CITY -- Tension is gripping lessees of Camp John Hay here after the Bases
Conversion and Development Authority unilaterally revoked its lease contract
with private developer Camp John Hay Development Corp. a few days ago.
BCDA has also ordered CJHDevCo to vacate the former American military rest and
recreation center and pay its outstanding obligations amounting to P3.077
BCDA, while addressing legal issues, is set to take over a 247-hectare portion
of the former American rest and recreation base that it had leased to private
chief Arnel Casanova said they are ready for a legal war. “I’m ready to face
charges, it comes with the job,” he said.
Alfredo Yñiguez, chief executive officer of CJHDevCo, said they would file
charges against Casanova for making “false representations to both the
authorities involved and to the press about the real facts on the developments
in Camp John Hay.”
This, as the security
agency tasked to protect government property in Camp John Hay tagged as
“outrageous, alarmist and totally baseless” the statement of the security
agency of CJHDevCo that the BCDA has issued a “shoot to kill” order.
Placido Urbanes III,
president of the Catalina Security Agency, said there was no such “shoot to
kill” order from the BCDA,” as alleged by CJHDevCo’sWarbird Security and
“We were hired by the
government to help protect personnel, property and facilities in Camp John
Hay,” Urbanes said.
security personnel to protect 625.4 hectares of government property in Camp
John Hay, including the 301.9-hectare John Hay Special Economic Zone and the
323.5-hectare forest reservation area.
Tension has risen
after the BCDA terminated its contract with CJHDevCo.
An officer of the
security agency tapped by CJHDevCo to guard the contested facilities bared an
alleged plan of the BCDA and its subsidiary, John Hay Management Corp. to use
force in effecting the takeover despite pending legal issues.
chief of Warbird Security Agency, earlier said they have gathered reliable
information about the supposed plan of BCDA and JHMC “to forcibly take over the
entire leased premises.”
“Our main concern is
that your security guards posted within the John Hay premises were ordered to
shoot anybody who would stand in the way during the forcible takeover by BCDA
and JHMC,” Escalderon said in a letter to PlacidoUrbanes III, general manager
of the Catalina Security Agency hired by the government agency.
Catalina chief said: “In fact, it is CJHDevco and its security agency that are
clearly violating regulations. They have violated the anti-squatting law when
they put up illegal structures on BCDA’s property.”
will take the necessary legal steps to make sure those who issued the
irresponsible statement are made accountable for the deception they have been
spreading,” Urbanes said.
reportedly started issuing “alarmist” statements after BCDA terminated the
contract with CJHDevco. BCDA has also ordered CJHDevco to vacate
John Hay and pay its outstanding obligations amounting to P3.077 billion.
termination notice states that “CJHDevco has material and incurable
breaches, including failure and refusal to pay the annual rent due to
government for many years; failure to open an escrow account and deposit
50% of the Common Usage Services Assessment; fraudulent double-sale of a
property given as payment to BCDA; violation of fire and safety laws in the
Camp John Hay Suites; unlawful squatting of CJHDevco’s security agency;
subcontracting of the water operations and distribution without BCDA’s consent;
violations on safety, health and environmental regulations; and CJHDevco’s
gross misrepresentation of its financial standing.”
letter to Urbanes informed the latter of the writ of preliminary injunction
issued by Judge CletoVillacorta III while reportedly ignoring the fact that the
Baguio Regional Trial Court required CJHDevco to post a P736 million bond for
the injunction to take effect.
statements by observers said that CJHDevco’s posting of the bond betray the
fact that CJHDevco had money to pay for its obligations to government, that has
now ballooned to more than P3 billion. – Alfred Dizon
FERNANDO CITY, La Union – Arrest warrants for wanted persons are now available
Philippine National Police launched the electronic warrant (e-warrant) and
electronic rogues (e-rogue) gallery here Wednesday to make it easier for the
police to arrest criminals.
can now browse or search the names of suspected persons with warrants and we
can also download warrants of arrest for that person without going to the
courts anywhere in the country,” said Senior Supt. Ramon Purugganan, La Union
will link technically, through the computer, the warrants issued by the courts
from one town, city, province or region to one another,” Purugganan added.
