Issue of July 27, 2014
Mt. Province

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BCDA urged to abide by 19 CJH conditions

Mayor Mauricio Domogan decried the supposed lack of commitment by the Bases Conversion and Development Authority to comply with the 19 conditions imposed by the city government over the development of Camp John Hay.

DISASTER-RESILIENT COMMUNITIES -- U.S. Ambassador Philip Goldberg, WFP Rep. and Country Director Preveen Agrawal, and guests were given traditional welcome rites when they inaugurated the Emergency Operations Center constructed in Tublay, Benguet with funding from USAID in line with the U.S. government’s bid to make the province resilient to disasters and adapt to the effects of climate change. Escorting them are Tublay officials led by Mayor Reuben Paoad and Vice Mayor Armando Lauro. 
-- Harley Palangchao
USAID unveils grants to make Benguet ready for calamities
An estimated P260 million in royalty fees intended for communities affected by the operations of the Philex Mines Corporation in Tuba, Benguet remain untouched in the banks with intended beneficiaries not paid since 2009, Board Member Blas Dalus told the provincial board last week.

TUBLAY, Benguet – The United States government is showing sincere efforts in making this province resilient to disasters and other calamities through fund support since Typhoon Pepeng that left dozens of people dead in 2009.


After his “why only me?” response to the complaint filed by the Baguio Water District, Baguio Rep. Nicasio Aliping Jr. this time is asking “why only now?” in his counter-affidavit on allegations that he ordered the cutting and uprooting of over 700 trees to give way to a road project at his claimed property at Kabuyao, Mt. Sto. Tomas.

Benguet is taking the lead in protecting the country’s vegetable industry by getting the commitment of two government agencies not to allow entry of illegal crops from other Asian countries.
STAND BY ME -- Baguio Rep. Nicasio Aliping Jr. shakes hands with city officials led by Mayor Mauricio Domogan after delivering his accomplishments during his first year as the city’s lone representative at the Lower House. The embattled solon vowed to continuously discharge his duties and functions amid the controversies within the Mount Sto. Tomas Forest Reserve.
-- Bong Cayabyab
REACHING OUT -- DSWD Sec. Corazon Soliman, USec. Angelia Medel, and Tuba Mayor Florencio Bentrez on Tuesday award checks to 4Ps beneficiaries under the Sustainable Livelihood Program of the agency, which aims to fund livelihood or entrepreneurial undertakings of the beneficiaries.
-- Redjie Cawis/PIA
TREE LOVERS -- The controversy regarding a development project at the Mount Sto. Tomas Forest Reserve in Tuba, Benguet prompted people from all walks of life to join the tree planting with some of them appreciating the value of the forest while others continue to criticize the supposed government inaction on environment-related issues but do nothing to help solve these problems. 
-- Harley Palangchao
OUTREACH MISSION -- Mountain Province PNP Director Oliver Enmodias (standing left) supervise the medical and dental mission conducted by a composite teams of PNP-Special Action Force, PRO-Cor Health Services, and Sagada Municipal Health Office. The outreach benefited 150 residents of Aguid, Sagada.
-- MPPO photo
TRANSFORMATION -- Candidates for Mr. and Ms. Benguet pageant search over the past six years formed a group to help the provincial government in its outreach and civic missions. Gov. Nestor Fongwan expressed full support to the advocacies, projects, and programs of the group, called Mr. and Ms. Benguet Organization-Benguet Indigenous and Dedicated Ambassadors or MMBO-BIDA.
-- Dean Mark Monang
COMPLIANT -- Trade and Industry officials led by Regional Director Myrna Pablo conducted a random testing of weighing scales of vendors at the City Public Market on Monday as part of the agency’s continuing effort to promote consumer welfare and a healthy business environment by eliminating the use of tampered weighing scales. -- Harley Palangchao
OVERALL TKD CHAMPIONS -- Members of Team Baguio present their medals and certificates after winning the overall title in the recently held 2014 National Taekwondo Poomsae Championship at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium over the weekend. Team Baguio is composed of players from UFC Taekwondo, Baguio Defenders, and Bravehearts Taekwondo gyms.
-- Contributed photo

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