IPRA Day. The men and women of BFP - CAR in their Cordillera attire during the RDC - CAR led IPRA at 22 parade and program Friday.(Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Mr. and Ms HRAB 2019. Ezekiel Garth (4th from left) and Patricia Louis Ofracio (5th from left), both from the University of Baguio, winning the 2019 Mr. and Ms. Hotel and Restaurant Association of Baguio (HRAB) during the coronation night at the Baguio Country Club, Oct. 7. Leading the coronation of the winners were Mayor Benjamin Magalong (2nd from left) and wife Arlene (3rd from left), City Council Committee on Tourism chairperson Elaine Sembrano (2nd from right) and celebrity judge Jonas Gaffud (right) of the Ms. Universe Organization. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

IPRA Day. Contingents from Mountain Province, in their Cultural presentation during the RDC - CAR led IPRA Day Program at PFVR Gym, Friday. Kalinga Congressman and House Committee on IP Community and Indigenous People people chairAllen Jesse Mangaoang and NCIP Commissioner NTF - ELCAC Executive Director Allen Capuyan were the invited guests speakers during the event. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

IPRA@22. RDC - CAR officials and key stakeholders join Kalinga Congressman and House Committee on IP Community and Indigenous People people chair Allen Jesse Mangaoang and NCIP chairperson and NTF - ELCAC Executive Director Allen Capuyan in a photo opt during the IPRA Day Anniversary Program at PFVR Gym, Friday. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Mr and Ms. HRAB 2019. Ezekiel Garth (5th from left) and Patricia Louis Ofracio (6th from left), both from the University of Baguio, winning the 2019 Mr. and Ms. Hotel and Restaurant Association of Baguio (HRAB) during the coronation night at the Baguio Country Club. Runner - ups were: Millard Saguitan (1st - UB), Bryan Paul Semira (2nd - UC), Ervine Wemark (3rd - UC) and Dustin Kyle Rosario (4th - UCU); while for female: Mary Jennifer Molotov (1st - UC), Silavame Clemenia (2nd - UB), Justine Mae Unable (3rd - SLU) and Kryss Angel De Guzman (4th - UC). (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

15th HRT Week. The 15th Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism (HRT) Week of the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Baguio formally opens Thursday, October 10at the Baguio Country Club with the ribbon cutting led by (left to right) Philippine Association of Hotels and Restaurants President Eugene Yap, HRAB Pres. Anthony De Leon, Beauty Queen Shamcey Supsup, Councilor Elaine Zambrano, DOT - CAR OIC Regional Director Jovy Ganongan and City Administrator Bonifacio Dela Peña. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

15th HRT Week. Competitors in the professional category puts on the final touches in their entry in the wedding cake competition of HRAB's 15th Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Week at the Baguio Country Club. The 3 - day event gathers 17 establishments and 26 academic institutions from various parts of the country for the hospitality and culinary competitions in th professional and student category, respectively. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

15th HRT Week. Judges in the wedding cake competitions checking the entries HRAB's 15th Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Week at the Baguio Country Club. The 3 - day event gathers 17 establishments and 26 academic institutions from various parts of the country for the hospitality and culinary competitions in th professional and student category, respectively. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

15th HRT Week. Student competitors in the fruit carving competition - student category of HRAB's 15th Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Week at the Baguio Country Club. The 3 - day event gathers 17 establishments and 26 academic institutions from various parts of the country for the hospitality and culinary competitions in th professional and student category, respectively. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

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.

Muslims offer to guard churches in Baguio

SOLIDARITY MESSAGE Outside the Baguio Cathedral, churchgoers’ attention on Sunday was drawn to tarpaulins showing messages against extremists and terrorists. “We are here to stand side by side with them against terrorism,” said Imam Samsodin Monib, president of the Baguio Muslim Community. —VINCENT CABREZA

Sunday was also Eid al-Adha (The Feast of Sacrifice), but leaders of the local Islamic community spent the day securing the church in light of a leaked military report about terror plans targeting churches and pilgrimage sites in northern Luzon.