Supt. Tito Dacpano, head of the regional investigation and detective management
division, said the e-warrant and the e-rogue gallery are vital in the
preservation of peace and security.
means that if wanted persons are duly accounted, the number of criminals who
roam the streets ready to pounce on unwitting and defenseless members of the
community is reasonably reduced, thus contributing greatly in the development
of peaceful communities,” Dacpano said.
Abra – Police have identified private political armed groups even as Cordillera
regional police director Chief Supt. Benjamin Magalog warned their coddlers
which reportedly included politicians. saying he was he was determined in
his campaign to dismantle PAGs in Abra and
neutralize guns-for-hire here.
a speech during the recent Bangued town fiesta, he warned the PAGS they have no
place in the province. “Leave Abra or else, it will be very bloody
for you here.”
had conducted another dialogue-meeting with the league of municipalities in
Abra where he presented to the municipal mayors names of the alleged members of
PAGs for their scrutiny.
the PNP is open to the review and revision of the names of the PAGs listing,
Magalong warned them to look after their own men whose names have been included
in the list and subject their men to the processes of clearing their names if
they are really not PAG members.
allegedly done by PAGs and guns for hire in the province had been aired by
religious and cause oriented groups.
was when provincial police director Senior Supt. Alexander Rafael recently led
his men in killing five gunmen who were allegedly hired to kill him.
alleged hired killers had been tailing Rafael's group last May 1, in Lallo,
incident should give a clear warning to all the guns-for-hire to stop their
trade,” Magalong said.
these, the chief executive here cited the Philippine National Police for giving
their best in restoring peace in the province particularly in this capital
Ryan Seares Luna expressed his appreciation to Magalong for his courage in
pursuing a peaceful environment in the province.
also thanked Rafael for his leadership towards
obtaining peace and order in the
peace and order situation in recent years has been marred with killings, terror
and fear among the Abrenios.
said with the coordination between the PNP and local leaders in Abra, peace is
no longer a distant dream in the province.
CITY, Nueva Ecija — Electricity consumers in Nueva Ecija can breathe a sigh of
relief as the Nueva Ecija 1 Electric Cooperative, Inc. announced that it would
implement power charge rollback this month as part of the celebration of the
National Electrical Safety Month.
1 will cut at least P.20 per kilowatt-hour in the electric bill of consumers in
San Isidro, San Antonio, Cabiao, Jaen, and Gapan towns.
electric cooperative said the price cut was brought about by the reduction of
generation charge of the First-Gen Hydro Power Corporation that supplies the
energy source in the province.
MANKAYAN, Benguet -- A 20 day temporary
restraining order (TRO)was issued by the Regional Trial Court, Branch 64 of
Abatan in Benguet against rallyists of the Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company
(LCMC) here for them to stop protest actions against the company.
The order was directed to Larry Bestoca, Alex Dapiawen,
among others and served by Sheriff Jess Anthony Caramto Friday morning at the
The complaint was filed by the LCMC represented by its
vice president and resident manager, Magellan G. Bagayao.
Summons and notices of hearing for the issuance of
a TRO was served to the defendants last May 23.
The sheriff’s report stated that, “While the summons and
notices were received by the defendants, with the exception of Jerome Campos
who was reportedly out of the country, only Alex Dapiawen acknowledged the
receipt of the said documents. All the other defendants refused to acknowledge
receipt of said processes.”
Seeing the tense situation in the area, the sheriff
requested for the assistance and presence of the local police when he goes to
serve the TRO.
Sheriff Caramto and the Mankayan Chief of Police William
Willie, approached the picketers to explain the order.
However, the picketers reportedly remained defiant and
stated that they will stand their ground.
The explanation and serving of the order took several
hours. The local police and the sheriff left the area after peacefully serving
Presiding judge Agapito Laoagan ruled in his order:
“Finding that the plaintiff (LCMC) will suffer grave and irreparable injuries,
before the matter of preliminary injunction will be heard on notice and
pursuant to applicable Rules of Civil Procedure, the defendants and all persons
acting in their behalf are ordered to stop and desist from: blocking the roads
going to the properties of Lepanto located at sitioMadaymen; to stop and desist
from performing acts that would unjustly restrain and/or deprive Lepanto and
its employees from exercising their right to fence or enclose the subject
properties; and also to stop and desist from converging, camping, picketing and
installing any and all forms of barricade (human and otherwise) in roads
leading to the properties that tend to block, close or constrict the ingress
and egress depriving Lepanto of their right to exercise its ownership and
perform its lawful business therein within 20 days from the receipt of the
Meanwhile, a preliminary hearing of the preliminary
injunction was set on June 11 at the Abatan RTC.
