Baguio outstanding barangays honored

>> Sunday, November 27, 2022

By Gaby B. Keith

BAGUIO CITY -- The Summer Capital's best performing barangay (villages) for 2021 were honored Nov. 22 by the city government.
    For the Best in Lupong Tagapamayapa incentive award, Barangay Palma-Urbano garnered the top award, followed by AZCKO and Burnham-Legarda barangay as first and second-runners-up, respectively.
    Barangay Bakakeng Central topped the Peace and Order category, followed by Burnham Legarda and MRR Queen of Peace, second and third placers, respectively.
    Middle Quezon Hill pocketed the Best in Nutrition award, with Atok Trail second and Lourdes Proper third.
    Aurora Hill Proper was No. 1 in the Best in Health category with Atok Trail No. 2 and Middle Quirino Hill No. 3.
    For the Best in Sanitation category, Middle Quezon Hill emerged as champion, Barangay DPS second and Malcolm Square third.
    Middle Quezon was the top Persons with Disability-friendly barangay, with Kias ranked second and Bakakeng Norte third.
    South Sanitary Camp ruled the Womens' Organization category with Sto. Tomas Proper in second spot and Holyghost Proper in third.
    Irisan was the top senior citizens organization, with Mines View second and Outlook Drive third.
Child-friendly villages were Middle Quezon Hill, Upper Rock Quarry and Lourdes Extension as champion, first and second placers, respectively.
    Hillside bagged the Environmental (Clean and Green) award, with Palma-Urbano second.
    The ten sectoral champions were given P40,000 each while P20,000 was given to the first runners-up and P15,000 to the second runners-up.


Cordi PNP women’s desk chief awarded for heading one of top nat’l WCPDs

CAMP DANGWA, La Trinidad, Benguet -- The chief of Cordillera police’s PNP Women and Children Protection Desk Maj. Marcy Grace U. Marron was awarded “plaque of recognition” for being adjudged one of Outstanding Philippine National Police WCPDs in the country during 12th PNP Biennial Summit of the Women in Community Policing in Tagaytay City on Nov. 18.
    The 3-day summit with themed: "Kababaihan, Kaagapay sa Pagharap sa mga Pagsubok Tungo sa Kapayapaan at Kaunlaran," was held in Summit Ridge Hotel in Tagaytay City from Nov. 16-18.
    The summit was participated by female police officers from the PNP Directorial Staff, National Support Units, and other Police Regional Offices.
    PNO chief Gen. Rodolfo Azurin Jr. graced the event as guest of honor and speaker.
    The summit was joint project of the Soroptimist International of the Americas - Philippines Region and PNP which recognizes efforts of the police particularly women who exerted efforts to protect civilians' rights amid the Covid-19 pandemic at the risk of their health.


Police looking for 31 top druggies hiding in Baguio

BAGUIO CITY -- Police are now hunting 31 suspected regional and city high value drug personalities who allegedly sought refuge in city barangays here.
    City police director Col. Francisco Bulwayansaid five of 10 regional high value drug personalities are doing  illegal drug trade in the city.
    Seven of the drug personalities listed under the watchlist of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency were reportedly present in some drug-affected city barangays aside from six city high value targets and some street level drug personalities.
The BCPO official said anti-drug operations were on against the regional, city and street level drug personalities as part of the supply and demand reduction campaign of the city police force.
    According to him, of the city’s 128 barangays, only 11 were undergoing drug clearing because of drug personalities operating in these areas.
    The police official said of 11 drug-affected barangays, seven had already been submitted for drug clearing while 4 barangays are still subject to validation.
    However, two barangays failed said validation because of presence of drug personalities in these communities.
    During start of the aggressive anti-drug operations in 2016, there were some 113 drug affected barangays in the city while there were four barangays that were drug-unaffected at the start of the campaign.
    Moreover, there were 2,554 drug surrenderees who opted to go back to the fold of the law at that time.
    Bulwayan said that of the said number of drug surrenderees, 718 underwent the required 6-month community-based rehabilitation program, 253 are now undergoing the same program while 64 dropped out due to alleged relapse, among other reasons.
    He said police and anti-narcotics agents were monitoring activities of drug surrenderees who either went out of the city or were still in their barangays to prevent them from going back to their illegal drug trade.
    The BCPO and the PDEA are exchanging information on activities of drug personalities in the city to help in anti-drug operations that will help curb illegal drugs trade and achieve objective of the government for a drug-free city and country. -- Dexter A. See


