The Baguio Filipino - Chinese Community and the City Government launches the scheduled events and activities for Spring Festival 2020, an institutionalized celebration in Baguio City which is now on it's 27th year, Highlighting the festivities will be the colorful parade in the afternoon of January 27. (Carlito Dar/PIA CAR)

Artistic Baguio. Museum visitors and students looks at the artistic works of the Baguio City National High School Special Program in the Arts students. BCNHS, in partnership with the Baguio Museum, opens Friday (Jan. 17) an Art Exhibit dubbed as “Tales of our City: Retold by the youth that features literary, media, visual arts and crafts produced by the BCNHS - SPA students and for the opening program they also showcased band and rondalla performance. (Carlito Dar/PIA CAR)

Spring Fest 2020. The Baguio Filipino - Chinese Community and the City Government launches the scheduled events and activities for Spring Festival 2020, an institutionalized celebration in Baguio City which is now on it's 27th year, The Traditional Chinese Dragon dance will be among the highlights in colorful parade set in the afternoon of January 27. (Carlito Dar/PIA CAR)

Baguio young artists. Special Program in the Arts students in a photo opportunity with known Baguio - based artist Tor Alvarez Sagud, the author of the Illustrated guide book,

Galant Police. Baguio City officials headed by Mayor Benjamin Magalong and Congressman Mark Go awards citation to Patrolman Julius Walang for his gallantry in apprehending a taxi driver who tried to speed away and almost ramming the police. Similar citation was also awarded to rider Jaazerdallas Bandonil Chommog who assisted Walang in the incident. (Carlito Dar/PIA CAR)

Cordillera Athletic Meet. Officials from the Department of Education and the City Government of Baguio and other key stakeholders affirms their commitment of support, as they launched the Cordillera Administrative Region Athletic Association (CARAA) 2020 in a Kapihan media Forum at the Baguio City Hall, Wednesday. Around 6,000 student athletes and school officials are expected to join the regional athletic meet setin February 16 to 21. (Carlito Dar//PIA CAR)

Members of the Baguio City National High School Special Program in the Arts showcases the theme song, specifically prepared for the Cordillera Administrative Region Athletic Association (CARAA) that is set to be hosted by Baguio City on February 16 to 21 with over 6,000 student athletes and school officials participating.

Baguio young artists. Special Program in the Arts students in a photo opportunity with known Baguio - based artist Tor Alvarez Sagud, the author of the Illustrated guide book, "Igorotak". BCNHS, in partnership with the Baguio Museum, opens Friday (Jan. 17) an Art Exhibit dubbed as “Tales of our City: Retold by the youth that features literary, media, visual arts and crafts produced by the BCNHS - SPA students and for the opening program they also showcased band and rondalla performance. (Carlito Dar/PIA CAR)

‘Not the Baguio we used to know’

BAGUIO CITY, Benguet, Philippines — Overdevelopment was the frequent lament of officials who promised to control tree cutting and construction of high-rise buildings during the city’s 110th Foundation Day celebration on Sunday.

 

“This is no longer the Baguio we used to know,” Rep. Marquez Go said, adding that the city has become a microcosm of how badly Filipinos have overused the country’s natural resources.

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FIGHTING FOR SPACE Houses, commercial buildings and vehicles fight for every space in Baguio City as the country’s summer capital, originally designed for 25,000 residents, faces problems associated with over development. —EV ESPIRITUGo said the national forest cover was 80 percent of the country at the start of the 20th century when the American colonial government designed and built the summer capital. By 1999, forests covered only 18 percent of the country, he said.

The lawmaker’s concern was echoed by Sen. Panfilo Lacson, who said that Baguio mountains “are balding and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources cites the construction boom and urban sprawl as reasons for the decline of the city’s pine trees.”

Urban decay

But should his pet measure become a law, Lacson said the city government may access up to P300 million to fix its urban decay issues on top of the P150 million to which Baguio was entitled as its share from internal revenue allotments (IRA).

