3 Cordilleran in Top 10 of PMA 'MASIDLAWIN' Class of 2020 (RMC- PIA-CAR)

Mayor Benjamin Magalong in a public address calls on Baguio citizens' active support and adherence to the General Community Qaurantine guidelines set by the city government. (Mann Sortejas/PIA Baguio)

Bontoc Mayor Franklin Odsey (c) with Sangguniang Bayan member and Chairperson on Committee on Health Jerome Tudlong, Jr., and Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Johanna Padaen inspect the Rapid Test Kits and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) provided by the National Task Force to the Municipality of Bontoc. (Bontoc LGU photo)

Gov. Melchor Diclas leads the relief operation in far flung sitios in Itogon, Benguet .

Relief goods are delivered to far flung villages in Benguet that could be reach by hours of walking, thanks to the Philippine Air Force Tactical Operations Group Baguio(RMC-PIA CAR)

Bontoc Mayor Franklin Odsey and Sagada Mayor James Pooten(r) expressed their gratitude to National Task Force for COVID-19 Chief Implementor Sec. Carlito Galvez(l) for the test kits and personal protective equipment during the Joint NTF-RTF meeting in Baguio City. (RMC- PIA-CAR)

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.

 

This following the complaints particularly of cargo carriers of goods and essential commodities that these barangay checkpoints have been making their travel longer. Cargo carriers though still have to pass through established Philippine National Police checkpoints and follow procedures in line with the ECQ.

DILG Cordillera Regional Director Marlo Iringan recently issued an advisory based on the directive of the President and the national IATF (Inter-agency Task Force for COVID-190) that ‘all barangay checkpoints in all national highways and provincial roads shall be removed as they impede the movement of goods and essential commodities in defiance of IATF guidelines." 

Truckers transporting vegetables to Manila and other areas welcome this directive.

Many LGUs established strategic barangay checkpoints as a measure to regulate movement to prevent the entry of the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) in their respective areas.

Barangay checkpoints do not have the authority to inspect cargo vehicles carrying goods and other essential commodities. Only the PNP personnel are allowed to inspect cargo trucks, Iringan said.

 He clarified that even with the order of dismantling of said barangay checkpoints, these can still be maintained for so long as it is authorized, supervised and monitored by the PNP.

The function of barangay checkpoints is focused mainly in ensuring that people who go outside their residences have the necessary quarantine passes issued by competent authority, Iringan said. The barangay checkpoint does not need to be a physical barrier, it can be a waiting shed, he added. 

Meanwhile, Iringan reminded truckers that they are required to present health declaration form to be secured from respective barangays, company ID card for driver including two helpers. They will also be subjected to health protocols like thermal scanning and should practice social and physical distancing at all times.  Food lane pass is still required to be presented to the PNP checkpoints.

He enjoined everyone to cooperate in this fight against COVID-19. “Hindi lang ito laban ng mga national government agencies, ng mga LGUs. Laban lahat natin ito. Kailangan pagtulungan natin itong lahat. (This is not the fight of the national government agencies nor LGUS. This is our fight. We need the help of everyone.) We listen to the instructions advisories of our authorities and we just stay inside our houses. This is our way of helping in combatting the COVID-19 the soonest.” (JDP/SCA-PIA-CAR, Benguet)

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)

By Susan C. Aro

 

Baguio

  • 3 Cordilleran in Top 10 of PMA 'MASIDLAWIN' Class of 2020

    BAGUIO CITY, May 22(PIA) -- Three Cordilleran are in the Top 10 graduating class of the Philippine Military Academy “Masidlawin” (Mandirigmang Isinilang na may Dangal at Lakas Upang Maging Tanglaw ng Inang Bayan) Class of 2020.

  • Magalong calls for continuing public support to city's GCQ guidelines

    BAGUIO CITY, May 23(PIA) - - Mayor Benjamin Magalong calls for continuing public cooperation, obedience and on instilling the needed discipline to ensure the safety of everyone from the COVID -19.

  • Cordillera needs P9B to reboot economy

    BAGUIO CITY—The Cordillera will require P9.2 billion to stimulate the local economy that has suffered P18.7 billion in losses during the two-month Luzon quarantine, according to the Office of Civil Defense (OCD).

  • NTF pushes to build up testing capacity for COVID-19

    BAGUIO CITY, May 21 (PIA) - - It is the goal of the national government to slowly move the country from the Enhanced Community Quarantine to General Community Quarantine  towards  the new normal  where   economic activities will be moving forward without compromising public safety.