Scholarship for Vizcaya medical studes pushed

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya --To help poor but deserving students to take up expensive medical courses, a member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan here has proposed a localized version of the Republic Act 11509, also known as "Doktor Para sa Bayan Act."
    Board Member Elma Pinao-an Lejao said this will address the demand for medical doctors in the province by extending financial help to deserving students in the pursuit of their education and training in health and medicine.
    She said the proposed ordinance establishing the "Medical Scholarship and Return Service Program for Deserving Students" shall also be known as the "Nueva Vizcaya Doktor Para sa Mamamayan Ordinance."
    Lejao noted that during the past six years of being a member of SP and during the deliberation of the local expenditure program, "it has been a perennial manifestation that there are no takers or no one was applying for some physician position in the local government-managed hospitals."
    "Thus, we need to provide scholarships to medical students who will eventually render services in the hospitals managed by the provincial local government unit of Nueva Vizcaya," Lejao said.
    "Hence, the proposed ordinance will help address this problem of our provincial government-managed hospitals. With this ordinance, we can produce medical doctors so that they can fill the vacant medical positions in our hospitals."
    Lejao also noted that the proposed Nueva Vizcaya Doktor Para sa Mamamayan Ordinance will ensure the funding for the establishment of the Medical Scholarship and Return Service Program for Deserving Students.
    Lejao said the ordinance was already passed on first reading during the 18th regular session of the Provincial Board.


Baguio's 2 of 3 village markets work finished

By Aileen P. Refuerzo

BAGUIO CITY -- The city government completed the first two of four satellite market projects built in four barangays.
    Mayor Benjamin Magalong last Nov. 23 led  inauguration of the newly constructed satellite markets at Bayan Park Village and Middle Quezon Hill with Councilor Jose Molintas, City Building Official Arch. Johnny Degay and the barangay officials headed by punong barangays Melvin Cortez of Bayan Park Village and Editha Ibarra of Middle Quezon Hill.
    The mayor said two similar projects are currently being built particularly in Dominican and San Vicente barangays.
    The four structures cost P13 million funded by the city under the Annual Investment Plan.
    The mayor said construction of satellite markets in districts was among the projects prioritized by the city with the aim of bringing basic necessities closer to the communities.
    This will also help decongest the central business district as residents no longer need to go to the city public market to buy their needs.
    Satellite markets also can also buoy economic activity by encouraging micro-business ventures.
    The city has a pending plan to build a modern satellite market at Gibraltar envisioned to serve as a template for similar projects in strategic areas in the city.
    CBAO planning division head engineer Samuel Salvador said they hope that the multi-million project which was presented to the city council in 2021 could take off once issues involving the land are resolved.


Tabuk approves anti-topless law

TABUK CITY, Kalinga -- A proposed ordinance prohibiting people from going out topless or naked from the waist up was approved by the Sangguniang Panlungsod on second reading last week.
    Sponsored by Councilor Kristian Wandag, the proposed law aims to deter individuals, especially men, from removing their shirts in public.
    "It is just fitting and proper for people of all ages to give courtesy and respect as well as observe proper decorum wherever they may be," Wandag said.
    The proposed ordinance makes exemptions for participants of activities, shows, and events authorized by the city government or other local government agencies or offices in the city, emergencies, swimming in public swimming pools, rivers and other swimming areas, and playing sports.
    Indigenous Peoples wearing ethnic clothes are also exempted, Wandag said.
    During the deliberation, SP members expanded exemptions to include farmers when working in the fields.
    Wandag said he was considering adding a provision of sharing fifty percent of the collected fines with the village council for implementing the measure.
    The ordinance proposes reprimanding violators on first offense and imposing fines of up to P1,000 and eight hours of community service for repeat offenses. – Dexter See


Baguio checks traffic schemes after weekend road ‘carmaggedon’

By Liza Agoot

BAGUIO CITY – The city’s traffic management working group will reassess its traffic plan and propose measures to minimize bottlenecks.
    This came as motorists were trapped in a more than one-and-a-half-hour standstill on the city's roads last weekend which motorists dubbed “carmageddon.”
    “We will review it, we will talk with Traffic Management Working Group to introduce innovations and at the same time introduce new measures para maiwasan natin yung nangyari last weekend (to avoid a repeat of the incident last weekend)," Mayor Benjamin Magalong said in an interview on Tuesday.
He said several local activities, aside from national events, such as the annual Philippine Mine Safety Environment Association gathering, scheduled over the weekend, resulted in more travelers plying the city roads.
This is aside from tourists from Metro Manila and neighboring areas who flock for a weekend getaway.
Magalong also noted that the city’s small roads are something that is not easy to solve, considering the small land area.
“What is important is we need to make the cars moving,” he said.
He, however, said such a scenario is not a daily thing, but a seasonal occurrence. -- PNA


