Natonin, neighboring towns need more aid: Ex-mayor

BAGUIO CITY — Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Assistant Secretary Marie Rafael, who served as mayor of Natonin, Mountain Province in 2007-2010, called for more donations to feed and equip the more than 100 rescuers who continue searching for more than 10 people who had gone missing following the massive landslide last Oct. 30. “I was … Read More

No mining in Natonin, ex-mayor says

BAGUIO CITY — The more than 100 landslides of different magnitudes that occurred along the two national highways leading to Natonin town in Mountain Province are nature’s act and not in any way related to mining, a former mayor said on Monday. “We do not have mining in Natonin,” lawyer Marie Rafael, Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs … Read More

Scores feared dead in Mt. Province landslide

BAGUIO CITY — A still undetermined number of persons are feared to have perished when a landslide hit the building of the Department of Public Works and Highways-Mt. Province (DPWH-MP) in Natonin town on Tuesday afternoon. Engr. Jonel Emengga, chief of the DPWH- District 2 Planning and Design Division, in a telephone interview said that according … Read More

Cordillera on blue alert for Typhoon Yutu

BAGUIO CITY – The Cordillera Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (DRRMC) on Friday afternoon elevated the region’s alert level to “blue”, requiring all its councils and barangays to stand by and monitor 24 hours the expected entry of Typhoon Yutu into the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR). The CDRRMC officials made the announcement during … Read More

Why elections in Benguet have always been peaceful

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — Although Benguet has been noted as a peaceful province during elections, unlike some of its neighbors in the Cordillera, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) here still held a voters’ education on Tuesday that touched on voters’ rights and gender issues, as well as made candidates vying for various electoral posts in the … Read More

Itogon landslide search, retrieval ops continue

ITOGON, Benguet — The search and retrieval operations for eight more missing persons from the typhoon-induced landslide in Itogon town last month will continue, but the supervision will be handed over to the town’s Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (DRRMC). This was agreed upon in a meeting of the joint DRRMCs of the Cordillera region and the … Read More

Senior citizens take over Baguio City gov’t

BAGUIO CITY – A total of 37 senior citizens took over the management of city hall on Monday, as part of the celebration of Filipino Elderly Month. At the executive-legislative meeting in the morning, lawyer Betty Lourdes Tabanda, who served as mayor for the day, said she would issue four administrative orders, one of which … Read More

‘Ompong’ leaves 54 dead, 42 missing in Cordillera

BAGUIO CITY — Typhoon Ompong left 54 dead, 42 missing and 32 injured as it lashed provinces in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), the Cordillera Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CRDRRMC) said Sunday. In a press briefing, Cordillera Interior and Local Government Regional Director Marlo Iringan, who heads the CRDRRMC’s committee on management of the … Read More

DepEd to probe alleged cheating in 2015 Palaro special games

BAGUIO CITY — The Department of Education (DepEd) has vowed to shed light on the alleged cheating in the 2015 Palarong Pambansa, where two athletes, who joined the special games category for Persons with Disability or differently-abled children, reportedly turned out to be “normal” kids. Undersecretary for Legislative Affairs, External Partnership, and School Sports Tonisito Umali … Read More