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)

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.


The Department of Tourism – Cordillera with the member-agencies of the Regional Task Force on COVID-19 in the region organized a sweeper bus operation to bring home the locally stranded individuals.

DOT-CAR OIC Jovita Ganongan, LTO-CAR Regional Director Francis Almora, DILG-CAR Regional Director Marlo Iringan and representatives  from the City Tourism Office send off the 26 locally stranded tourists  in Baguio City on Friday.. RMC PIA-CAR

DOT-CAR Officer-in-Charge Jovita Ganongan said that the DOT organized the “Hatid Turista Program” in cooperation with the regional offices of the Department of Transportation thru the Land Transportation Office, Department of Interior and Local Government, Police Regional Office – Cordillera and the City Government of Baguio.

The 26 local tourists will be brought to Pangasinan in Region 1, Pampanga in Region 3, Batangas and Cavite in Region 4A and other cities at the National Capital Region,   Ganongan said.

“We are now sending home the stranded tourists who were also assisted by the DOT-CAR and the other government agencies in the past two months during their stay in the city 

The LTO-CAR coordinated with the LTO and DOTR offices in Region 1, 3, 4A and NCR particularly the specific areas where the bus will bring the tourists.  DILG-CAR also coordinated with the different local government units where the tourists are while the PRO-Cor provided special travel pass for the passengers as well as the bus will come back to Baguio City.

The bus was provided for free by the Victory Liner Bus thru the DOT and the City Government of Baguio.

 All passengers were subjected to COVID-19 health screening and applied for health certificates before they were sent home.

DOT-CAR OIC Jovita Ganongan distribute tourist care kit to the stranded tourists before departing from Baguio City. (RMC PIA-CAR)

 Ramonita Reuyan, 64, and a person with disability, expressed happiness and gratitude for the provision of a sweeper that will bring them home in Cavite City.

 “Maraming pong salamat sa tulong na ito. Nag aalala na po kami kung paano kami makakauwi, buti na lang po at mayroon kayo na taga Baguio at sa gobyerno,” she said.

She related her family came to Baguio   on March 14 for the wake   of a relative. Unfortunately they were locked down in Loakan Barangay following the declaration by President Rodrigo Duterte of the Enhanced Community Quarantine in Luzon on March 16 due to the COVID-19 threat.  

 Twenty one year old Julius Villaco of Aklan in the Visayas, one of the stranded tourists in the city, also expressed his gratitude to the people of Baguio City who took care of them during the lockdown period.

 Villaco with his two friends came up to Baguio City on March 12 for a week-long vacation but they were stranded in the city particularly at the Country Club Village Barangay since the ECQ.

They are thankful to Imee Ibanag, the owner of the transient house where they stayed in the past two months.  With limited budget, they were fortunate to have been included    as beneficiaries of relief goods from the barangay and the city government   despite them not being   residents of the city.

 “The people of Baguio are very kind. We are very thankful that the people of Baguio took us in during the lockdown. We do not want yet to go home but we promise to come back when the situation of the COVID-19 will improve in the country,” Villaco said.

 Aside from the free ride, the DOT-CAR also provided each passenger with a tourist care kit which includes a sanitizer, facemask, water and snacks while the city government of Baguio thru the City Tourism Office provided meals for the duration of the trip.

 A send-off program was held prior to the departure of the bus led by Ganongan, LTO-CAR Regional Director Francis Almora, DILG-CAR Regional Director Marlo Iringan and reps from the City Tourism Office.

The DOT already sent more than 100 foreign tourists who were stranded in the Cordillera region while another “Hatid Turista Program” is being mounted for other locally stranded tourists. (JDP/ RMC- PIA CAR)

By Redjie Melvic M. Cawis



  • 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.


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.  


  • 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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