Baguio villages with high Covid cases, deaths bared

By Gaby B. Keith

BAGUIO CITY – Barangay Irisan had the highest overall number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 as of Nov. 19, this year out of this city’s 128 barangays with 3,243 followed by Camp 7 and Loakan Proper barangays with 2,244 and 1973 cases, respectively, according to the City Health Services Office.
    This was revealed by CHSO deputy head Dr. Celia Flor Brillantes in the management committee meeting of local officials, Nov. 22, led by Mayor Benjamin Magalong at City Hall.
    She said that Irisan also had highest number of overall deaths due to Covid during the period with 76 followed by Bakakeng Central and Loakan Proper barangays with 34 and 33 deaths, respectively.
    Meanwhile, the city remains at low risk (level 1) Covid-19 status, as of Nov. 22, 2022, with a decrease in its positivity rate from 24.9 to 21.53 percent and a massive drop in its two-week growth rate from 41 percent to (-) 7 percent.
    Also seeing a decline during the period are the city’s average daily attack rate from 6/100,000 to 5.6/100,000 and weekly infection growth rate from 1.14 to 0.96, Brillantes said.
    During the two-week span, she said the city has increased its average daily RTPCR testing from 115 to 121 conducted while its health care utilization rate dipped from 30.87 to 30.08 (114/379) and average weekly isolation facility bed occupancy decreased from 5.88 to 5.00 percent.


Baguio market stalls demolished in clean-up drive

By Aileen P. Refuerzo

BAGUIO CITY -- The Market Division of the City Treasury Office under City Treasurer Alex Cabarrubias has demolished 32 stalls at the bodega section and spruced up the chichiria section of the city public market as the city intensified the clean-up of the city’s trading center.
    This is in line with Mayor Benjamin Magalong’s clean and orderly Baguio program recently revitalized to ensure prompt action on concerns on improper garbage disposal, untidy surroundings, clogged canals and the like.
City Market Superintendent Ceasar Emilio said they decided to remove the temporary stalls used as bodega at block IV relocation area because of their filthy condition.
    The chichiria section located at the back portion of the hangsr building and its surroundings overgrown with weeds and trees had to also be tidied up.  Other areas near the chichiria structure located will also be cleaned.
    Emilio said they have also started putting to rights other parts like the fish section where eyesores were cleaned up like the styro cooler deposit areas and the individual stalls.
    Flushing operations continue to be conducted to regularly remove the dirt, mud and leftover waste.
    Emilio said a follow-up inspection showed some improvements.  He said the clean-up campaign will continue with the cooperation of the stallholders.



Throngs of well-wishers join Adivay grand canao

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – The month-long festivity to commemorate the 122nd Benguet foundation anniversary through the Adivay Festival 2022 was highlighted by a Grand CaƱao here at Wangal grounds Nov. 23 attended by delegates from 13 municipalities, stakeholders and the public.
    Throngs of people from, all walks of life joined the Grand Canao including suspended Bureau of Corrections chief Gen. Gerald Bantag who joined in playing of gongs.
    Due to influx of well-wishers, heavy traffic jams in this summer capital reached all the way to Baguio, 6 km from here.
    Vice Gov. Ericson Felipe earlier said the Adivay was an important celebration of culture in Benguet missed the past two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
    He urged the people to enjoy the celebration through different activities and programs.  
    Gov. Melchor Diclas earlier led the formal opening of the foundation anniversary celebration with the traditional beating of the gongs with the Capitol Cultural Group.
    Diclas said the Adivay was a celebration of remembering past leaders of the province and their contributions.
    It is also a thanksgiving celebration for the achievements of Benguet the past years, he said, urging leaders and the people of Benguet to work harder for development and progress of the province.
    Rep. Eric Go Yap presented the accomplishments and ongoing projects and programs being implemented by his office in Benguet municipalities.
    These include road improvement projects in far areas, programs on social services in partnership with other government offices and the funding for indigent patients at Benguet General Hospital.
    Yap said he is working with national line agencies and offices to bring programs and projects, develop the province and improve lives of the people.
    Board Member Juan Nazarro Jr. thanked his fellow provincial officials for allowing and funding the grand celebration of this year’s foundation celebration and the Adivay which showcased the unity and cooperation of the people of Benguet.
    The Benguet State University Highland Cultural Dance Troupe-Kontad earlier showcased a skit during their cultural performance while Miller Keith Antonio who won second place in the Benguet Acoustic Competition provided intermission.
    The candidates of the Mr. and Ms. Benguet 2022 were also presented during Adivay events.
    They were joined by their respective municipal mayors and other officials.


