Parade and Review. Philippine Military Cadets on a Parade and Review at the Borromeo field, Saturday (Aug. 10) despite the gloomy weather to give honour to the 40th Anniversary of the PMA Host Parent Association. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

TESDA at 25. TESDA - CAR officials headed by Regional Director Manuel Wong with partners from DOLE, DTI and Baguio PESO, in a Kapihan media forum, promotes the scheduled activities for TESDA's 25th Anniversary that will be highlighted by the

PMA Host Parent Assn at 40. PMA Host Parent Association officials headed by chairperson and former Baguio Mayor Mauricio Domogan with Guest of Honor and Speaker Mayor Benjamin Magalong and PMA officials give recognition to their Pioneer members who started the foster a cadet program in 1979, during the t 40th Anniversary of the PMA Host Parent Association, Saturday. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

TESDA at 25. TESDA - CAR Regional Director Manuel Wong and DTI Baguio - Benguet Director Freda Gawisan leads other partners from DOLE and Baguio PESO, in a Kapihan media forum, to promote the scheduled activities for TESDA's 25th Anniversary that will be highlighted by the

Parade and Review. Philippine Military Cadets on a Parade and Review at the Borromeo field, Saturday (Aug. 10) despite the gloomy weather to give honour to the 40th Anniversary of the PMA Host Parent Association. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

TESDA@25. Bartending students from the Baguio City School of Arts and Trade gives a demonstration on wine mixing during the TESDA - CAR led Kapihan media forum for the promotion of the scheduled activities for TESDA's 25th Anniversary that will be highlighted by the

TESDA@25. Bartending students from the Baguio City School of Arts and Trade gives a demonstration on wine mixing during the TESDA - CAR led Kapihan media forum for the promotion of the scheduled activities for TESDA's 25th Anniversary that will be highlighted by the

Baguio's air quality 'very good': EMB chief

BAGUIO CITY -- An official of the Environment Management Bureau-Cordillera Administrative Region (EMB-CAR) said on Monday Baguio is blessed with "very good" air quality.

 

"We have a cool climate, we are blessed kaya slow lang ang pagtaas (that's why we have a slow increase) of carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, and other pollutants, " EMB -CAR regional Director Maria Victoria Abrera said during a press conference in celebration of the 32nd anniversary of the environment department.

Pointing at a LED screen placed in the front of the EMB regional office building, Abrera said the particulate matter reading at Burnham Park on June 11 shows a 20 microgram per cubic meter (ug/m3), which is within the category “good”.

"There, that is daily, if you look at it, its green, meaning it is good," she said.

Abrera said based on the latest monitoring, the city does not exceed the standards that qualify to be alarming.

Statistics provided by EMB show that in the first quarter of 2019, the average reading was 37 (ug/m3), fluctuating from a minimum of 8 (ug/m3) to 75 (ug/m3) with the month of February recording the highest at 75.

During the same quarter in 2018, the minimum recorded particulate matter was 5 (ug/m3) and a maximum of 136 with the highest recorded in February, when Baguio received the height tourism influx for the Panagbenga Flower Festival.

Abrera said humans and human activity contribute largely to air quality.

The top sources of air pollutants include motor vehicles, stationary sources like factories and kitchen and activities on open spaces like road construction where dust is emitted.

Abrera said based on the latest tree inventory of the Department of Environment of Natural Resources, the existing trees are not enough to capture air pollutants, prompting the need to encourage the public to plant trees.

In February, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu ordered the local office of the DENR to conduct an inventory of the trees in Baguio.

DENR-Cordillera regional director Ralph Pablo said out of 2.5 million trees, 492,974 are Benguet pine trees while 2,005,045 are other pine species such as red bottle brush, calliandra, alnus, eucalyptus and tibeg.

Among the Benguet pine trees, 351,493 are matured while 141,481 are regenerated.

“The number was derived from the number of trees per hectare multiplied to the land area of closed forests, open forests and residential and or built-up areas. A sampling method was utilized by the DENR-CAR surveys and mapping division. Randomly selected sampling sites were in Outlook Drive, Pucsusan, Phil-am compound, Camp 8 and Irisan,” Pablo said.

Currently, Pablo said there is a pending bill before the House of Representatives which requires all graduating elementary, high school and college students to plant at least 10 trees each as a prerequisite for graduation. (With a report from Argielynne Gem Ramos, OJT/ PNA)

By Liza Agoot

 

Baguio

  • Muslims offer to guard churches in Baguio

    BAGUIO CITY—Churchgoers were surprised on Sunday morning when Muslims joined them for a Mass at the Baguio Cathedral, a site popular among residents and tourists.

  • Window hours set for Kennon Road residents only

    BAGUIO CITY, Aug 9 (PIA) -- Despite the closure of Kennon Road, the Cordillera Region Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CRDRRMC) has set window hours to allow residents to pass through the landslide affected area in Barangay Camp 6, Sitio Camp 5 in Tuba, Benguet.

  • PIA develops strategic communications curriculum for PMA

    BAGUIO CITY, Aug. 9 (PIA) -- The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) explored areas of cooperation on developing a curriculum on communication and public information for the Academy.

  • DENR to help LGUs craft, approve implementable solid waste plans

    BAGUIO CITY, Aug. 9 (PIA) -- Local government units in the Cordillera region look forward to having their own approved solid waste management plans (SWMP) or their plans updated and implemented. 

  • DepEd orients key school officials on ALS new curriculum

    BAGUIO CITY, Aug. 9 (PIA) -- A more comprehensive Alternative Learning System that is aligned with the country’s K to 12 Basic Education System and generally aims to provide quality informal education to out  of school youths (OSYs) and adult learners is set for implementation this school year.

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Mt. Province

  • Healthy mom and baby, cooking contests mark Nutri Month

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Aug. 6(PIA) -- To raise community awareness and to inculcate health and nutrition habits for children at an early age for healthy living, the provincial government conducted Healthy Mother and Child   and cooking contests in celebration of this year’s Nutrition Month.

  • Provincial livelihood program benefits more individuals

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, July 22 (PIA) -- The Provincial Livelihood Program (PLP) of the Provincial Government here continues to provide livelihood assistance to qualified individuals in the province.

  • PCSO, PLGU provide free assistive devices to PWDs in Mt. Province

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, July 22 (PIA) -- The provincial government through the Provincial Persons with Disability Affair Office (PDAO) has partnered with the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) and MVRN Prosthesis Center in helping orthopedic persons with disabilities acquire the appropriate assistive devices.

  • Mt. Province officials vow to work together for a common goal

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, July 8 (PIA) --Inspired by the fresh mandate given by the electorate in the province, the newly elected provincial officials publicly announced during their oathtaking to put aside politics and vowed to work hand in hand with one common goal- to move this province forward. 

  • MP sectors one skedy resolution of murder of 3 Besao youths

    Bontoc, Mountain Province – Members of the Provincial Peace and Order Council and the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council put their full weight for the speedy resolution of the killing of three natives of Agawa, Besao who reportedly went to hunt and fish but were found dead days later along the Lakanga creek within the vicinity of Baclingayan, a sitio of Tabacda, Tubo, Abra.

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