Emergency Command Center. Senator Bong Go, in a simple ceremony at Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center Thursday handed over to Baguio City Officials headed by Mayor Benjamin Magalong and Congressman Mark Go the P200 million cheque fro President Rodrigo Roa Duterte for the establishment of an Emergency Command Center patterned to the 911 On Call system of Davao City. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Cordillera Model OFW Families. Land-based OFW Angelina Calaowa (6th from left - back row) joined by husband and family members on her left side and Sea - based OFW Alfonso Maico (7th from left - back row) with his wife and family in a photo opportunity during the OWWA - CAR led 2019 MOFYA regional awarding ceremony. Joining them at front row are OWWA - CAR Director Manuela Peña (2nd from right) and members of the MOFYA Regional Search and Screening Committee. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Independent PNP Internal Affairs. Regional Internal Affairs Service Advisory Council chairperson Atty. Alan Antonio Mazo (2nd from left) with council members Leonarda Aguinalde (middle) of the academe, Rachelle Ann Velilia (4th from left) of the youth sector and PIA - CAR Director Helen Tibaldo (government sector) presents the council resolution calling for the independence of the IAS from the PNP and supporting a House Bill filed by Davao Rep. Jericho Nograles for its transfer to DILG. Joining them, in the Kapihan media forum at PIA Cordillera office is RIAS - CAR Deputy Regional Director P/Lt. Col. Marcial Paclibon (left). (Lito Dar/PIA CAR

Baguio visitors enjoying the Snow Fall at Baguio Country Club's Christmas Village that formally opened last Saturday, Oct. 26. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Newly Refurbished. DepED OIC Director for Bureau of Learning Service Atty. Mark Bragado (left) with Baguio Teachers Camp Superintendent Dr. Diosdado Medina leads the ribbon cutting and blessing of the camp's administration building and other renovated/rehabilitated buildings inside Teachers Camp, Thursday, that include the Albert, Qurino, Rohas and Carlos P. Romulo Halls for better service to the Education Department's functions and to other clients. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Senior Citizens' Affairs. DSWD - CAR Asst. Regional Director for Operations Amelyn Cabrera (right) administer the oath taking of the newly elected officers of the Regional Federation of Senior Citizens Association of the Philippines that include Alfred Anod (President), David Asencio (Vice President), Edita Ibarra (Secretary) and Rufino Dolipas (Treasurer) during the 2nd semester consultation dialogue for Regional Inter - Agency Committee on Senior Citizen/Regional Monitoring Board and RFSCAP at Eurotel Baguio City, Thursday. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Malasakit Center. Senator Bong Go, in a simple ceremony Thursday, handed over to Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center Director Ricardo Ruñez the P5 million check from the office of the President for the initial operations of the BGHMC Malasakit Center, the 50th of its kind all over the country. Go also pledges another P5 million for emergency health assistance for indigent patients. Witness during the ceremony were Baguio officials headed by Mayor Benjamin Magalong and Congressman Mark Go and Benguet Governor Melchor Diclas. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Mateship and Bayanihan, a tale of alliance between Australia and PH

There is a "word" in the Australian language, which is very close to the meaning of the Filipino term--bayanihan.

The term bayanihan (pronounced as buy-uh-nee-han), a core essense of Filipino culture, is a custom derived from a Filipino word 'bayan', which translates to nation, town, or community. Bayanihan may mean being part of a bayan, which refers to the spirit of communal unity, work and cooperation to achieve a certain goal.


Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (R) shares light moments with Australian Ambassador Steven J. Robinson AO (L) and Austal Chief Executive Officer David Singleton (C) during the opening of the Mateship and Bayanihan: The Story of Philippines-Australia Defense Ties Exhibition. The war and peace memorabilla exhibit is open until October 30, 2019 at the QCX Museum, admission is free. (PIA)

Now it has been etched in the annals of Philippine history that in the time of the Second World War, Australians gallantly fought and died in the country from the time the United States' surrendered during the fall of Bataan in 1942, until the Philippines' final liberation in 1945.

As a lasting tribute to Australia's contribution to the war efforts, a memorial has been dedicated at Palo, Leyte, which honors the 92 Australians who gave their lives during the Philippines Liberation in WWII. The monument stands close to the site where General Douglas MacArthur first stepped ashore after leading the advance from Australia.

Aside from this, the Royal Australian Naval forces also played an important role in what is known as the world’s big-gun naval battles at Leyte Gulf, at the Surigao Strait, and in the Battle of Lingayen Gulf, in addition to the foreign Navy's role in providing crucial support to nine amphibious landings during the campaigns that helped assure victory for the Allied Forces.

Side by side, Australian and Filipino soldiers died in battle to achieve a common goal and this was highlighted by Australian Ambassador Steven J. Robinson during the opening of the "Mateship and Bayanihan: The Story of Philippines-Australia Defense Ties" exhibition at the QCX Museum at the Quezon Memorial Circle.

