Issue of July 20, 2014

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Contractors link Aliping to 2 backhoes in diggings

The proprietors of two construction firms have denied complicity or involvement in violating forestry laws in Mount Sto. Tomas with each claiming they had no idea their backhoe machines would end up in the forest reserve.


Solon rues being singled out in Sto Tomas damage
Banning plastic bags as a packaging material and using paper as alternative could also hurt the environment.

Baguio City Rep. Nicasio Aliping Jr. last week lamented he is being singled out in the destruction of the Mt. Sto. Tomas Reservation.


A city with good fiscal standing and that cares for its remaining natural resources are among the major gains Mayor Mauricio Domogan reported during his first State of the City Address.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan has joined the call for support from sectors and individuals to take part in the effort to fence the Busol Watershed.
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — The demolition of a house within a government lot started the provincial government’s bid to recover its land claims from illegal occupants.
WELCOME TO BURNHAM PARK -- The main gate of Burnham Park was inaugurated Thursday by Mayor Mauricio Domogan, Rep. Nicasio Aliping together with Bishop Carlito Cenzon, DPWH RD Edilberto Carabbacan and DOT RD Purificacion Molintas, members of the Burnham Park Fencing Committee, and staff members of the City Tourim Office.
-- Bong Cayabyab
PURSUIT FOR AUTONOMY -- Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV vows support to the 3rd Organic Act that aims to establish an autonomous Cordillera region when he graced the 27th Cordillera Month celebration in Bangued, Abra on July 15. Appreciating his commitment are the ranking political leaders in the region and the officer of the Regional Development Council.
-- Redjie Cawis/PIA
IN MEMORIAM -- Pine trees saplings were planted in honor of the members of the fourth estate and civic volunteers who passed away last year and this year during the 24th commemoration of the July 16, 1990 killer quake at the Busol Watershed on Wednesday. Senior citizens from BARP Foundation and FBASECA Pinsao Proper barangay together with Day Care teachers from the CSWDO also offered prayers and flowers then released doves and balloons in front of the Shrine of the Brown Madonna at Asin Road, Tuba, Benguet on the same day.
-- Harley Palangchao
CENTENARIANS -- Two centenarians in Baguio — Florentina de Vera, 101, and Manuela Flores, 100 — receive checks worth P10,000 from Mayor Mauricio Domogan  as incentives for inspiring others to live a longer life. The duo will be honored during the Baguio Day celebrations on Sept. 1.
-- Bong Cayabyab
NEWEST SHAMAN -- Simon Tuguinay (standing), who hails from Bayninan, Kiangan, Ifugao, has been elevated to a higher order of mumbaki (local shaman) during traditional rites called “dawat ti bagol”, an elaborate ritual that bestows authority to invoke the blessings of the gods. On hand to document that ritual passed through generations are the members of the Save the Ifugao Terraces Movement. -- Eliza Consul
BUSINESS TALK -- Sen. Bam Aquino, chair of the Senate committee on trade, commerce, and entrepreneurship, discusses trade concerns with the all-female delegates from DTI-CAR, who attended the 23rd North Luzon Area Business Conference hosted by the Baguio-Benguet Chapter of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce Inc.
-- Art Tibaldo
RIVALRY RESUMES -- The intense rivalry among reigning BBEAL basketball men’s champion UB Cardinals, UC Cardinals, and SLU Navigators will heat up again when the 28th season resumes on Aug. 30 with UC being eyed to host the opening of the biggest collegiate sporting event in the region.
-- Harley Palangchao

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