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)

Task Force depopulates pigs to curb spread of ASF in Benguet

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Feb. 12 (PIA) – About 404 pigs were depopulated in the at least three areas in Benguet in efforts to   contain the spread of the African Swine Fever (ASF) in the province.

Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Merriam Tiongan said the ASF Task Force conducted culling of   192 pigs within the one-kilometer radius of the ASF ground zero in Sitio Obulan in barangay Beckel, this town over the weekend.

 The culling was conducted after blood samples of the pigs in a backyard piggery in Beckel tested positive of the ASF virus last week. This affected the livelihood of 31 families   in at least nine sitios in Barangay Beckel.

The ASF Task Force also conducted culling of at least 35 pigs in Camp 1 in Tuba, Benguet after the laboratory tests came back positive for the ASF virus.

In Camp 6, also in Tuba, Tiongan said a piggery  owner voluntarily allowed depopulation operation  involving 177 hogs that showed signs of the disease.

Benguet Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Merriam Tiongan presents the ASF situation during the flag raising ceremony of the provincial employees at the Capitol in La Trinidad, Benguet on Monday. RMC PIA-CAR

Tiongan said that since the ASF virus was confirmed in Beckel, they conducted surveys for the implementation of the “1-7-10 Protocol” to contain the virus in the affected areas.

 The “1-7-10 protocol” means that within one-kilometer radius from the site of infection or ground zero, hogs will be prohibited from entering or leaving the area, and the site will be depopulated.

Within the seven-kilometer radius, hogs would be under surveillance with restricted movements, and blood testing would be done.

 For the 10-kilometer radius from ground zero, mandatory monitoring and reporting of swine disease occurrences shall be implemented.

The ASF in Benguet, according to Tiongan, emanated   from pigs bought on line thru a seller in Pangasinan and delivered in the province in the last week of January by the seller who concealed the pigs in a pick up vehicle.

Tiongan said the local government units are coordinating with the DA for the assistance that will be given to the affected piggery owners such as the provision of indemnification fund to affected hog raisers.

Meanwhile, Benguet Provincial Police Office Director PCol. Elmer Ragay said the police have intensified checkpoint operations in the entry points of Benguet in support to the directive of Governor Melchor Diclas on the lockdown of the entry of live pigs to ensure that ASF infected pigs and meat will not again enter the province. 

Ragay reported that the police checkpoints have been very helpful in helping the Benguet avert the ASF infection. The police help  the quarantine teams of the  local government unit and the Department of Agriculture   in inspecting  live pigs and meat products and not allowing  the entry of  those which lack proper papers and documentations. (JDP/RMC- PIA CAR)

By Redjie Melvic M. Cawis

 

Baguio

Benguet

  • 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.

Mt. Province

IFUGAO

  • 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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