to pass the proposed Comprehensive Tobacco Control Ordinance immediately.
City
DISASTER PREPAREDNESS -- Selected inmates of the Baguio City Jail and some jail officers execute the “duck, cover and hold” drill as part of the disaster preparedness advocacy of the Office of Civil Defense-Cordillera.
-- OCD-CAR photo
Region
UNITED FRONT -- President Rodrigo Duterte pose for snapshots with top Cordillera elected leaders led by Mayor Mauricio Domogan of Baguio, Benguet Gov. Crescencio Pacalso, Vice Gov. Florence Tingbaoen and Kalinga Rep. Sonny Mangaoang after the President launched the formal opening of the government-run Peoples Television-Cordillera office at the Wright Park in Baguio last week.
-- Harley Palangchao
Environment
GRAZING GROUND -- The decommissioned tailings storage facility of Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company in Paco, Mankayan, Benguet is now a grazing ground. Last week, the Congressional Committee on Natural Resources together with a peoples’ organization, a non-government organization, DENR employees, and LCMCo. personnel inspected the tailings pond. According to the DENR’s Environmental and Enforcement Division, the monthly water test on the outtake of tailings storage facility discharges water with .007 millimeter of cyanide per liter, which is safe on all parameters and standards. The water test is conducted by the MGB and an Australian firm on a monthly basis.
-- Dave Leprozo Jr.
Health
DIALYSIS CENTER -- The 10 dialysis machines and chairs donated by the Department of Health central office to Luis Hora Memorial Regional Hospital in Abatan, Bauko, Mountain Province will be installed in time for the opening of the completed Dialysis Building in June. Earlier, LHMRH Medical Center Chief Glenn Mathew Baggao assisted DOH-CAR Dir. Lakshmi Legaspi in the groundbreaking rites of the extension building project worth P24.7 million.
-- Coney Nibaten
Life
FRESH FROM THE FARM -- The country’s “Strawberry Capital” will revisit the historic serving on March 20, 2004 of the largest strawberry shortcake that entered the Guinness Book of World Records when the local government of La Trinidad will be serving 16,000 slices of a smaller shortcake, today. In this file photo, a farmer cum vendor arranges fresh strawberries harvested at the Strawberry Swamp, which is also a famous attraction for its demo farms.
-- Harley Palangchao
Business
PROMOTING STRAWBERRY -- Strawberry varieties grown in La Trinidad, Benguet took center stage last week during the search for the biggest and sweetest strawberry as part of the month-long celebration of the Strawberry Festival.
-- Redjie Cawis
Sports
WORLD TITLE CONTENDER -- Joshua Pacio (right) of the University of the Cordilleras and Team Lakay is hoping to have a second encounter against reigning ONE strawweight world champion Yoshitaka Naito after defeating former ONE strawweight world champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke in ONE: Warrior Kingdom in Bangkok, Thailand last week. -- ONE photo
 
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