Actor Enchong Dee criticized the cutting of 54 trees this month for the development of a condominium in Baguio City.
Dee, who has been vocal on social issues in the country, said the move goes against the global environmental movement to counter climate change.
#Baguio #TreeCutting #Villar #EnchongDee
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Bishop Victor Bendico of the Diocese of Baguio on Saturday assailed the cutting of 53 pine trees and one Norfolk fir by a real estate developer, which also caused an uproar among officials and city residents.
The property developer on June 20 began clearing the trees on the heavily forested hills of Barangay Outlook Drive for a 12-story residential condominium.
Bendico said the diocese "strongly opposes and considers as unacceptable the continuing mass killing of full grown and healthy trees."
He said in a statement that the developer's move "gravely rejects the moral principle of the social doctrine of the Church on safeguarding the environment."
#Baguio #treeCutting #Villar
Baguio Canine "microchipping" starts November
Want to give "man's best friend" a bit more protection in case they get lost or stolen?
The mandatory installation of microchip tags on dogs will start this November.
Thus bared City Veterinary and Agriculture Office (CVAO) chief Dr. Bridgit Piok during the City Hall flag-raising program.
She said, installation of microchips is mandatory for pets that are three-months old or over.
The microchip tagging of dogs is pursuant to Ordinance No. 60-2020. It establishes easier ownership tracking of dogs; protection of pets from theft; monitoring schedule of anti-rabies jabs; and, establishing accountability of pet-owners, among others.
The micro tag which rests under the dog's skin holds information on the owner's name, address, contacts, and description of the canine.
It costs P300 per dog and may be administered in barangays during scheduled mass tagging activities or at the CVAO.
A registration certificate shall then be issued after the dog had been microchipped. It is a permanent record that lasts until the dog's lifetime, unless there a change of ownership.
When the dog passes, the owner is required to inform the barangay or CVAO within five days.
In changes of ownership, the new owner must report the same within a period not exceeding ten days. Registration by the new owner costs P250.
Under the ordinance, Piok revealed, absence of the chip on a dog three-months old or over violates Ordinance No. 60-2020. A fine of P2,000 shall be imposed upon the owner.
A fine of P2,000 is likewise imposed upon owners of stray pooches.
She said, any person who releases an impounded dog without it having been micro-tagged or without fees or fines having been paid by the owner shall be fined P1,000, over possible administrative or criminal charges.
The ordinance imposes an impounding fee of P500 per dog; maintenance fee of P50 per dog per day; and, adoption fee of P500 per dog, she added.
Piok disclosed, within three-days, unclaimed dogs at the city pound may be put up for adoption; or, donated for scientific studies; or, put down.
Report from Gaby Keith via PIO-BAGUIO (26 July 2020)
#Baguio #microchip #dogs
Apparently, Baguio Mayor Benjamin Magalong was also unaware of the cutting.
"We are saddened because we feel it is a big blow to our Re-greening Master Plan amid our request to the Office of the President for a tree-cutting moratorium," Magalong said in a statement.
"While the proposed moratorium has been taken over by this health crisis, we need to follow this up to ensure that our remaining trees will be preserved," Magalong said.
One of his campaign promises is a moratorium on the cutting of trees in the city.
He met with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) regional officials and Ferdinand Salcedo, representative of the Vista Residences Inc Thursday afternoon.
A special private land timber permit No. CAR-58-2020 was granted to VRI during the pandemic. It was signed by Jim Sampulina, DENR undersecretary for field operations and Muslim affairs.
#Baguio #treeCutting #DENR
Baguio Boy promoted to Two-Star Army General
True-blue Baguio boy Benedict Musni Arevalo has been promoted to two-star Army general during donning of ranks at Camp Aguinaldo last week with Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Felimon Santos donning his second star. A member of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1990, Arevalo is the current AFP Deputy Chief of Staff for Civil-Military Operations.
Arevalo is the son of retired military officer Filoteo Arevalo Sr. of PMA Class of 1956.
The newly-promoted Army officer has also four siblings, who are all military officers namely Alexander of PMA Class 1982, Filoteo Jr. of PMA Class 1984 (now a commercial pilot), Robert of PMA Class 1985, and Armand of PMA Class 1991.
Credit: Baguio Midland Courier
#Baguio #Army #General #BenedictMusniArevalo
Magalong: Hindi tayo susuko... The goal is clear, to build Baguio back in far better ways
"Hindi tayo susuko... The goal is clear, to build Baguio back in far better ways."
"Hihilom tayo. Babangon tayo ng tuluyan. Babalik ang Baguio sa higit pang ganda, sa higit pang gayuma at sa isang progresong walang naiwan."
"Ating tandaan, nasa Diyos ang awa, nasa atin pa rin ang gawa. Salamat ng marami sa inyong pagsuporta at pagtitiwala."
- Mayor Magalong via RAB for Magalong FB Page