DSWD Undersecretary Jose Ernesto Gaviola turns over SAP emergency cash assistance to , 92-year old Ana Amoy Taag at her residence in Labueg, Kapangan, Benguet, (RMC- PIA CAR)

Governor Marfia Jocelyn Bernos(left), DTI-Abra Director Samuel Gallardo(3rd from left) and representatives from partner agencies awrd livelihood kits to beneficiaries in conflict-affected areas in the province.

Itogon Mayor Victorio Palangdan sprays gin at the municipal grounds in Poblacion, Itogon, Benguet. The disinfectant being used came from the confiscated alcoholic drinks by the Itogon PNP since the start of the enhance community quarantine. (Itogon LGU photos)

Itogon municipal officials led by Mayor Victorio Palangdan pour bottles of gin in a container for disinfecting and cleaning of the Itogon municipal grounds and vehicles over the weekend. (Itogon LGU photos)

Distribution of the additional ESP-SAP in Kapangan, Benguet led by DSWD Undersecretary Jose Ernesto Gaviola and Cordillera Regional Director Leo Quintilla with DILG-CAR Regional Director Marlo Iringan assisted by Kapangan Mayor Many Fermin. (RMC- PIA-CAR)

CRDRRMC in parnership with the City Government of Baguio and Provincial LGU of Abra facilitate the return of LSIs to their residences. (RMC/PIA CAR)

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.

 

Benguet First Assistant District Engineer Benedicta Mendoza said all DPWH projects are considered priority following the revised construction safety guidelines as spelled out in DPWH’s Department Order (DO) Number 39 which supersedes the earlier directive issued under DO No. 35.

The order is pursuant to the Revised Omnibus Guideline on the Implementation of Community Quarantine dated May 15 granting the DPWH to issue construction safety guidelines for allowed government and private construction projects.

Mendoza said personnel to be hired  should  only those  between 21 to 59 years old who are free from health conditions such as immune deficiency, comorbidities and those who reside with someone with COVID-19.  

In the revised guidelines, construction personnel may undergo quarantine for 14 days prior to deployment or as an alternative, the employee may undergo any available Food and Drug Administration (FDA) – approved COVID-19 test as may be prescribed by the Department of Health.

Mendoza said compliance to basic health requirements will be the basis of the DPWH  to issue workers pass which serves as an identification card prior to the deployment of personnel.

She  suggested  to hire construction workers who are stranded in the locality instead of hiring somebody from another area.

The Department of Public Works and Highways Oder No. 39  lays down the revised construction safety guidelines for the implementation of infrastructure projects during the General Community Quarantine . (SCA-PIA-CAR, Benguet)

Concessionaires, contractors and sub-contractors also need to provide their personnel or workers welfare facilities and amenities such as quarters or barracks which will be used during the project duration and  ensuring compliance to social distancing and proper hygiene.

Projects should be compliant to occupational and healthy workplace of the Department of Labor and Employment, and the Department of Trade and Industry and the DOLE interim guidelines on workplace prevention and control of COVID-19.

Mendoza also said the contractor must designate and maintain a safety officer not only to disseminate construction protocols but to ensure safety practices and monitor daily work activities. Said officer will also ensure strict compliance on workplace prevention and control of COVID-19 on the wearing of protective equipment such as face masks, safety glasses/goggles, face shields, long sleeve t-shirts and other measures.

Errands outside construction sites should be controlled following proper disinfection procedures upon return, maintained offices, regular maintenance and disinfection of field offices, quarters and common areas, provision of adequate drinking water, disinfectants, and hand soaps, daily monitoring of pre and post-work health conditions of workers.

Sharing of construction equipment is discouraged but if necessary, the shared equipment must be disinfected in between transfers among personnel.

All material and equipment delivery and disposal will be conducted by a specific team of personnel on an isolated loading/unlaoding zone while limiting contact with the delivery/disposal personnel.

The guideline also discourages the entry of non-essential personnel, visitors, at the construction site including quarters and field offices. Logging in of those temporarily entering the construction site is required and checked in for symptoms. Gatherings, liquors and/or merry-making are strictly prohibited within the construction premises.

Clustered and staggered deployment of employees within the construction site shall be observed to minimize personnel contact and for easier contact tracing.

Proper waste disposal should also be provided for infectious waste such as PPEs and other waste products coming from outside construction premises.

For the DPWH infrastructure projects, the agency's Implementing Officer will monitor compliance of the guidelines and issue construction quarantine pass to individual qualified personnel based on the list submitted and certified by the contractor and the like. 

Governor Melchor Diclas calls for compliance to safety requirements so that projects especially those that reduce disaster risk such as flood control and landslide protection projects must proceed, otherwise it will be back to zero again with the onset of the rainy season. (JDP/SCA-PIA-CAR, Benguet)

By Susan C. Aro

 

Baguio

  • Malacanang declares July 15 as special holiday in CAR

    BAGUIO CITY, July 9(PIA) -- July 15, 2020 is a special non-working day in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) to mark its 33rd founding anniversary.  

