Public Connectivity. DICT Assistant Secretary Felino Castro V (2nd from right) and Mayor Benjamin Magalong 4th from left) lead the launching of the free public wifi for the Park Area of the Baguio Post Office Loop Wednesday, a project under DICT's

Premyo Bonds. Treasurer of the Philippines Rosalia De Leon, in leading the

Regional Development and Security. Newly appointed Cordillera Regional Development Council Chairperson - Abra Governor Joy Bernos and Regional Peace and Order Council chairperson - Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong presided their first Joint RDC - RPOC meeting Friday at Newtown Plaza Hotel, Baguio City. The meeting was attended by Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security for Cordillera (CORDS - CAR) Agriculture Secretary William Dar. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

RDC PSRs. Newly appointed Cordillera Regional Development Council Chairperson - Abra Governor Joy Bernos administer the oathtaking of RDC - Cordillera Private Sector Representatives Reinaldo Bautista Jr and Maria Jorquesa Hakcholna for infrastructure; Ryan Dale Mangusa for IP concerns, Riesel Tocyapao for Kalinga; and Ferdinand Gonzales for Developmental Administration. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Science for the People. DOST Sec. Fortunato Dela Peña with DOST - CAR Regional Director Nancy Bantog joined by Mountain Province Governor Bonifacio Lacwasan, Congressman Maximo Dalog Jr and Bontoc Mayor Franklin Odsey in a photo opportunity with students who won in S&T questions from the Secretary during the opening program of the November 19 - 22 Regional Science Technology Week in Bontoc. (CCD/PIA CAR)

Science for the People.DOST Sec. Fortunato Dela Peña talks with young inventors/innovators at the S&T Exhibits area during the Nov. 19 to 22 Regional S&T Week at Bontoc. Dela Peña was the guest of honor during the opening program last Nov. 19. (Lito Dar//PIA CAR)

Science for the People. A personnel from PAGASA gives a demo on the rain and flood simulator that was among the S&T exhibited during the Nov. 19 to 22 Regional S&T Week at Bontoc, Mountain Province. (Lito Dar//PIA CAR)

Science for the People. DOST Sec. Fortunato Dela Peña with DOST - CAR Regional Director Nancy Bantog joined by Mountain Province Governor Bonifacio Lacwasan inspects a DOST assisted - product on display during the Nov. 19 to 22 Regional S&T Week at Bontoc. Dela Peña was the guest of honor during the opening program last Nov. 19. (Lito Dar//PIA CAR)

Heroic SAF trooper laid to rest in Kapangan, Benguet

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Nov. 8 (PIA) -- In the service of the nation, another brave Cordilleran special force trooper  sacrificed his life and was laid to rest in his hometown in Taba-ao, Kapangan in Benguet on Thursday, November 7.

 

Staff Sergeant Reagan Salbino of the PNP – SAF was killed while serving arrest warrants to  Abdullah Angantap Taurac, a notorious gun-for-hire and watch-listed drug personality  in   Barangay Lilod, Marawi City  on October 30. He was hit at the left side of his body  while another trooper was wounded when the suspect  opened fire  at the  joint  forces  of the 1403rd Regional Mobile Force Battalion, the 1st Police Mobile Force Company, the 103rd Special Action Company, the Lanao Sur Provincial Police Drug Enforcement Unit and the Marawi City police. 

Taurac was also killed in the operation.

Salbino, a member of the 103rd Special Action Company, had survived the Marawi siege.  He was one of the government forces   who received “Medalya ng Kadakilaan" or the PNP Heroism Medal   for  their  role in  recovering  Marawi City   from Islamic militants  led by the Maute group during the five-month-long conflict  from May to October  2017.

Special Action Force trooper Police Staff Sergeant Reagan Salbino, a member of the 103rd Special Action Company, was laid to rest in his hoemtown in Taba-ao, Kapangan in Benguet on November 7, 2019.( RMC- PIA-CAR) 

Salbino joined the SAF in 2011 after graduating at the Cordillera Carreer Development College. After taking the basic recruit course, he went on to complete his two-year commando training joining the hundreds of his fellow Igorots in the SAF.

In his eight years in service, Salbino was also a  recipient of many awards for his various accomplishments in service including the Medalya ng Kagalingan, Medalya ng Kasanayan, Medalya ng Papuri, Medalya ng Ugnayang Pampulisya, Medalya ng Paglaban sa Manliligalig, Medalya ng Paglilingkod sa Mindanao and the Tsapa ng Natatanging Unit.

Fretzel Salbino, wife of Raegan, was very emotional as she talked about the life and heroism of her husband. Married in December 2018, she is now pregnant with their first child.

“It is very painful because we have not even reached our one year anniversary and our child has yet to be born,” Fretzel said as she shared the last time Raegan went home to them  last October 4, and stayed for 14 days before going back to duty.

Fretzel remembers her husband as a fighter and a warrior who would fight until the end and this makes her very proud of him.