Lacson, who was guest at the Baguio Day program, was referring to a measure called the budget reform advocacy for village empowerment (BRAVE).

The measure seeks to allocate augmentation funds for provinces, towns, cities and villages that tap 20 percent of their IRA shares for development projects.

All local governments are entitled to a share of the IRA or taxes collected by the government.

Going by the 2018 budget, Baguio used P150.5 million of its local development fund out of its P752.6-million IRA share. But Lacson said the city would also be given an additional P150-P300 million in support funds if the BRAVE bill passed Congress. Go is filing the House counterpart bill this week.

Lacson said he was no stranger to Baguio having lived here for four years as a cadet of the Philippine Military Academy. He said he commiserated with residents who complained that Baguio population ballooned during daytime.

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“Tourism brought significant changes” to Baguio, Lacson said, as visitors “flock here during holidays, even during the weekends leaving behind their waste.”

Baguio drew 1.5 million visitors in 2017 and 1.8 million last year.

While tourism boosts the economy, the picture for Baguio becomes bleaker when “pine trees die by the day,” Lacson said.

“You need to regain and nurture your home,” he said.

Go said the city government would organize several technical working groups to address not only Baguio’s reduced tree population of 2.5 million but also human activities that affected the environment, such as the growing waste generated by its 350,000 residents.

Chartered in 1909, Baguio was originally designed for 25,000 people by Chicago architect Daniel Burnham. Destroyed in 1945 at the end of World War II and in 1990 after the Luzon earthquake, Baguio residents and investors restored the city, Go said.

“Development is inevitable. We build more roads, expand sewers, improve communication, but all these activities have environmental consequences,” he said.

“We are beyond the original design of Burnham … We generate more waste, spend more water, more electricity and use more fossil fuel,” Go added.

By: Vincent Cabreza - Reporter / @Inquirer_Baguio

 

Baguio

  • Filipino – Chinese community, Baguio LGU launch Spring Fest 2020

    BAGUIO CITY, Jan. 15 (PIA) - - Strong community ties and partnership  is  showcased again by the Filipino – Chinese community and the City Government of Baguio  as they launched the Lunar or Spring Festival 2020 at the regular flag raising ceremony at the City Hall grounds Monday morning.

  • CHSO reminds parents on importance of child vaccination

    BAGUIO CITY, Jan. 16 (PIA) - - The City Health Services Office( CHSO) stressed the importance  of child vaccination  and  reminded  parents to check the vaccination records of their  children to assure  their  protection from vaccine preventable diseases.

  • UC, Cauayan HS win Cordillera, Region 2 NBTC plums

    BAGUIO CITY – The University of the Cordilleras (UC) survived on Friday a gritty University of Baguio High School (UBHS) then went on to stop Tabuk City, 78-62, to win the National Basketball Training Camp (NBTC) regional finals for Cordillera and Region 2 (Cagayan Valley) at the UB gym.

  • TIEZA funds rehabilitation of Burnham Park, Banaue Hotel

    BAGUIO CITY, Jan. 7 (PIA) -- The Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority(TIEZA)   is  set  to  fund  the rehabilitation works at the  Burnham Park here and the Banaue Hotel and Youth Hostel in Ifugao  in line with its mandate to ensure sustainable tourism infrastructure development.

  • CSC reminds Jan. 15 deadline of application for March Career Service exams

    BAGUIO CITY, Jan. 8(PIA) -- The Civil Service Commission – Cordillera(CSC-CAR) is encouraging individuals interested to enter government service to apply now  for the March 15, 2020 Career Service Examinations (CSE)  while slots are  still available.

Benguet

  • CAR farmers appeal to Mayor Isko on Divisoria closure this weekend

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Jan. 15(PIA) -- Vegetable farmers and traders from the Cordillera region are appealing to Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso to allow them to deliver and sell their produce amidst the planned three-day closure of the roads going to the Divisioria Market this weekend.