Use of Baguio People’s Park to be regulated

 By Jordan Habbiling

BAGUIO CITY -- Councilor Isabelo Cosalan, Jr. has filed before the City Council a proposed ordinance regulating and governing the operation and maintenance of People’s Park, formerly known as People's Park.
    According to Cosalan, there is a need for the city government to put into place rules and regulations governing the operation and maintenance of the said facility “for the guidance and direction of the general public.” He said it had undergone a major rehabilitation to suit the needs of the general population for better comfort, convenience, and services and to reduce the obsolescence of the park in terms of its physical set-up and complexity.
    “The New People's Park is extolled as a world-class people-friendly multifunction events area that residents and visitors are to enjoy. It should be taken care of,” the councilor stated.
    Under the proposed ordinance, admission to the People's Park as a protected landscape shall remain free “through the harmonious interaction of man and land while providing opportunities for the public enjoyment.”
    However, all activities carried out in the park shall be subjected to the control, regulation, and licensing by the city government through the City Environment and Parks Management Office (CEPMO).
    The city government shall reserve the right to disallow any activity therein.
Maintenance fees for the use of the area shall be mandatory based on the Environment Code of the City of Baguio (Ordinance 18-2016). 
    Section 36 of the Environment Code states that admission in parks (excluding Burnham Park, Dominican Hill, and Botanical Garden) is free of charge, but the use of the grounds for photo shoots, concerts, and any other legal and moral functions shall be P1,000 for five hours of actual use or P2,000 per day (eight hours) with an additional charge of P100,00 for every hour of set-up time.
    The same section also provides that the CEPMO shall identify parks that may be charged minimal entrance fees for the beautification, upkeep, and maintenance of the space.  
    According to the proposal, activities allowed at People's Park are social programs, musical concerts, television shows and film productions, field demonstrations, sports tournaments, skill olympics/competitions, political rallies, religious, and other similar activities.
    Prohibited activities at People's Park include smoking, drinking liquor, bonfire or undue burning, sleep out, walking or displaying medium to big-sized dogs or similar pets, pasturing and letting loose pets and other domesticated animals, destroying flowers or plants, practice driving of two or four-wheel vehicles, roller skating, skateboarding, among others.
    The proposed ordinance has been approved by the Baguio City Council on first reading and referred to the city council’s Committee on Tourism, Special Events, Parks, and Playgrounds for review.
    People's Park, also known as People’s Park, was named after American Justice George Malcolm in his honor who had served the Supreme Court of the Philippines from 1917 to 1936. He authored the City Charter of Baguio in 1909. His bronze bust was installed at the park.
    According to Cosalan, People's Park has been a venue of important events such as cultural and theatrical performances and political, economic, and religious activities as it is located at the center of the city and is open to the public.
    Pursuant to Resolution 272-2011, the place has been resorted to its original condition as a plaza. Since then, it has been managed by the city government free from any commercial promotion and undertaking.


House panel okays Baguio special high school for arts bills

By Gaby Keith

BAGUIO CITY -- The House committee on basic education and culture has approved a bill that seeks to create a special high school for the arts in the Summer Capital.
    Baguio Rep. Mark Go refiled House Bill (HB) 974 that seeks to establish the Baguio City High School for the Arts.
    The bill seeks to nurture the creative talents of young artists and support the city's long-standing heritage of folk arts and crafts. This bill was passed by the House of Representatives in the 18th Congress.
    The bill would support the city's commitment to uphold its creative and cultural traditions and provide sustainable livelihood to its local artisans.
    Baguio became the first Philippine city to be inducted into the Unesco Creative Cities Network in 2017, which recognizes cities with rich cultural heritage, and that recognize creativity as a major factor in their urban development.
    Once signed into law, the school will be administered and supervised by the Department of Education, in close coordination with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). The NCCA and CCP will provide policy direction and technical assistance to the school through the DepEd-Cordillera Administrative Regional Office and Baguio City's Schools Division Office.
    Go said the approval of HB 974 will be a significant milestone for Baguio, a city that is known for its strong cultural traditions and highly values its creative industries. He added that a formal academic institution focused on the arts would help ensure long-term sustainability in the creative sector in line with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.
    The City of Pines is home to a bustling creative tourism and artistic community and counts National Artist Benedict "Bencab" Cabrera and famed director Kidlat Tahimik as long-time residents.
    "The city has been recognized by the global initiative for its crafts and folk arts expressions which not only showcase indigenous talents, but also provide sustainable livelihood to many residents through the city's local trade and creative tourism economy," Go said.
    "Culture and the arts are essential to the holistic development of society. As such, it is important to inculcate in the youth the value of the arts, to give them an avenue for their creative pursuits, and to introduce them to real world opportunities in the creative sector."


