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BLISTT officials were reminded to be sensitive and mindful of making statements about other local governments following a statement made by Baguio City Benjamin Magalong insinuating that strawberry farmers are utilizing water from the polluted Balili River to irrigate their crop.
Top cabinet members of the Duterte government are set to meet with Baguio City officials to discuss the rehabilitation of the country’s Summer Capital and Pine City. Amid the looming restoration project, progressives reminded the city government to ensure that rights are respected, and measures address the people’s needs.
A historian and conservation advocate called on the towns of Benguet to ensure sustainable resource utilization, and the people's interests from hydropower deals entered by local officials.
The police filed a murder charges against the primary suspect more than a year after the killing of a Muslim cleric in Baguio City.
La Trinidad, the capital town of Benguet province, inked a Memorandum of Agreement with Aboitiz Power for the construction of a 20 Megawatt Hydroelectric Power Plant, which is expected to rise on March 2020.
Mayor Benjamin Magalong gave the Baguio City Police Office a remote directive to catch litterers. The order came after he received reports of the tremendous amount of garbage scattered on the grounds of Burnham Park and other spots of the city with the influx of tourist during the holidays.
Families, friends and the people of Benguet laid to rest Representative and Former Governor Nestor Bagtang Fongwan, Sr. on Saturday, December 28, at his residence in Guidayan, La Trinidad, Benguet.
Communist guerillas operating in the Ilocos and Cordillera Regions declared support and strict adherence with the CPP's unilateral ceasefire for the holidays.
Progressive groups asked the Office of Mayor Benjamin Magalong to issue an executive order to protect human rights defenders, journalists, and government critics from the "vilification and red-tagging by state forces and institutions.”
Residents of tourist town Sagada in Mountain Province declared opposition against the entry of Ayala corporation and other big businesses in their town following the municipal council's resolution affirming the established cultural rule that prohibits the sale of land to outsiders.
Benguet Representative and former governor Nestor Fongwan, Sr. died on December 18 at the age of 68 after battling an illness, his son Nestor, Jr. confirmed.
Representatives from barangays in Lagawe and Lamut, Ifugao, troop to the NCIP to reiterate their opposition to the Alimit hydropower project, and follow up on a February 2019 petition to halt the construction of the said project.

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