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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Community, barangay officials called to help prevent forest fires

BAGUIO CITY, Mar. 6(PIA) -- The Cordillera Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Cordillera are calling on the community to help in the prevention forest fires.

 

The CRDRRMC chaired by OCD-CAR Regional Director Albert Mogol with the Philippine Air Force conducted on Wednesday Rapid Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis (RDANA) through aerial inspection of the areas damaged by the massive fire incidents in Benguet.

A portion of a mountain was burned to be converted into farmland in the province of Benguet. RMC PIA-CAR 

CDENR-CAR Regional Director Ralph Pablo reported  that different fire incidents in  almost all the municipalities in Benguet since January 2020  have damaged more than 1,000 hectares of  forest lands with cost of damages   estimated at more than P2 million.  

At least 10 municipalities in Benguet including the city of Baguio have been affected by the forest fire incidents. Only Mankayan, Kapangan and Sablan remain free from forest fires.

Mostly affected were   areas Kabayan and Bokod near the Mount Pulag, and the mountain of Bakun and Kibungan. Ongoing fires were monitored   in areas of Itogon, Tuba and Kabayan.

Pablo said that almost all of the forest fires were caused by the kaingin system or the slash and burn practice of farmers. It was observed that most of the areas affected by forest fires in Benguet are expansion of vegetable gardens or farmlands.

“These forest fires are intentional, sinadya yang sunugin para gawing vegetable gardens,” Pablo said   stressing  that the burning incidents damaged the watershed areas and forests which the DENR is maintaining and sustaining thru its various programs such as the National Greening Program.

Pablo appeals to the public to stop their practice of kaingin farming system. He also called on the community and barangays officials  in the affected areas thru their respective Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Teams to put out the fire initially while the fire incidents are still small.

“As barangay officials, they should be the first responders to these incidents of forest fires,” Pablo said.

A briefing by the CRDRRMC led by OCD-CAR Regional Director Albert Mogol following the RDANA thru  aerial inspection over the areas  affected by  forest fires in Benguet on March 4.. (RMC PIA-CAR )

Mogol supported the appeal of Pablo noting that   suppressing forest fires is very challenging in the Cordillera region due to the mountainous terrain and roads inaccessible for fire trucks and other assets of the BFP.

“We need the participation of each member of the community; they should help us in preventing this kind of incidents that lead to the destruction of the forests and the environment,” Mogol said.

The RDANA, a response tool providing a quick snapshot of the disaster situation that  determine the type and extent of damages, was led by Mogol and Pablo with BFP-CAR Regional Director FSSupt. Roderick Ramirez, DPWH-CAR Regional Director Tiburcio Canlas,  and representatives  from  the DILG and PIA and the Philippine Air Force Tactical Operations Group – 1 based in Loakan Airport. (JDP/RMC- PIA CAR)

By Redjie Melvic M. Cawis

 

Baguio

  • 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.

Benguet

  • 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

  • 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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