Defense Undersecretary and PVAO Administrator Ernesto Carolina with the Baguio City officials led by Acting Mayor Faustino Olowan recognize the heroism of the World War II heroes during the 74th National Victory Day celebration at the Veterans Park in Baguio City on Tuesday, September 3. (RMC- 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

World class skilled Workers. PEZA Baguio deputy Zone Administrator Allan Datahan, in his keynote message at the TESDA - CAR 25 years anniversary awards and recognition program, affirms a continuing partnership with TESDA, not only in bringing work opportunity for Tech - Voc graduates inside the special economic zone but also in skills training to ensure that Filipino workforce will be globally competitive and responsive to the manpower needs of industries/investors. (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

TVET Partners. TESDA - CAR officials headed by Regional Director Manuel Wong (2nd from left) in a photo opt with TESDA 25th year anniversary awardees as Outstanding Partners in Technical Education and Skills Development (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Smoke Free Baguio. City Health Officials with partners and community stakeholders strengthens convergence for the attainment of the objectives of Baguio's Comprehensive Tobacco Control Ordinance through the first Smoke Free Baguio Convention at Venus Parkview Hotel, Tuesday. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Mayor rallies support for a better Baguio

BAGUIO CITY, July 8 (PIA) -- City Mayor Benjamin Magalong rallied support for his administration to achieve a better Baguio.


Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong together takes his oath of office administered by Judge Mia Joy Cawed at the Baguio City Hall on June 30. (RMC- PIA-CAR) 

In his inaugural speech, Magalong stressed the collaboration and support of all people, organizations and the different offices and agencies to achieve the change needed for the city.  

"Restoring Baguio, retrieving even a part of its old glory and charm will need the concerted action of everyone, whether governing or governed," Magalong said.

He emphasized that he values the support and cooperation of the entire work force of the City Government as well as every colleague in the national government service. "With a strong partnership anchored on the principles of seamless cooperation, collaboration, coordination and communication, I am completely committed to make Baguio a better City for everyone. This I will do, not just as a mayor, but as a leader who listens with a healthy respect to everyone, who leads by example, and someone who is willing to make the tough decisions at the right time."

He said that the people of Baguio should agree that now is the best time for change, and change is what Baguio will get, adding that "something positive, something drastic, something decisive and timely must be done, to address and regulate the development activities happening, right under our noses.”

He is confident this will be journey together with Congressman Mark Go, Vice Mayor Faustino Olowan and the city councilors who he said is with him. “I know that the spirit of cooperation is well instilled in our heart. Together, we can and we will efficiently and effectively govern Baguio with a breathe of fresh air.”

The new officials of Baguio City (l-r) Vice Mayor Faustino Olowan, Mayor Benjamin Magalong and Congressman Mark Go during the oath taking ceremony at the Baguio City Hall..(RMC PIA-CAR) 

On Monday, during the first flag raising ceremony of the newly installed officials, the Baguio City Hall Employees Association and the Association of City Executives President led by Budget Office Leticia Clemente pledge support to the incoming officials.

“We have the legal mandate to respect and obey leaders who mirror the people. We welcome change and we are ready to accept and enjoy the ride within the bounds of the law,” she said. 

Magalong, a respected retired police general,  outlined his priorities for the next three years in consonance with the mandate and in fostering public transparency and accountability. These include sustaining the transparency program of the past administration but it will be raised to the next level by providing the City Council periodic briefing of the city’s financials; For the government procurement committees to hold in abeyance for at least two weeks the award of bidded out infrastructure and services projects until these are favorably reviewed for contractual obligation, and that fixers have no place in City Hall.  

For the City Engineers Office and City Building and Architect Office to strictly implement the safety standards and procedures in all project sites effective July 1. All workers should be required to wear their personal protective equipment. Contractors shall be held accountable for any violation of such.

The Philippine National Police will continue implementing all pre-designed schemes to mitigate traffic congestions while awaiting arrival of MMDA traffic engineers who will employ technology in addressing serious traffic problems, and   zero tolerance to illegal gambling activities   shall be applied.  

For the City Environment and Parks Management Office and General Services Office, in coordination with DENR, to immediately undertake inspection of establishments and other structures to ensure compliance with environmental laws and ordinances. Violators will be dealt with accordingly.

 A Risk Management Committee will   be created to identify and evaluate potential risks in the operating environment. It  is also tasked to develop and implement risk-mitigating measures.

There shall also be a City Advisory Council composed of well-distinguished individuals of Baguio as a prelude to the City’s transformation program in accordance with the Performance Governance System. This body shall provide sound and objective advice to the leadership on major programs and undertakings.  In line with the principle of transparency, it shall recommend individuals who will compose the private sector representative in each big ticket project or project of local significance. (JDP/RMC-PIA CAR & UC Interns)

By Redjie Melvic M. Cawis




  • Groups condemn Cordillera Peoples Liberation Army

    THE Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) and Tongtongan ti Umili-Cordillera People's Alliance denounced Friday, September 13, the activities of the Cordillera Peoples Liberation Army (CPLA) in Baguio City.