"Seventy-five years ago today, the first of the Australian Naval forces taking part in what was called 'Operation King 2', crossed the Philippine waters, heading to the Leyte Gulf, and to the Suriago Strait. In the battles that followed, over 4,000 Australian servicemen were among the Allied Forces who played a small but significant part in the Allied victory in and across the Pacific," Robinson began his story. 

"The great battle in the Pacific taught us what holds true 'til today, but the success of coalitions and alliances rests heavily on the spirit of cooperation and common values," he added.

Australia's contribution and sacrices throughout the war has been put on display in the exhibition where materials were sourced from the Australian War Memorial, National Archives of Australia, the Australian Defence Force imagery, Malacañan Presidential Museum and Library, Armed Forces of the Philippines Museum, and and the University of Santo Tomas archives. The Mateship and Bayanihan exhibition is open to the public until October 30. The QCX Museum is open Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Entrance is free. 

"In a few days, on the 23rd of October," Robinson continued, "we will mark the second anniversary of the Battle of Marawi. This recent threat shows once again that the spirit of cooperation between our two countries, which was forged in World War II, is still present today. These times are at the heart of the very close relationship Australia shares with the Republic of the Philippines. As I understand it, the Filipino ideal of 'bayanihan' conveys the spirit of communal unity, work and cooperation to achieve a goal. Bayanihan is keen to the Australian concept of 'mateship' which includes notions of friendship, solidarity, and pulling together."

"These values have really shaped who we are, and what we stand for. And they've been tested through the most gruelling periods of our history. So this exhibition is about what binds us together--Mateship and Bayanihan today. That spirit binds at the heart of the relationship between Australia Defence Force and the Armed Forces of the Philippines," he said.

Moving further with his story, there was a sense of honor and distinction exhibited by the Ambassador in the manner he related how proud he is of the life-saving work the Australian and Filipino forces extended in all their peacebuilding and humanitarian efforts in the region. 

"Australia has been there with our Filipino friends, shoulder to shoulder, deep in the heap of battle, supporting other countries in the region to keep peace and rebuilding after natural disasters. For example, back in 1999 to 2000, the AFP deployed three contingents, the Philippine Humanitarian Support Mission to East Timor, in support of the international forces in East Timor, and the Australian-led Multinational Peacekeeping Task Force, and the United Nations. That group restored peace and security and facilitated humanitarian assistance in the territory." 

Through the years, the cooperation between Australia and the Philippines has become an effective means to strengthen, share and accelerate development within the two countries and across the region by creating, adapting, transferring, and sharing knowledge and experiences to achieve a common goal - while also making the most of existing resources and capacities.

"When Typhoon Yolanda made landfall in November of 2013, it decimated properties and the livelihoods of many Filipinos. I am very proud to say that Australia was quick to respond with emergency assistance, including medical and logistics support and defense personnel on the ground to help our friends rebuild. Over 500 soldiers, men and women, like their forefathers, answered the call to work alongside their Filipino friends in Tacloban City and other parts of the country," Robinson said.

"In May 2017, when the Maute group terrorized Marawi City in the Southern Mindanao, the ADF formed Operation Augury-Philippines in partnership with the AFP. The ADF deployed P-3 Orion aircraft for intelligence surveillance reconnaissance in support of the AFP groundforces and operations in Marawi. Some two years after the Marawi seige, the ADF still works with the AFP on urban operations and counter terrorism-focused military training. This helps [us] deal with common threats that we face today and enhances the sheer understanding of terrorist threats in our region," he said.

The distinctive fraternal ties that link Australia and the Philippines shared by Ambassador Robinson made the event doubly special. The two countries draw their strength from their roots of kinship, history, common affiliation, joint destiny, and shared interests.

"Because Australia knows we are stronger when we work with trusted friends and while the nature of the challenges we face in the years to come will always continue to change, the necessity of cooperating closely in our response never will change. Looking ahead, I am confident that Australia's relationship with the Philippines will remain grounded in the values embodied by mateship and bayanihan--friendship, solidarity, and cooperation," Robinson concluded his story. (PIA NCR) 

By Jerome Carlo R. Paunan



  • Malasakit Center for indigent patients now open at BGHMC

    BAGUIO CITY, Nov. 12 (PIA) - - Emergency medical assistance for indigent patients is now available at the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC) with the opening of the government’s 50th Malasakit Center here   on November 7.

  • Baguio crime rate drops by 5 percent this year

    BAGUIO CITY  – The Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) reported the crime rate in the city continues to decrease following the implementation of various programs, projects and interventions by the city police force to sustain the peace and order situation that has placed the country’s Summer Capital’s one of the peaceful cities not only in the country but also in the Southwest Asian region over the past years.