Following this development, FSE released a statement
saying that they will continue to observe and abide by the rule of law. “We do
not want anyone physically hurt from these procedures. We are hoping that the
picketers would also heed the orders and decisions of the courts.”
Earlier a 20 day TRO was issued against the FSE by
the NCIP and FSE management respected the order voluntarily stopping the
drilling prior to the issuance of the TRO from the NCIP.
The FSE project where partners Lepanto (60%) and Gold
Fields (40%) is the company conducting the geo technical drilling at sitio Madaymen
in Mankayan where a picket has been ongoing for several months now.
ILAGAN, Isabela - The
Sandiganbayan has issued a warrant of arrest for former Isabela governor Grace
Padaca who is facing charges of malversation of public funds involving a
P25-million contract for a hybrid rice program in 2006.
Padaca was not arrested after she posted P70,000 bail for her temporary
am in touch with my lawyers on my legal option. The last advice I got was that
we will be elevating the matter to the Supreme Court,” Padaca said.
this developed, former vice governor Ramon Reyes defended Padaca, saying there
was nothing irregular in the contract.
did not benefit from the amount. It was given to the intended beneficiaries
through the foundation so it would be quicker to channel it instead of
undergoing the bureaucratic process of biddings,” Reyes said.
said a board resolution and receipts also covered the disbursement. “It can all
be accounted for,” said Reyes, who was the board’s former presiding officer
when the contract with the EDWINLFI, a non-government organization that
implemented the program, was signed.
Isabela congressman Santiago Respicio filed the case against Padaca, Pine
and Soriano in 2007.
claimed Padaca had “unjustly favored” EDWINLFI and merely relied on the
agreement ratified by the board instead of conducting a public bidding.
fund was part of the P35-million loan from the Development Bank of the
Philippines for the province’s priority hybrid rice program.
fellow respondents – former provincial legal officer Johnas Lamonera, municipal
councilor Servando Soriano, and Economic Development for Western Isabela and
Northern Luzon Foundation Inc. manager Dionisio
Pine – have already posted bail.
Sandiganbayan’s Fifth Division earlier said that unless Padaca pays P70,000 in
exchange for her temporary liberty, police and other law enforcement officers
may arrest her.
Office of the Ombudsman filed the case against the former Isabela governor for
her alleged involvement in the questionable award of the rice program contract
non-government organization allegedly failed to liquidate some P3.6 million
while about P18 million was later listed under loan receivables.
has denied the charges, saying EDWINLFI was granted the contract after it
volunteered to help extend the money to farmers who were the intended
said the loan used for the hybrid rice program was legally obtained and
aboveboard, adding that even the Commission on Audit had validated that the
loan proceeds had been released to the intended beneficiaries, and “had not
accrued to the benefit of any public official or private person.”
said her lawyers were acting on the matter, citing her option to file an
appeal with the Supreme Court.
Mountain Province -- Whether windmills shall displace trees,
disrupt water systems, and harm biodiversity were some of questions
posed during the consultation on the proposed windfarm here,
conducted by the Sagada-Besao Windmill Corporation and Phil Carbon.
proposed 15 megawatt windfarm costing $24.8 million per
megawatt was proposed to be built by Phil Carbon along the windy
Pilaw Ridge found between the boundary of Sagada and Besao
resident and elder Angela Yocogan expressed alarm that trees
will be displaced where the windmills shall be erected.
near the proposed windfarm are springs serving as sources of water
for the residents of Poblacion ,Sagada and nearby residents
of Madongo and Bangaan barangays.
asked if windmill turbines measuring 80 feet in height and rotor
blades 65 meters in diameter would stunt trees from growing
near the rotor blades.
is not determined yet how many turbines shall be constructed,
Phil Carbon president Ruth Owen said.
