Run 4 Resilience. Runners for the July 6 Run For Resilience at the Baguio Athletic Bowl warming up with a Zumba being led by DOH - CAR personnel.The CRDRRMC led fun run that gathered around 1,000 runners served the kick-off activity for the observance of National Disaster Resilience Month in Cordillera. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Cordillera Unity Gong. Baguio City Vice Mayor Faustino Olowan awards a symbolic key of Baguio to Benguet Governor Melchor Diclas who headed the province's delegates in turning over the unity gong to the city. In celebration of the 32nd Cordillera month RDC officials are leading a unity gong relay around the provinces of the region from July 9 up to the 14th, in time for the July 15 Cordillera Day celebration. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

NEDA Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Dr. Ernesto M. Pernia delivers his speech as the keynote speaker in the 2019 World Population Day Forum

Cordillera Unity Gong. Baguio officials headed by Vice Mayor Faustino Olowan (left side of the gong) receives the Cordillera Unity Gong from Benguet officials headed by Governor Melchor Diclas (right side of the gong). In celebration of the 32nd Cordillera month RDC officials are leading a unity gong relay around the provinces of the region from July 9 up to the 14th, in time for the July 15 Cordillera Day celebration. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Run for Resilience. Health and sports enthusiasts during the Cordillera Regional DRRM Council led Run for Resilience July 6 that starts and finished at the Baguio athletic bowl. The 5.4 kilometer fun run that was joined by around 1,000 runners servers the kick-off activity for the observance of National Disaster Resilience Month in Cordillera. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Run For Resilience. CRDRRMC chair and OCD - CAR Regional Director Albert Mogol awarding the top 10 finishers of the July 6 Run for Resilience that starts and finish at the Baguio Athletic Bowl. The CRDRRMC led fun run that gathered around 1,000 runners served the kick-off activity for the observance of National Disaster Resilience Month in Cordillera. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

NEDA Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Dr. Ernesto M. Pernia greets POPCOM Undersecretary and Executive Director Dr. Juan Antonio A. Perez III at the World Population Day Forum.

Tech4ED, TechForAll. DICT North Luzon 1 Director 3 Engr. Leo Ugto (seated at right computer) and Technical Operations Division chief Engr. William Rojas right back row) with DOTr Regional Director Francis Almora (left front Row) given a briefing on the Tech4ED (Technology for Education, Employment, Entrepreneurs and Economic Development) computers during the formal launching of the DICT Benguet Provincial Tech4ED Center at the Baguio Post Office loop Building, Friday. The center will provide the public free access to information and online government services. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

POPCOM Undersecretary and Executive Director Dr. Juan Antonio A. Perez III tackles people-centered development as the core of the POPCOM’s advocacy on his keynote speech.

Cordillera Unity Gong relay kicks off on July 9

BAGUIO CITY, July 8 (PIA) -- The Regional Development Council (RDC) is all set for the Cordillera Unity Gong Relay with  featured  government services or programs   in celebration of the 32nd  founding annivery of the Cordillera Administrative Region.

 

The different sectoral committees of the RDC have scheduled various activities in the different provinces and cities in the region as the Unity Gong passes to the respective provinces from July 9 to 14.

 

The Cordillera Unity Gong Relay is set to kick off on July 9, Tuesday, at the Peoples Gymnasium at the Kalinga Capitol Compound in Tabuk City with traditional rituals followed by a program that will be spearheaded by this year’s host province of Kalinga with its officials led by Governor Ferdinand Tubban Vice Gov. James Odiem and Congressman Allen Jesse Mangaoang and the members and officials of the RDC led by the Infrastructure Development Committee chaired by DPWH-CAR Regional Director Tiburcio Canlas, this year’s host committee and agency.

After the kick off program, the gong will be brought to Flora, Apayao passing via Tuguegarao City and the rest of the Cagayan municipalities.

