Constitutional Reform. DILG - CAR Regional Director Marlo Iringan, 1987 Constitution Review Consultative Committee member and former Kalinga Congressman Atty. Laurence Wacnang and constitutional reform speaker’s bureau member Professor Alfredo Sureta Jr., in a press briefing facilitated by Joseph Zambrano of PIA - CAR, outlined the government's push to amend the constitution not only for political and electoral reform but more importantly for progress and development of the country and the people. DILG - CAR brings at the Benguet Sports Complex in Wangal La Trinidad, the

Earthquake drill. Emergency responders of the Itogon Municipal DRRM Council provided medical assistance to an injured person during the earthquake drill, Thursday. Itogon is the 4th quarter 2019 NSED regional pilot area for the Cordillera DRRM Council which tested the response capability of their MDRMMC in a multi - incident scenarios which aside from earthquake evacuation procedure also include fire suppression, vehicular accident, landslide involving a residential house and Search and Rescue. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Earthquake drill. Emergency responders of the Itogon Municipal DRRM Council during the Search and Rescue operation drill, Thursday. Itogon is the 4th quarter 2019 NSED regional pilot area for the Cordillera DRRM Council which tested the response capability of their MDRMMC in a multi - incident scenarios which aside from earthquake evacuation procedure and SAR, the drill also include fire suppression, vehicular accident and landslide involving a residential house>(Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Statistics whiz. Sid Paolo Sta. Teresa (left), a first year BS Computer Science student of University of the Philippines - Baguio wins the PSA - CAR led 2019 Philippine Statistics Quiz regional finals at the Baguio Central University last November 12 and aside from plaque and P15,000 cash prize, will be representing the region in the national tilt. Winning 2nd and 3rd place are Jeric Narte BS Computer Science UP Baguio (middle) and Lester Espineli (right) BS IT from the University of the cordilleras. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

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).


DILG-Mt. Province Director Anthony Ballug, chairperson of the road clearing Provl Validation Team,    briefs local officials of Natonin headed by Mayor Jose Agagon before the conduct of road inspection on the road clearing activities of the municipal government.

With all the ten LGUs complying, the province has 100 percent compliance rate. LGUs are rated with high compliance if   91-100% of   their primary and secondary were cleared as validated by a validation team led by DILG.

In the province, DILG Provincial Director Anthony Manolo Ballug led the Provincial Validation Team   composed of Mountain Province Police Provincial Office (MPPPO),   Bureau of Jail Management and Penology,   Bureau of Fire Protection   and the Philippine Information Agency. 

The team focused their   validation on five major areas - the presence of municipal ordinance on road clearing and banning of illegal constructions; presence of inventory of national, provincial, municipal and barangay roads; roads (including sidewalks) are cleared of obstruction, illegal structures, and illegally parked vehicles; implementation of displacement strategies (if any or applicable), and the rehabilitation of recovered public roads (to include greening and beautification).

During the validation, the concerned municipal monitoring team and some local officials and department heads of the municipal offices joined the provincial validation team.

Common   obstructions which LGUs were faced with and have to clear were aggregates and junked vehicles along the road and   structures that encroached along the road or sidewalks .There were also some electric posts that encroached along the road and the sidewalks.   

For the illegally parked vehicles, n the municipalities of Bauko and Paracelis, the chief executives  authorized their local policemen to issue tickets and confiscate plate numbers .

In the municipalities of Barlig, Besao, Sagada, Sadanga and Sabangan, the representatives from the Land Transportation Office (LTO)   and the Highway Patrol Group (HPG) issued tickets and confiscated plate numbers of illegally parked vehicles, motors and tricycles.

In the capital town of Bontoc, representatives from LTO, HPG and the Bontoc Traffic Task Force issued tickets and confiscated plate numbers of illegally vehicles, motors and tricycles.

Personnel of the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office, the Bontoc Water District and  PNP helped in the clearing of road obstructions such as aggregates, steel, mixer, and stones along the roads.   

After the road clearing validation  in each of the municipality was the conduct of an exit conference  where  Ballug explained that  the road clearing activities do  not mean that it will end after September 30 as   this is just the deadline  the DILG  has given in its  Memorandum Circular No. 2019-121  for mayors to comply with the presidential directive . Road clearing is not only on roads but it includes sidewalks, widening blocks and shoulders. Anything that is put on these is illegal.   

“I hope this is not a ningas cogon, hopefully the cleared roads will be sustained. This will be the primary responsibility of the organized Municipal Monitoring Team to conduct regular monitoring to sustain the road clearing activities,” Ballug said.  

He also asked the local municipal police stations to sustain the monitoring. This should become a routinary patrol on their part until such time the information will sink in the minds of the people.

The responsibility of barangay officials is also to monitor roads in their area of responsibility. We should all participate in this endeavor, he added.

