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)

All set for Benguet Adivay Festival

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Oct.31(PIA) - - The month-long Adivay festival in celebration of the province’s 119th founding anniversary is all set anchored on the  theme “HEALTHIER” Benguet.


The acronym “HEALTHIER” embodies  the priority programs of the present administration led by  Governor Melchor Diclas  where H stands for health, E for education, A for agriculture, L for livelihood, T for tourism, H for human resource and development, I for Infrastructure, E for environment, R for responsive and resilient government.

Benguet Gov. Melchor Diclas presents the array of activities of the month long Adivay Festival in celebration of the 119th Founding Anniversary of the province in a Kapihan forum held October 24, 2019 at the Gov. Ben Palispis Auditiorium.

Flanking him (front row) are the provincial officials and heads of offices (back rows). (photo by Redjie M. Cawis - PIA - CAR, Benguet)


A kapihan forum was held on October 24    to promote the  activities lined up for the  month-long celebration. It was followed by the presentation of the candidates for the Search for Mr. and Ms. Benguet  and selection of the  Darling of the Press.

The main program on November 23, the foundation day, would have House Speaker Alan Cayetano and Senator Christopher “Bong” Go as guests of honor.

The indigenous ritual canao, the heart of the Cordillera culture, will also be done.  Cows and pigs will be offered with traditional rites. The canao was omitted in last year’s Adivay in view of the devastations caused by typhoons particularly typhoon Ompong in the province.

In support to HEALTHIER Benguet, series of health activities are lined up in various areas. medical, dental and surgical mission and services will be held at the Atok District Hospital in Atok and at the Benguet Sports Complex (BSC) Covered Court in Wangal on November 4-5 and 19, respectively.

Minor surgical health fair will be held Nov. 20 at the Benguet General Hospital (BeGH) Gym, oral health program and eye check-up screening on Nov. 22 at the BSC Gym while bilateral tubal ligation on Nov. 25-26 at the Kapangan District Hospital in Kapangan.

The Adivay trade fair will be a 15-day event from November 10-24 at the BSC which serves as an avenue for entrepreneurs, business proprietors, commercial traders, and exhibitors to showcase and sell their products and services and likewise an opportunity to market their produce with potential clientele.

Series of mass weddings will be held at San Jose Parish on Nov. 8, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Buguias on Nov. 12 and at St. Francis Xavier Parish in Kabayan on Nov. 14.

Senior citizens will also take part through a dance drama, a cultural activity in preserving the province’s culture and traditions for the young generations.

Various sports events  to promote  camaraderie  are lined up. The  invitational Kasibulan football for 6-12 years old national and invitational Arnis tournament for elementary,  high school and college students  are set on Nov. 23-24; Taekwondo invitationals for elem. and high school on Nov. 20; Muaythai invitationals on Nov. 16-17; Indigenous peoples games for Sangguniang Kabataan on Nov. 21; Sepak takraw on Nov. 9-10; body building and physique competition for men’s category on Nov. 9; Shin shin karatedo on Nov. 17; and Milsim airsoft invitational on Nov. 23.

Rodeo and Dongba ni Kavajo or horse racing will showcase the talents of different horse enthusiasts and groups including the proper handling and restraining of cattles.

To promote local artists, a music fest will also be staged where there will be an acoustic night competitions on Nov. 10, high school battle of the bands on Nov. 16 and an inter-municipality battle of the bands on Nov. 23.

A culture and arts through dance performances which will serve as an avenue to enhance knowledge and skills and talents of the young will be held on Nov. 16.

Information and education campaign on Republic Act 9003 or the Solid Waste Management Act will be held simultaneously on Nov. 29 along main thoroughfares namely Halsema highway, Kennon Road, Benguet-Nueva Vizcaya Rd., Naguilian Rd., and Kapangan-Kibungan Rd.

For those scouting for jobs, there will be a two-day Jobs Fair on Nov. 12-13 at the Gov. Ben Palispis Auditorium to be participated in by local and international recruitment agencies.

A micro small and medium entrepreneur  skills competitions will also be held Nov. 11, and  provincial skills competition on Nov. 20.The  Kapeterya/Cacao exhibit  on Nov. 17  features the province’s Arabica and cacao and their by-products.

With agriculture as the main economic driver in the province, an agri-tourism fair will be staged from Nov. 18-24 introducing new innovations such as the float parade to be held on Nov. 23 and mascot competitions on Nov. 18 which will both showcase and promote agricultural products of the 13 towns.

To be held all at the Cold Chain Area in Wangal, the activities will be a week-long agri-tourism fair from Nov. 18-24; Farmer’s Day on Nov. 19; elegant floral designs competitions and still life canvass painting contest both on Nov. 20; rice road show and nutria-snack making on Nov. 21; organic agriculture information drive, fruit and vegetable preparation contest, natural juice preparation, rice-corn blend orientation and taste-testing all on Nov. 22; and pinaka-best fruit and vegetable on Nov. 23.

The traditional recognition of awardees for leadership, everlasting, achievement, and outstanding student leadership will be held Nov. 22 at the Gov. Ben Palispis Auditorium.

A thanksgiving day is also set on Nov. 24 creating awareness for the active participation of the community on their major contribution in having a strong community involvement.

Other special events are the 2nd Adivay Golf tournament on Nov. 15-16, mountain bike fun race on Nov. 17, Cordillera Variety Show on Nov. 24, 4 x 4 Off-road challenge on Nov. 30, and fun shoot on Nov 30 – Dec. 1.

An Employee’s Night to build rapport between and among employees and the management through dinner and socialization is set  on Nov. 29.

Diclas extends invitation to the other Cordillera LGUs to  celebrate with them  the  Adivay festival to learn and be entertained. (JDP/SCA-PIA-CAR, Benguet)

By Susan C. Aro



  • 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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