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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DA-CAR steps up food lane accreditation

BAGUIO CITY, Mar. 21(PIA) -- The Department of Agriculture-Cordillera (DA-CAR) is issuing “Food Lane Pass” for vehicles delivering food and other related goods to and from the Cordillera provinces to ensure unhampered flow of  supply   during the implementation of  the enhanced community quarantine  in Luzon  amid the threat of the corona virus disease.


DA-CAR Regional Executive Director Cameron Odsey said that as of March 19, their office already issued more than 200  Food Lane   Pass to truckers and traders who are shipping or carrying food items and other goods to and from the different parts of the Cordillera and  Luzon . 

“We are mandated to ensure that there is unhampered flow of food from the source or the farm and going to where it is consumed,” Odsey said in an interview. “We ensure that even if we have this emergency, food would be available,” he added.

Accredited suppliers or truckers are  provided a Certificate of Food Lane Accreditation and food pass or sticker that would allow them to pass through the allotted Food Express lane, hence, they do not have to use the normal checkpoint lanes.

To ensure immediate processing of food lane accreditation applications, Odsey said they have designated two processing areas-one at the DA-Sub Office within the Benguet Agri-Pinoy Trading Center (BAPTC) in La Trinidad, Benguet and another at the DA-RFO, Easter Road, Bokawkan, Baguio City, thru the Office of the Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division(AMAD).

The application is necessary especially for those suppliers and truckers that transport basic agricultural and fishery commodities and inputs.

Requirements for application include scanned copy of official receipt of registration, scanned copy of certificate of registration, scanned copy of business permit, duly accomplished Food Lane Accreditation Application Form, duly accomplished Food lane Reference Form, and duly accomplished Statement of Commitment. The three latter requirements can be accomplished personally at the designated processing areas where application forms are readily available.

Online application is also encouraged where forms may be downloaded at Filled-out forms with complete copies of attachments can be sent thru This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., the email account of the DA-AMAD, for processing.

Applicants from other provinces and municipalities could visit their respective Municipal Agricultural Office to help them in their application via email.

Other requirements are listed for those carrying poultry and livestock, including meat and meat products as provided under DA Memorandum Circular no. 5, s. 2020. For transport of live animals, animal products and by-products, a shipping permit must be secured from the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) with accompanying Veterinary Health Certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian. In transporting fresh or frozen meat, secure a shipping permit from BAI with accompanying Meat Inspection Certificate for fresh and locally produced meat or Certificate of Meat Inspection from the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) for imported meat.

In Memorandum Circular No. 07 issued by the Office of DA Secretary on March 17, 2020, it has identified all food items that “must be allowed unhampered and unimpeded transit in all quarantine checkpoints, provided that proper documentation is presented to assigned authorities” as part of its Food Resiliency Protocol.

Identified food commodities are rice,brown sugar and refined sugar, all fruits including coconut,all vegetables and spices,fish and all aquatic produce (fresh, frozen, chilled and dried),live hogs and poultry, all live carabao, cattle, goat and sheep, all eggs (fresh, salted, and balut); milk and all dairy products,  all meat (fresh, frozen, chilled); all meat products (semi and fully-processed), all canned food products, and cooking oil.

For farm inputs, these are all items/commodities that are necessary to support the production of basic agricultural products including necessary farm implements to support its production and processing operations.

For inquiries, clients are encouraged to visit the DA-CAR-AMAD Office at the 4th floor RCPC building, BPI Compound, Guisad in Baguio City or the nearest Municipal Agricultural Office. (JDP/RMC- PIA CAR)

By Redjie Melvic M. Cawis



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Mt. Province


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