Issue of April 12, 2015
Mt. Province

Baguio Day Anniversary Issue
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PDRCI ruling on CJH row affirmed by RTC

A Baguio court has confirmed an arbitration order that seeks to settle the long-time dispute between Bases Conversion Development Authority and Camp John Hay Development Corp. over the former U.S. recreation base.

FLOWER FARM IN BAGUIO -- Idle lands in Baguio can be converted into urban gardens or farms like this plantation in Barangay Dontogan, which is viable for the cultivation of high-end cut flower varieties like those grown in Benguet. Farmers are shown rushing to harvest mums when Typhoon Chedeng threatened to hit Northern Luzon during the Holy Week. -- Harley Palangchao

Fate of IPO’s royalty funds still uncertain
Construction of high-rise buildings at the foot of the hill where City Hall stands is beginning to look congested and threatens to obstruct the view of the entire city as seen from atop the hill – historically called the Presidentia.

An estimated P500 million in royalty funds arising from the operation of the Philex Mines remained untouched in the banks unused and their fates stuck in limbo.

Demolition of Dairy Farm bldgs on track

The city government has issued notices of demolition to owners of 255 structures that were built without permits within the Baguio Animal Industry, a government reservation.

SEC warnings vs investment firms renewed
The Securities and Exchange Commission renewed its call to the public to be vigilant against groups or persons soliciting investments with very high interest rates.
ARAW NG KAGITINGAN -- Mayor Mauricio Domogan exchanges pleasantries with the veterans who graced the Araw ng Kagitingan at the Veterans Park on April 9. This year’s occasion is themed “Ipunla ang kagitingan sa kabataan, ihanda ang beterano ng kinabukasan.”
-- RJ Cayabyab
ABOUT TIME -- A crew demolishes the old bridge in Sabangan, Mountain Province to pave the way for a new and sturdier bridge that also connects the municipality to the Ilocos Region via the Bauko-Tadian Road. A temporary bridge was built to ensure smooth flow of vehicular traffic.
-- Ofelia Empian
CHAOS AT ‘LA PRESA’ -- As countless tourists continue to flock Sitio Pungayan, popularly known as “La Presa,” enterprising traders and vendors set up permanent and temporary stalls in every nook and cranny of the road leading to the site where a popular television series is being filmed. The influx of people greatly contributed to environmental degradation in this portion of the Mount Sto. Tomas Forest Reserve.
-- Redjie Cawis
ORGANIC FARM -- The nine Lucky Summer Visitors of Baguio and Benguet were joined by La Trinidad Mayor Edna Tabanda and Vice Mayor Romeo Salda in picking strawberries and lettuce in a farm that promotes healthy living through organic farming at the Strawberry Fields. The LSVs were toured to other destinations in the city and the province.
-- Redjie Cawis
MONTAÑOSA BEAUTIES -- Winners in the search for Ms. Mountain Province 2015 led by Sheila Tudlong of Bontoc (c) graced the celebrations of the 48th Mountain Province Day on April 7. The other winners in no particular order are Thea Bacoco of Sagada, 1st runner-up; Charmaine Linggayo of Natonin, 2nd runner-up; Dingsai Hope Puyungan of Sabangan, 3rd runner-up; and Sarah Sta. Ana of Besao, 4th runner-up.
-- Ofelia Empian
TOP 10 TAXPAYERS -- Baguio officials present the top 10 realty taxpayers in the city, namely Fog Horn Inc., City Light Properties Development Corp., Ayala Land Inc., Golden Crown Group Realty Inc., Eurotel Corp, Benguet Apartment and Hotel Inc., Hotel Supreme, Good Taste, and Er-Al Enterprises Inc. The top 10 business taxpayers are DHL Global Forwarding Phils. Inc., Pilipino Cable Corporation, Highland Gaming Corp., Puregold Price Club Inc., Imelda Lao, Jarco Realty and Development Corp., Jollibee Foods Corp. (Legarda branch),  Fog Horn Inc., Philippine American Life and General Insurance, and ACE Hardware.
-- Bong Cayabyab
STEEPLE CHASE KING -- Apayao’s barefoot athlete Richard Pegoc, outclasses his competitors by emerging as the champion in the 3,000-meter steeplechase held at the Athletic Bowl during the recent CARAA meet. Pegoc and close to 500 other athletes will represent the region in the Palarong Pambansa next month in Tagum City.
-- Harley Palangchao

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