  • PH to adopt Cordillera Covid-19 response

    BAGUIO CITY – National Task Force against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) chief implementer Carlito Galvez Jr. said on Thursday they will adopt the good practices in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) in preventing the spread of the disease.

Benguet

  • Benguet shifts back to COVID-19 operations after typhoon

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, May 22, (PIA) -- Governor Melchor Diclas is thankful that the province of Benguet was spared by typhoon Ambo over the weekend   and the provincial government shifts back its attention to  COVID-19.

  • DPWH spells out construction safety guidelines under GCQ

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, May 23(PIA) - -  With the province  now under General Community Quarantine, all projects under the Department of Public Works and Highways(DPWH) are given the green light to proceed but must comply with construction safety guidelines.

  • PRO-Cor reaches out to almost 13,000 indigent families in CAR

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, May 22(PIA) -- The Police Regional Office – Cordillera (PRO-Cor) has provided relief assistance to more than 13, 000 indigent families in the Cordillera region thru the “Kapwa Ko, Sagot Ko! Adopt-A-Family Program.”

  • Relief goods reach more far flung areas in Benguet

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, May 16(PIA) -Families in far flung areas in  two municipalities in the  province  received  relief goods  which were  airlifted over the weekend. 

  • Benguet PVO fears recurrence of ASF

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, May 15 (PIA) - - As local government units are focused on protecting their constituents from the corona virus (COVID-19), Benguet is faced with another concern involving its swine industry.

Mt. Province

  • Bontoc, Sagada thank NTF for PPEs, test kits

    BAGUIO CITY, May 22(PIA) -- Bontoc Mayor Franklin Odsey and Sagada Mayor James Pooten expressed their gratitude to National Task Force for COVID-19 Chief Implementor Secretary Carlito Galvez for the test kits and personal protective equipment (PPE) they received recently.

  • Mt. Province CTFs convene to set unified GCQ local guidelines

    BONTOC, Mountain Province-- In the province’s aim to come up with a set unified guidelines for all municipalities in the province for the next phase of community quarantine from May 16 to 31, 2020, the Provincial COVID-19 Task Force (PCTF) met with the League of Municipalities-Mountain Province Chapter (LMP-MP) on May 15   at the Mountain Province Disaster Operations Center.

  • Mt. Province honors 2 fallen soldiers, gives aid to families

    BAUKO, Mountain Province, May 1 -- The  provincial  government  here gave due recognition to two  of its  sons -   soldiers from  the municipality of Bauko who  sacrificed their lives  for the country.

  • Work in PLGU frontline services resumes May 4; observance of preventive measures stressed

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, May 3(PIA) – With the province now under General Community Quarantine (GCQ), work for frontline services at the provincial local government unit (PLGU) will resume on Monday May 4.

  • Coping with crisis, the Cordillera way

    PARACELIS, Mountain Province, Philippines —The government-imposed lockdown across Luzon to arrest the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has activated age-old amelioration practices in the Cordillera.

IFUGAO

  • PNP’s charitable program serves more than 1,000 Ifugao families

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, May 20(PIA) - - Amidst the threat of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), more than a thousand families in the province were provided assistance by the Philippine National Police (PNP) through its charitable program.

  • Ifugao PLGU sets rapid triage for returning employees

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, May 20 (PIA) - -As  precautionary measure against  COVID-19,the provincial government has started on May 18 the conduct of rapid triage assessment for its workforce and capitol-based agencies including clients and visitors with the province  now placed  under the  general community quarantine.

  • DTI invites ECQ- affected MSEs to avail of its loan facility

    LAMUT, Ifugao, May 15(PIA) - - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in the province enjoined Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) affected by the Enhanced Community Quarantine to avail of the  agency’s Enterprise Rehabilitation Financing (ERF) facility.

  • Ifugao town records second COVID-19 case

    LAMUT, Ifugao, May 14 (PIA) - -  The  local government  here reiterates to the public to  follow   guidelines  such as staying  at home,  practicing  proper hygiene, wearing  protective mask and  observing  social distancing  as the   municipality recorded its second confirmed COVID-19 case.

  • Ifugao PLGU sets 'Oplan Gawid' for stranded students,workers

    LAMUT, Ifugao, May 7 (PIA) - -  Stranded students and displaced workers outside the province  due to the  enhanced community  quarantine may now  be allowed to come  but  will have to follow the set protocols.

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