  • 2 Baguio schools get new buildings

    BAGUIO CITY  – The Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and \industry (FFCCCI) and the Baguio Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BFCCCI) formally turned two newly constructed schoolbuildings over to the concerned stakeholders of two public schools in the different parts of the city to help provide additional classrooms for the increasing student population in the said schools.

  • Olowan reports on 100-day council accomplishment

    BAGUIO CITY  – The city legislative body is headed towards the right direction in the legislating appropriate measures in support of the administration’s 15-point collective agenda.

  • DPWH asks for public understanding as Marcos Highway reblocking starts

    BAGUIO CITY, Nov. 7(PIA) -- The Department of Public Works and Highways – Baguio City District Engineering Office (DPWH-BCDEO) appeals for public understanding on the expected traffic build up with the rehabilitation of the two sections of Marcos Highway.


  • Mankayan town embraces land banking for future use

    MANKAYAN, Benguet  – The municipal government embraced land banking as one of its main thrust that will allow the realization of the programmed expansion and future development projects that will move the municipality to greater heights.

  • Closure of Kennon road faces stiff opposition

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet  – The tremendous opposition to the proposed closure of the scenic and historic Kennon road to vehicular traffic for at least three years continues to snowball as the provincial board is on the verge of passing a resolution against the said plan.

  • DPWH-SBDEO officials charged for grave abuse of authority

    BUGUIAS, Benguet  – Some officials of the Department of Public Works and Highways – Second Benguet District Engineering Office (DPWH-SBDEO) were charged before the Office of the Ombudsman for alleged awarding a multi-million public works infrastructure project amounting to P56.7 million amidst defects in the contractor’s previous projects in violation of pertinent provisions of Republic Act (RA) 9184 or the Government Procurement Act.

  • Benguet Adivay Festival 2019 opens

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Nov. 7(PIA) -- Gong beating and blowing of bamboo horns signaled the opening of Benguet’s 119th Foundation Anniversary celebration thru the Adivay Festival 2019 on Wednesday (Nov. 6).

  • Police told to strictly implement traffic, transportation laws

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Nov. 8 (PIA) -- The Philippine National Police  intensifies   enforcement of laws on  transportation and traffic rules with  emphasis on overloading and  hitching  rides to help ensure  the safety of the riding public.

Mt. Province

  • Mountain Province share national accounting awards limelight

    BONTOC, Mountain Province – The provincial government and three municipal governments stole the limelight in the recently concluded annual gathering of the Association of Government Certified Public Accountants of the Philippines as the same were adjudged for having the best accounting offices in their categories.

  • Consumers learn about sustainable consumption

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Oct. 29 (PIA)--Consumers in the province learned about sustainable consumption in a live kapihan among Consumernet-member agencies led by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in coordination with Radyo Pilipinas in celebration of Consumer Welfare Month.

  • Sagada LGU bans entry of live pigs, pork meat and products

    SAGADA, Mountain Province, Oct. 25 (PIA)-- The entry of live pigs, pork meat and pork products is banned in this town to ensure that it remains free from the African Swine Fever (ASF).

  • Mt. Province among high complying LGUs in road clearing operations

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Oct. 25(PIA)--  The ten   municipal  government  units  in the province  have   diligently implemented the   presidential directive to clear all public  roads  in their jurisdictions  of obstructions  making  Mountain Province   among the high complying provinces  nationwide  based on the assessment released by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

  • 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.


  • Ifugao students trained on basic life support

    HINGYON, Ifugao, Nov. 13 (PIA) - - Government agencies here are continuously providing enhancement training to students to be disaster first responders in the community to prevent the loss of lives and properties.

  • A. Lista stude tops 1st PhilHealth quiz bee in Ifugao

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Nov. 13 (PIA) - -  A student from Alfonso Lista topped  the “First PhilHealth National Quiz Bee”   conducted by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation in partnership with the Department of Education  in the province.

  • Ifugao PPOC,PDAC declare NPAs persona non-grata

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Nov. 8 (PIA) - - The Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) and the Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (PADAC)  passed a joint resolution declaring the Communist Party of the Philippines, New People’s Army, National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF)  and other threat groups as persona non-grata.

  • Senior citizens urged to stay healthy, productive

    TINOC, Ifugao, Oct. 31(PIA) - - “Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.  Do not regret growing older, it’s a privilege denied to many. Age is not a matter of mind, and if you don’t mind, it does not matter.”

  • Ifugao PDRRMC reorganized

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Oct.30 (PIA) - - Governor Jerry Dalipog has   re-organized and expanded the membership of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) to help sustain the gains of partnership with and among public and private sectors in building disaster resilience, institutionalizing arrangement and measures for reducing the risks of disasters including the projected climate risks and enhance disaster preparedness and response capabilities at all levels.





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