DA-PRDP okays new highland vegetable enterprise in Benguet

By Elvy T. Estacio

MANKAYAN, Benguet -- The Bosigan Multipurpose Cooperative here can now proceed with the procurement process for their proposed subproject on highland vegetable consolidation and marketing enterprise, after receiving the green light from the Department of Agriculture-Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP).
    Through the DA-PRDP Regional Project Coordination Office – CAR (RPCO-CAR), the first No Objection Letter (NOL 1) was formally issued on November 17, 2022 allowing the Proponent Group (PG) of the enterprise subproject, to proceed with the bidding process.
    Their enterprise subproject will boost the existing operations of the PG in the consolidation and marketing of highland vegetables produced by its members.
    Bosigan MPC Manager Wegina Lodias said that they are persistent in realizing their enterprise to cater more of their members’ produce and increase their income to an average of at least 18.28% annually.
    “We started our consolidation initiatives in 2015, but due to limited resources, we were only able to consolidate and sell more or less than 279 kilograms of assorted highland vegetables annually in the previous years, which is only about 20 to 25% of the cooperative members’ total production,” said Lodias.
    The enterprise is also seen to address the constraints on high postharvest losses due to improper transportation, packaging and technology materials, and high transportation cost.
    The upgrading of Bosigan MPC’s enterprise involves the establishment of a consolidation center with amenities; working capital; and a hauling and delivery vehicle as part of the consolidation services of the cooperative to ease out transport of the produce from farm gate to the consolidation center.
    It has a total project cost of PhP18.03 million including the 20% counterpart from the PG, in cash and in kind.
Lodias added that with the enterprise support from the DA-PRDP, they will be able to pay the farmers upon the delivery of their vegetable produce.
    For the procurement process, the PG will employ Community Participation – Community Force Account (CFA) wherein they will handle the purchasing of raw materials, equipment, and other goods as specified in their business plans except for the infrastructure component.
    “The BAC of the DA-CAR will be handling the bidding process for the construction of the BMPC’s vegetable consolidation center,” said RPCO-CAR procurement officer engineer Roiston Z. Carame.
    The BMPC will be undergoing a procurement orientation this November to capacitate them with the procurement process.


Baguio, Canada City mark 25- year sisterhood

>> Saturday, November 26, 2022

By Gaby B. Keith

BAGUIO CITY -- Mayor Benjamin Magalong has ratified a city council resolution commemorating the 25th anniversary of a sisterhood agreement between the cities of Baguio and Vaughn, Ontario, Canada, citing achievements reaped by both cities through mutual covenants.
     The resolution also commends the Filipino-Canadian Association of Vaughn for making this historical achievement happen.
    In November 1996, the international partnership was officially established between Baguio and Vaughn through another resolution that approved the sisterhood relationship, which during the last 25 years promoted social, cultural and educational exchanges between the two cities.
    In 2009, a delegation from Vaughn visited Baguio to participate in the celebration of the Summer Capital's centennial and inauguration of the Vaughn sister city marker at the Botanical Garden.
Baguio's sisterhood and twinning ordinance commits to forge sister city ties with domestic and international cities of similar qualities through independent and mutual desires.


SUMMONS BY PUBLICATION:Paul Castillo, Roseann F. Castillo, Tara Castilllo Angeles and Albin Castillo VS Sps. Ruth Amos Sales And Eric Tomas Sales, Sps. Patricio Amos And Socorro Amos, Antonio Amos, The Registry Of Deeds For Benguet, The Assessor’s Office Of La Trinidad, Benguet

