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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

LOOK: First SAF Monument in Lepanto, Mankayan Benguet inaugurated.

The Special Action Force (SAF) monument has been successfully inaugurated today at Lepanto National High School ground in Mankayan Benguet.

The SAF monument was built in honor of the 44 SAF commandos who were killed during an encounter with members of the MILF in Mamasapano, Maguindanao in January 2015 according to PSupt. Mario Mayam-es Jr., of the 2nd Battallion SAF commander.

Three of the SAF troopers were a graduate of Lepanto High School. They were SPO1 Noel Golocan, PO1 Angel Kodiamat and PO2 Noble Kiangan.

The inauguration was attended by widows and family members of the SAF troopers, local government officials, police officers and Lepanto High School alumni.

Also present in the inauguration are two of the SAF survivors PO2 Adolfo Andrada and PO3 Christopher Lalan.

Source: Bombo Radyo, Philippine Information Agency Photo: Kim Amoy

Friday, February 17, 2017

Japan-Inspired Sakura Park in Atok Benguet slowly attracting tourists

There is a new exciting destination for tourists to visit in the Cordilleran region - the Japan-inspired Sakura Park located in Paoay, Atok Benguet.

The park is the first ever Sakura or cherry blossom park to be established in the Philippines. There are about 30 kinds of cherry blossom trees that are expected to be seen out from the hundred trees that were planted back in 2015.

Although the trees are not yet fully grown up and blossoming, there are now several tourists who are starting to go picnicking in the said Sakura park in Paoay according to Atok Municipal Agricultural technologist Felix Pedro.

The Department of Tourism and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Cordillera (DENR-CAR) is committed to support the park to become a tourist destination for both local and International tourists.

Benguet Representative Ronald Cosalan has proposed the development of the road going to the park for easy accessibility for visitors.

Source: CNN Philippines, BomboRadyo Baguio

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

WATCH: Baguio traffic enforcer praises for helping a disabled man in a busy intersection

A traffic enforcer in Baguio city was caught on video helping a disabled man to cross a busy intersection along Magsaysay Avenue.

In a video that was posted on GMA's Facebook Page, it shows a traffic enforcer in a busy intersection talking to a disabled man sitting under an overpass.

Not later than  40 seconds of the video, the traffic enforcer picked up the man's backpack and carried him across the road.

James Villaverdee, the owner of the video shared the clip hoping that it can  give inspiration to others.

Many netizens have commended the kindness that was shown by the traffic enforcer who has exerted his effort to help the disabled man despite his busy work of directing traffic.

One netizen however, has criticized the local government of Baguio for failing to address the needs of disabled pedestrians who want to cross the road. The netizen suggested putting up escalator or lift in overpasses or redesign them to be usable by Persons With Disabilites or PWD.

Watch the video below

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

WATCH: Korean guy dances traditional Cordilleran dance 'pattong'

The deafening yet harmonious sound of the beating of gansas and the Cordilleran folks enjoying 'patong' dance is too much for this Korean guy not to get his own gansa and join the party.

A half-minute video posted on Jeyrick Sigmaton Global Fanpage shows a very happy Korean man playing the gong while performing the Igorot dance.

According to the post, the Korean guy was the owner of the facility where Jeyrick Sigmaton or popularly known as the Carrot Man was held at. His name is Jeon Seong Chan.

"Seong Chan was very impressed with what was happening in his place, but it's the cultural dance that has caught his interest the most. So he volunteered to join the pattong" the post said.

Although Seong Chan was not able to perform the dance well, he still proceeded to go beat his gong and enjoy the party with the Igorots in Korea.

Mountain Province to be declared Drug-Free

By the effort and cooperation of the people, PNP and local officials of Mountain Province to get rid of drugs, the province has now been cleared of illegal drugs and has been set to formally declare as a drug-free. 

All of the ten towns with 144 barangays of Mt. province had been cleared of illegal drugs after they had complied with the 16 parameters set by the Dangerous Drug Board for declaring a barangay as drug-free. 

The recognition as a drug free barangays was validated by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency. 

From the report by the Philippine Information Agency website, provincial local police was able to account a total of 459 drug personalities, 441 had surrendered, 17 were arrested and one killed.  

PNP Provincial Director P/SSupt. Tellio Ngis-o said the with the declaration as a drug-free province, local police and officials will intensify information campaign against illegal drugs. He also recommends the creation of  Municipal Drug Action Center that will work on the rehabilitation program for drug victims. 

The success of Mt.province to become drug-free is mainly attributed to the local officials, government officials and other stakeholders in the province, Ngis-o said. 


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Lepanto Mining in Mankayan among mines ordered for suspension by DENR

Photo: lepanto website
Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company located in Mankayan Benguet is among the several mining companies in the country ordered for suspension by Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) secretary Gina Lopez.

DENR Sec. Lopez on Thursday said she was suspending and closing operations of several mines due to violations of safety standards.

Among the lists of mining companies with environment certificate ordered for suspension are OceanaGold in Nueva Viscaya, CitiNickel Mines and Development Corporation in Narra, Palawan, Beron Nickle Corporation in Quezon, Palawan, and Ore Asia Mining and Development Corporation in Bulacan.

Meanwhile, Sec. Lopez ordered the closure of four mining operations namely the Benguet Nickel Mines, Eramen Minerals Inc., Zambales Diversified Metals Corporation and LNL Archipelago Mining Corp due to report that these mining operations has destroyed watersheds in the area.

Lepanto Mining which is listed in the Philippine stock exchange suffered a beating today with a price of .20 going down to as low as .17 with a decline of about 14 %.


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