“We want to assure our Baguio neighbors we are not here to harm anyone. We are here to stand side by side with them against terrorism,” said Imam Samsodin Monib, president of the Baguio Muslim Community

The offer of the Muslim community included guarding all churches in Baguio, joining police patrols and securing religious centers.

Mayor Benjamin Magalong said the idea of protecting churches came from the Islamic leaders after a military memorandum dated Aug. 2 was accidentally made public online.

According to the memo, extremists may target “Crusader Churches (a term the Islamic State [IS] terrorist group uses for Catholic churches)” in Laoag City in Ilocos Norte province, Vigan City in Ilocos Sur province, Manaoag town in Pangasinan province, and Tuguegarao City in Cagayan province.

Churchgoers who attended Mass at the Our Lady of Manaoag Church, another popular pilgrimage site, were guarded by three teams of policemen and soldiers.

The security measures were not meant to alarm residents, according to the town’s mayor, Kim Amador.

The threat spread fast through social media, but Amador assured the public that no evidence had been uncovered so far to indicate an attack was imminent.

Pangasinan police also formed a council composed of Muslim policemen and tasked with analyzing information regarding terrorism and illegal drugs, said Police Lt. Col. Abubakar Mangelen Jr., Dagupan police chief.

“If they put themselves in the shoes of the terrorists, where will they be, where is their point of entry, how will they camouflage themselves, what are the areas where they will hide?” Mangelen said

The police council will coordinate with the Pangasinan Muslim Association.

Magalong said the memorandum from the military’s Northern Luzon Command was authentic, but the contents were still being validated.

Muslims in Baguio will be the first to respond “if extremists attack your church and our church,” Monib told parishioners after the Mass at the cathedral.

Between 8,000 and 10,000 Muslims, half of them Baguio residents and registered voters, would “bleed like Christians” should an attack prove successful, he said.

“If our left part of the body is hurt, won’t the right side hurt, too? If our toes are injured, won’t our eyes tear up?” Monib said.

“Whatever you now feel … Anxiety? Terror? We Baguio Muslims have the same fears,” he said, adding: “With the threat of terrorism, too many accusations have been hurled about Muslims.”

“So we stand before you today to express our sincerity … God created everyone to be the same,” Monib said.

Real enemy

Outside the cathedral, people’s attention was drawn to tarpaulin signs showing messages against extremists and terrorists.

One banner said: “The enemy is not Muslim or Christian. The real enemy is Extremism.”

Another said, “[IS] is not Islam. Terrorism has no religion,” while a third said, “Nagkakaisa Muslims at Christians laban sa terorismo (Muslims and Christians united against terrorism).”

“Terrorism will prevail if we let fear get the better of us, and continue to sow wrong information,” Amador said. “We ask everyone to unite, to be watchful of any suspicious activities, things, or activities, and immediately notify any police station.”

Mayor Magalong said residents should start watching their surroundings because “Sept. 11 is fast approaching and [that date] is significant when we talk about terrorism.”

On Sept. 11, 2001, al-Qaida terrorists hijacked commercial planes and crashed them into the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, DC. Close to 3,000 people died.

“We cannot wait. We cannot just be complacent. In Israel, when a package is left unattended, this is immediately reported. We encourage parishioners to do the same,” Magalong said.

By: Vincent Cabreza, Yolanda Sotelo

 

Baguio

  • Senior citizens run gov't offices for a day in Baguio, Benguet

     BAGUIO CITY, Oct. 11 (PIA) -- Elderly citizens took over the management of the different government offices in Baguio City and Benguet  on October 7  as part of the 2019 Elderly Filipino Week celebration.

  • Cordillerans gather for 7th Gong Festival

    BAGUIO CITY, Oct. 18 (PIA) -- Thousands of indigenous people from the Cordillera provinces gathered to celebrate the seventh staging of the Gong Festival over the weekend.

  • PIA Cordillera SCOFAD is a retired teacher

    BAGUIO CITY, Oct. (PIA) -- Every year in October, senior citizens are given a day to run the affairs of the local government unit and national government agencies in celebration of the Elderly Filipino Week. 

