Issue of May 17, 2015

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CA writ blocks further dev’t on
Mt. Sto. Tomas

The Court of Appeals has ordered Baguio Rep. Nicasio M. Aliping, Jr. to permanently cease and to desist from developing or enhancing a piece of land in Mount Sto. Tomas and to mitigate soil erosion caused by his earth-moving activities.

UNDER COURT PROTECTION -- The Court of Appeals order granting the Writ of Kalikasan and Writ of Continuing Mandamus filed by cause-oriented groups led by bishops Carlito Cenzon of Baguio and Socrates Villegas of Pangasinan may result to eventual demolition of stalls and other structures that mushroomed at Mount Sto. Tomas Forest Reserve. Aside from stopping the expansion of vegetable gardens, the CA order also tasked the local government of Tuba to cancel permits and stop the issuance of tax declarations at the reservation. -- Harley Palangchao

BMC sustains streak; swipes 3 PPI awards
Kalinga Gov. Jocel Baac is again in hot water after he reportedly mauled the provincial board secretary over a disagreement on the terms used in a resolution concerning the status of a local hospital.

The Baguio Midland Courier took home three awards - two major and one minor - during the 2014 Civic Journalism and Community Press Awards of the Philippine Press Institute (PPI) held Friday at the Diamond Hotel Manila.

Ponzi firms slapped w/ raps for P12 M fraud

More criminal charges for estafa were filed against alleged managers and staff workers of companies involved in ponzi and pyramiding schemes in the Cordillera.

Baguio officials were properly notified before Burnham Park and the National Historical Commission of the Philippines declared its 12 cluster areas as heritage sites.
PARKS FOR PEOPLE -- Multisectoral group and individuals in Baguio led by Bishop Carlito Cenzon and the Baguio Heritage Foundation, Inc. convened Friday to dramatize their strong opposition to any plan to construct a multi-level parking and other major structures within Burnham Park and its 12 heritages sites, specifically the Melvin Jones. City Hall asserted there is no approved plan yet for the open sports facility.
-- Harley Palangchao
OUTSTANDING CAR STUDENTS -- The 15 finalists for the Outstanding Students of the Cordillera Administrative Region were honored during awarding rites in Baguio on May 14. Five of them will represent the region in the national search. The batch of 2015 adopted a name of aluwagi, an Itneg term for “bayanihan.”
-- Julienne Fortunato
CLIMATE CHANGE CONTEST WINNERS -- Young artists led by first prize winner Nina Tenefrancia (entry no. 19), who won in the brick painting as part of the 2015 Climate Change Capacity Building Program of the City Environment and Parks Management Office, present their output to Baguio officials during awarding rites at the City Hall grounds on Monday.
-- Bong Cayabyab
The Baguio City National High School Classes ‘65 and '90 turned over a brand new one unit tube sealer to augment the Blood Service facility of the local chapter last May 1. In the picture are the donors: L-R Dante C. Rotor, Louella Claridad, Bella Victoria E. Frialde, Mila R. Lagro, Mila Mayo-Manzano, Rhemee A. Aquitania, Ambassador Marciano Paynor, and Dr. Dionisio Claridad. Receiving the donation were Baguio Chapter Officers composed of Board Chair Erdolfo V. Balajadia, Administrator Anastacia B. Tamayo, Blood Services Director Dr. Melinda M. Flores, Board Secretary Amparo T. Rimas, Blood Quality Assurance Officer Mary Ann Pedregosa, Red Cross Youth Chair Eddie O. Carta, and youth representative Dir. Remo Sab-it. -- PRC Baguio City Chapter
TRIBUTE -- The University of the Cordilleras, through its Board of Trustees Chair Jesus Benjamin Salvosa, honors during its 69th commencement exercises six PNP-Special Action Force troopers, who were alumni of the university. Public school teacher and 2014 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee for Emerging Leadership Randy Halasan was the guest of honor and speaker and was conferred the Doctor of Pedagogy.
-- Harley Palangchao
DOUBLE TIME -- Crew of Benguet Electric Cooperative work double time to restore electricity after thousands suffered power outage for close to 10 hours on Sunday when a delivery truck rammed an electric post along Bokawkan Road. Concrete barriers maybe considered in the area to protect electric posts from being knocked down by vehicles every time mechanical defects occur. -- HFP
OUTSTANDING ARCHER -- Baguio’s lady archer Loren Chloe Balaoing, 16, who graduated valedictorian from the BCNHS Special Program for Sports, presents the five golds, one silver and two bronze medals she won in 2015 Palarong Pambansa in Tagum City, recently. Balaoing is the most bemedalled player from the 467 athletes from the Cordillera.
-- Harley Palangchao
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