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)

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).

 

In a virtual presser, Benguet provincial health officer, Dr. Mercedes Calpito said Tuesday the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and automated extraction machines have been stationed to the BGHMC through a memorandum of agreement (MOA), the Department of Health’s sub-national testing laboratory for north Luzon, catering to Regions 1 (Ilocos), 2 (Cagayan Valley) and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).

Calpito said the machines will be used by the BGHMC for the meantime as she admitted that BeGH has no capability yet in using said equipment without a testing lab and will be of good use at the regional testing facility.

COVID FIGHT. A Covid-19 patient has been discharged from the Benguet General Hospital in La Trinidad, Benguet which is now an owner of a PCR machine and an automated extraction machine donated by Benguet caretaker and ACT-CIS Party-list Rep. Eric Go Yap. The machines, however, will be stationed to the Baguio General Hospital Medical Center which is the testing center for Cordillera and Regions 1 and 2 until it will be able to have its own laboratory. (Benguet General Hospital photo)

Yap, who sent the supplies to the province last May 22, said that the MOA will be executed by the two hospitals until the BeGH will have an adequate facility.

Under such agreement, BGHMC will be using the machines but will allocate a certain number of tests per day for Benguet residents until such time that BeGH is ready with its own molecular testing facility.

“This will be a big boost (in the battle against Covid),” Yap said.

“We will not flatten the curve without mass testing and I hope these machines will bring us one step closer to a Covid-free community”, he added.

Now efforts are being made, like identifying a place within the hospital and the medical technologists are now observing at BGHMC to learn the testing process, Calpito said.

“It will be established in the near future, most probably in six months' time or by January (2021),” she added.

One PCR machine would require medical technologists, a pathologist, and an encoder.

She said that 10-12 medical technologists are needed for the four PCR machines excluding a pathologist and an encoder per machine, said BGHMC’s Dr. Lea Fangolino, who represented hospital chief, Dr. Ricardo Runez, Jr.

She added that a PCR machine could cost PHP4 million, and for a laboratory, at least PHP200 million is needed, which does not include personnel and other equipment.

Yap in giving the machines said that he was inspired by his favorite quote: “The only thing necessary for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing.”

He said the country’s direction should be testing which is the answer and not only quarantine, while he further urged the country’s public health sector to fortify its capability to test and hasten the waiting time for the result.

“From 100 tests a day dahil manual ang ginagamit, magiging 1,000 ang pwedeng i-test once na may automated machine na (From 100 tests a day because it is manual, the capability will increase to 1,000 a day once there is an automated machine). It is a must-have,” Yap added. (PNA)

By Pigeon Lobien

 

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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