  • DSWD-CAR disburses P266.87M for social pension of sr. citizens

     

    BAGUIO CITY, July 10 (PIA) - - The Department of Social and Welfare and Development affirms that assistance to senior citizens remains to be a priority in this time of COVID-19 pandemic. 

    DSWD – CAR Assistant Regional for Operations Amelyn Cabrera, in the online Kapihan Sa Baguio media forum here, reported that social pension for the first semester of this year has already been released to 88,959 senior citizens in Cordillera who are enrolled in the program.  A total of P266, 877,000 has already been disbursed covering their stipends for January up to June.    

    The senior citizens  who  received their social pension include 21,070 are from Abra; 9,809 in Apayao; 1,777 in Baguio City; 18,625 in Benguet; 14,555 in Ifugao; 13,759 in Kalinga and 9,305 in Mountain Province.

    Under the DSWD Social Pension Program, enlisted beneficiaries are entitled to P500 stipend per month to augment their subsistence and other medical needs.  

    Cabrera  also disclosed that  to date, there are also 29 centenarians (100 - years old) in Cordillera that have already received P100,000 cash grant each from DSWD pursuant to the Centenarian Act of 2016. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)

    La Trinidad Mayor Romeo Salda, (left), Baguio Congressman Mark Go (middle) and Asst. Regional Director Enrique Gascon (right) along with  other DSWD - CAR Officials give updates on their programs and services during the PIA Cordillera- led Kapihan media forum. (CCD/PIA CAR)

    By Carlito C. Dar

     

  • 66% of Cordillera learners enrolled for SY 2020-2021

    BAGUIO CITY – More than 309,000 of the expected 430,000 learners in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) have already enrolled for the school year 2020-2021.

  • 7 LSIs arrive in Baguio thru Hatid Tulong program

    BAGUIO CITY, July 6(PIA) – Seven residents of Baguio who were stranded in Manila   in the past months with the imposition of community quarantine due to COVID-19 are finally back in the city.

  • 48th Nutrition Month focuses on stunting reduction, nutrition amid COVID –19

    BAGUIO CITY, July 5 (PIA) - - The National Nutrition Council(NNC) leads the observance of the 48th National Nutrition Month which focuses on stunting reduction and the role of good nutrition in COVID - 19 prevention.

Benguet

Mt. Province

  • DOST-CAR assists community-based muscovado processing in Besao

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, June12 (PIA) -- The Department of Science and Technology – Cordillera Administrative Region  (DOST - CAR) through its Local Grants in Aid project continues  to provide appropriate science and technology intervention to micro, small and medium enterprises to increase productivity, improve the quality of their products, and strengthen product market competitiveness.

  • Police, APF, priest engage Mt. Province youth in songfest while under CQ

    SAGADA, Mountain Province, June 11(PIA)-- The  joint project  of the uniformed personnel and  a Catholic priest here to engage  the youth  creatively making  use of their time and improving  their  musical talent  while on community quarantine is a big success that a second round is set in motion.

  • Mt. Province declares CPP-NPA, other lawless elements 'persona non-grata'

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, May 31(PIA)- -  The  provincial government  joins the Sangguniang Bayan of the ten municipalities of the province in condemning the terroristic actions of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) and other  lawless elements in their respective jurisdictions.

  • Sadanga's culture, values of community solidarity,cooperation reaffirmed in COVID pandemic

    BAGUIO CITY, June 1 (PIA) -- For the people of Sadanga, Mountain Province,  the COVID-19 pandemic  reaffirmed that  their culture and values of community solidarity and cooperation are alive.

  • 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.  

IFUGAO

  • DA,Philmech award machineries to 6 Ifugao farmers groups

    LAMUT, Ifugao, July 10 (PIA) - - Six farmers organizations in the province recently received agricultural machineries from the Department of Agriculture (DA) under the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) mechanization program to improve their farming systems and be competitive.

  • DA purchases tons of assorted crops directly from Ifugao farmers

    ASIPULO, Ifugao, July 10 (PIA) - - More than 100 tons of agricultural crops from the municipalities of Asipulo and Tinoc were purchased by the Department of Agriculture in the  Cordillera Administrative Region (DA-CAR) in separate occasions recently.-

  • Ifugao records drop of crime volume for first sem of 2020

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, July 6(PIA) - - Crime volume in the province has decreased by 47% percent this first quarter of 2020 compared to the same period  last year, the Ifugao Provincial Police Office (IPPO) reported.

  • Donors produce Php107,000 for Tinoc farmers

    TINOC, Ifugao, July 1 (PIA) - - A group of farmers here who opted to donate their tomatoes and other crops to the municipality of Lagawe and other towns had received more than  P100,000 cash assistance from kind-hearted individuals.

  • PTF-ELCAC sets community-based enterprise dev project in Tinoc

    TINOC, Ifugao, June 27(PIA) - - Members of the Provincial Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (PTF-ELCAC) will implement here a  seven-month training that will benefit the community and other special clients in support to Executive Order 70 or Whole of Nation Approach  to end Local communist armed conflicts.

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