“I am very proud of him. Malakas ang puso at isip niya na lumaban, hindi siya bumibigay ano man ang pagsubok na dumadating. Fighter siya. Kahit ganito ang nangyari sa kanya, kahit sa huli nakikipaglaban pa rin siya kahit na may tama na siya.”

Despite losing her husband in battle, she said she would still stay in the police service. Fretzel is a police corporal assigned at the Regional Mobile Force Battalion of the Police Regional Office-Cordillera.

 “Ituloy ku ti serbisyok ti PNP ta isu ti kayat na. Kinuna na idi nga ituloy mu aginggana agretire ka, agserbi ka nu anya ti sinapataan tayu. Ituloy ko para met lang ditoy baby mi (I will continue to serve as a police officer because it is what he wants. He used to tell me to serve until I retire; to faithfully serve and protect as we have sworn. It’s also for our baby), she said.

  On November 1, the body of Raegan was brought to Shilan in La Trinidad and then to his final resting place at his hometown in Taba-ao, Kapangan. (JDP/RMC- PIA CAR)

By Redjie Melvic M. Cawis

 

Baguio

  • Maharlika building to be turned over to the city by next year

    BAGUIO CITY – The agriculture department, through the Human Settlements Development Corporation (HSDC), will turn over to the city government the administration, maintenance and operation of the Maharlika Livelihood Center in 2020 instead of the original 2025 schedule of turnover of the facility.

  • Loman poised to keep legendary reign rising

    Stephen “The Sniper” Loman Brave Combat Federation Bantamweight titleholder remains unbeaten in the promotion for already 776 days as of December 2, 2019.

  • 70th Fil-Am golf tourney tees off

    BAGUIO CITY – DESPITE the threat of Typhoon Tisoy, the 70th edition of the Fil-Am Invitational Golf Tournament officially teed off at Camp John Hay and Baguio Country Club golf courses.

  • City to allow BFFFI to handle Panagbenga 2020

    BAGUIO CITY – The city government will continue to allow the Baguio Flower Festival Foundation, Inc. (BFFFI) to organize and spearhead the conduct of the 25th edition of the Panagbenga or the Baguio flower festival next year as it has proved it can effectively and efficiently handle the activities for the month-long festival.

  • DPWH to procure P126 million dredging machine for CAR

    BAGUIO CITY– The Cordillera office of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH-CAR) will acquire a multi-million dredging machine to dredge major river systems in the different parts of the region to prevent the occurrence of perennial flooding in low-lying communities during the rainy season.

Benguet

  • Salda intervenes in HEDCOR, landowners rift

    La Trinidad, Benguet– The timely intervention of Mayor Romeo K. Salda defused the brewing tension between the management of the Aboitiz-owned Hydroelectric Development Corporation (HEDCOR), Inc. and more than twenty landowners that nearly caused the stoppage of operation of the company’s 19-megawatt Bineng Hydroelectric Power Plant that was recently commissioned.

  • Benguet ‘avang’ sustains ritual ties to swine trade

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — Burly men representing the 13 towns of Benguet province threw themselves into a giant pig pen on Saturday (Nov. 23) to catch the biggest hogs, called “avang” by Ibaloys and “depap” by Kankana-eys, during the 119th Benguet Foundation Day celebration here.

  • 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

    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.

Mt. Province

  • Solar-powered rice insect trap leads winners in RICE 2019

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Nov. 22 (PIA) - - A solar-powered light trap for rice insect created by three students from Camalog National High School of Pinukpuk, Kalinga wins the SIBOL Award – Student Creative Research for High School category of the 2019 Regional Invention Contest and Exhibits (RICE) held  on November 19 – 20 here.

  • 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.

IFUGAO

  • IPPO credits drop in crime volume to community support, police

    LAMUT, Ifugao, Nov. 29 (PIA) - - Support of the community and dedication of police personnel in performing their mandates are among the reasons why the crime volume of the province dropped by eight percent, the director of the Ifugao Provincial Police Office (IPPO) said.

  • PFT-ELCAC delivers services to priority barangays

    LAMUT, Ifugao, Nov. 29 (PIA) - - Some member agencies of the Provincial Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (PTF-ELCAC) delivered services to identified barangays of the province.

  • Ifugao food sector briefed on regulatory laws, accreditation

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Nov. 30 (PIA)- - The Provincial Veterinary Office (PVET) briefed  food stakeholders of this province on  regulatory laws, licenses, permits and accreditation relative to food safety.

  • Army unit reiterates unity towards peace and dev’t

    KIANGAN, Ifugao, Nov. 26(PIA) - - The  54th Infantry Battalion (Magilas)  recognized  uniformed personnel   and civilians for their exemplary  deeds that contributed to the success of the battalion’s goal of achieving  peace and development while enjoining continued  public suppor and commitment.

  • Lamut 4Ps beneficiaries oriented on 'Listong Pamilyang Pilipino'

    LAMUT, Ifugao, Nov. 26(PIA) - - Knowledge and skills of some families under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) on disaster prepared were enhanced after an orientation conducted by a Listo team member and a former beneficiary of the pro-poor program.

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