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Baguio protesters march along Magsaysay Avenue as they call for unity against Chinese intrusion in the West Philippine Sea ahead of President Duterte's State of the Nation Address on Monday, July 22.

The protesters, composed of indigenous people, youth, and professionals, marched along Magsaysay Avenue and later held what they called the "People's SONA" at the People's Park.

"China is like a shark that preys on small fishes like us, but we should not cower in fear. Let us find strength in our unity," said Sarah Dekdeken, secretary-general of the Cordillera Peoples Alliance.

#SONA2019 #PeoplesSona #Duterte #protesta #CordilleraPeoplesAlliance #BaguioCity

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Baguio Boy takes Oath as PNP Chief before Duterte

President Rodrigo Duterte has administered the oathtaking and donning of rank of newly-appointed Police General Camilo Cascolan as the new chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in a ceremony at the Malacañang Golf (MALAGO) Clubhouse in Manila on Sept. 7, 2020.

Cascolan is the first Baguio resident to become CPNP.

Cascolan is one of the police generals who crafted Oplan Double Barrel, the police's bible in anti-drug operations under the Duterte administration which institutionalized Oplan High-Value Target and Oplan TokHang.

Cascolan is also among the generals called the "Davao boys" for enjoying links with President Duterte, serving multiple times in the Davao Region.

Cascolan also belongs to PMA Class of 1986 - the same class as Gamboa, Albayalde, and Dela Rosa. Among them, Cascolan considers former top cop Dela Rosa as one of his closest friends.

Credit: Baguio Midland Courier, Rappler, PCOO

#Cascolan #Baguio #PNP #Chief #Duterte #PMA

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Baguio City- A tribute ceremony  for the three-decade political career of the outgoing mayor Mauricio Domogan was commemorated  by city government employees, line agencies and the private sector at the City Hall grounds.

The outgoing mayor served the city and its people for more than 30 years since he became a public servant in 1988. He became the city's representative in Congress for nine years, served the city council for one term then served as mayor for 18 years. He was then acknowledged as the longest serving mayor in Baguio.

"We have seen the best in local governance from what may be termed as the Domogan lens, proven by numerous awards that the city has received through him, notably, the Cleanest and Greenest City where the city won in three consecutive years thus, attaining its hall of fame status," Leticia Clemente, the city budget officer said.

Under  Domogan's leadership, it is believed that the city had many innovations while sustaining good public services at all times.

"The Child Friendly City award, Top Ten Next Wave Cities in Information and Communication Technology, Presidential Gawad Pamana Award, Top 20 in the Cities Competitiveness Evaluation, Seal of Local Good Governance, and many more...these awards with corresponding cash incentives for city projects made the city proud," Clemente added.

Aside from the mentioned accomplishments of the outgoing mayor,  Clemente also mentioned that Baguio City has opened its doors to various global platforms. Thus, the city became one of the pioneer signatories in globally sanctioned sustainable development declarations in the Asia Pacific Region.

Likewise, Domogan was commended by the National and Economic Development Authority -Cordillera for his tenacity in pursuing the long proposed autonomy in the region.

Moreover, He received a plaque of appreciation for being an outstanding leader in public service from the private sector led by Dr. Virgillio Bautista, former member of the Constitutional Commission created by President Duterte to review the 1987 Constitution.

In his last speech, Domogan thanked the city officials and employees for supporting his advocacy and programs. He also reminded the city employees not to neglect their health and spirituality while challenging them to excel in their work and go beyond their past accomplishments. 

Source || Baguio Midland Courier


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Senator-elect Imee Marcos is mulling having an Igorot perform a ritual to have her new Senate office be "blessed" after learning that it was previously occupied by outgoing Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, a staunch critic of the Duterte administration.

"Siguro magpapatawag ako ng mga Igorot namin dahil kailangan basbasan ang office ko dahil kay Sen. Trillanes yata ang nabunot," Marcos told reporters after the orientation on newly-elected senators.

She said she would ask Trillanes to join her in dancing with the Igorots.

"'Yun na lang ang natira so kung papayag si Senator Trillanes, sasabihin ko kay Sonny (Trillanes' nickname) makikisayaw kami du'n sa mga Igorot namin para mabendisyonan ng todo," she added.

She later said that she was just joking.

#ImeeMarcos #IgorotRitual #Senators #SenateCleansing

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Baguio City-  The Civil Service Commission (CSC) awarded the city government certification for its improved services to clients by reforming its systems and procedures in hiring workers. Back then, the city government was originally accredited by the CSC using the old standards in 2013.

"The city governemnt met the Maturity Level 2 indicators under the enhanced Program to Institutionalize Meritocracy and Excellence on Human Resource Management (PRIME-HRM)," Atty.Marilyn Taldo, CSC-Cordillera Director, said on Monday.

The PRIME-HRM award is the CSC's institutionalized system of meritocracy where workers get hired according to merit and qualifications.

"By having this award, they are confidently able to keep pace with others, benefiting not only the agency but also give their service to the city and the people," she added.

Baguio is the first local government in the region and the 9th among the 133 agencies  recognized for its four core human resource initiatives. 

The four core Human resource (HR) areas include recruitment, selection and placement; learning and development; performance management system; and rewards and recognition.

Edith Dawaten, assistant city human resource officer, said the PRIME-HRM award authorizing the city to issue appointments of co-terminus employees and permanent employees go through the process of placement and recruitment.

"We take pride in the fact that employees hired by the city go through the process or flow of recruitment, promotion and replacement where the top applicant is generally hired, although the law recognizes the authority of the appointing power to choose among the top qualified applicants in  a position," Dawaten said on Wednesday.

All city personnel shall go through the   pre-employment examination, technical examination for those who are applying for a technical position, critical examination, and personality tests. Likewise, they go through a panel interview by the placement board of the city government consisting of representatives of the department involved, the city council, the employees' association, and the association of city executives.

Therefore, the notion that applicants must have a "backer" to be hired will no longer be an issue because there is a system that the city applies.

To cite an example, "We have a classic example where the employee, who is an outsider, was the one appointed to the position. That was true for that person because of his qualifications," Dawaten proved.

Source || PNA

#BaguioCityAwardedByCSCForImprovedServicesInPRIMEHRM #workersGetHiredAccordingToMeritAndQualifications

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Joanna Kintanar Cariño was awarded the 2019 Gwangju Prize for Human Rights on May 18 in Gwangju, South Korea.

Carino, a longtime activist is the first Filipina to receive the award, according to the May 18 Memorial Foundation.

"This is a vindication of my lifelong vocation to defend and promote democracy and human rights," said Cariño in her speech during the awarding ceremony.

It is ironic, she said, that while President Duterte's government labels human rights activists as terrorists, prestigious foreign institutions such as the "May 18 Memorial Foundation recognizes her human rights activism as honorable."

Cariño was listed along with 600 others in the Department of Justice's so-called terror list which seeks to proscribe the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People's Army as terrorist organizations. It was in January this year that their names were dropped from the list after they fought for its removal.

Last April, the May 18 Memorial Foundation announced that Cariño bagged this year's Gwangju Prize for Human Rights due to her longtime commitment to human rights work in the Philippines.

#JoannaKintanarCarino #GwangjuPrize #HumanRights #Igorota

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