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Safe city

Although this near-sighted Ibaloy writer’s naughty barkadas claim that common sense is not so common nowadays, it still boils down to common sense or self-preservation for people to avoid places that pose danger to themselves and loved ones. Most people in their right minds will not dare visit, work, or live in a crime-ridden or unsafe area no matter how beautiful it is unless they have no options left. Just ask any traveler and they will say that safety and security are paramount considerations in choosing a destination to visit. That’s human nature, I guess.

With this in mind, it’s great to learn that our beloved Baguio remains one of the safest cities in this political dynasty and tokhang-infested country according to a report from the Baguio City Police Office headed by the very energetic director, S/Supt. Ramil Saculles.

Baguio’s Finest reported 77 percent crime solution efficiency in the city, which is higher than the national and regional average rate of 70 percent. Hooray! Index crimes last year also declined by a whopping 71 percent last year or 1,300 less incidents than the number reported from January to April in 2016. Truly, titillating!

While we congratulate our police force for the wonderful news, let us all remember that they can’t do it alone. When it comes to safety and security, it is everybody’s responsibility and concern. We are all stakeholders in this matter.

Good news: Mayor Mauricio Domogan signed a city council resolution congratulating and commending Mylene Lagante Eugenio for her second runner-up finish in Women’s Physique during the “Men of Steel International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness Pro Qualifier” held in Malaysia on April 21 and for her achievements in women’s bodybuilding.

A resident of Kias, Eugenio is currently working as a National Academy of Sports Medicine certified fitness instructor and trainer at a local gym where she helps her clients gain healthier bodies and prepare them for competitions.

A mother of two, Eugenio continues to work in the gym and regularly participates in bodybuilding competitions where she emerged as overall champion in 2017 and 2018 in the prestigious Gemalyn Crosby Sportsfest in Manila and is usually a podium finisher in most contests she joins.

“There is a stereotype that women cannot excel or even compete in the male-dominated sport of bodybuilding due to the traditional image that they are frail and weak. As time has clearly shown, women are now going head-to-head with men in all aspects of professions and even sports,” the resolution states.

Domogan said that Eugenio’s feat not only brings honor to herself and her family but to Baguio City as well. Cheers!

We are on air Wednesdays, 8 a.m. over K-Lite 96.7 FM, with Hillary Johnson and every last Tuesday of the month at 3 p.m. for City Hall Hour over SkyCable, DZEQ Radyo Pilipinas, and Big FM. In this beautiful archipelago of delicious coconuts and smiling carabaos, it’s more fun and cooler in Baguio!

Here’s “Keeping Things Whole” by Mark Strand: “In a field/ I am the absence/ of field./ This is/ always the case./ Wherever I am/ I am what is missing./ When I walk/ I part the air/ and always/ the air moves in/ to fill the spaces/ where my body’s been./ We all have reasons/ for moving./ I move/ to keep things whole.”

May our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ continue to bless and keep us all safe.

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