Defense Undersecretary and PVAO Administrator Ernesto Carolina with the Baguio City officials led by Acting Mayor Faustino Olowan recognize the heroism of the World War II heroes during the 74th National Victory Day celebration at the Veterans Park in Baguio City on Tuesday, September 3. (RMC- PIA CAR)

TESDA at 25. TESDA - CAR Regional Director Manuel Wong and DTI Baguio - Benguet Director Freda Gawisan leads other partners from DOLE and Baguio PESO, in a Kapihan media forum, to promote the scheduled activities for TESDA's 25th Anniversary that will be highlighted by the

World class skilled Workers. PEZA Baguio deputy Zone Administrator Allan Datahan, in his keynote message at the TESDA - CAR 25 years anniversary awards and recognition program, affirms a continuing partnership with TESDA, not only in bringing work opportunity for Tech - Voc graduates inside the special economic zone but also in skills training to ensure that Filipino workforce will be globally competitive and responsive to the manpower needs of industries/investors. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

TESDA@25. Bartending students from the Baguio City School of Arts and Trade gives a demonstration on wine mixing during the TESDA - CAR led Kapihan media forum for the promotion of the scheduled activities for TESDA's 25th Anniversary that will be highlighted by the

TVET Partners. TESDA - CAR officials headed by Regional Director Manuel Wong (2nd from left) in a photo opt with TESDA 25th year anniversary awardees as Outstanding Partners in Technical Education and Skills Development (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Smoke Free Baguio. City Health Officials with partners and community stakeholders strengthens convergence for the attainment of the objectives of Baguio's Comprehensive Tobacco Control Ordinance through the first Smoke Free Baguio Convention at Venus Parkview Hotel, Tuesday. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

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



  • Groups condemn Cordillera Peoples Liberation Army

    THE Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) and Tongtongan ti Umili-Cordillera People's Alliance denounced Friday, September 13, the activities of the Cordillera Peoples Liberation Army (CPLA) in Baguio City.

  • CAR stakeholders' active participation in nation building sought

    BAGUIO CITY, Sept. 12 (PIA) - - Ranking  officials reiterated the government’s call for the active participation of all sectors of society in ensuring good governance, accountability and transparency programs and policies in bringing  inclusive growth and progress to the country and to the people.

  • 2 Baguio youth join PH contingent to SSEAYP 2019

    BAGUIO CITY, Sept. 13 (PIA) -- Two young professionals from this city are among the 27 youth leaders from across the country selected as Philippine Ambassadors of Goodwill for the 46th Ship for Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Program (SSEAYP).

  • PSA leads accounting of water resources in CAR

    BAGUIO CITY, Sept. 13 (PIA) - - Accounting of  water resources in  the Cordillera Administrative Region(CAR) is set into motion with the Philippine Statistics Authority regional office (PSA) convening a joint meeting – workshop of the Task Force Water Resource Accounting and the Technical Working Group on Environment Statistics .

  • After 33 years, Cordillera autonomy remains elusive

    BAGUIO CITY—Friday the 13th this week commemorated the end of a war waged against the government by former rebel priest Conrado Balweg and his militia group 33 years ago.


  • Cordillera schools told to commemorate historic Mt. Data peace accord

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Sept. 12(PIA) -- The Department of Education – Cordillera has directed all public and private schools in the region to conduct activities to commemorate the 1986 Mount Data “Sipat” or Peace Accord every September 13.

  • Itogon to commemorate 'Ompong' tragedy anniversary with rituals

    ITOGON, Benguet, Sept. 13 (PIA) -- The municipal government of Itogon will conduct rituals to commemorate the first year anniversary of the tragic landslide that hit the province of Benguet and this town at the height of typhoon Ompong last year.

  • Benguet bolsters anti-rabies programs

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Sept. 13 (PIA) - -  The Provincial Rabies Control Consultative Committee  gathered various stakeholders for a consultative meeting to bolster programs and activities for the prevention, control and the ultimate eradication of rabies in the province.

  • All set for Tuba's 6th Ava Festival

    TUBA, Benguet, Sept. 6 (PIA) - - It’s all systems go for the   town’s 6th Ava Festival on September 16-20 with the  theme, “Strengthening Our Culture and Community Harmony Towards Enriched Agri-Tourism Industry.”

  • 100 shooting enthusiasts join RIAS Cup

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Sept. 6 (PIA) --    More than 100 law enforcers and civilian shooters participated in the 2nd Regional Internal Affairs Service (RIAS) Cordillera Director’s Cup at the Camp Dangwa firing range over the weekend.

Mt. Province

  • Mt. Province youth celebrate Linggo ng Kabataan

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Aug. 31(PIA) -- Sangguniang Kabataan(SK) members  in the province celebrated the Linggo ng Kabataan with various activities actively participated by out-of-school youth, in-school youth and working youth of the different municipalities in the province.

  • Bauko councilor heads PCL Mt. Province Chapter

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Aug. 31 (PIA) -- Councilor Ashley T. Sili from the municipality of Bauko heads the new set of officers of the Philippine Councilors League (PCL)-Mountain Province Chapter

  • Abolition of Kennon, Halsema toll fees proposed

    BONTOC, Mountain Province  – The House of Representatives approved on first reading a proposed bill seeking for the termination of the collection of toll fees along the portion of the Benguet road, popularly known as Kennon road, from Klondykes Spring to Camp 6, repealing for the purpose Executive Order No. 34, series of 1954 as amended.

  • Healthy mom and baby, cooking contests mark Nutri Month

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Aug. 6(PIA) -- To raise community awareness and to inculcate health and nutrition habits for children at an early age for healthy living, the provincial government conducted Healthy Mother and Child   and cooking contests in celebration of this year’s Nutrition Month.

  • Provincial livelihood program benefits more individuals

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, July 22 (PIA) -- The Provincial Livelihood Program (PLP) of the Provincial Government here continues to provide livelihood assistance to qualified individuals in the province.


  • Mag-aaral ng Ifugao hinimok na gamitin ang wika sa tamang paraan

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Sept. 2 (PIA) - - Ang wika ay ibinigay para sa malinaw na komunikasyon  sana gamitin natin upang makapagbigay ng inspirasyon, hamon at paghihikayat sa kapwa.

  • Ifugao PCL elects new set of officers

    HINGYON, Ifugao, Aug. 31 (PIA) - - Reelected councilor Maximillan Luglug of this municipality was given another fresh term to head the Philippine Councilors League (PCL) Ifugao Chapter.

  • BJMP inaugurates new jail building in Ifugao

    KIANGAN, Ifugao, Aug. 30 (PIA) - - The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology inaugurated last week a  three storey district jail male-dormitory worth more than P19 million here.

  • DepEd, IFSU team up to promote indigenous knowledge

    LAMUT, Ifugao, Aug. 16 (PIA) - - The Ifugao State University (IFSU) and the Department of Education (DepEd) are joining efforts for the advancement of indigenous knowledge to all stakeholders.

  • PVET taps BNS, BHWs for rabies prevention campaign

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Aug. 15 (PIA) - - In line with the goal to eliminate human rabies by the year 2020,   the support of Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) and Barangay Health Workers (BHWs) as frontline workers in the communities is being tapped.  





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