Issue of October 1, 2017
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Human nature and common sense (which is not so common nowadays) make most people avoid places deemed to be unsafe for their loved ones and themselves no matter how beautiful these areas are purported to be. Tourism industry experts agree that a destination’s safety and security status play a crucial role in either enticing or discouraging tourists to visit. Just imagine what residents must feel living in a community where they do not feel safe and secure?

With this in mind, this Ibaloy writer supports the recommendation of those who attended a recent public protection, safety, peace and order summit conducted by the city council calling for greater police and barangay tanod visibility as a deterrent to crime.

Vice Mayor Edison Bilog said participants are asking local police to beef up their presence at all times not only in crime-prone areas of the Summer Capital but also at its regular nooks and crannies.

Since local police can’t do this alone especially in such an overpopulated melting pot like Baguio, we agree with earlier calls of city officials led by Mayor Mauricio Domogan and Rep. Mark Go for every resident to be vigilant and cooperate with authorities in keeping their communities safe and secure. We are all stakeholders when it comes to our safety and security.

Good news: The great Benguet State University celebrated its centennial anniversary recently. The Center of Excellence has produced many leaders in various fields of endeavor serving this beautiful archipelago. My siblings and I are proud to have finished our secondary education there when it was still known as the Mountain State Agricultural College. Cheers!

FYI: The City Veterinary Office (CVO) under Dr. Brigit Piok has inspected a total of 273,980 heads of animals and passed for slaughter in the first semester of 2017 including 4,996 tons of meat that was deemed fit for human consumption.

Her office also found 1,345 kilograms of meat unfit for human consumption that were immediately confiscated, condemned and properly disposed of.

Piok said that at the City Market, 7,091 tons of meat and 5,143 tons of fish were inspected and passed for public sale.

She explained that a task force tasked to monitor the sale, proper and hygienic handling of meat composed of the police, Public Order and Safety Division, National Meat Inspection Service, City Treasurer’s Office, Health Services Office, Permits and Licensing Office and CVO had issued warnings to 15 violators of meat inspection rules and regulations.

The task force confiscated 262 kilograms of meat and 100 kilograms of fish that were found unfit for public sale during the period.

This writer is on air Wednesdays, 8:00 a.m., over K-Lite 96.7 FM, with Hillary Johnson. It’s more fun and cooler in Baguio!

Here’s “The Jewel” by James Wright: “There is this cave/In the air behind my body/That nobody is going to touch:/ A cloister, a silence/Closing around a blossom of fire./When I stand upright in the wind,/My bones turn to dark emeralds.”

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

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