Environment and Natural Resources Office- Mountain Province
Director Manuel Pogeyed who hails from Bangaan, said “local
particularities” have to be taken note of by Phil Carbon in the
proposed construction of the windfarm.
environs of Pilaw Ridge is site of fishponds, cows and carabaos
pastured to add to the diverse fauna and flora of the
the windmills shall harm the lives and
health of the animals was asked by Gwen Longid of
the Sagada-based Tangguyub Peoples Center.
Pilaw-Ampakaw Ridge is path of birds migrating from other countries
during the rainy months of August to
was noted that bird paths crossing windmills were a major concern in
other countries where this pose lethal effects to birds’
injury or death when crossing the windmills.
the Sagada-Besaowindfarm be constructed, it shall be the first to
be installed in a mountainous area in the Philippines.
in Bangui, Ilocos Norte were constructed along the beach.
along with other Cordillera communities is located within pine
tree-clad mountainous areas reaching as high as Mt
Pulag’s 2,992 meters above sea level in Benguet.
is bounded by the Pilaw-Ampakaw mountain ridge bordering Besao on
the north-west borders Abra province and Besao with the
mossy Sisipitan and Boasaw watersheds.
southern side of the town is bordered by Bauko town separated by the
watershed mountains of Polis.
west bordered by Sabangan municipality has tree-clad
mountains while the northern part of the municipality
is bordered by the capital town of Bontoc separated by
a watershed cradling the Amlusong river.
said an environmental impact assessment on accordance with
the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA) and related laws is
required before a project shall ensue in any indigenous peoples
shall serve as one of the basis for people to decide on whether or not to give
their consent in the building of a project within their community, they said.
said the environmental study shall be done by
Phil Carbon before the end of the year.
shall validate the report done by Phil Carbon, Pogeyed said.
Poblacion barangay captain Billy Baldo said a barangay
resolution allowed Phil Carbon’s exploration to be done but not the actual
operations of the windfarm.
Nueva Vizcaya – The coastal town of Aparri is ready in case a tsunami triggered
by an earthquake hits it
as the municipal government has come up with a comprehensive disaster risk
reduction and management plan against tsunamis.
lying along the South China Sea-Pacific Ocean coast, is one of Cagayan Valley
towns most vulnerable to tsunami and flashfloods as it is below sea level. It
also has no highland areas where residents could seek refuge.
are creating awareness among residents on the need to be prepared for any
tsunami, educating them on what to do in case such calamities do happen,” Mayor
Ismael Tumaru said.
the tsunami preparedness plan, the townsfolk are advised to proceed to Lallo
town, several kilometers inland, once a tsunami alert is raised, since it is a
safe distance away from the coast.
said adjoining Camalaniugan town, in a worst-case scenario, may still be
reached by a tsunami or tidal wave, especially after earthquakes as strong as
or even stronger than the one that hit northwestern Japan late last year.
A marine-rich town, Aparri, located on the mouth
of the Cagayan River, has long been a reference point of the government’s
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LISTA, Ifugao -- The municipal government here has mandated all cattle owners
to brand animals upon reaching the prescribed age for proper distinction and
branding is pursuant to an ordinance approved recently by local legislators to
regulate illegal transport and selling of cattle within and outside the
to the ordinance, cattle should be branded upon reaching one to two years old
with a registered owner’s brand at the
office of the municipal treasurer and strictly for personal use only.
of cattle activities should always be done in the presence of representatives
from the office of the municipal treasurer for transparency and avoidance of
any violations of ordinance.
the ordinance also set requirements when
selling and transporting cattle within and outside the municipality.
person who sells large cattle is required to brand said cattle under his/her
name not by the buyer’s name.
large cattle transported from one place to another within the municipality of
Alfonso Lista for commercial purposes and slaughtering, the buyer shall
accomplish and process the required documentation with the concerned municipal
local government offices only during regular workings days.
unbranded large cattle shall be transported or allowed to be transported unless
the owner presents sufficient and convincing documents including payments of
the required fees.
ordinance further stated that any violation by any individual including local
government officials shall penalized of P2,500 or imprisonment of 30 days for
the first offense, P2,500 or imprisonment for 60 days – second offense and
P2,500 or imprisonment of 90 days or both upon the discretion of the court for
the third offense.
