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)

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.

A parade was led by CPLA members along Session Road to commemorate the "Sipat" agreement on Friday.

Sadanga Mayor Gabino Ganggangan reminded the younger generation on the importance of the September 13, 1986 "Sipat" or the Mount Data Peace Accord as he reminisces the historic event that led to the creation of the Cordillera Administrative Region. (Redjie Melvic Cawis)


"Such activities should have never been allowed, as CPLA has been declared persona non grata by the Baguio City Council in 1999. The CPA reiterates anew its position against the commemoration of the Mt. Data Sipat, which is an insult to the Cordillera peoples' struggle for regionalization, genuine self determination and the Cordillera indigenous socio-political practice of Bodong (peace pact). Commemorating the 1986 Mt. Data Sipat is a deplorable historical misinformation and revisionism committed by the Duterte regime in complicity with the Cordillera Peoples Liberation Army," the CPA statement said.

The CPA said the CPLA has been discredited and falling apart. A number of its members were integrated with the Armed Forces of the Philippines while some transformed into a socio-economic group of the government.

The group added that CPLA should have long been disarmed and disbanded but impunity is allowing its continued existence, since they are not punished for their human rights atrocities and CPLA also becomes active when used by the government in the implementation of its counter-insurgency program.

"The Duterte regime issued Proclamation 575 in September 2018 declaring September 13 a special holiday to commemorate the Mt. Data Sipat despite the fact that the Mt. Data Sipat is not accepted by many Cordillera people. Why? There is no doubt the Duterte regime may use the CPLA as another instrument in further heightening state terrorism and tyranny in the Cordillera, and especially in its implementation of Executive Order 70 or its whole of nation approach to end local communist insurgency. EO 70 has clearly identified the Cordillera Peoples Alliance and other civil society organizations as enemies of the state, thereby openly targeting civilians and activists," the statement added.

The CPA called for vigilance to continue to strengthen the peoples' struggle "against the tyranny of the Duterte regime and for the disbandment of the CPLA as we call for justice for victims of state terrorism, human rights violations and CPLA atrocities."

"Collective memory must always be retold to defeat revisionism that threatens to distort history as in the case of the CPLA. Today, to commemorate the September 13, 1987 Mount Data Peace Accord (Mt. Data Sipat) between former President Cory Aquino and the CPLA by virtue of Presidential Proclamation 575 by the Duterte regime," it added.

The CPA added the Sipat Peace Accord, which was held in Mt. Data, Bauko, Mountain Province, was also a mockery of the Sipat as a revered practice of the Bodong system.

The group added this has long been exposed as a sham and totally unacceptable, as only Binodngan tribes engage in "Sipat," which was only done to symbolize then President Cory Aquino's embrace of the CPLA.

MARIA ELENA CATAJAN

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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