Ballug suggested to all the LGUs to amend their traffic code to include roads management which can be titled as traffic and roads management ordinance. He also    suggested    to include in their ordinance an impounding area where they will put vehicles that are confiscated; parking area; flow of traffic; route plan; designated events area or market area to accommodate small vendors not on the road because roads are not meant for business; a 10-minute or 15-minute emergency parking for loading or unloading and it should not go beyond 15 minutes; road clearing; road safety; and provisions  on no encroachment of sidewalks for business purposes, no encroachment of roads for structures, and provision of displacement even if it is not applicable at the moment; then the penalties.

“Our enemy in road clearing and other clearing activities is the attitude of the people, it is not really the vehicles or the obstructions. Our immediate goal is to clear the road and our ultimate goal is to instill discipline in our people’’ Ballug said.

Interviewed residents are thankful to President Duterte for directing the local governments nationwide to clear the roads.

” Now, we have clear roads. Vehicles, motors and tricycles are no longer allowed to park on the road and vendors are not allowed to sell their goods at the sidewalks. We hope that this will be sustained not just for a short period,” they said. (JDP/JBS-PIA Mt. Province)  

By Juliet B. Saley



  • Bantay ASIN TF monitors iodinization plant, public market

    BAGUIO CITY, Nov. 21(PIA) --The Regional Bantay Asin Task Force (RBATF)  recently conducted its annual monitoring of existing iodization plant, repacking site and public market in the city and in Benguet.

  • 2019 PMSEA conference attracts more stakeholders

    BAGUIO CITY, Nov. 22( PIA) -- More  mining stakeholders and  exhibitors  are participating  in  66th Annual National Mine and Safety Conference (ANMSEC) held in the city from this week.

  • DA affirms strong market potential of Cordillera heirloom rice

    BAGUIO CITY, Nov. 22 (PIA) - - The Department of Agriculture is promoting the continuing production of heirloom or traditional rice in the region, not only for its cultural/historical value but also given its higher nutritional value and strong market potential.

  • Baguio hosts 66th Mine Safety & Environment confab

    BAGUIO CITY, Nov. 18 (PIA) --  The city will once again  host  the annual Mine Safety and Environment Conference  from  November 19 to 22 to be attended by  more than  a thousand mining stakeholders and other related industry players.

  • 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.


  • Benguet officials appeal on Kennon Road closure

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Nov.21 (PIA) - - The members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan met recently with the members of the Kennon Road Task Force to raise the concerns  of the provincial, municipal and barangay officials including the affected residents on the closure of the Kennon Road.

  • DSWD-CAR holds caravan in Benguet

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Nov.19 (PIA) - - The Department of Social Welfare and Development in the region  held a caravan advocating their programs, projects and services to the provincial government and creating a venue to showcase their accomplishments together with their partners in the government and the civil society organizations(CSOs).

  • DILG holds constitutional reform roadshow in Benguet

    DILG - CAR Regional Director Marlo Iringan(l) and resource speakers Atty. Lawrence Wacnang and Professor Alfredo Sureta Jr. with PIA Information officer Joseph Zambrano(R) during the media briefing that opened the "Balangayan" Constitutional Reform roadshow. (CCD/PIA CAR)

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Nov. 15 (PIA) - - The Department of the Interior and Local Government(DILG) brought  the government’s agenda of amending the 1987 Constitution towards development and progress of the country and the Filipino people thru  the constitutional reform provincial roadshow dubbed as “Balangayan 2019” at the Benguet Sports Complex here on Tuesday.

    Local government units and barangay officials from the 13 municipalities of the province, regional line agency and several community/civil society organization representatives attended the forum which had former Kalinga Congressman Lawrence Wacnang and constitutional reform speaker’s bureau member Professor Alfredo Sureta Jr. as resource speakers.

    DILG – CAR Regional Director Marlo Iringan said Balangayan is a provincial roadshow that DILG has been spearheading in the different parts of the country to provide more public awareness on the importance of the constitutional reforms and to provide a venue to talk about developmental issues and concerns of local communities.  It also aims to have a public dialogue and consultation on constitutional reforms that need to speed up progress for the nation.

  • 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.

Mt. Province

  • DOST brings Reg’l S&T roadshow to the people of Mt. Province

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Nov. 21 (PIA) - - In line with its  goal of bringing science for the people, the Department of Science and Technology(DOST),  holds the annual Regional S&T Week here that generally aims to promote science, technology and innovation as a driver of development especially in the countryside.

  • Besao LGU confiscates frozen pork products

    BESAO, Mountain Province, Nov. 22(PIA) -- The local government here showed that it is serious in implementing the provincial ban on the entry of live swine/pigs, fresh and frozen pork, and pork products into the province to prevent the entry of African Swine Fever (ASF).

  • 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).


  • Lagawe officials approve anti-street obstruction ordinance

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Nov. 21 (PIA) - - Local officials here approved an ordinance prohibiting and penalizing any person causing obstruction on streets, sidewalks, avenues, alleys, bridges, parks and other similar public places.

  • Ifugao forms provincial census coordinating board

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Nov. 19 (PIA) - - The Provincial Census Coordinating Board (PCCB)  has been  formed here in preparation for the 2020 Census Of Population and Housing.

  • 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.





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