CITY a—A drug pusher, who allegedly made Asin Road his turf in the illegal drug
business, was arrested with a block, or about
half a kilo, of marijuana in a sting operation around 9:30 p.m. here
block of dried marijuana, valued at P10,077.75, wrapped in newspaper was
confiscated from Arnold M. Orcelino while selling it to an undercover
agent of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency – Cordillera Administrative
near a computer shop at Km. 3, Purok 1, Asin Road, a meters away from the drug
20, single, construction worker of Nueva Ecija and resident of Sun Flower St.,
San Luis Village here has been allegedly regarded by his parents as a
was reportedly being supplied with illegal drugs by a source in Crystal Cave,
Bakakeng Central, here which is near Asin Road.
A case for illegal drugs was
filed Thursday against Orcelino before the Office of the City Prosecutor.
Kalinga – Police raided a farm here and uprooted and burned marijuana worth P24
million pesos May 17 in SitioOlingan, Barangay Luccong.
operatives were led by Supt. Oliver Enmodias accompanied by barangay officials.
fully grown MJ plants were destroyed on site covering a land area of around
10,000 square meters.
dialogue was later held among the populace by Senior Insp. Antonio Yag-ao on
the ill-effects of drugs.
urged the government to improve or construct farm to market roads in the area
so folks wouldn’t plant marijuana as a source of living.
said concern has been brought by the regional police office to the attention of
the Regional Development Council which envisions to complete the construction
of major roads in the Cordillera Region by 2016.
propagation of coffee plantations in
marijuana producing was also pushed as an alternative source of livelihood.
in marijuana-producing areas were also urged by government officials to form
cooperatives and have these registered with the Cooperative Development
Authority so technical skills and assistance from planting to marketing as well
as finance shall be provided by the RDC.
Nueva Ecija – About 12,000 farmers in Tarlac and Nueva Ecija will benefit from
the construction of the P7-billion Casecnan Multipurpose Irrigation and Power
Project which is now on its second phase of construction, the National
Irrigation Administration said Monday.
Administrator Antonio Nangel said that “with the existing 40,000-hectare (ha)
area in Phase I, an additional 20,321 ha will be added, totaling 60,321
will allow farmers in a number of areas in Tarlac and Nueva Ecija to enjoy full
irrigation services and help the government in achieving its food sufficiency
multi-billion project will provide full irrigation services to an additional
20,321 hectares in the towns of Anao, Ramos, and Victoria in Tarlac and the
municipalities of Guimba, Nampicuan, Talugtug, and Cuyapo and Muñoz Science
City in Nueva Ecija as well expand coverage of the existing service areas of
the Upper Pampanga River Integrated Irrigation System (UPRIIS) by another
40,000 hectares upon its completion in 2016.
explained that the facility will also increase rice productivity from the
current 390,771 metric tons (MT) per year to the target of 599,066 MT with an
increment of 208,295 MT.
Casecnan will also increase the utilization of the yearly stored water in the
Pantabangan, Nueva Ecija reservoir for dry season cropping thus increasing its
storage efficiency during the wet season and improving its flood control
Central Operation and Monitoring System and installation of telemetering
devices will improve the monitoring and control of water releases from major
diversion dams, along major flow points and in the service areas of Upper
Pampanga River Integrated Irrigation System (UPRIIS) including the completed
Phase 1 area.
project is expected to be completed by the year 2016.
CITY -- The Professional Regulation Commission
(PRC) Baguio Regional Office will hold theAraw/Agew na Propesyonalfor its services in different parts of northern and
Regional director Gaius M. Sison Jr. bared this saying
services include application for
licensure examinations (Teachers, etc.), registration of license of new exam
passers, renewal of professional ID, certificates of good standing, unclaimed
ID and Board certificates (filed at PRC Baguio).
Candon City in Ilocos Sur, it was held on May 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in
coordination with Mayor Allen. G. Singson.
Tarlac City, it would be held on May 28 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the SM Mall
through Gov. Victor A. Yap.
PRC, with the provincial government of Pangasinan headed by Gov. Amado T.
Espino will also hold services on May 30 at the Sapigao Sports Center in
Asingan Town courtesy of Mayor Heidee L. Ganigan-Chua.
Professionals who filed their applications at PRC Baguio and
wish to claim their Professional ID and/or Board Certificate in the
above-mentioned places may e-mail PRC at email@example.com text 0921-969-3919
at least 3-4 days before the scheduled date. For available IDs/BCs, visit:www.prcbaguio.blogspot.com.
