Issue of May 21, 2017


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Poor family earns P72T; rich gains P756T yearly

An average family composed of five members in the Cordillera had an average annual income of P282,000 or P23,500 monthly but the poorest families earned an average of P72,000 annually or  P6,000 monthly, the regional Philippine Statistics Authority reported.

MAJESTIC VIEW -- The more or less 10-hour travel time from Metro Manila to famous tourist destinations in Northern Luzon such as the Batad Rice Terraces in Banaue, Ifugao and the Sumaguing Caves in Sagada, Mountain Province will be cut significantly after the launching on May 17 of the first commercial flight from Clark International Airport to Bagabag Airport in Nueva Vizcaya after 16 years. (Inset) Residents take snapshots with the 31-seater Dornier 328 aircraft after landing at the Bagabag Airport. -- Ofelia Empian

House panel supports bill on four-day work week

A man of integrity who figured prominently in some of the biggest public issues that happened in Baguio passed away on May 15, at the ripe age of 90.
Baguio Rep. Mark Go’s proposal to have a compressed workweek has been approved by the House Committee on Labor and Employment last week, making a four-day work schedule in the country possible.
Clark-Bagabag flights to boost tourism sector in North Luzon
Tourist attractions in Northern Luzon, particularly the Cordillera and its neighboring regions are seen to benefit from the reopening of commercial flights from Clark to Bagabag Airport in Nueva Vizcaya last May 17.
Cocolife execs apologize for policy breach
Officials of Cocolife, the insurance company that has been the subject of a complaint for alleged irregular method of convincing clients to avail of their policies, have apologized and assured that its agents will undergo retraining to avoid allegations that they force their clients to sign up.
COMMITTED SERVANTS  -- City officials led by Mayor Mauricio Domogan, Rep. Marquez Go, Councilor Michael Lawana, and officers of the Rotary Club of Metro Baguio District 3790 headed by President Elmie Manansala (3rd from r, front row) are with the 10 Outstanding Punong Barangays of 2016 who were presented during the RCMB’s 24th awarding ceremonies on May 19 to honor their commitment in serving their constituents. -- Bong Cayabyab
CELEBRATING HERITAGE -- Homegrown photographer Eros Goze (5th from l, back row) graces the launching of the University of the Cordilleras’ Cor De Mayo through a photo exhibit featuring his images of the university’s dance troupe Saeng ya Kasay Cultural ensemble, with members wearing the traditional attires of the six provinces. With Goze is UC Student Affairs and Services Dean Aloysius Mapalo, who said the event aims to showcase the region’s rich heritage for the appreciation and education of the younger generation. -- Luz Madayag
SOLAR POWERED -- Pines City National High School PTA President Benjamin Macadangdang (1st from l) presents to school personnel led by Principal Leticia I. Sab-it (3rd from l) their biggest PTA project for this school year. The installed solar panels, tested in six classrooms including corridors, were found to be effective electricity-generating equipment and seen to lessen the school’s electric bills. PCNHS is the first public high school to have such energy-saving tool.
-- Junel Kadatar
E-LIBRARY -- The Baguio Central School is one of the biggest public schools in the Cordillera to adopt the e-library, which is more attractive and interesting to pupils. Here, BCS Principal Esther Litilit inspects computer sets during the opening of the 2017 Brigada Eskwela. -- HFP
VOLUNTEERISM -- Local police, volunteers, and parents lend their hand during the implementation of the Brigada Eskwela 2017 at the Benguet National High School. The weeklong nationwide yearly activity aims to bring together the community in preparing the classrooms in all public schools for the upcoming school year.
-- Ofelia Empian
MORE ACCESSIBLE SITES --The launching of the Clark-Bagabag flight route on May 17 marks the reopening of the Bagabag airport to commercial flights after 16 years. Department of Tourism personnel led by USec. Alma Rita Jimenez, local government officials headed by Governors Carlos Padilla of Nueva Vizcaya and Pedro Mayam-o of Ifugao, and Wakay Tours CEO Jerry Cabalse attended the momentous event, which is seen to boost tourism in North Luzon. -- Ofelia Empian
WINNING STREAK -- University of the Cordilleras student and MMA fighter Jeremy Pacatiw (l) continues the winning streak for Team Lakay with a knockout victory against Jued Castillo in the FightCon in Manila over the weekend. The other victorious fighters from Baguio are Jessie Bitaga (c) and Ariel Lampacan, who won via unanimous decisions in the Muay Thai event. -- Benjo Andaya

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Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan
Mayor Romeo K. Salda
National Grid Corporation of the Philippines
Philex Mining Corporation
Philippine Information Agency – CAR
Philippine Veterans Bank
Pines City Colleges
Saint Louis University
Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Benguet
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Baguio Center Mall
Baguio Central University
Baguio Multicultural Institute
Baguio Water District
Bureau of Jail Management and Penology
C & AAA Supermart
Congressman Mark O. Go
Congressman Ronald M. Cosalan
Cordillera Kidney Specialists, Inc.
Cordillera School of Digital Arts
Department of Agriculture – CAR
Department of Environment and Natural Resources – CAR
Department of Public Works and Highways – CAR
Department of Trade and Industry – CAR
Department of Transportation – CAR
Dreamforce Review and Training Center
Fabulo Beauty and Image Salon
Far East Pacific Commercial
Filipino–Japanese Foundation of Northern Luzon, Inc.
FOX Visus Immigration Consultancy
GMS Technology
Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company
Mother Earth Deli Basket
National Telecommunications Commission
Overseas Workers Welfare Administration – CAR
R.A. Gapuz Review Center, Inc.
Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board – CAR
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Social Security System
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