Parade and Review. Philippine Military Cadets on a Parade and Review at the Borromeo field, Saturday (Aug. 10) despite the gloomy weather to give honour to the 40th Anniversary of the PMA Host Parent Association. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

The 43 Cordillera honor graduate scholars of DOST - SEI in a group photo session. (Photo by DOST - CAR)

CHED Chairperson Prospero De Vera III (left) joined by CHED - CAR OIC Regional Director Ma. Geraldine Casipit (2nd from left) and officials from the different SUCs and premier universities in Cordillera answer queries in an open forum during the Regional Higher Education Summit. (CCD/PIA CAR)

TESDA at 25. TESDA - CAR officials headed by Regional Director Manuel Wong with partners from DOLE, DTI and Baguio PESO, in a Kapihan media forum, promotes the scheduled activities for TESDA's 25th Anniversary that will be highlighted by the

PMA Host Parent Assn at 40. PMA Host Parent Association officials headed by chairperson and former Baguio Mayor Mauricio Domogan with Guest of Honor and Speaker Mayor Benjamin Magalong and PMA officials give recognition to their Pioneer members who started the foster a cadet program in 1979, during the t 40th Anniversary of the PMA Host Parent Association, Saturday. (Lito Dar/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

Parade and Review. Philippine Military Cadets on a Parade and Review at the Borromeo field, Saturday (Aug. 10) despite the gloomy weather to give honour to the 40th Anniversary of the PMA Host Parent Association. (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

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

Kalinga State U holds Yookah fiesta

CITY OF TABUK, Kalinga, Aug. 9 (PIA) -- The Kalinga State University (KSU) held recently the first Yookah Fiesta in support to the conservation of the native pig. Yookah in Kalinga is a calling yell for pigs to eat.

 

Dr. Felix Afable, Dean of Graduate School of Eastern Samar State University

Conservation and improvement of Philippine native pigs is a research consortium between State Universities and the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic Resources Research and Development-Department of Science and Technology (PCAARRD-DOST).

Marita Carlos of PCAARRD-DOST said, 36 Fiestas were already held around the country and they are planning to cluster it in coming activities. Holding of Fiestas includes promotion of Robusta coffee and sweet potato in the Cordillera.

FIESTA stands for Farms and Industry Encounter Through the Science and Technology Agenda, PCAARRD’s concept of pushing commercialization of theme “Black Pigs Living Astray-The Kalinga Way” which was also adopted as the trademark of their promotion program. The project is funded by PCAARRD.

Edwin Villar also of DOST said, investing on important commodities will help alleviate poverty especially in rural areas since it has impact on poor families. “Promoting native pig is a sure source of cash,” he stressed.

Felix Afable in his keynote address said DOST-PCAARRD push for the improvement of the native pig after seeing the profitability of the industry and the potentials of several strains of pigs throughout the country. 

“When the project is completed, it will be able to develop a breed true to type population of Kalinga pigs with improved and predictable production performance and consistent product quality,” he said.

The goal he said must be the development of native pigs that are resilient to extreme climatic conditions complemented with sustainable production management system and sound marketing strategies that would offer viable livelihood option for farmers in calamity prone areas.

One significance of the Yookah festival is advertising the good characteristics of native pigs as ethnic food delicacy. In Kalinga, an affair or major ritual could not push through without butchering a native pig.

It also attracts tourists hence becoming customers of the native pig delicacy contributing also to the income of pig raisers.

Afable challenged KSU to stand by its commitment so that the native pig industry will be sustained and continuously improved in terms of productive and reproductive performance.

Topics discussed during the forum were updates and trends on the native pig industry, standard preparation of smoked and dried “Etag”, production and management practices of native pigs, importance of heritage animals - its conservation and utilization, development of native pig information system, and native pig genetic now and the future.

Contested activities during the festival were street dancing, on-the-spot poster making, slogan, AVP presentation, photography, cooking competition, Etag making, Asasaot making, Yookah dance craze and pig catching.

Also contested for the promotion of Robusta coffee is the cupping competition, Kirog and Bayo. (PAB-PIA CAR, Kalinga)

By Peter A. Balocnit

 

Baguio

  • CHED calls on CAR HEIs' support for successful UAQTEA implementation

    BAGUIO CITY, Aug. 15 (PIA) - - The Commission on Higher Education(CHED)  calls for a stronger partnership with Cordillera stakeholders for the successful implementation of Republic Act 10931 and in ensuring that more young people will have equitable access to free quality tertiary education.

  • DOST honor graduate scholars in Cordillera feted

    BAGUIO CITY, Aug. 16 (PIA) - - The Department of Science and Technology – Cordillera Regional Office (DOST-CAR) feted 43 honor   graduate scholars for their excellent academic achievements.

  • Muslims offer to guard churches in Baguio

    BAGUIO CITY—Churchgoers were surprised on Sunday morning when Muslims joined them for a Mass at the Baguio Cathedral, a site popular among residents and tourists.

  • Window hours set for Kennon Road residents only

    BAGUIO CITY, Aug 9 (PIA) -- Despite the closure of Kennon Road, the Cordillera Region Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CRDRRMC) has set window hours to allow residents to pass through the landslide affected area in Barangay Camp 6, Sitio Camp 5 in Tuba, Benguet.

  • PIA develops strategic communications curriculum for PMA

    BAGUIO CITY, Aug. 9 (PIA) -- The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) explored areas of cooperation on developing a curriculum on communication and public information for the Academy.

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Mt. Province

  • 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.

  • PCSO, PLGU provide free assistive devices to PWDs in Mt. Province

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, July 22 (PIA) -- The provincial government through the Provincial Persons with Disability Affair Office (PDAO) has partnered with the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) and MVRN Prosthesis Center in helping orthopedic persons with disabilities acquire the appropriate assistive devices.

  • 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.

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