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)

DA awards P6.86M agri support under SAAD to Sadanga LGU

BAGUIO CITY, June 22 (PIA) - - Department of Agriculture Secretary William Dar  officially turned the certificate of award to Mayor Gabino Ganggangan  of Sadanga, Mountain Province for the implementation of around P6.86 million worth of projects in the municipality under DA’s Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) program last  June 19.


Agriculture Secretary Willam Dar (3rd from left) leads other DA officials in offcially handing the SAAD Certificate of Awards to Sadanga Mayor Gabino Ganggangan (4th from left) during the Joint Cordillera RTF - ELCAC and RPOC meeting at Baguio Country Club, June 19. Also in photo is Regional Peace and Order Council chairperson Mayor Benjamin Magalong of Baguio City*right). (CCD/PIA CAR)  

SAAD is part of the overall thrust of President Rodrigo Duterte to increase food production and reduce poverty in the Philippines especially in the 30 priority poor provinces identified by the Philippine Statistics Authority as well as to areas covered by Executive Order No. 70, or the whole – of – nation approach to End Local Communist Armed Conflict.

For Cordillera, SAAD projects are set for implementation in 163 covered barangays in 25 municipalities in Apayao, Kalinga and Mountain Province.

The awarding of  support to Sadanga was  done  during  the joint meeting of the Cordillera Regional Task Force - ELCAC and the Regional Peace and Order Council co presided by Dar who is the designated Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security (CORDS for CAR),

DA – CAR Regional Executive Director Cameron Odsey said    the award of projects is a symbol of support of the DA to   Ganggangan for his advocacy of community resilience consistent with Cordillera culture amidst the threat of COVID-19 and the social cost of armed conflict in the region.

“In light of the implementation of EO 70, the SAAD is honored and inspired to be part of Savanna’s continuing quest and fight against domestic communist terrorism. Upholding their culture and traditions, Christian norms and beliefs, the local folks led by their elders and leaders chased and banned ideological and armed intrusions into their villages that destroys peaceful co-existence, relationships, and their ways of life”

“Supporting their quest for the peace and pursuit of development in their realms will establish a vanguard for rural development and model for rural development that other disadvantaged and poor highland communities can follow and emulate,”  the certificate of award  stated.

Sadanga’s SAAD projects include integrated farming on legume, swine, cattle and poultry production with heirloom rice in the barangays. 

The Secretary also lauded the efforts of Gangangan in addressing local communist – related issues in their municipality especially in pushing for the banning of front organizations that are misleading the people and advancing the cause of communist armed conflict.

For the meeting, Dar outlined three guidelines for the regional bodies. First, to make a stand as a government to show that the whole of nation approach is powerful to articulate the very good programs and projects of the government that is helping the people that are socio-economically impacted.

Second, strengthen the framework which the RTF-ELCAC is anchored.  and third, to further improve the implementation plan   that ensures that the government is there helping the people down to the countryside. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)

CORDS for CAR and DA Secretary William Dar(r) shares  the government's updates on  ELCAC and the agriculture department's campaign on food security amid the COVID - 19   while  Sadanga, Mountain Province Mayor Gabino Ganggangan  shares  the town's  initiatives in addressing communist armed conflict concerns.   (CCD/PIA CAR) 

By Carlito C. Dar



  • 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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