Stronger Bilateral Ties. Honorable Zhou Youbin, Consul and Head of Post, Consulate of the People’s Republic of China in Laoag City, in his keynote message during the June 10 Filipino – Chinese Friendship Day celebration at the Botanical Garden congratulates the City Government and the Baguio Filipino Chinese Community for showing a strong partnership that showcases the good relationship between China and the Philippines. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Women personnel of the Philippine National Police joins the Independence Day parade in Baguio City. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

PRO - Cor Regional Director P/BGen. Israel Ephraim Dickson, in his keynote message during the City of Government Baguio led Independence Day 2019 celebration calls for bravery and unity in ensuring peaceful and progressive communities to live in, especially for the younger generations. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Convergence for peace and development. Officials from the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTC - ELCAC) headed by Cabinet Officer for Regional Development (CORD) for Cordillera and Department of Budget and management OIC Undersecretary Janet Abuel and National Security Adviser Deputy Director General Rufino Lopez Jr. and Cordillera Regional Development Council members affirm their partnership and convergence in pushing for peaceful and progressive communities. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Filipino - Chinese Friendship Day. Student performers showcases Cordillera culture during the June 10 Filipino – Chinese Friendship Day celebration at the Botanical Garden that was spearheaded by the City Government and the Baguio Filipino - Chinese community. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Filipino Chinese Friendship Day. A Dragon Dance Performance from students of Chinese Patriotic School opens the 2019 Filipino - Chinese Friendship Day program at the Botanical Garden that was spearheaded by the City Government and the Baguio Filipino - Chinese community. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

SLU Cultural performers in an intermission during the City of Government Baguio led Independence Day 2019 celebration at PFVR Gym. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Balik Pinas, Hanapbuhay. OWWA - CAR officials headed by Regional Director Manuela Peña, during the Migrant Workers Day program at the Benguet Sports Complex June 8, awards P20,000 (each) livelihood assistance check to returning OFWs under their Balik Pinas, Balik Hanapbuhay program. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

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

Benguet

  • PRO-COR confers proficiency awards to 35 police units

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, June 13 (PIA) - - The Police Regional Office – Cordillera (PRO-COR) conferred  Proficiency awards to 35  police units in three provinces  in the Cordillera on Monday, June 10 at  Camp  Bado Dangwa here.

  • La Trinidad celebrates 69th Foundation Day

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, June 10 (PIA) --This capital town is set to celebrate its 69th Foundation Day on June 14 with indigenous rituals and recognition of its outstanding citizens. 

  • Itogon LGU conducts IEC on disaster preparedness in barangays

    ITOGON, Benguet, June 10 (PIA) -- The municipal government here is set to conduct a massive and intensive information education and communication (IEC) campaign on disaster preparations and readiness in the different barangays with the upcoming rainy season.

  • La Trinidad celebrates 69th Foundation Day

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, June 10 (PIA) --This capital town is set to celebrate its 69th Foundation Day on June 14 with indigenous rituals and recognition of its outstanding citizens. 

  • OWWA leads Migrant Workers Day

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, June 7(PIA) - - Around 500 Overseas Filipino Workers, OFW Family Circles and their dependents are expected to join this year’s celebration of Migrant Workers Day this Saturday, June 8.

Mt. Province

  • RNET-CAR conducts M&E using new tool

    BONTOC,  Mountain Province, June 3 (PIA)- -The National Nutrition Council (NNC) and the Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET) in the region  are currently   conducting   nutrition monitoring and evaluation (M &E) activity using the new and revised nutrition evaluation tool  dubbed Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation Protocol (MELLPI-Pro).

  • Sagada folks ask “where’s the 36M Boasaw waters”

    SAGADA, Mountain Province – “Where’s the Boasaw waters” is a much questioned issue during Sagada’s synchronized political rallies especially here at the Poblacion area.

  • CSC awards posthumous award to police officer

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, May 13 (PIA) -- The Civil Service Commission (CSC) Cordillera Regional Director  Marilyn E. Taldo awarded the posthumous Pamanang Lingkod Bayani (PLBi) to the family of the late Police Officer II Henry T. Dion in recognition of his dedication, selflessness and sacrifice in the performance of his duties during Monday's  flag raising ceremony  held at the Provincial Plaza here. 

  • DTI confers Bagwis Award to 7 business establishments in Mt. Province

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, May 13 (PIA) -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) conferred the Bagwis Bronze Award to seven business establishments in the province. 

  • Mountain Province remains peaceful

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, April 15 (PIA) -- Governor Bonifacio Lacwasan Jr. assured residents and tourists that the province is peaceful and orderly amid the recent firefights.

IFUGAO

  • DTI launches 'Negosyo sa Barangay' in Ifugao

    LAMUT, Ifugao, June 10 (PIA) - - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in the province launched Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay (NSB) last week  in this municipality.

  • Ifugao LGU provides incentives to 27 nonagenarians

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, June 13 (PIA) - - Twenty seven nonagenarians here received incentives from the local government unit (LGU) in recognition for their long lives.

  • Ifugao MPS initiates fund raising event for ailing boy

    HUNGDUAN, Ifugao, June 7 (PIA) - - The Municipal Police Station (MPS) here has initiated   “run for a cause”   to help the family of an ailing boy for his medication.

  • PNP – Ifugao all set for opening of classes

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, June 3 (PIA) - - Members of the Philippine National Police in the province are ready for the opening of classes on Monday, June 3, the acting provincial director assured.

  • IFSU strengthens international ties with Taiwan's NCCU

    LAMUT, Ifugao, June 3 (PIA) - - The lone state  university in the province  here is strengthening its international linkages for academic cooperation and research collaborations with  foreign universities towards the fulfilment  of its vision  of a globally recognized University upholding excellence amidst rich cultural heritage.

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