 Republic of the Philippines
Benguet Province
Tel. No. (074) 422-2603/ Mobile Nos. 0929-397-7945(Smart); 09458235135 (Globe)
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PAUL CASTILLO, ROSE                                                    CIVIL CASE NO. R- 1521
CASTILLO ANGELES and                                                 For: QUIETING OF TITLE
                WHEREAS,  on July 26, 2022,  plaintiffs, through counsel, filed a verified  Complaint, quoted in part, as follows:
                THE PARTIES
Plaintiffs Rose Ann F. Castillo, single; Alvin F. Castillo, single; Tara Castillo Angeles, married to Marvin William Angeles; and Paul F. Castillo, married to Glynda D. Castillo, all of legal age, Filipinos, and residents of No. 20 City Camp Proper, Baguio City;
Defendants Ruth Amos Sales married to Eric Tomas Sales; Patricio Amos married to Socorro Amos and Patricio Amos, widower, are of legal age, Filipinos and with address at 323 Cruz, La Trinidad, Benguet;
The Register of Deeds for Benguet is impleaded as a nominal party being the public repository of all records and documents affecting registered lands in the Province of Benguet with office address located at La Trinidad, Benguet;
The Assessor’s Office of La Trinidad, Benguet is impleaded as a nominal party being the public repository of all records and documents affecting registered and unregistered lands and buildings in La Trinidad, Benguet with office address located at Municipal Hall, La Trinidad, Benguet;
Third Parties claiming the property are impleaded as necessary parties having adverse claim over the property and being the actual and material possessors and holding the property adverse to the plaintiff; 
Plaintiffs are the compulsory heirs of the late spouses Cipriano and Teodora Castillo who died on June 15, 2000 and September 15, 2016, respectively, both at Baguio City;
On the other hand, defendants are the forced heirs of the late Michael Amos who was the previous owner of the vast parcel of land located at Pico La Trinidad, Benguet which was then an unregistered land; 
During his lifetime in October, 1982, Michael Amos sold three parcels of land each containing an area of 1,000 square meters in favor of Cipriano Castillo, Teodora Castillo and Alvin Castillo pursuant to the three (3) Deeds of Sale of Unregistered Land[1] notarized before the faith of notary public Juanito B. Castillo all dated 23 October 1982;
At the time, the parcels of land were covered by Tax Declaration No. 0206 of the Assessor’s Office of La Trinidad, Benguet, identically described as bounded on the North by Ganasi Ingosan, et al., Lot 1, Psu-179220; on the East by Lot 6; on the South by the City of Baguio and on the West by property of Isabelo Acyapat;
The three (3) parcels of land are further identified in the Sketch Plan designated as Lot 1, Psu-198528 as surveyed by Thomas A. Batnag, geodetic engineer, containing an aggregate area of 48,938 square meters as Lot 1-B for Cipriano Castillo, Lot 1-C for Teodora F. Castillo, and Lot 1-D for Alvin F. Castillo;
The Castillo’s processed the transfer and segregation of the lots they bought, registered the Deeds of Sale and paid the Capital Gains and Documentary Stamp Taxes. Consequently, the Assessor’s Office issued three tax declarations under Assessment of Real Property bearing numbers 0320, 0321, and 0322 (now, ARP NOS. 99-012-09498, 99-012-09500 and 99-012-09501) in the names of Cipriano Castillo, Teodora Castillo and Alvin Castillo, respectively;
Since they acquired the properties, plaintiffs and their ancestors occupied and possessed the properties unmolested for more than twenty (20) years. To further secure their ownership, they marked its boundaries with concrete monuments (mojon) to define its metes and bounds and fenced with barbed wires to visibly warn trespassers and deter speculators;
To complete their ownership, plaintiffs applied for titling of the properties but was unduly stalled indefinitely and were not able to pursue and perfect their application for titling because the defendants refused to sign documentary requirements of the DENR;
In 2012 to 2015, every time Paul Castillo came home from abroad, he never failed to visit and claim ownership to their properties but the caretakers of the defendants exercised hostilities and effectively barred him from entering the premises. He demanded the defendants to vacate and surrender the property but to no avail;
In order to peaceably settle the matter with the defendants, plaintiff Paul Castillo earnestly and unceasingly reached out to the defendants through a series of Demand Letters but defendants failed to respond to all of the letters sent to them rendering it futile;
Defendants for unknown reason refused and up to now still refuse to honor the existence of the deeds and so failed to deliver the properties to the complainants thereby depriving plaintiffs of their ownership and actual possession thereof;
Despite being fully aware of plaintiffs’ claim over the property, defendants by subreption and bad faith proceeded to have the properties titled with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources resulting to the issuance of the Original Certificate of Title No. O-245;
Defendants unmindfully included in their titling application the parcels of land duly conveyed to the plaintiffs by the late Michael Amos therefore deliberately and fraudulently misrepresented themselves in the process in spite of their knowledge on plaintiffs’ claim of ownership over the properties. In other words, they misrepresented in the course of their titling application in claiming that they are the owners and claimants of the entire lot when in truth, the 3,000 square meter portion thereof is not already theirs;
They subsequently subdivided it resulting to the issuance of several derivative titles and tax declarations, among others are the Transfer Certificates of Tile bearing numbers T-71203, T-71207, T-71208 and T-71209 and tax declarations bearing ARP Nos. 2010-03-12-06357, 2010-03-12-06356, 2010-03-12-09993, and 2010-03-12-06358 in the name of the defendants. These titles and tax declarations overlaps the three (3) parcels of land owned by the plaintiffs;
The three properties claimed by the plaintiffs have a total assessed value of P253,320.00;
Plaintiffs previously filed a case for Enforcement of Deeds of Sale before the Regional Trial Court, La Trinidad, Benguet docketed under Civil Case No. 16-CV-3232 but was dismissed with prejudice;
The Judicial Affidavit of plaintiff Paul Castillo is attached hereto and forms part of this Complaint;
Due to fraud, bad faith and illegal manipulation of the private defendants in conniving with each other wrongfully deprived the plaintiffs of their ownership over the property in question, they sustained mental anguish, fright, serious anxiety, besmirched reputation, wounded feelings and mental shock for which the defendants should be liable to the plaintiffs in the sum of P100,000.00 as moral damages;
To protect the rights and interest of the plaintiff in the illegal actuations of the defendants, they were forced to engage the services of counsel for which they are obligated to pay the sum of P100,000.00 as attorney’s fees and P5,000.00 per court appearance;
To deter similar minded people from perpetrating such despicable acts, defendants should be ordered to pay the amount of P30,000.00 per month as rental fees reckoned from the time of defendants’ occupation of the subject properties in 2012 as payment for their illegal occupation to be determined by the court during the course of hearing; 