  • La Trinidad flood study underway

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Jan. 16 (PIA) - - The local government is undertaking an evaluation  of  the flood situation of this  capital town as an initial step for a full-blown study that would address the perennial flooding problem in the valley.

  • Mayor Isko allows highland vegies in Divisoria during Sto Nino feast

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Jan. 17(PIA) -- Cordillera farmers may be allowed to deliver and sell their produce at the Divisoria Market during the Feast of the Santo Niño de Tondo this weekend.

  • Kibungan LGU crafts FOI measure

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Jan. 8 (PIA)  - - The local government of Kibungan crafted its Freedom of Information (FOI) measure in recognition of the importance of people’s right to government information.

  • BFAR-CAR turns over fiberglass boats to Ambuklao fisherfolks

    BOKOD, Benguet, Jan. 10(PIA) -- The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-Cordillera (BFAR-CAR)  last week turned-over motorized fishing boats made from fiberglass to fisherfolks of Sitio Kiweng, Barangay Ambuklao   this town.

Mt. Province

  • 11 CTGs surrender in Mountain Province

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Jan. 17(PIA) -- At least 11 members of the communist terrorist group(CTG)  who surrendered to government forces were presented on Wednesday(Jan. 15 ) at the Camp Montes here.

  • Poblacion Bontoc is outstanding Lupong Tagapamayapa in Mt. Province

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Jan. 10(PIA) – The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the provincial government extol the lupong tagapamayapa in their crucial role in conflict resolution in the barangays as they awarded recently the barangay justice committee of Poblacion of this capital town as the outstanding   in the province.

  • Solar-powered rice insect trap leads winners in RICE 2019

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Nov. 22 (PIA) - - A solar-powered light trap for rice insect created by three students from Camalog National High School of Pinukpuk, Kalinga wins the SIBOL Award – Student Creative Research for High School category of the 2019 Regional Invention Contest and Exhibits (RICE) held  on November 19 – 20 here.

  • DOST brings Reg’l S&T roadshow to the people of Mt. Province

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Nov. 21 (PIA) - - In line with its  goal of bringing science for the people, the Department of Science and Technology(DOST),  holds the annual Regional S&T Week here that generally aims to promote science, technology and innovation as a driver of development especially in the countryside.

  • Besao LGU confiscates frozen pork products

    BESAO, Mountain Province, Nov. 22(PIA) -- The local government here showed that it is serious in implementing the provincial ban on the entry of live swine/pigs, fresh and frozen pork, and pork products into the province to prevent the entry of African Swine Fever (ASF).

IFUGAO

  • Ifugaos honor their sports champions,achievers

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Jan. 16(PIA) - - Ifugaos honored their local sports champions and achievers in an honorary victory motorcade and “Heroes” welcome on Saturday, January 11.

  • NPA supporter surrenders in Tinoc

    TINOC, Ifugao, Jan. 16 (PIA) - - The Militia ng Bayan (MB) member  here has surrendered to authorities to have a peaceful life.

  • DSWD officials enjoin RDPs to aim for better life, community

    KIANGAN, Ifugao, Jan. 10 (PIA) - -Top officials of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) enjoined recovering drug personalities (RDPs) in the province to aim high in life for community and nation building.

  • DOLE reminds Jan. 15 deadline of 13th month pay report

     LAGAWE, Ifugao, Jan. 10 (PIA) - - Private employers and establishments in the province are reminded to submit  until January 15 report to Department of Labor and Employment-Ifugao (DOLE-Ifugao) on  their  compliance to  the 13th-month pay law.

  • Ifugao social workers oriented on Alternative Parental Care

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Dec. 26 (PIA)- -Social workers from the different Municipal Social Welfare and Development Offices (MSWDOs) were  recently oriented on the Alternative Parental Care Program (APCP) of the government  to  equip them  with better knowledge and skills towards the better implementation of the program.

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