  • CAR stakeholders' active participation in nation building sought

    BAGUIO CITY, Sept. 12 (PIA) - - Ranking  officials reiterated the government’s call for the active participation of all sectors of society in ensuring good governance, accountability and transparency programs and policies in bringing  inclusive growth and progress to the country and to the people.

  • 2 Baguio youth join PH contingent to SSEAYP 2019

    BAGUIO CITY, Sept. 13 (PIA) -- Two young professionals from this city are among the 27 youth leaders from across the country selected as Philippine Ambassadors of Goodwill for the 46th Ship for Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Program (SSEAYP).

  • PSA leads accounting of water resources in CAR

    BAGUIO CITY, Sept. 13 (PIA) - - Accounting of  water resources in  the Cordillera Administrative Region(CAR) is set into motion with the Philippine Statistics Authority regional office (PSA) convening a joint meeting – workshop of the Task Force Water Resource Accounting and the Technical Working Group on Environment Statistics .

  • After 33 years, Cordillera autonomy remains elusive

    BAGUIO CITY—Friday the 13th this week commemorated the end of a war waged against the government by former rebel priest Conrado Balweg and his militia group 33 years ago.


  • Cordillera schools told to commemorate historic Mt. Data peace accord

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Sept. 12(PIA) -- The Department of Education – Cordillera has directed all public and private schools in the region to conduct activities to commemorate the 1986 Mount Data “Sipat” or Peace Accord every September 13.

  • Itogon to commemorate 'Ompong' tragedy anniversary with rituals

    ITOGON, Benguet, Sept. 13 (PIA) -- The municipal government of Itogon will conduct rituals to commemorate the first year anniversary of the tragic landslide that hit the province of Benguet and this town at the height of typhoon Ompong last year.

  • Benguet bolsters anti-rabies programs

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Sept. 13 (PIA) - -  The Provincial Rabies Control Consultative Committee  gathered various stakeholders for a consultative meeting to bolster programs and activities for the prevention, control and the ultimate eradication of rabies in the province.

  • All set for Tuba's 6th Ava Festival

    TUBA, Benguet, Sept. 6 (PIA) - - It’s all systems go for the   town’s 6th Ava Festival on September 16-20 with the  theme, “Strengthening Our Culture and Community Harmony Towards Enriched Agri-Tourism Industry.”

  • 100 shooting enthusiasts join RIAS Cup

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Sept. 6 (PIA) --    More than 100 law enforcers and civilian shooters participated in the 2nd Regional Internal Affairs Service (RIAS) Cordillera Director’s Cup at the Camp Dangwa firing range over the weekend.

Mt. Province

  • Mt. Province youth celebrate Linggo ng Kabataan

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Aug. 31(PIA) -- Sangguniang Kabataan(SK) members  in the province celebrated the Linggo ng Kabataan with various activities actively participated by out-of-school youth, in-school youth and working youth of the different municipalities in the province.

  • Bauko councilor heads PCL Mt. Province Chapter

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Aug. 31 (PIA) -- Councilor Ashley T. Sili from the municipality of Bauko heads the new set of officers of the Philippine Councilors League (PCL)-Mountain Province Chapter

  • Abolition of Kennon, Halsema toll fees proposed

    BONTOC, Mountain Province  – The House of Representatives approved on first reading a proposed bill seeking for the termination of the collection of toll fees along the portion of the Benguet road, popularly known as Kennon road, from Klondykes Spring to Camp 6, repealing for the purpose Executive Order No. 34, series of 1954 as amended.

  • 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.


  • Mag-aaral ng Ifugao hinimok na gamitin ang wika sa tamang paraan

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Sept. 2 (PIA) - - Ang wika ay ibinigay para sa malinaw na komunikasyon  sana gamitin natin upang makapagbigay ng inspirasyon, hamon at paghihikayat sa kapwa.

  • Ifugao PCL elects new set of officers

    HINGYON, Ifugao, Aug. 31 (PIA) - - Reelected councilor Maximillan Luglug of this municipality was given another fresh term to head the Philippine Councilors League (PCL) Ifugao Chapter.

  • BJMP inaugurates new jail building in Ifugao

    KIANGAN, Ifugao, Aug. 30 (PIA) - - The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology inaugurated last week a  three storey district jail male-dormitory worth more than P19 million here.

  • DepEd, IFSU team up to promote indigenous knowledge

    LAMUT, Ifugao, Aug. 16 (PIA) - - The Ifugao State University (IFSU) and the Department of Education (DepEd) are joining efforts for the advancement of indigenous knowledge to all stakeholders.

  • PVET taps BNS, BHWs for rabies prevention campaign

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Aug. 15 (PIA) - - In line with the goal to eliminate human rabies by the year 2020,   the support of Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) and Barangay Health Workers (BHWs) as frontline workers in the communities is being tapped.  





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