Special Power of Attorney dated 29 April 2016


Death Certificate of Cipriano Castillo


Death Certificate of Teodora Castillo


Birth Certificate of Rose Ann Castillo


Birth Certificate of Tara Castillo Angeles


Birth Certificate of Alvin Castillo


Birth Certificate of Paul Castillo


Deed of Sale of Unregistered Land dated 23 October 1982 of Michael Amos in favor of Teodora Castillo


Deed of Sale of Unregistered Land dated 23 October 1982 of Michael Amos in favor of Cipriano Castillo


Deed of Sale of Unregistered Land dated 23 October 1982 of Michael Amos in favor of Alvin Castillo


 Sketch Plan (dorsal side of Exh. H)


Sketch Plan (dorsal side of Exh. I)


Sketch Plan (dorsal side of Exh. J)


Receipt dated January 15, 1982


Certification issued by Barangay Pico


Survey Plan Year 1982 by Engr. Agustin Timpac


Survey Plan Year 1996 by Engr. Arnel Buado


Tax Declaration No. 0206 in the name of Michael Amos


Certificate Authorizing Registration bearing number 009476 issued by the BIR


Certificate Authorizing Registration bearing number 009479 issued by the BIR


Certificate Authorizing Registration bearing number 009480 issued by the BIR


Tax Declaration No. 0322 in the name of Alvin F. Castillo


Tax Declaration No. 0321 in the name of Cipriano S. Castillo


Tax Declaration No. 0322 in the name of Teodora F. Castillo


History Report for Cipriano Castillo issued by the Office of the Municipal Assessor of La Trinidad


History Report for Teodora Castillo issued by the Office of the Municipal Assessor of La Trinidad


History Report for Albin Castillo issued by the Office of the Municipal Assessor of La Trinidad


Assessment of Real Property No. 2010-03-12-10405


Assessment of Real Property No. 2010-03-12-10406


Assessment of Real Property No. 2010-03-12-10403

BB & Series



Survey Plan Year 1999 by Engr. Thomas Batnag


Demand Letter dated February 9, 2011


Demand Letter dated July 14, 2014


Demand Letter dated March 25, 2015


Assessment of Real Property No. 2010-03-12-06356 in the name of Ruth Amos Sales


Assessment of Real Property No. 2010-03-12-06357 in the name of Ruth Amos Sales


Assessment of Real Property No. 2010-03-12-06358 in the name of Ruth Amos Sales


Assessment of Real Property No. 2010-03-12-09993 in the name of Ruth Amos Sales


Transfer Certificate of Tile No. T-71203 in the name of Ruth Amos Sales, et al.


Transfer Certificate of Tile No. T-71207 in the name of Ruth Amos Sales, et al.


Transfer Certificate of Tile No. T-71208 in the name of Ruth Amos Sales, et al.


Transfer Certificate of Tile No. T-71209 in the name of Ruth Amos Sales, et al.


