AmAmong. Healthier Philippines. DOH USECs Myrna Cabotaje (2nd from left) and Mario Villaverde (3rd from left) with DOH - CAR OIC Regional Director Amelita Pangilinan (left) and Philhealth Regional VP Jerry Ibay (right), answers questions on the Universal Health Care Law and the Fourmula 1 Plus of the Health Department that aims to ensure better health outcomes, more responsive health system and equitable health care financing for all Filipinos. The open forum is part of the DOH - CAR led 2019 Am - Among for Health Plus,

Best DRRM implementer. Officials of the University of the Cordilleras receiving their Gawad Kalasag award - Best DRRM Higher Education Institution from the Cordillera Regional DRRM Council headed by chairperson Albert Mogol. UC will join five other regional winners for the 2019 National GK tilt. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Senior Citizen Booklet. DOH - CAR Regional Director Amelita Pangilinan and PhilHealth Regional VP Jerry Ibay led the launching of the Senior Citizen Booklet and the MOA signing with City Health Office and Senior Citizen Federation for its pilot testing in Baguio City. The booklet, launched at 2019 Am - Among for Health Plus, a regional health forum for Cordillera stakeholders held at Crown Legacy Hotel, Baguio City Dec. 5, aims to ensure that discounts and other related benefits for senior citizens are properly documented and recorded. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Gawad Kalasag. The educational institution finalists in the 2019 Cordillera Gawad Kalasag in a photo opportunity with members of the Cordillera Regional DRRM Council headed by chairperson and OCD RD Albert Mogol. Top regional GK school awardees are the University of the Cordilleras for HEI category, Manabo Abra National HS for public high school, Mt. Data Elementary School for Public ES and Epiphany Christian Academy of La Trinidad Benguet for Private ES. They will join the Mountain Province Provincial DRRM Council and La Trinidad Benguet Municipal DRRM Council for the National Gawad Kalasag Search. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

HIV/AIDS Awareness. Members of the Baguio Association of Bars and Entertainers Society (BABES) join the Walk for HIV during the AIDS Watch Council led observance of World AIDS Day in Baguio Friday (December 6). This year's WAD observance adopts the theme,

Best DRRM Council. La Trinidad Mayor Romeo Salda leads other officials and members of the DRRM Council of the municipality in receiving their award as the Best DRRM Council for 1st to 3rd class Municipalities category during the 2019 Gawad Kalasag Regional Awarding at Crown Legacy hotel last Nov. 29. La Trinidad will join 5 other Cordillera GK awardees in the national tilt. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

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.  

 

In observance and promotion of National Rice Awareness Month DA - CAR Regional Director Cameron Odsey(4th from left),  and  rice industry stakeholders from the different provinces of Cordillera give update on the region's rice industry in a Kapihan media forum, Thursday. (CCD/PIA CAR)

 DA – Cordillera Regional Director Cameron Odsey, in a kapihan forum here Thursday, affirmed the competitiveness of Cordillera rice farmers especially in the production of traditional or heirloom rice varieties that are mostly being planted at the region’s rice terraces and other upland rice paddies.

 Odsey disclosed that there are around 500 traditional rice varieties that are indigenous in the region, mostly being planted for personal or family consumption which has been passed from one generation to another.

To document and to support the continuing production, Odsey shared that in partnership with Philippine Rice Research Institute and the International Rice Research Institute, DA-CAR is implementing a program to identify and  to have an inventory of Cordillera heirloom rice varieties. So far, 88 varieties of Cordillera heirloom rice have been identified.

In partnership with the Department of Science and Technology – Food and Nutrition Institute, a nutrition and grain quality analysis  has been  conducted  which  result shows heirloom rice varieties tested shows better nutritional value and quality compared to regular or commercial rice, Odsey shared.

 DA – CAR data shows that an estimated 14.26 hectares of rice terraces are into heirloom rice production with an average yield of 2.32 tons/per hectare.

With more and more people getting into healthier diet or eating habits, the local market for heirloom rice is expanding and with the marketing assistance of the tourism department, international market is also slowly coming in, he added.

 He called for continuing convergence in maintaining the heirloom rice varieties in the region as well as in looking into improving the production, not only for the region’s rice sufficiency but also in improving Cordillera’s competitiveness in the rice industry especially the heirloom rice varities.