ALAMINOS CITY, Pangasinan -- The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor)
and the city government here have embarked on a P31-million livelihood project
that aims to benefit some 10,000 locals.
Pagcor chairman and
chief executive officer CristinoNaguiat said under the project dubbed “Hundred
Islands (HI) Engineered Kawayan,” a fully functional bamboo factory will be
built to mass-produce high-quality furniture and school armchairs using
engineered bamboo as material.
City has a mini-factory housing machines procured from the Mariano Marcos State
University for bamboo furniture production.
Alaminos City Mayor
Hernani Braganza said through Pagcor’s funding, the city government could
further develop the bamboo industry in the Ilocos region, and eventually create
new businesses and job opportunities in Pangasinan.
He said nearly 10,000
folk in Alaminos City and nearby towns will directly benefit from the project.
will have a domino effect in the city’s economic development program. Bamboo
producers, workers and family enterprises will benefit from the project, not only
Alaminians but also those living in the nearby towns of the first district of
Pangasinan,” Braganza said.
The first district,
which includes Alaminos City, is the major supplier of bamboo in the province
and Metro Manila.
Alaminos City agriculturist and project coordinator for e-Kawayan, said the
project will initially supply the armchair requirements of the Department of
“Our goal is to
address the 6,000 school chair requirements of the public schools in Alaminos.
We hope to supply the other armchair requirements of the rest of Pangasinan in
the coming years,” he said.
Mt. Province -- The Sangguniang Panlalawigan
recently passed a resolution
endorsing the proposal of BIMAKA Renewable Energy Development Corporation, Inc. to develop, construct and operate a
mini-hydro electric project in this municipality.
The BIMAKA is a company composed of homegrown
professionals who studied hydro-electric potentials of the
western part of this municipality.
mini-hydro electric project along the Layacan River and its tributaries located
in the western part of the municipality specifically in barangays Tamboan,
Laylaya and Catengan would boost the province’s power reserves, they said.
project was endorsed by the three barangays
government through its Sangguniang
their resolution, the SP presided by Vice Gov. Simeon Lacwasan said one of major development projects of the
province is the availability of reasonably priced electricity.
body added there was need to develop the indigenous renewable energy sources of
this province for power generation in order to have an alternative source of
affordable and reasonably priced electricity for its inhabitants and to sustain
the economic activities and possibly for further industrial development in the
favorably endorsing the proposal of BIMAKA, the SP said the project is subject to compliance to the Indigenous
People’s Right Act, the Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2011, as well as
the Renewable Energy Act of 2008 and other relevant laws.
CITY -- It is people’s disposition and not the lack of trash cans, signage and
lack of street sweepers that is worsening the garbage problem here at Burnham
was the realization of students taking their master’s degree in social studies
at Benguet State University.
student-professionals posed as “real” street sweepers at the Burnham Park for
two Saturdays to prod on why Burnham has garbage problems despite the provision
of trash bins and putting of signage such as “no littering” all around the
close observations and series of in-depth interviews, the students were able to
draw this conclusion.
this two-day activity, the students were able to know how street sweepers are
of the students (who conducted this research/activity) related that he
experienced what he calls as illustrado syndrome which means the person who
just litter or scatter garbage anywhere feels that a helper or janitor will
take care of his/her wastes.
student also said that some vendors and boat owners seem to not care even if
their customers litter anywhere. She stated that “maybe for them they do not
care as long as they have income and they have customers and buyers.”
student said that she encountered a woman who said there are janitors around
the Burnham Lake so she doesn’t mind cleaning her own area.
problem is with the people (both locals and tourists, who tend to
indiscriminately litter despite ordinances and laws made to penalize such
acts,” another student said in his reflection after the activity.
noted that every park goer or even passersby should have the social
responsibility and personal accountability of disposing their waste properly.
They also added that this garbage problem
involves political and cultural issues. As related by a gardener and
horticulturist in Burnham Park, the conflict of interest and priorities is
taking this problem longer.
activity was in coordination with the City Environment and Parks Management
Office (CEPMO) and City Hall of Baguio.
presented the results of their observation to Baguio officials on May 25.