The Princess of Chico River

UN representative baptized as princess of Bontoc’s Chico River
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BONTOC, Mountain Province – Suneeta Mukherjee, the representative of the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) in the Philippines, was baptized as “wagchas” or the “Princess of Chico River” by local government officials in an elaborate ceremony here.

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Beware the Mosquito

Particularly the dengue-carrying ones and especially in places identified by the Department of Health as high risk areas. From the Manila Bulletin:

34 dengue-risk areas identified in Cordillera
By Dexter A. See

BAGUIO CITY — The Cordillera office here of the Department of Health (DoH) has identified 34 dengue-risk areas in the region. It was feared a dengue outbreak now stalks in these areas.

Of the 34 dengue-stricken areas, 15 barangays are located in this mountain resort city, and the 19 other dengue-risk areas are in the different provinces in the region.

However, health authorities said that there is no cause for alarm because the agency and its partner agencies have put in place programs, projects, and strategies aimed at preventing the spread of dengue fever cases.

Dr. Myrna Cabotaje, DOH-CAR regional director, said that the people could prevent the outbreak of dengue-fever cases in their localities with the right information on the four ways of preventing it.

These are searching and destroying the breeding sites of dengue-carrying mosquitoes, self-protection measures, seeking consultation, and saying “no” to indiscriminate fogging.

Records show that the risk areas in the city are Engineer’s Hill, Aurora Hill, Santa Scholastica, Lucban, Holyghost, City Camp, Hillside, Irisan, Quezon Hill, Kias, San Luis village, Dominican, Mirador, Trancoville, and Asin.

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All About Chicken

If the Department of Agriculture (DA) is correct, we may soon be singing “Bye Bye Baby” to the native chicken. According to this report, “native chickens in the Cordillera, Philippines, are disappearing quickly. The region’s Department of Agriculture is concerned that the breed may soon become extinct.”

So who’s to blame for the native chicken going the way of their more famous cousin, the dodo? Blame the fact that not a lot of us are raising native chicken anymore and that we’ve become dependent on commercially raised poultry. Read the article here.

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