DA – CAR spearheaded the kapihan forum in promoting National Rice Awareness Month, an annual observance that aims to promote the consumption of local rice to help rice farmers’ increase their production and income.

With the theme “Quality Rice, Quality Life” and slogan, “Buy Local Eat Local, Support Our Rice Farmers, it encourages consumers to patronize and value local rice, motivates farmers to produce quality rice and rallies public influencers to promote the Philippine rice industry.

 Joining Odsey in the forum who shared their experiences in region’s rice industry were Kalinga “Gawad Saka” awardee Honorio Clemencia, Mountain Province Heirloom Rice Farmers’ Agricultural Cooperative manager Saturnina Wadingan, Ifugao Seed and Commercial Rice Grower Jovencio Sevillaja, Benguet Heirloom Rice Farmer Sonia Pengosro and Bangued Abra MAFC chairperson Jerome Maba – ay. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)

By Carlito C. Dar

 

Baguio

  • NCIP holds ELCAC action planning with Cordillera IPs

    BAGUIO CITY, Dec. 10 (PIA) - - The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples gathered leaders of the indigenous cultural communities/indigenous peoples (ICCs/IPs) and government stakeholders in the Cordillera region for a three-day event to draw issues and concerns from the lens of  the IPs on the Whole-of-Nation Approach program of the government to end local communist armed conflict (ELCAC).

  • Cordillera bats anew for zero firecracker injuries

    BAGUIO CITY-- The health officials in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) urged on Tuesday residents not to use firecrackers and pyrotechnics in greeting the holidays as they gear for a zero firecracker-related casualty.

  • Mercury drops 11.8; Cordillera residents warned of illnesses

    BAGUIO CITY-- Health officers here on Tuesday advised locals and tourists to keep themselves warm as the temperature in the city continues to drop to 11.8 degrees Celsius-- the lowest recorded this month.

  • 2019 Cordillera regional Gawad KALASAG awardees feted

    BAGUIO CITY, Dec. 5(PIA) - - The Cordillera Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CRDRRMC) recognized   disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) champions in the region with its annual Gawad Kalasag  awards.

  • CORDS-CAR supports autonomy as driver of reg'l development

    BAGUIO CITY, Dec. 6 (PIA) - - The Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security for Cordillera (CORDS – CAR) expressed his support for the region’s pursuit of regional autonomy as a driver of development and encouraged  Cordillera leaders and key stakeholders to work together for its realization.

Benguet

  • Benguet people donate vegetables, non-food items to Apayao

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Dec. 6(PIA) -- Benguet farmers and other stakeholders of the La Trinidad Trading Post donated tons of vegetables and other non-food items to disaster- affected province of Apayao.

  • 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).

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

  • Rice terraces in critical state

    IFUGAO, Philippines — The Ifugao Rice Terraces are now in a critical stage of deterioration and do not allow the local communities to overcome the poverty line, according to the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO).

  • Ifugao Census Coordinating Board prepares for 2020 CPH

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Dec. 9(PIA) - - The Provincial Census Coordinating Board is conducting early measures for the upcoming 2020 Census of population and housing (CPH) in the different municipalities.

  • DOST conducts SFTP Caravan in Ifugao

    LAMUT, Ifugao, Dec. 10(PIA)- - The Department of Science and Technology-Cordillera Administrative Region (DOST-CAR) conducted a Science for the People (SFTP) Caravan at the Ifugao S&T Center here featuring the Philippine Carabao Center’s (PCC) technologies on carabao production and milk products.

  • DILG-Ifugao conducts constitutional reform roadshow

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Dec. 5(PIA)- -The Department of Interior  and Local Government (DILG) provincial office  province conducted  Constitutional reform provincial roadshow at the Ifugao State University (IFSU)-Lagawe Campus open gym here on  December 2.

  • SNAP-Magat cites host communities

    LAMUT, Ifugao, Dec. 6 (PIA) - - Host communities of SN Aboitiz Power – Magat (SNAP-Magat) in the province were cited  for the support toward the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs particularly for their conformance to the CSR 2.0 principles, activity engagement and exemplary watershed management. 

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