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)

Ilocos Sur gov't pays tribute to frontliners’ selflessness, bravery

VIGAN CITY, June 21 (PIA) - The provincial government of Ilocos Sur (PGIS), headed by Governor Ryan Luis Singson, conducted a mass salute for all frontliners in the province to pay tribute to their selflessness and bravery to fight the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.


It was held in front of the Ilocos Sur Provincial Hospital-Gabriela Silang (ISPH-GS) here on Friday afternoon.  

In behalf of the people of Ilocos Sur, Gov. Singson and other officials of the provincial government, along with the officers of the Ilocos Sur Police Provincial Office and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), stood in front of the health workers in the province and salute them to convey the gratitude in every Ilocos Surian’s heart.

“To our dearest men and women in the frontlines and in every level of defense, the Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection, AFP and the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) who endure the heat, the rain, and the hostilities in the borders, the public health officers, our drivers and helpers, who brave the exposure in the communities and the long travels, our medical technologists, radiology technologists, pharmacists, nursing body, doctors, even guards and utility men, who know no fear in the execution of their duties to protect us,” Gov. Singson said.

During his speech, Gov. Singson thanked the frontliners for choosing to share their skills and knowledge, that even if they could have opted to stay home, they faced all risks when their families also needed them.

"It is your selflessness and bravery that has changed our perceptions in life, rest assured your provincial government is also working hard to strengthen our capacity to face the challenges that may come in the days or weeks in the bid to keep our community safe in order that your families and loved ones are safe from COVID-19 while you are on the frontline," he said.

Health workers from the ISPH-GS and other district hospitals in the province gathered in front of the said hospital to accept the salute.

MASS SALUTE. Health workers from the Ilocos Sur Provincial Hospital-Gabriela Silang and other district hospitals in Ilocos Sur sing "Heal Our Land" after receiving salute from the provincial government. (jmcq/pia)

Oreo Singson Dela Fuente, ER nurse supervisor at the ISPH-GS, said that he will always remember this moment, simple as it may seem, he felt the support from the provincial government, which was enough to relieve the weariness he has felt for the past months fighting the COVID-19.  

"Aaminin ko medyo nakakaramdam na rin ako ng burn out, pero 'yung moment kanina that inspired me to do better pa in my line of work. The provincial government has been ensuring our safety as frontline health care providers, never have I felt unsafe during my duty kasi they provide us personal protective equipment. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the PGIS headed by our beloved Governor Ryan Luis Singson who is also our 'inspirasyon nga agserbi'," he said.

Representing the health workers from the ISPH-GS and other district hospitals, ISPH-GS Chief Dr. Trina Tabboga-Talaga stated that even if they have been receiving discrimination complaints from her co-health workers, they stayed and still stand in the frontline to fight the virus.

“Lahat ng medical professionals ay may sinumpaang tungkulin. Pero kapag ganito na alam mong may risks sa health mo, you have the right to say NO. Kaya talagang sinasaluduhan natin 'yung mga andito kasi meron ng mga umalis na mas piniling maging safe and these are the people who opted to stay,” she said.

To date, Ilocos Sur has two COVID-19 active cases admitted at the ISPH-GS.

Aside from the salute, frontliners in the province of Ilocos Sur received incentives from the provincial government. (JCR/AMB/JMCQ/PIA Ilocos Sur)

By Joyah Mae C. Quimoyog



  • 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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