Issue of February 22, 2015
Mt. Province

Baguio Day Anniversary Issue
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Baguio deprived P850 M share with PDRCI rule

Baguio has been deprived of P850 million or more as rental shares from the development of Camp John Hay special economic zone following a recent order by the Philippine Dispute Resolution Center Inc. (PDRCI).

PRE-VERDICT INSPECTION -- The Clerk of Court of the Court of Appeals 5th Division inspects the excavated area and other man-made activities within the property claimed by Baguio Rep. Nicasio Aliping Jr. that pose threats to Mt. Sto. Tomas in Tuba, Benguet on Tuesday before the Appellate Court releases its verdict on the Writ of Kalikasan petition filed by private complainants led by two bishops in a bid to protect and preserve the reservation. -- Harley Palangchao
Kabuyao case parties told to submit memos
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources regional office encourages the public to be vigilant and learn the ways of reducing hazards to help prevent forest wildfires this dry season.
The Court of Appeals directed parties involved in the environmental case filed in an effort to stop the destruction of the Mt. Sto. Tomas Forest Reserve,  to submit their respective memorandum within 20 days from Feb. 17 before the case is submitted for decision.
Juan Luna trade fair has no BFFFI permit

The Baguio Flower Festival Foundation Inc. (BFFFI) Executive Committee maintained it will not sanction the trade fair recently approved by the city council, which is aimed to be part of the Baguio Blooms, an institutionalized component of the annual Panagbenga.

DE belies poor Athletic Bowl rehab design
Baguio City District Engineer Alexander Castañeda denied last week that the first phase of rehabilitation of the Athletic Bowl has poor design.
TIANGGE AT BURNHAM -- Dozens of stalls originally intended for a “trade fair” at Juan Luna Drive and portion of bike lane at Burnham Park have been set up after the city council approved a resolution endorsing bazaar activities of two groups. Mayor Mauricio Domogan rejected it, saying the activity should be an extension of the Baguio Blooms. The Baguio Flower Festival Foundation Inc. does not sanction the trade fair as well as the extension.
-- Harley Palangchao
ESTEEMED GUEST IN KALINGA -- Presidential sister Victoria Elisa “Viel” Aquino-Dee graces the “Awong Chi Gangsa,” which is part of Kalinga’s 20th anniversary celebration. She relayed the message of peace as Kalinga Rep. Manuel Agyao, Gov. Jocel Baac, Tabuk City Mayor Ferdinand Tubban, and Vice Gov. Allen Jesse Mangaoang, present to her the province’s token of appreciation. -- Art Tibaldo
BAMBOO CRAFTS SHOW -- The Laperal Mansion, commonly known as the ‘White House,’ along Leonard Wood Road, is now home to an exhibit of bamboo crafts carved by local sculptors. At the mansion’s compound is a bamboosetum established by the Philippine Bamboo Foundation Inc. The PBFI is hoping to raise public awareness on the many uses of bamboo and how it could help the environment.
-- Harley Palangchao
TIMELY HELP -- Officials of Tinongdan, Itogon, SNAP-Benguet Corporate Services head Mike Hosillos, and Benguet Rep. Ronald Cosalan donate a wheelchair to Floyd Sab-it, who is suffering from complicated cerebral palsy during the recent Colos Festival in Tinongdan and inauguration of P5-million gymnasium funded by the Office of the Congressman and the barangay.
-- Amor Moresto
SCHOOL FOR THE BARRIO -- A school building, worth P2 million, jointly funded by Aboitiz Power Corp. and the Benguet provincial government was turned over to the Ampusongan National High School-Kayapa Annex in Bakun, Benguet recently with Gov. Nestor Fongwan, Bakun Mayor Fausto Labinio, and APC SVP for Operations and Maintenance Chris Faelnar gracing the ribbon cutting ceremony.
-- Mark Dean Monang
Officials of BCDA led by President and CEO Arnel Casanova, JHMC Board Chair Sylvestre Afable Jr., and JHMC President Jaime Agbayani (l-r, top photo) claim victory over the recent order of the Philippine Dispute Resolution Center Inc., which ordered Camp John Hay Dev’t. Corp. to vacate Camp John Hay during a press conference morning of Feb. 16. Hours later, CJHDevCo officials led by Robert John Sobrepeña (center, bottom), COO Alfredo Yñiguez, and lawyer Daniel Nicholas Darwin announce they are willing to leave the CJH special economic zone provided that BCDA will respect the entire arbitration order.
-- Harley Palangchao/
Redjie Cawis
NEXT BAGUIO CINDERELLAS -- Members of the Baguio Futsal team present their gold medals and certificates after their triumphant campaign against Mountain Province in the recent CARAA meet. With them is coach Aris Bocalan, who also helped Team Baguio for a gold performance in secondary men’s football.
-- Harley Palangchao

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