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)

3 PUIs in Cordillera tested negative for 2019 nCoV-ARD

BAGUIO CITY, Feb. 10 (PIA) - - The Department of Health Cordillera Center for Health and Development announced that  confirmatory test  of three Persons Under Investigation (PUIs) for the 2019 novel Corona Virus- Acute Respiratory Disease(nCoV) in the region tested   negative for the virus.


Dr. Jennifer Joyce Pira of DOH - CAR gives national and regional updates on the 2019 - Novel Corona Virus (nCoV ) - Acute Respiratory Disease to local media and national correspondents. In partnership with PIA Cordillera,, DOH - CAR holds   daily briefing to ensure that  the  right information  about the nCoV situation  reach  the general public. (CCD/PIA CAR)

Disease Prevention and Control Cluster Head Dr. Jennifer Joyce Pira, in a media briefing Monday, reported    there are four PUIs in Cordillera, three females and one male with ages  ranging  from 2 to 58 years old. Confirmatory test  from  the  Research Institute for Tropical Medicine showed that  three turned  out  negative  while  result for    one  is still waited.  

The PUIs are in stable condition and continue  to be strictly monitored in health facilities and upon further processing of their health condition, those who tested negative from nCoV can be released or allowed to go home, Pira  said.

At the national level, Pira shared that as of February 7 (12noon)  official data of the Health Department, there are 215 PUIs with three confirmed 2019 - nCoV ARD cases, of which one is still admitted,  one  has been discharged and  one  had died.

Of the 215 listed PUIs, 57 have tested negative and 155  are awaiting results, 184 are currently admitted and isolated, nine have refused admission and 17 have been discharged under strict monitoring. Two have died of other health causes, she added.

Pira calls on people not to panic and stay healthy. She  advises to   keep yourself warm, eat healthy meals and keep your immune system at its optimum. Practice proper hygiene and hand washing, as well as proper cough/sneezing etiquette, not only as a preventive measure on the n – CoV ARD but also for the other virus that may be present in the  surroundings.

 Pira also reiterated the health department’s public advisory for the judicious use of masks to prevent the shortage of surgical and N95 masks.

 People in good health do not need to use face masks, Use of surgical face masks is only recommended for persons caring for the sick or person with respiratory infection/symptoms such as coughing, sneezing and fever, and health care providers and other frontline workers.  N95 masks must be reserved for healthcare and other frontline workers, Pira shared.

 Masks should also be used in combination with frequent hand hygiene with alcohol – based hand rubs or soap/water, she added. (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

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