  • Consumernet conducts market monitoring

    BAGUIO CITY, Oct. 18 (PIA) -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI-CAR) spearheaded the inter-agency monitoring of basic necessities and prime commodities     at the city public market last October 11.

  • Cordillera cops psychologically stable

    MEMBERS of the Police Regional Office (PRO)-Cordillera are psychologically stable.

Benguet

  • Team Rubicon Australia shares disaster response expertise in CAR

    LA TRINIDAD Benguet, Oct. 18 (PIA) - - Team Rubicon Australia, in partnership with the Office of Civil Defense(OCD) and the local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management offices of the province of Benguet and the City Government of Baguio, conducted  a four – day Rapid Damage Assessment Needs Analysis (RDANA) training of trainers at the Strawberry Valley Hotel, here.

  • Benguet holds 10th Coop Convention

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Oct. 18 (PIA) - - The 10th Cooperative Convention will highlight the  celebration of Cooperative Month in the province.

  • Benguet's ban on live pigs, pork products still in effect

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Oct. 18(PIA) - - The provincial government maintains the ban on  the entry of live pigs, fresh and frozen pork and pork products into the province  as African Swine Fever (ASF)- affected areas  now  include Pangasinan.

  • PSA to consider Benguet as pilot area for new ID system

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Oct. 11 (PIA) -- The Philippine Statistics Authority is reconsidering the province of Benguet as part of the pilot areas for the new national ID system of the country.

  • Benguet PPO gives incentives to best performing police stations

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Oct. 11(PIA) - - In boosting police efforts and workings, the Police Provincial Office (PPO) will  give incentives to municipal police offices with laudable performance each month.

Mt. Province

  • DOH-CAR starts feeding program for undernourished kids,pregnant women

    PARACELIS, Mountain Province, Sept. 26 (PIA) -- The Department of Health Center of Health Development (DOH-CHD) Cordillera under its Nutrition Program started a feeding program for nutritionally-at-risk pregnant women and undernourished under-five children in nine barangays in this town.

  • CSC explains Ease of Doing Business Act to gov’t workers

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Sept. 26 (PIA) -- Public servants in the province are one with the nation’s government  bureaucracy  in celebrating 119th anniversary of the Philippine Civil Service this September with various activities.

  • DOH-CAR starts feeding program for undernourished kids,pregnant women

    PARACELIS, Mountain Province, Sept. 26 (PIA) -- The Department of Health Center of Health Development (DOH-CHD) Cordillera under its Nutrition Program started a feeding program for nutritionally-at-risk pregnant women and undernourished under-five children in nine barangays in this town.

  • 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

IFUGAO

  • Road clearing order boosts Ifugao town ordinance

    KIANGAN, Ifugao, Oct. 17(PIA)- - The road clearing order by the national government to the local government units  in the entire country strengthened the enforcement of a municipal ordinance of this town  providing for road safety policies.

  • ASF taskforce organized in Ifugao town

    AGUINALDO, Ifugao, Oct. 18 (PIA) - - Mayor Gaspar Chilagan Jr. of this town has ordered the creation of the Aguinaldo Quarantine Task Force against African Swine Fever (ASF)  thru  Executive Order No 2019-21 to ensure food safety and security.

  • DILG-CAR praises Ifugao for setting Legislators’ Day

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Oct. 18 (PIA) - - The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in Cordillera lauded the province’s officials  for setting and celebrating local Legislators’ Day.

  • Build high trust for public service, gov't workers urged

    LAGAWE, Ifugao Oct. 7 (PIA) - - The Civil Service Commission (CSC) in the province encouraged government workers to build  high trust  for public service for the benefit of people  and nation as a whole.

  • Ifugao health workers step up immunization drive

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Oct. 3 (PIA)- -Health workers  in  the province led by their respective municipal health officers are exerting relentless efforts in conducting aggressive information and education campaign (IEC) to convince the people to let their children be immunized to protect them from  vaccine- preventable diseases.

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