                The foregoing exhibits will be presented to prove the following:
The plaintiffs are the owners of the 3,000 square meter lot located in Pico, La Trinidad, Benguet;
The parcels of land were sold by Michael Amos to Cipriano Castillo, Teodora Castillo and Alvin Castillo;
After buying the properties, plaintiffs entered and possessed the property and introduced fence and barbed wires on its peripheries;
Defendants forcibly entered the premises without the consent of the plaintiffs;
Plaintiffs were forcibly prevented to use and enter the property by the defendants
The plaintiffs are entitled to the reconveyance of the properties;
The plaintiffs are entitled to the ownership and possession of the subject properties;
Paul Castillo
He will be presented to prove the following:
The plaintiffs are the owners of the 3,000 square meter lot located in Pico, La Trinidad, Benguet;
The parcels of land were sold by Michael Amos to Cipriano Castillo, Teodora Castillo and Alvin Castillo;
forthwith, they entered and possessed the property and introduced fence and barbed wires on its peripheries;
they were forcibly prevented to use and enter the property;
The plaintiffs are entitled to the reconveyance of the properties;
The plaintiffs are entitled to the ownership and possession of the subject properties;
                WHEREFORE, it is respectfully prayed that judgment be rendered in favor of the plaintiffs and against the defendants:
Ordering the removal of cloud over the properties of the plaintiffs;
Declaring as invalid, ineffective or unenforceable the defendants’ Transfer Certificates of Title Nos. 71203, 71207, 71208, and 71209; tax declarations with ARP Nos. 2010-03-12-06357, 2010-03-12-06356, 2010-03-12-09993, and 2010-03-12-06358; and any other title/s and tax declaration/s that also embrace the of real properties of the plaintiffs;
Directing the Assessor’s Offices of Municipality of La Trinidad, Benguet and the Province of Benguet to remove and cancel the annotation inscribed in tax declaration number 2010-03-06-03053 regarding the double assessment;
Directing the Assessor’s Offices of Municipality of La Trinidad, Benguet and the Province of Benguet to cancel the Tax Declaration of Real Property bearing number 2010-03-06-03055 under the name of defendant Dan Vincent Torres;
Ordering the defendants to reconvey to the plaintiffs the three (3) parcels of land and to surrender the possession thereof to the plaintiffs;
Ordering the Register of Deeds for Benguet to cancel the Transfer Certificates of Title bearing numbers T-71203, T-71207, T-71208 and T-71209 and to issue three titles in the name of the plaintiffs;
Ordering the defendants, jointly and severally, to pay the amount of P30,000.00 as rental fees for the three lots due to their illegal occupation reckoned from the time of defendants’ occupation of the subject properties upon final determination of the instant case; and
Ordering the private defendants to pay the sum of P100,000.00 as attorney’s fees and litigation expenses, and FIVE THOUSAND PESOS (P5,000.00) per court appearance; P100,000.00 as moral damages; and P100,000.00 as exemplary damages; and the costs of this suit.
                Other reliefs, just and equitable under the premises, are likewise prayed for.
                Baguio City for La Trinidad, Benguet, July 18, 2022.
Counsel for the Plaintiffs
Roll No. 61587
IBP Lifetime No. 010905, Baguio City
PTR No. 5411062, Jan. 3, 2022, Baguio City
MCLE Compliance No. VII-0012248 – valid until April 14, 2025
Room 204 Otek Square, Otek Street, AZCKO, Baguio City
Tel. No. (074) 620-2180 / Mobile No. 0917-549-5747
WHEREAS, Summonses together with a copy of the Complaint was issued for service upon defendants SPS. RUTH AMOS SALES & ERIC TOMAS SALES, SPS. PATRICIO AMOS & SOCORRO AMOS, and ANTONIO AMOS,  however,  the Process Server’s Return of Service showed that the same were unserved for the reason that the defendants are no longer residing at the given address and others are presently abroad;
WHEREAS,  the current addresses and whereabouts of defendants SPS. RUTH AMOS SALES & ERIC TOMAS SALES, SPS. PATRICIO AMOS & SOCORRO AMOS, and ANTONIO AMOS   are unknown and could not be ascertained despite diligent inquiry;
                WHEREAS, on August 30, 2022, plaintiffs, through counsel, filed a  “Motion for Leave to Serve Summons by Publication” and the  motion was granted by this court in an Order dated  August 31, 2022;
NOW, THEREFORE, you, defendants SPS. RUTH AMOS SALES & ERIC TOMAS SALES, SPS. PATRICIO AMOS & SOCORRO AMOS, and ANTONIO AMOS,  whose addresses and whereabouts are unknown,  are hereby summoned through this medium of publication and is therefore required to file with the Municipal Trial Court of La Trinidad, Benguet your responsive pleading and/or Answer to the above-quoted  Complaint within SIXTY (60) DAYS from date of the last publication, serving at the same time a copy of your responsive pleading and/or Answer upon plaintiffs’ counsel, ATTY. GAT ANTHONY S. BAGBAGEN at Room 204 Otek Square, AZCKO, Baguio City. Your failure to do so within the period herein prescribed will enable the plaintiffs to take judgment against you and demand from the Honorable Court the reliefs and remedies prayed for in the Complaint.  You are reminded of the provision in the IBP-OCA Memorandum on Policy Guidelines dated March 12, 2002 to observe restraint in filing a motion to dismiss and instead allege the grounds thereof as defenses in the Answer.
Let this Summons be published, at the expense of the plaintiffs, in  a newspaper of general circulation within the Province of Benguet and in Baguio City, once a week for two (2) consecutive weeks.  Furthermore, let a copy of this Summons and a copy of the  Complaint be deposited with the La Trinidad Post Office, postage pre-paid by registered mail with return slip to the last known addresses of the defendants.
WITNESS the HONORABLE MYLENE MAY G. ADUBE-CABUAG, Presiding Judge of this court, this  5th  day of September 2022 at La Trinidad, Benguet, Philippines.
                                                                                JENNIFER N. PALAEZ
                                                                                Clerk of Court II


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