While enroute to the province of Apayao, the Sectoral Committee on Environment and Natural Resources chaired by the DENR-CAR will be spearheading tree planting and tree tending activities in Flora and other parts of Apayao. An Information Education and Communication Campaing on environment protection and conservation particularly for the province with the largest forest cover in the region will also be conducted at the Elias K. Bulut Sr. People's Park in Flora.

At around 5PM will be the expected turn over of the gong ceremony from the province of Kalinga and the RDC to the province of Apayao led by Cong. Elias C. Bulut Jr., Gov. Eleanor Bulut-Begtang and Vice Gov. Remy Albano in Flora, Apayao. A symbolic tree planting will also be done by the officials after  the turn over ceremony and program.

On the next day, July 10, the unity gong will travel to the province of Abra passing thru the Kalinga-Abra Road where the turn-over of the unity gong will be done at the highway boundary of Balbalan, Kalinga and Licuan-Baay, Abra.

The formal turn-over and program will be held at the Provincial Capitol in Bangued, Abra to be led by Cong, Joseph JB Bernos, Gov. Jocelyn Bernos and Vice Gov. Ronald Balao-as.

The RDC Development Administration Committee thru the Bureau of Internal Revenue will conduct a Seminar on Tax Amnesty and updates of Tax rules in Bangued, Abra.

The unity gong will then travel on July 11  from Abra to the province of Benguet passing thru the Ilocos Sur-San Emilio-Cervantes-Mankayan Road. A ceremonial turn over will be held in Mankayan and the delegates will be welcomed by Mayor Frenzel Ayong. The caravan will continue to travel via the Halsema Highway for the formal turn over by the Abra officials to Benguet officials led by Cong. Nestor Fongwan, Gov. Melchor Diclas and Vice Gov. Johnny Wagis  at the  Provincial  Capitol in La Trinidad. .

The unity gong will be turned over at the Baguio City Hall to Mayor Benjamin Magalong and  other city officials  on July 12 by the Benguet officials by 8AM. It would be followed by a program  with Department of Budget and Management OIC,  Usec. Janet Abuel as the expected  guest of honor.

On July 11 and 12, the RDC Committee on Indigenous Peoples Concern chaired by the NCIP-CAR will conduct a 2-day workshop on gong playing and traditional dances at the BIBAK Compound along Harrison Road in Baguio City.

The unity gong relay  will  then  journey  to Mountain Province . Benguet officials will do the ceremonial  turn over  of the gong to Mountain Province officials  led by Bauko Mayor Abraham Akilit  at the welcome arch in Sinto, Bauko.  The formal turn over and program will be held at the Mountain Province Multipurpose Hall in the capital town of Bontoc with Cong. Maximo Dalog Jr., Gov. Bonifacio Lacwasan and Vice Gov. Francis Tauli.

A One-Town – One-Product hub will open at the Bontoc Plaza with  demonstration  on the making of patopat or rice cake and coffee serving on July 12 by the Economic Development Committee chaired by the DTI-CAR.

On July 13, the unity gong will be turned over at the highway boundary of Bontoc, Mountain Province and Banaue, Ifugao in Mount Polis and will be brought to the Ifugao Provincial Capitol in Lagawe for the formal turn over and program with Ifugao officials led by Cong. Solomon Chungalao, Gov. Jerry Dalipog and Vice Gov. Glenn Prudenciano.

The Regional Social Development Committee will conduct the One-Stop-Shop for all the needs of the senior citizens by the DOH and DSWD while the CHED will conduct an IEC on the UNIFASTE or the Unified Student Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education in Lagawe.

On the next day,  the unity gong will travel  back to the province of Kalinga in time for the pre-events and the main program on July 15.

A tree planting and tending activity will be done at the capitol grounds by the RDC and LGU officials led by Kalinga Gov. Tubban, the RDC officials led by Vice Chair NEDA Regional Directtor Milagros Rimando.

