Issue of December 14, 2014

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City to continue ban on sale of fireworks

All data point to the dangers of firecrackers to the public, and there’s no need to spell it out, Mayor Mauricio Domogan reiterated this week.

CHRISTMAS IN THE AIR -- The demand for poinsettia has reached its peak since last month, as the flower that is indigenous to Mexico and Central America but is now grown in Baguio and Benguet, is one of the sought-after plant species used as decoration during Christmas. A female trader at the Baguio Orchidarium selects the best plant she could offer to throngs of clients, who keep coming to visit this mountain resort, which is known for its pine scent and cool climate.
-- Harley Palangchao

Tartan Track not in plan for Bowl rehab
Mass power outage hounds the entire province of Abra after power producer Aboitiz Power Renewable Resources Inc. issued a notice of disconnection to the Abra Electric Cooperative effective noon of Dec. 15.

Only the bleachers of the Baguio Athletic Bowl will be ready for the Cordillera Administrative Region Athletic Association meet.


The Benguet Agri-Pinoy Trading Complex in La Trinidad is expected to be opened within the first quarter of 2015 with Agriculture Sec. Proceso Alcala vowing good management for the facility.

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – A retired professor and a former member of the Board of Regents of Benguet State University wants school officials to withdraw the demand letter asking her to return P1 million in incurred expenses during her study leave.
SORRY FOR INCONVENIENCES -- Traffic congestion is felt along the stretch of Kennon Road between San Vicente and Camp 7 due to an ongoing road widening project. It is expected to be completed before thousands of visitors come to Baguio to spend their Christmas and New Year vacations.
-- Harley Palangchao
CONVERGENCE PROJECTS -- Department of Tourism Regional Director Purificacion Molintas, Benguet Gov. Nestor Fongwan, and local chief executives and councilors sign the memorandum of agreement for the implementation of the various road infrastructure projects in the different municipalities of Benguet through the DOT-DPWH convergence project at the Hotel Supreme in Baguio City last week. These projects promote tourism and socio-economic activities in the countryside.
-- Redjie Cawis
HERITAGE PRESERVATION -- The majestic Bangaan Rice Terraces, including the structures in a village, is seriously eyed to be developed as a cultural landscape in Ifugao province, one of the sites of the world-famous Cordillera Rice Terraces. The Bangaan Rice Terraces has inscribed as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO.
-- Harley Palangchao
OUT OF DANGER -- Karla Joy Antonio of La Trinidad, Benguet, who was diagnosed with rheumatic heart disease, was successfully operated on at the Philippine Heart Center recently. Benguet Rep. Ronald Cosalan visited her and provided financial aid worth P200,000 from his social assistance fund.
-- Amor Moresto
Flanked by School Principal Esther Litilit and Councilor Betty Lourdes Tabanda, kindergarten and pupils of Baguio Central Elementary School present their winning posters on the campaign to end violence against women (VAW) and children. Also last week, throngs of government personnel marched down Session Road to support the global call against VAWC. -- Bong Cayabyab
CHARMP-BACKED PRODUCTS -- Department of Agriculture Cordillera Highland Agricultural Resources Management Program Coordinator Leonora Verzola (2nd from r) and members of the  Kalinga Enterprise Groups present indigenous and processed products from the province during the Second Tatak Cordillera launch of the CHARMP2-supported agri-enterprises in Baguio last week. The DA promotes products from the provinces of Cordillera, which were processed with the support of CHARMP2. 
-- Redjie Cawis/PIA
LEAP FOR GOLD -- Barefoot runners from various schools during the 2014 Benguet Provincial Meet compete for pride and glory to land a spot in the Cordillera Administrative Region Athletic Association meet  next year. Eleven-year-old Freddie Bungawon (jersey 54) of Bua Elementary School in Itogon tops one of the qualifying rounds of the 800-meter run at the Benguet Sports Center on Thursday.
-- Harley Palangchao

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