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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ALS grads pursue higher education, techvoc courses

Ronald Garcia,19, a graduate of the Alternative Learning System (ALS) of Sagada in August 2019, passed the equivalency test and continues to college.


ALS of the Department of Education (DepEd) provides practical option to out of school youth, adults and elders or anyone who wishes to finish their basic education.

Some learners who graduated in ALS took the equivalency test to pursue higher education while others use it for employment. The elderly people just want to learn how to read and write.

Garcia is the second child from three siblings. He is originally from the Province of Nueva Viscaya. Because the work of his parents was not enough to sustain their daily sustenance, he decided to stop schooling.

Garcia was encouraged by his friends and invited him to work in Sagada as a souvenir shop assistant. He worked for three years for him to help his parents back in the province and to save up for his education as well as paying his personal needs.

 While working in the shop, his immediate supervisor encouraged him and his friends to enroll in ALS. Within two months of modular-based learning, he took the equivalency exam and passed it.

He claimed amidst all of his past experiences he is still grateful to ALS for it gives a big impact in his life.

“Mayat talaga ti ALS, ta adu ti naitulong na kinyak. Mairecommend ko ti ALS kadagiti padak nga nagsardeng ti panag-eswela da,” said Garcia

He added: “Marigatan nak laeng idi simrek ak ti college ta ado met ti sabsabbali nga adaddalen mi ti college, ngem agyamanak talaga ti ALS ta naituloy ko ti panagiskwelak uray nu medyu kasla naladaw amin.”

Garica is one of the 770 learners that ALS Sagada catered for the school year 2019-2020. In the 2019 literacy mapping of ALS, there are 2,175 target learners that are listed. Thus, the program continues to encourage out of school youths, adults, and elders to take the program.

According to DepEd, ALS is a parallel learning system in the Philippines that provides a practical option to the existing formal instruction. When one does not have or cannot access formal education in schools, ALS is an alternative or substitute.

ALS educators are designated to different barangays to cater drop outs, working individuals and anyone who wishes to finish their schooling.

Arminda Bangcanayang, ALS district Coordinator for Northern Sagada shared their experiences on how they teach the students. Accordingly, there are four types of learning systems that ALS is offering.

First is the face to face learning approach where the learners attend classes in the ALS office based on their availability.

The house to house based learning, on the other hand, focuses on the learners who have special cases or conditions like the PWDs and the old folks who cannot walk. The educators visit them and teach them in their houses.

Third is modular-based learning. The learners in this group are independent learners. These students are working. They get their modules to their teachers and return to them after the set schedule. Most learners in this group are both from young and adults.

Lastly, the fourth group is the computer-based learners. The learners in this type have knowledge and able to operating computers and some softwares. Modules were just sent to them.

Bangcanayang stated: “Being in this kind work commitment and dedication is needed for the learners to be reached out. It is not because they do not like to study; they just need opportunities to finish their education.”

Garcia is planning to study commercial cooking through the scholarship program of TESDA. And he is looking forward to having a brighter future for himself.//Jackson Claudio, BSU-DevCom Intern



  • Seven COVID – 19 patients in Baguio recover

    BAGUIO CITY, Apr. 7 (PIA) - - The city government reported  the recovery of two more COVID -19 confirmed patients in Baguio bringing to seven or 50 percent of the 14 confirmed cases recorded in the city.

  • DOH, BGHMC gear up for COVID – 19 mass testing

    BAGUIO CITY, Apr. 8 (PIA) - - The Department of Health- Cordillera and the  Baguio General  Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC), a sub-national laboratory testing center for COVID -19,  are awaiting for additional test kits  and Realtime Polymerase Chain Reaction(RT – PCR) before the mass testing begins.

  • Baguio City rolls out rolling store during COVID-19 crisis

    BAGUIO CITY, Apr. 4(PIA) – The city government rolled out the Rolling Store project at the Bayan Park Basketball Court in the city on Friday in the midst of the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) to help address the limited access of people to the market or groceries to buy their needed food supplies and other necessities.

  • Cordillera COVID-19 cases soar to 18 but recoveries are high

    BAGUIO CITY, Philippines  — The number of patients afflicted with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Cordillera has soared to 18 this week, but doctors also highlighted the recovery of many of these patients including a 6-year-old girl in Benguet’s capital town of La Trinidad.

  • DOH – CAR reports recovery of 4 COVID -19 cases

    BAGUIO CITY, Apr. 3 (PIA) - - Four of the COVID-19 positive patients in the Cordillera Region have recovered from the deadly disease.


  • Clustering scheme of veggie delivery at BAPTC, LT Trading Post now in effect

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Apr.8 (PIA) - - In continuing efforts to ensure that the flow of highland vegetable supply to Metro Manila and the lowland markets is assured while adhering to the protocols   of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) due to the threat of the deadly coronavirus 2019, the provincial government set a clustering scheme for the unloading or delivery of vegetables in the government-run trading posts in this capital town.  

  • DILG orders removal of barangay checkpoints to ease flow of goods

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Apr.5(PIA) - - The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) ordered the dismantling of barangay checkpoints installed along national and provincial roads established by the local government units to allow the smooth flow of traffic and unhampered movement of goods and essential commodities during  imposition of the Luzon-wide Enhanced Community Quarantine.

  • Benguet hospital receives donated PPEs, supplies for frontliners

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Apr. 3 (PIA) -- ACT-CIS Representative and Benguet Caretaker Eric Go Yap donated more than P2.5 million-worth of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other hospital supplies for frontliners of the Benguet General Hospital (BeGH). fighting against the coronavirus (COVID-19).

  • Kabayan PNP, LGU initiate 'adopt indigent families' program

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Apr. 3(PIA) - - The police forces are not only helping in peace keeping efforts but are also pooling their resources  to extend help to those in need.

  • Benguet Red Cross holds relief operations, ECQ health activities

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Apr. 3(PIA) - - The Philippine Red Cross Benguet Chapter carried out relief operations including the conduct of activities during the imposition of the Luzon-wide Enhanced Community Quarantine to prevent the  spread of the coronavirus – 2019.  

Mt. Province


  • Ifugao town opens trading post to help farmers

    LAMUT, Ifugao, Mar. 30 (PIA) - - The local government unit (LGU) opened  the market facility  at barangay Mabato-bato  here to help farmers in the province sell  their products  after the closure of  all  gateways of the municipality  amid the threat of the coronavirus 2019 or COVID-19.

  • 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.





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