Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong inspects the first Rolling Store implemented at Barangay Bayan Park on Friday. RMC PIA-CAR

DOH - CAR OIC Regional Director Dr. Amelita Pangilinan, calls for compassion for health workers who are in the frontline in the fight against COVID - 19. (CCD/PIA CAR)

Agricultural products such as meat, fish and lowland and highland vegetables are also available for the market goers thur the DA-CAR during the Rolling Store in Bayan Park in Baguio City on Friday. RMC PIA-CAR

Benguet Congressional District Head Coordinator Anthony Kuan inspects the PPEs turned over to the Benguet General Hospital. (photos by the Office of the Congressman)

Benguet Red Cross Chapter Honchos in Action. PRC Benguet Board Chairman Robert Marcos Namoro together with Board of Director Maria Carantes led the distribution of face masks, alcohol, disinfectant, surgical gloves, medicine and snacks to frontliners at Sablan, Tadiangan, San Pascual, Marcos Highway and Kennon Road. (PRC Benguet Chapter)

Truckers transporting vegetables will no longer be hampered with the Department of Interior and Local Government ,s directive aligned with the National Inter-Agency Task Force guidelines that barangay checkpoints be dismantled. But they still have to pass through established Philippine National Police checkpoints and follow o other procedures in line with the Enhanced Community Quarantine. (photo by RMC-PIA-CAR, Benguet)

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Benguet caretaker assures continuity of programs of Fongwan

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet , Jan. 29 (PIA) -- Projects and programs for the province of Benguet which were started by the late Congressman Nestor Fongwan Sr. will continue thru the leadership of the new caretaker. 


Benguet Board Member and La Trinidad Councilor Nestor Fongwan Jr. told  the people of the province  that the newly appointed Benguet caretaker, Anti-Crime and Terrorism Community Involvement and Support (ACT- CIS) Party list Representative  Eric Go-Yap,  assured  to  continue the advocacies, plans and programs of the late Benguet solon who died last December due to illness.

Benguet Board Member and La Trinidad Councilor Nestor Fongwan Jr. with Marie Rose Kepes, Chief of Staff of the Lone District of Benguet, and Abra Cong. Joseph Bernos met with the new Benguet Caretaker, ACT-CIS Party list Cong. Eric Go-Yap on Tuesday (Jan. 22, 2020), for a coordination meeting .(photo from Nestor Fongwan Jr.) 

On Jan. 22, the House of Representatives unanimously approved in motion the appointment of Rep. Eric Go-Yap as the caretaker of Benguet. Fongwan Jr. said that as per record, House Speaker  Allan Peter Cayetano manifested the vacancy of the office and upon motion of Deputy Majority Leader Cong. Xavier Jesus Romualdo, Yap was unanimously approved to serve as the legislative caretaker of the lone district of Benguet.

Fongwan Jr.  together with Marie Rose Kepes, Chief of Staff of the Lone District of Benguet, and Abra Congressman  Joseph Bernos met with Cong. Yap on Tuesday for a coordination meeting  for a smooth operation of their office and to assure that the bills initiated by the late Fongwan Sr. will be attended  to and accomplished accordingly.

“He assured us that he will continue to maintain the congressional offices at the capitol building in La Trinidad as well as that at Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City, including the staff of the former solon,” Fongwan Jr. said.  

He  added   Yap committed his time for Benguet until the expiration of his term in 2022. He also assured  that the advocacies of  Fongwan Sr. particularly the medical assistance for indigent patients , scholarships program for over a thousand students and other needs for the province and the people of Benguet will be continued.

Fongwan Jr. called on the people of Benguet to respect the decision of the House of Representative in appointing a non-Cordilleran as caretaker.

Prior to the appointment of Yap, the family has sent to the House of Representatives their recommendation for a Cordillera congressman as the caretaker of the province.He said their family respect the decision for the good of the people of Benguet and to the House Speaker who is  given the authority under the law to do such. 

He clarified that the selection of a party list representative  as caretaker of a congressional district is not the first time. Former  President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo appointed Pangasinan Cong. Rose Marie Arenas as caretaker of Batanes, and then House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr appointed Akbayan's Kaka Bag-ao as Dinagat caretaker.

On January 29, Wednesday, Cong. Yap was given a traditional welcome by the provincial government of Benguet led by Gov. Melchor Diclas at the Benguet Sports Complex. He also met with Benguet officials including the Sangguniang Panlalawigan members, the municipal mayors and other officials of the 13 towns and the provincial employees.(JDP/ RMC- PIA CAR)

By Redjie Melvic M. Cawis



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Mt. 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.

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