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)

Kennon Road open to light vehicles from Jan. 31 to March 9

BAGUIO CITY, Jan. 30 (PIA) - - The Cordillera Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CRDRRMC) Inter – agency Task Group Kennon  has unanimously approved the opening of Kennon Road for light vehicles only from January 31  to March 9  in anticipation of the influx of visitors  for the Baguio Flower Festival or Panagbenga  and other big  events in the city.  


 Kennon Road will be opened  on a two – way traffic every weekend starting 6:00 am of January 31 (Friday) up to 6:00 pm of February 3 (Monday) and every weekend thereafter (Feb. 7 – 10, Feb. 14 – 17, Feb. 21 – 24, Feb. 28 – March 2 and March 6 – 9).

 During weekdays, Kennon is passable a one – way scheme (going up to Baguio) from 6:01 pm of Monday up to 5:59 am Friday. Motorists are advised to remain on the right (upward) lane as there are Kennon Road residents using the downward lane.

 Private vehicles that will traverse Kennon Road are also advised to observe the speed limit of 30 kilometer per hour as well as the proper traffic and parking rules especially at the famous Lion’s head.

 The public is also advised to continuously monitor road advisories especially in case of inclement weather or sudden occurrence of localized thunderstorms as landslides are imminent within the road network. The road may be subjected to immediate closure upon the recommendation of the Department of Public Works and Highways, the local government unit and the Municipal Police Station of Tuba, Benguet.

Panagbenga 2020 will start on Saturday, February 1, with the opening parade and program. The Grand Street Dance Parade is set on Feb. 29, the Grand Float Parade on March 1 and Session Road in Bloom on March 2 to 8.

 In between   are the Philippine Military Academy Alumni Homecoming on Feb. 13 to 15 and the Cordillera Administrative Region Athletic Association (CARAA) meet on Feb. 16 to 21. 

CRDRRMC  chairperson and OCD - CAR Regional Director Albert Mogol   presides  Emergency Response Preparedness  meeting  in  preparation for Panagbenga , the PMA Alumni Homecoming and CARAA 2020. (CCD/PIA CAR)

In preparation for any emergency or potential threat and hazards for the expected high density of people during the forthcoming crowd drawer events, the CRDRRMC held an Emergency Response Preparedness (ERP) meeting on January 21 to synchronize the member agencies’ alert and monitoring level and discuss the possible support they can provide to the City Government of Baguio and event organizers especially in terms of security and emergency response.

Under Republic Act 10121 (An Act Strengthening the Philippine DRRM System), the RDRRMC is mandated to oversee the safety and security during big events like the Panagbenga.

 CRDRRMC chairperson and Office of Civil Defense Regional Director Albert Mogol reminded the council members on the importance of continuously being pro – active especially in terms of synergy, synchronization and sustainability and being systematic as well as in always being ready to predict, plan, prepare and perform. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)

By Carlito C. Dar




  • 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.   

  • Cordillera farmers throw away veggies due to lack of buyers amid COVID-19 quarantine

    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

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Mar. 27(PIA) -- House of Representative Committee of Appropriations Chairperson and Benguet Caretaker Cong. Eric Go Yap donated P1 million to augment the financial resources of the province during the implementation of the Enhanced Community Quarantine in Luzon due to the threat of the COVID-19.

  • 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.

  • Ifugao includes more stakeholders in TF COVID-19

    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.  

  • 6 Ifugao cops receive Medalya ng Kagalingan

    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

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Mar. (PIA) --The Provincial Health Office  enjoins the public to cooperate and report to their respective Barangay Health Emergency Response Team  individuals who came from  corona virus disease (COVID-19)- affected places for proper action  and monitoring to prevent local transmission.

  • DA-CAR official affirms RTL is pro-farmer

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Mar. 20 (PIA) - - The Rice Tariffication Law (RTL) that took effect last year promotes the general welfare of farmers nationwide.





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