Awesome Abra. Colorful and cheerful dancers during the Abra Kawayan Festival Street Dancing Competition that opening day of the March 5 to 9 Abra Kawayan Festival 2020. All 27 municipalities of Abra send in contingents for the competition. (Carlito Dar/PIA CAR)

Educational assistance. OWWA - CAR Regional Director Manuela Peña and OWWA Deputy Administrator Esther Margaux Uson posts with beneficiaries of Tuloy Aral Program, an educational grant for dependents of OFWs who experienced difficult circumstances to ensure that their schooling in public elementary and high schools will continue. The awarding was part of the Reaching Out to OWWA members and beneficiaries at Hotel Supreme, march 10. (Carlito Dar/PIA CAR)

Outstanding Women Leaders. Baguio City Mayor Benjamin magalong administers the oath taking of the Outstanding Women Leaders (OWLs) Inc new set of officials, namely: President - Emerita Fuerte, VP - Jennifer Mejia, Secretary: Mary Ann Tresmanio, Treasurer - Maria Christine Ponce Garcia, PRO - Maria Victoria Bugasto, Business Managers - Mila Lingbawan Singson & Jocelyn Mariano and Board of Advisers - Marlene Baltazar De Castro, Patricia Ann Gallardo Marcelo, Perlita Chan Rondez, Leah Fariñas & Imelda DC Bisnar. The City Officials and OWLS also lead the launching of the Kababaihan Festival 2020 during the Flag Raising Ceremony, Monday March 3. (CCD/PIA CAR)

Awesome Abra. Colorful and cheerful dancers during the Abra Kawayan Festival Street Dancing Competition that opening day of the March 5 to 9 Abra Kawayan Festival 2020. All 27 municipalities of Abra send in contingents for the competition. (Carlito Dar/PIA CAR)

United Front vs COVID. DOH - CAR OIC Regional Director Dr. Amelita Pangilinan affirms that as of March 13, Cordillera remains zero or no confirmed case of COVID - 19 and there are 12 Person Under Investigation that are admitted to various health facilities, wherein four of the already tested negative. She also calls for public cooperation, as she assured that DOH, along with their partner government agencies and hospitals are ready to respond to any eventuality. (Carlito Dar/PIA CAR)

Pantawid Program, a blessing to beneficiaries in Ifugao town

Lamut town  in Ifugao has listed more than a thousand beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) since   based from the “Listahan” or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR)


For  almost 10 years of implementation or existence, the 4Ps has helped these beneficiaries through the cash grants to gain  education and better health  to attain  higher economic status or success . 

These beneficiaries considered the program as a blessing that empowered them to improve their health, nutrition and education of family members amidst the challenges hounding the implementation of the pro-poor program of the government.
Christopher Dulnuan and Princes Mae Aggasid of barangays Ambasa and Poblacion West are two of the success stories of the program.  Through the cash grant provided by the government, they finished their respective courses and are now employed.

Dulnuan has graduated Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from the Sierra College while Aggasid is a BS Criminology graduate   from the Ifugao State University.

 Both are now at the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Office of the Local Government Unit of Lamut and doing information campaign on disaster management to members of 4Ps in the municipality.

Their advice is for the other beneficiaries to study hard and use the benefits wisely and properly.

Beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) in Poblacion East, Lamut attend the Family Development Session (FDS) that intends to strengthen the capacities of Pantawid families, particularly the parents/grantees, to become more responsive to the health and education needs of the family and their children. Lamut recorded more than a thousand beneficiares residing in the 18 barangays of the municipality. (MBL- PIA CAR, Ifugao

Couple Emmanuel and Adela Canedo of barangay Pugol shared how the program is helping them   in the provision of the school, health and nutrition needs of their children daily and how they manage the cash grant they are receiving from the government.
“We use the cash to buy the school supplies, milk and vitamins of our children. The unspent money is saved for the children to use in times of emergencies,” they said.

 Fe Sanica, mother of   three of barangay Salamague, said the cash grant from the program helps helped her to provide the school needs of her children who are enrolled at the Salamague Elementary School.

 Teacher Ellen Nangligan, a teacher  at the  Salamague Elem. School,  informed that
with the help of the program, school children are performing well in their studies.

 “They are also active in joining school and community activities with their parents like the Brigada Eskwela, barangay fiesta and other related activities in the barangay,” Nangligan added.
Corazon Tagalicud and Imelda Tumitit, Pantawid  municipal links of  the 18 barangays of Lamut,    said  beneficiaries in the municipality have at least 90% overall compliance rate to all the conditions of the pro-poor program.   There are some beneficiaries who are under compliant but they are being monitored and given case management to improve their compliance rate.
From the original 1,295 beneficiaries, it is now down to 1,059, or at least 236 households have graduated from the program with improved living condition , Tumitit said.

By religiously complying with all the requirements set by the program and utilizing the cash grant properly, plus their commitment and sincerity, the 4Ps will succeed in improving the lives of beneficiaries. (JDP/MBL, PIA CAR, Ifugao)

Couple Emmanuel and Adela Canedo of barangay Pugol said that the 4Ps helps  them to provide the  school, health and  nutrition needs of their children daily. (MBL, PIA-CAR, Ifugao)

By Marcelo B. Lihgawon




  • Vegetable shipments from La Trinidad suspended due to COVID-19 precautions

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Fresh vegetables from this part of the country would not be shipped to Metro Manila and other Luzon markets until Tuesday (March 31) after local officials placed the entire town on extreme enhanced community quarantine.

  • La Trinidad enforces extreme enhanced community quarantine

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Mar. 29(PIA)--  Mayor Romeo Salda has placed   the entire municipality under Extreme Enhanced Community Quarantine (EECQ) from March 30 to March 31, 2020    following the confirmation of two COVID-19 positive cases    in the capital town  by the Department of  Health on Saturday.   

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    Some Cordillera farmers went home with empty pockets after failing to sell their harvest at the La Trinidad Trading Post in Benguet due to low demand in vegetables in the region for the past days.

  • Benguet caretaker donates 1M to help fight coronavirus

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  • Handwash stations now a must in gov't offices,establishments in Benguet

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Mar. 27 (PIA) - - With proper handwashing as one of the preventive measures against the pandemic coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19, all  government offices  and business establishments in Benguet province are  now required to provide  hand wash stations  accessible  to all clients and employees.

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  • Lamut town closes gateways due to COVID concerns

    LAMUT, Ifugao, Mar.  27 (PIA) - - After a week of the implementation of  the enhanced  community quarantine CQ and with   confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases  in  nearby areas,  the local chief executive   announced that  all entries  to and from this   municipality  dubbed the “Gateway  to Ifugao”   will be closed for the protection of everybody.

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    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Mar.  27 (PIA) - - With the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)  fast spreading in different parts of the country , Governor  Jerry Dalipog  expanded  the membership of the COVID-19 Provincial Task Force (CPTF)  to include other stakeholders  to oversee and implement preventive measures  to stop the entry of  the dreaded disease in the province.  

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    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Mar. 19(PIA) - - Six police officers received  citation for their  valued contributions in the arrest of wanted persons  in their respective area of assignments in the province.

  • Ifugao still COVID-free, urges vigilance to avert transmission

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  • DA-CAR official affirms RTL is pro-farmer

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