Issue of June 18, 2017

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A few weeks back, we celebrated Mother’s Day and today happens to be Father’s Day. So, hooray to all the dads, gaddys, pas, papas, pops, itays, tatays, tangs, tatangs and soon-to-be fathers out there! Can the “days” for grandfathers, grandmothers, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, girlfriends, boyfriends, best friends, pets and whatever, be far behind? Just curious.

This near-sighted Ibaloy writer has nothing against celebrations of any kind as long as these are not too commercialized, if possible. The more the merrier is what we often preach for events that make everybody happy and bring families, relatives and friends together. Sharing experiences and doing activities with our loved ones are truly priceless.

Despite the seemingly never-ending man-made and natural problems faced by this beautiful archipelago of delicious coconuts, smiling carabaos, blushing strawberries and aromatic durians, we dare say that our close family ties and relationships are among the reasons Filipinos remain to be resilient and hopeful as a people. No man is an island unto himself, after all. It’s always better, together. Mas masaya pag sama-sama.

Good news: The House of Representatives’ Committee on Economic Affairs has approved House Bill 5016 authored by Baguio Representative Mark Go establishing the Baguio, La Trinidad, Itogon, Sablan, Tuba and Tublay ecozone.

Go said creation of the ecozone will be a conducive avenue for direct foreign investments, allowing manageable trade, generating more employment and producing goods at lower prices making it more globally competitive.

He added that the ecozone will totally transform BLISTT into an emerging investment hub that would supplement the Baguio Economic Zone.

FYI: A public hearing on the proposed amendments to the city’s truck ban (Ordinance 5 s. 2017) is scheduled on June 20, 9:00 a.m. at the sangguniang panlungsod session hall at City Hall.

The proposed amendments were taken from the recommendations of Mayor Mauricio Domogan who submitted an administrative order and Vice Mayor Edison Bilog who proposed an amendatory measure imposing exemptions to some affected delivery trucks out of necessity.

The proposed revisions were consolidated in a proposed amendatory ordinance introduced by the committee on public utilities, transportation and traffic legislation headed by Councilor Benny Bomogao.

We’re on TV, every other Tuesday, 4:00 p.m., over SkyCable with Vladimir Cayabas, on radio, Wednesdays, 8:00 a.m., over DZEQ Radyo ng Bayan and K-Lite 96.7 FM with Hillary Johnson, Tuesdays, 8:00 a.m., and report over other local radio stations when needed. Visit the Public Information Office at City Hall for assistance or call 442-2502. It’s more fun and cooler in Baguio!

Here’s “Keeping Things Whole” by Mark Strand: “In a field/ I am the absence/ of field./ This is/ always the case./ Wherever I am/ I am what is missing./ When I walk/ I part the air/ and always/ the air moves in/ to fill the spaces/ where my body’s been./ We all have reasons/ for moving./ I move/ to keep things whole.”

Until next week and may Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ continue to bless and keep us all safe.

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