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Cordillera - A new law has been passed by the city government of Baguio to prohibit and regulate the use of mobile devices and other distractive devices and items while walking and crossing the streets and sidewalks anywhere in Baguio. 

The new Ordinance 49-2019 which takes effect following its publication aims to help in safeguarding pedestrian on the streets. 

The Ordinance is created because distracted walking is a major pedestrian safety concern, citing pedestrian getting worse each year.

The Philippine News Agency said that each year, more people get injured because of texting or listening to music while on their cellphones, unmindful of their surroundings. 

"Distracted driving is a deep-rooted problem that many cities and provinces in the country have prohibited the use of technology, especially cellphone while driving. However, the problem of distracted walking is a relatively new one but an emerging cause of numerous road accidents." Scout Official for a Day (SOFAD) Councilor Eriko Coscoluela said. 

Ericko Coscoluela is the original author of the said law who wrote the proposal last year. 

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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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July 15, a Monday, has been declared as a special non-working day in the Cordillera region. In a proclamation dated July 4, Malacanang made the declaration through Executive Secretary Salvador C. Medialdea by authority of President Rodrigo Duterte.

The provided date marks the 32nd founding anniversary of the Cordillera Administrative Region. "It is but fitting and proper that the people of the CAR be given full opportunity to celebrate and participate in the occasion with appropriate ceremonies", the document reads.

You can read the full document here at the Official Gazette website.

The Cordillera Administrative Region was officially created on July 15, 1987 through an executive order issued by then President Corazon C. Aquino. The region is currently comprised of six provinces. These are Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, and Mountain Province.

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Former ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje "Gravity" Eustaquio, 30, of the Philippines is one of the Team Lakay warriors set to compete at "ONE: Dawn of Heroes." He will face Yuya "Little Piranha" Wakamatsu, 24, of Japan.

Taking place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines on August 2, 2019, "ONE: Dawn of Heroes" will feature kickboxing, Muay Thai and mixed martial arts matches. Eustaquio and Wakamatsu will compete in a ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix alternate bout.

Originally, Wakamatsu was set to face Reece "Lightning" McLaren, 27, of Australia at "ONE: Dawn of Heroes." However, the Australian fighter, who is of Filipino descent, replaced former ONE Flyweight World Champion Kairat "The Kazakh" Akhmetov, 31, of Kazakhstan as the opponent of Danny "The King" Kingad, 23, of the Philippines the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix semi-finals on the same card.

Akhtemov had to withdraw from the tournament due to injury. In the quarter-finalds, he defeated McLaren at "ONE: A New Era" on March 31, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan.

Also at at "ONE: A New Era," Kingad defeated Senzo Ikeda, 36, of Tokyo in another quarter-final bout. Like Eustaquio, Kingad is training out of Team Lakay in Baguio City, Philippines.

Eustaquio is one of the top flyweights in ONE Championship who has faced the creme of the crop in the division. In his most recent outing, he outpointed promotional debutante Kyu Sung Kim, 26, of South Korea to win by unanimous decision.

Currently, Eustaquio holds a professional record of 12 wins and 7 losses. On the other hand, Wakamatsu has 10 wins and 4 losses.

Wakamatsu is an aggressive knockout artist with shocking power with nine of his 10 victories coming by way of knockout. He is a force to be reckoned with at flyweight.

"ONE: Dawn of Heroes" gives Wakamatsu a chance to earn his first ONE Championship victory. When he made his promotional debut on September 22, 2018 at "ONE: Conquest of Heroes" in Jakarta, Indonesia, he lost to Kingad.

At "ONE: A New Era," Wakamatsu lost to former UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Jackson, 32, of Kirkland, Washington, United States. Meanwhile, get to know more about Eustaquio here:

#MMA #SPORTS #FilipinoMMAFighters #GejeEustaquio #JapaneseMMAFighters #KairatAkhtemov #ONEChampionship #ONE:DawnOfHeroes #TeamLakay #YuyaWakamatsu

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Training out of Team Lakay in Baguio City, Philippines, Danny "The King" Kingad will face Reece "Lightning" McLaren, 27, of Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia in the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix semi-finals at "ONE: Dawn of Heroes." The Igorot mixed martial artist was originally set to face former ONE Flyweight World Champion Kairat "The Kazakh" Akhmetov, 31, of Taldykorgan, Almaty Kazakhstan.

Akhmetov who had to withdraw from the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix semi-finals due to injury. He was replaced by McLaren, who was originally set to fight Yuya "Little Piranha" Wakamatsu, 24, Kagoshima, Japan at "ONE: Dawn of Heroes."

On March 31, 2019, Akhtemov defeated McLaren in the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix quarter-finals at "ONE: A New Era" at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan. In another quarter-final bout in the tournament on the same fight card, Kingad defeated Senzo Ikeda, 36, of Tokyo.

Originally from Sadanga, Mountain Province, Philippines, Kingad went to school in Baguio City. He began training in wushu at Team Lakay in 2012 and went on to win gold medals in several local tournaments.

Inspired by the success of esteemed Team Lakay fighter as former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard "Landslide" Folayang, 34, Kingad then turned his attention to the cage. In 2014, Kingad made a successful start to his professional career, debuting with ONE Championship on the way to an impressive record of 8 wins and 0 loss.

This earned Kingad a shot at the ONE Flyweight World Championship against Adriano "Mikinho" Moraes, 31, of Brasilia, Federal District, Brazil. However, the Team Lakay fighter failed in his first bid at world title glory.

Currently, Kingad has 10 wins and 1 loss. On the other hand, McLaren has 12 wins and 6 losses.

A Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, McLaren claimed the Eternal MMA and XFL Bantamweight Championships before making his ONE Championship debut. In 2016, he challenged ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano "The Flash" Fernandes, 39, of Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil but lost via split decision.

ONE Championship will hold "ONE: Dawn of Heroes" at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines on August 2, 2019. It will feature kickboxing, Muay Thai and mixed martial arts matches.

Meanwhile, here is Kingad, Folayang and their Team Lakay brothers in a ONE Championship press conference in 2018:

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