Issue of January 25, 2015
Mt. Province

Baguio Day Anniversary Issue
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Cutting of 60 trees by SM legal – City, DENR

The cutting of 60 trees at Luneta Hill over the weekend to pave way for the expansion of SM City Baguio caught residents by surprise but the mall management claimed the action was above board.

CLEARED FOR SKY PARK PROJECT -- Residents were caught by surprise when 60 trees within the compound of SM City Baguio were cut on the wee hours of Jan. 13 to pave way for its park project after the Court of Appeals dismissed the environmental case filed against the project in 2012. On Friday, SM City Baguio handed out the perspective of its project (image below), which the giant mall says will feature additional parking spaces, green walls, and a sewer treatment plant. Petitioners will elevate the case to the Supreme Court citing irregularities in the issuance of permits from regulatory government agencies.
-- Harley Palangchao

Bid to reroute TPLEX gains MGD backing
The proposal for a fare roll back earned mixed reactions from drivers and operators of public utility vehicles.
Baguio Mayor Mauricio Domogan said he supports the plan to redesign the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway blueprint when some Cordillera officials are opposed to it.
Fishy resolution used to obtain e-bingo okay

An unnumbered resolution has been used by a Baguio official in interposing no objection to the request to operate an e-bingo in a building along Marcos Highway.

PEPO sought for violations on Sto Tomas
The petitioners for a Writ of Kalikasan against Baguio Rep. Nicasio Aliping Jr. over violations in Mt. Sto. Tomas last week sought for the issuance of a permanent environmental protection order (PEPO) after the parties failed to fashion out a “consent decree” or an amicable settlement, in effect compelling the Court of Appeals to proceed with the hearing of the petition.
TRAFFIC MEETING  -- City Hall officials and stakeholders composed of transport groups, motorists and officials from Benguet listen to Supt. Evelio Degay, chief of the Baguio City Police Office Traffic Management Branch as he present the causes of traffic gridlocks during peak season. Mayor Mauricio Domogan later formed a technical working group to review proposals on how to address traffic congestions, especially within the central business district. -- Bong Cayabyab
ON THE RIGHT TRACK -- Key personnel of Benguet Electric Cooperative report various projects and programs undertaken to further improve its services to thousands of member-consumers in Baguio and Benguet. In the panel, who are one in saying Beneco is financially stable, are (l-r) Board President Peter Busaing, Consumer Services Officer Leonardo Belingon, Power Supply Specialist Mario Gayao, Power Rate Analyst Rowina Damian, Power Supply Analyst Chrischelle Fernando, and Technical Service Head Primo Viernes.
-- Harley Palangchao
FROST AND CLIMATE CHANGE -- The occurrence of early morning frost in vegetable farms in Benguet and Mountain Province is not the result of extreme climate changes, but a natural phenomenon that farmers have learned to adjust to. Here, a visitor checks on a portion of a farm affected by frost recently. The frost did not affect the supply of vegetables delivered in various markets in the country. 
-- Redjie Cawis/PIA
BEST HEALTH PRACTICES -- Health Asec. Gerardo Bayugo commended the DOH-CAR, Japan International Cooperation Agency, and local government units in the Cordillera for implementing practices that contributed to the marked reduction of maternal and child mortality rate in the region in the past years. With him are (from l) Mayor Marco Bautista of Sallapadan, Abra; Vice Gov. Nelson Dangwa of Benguet; Gov. Eustaquio Bersamin of Abra; and DOH-CAR RD Valeriano Lopez.
-- Harley Palangchao
POOR ROAD CONDITION -- For more than a decade now, the poor state of roads at barangays Baccari and Bunot in Paracelis, Mountain Province has been a serious concern of residents whose livelihood are greatly affected by its current condition, which is almost impassable during the rainy season. Transporting patients who are in critical condition is also a herculean task, reason residents hope the municipal and provincial governments finally implement road rehabilitation works in the two barangays.
-- Aubrey Balindan
HOW’S BUSINESS? -- Sen. Peter Cayetano visits the rice and vegetable sections of the Baguio City Public Market Friday before his dialogue with key officers of a vendors’ cooperative. He earlier loaned the coop with P200,000 with low interest to counter the high interest collected from vendors by those engaged in 5-6 lending scheme. Recipients of similar loan who helped members are allowed to avail themselves of additional loan. -- Harley Palangchao
ALMOST -- Ongoing works at the Athletic Bowl indicate there’s a chance for the sports facility  to host the opening of Panagbenga on Feb. 1 and most likely the Cordillera Administrative Region Athletic Association meet opening on Feb. 7. -- Harley Palangchao

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