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'In replacement of the 54 pine trees, we are turning over a total of 10,800 seedlings,' says Vista Residences, which is under fire from environmentalists for cutting trees in one of Baguio City's last pine forest stands.

#Baguio #treecutting #Villar #VistaResidences

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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

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San Juan Mayor at 30 pa, nilampasan mga checkpoint at triage sa Baguio?

Nilampasan umano ni San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora ang mga checkpoint at COVID-19 testing center sa Lungsod ng Baguio upang dumiretso sa Baguio Country Club.

Nagbitbit din ito ng entourage na 30 katao, ayon sa kumpirmasyon ni Baguio Sumbungan Forums moderator Dr. Clinton Balud.

Sabi ng netizen na si Kim Godeloson, "may instruction na sinabing dumiretso siya (Zamora) ng 'triage' pero hindi ito sumunod."

Dumiretso umano ang alkalde at mga kasama nito sa BCC "para magpasarap."

Pero, wika ni Balud, sinumbong ng club kay Baguio Mayor Benjamin Magalong ang ginawa nina Zamora kaya pinabalik umano ang mga ito sa triage.

Wala pang pahayag si Magalong sa insidente, pero naglabas kahapon si Baguio Police Director PCol. Allen Co ng pabatid.

Wika ni Co, sa Facebook page ng Baguio PIO, epektibo maging sa mga very important person at kapulisan ang kanilang patakarang cross-border checkpoint at paunang triage check sa sinumang papasok sa lungsod.

"This is to reiterate to the public that Baguio City is strictly implementing Cross-Border Checkpoints and initial Triage checks to whoever enters the city regardless of who the person is," ayon kay Co.

"We stress that the same rule applies to all VIPs and PNP members whether they are entering Baguio on their own or serving as an escort or security to somebody."

"Baguio's ace against COVID-19 is its discipline. Its people take the rules to heart. So please do as the Baguioans do: follow our rules even before you get to our place," wika pa nito.

Updates:

San Juan Zamora's statement:
www.igorotage.com/p/XYBY97dB8

Baguio Mayor Magalong's statement: www.igorotage.com/p/y3BzoPQgp

#Zamora #SanJuan #Baguio #BaguioCountryClub #Magalong #COVID19 #quarantine

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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

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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)

Your thoughts?

#Baguio #microchip #dogs

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Baguio City Jail holds first DOTA tournament for inmates

E-Sports: BCJMD conducted its 1st E-games tournament for PDL.

The event was largely participated by PDL.

"Over 40% said that gaming improves emotional well-being. That's a serious benefit if you consider that one in five people in America experience mental health issues each year." Qutee Research.

#BaguioCityJail #ESPORTS #DOTA
#ChangingLivesBuildingASaferNation
#defeatboredom

Source: BJMP BAGUIO CJ-MD

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