On July 14 and 15, the DTI-CAR will be featuring the Kapetirya coffee tasting and display and the mini-trade fair at the provincial capitol while the DPWH-CAR will also have an exhibit on the latest innovation on the infrastructure projects in the region also at the Capitol gym.

July 14 is also the Cordillera Heritage night where the “pakidum,” a cultural presentation will be performed by the indigenous people from Pasil, Kalinga and the “slow-food” or the traditional indigenous food of Kalinga will be served to the guest and delegates from the different provinces. Models from the different provinces will showcase their local fabrics in the Cordillera Weave fashion show.

On July 15 will be the Cordillera Day program which will kick off with a parade at 7AM along the thoroughfares of Tabuk City to the Kalinga Capitol gym for the formal program.  DPWH Secretary Mark Villar is expected to be the guest of honor and speaker.

Ifugao officials led by former Gov. Pedro Mayam-o turns over the Cordilelra Unity Gong to Kalinga officials led by former Vice Gov. James Edduba during the Cordillera Maonth celebration in Lagawe, Ifugao in July 15, 2018. RMC PIA-CAR 

The gong relay was conceived by the RDC in its search for an activity that would draw all the provinces and the cities in the Cordillera in pursuit of regional autonomy. The symbolic unity gong is moved from one province to another. The governors or their representatives serve as relayer and receiver usually at the political boundary area or at the seat of governance. They take turn in beating the gong at a designated area to sound-off the call for unity and they gave out messages on the move towards regional autonomy.

This year’s theme is  "CAR @ 32: Building One Greater Cordillera."

The Cordillera Administrative Region was created by virtue of Executive Order 220 signed by President Corazon C. Aquino on July 15, 1997 to  'administer the affairs of government in the region, accelerate the economic and social growth and development of the units of the region; and prepare for the establishment of the autonomous region in the Cordilleras.'(JDP/ RMC- PIA-CAR)

  

By Redjie Melvic M. Cawis

 

Baguio

  • Residents urged to compost own biodegradable wastes

    BAGUIO CITY, July 9 (PIA) --  Biodegradable wastes will be collected by the city government with the lifting of the closure of the Irisan dumpsite, however, city  residents  should learn to segregate and  compost their own biodegradable wastes at their households to lessen the wastes being  accumulated.  

  • DOH pushes for strengthening of immunization program in CAR

    BAGUIO CITY, July 12 (PIA) - - The Department of Health, in its goal to further strengthen the immunization program in Cordillera, gathered  key stakeholders for a regional project implementation review for “Oplan Culex” and the “Baby Come Back to Bakuna” campaign at Chalet Hotel here  last week.

  • Cordillera Unity Gong relay kicks off on July 9

    BAGUIO CITY, July 8 (PIA) -- The Regional Development Council (RDC) is all set for the Cordillera Unity Gong Relay with  featured  government services or programs   in celebration of the 32nd  founding annivery of the Cordillera Administrative Region.

  • Mayor rallies support for a better Baguio

    BAGUIO CITY, July 8 (PIA) -- City Mayor Benjamin Magalong rallied support for his administration to achieve a better Baguio.

  • TESDA leads consultation on draft IRR of CSITE Act

    BAGUIO CITY, July 2 (PIA) - - The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA - CAR) gathered major Technical – Vocational Education and Training (TVET) stakeholders  here last week  for a public consultation on the draft Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act 11192 or the Cordillera State Institute of Technical Education (CSITE) Act.

Benguet

  • 100 new fire officers boost BFP – CAR's manpower

    LA TRINIDAD Benguet, July 11 (PIA) - - The Bureau of Fire Protection Cordillera Regional Office gets manpower boost with 100 newly absorbed Fire Officer I.

  • La Trinidad holds 1st Highland Veggie Week

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, July 8 (PIA) - - The  first La Trinidad Highland Vegetable Industry Week  which features  the launching of the one of a kind organic vegetable honesty stand, serving of highland vegetable salad toss and farmers’ forum spiced up with edible urban mini garden  showcase of highland vegetables and agri-skills competitions   is set this week.

