May 24, 2024

This near-sighted Ibaloy writer wishes one and all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Let’s end 2019 with more good news. The city government garnered first place in the city level for the Best in eGov Global Competitiveness Award or the G2W (Government to the World) for its “EBOMS V1.0: Electronic Budget Operations and Monitoring System”.
Department of Information and Communications Technology-Cordillera Director Leo Ugto announced this recently at City Hall to local officials led by Mayor Benjamin Magalong and Vice Mayor Faustino Olowan.
He said that local government units’ best practices in information and communications technology were lauded during the Digital Governance Awards 2019 at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on Nov. 26.
Ugto added that the award cites the efforts of an LGU in developing world-class systems in using ICT that are at par with international or internationally-recognized standards, thus making the LGU globally competitive, recognized and virtually accessible and interactive.
Started in 2012, he said the eGov Awards is the first and most prestigious recognition to be given by the ICT sector to LGUs with exemplary performance in empowering its public customers and businesses.
This year’s search is a joint project of the DICT, Department of the Interior and Local Government, and the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines. Cheers!

FYI: The Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) conducted a total of 111 anti-illegal drugs operations resulting in the arrest of 162 persons and confiscation of shabu and marijuana with the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) worth P6,780,000 from January to November this year.
These represent an increase of 152 percent on operations, 134 percent on arrests and 890 percent on the value of drugs seized as compared to that accomplished in 2018.
This was revealed by BCPO Director Col. Allen Rae Co recently at City Hall to local officials.He added the local police apprehended three persons for illegal logging out of two operations conducted and a total of P15,000 worth of lumber were seized during the period.

Here’s “Bag-iw, Part II” (Advance Happy Ibaloy Day) by Gabriel Baban Keith: “Where does the Ibaloy/ go from here?/ Kafagway, Bag-iw, Baguio/ already a paradise lost?/ Ruled and squatted on/ by more united, educated,/ loud, aggressive,/ outsiders/ from other tribes/ who vote for leaders/ only because they belong/ to the same tribe,/ nothing more./ Where does the Ibaloy/ go from here?/ When we no longer/ belong and are strangers/ in the home of our brave/ but short-sighted/ ancestors?/ Where has our disunity,/ shyness (unless drunk),/ and crab-mentality/ brought us?/ Ooh, ooh, waay!/ Aadivaay!/ Woohh, woohh!”

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