The reported selling of lots from subdivided ancestral land titles in Baguio to private individuals might again put the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples at the receiving end of criticisms from concerned quarters.
CHRISTMAS SEASON FLOWER -- While the city feels for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda in Eastern Visayas, it will formally open today the Christmas in Baguio activities to keep the Yuletide spirit alive and to boost the morale of its people and visitors. Here, a winsome lass visits the poinsettia plantation of King Louis Farm at Suello Village, which is an added tourism attraction in this mountain resort. -- Harley Palangchao
An average of 138 motor vehicle drivers are apprehended daily by the Baguio police for various traffic violations, making them the biggest contributors to the city’s coffers in terms of fines for breach of discipline.
The Benguet Electric Cooperative is pushing through with plans of developing its South Drive property.
Benguet Provincial Prosecutor William Bacoling last week urged the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to confiscate backhoes used in clearing the slopes of Mt. Pulag, notably in Bokod’s Barangay Ekip where farms are being carved on the sly by some individuals.
A simple solicitation paper posted on a bulletin board calling their fellow Filipinos to help turned into an overwhelming community effort among Filipino families in Ireland who wanted to reach out to the victims of Typhoon Yolanda.
KINDRED DONORS -- More groups and institutions are supporting the Baguio Midland Courier relief drive for the survivors of Typhoon Yolanda in Eastern Samar by donating cash, food, and non-food items. Here, Midland Courier staff member Dianne Garas accepts the donations from Quezon Hill National High School and sacks of rice from SLU Boy’s High Batch 1992. The Camp 7 Jeepney Operators and Drivers’ Association also handed over P30,000. -- BMC photo
PUBLIC SERVICE EXCELLENCE -- The regional and provincial offices of DOLE-CAR was conferred the ISO 9001:2008 certification for excellent public service. DOLE officials under Director John Jalbuena received the recognition from Certification International Philippines Managing Director Renato Navarette (4th from l) during simple rites at Cabinet Hill. -- Lito Dar
CHOKED TO DEATH -- Seven mature pine trees that were eventually choked with the construction of concrete structure near the Botanical Garden and Centennial Park have to be cut after these were declared biologically dead. These trees, which are crucial to sound ecosystem, died within a year. -- Redjie Cawis
NBS CHAMPIONS -- Twenty-three health care facilities in the Cordillera were recognized by the Department of Health led by Regional Director Valeriano Lopez (left) for championing the newborn screening that aims to protect babies from complications. Here, Joy Mabiasen (2nd from r) received in behalf of the Benguet General Hospital the NBS Outstanding Achievers Award for 2012 conferred to BeGH and seven other hospitals in the region. -- Harley Palangchao
IP MONTH CELEBRATION -- Department of Education officials led by Regional Director Ellen Donato together with students of the Cordillera Regional Science High School perform traditional dances at the culmination of the Indigenous Peoples Month celebration. Donato and her staff members earlier visited various indigenous cultural communities. -- Contributed photo
PAPAYA, ANYONE? Itogon Councilor Norberto Pacio and town’s Tourism Officer Alma Caballero present two huge ripe papayas, which were among the products sold at the Adivay trade fair at the Benguet Sports Complex in La Trinidad. The trade fair featured local products of the 13 Benguet towns. -- Harley Palangchao
12TH CHESAA SEASON -- The executive committee of the 12th season of the Cordillera High Education Sports Athletic Association announced top athletes from 18 colleges and technical-vocations schools in Baguio and Benguet will compete in various sports disciplines and academic events soon. -- Redjie Cawis