  • Valencerina challenges police officers to ‘walk-the-talk’

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, July 4(PIA)--The journey towards transformation is the building blocks to peace and development for generations to come, Brigadier General Cheston Valencerina said as he challenged police governance  proficiency awardees to walk the talk.

  • Ayong assures listening, caring leadership

    MANKAYAN, Benguet – Mayor Frenzel Ayong assured the constituents of this mineral-rich town that the present batch of local officials will be listening to their plight, caring for their needs that could be met by the available resources and bring government services closer to them.

  • Community volunteers serve as officials for a day in Kapangan

    KAPANGAN, Benguet, June 28(PIA) -- Community volunteers in this municipality got a chance to run the affairs of the local government here while the officials became community workers.  

Mt. Province

  • Mt. Province officials vow to work together for a common goal

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, July 8 (PIA) --Inspired by the fresh mandate given by the electorate in the province, the newly elected provincial officials publicly announced during their oathtaking to put aside politics and vowed to work hand in hand with one common goal- to move this province forward. 

  • MP sectors one skedy resolution of murder of 3 Besao youths

    Bontoc, Mountain Province – Members of the Provincial Peace and Order Council and the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council put their full weight for the speedy resolution of the killing of three natives of Agawa, Besao who reportedly went to hunt and fish but were found dead days later along the Lakanga creek within the vicinity of Baclingayan, a sitio of Tabacda, Tubo, Abra.

  • Bauko hospital to bid out P7 million solar project

    BAUKO, Mountain Province – The administration of the State-run Luis Hora Regional Memorial Hospital (LHRMH) is ready to bid out its P7 million solar project to tap renewable sources of energy to power to some of the government hospital’s facilities.

  • Funds for MP public works projects slashed

    BONTOC, Mountain Province  – The completion of unpaved national roads, restoration of road cuts and collapsed road sections, implementation of slope protection works among other priority public works projects will have to be stalled anew following the huge cut in the regular infrastructure fund of the Department of Public Works and Highways – First Mountain Province District Engineering office (DPWH-MPDEO) this year.

  • P90-M Cordillera flood control project ‘defective’

    BAUKO, Mountain Province: An anti-crime and corruption watchdog in the Cordillera Administrative Region has questioned the implementation of a P90-million flood control project in Tipunan, Monamon Norte in the Upper Chico river here.

IFUGAO

  • Prov’l dads assure healthy working relationship among themselves

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, July 11 (PIA) - - The newly-installed elected provincial leaders assured to promote a healthy working relationship among themselves for a progressive province in the coming years.

  • Farmers, IFSU studes learn free range chicken production

    ALFONSO LISTA, Ifugao, July 5(PIA)- - More than 500 farmers and practicum students of the Ifugao State University (IFSU) Potia Campus here and Main Campus in Lamut Municipality   participated in a seminar on Back to Basics: Scientific and Sustainable Poultry Free Range Chicken Production.

  • Ifugao town officials sworn into office

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, June  27 (PIA) - - Elected municipal  officials of this capital town of the province are now ready to assume their respective functions next week after they were sworn into office on Tuesday.

  • Ifugao Guv turns over PLGU’s properties to new officials

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, June 27 (PIA) - - Ensuring smooth local governance  transition  for continued service to the people, the outgoing  administration formally turned-over the properties, assets and documents of the provincial local  government unit (PLGU) to incoming elected officials in a ceremony held at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan hall here on June 25.

  • PVET holds rabies prevention seminar for BHWs,BNS

    KIANGAN, Ifugao, June 14 (PIA) - - As the frontline workers in the grassroots level, barangay health workers (BHWs) and barangay nutrition scholars (BNS) of this town attended the Rabies Prevention and Control Program Seminar.

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