Fifteen alleged drug pushers were killed while 64 others on the drug watchlist were arrested in the government’s war on drugs in the Cordillera from July 1 to 22, police reported, Friday.
WAR ON DRUGS – Scene of the Crime Operatives and police investigators take an inventory of the pieces of evidence gathered from where two alleged drug offenders, including a 16-year-old male (in red shorts), were killed in a shootout with Baguio policemen early morning of July 22. Earlier, SAF Director C/Supt. Benjamin Lusad (l) and PNP Chief Ronald dela Rosa deployed 300 SAF commandos at the New Bilibid Prison, which was once commandeered by drug lords. -- HFP / Toti Navales
Sexual abuse is among the top forms of maltreatment committed against children in Benguet.
SK AND BARANGAY VOTERS’ LIST-UP -- First-time voters and registrants who were not able to enlist in the May 9 elections have until July 30 to register for the synchronized Sangguniang Kabataan and barangay elections this October. The COMELEC is appealing to the public not to wait for the last day before trooping to various poll offices to register. -- Ofelia Empian
SAFEGUARDING MT. PULAG -- Composite personnel of the DENR, PNP and Bokod and Kabayan LGUs in Benguet dismantle a makeshift house illegally built within the Mount Pulag National Park during a site inspection at Ekip, Kabayan last week. The same personnel discovered that vast tracts of land within the national park were converted into commercial farms.
-- Brenden Quintos
FRIENDLY CREATURE -- Olive Gregorio of the Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary introduces to officials of Lourdes Extension led by PB Benjie Macadangdang the earthworms they collectively call “Eugene, the friendly worm,” which they use in making organic compost that would later be used as a fertilizer. The barangay last week has formed ties with MES, which provides training to individuals and groups interested in establishing ecological centers through permaculture, among other methods, to achieve zero waste. -- Hanna Lacsamana
GRASSROOTS CAMPAIGN -- The Department of Health headed by Director Lakshmi Legaspi, City Health Officer Rowena Galpo (with mic), reach out to barangay officials and residents to encourage them to take precautionary measures such as destroying the breeding sites of dengue-carrying mosquito after a three-fold increase of cases in the city. -- Bong Cayabyab
FOR THE LAST TIME -- United States Ambassador to the Philippines Philip S. Goldberg offers a toast to guests gathered at the Ambassador’s Residence in Camp John Hay to join the celebration of the 240th anniversary of the U.S. Independence Day on July 15. -- Harley Palangchao
HIGHLAND FISH PRODUCTION -- The Cordillera posted a total 3,866 metric tons of fish production in 2015 with Ifugao province having contributed bulk of total produce. The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources has been providing technical assistance to fisherfolk in various provinces to improve their yield. -- BFAR-CAR photo
SET FOR MACAU FIGHT -- Team Lakay fighters Eduard Folayang, Honorio Banario, and Joshua Pacio hold rigid training in Baguio and La Trinidad, Benguet with less than three weeks before their fight in the ONE Championship 47 in Macau on Aug. 13. -- Harley Palangchao