Issue of September 2, 2018
Mt. Province

70th Courier Anniversary Issue
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All for Juan and Juana

As often stressed by our officials and echoed by this near-sighted Ibaloy writer, the city government can’t solve every problem besetting the Summer Capital, all by its lonesome. It’s just not possible. Cooperation and assistance must be given by every sector of society if we hope to solve, or at least, alleviate the natural and man-made calamities and other problems facing our beloved city of hukay-hukay and vanishing Ibaloys. We should all contribute to Baguio’s welfare or at least cause no harm. In unity there is strength, remember?

In her situational report dated Aug. 18 to Mayor Mauricio Domogan and to the Department of the Interior and Local Government, City Director Evelyn Trinidad on the monsoon rains affecting the Summer Capital, the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO) disaster operations center has lowered its status to white alert and encouraged all barangay disaster risk reduction management committees to activate their respective operation centers.

The report stated that the City Engineer’s Office, City Environment and Parks Management Office, and other government offices engaged in emergency and disaster response are on standby or on-call including the city emergency medical services, fire department, police office, and Red Cross-Baguio to provide efficient and effective emergency response.

The City Social Welfare and Development Office is still activated to facilitate effective and efficient provision of assistance to affected families while the Health Services Office and all district health centers are required to accommodate clients and have complete provision of necessary resources, essential medicines, and appropriate number of personnel.

AFP units based here including reservists, civic action, and communication and rescue groups are on standby to assist the CDRRMO in emergency response including the 14th RCDG Army Reserve and 21st PAF reserve group. The Department of Education City School Division’s DRRMC has been on standby since Aug. 9.

Reported incidences attended to by the CDRRMO emergency operations center starting Aug. 9 include vehicle accidents, request for medical assistance, eroded riprap, flooding, trees about to fall, fallen trees, busted water pipe, soil erosion, collapsed wall, and minor electrical injuries, among other incidents.

Domogan expressed satisfaction with the overall response of the CDRRMO and their barangay counterparts in dealing with emergencies.

Good news: City Planning and Development Office Head Evelyn Cayat said that total local exports increased by 16 percent or from $1.6 billion in 2016 to $1.9B last year due to increased world demand for electronics, fabricated metals, and call center services along with robust exchange rate.

Cayat said that as per report of the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA), electronics contributed the lion’s share of exports from the Baguio City Export Processing Zone in Loakan followed by transport equipment, IT companies, textile, apparel, and plastic production.

She added that employment in PEZA industries registered year-on-year increases where employment was 15,091 last year as compared with 13,566 in 2016 or an increase of 11.2 percent.

We are on air Wednesdays, 8 a.m., over K-Lite 96.7 FM, with Hillary Johnson and every last Tuesday of the month at 3 p.m. for “City Hall Hour” over SkyCable, DZEQ Radyo Pilipinas, and Big FM. In this beautiful archipelago of delicious coconuts and smiling carabaos, it’s more fun and cooler in Baguio!

Here’s “Baguio Poem No. 2” by Gabriel Baban Keith: “Often remembered/ are the pine trees./ What is the City of Pines/ without its/ pines./ Often forgotte/ are the Ibaloys./ Baguio’s original people are lost among ube jams and walis tambos/ knitted sweaters/ strawberries / Baguio beans and/ barrel man./ Pine trees are/ vanishing/ and everybody/ notices./ Ibaloys are/ vanishing/ but nobody/cares.”

May our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ continue to bless and keep us all safe.

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