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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)

DA aids 1.5K Cordillera farmers amid Covid-19 crisis

BAGUIO CITY – A Department of Agriculture (DA) official said on Wednesday that the agency has extended assistance to 1,551 farmers in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) under its Expanded Survival and Recovery (E-SuRe) aid, a loan program to help farmers affected by the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

 

DA-CAR regional director Cameron Odsey said they have released PHP52 million to the farmers since April.

Out of the total disbursed, PHP38.7 million was given to flower and cut-flower growers in various towns of Benguet while PHP14 million was given to vegetable farmers.

“Tuluy-tuloy dayta, in fact, this week adda manen naka schedule (That is continuing, in fact, this week, we will again be releasing [of money])," Odsey said.

Odsey said local government units have submitted the list of 4,000 farmers engaged in flower production in the towns of Benguet.

He said the central office has downloaded PHP137 million to the region for the continued processing and release of the aid.

Under the E-SuRe aid, around 60,000 farmers are expected to be provided with assistance.

The E-SuRe program provides a 10-year loan at PHP25,000 for each borrower, without interest and collateral. It only charges a service fee as the aid passes through a conduit agency or cooperative. It is also available to others engaged in the agricultural production life fishery, livestock, and vegetables.

“But it has to be verified. We already started releasing through the Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC), an agency under the DA that is charged with the credit policy programs of the department," Odsey said.

He said they are giving assistance to those who do not own more than 1 hectare of land.

Odsey said that they are also looking at non-duplication of assistance or those farmers who have not availed any of the social amelioration programs of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the TUPAD and CAMP of the Department of Labor and Employment and other agencies.

Bahong, La Trinidad village chief Belmer Elis said of all the farmers, the flower growers are most affected by the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.

“Close lahat ng mga flower shops, walang events, so affected talaga ang mga bulaklak sa Bahong not only here but entire Benguet (All flower shops are close and there are no events, that's why the flowers in Bahong and the entire Benguet are affected),” he said.

With the pandemic, he said all events and social gatherings are canceled so there is no use for flowers, which are wilting.

He said it was only during Valentine's Day in February that their farmers sold a good amount of their produce.

Agricultural technicians have submitted losses from harvestable flowers and such losses continue each day, he added.

Elis said they estimated the loss at PHP50 million as of the first week of May.

To date, around 318 Bahong farmers have received government assistance.

Meanwhile, Bahong farmer Grace Suhat, 61, said their flower products are going to the garbage, rotting.

“We are suffering, there is no market for our products," she said.

She, however, said they are lucky because there is no Covid-19 case in their village. (PNA)

By Liza Agoot

 

Baguio

  • PAF TOG-1 airlifts relief goods to remote Bokod sitios

    BAGUIO CITY, May 29(PIA) -- Another set of relief goods reached the far flung areas in Bokod, Benguet recently.

    Mayor Thomas Wales Jr. and Philippine Red Cross - Benguet Chapter Administrator Oscar Paris turns over relief goods including sacks of rice to residents in Sitio Bakian, Barangay Ekip in Bokod, Benguet during the airlifting of relief operations  RMC PIA-CAR

    The Philippine Air Force thru the Tactical Operations Group 1- based in Baguio City with the coordination of the Philippine Red Cross – Benguet Chapter and the Office of the Civil Defense – Cordillera airlifted another set of relief goods to areas in the municipality of Bokod which are very hard to reach.

    Relief goods were airlifted from Loakan Airport and the Benguet State University Bokod Campus in Ambangeg to Barangay Nawal; Sitios Bakian and Naswak in Barangay Ekip and Sitio Bisal in Barangay Bobok-Bisal on May 23 and 25, 2020.

    Barangay Nawal received 120 sacks of 25-kilogram rice, one cavan of sugar and two cavans of NFA rice while sitio Bobok in Bobok-Bisak received 40 cavans of rice and one cavan each of sugar and NFA rice.

    In Barangay Ekip, Sitio Bakian received 20 sacks of 25-kilogram rice, one cavan NFA rice and one cavan sugar. Sitio Naswak received 30 sacks of half cavan rice and one cavan of sugar.

    The Philippine Red Cross-Benguet Chapter also distributed more than 200 food packs to the different areas and several boxes of Ready to Use Food Supplement for children and adults.

    The relief goods came from the Provincial Government of Benguet, the office of the Benguet Caretaker Cong. Eric Go Yap, Board Member Nestor Fongwan Jr., and the municipal government of Bokod and the PRC Benguet Chapter.

     Bokod Mayor Thomas Wales Jr. said that the areas where the relief goods were delivered are considered as the most remote areas in the municipality as these areas could only be reached thru hiking across mountains for several hours.

    “The sitios of Bakian and Naswak of Barangay Ekip, Bisal of Barangay Bobok, and Barangay Nawal are the most far flung areas in Bokod and are the most difficult to be reached due to lack of road and transportation means,” Wales said.

    “We are grateful for the two helicopters of the Philippine Air Force which were sent in the municipality to help us bring the relief goods to the said areas,” the Mayor added.

     The relief operations were joined by PRC- Benguet Chapter Administrator Oscar Paris, Board Member Nestor Fongwan Jr., and the Bokod Municipal Police Station led by PCapt. Ruben Tamiray with the PAF TOG-1 led by Lt. Col. Alan Macatingrao and Lt. Col. Jack Ray Mosomos.

     Last week, Benguet Gov. Melchor Diclas personally delivered hundreds of food packs to the far flung areas of Ekip in Bokod as support of the province to the residents during the time of the COVID-19 crisis.

    In the past weeks, the PAF with the provincial government of Benguet and the PRC-Benguet Chapter have been conducting airlifting of relief goods to the different remote areas in the province mostly those that could be reached thru hiking to ease the burden of bringing sacks of relief goods to their homes. (JDP/RMC- PIA-CAR)

     

    By Redjie Melvic M. Cawis

     

  • Gov't agencies send home stranded local tourists in Baguio City

    BAGUIO CITY, May 29(PIA) -- At least 26 local tourists stranded in Baguio City since the start of the Enhanced Community Quarantine in March were sent home to their respective hometowns today.

  • TESDA, police in Cordillera partner for face mask project

    BAGUIO CITY – The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Cordillera and the Police Regional Office Cordillera (PROCOR) have partnered to provide face masks to the public using old police uniforms.

  • Cordillera records 11 days doubling time; 89% case recovery rate

    BAGUIO CITY – The Cordillera region has recorded an 11-day doubling time for new cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), the officer in charge of the regional health office said Tuesday.

Benguet

  • PCR, extraction machines now available at BGHMC lab

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – The machines donated by ACT-CIS and Benguet caretaker Rep. Eric Go Yap to the provincial government supposedly for the Benguet General Hospital (BeGH) has been stationed at the Baguio General Hospital Medical Center (BGHMC), boosting the hospital’s capability in detecting coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

  • 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. 

Mt. Province

  • LGUs cooperate in bringing home LSIs,returning OFWs

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, May 27(PIA) --In  continuing efforts to expedite  the  return of the  locally stranded individuals (LSIs)  and overseas Filipino workers(OFWs) to be reunited with their families, the  provincial and  municipal local government units complement  each other.  

  • 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.

IFUGAO

  • Ifugao town slowly adapting to new normal

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, May 27(PIA) -- This capital town is slowly   adapting to the new normal   with the current   general community quarantine until May 31, 2020.

  • 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.

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