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)

Baguio dairy farm wants to be Cordillera’s milk capital

BAGUIO CITY – A total of 59 cows from Australia starts the road to making the Department of Agriculture-Cordillera Administrative Region (DA-CAR) owned a dairy farm in Barangay Dontogan here as the milk capital of the Cordilleras.

 

A new breed of cows from Australia has allowed the government-owned farm to increase the production from only eight liters a day to 19 liters, said Luis Lang-oy, chief of the Baguio Animal Breeding and Research Center (BABRC) on Wednesday.

The Holstein Friesian stock is a much bigger and heavier cow breed compared to the Philippine island bred Sawihal cattle that the BABRC once used as a dairy product source.

The 50 heads arrived last March of which 30 have already given birth to calves, the first batch of a new stock that is a crossbreed with a Brazilian stock called Girolando, the official said.

Lang-oy said the Holstein Friesian breed could produce a maximum of 36 liters of milk daily, a production they hope to achieve once the new stock has adopted to Baguio’s weather.

“That could be 1,800 liters a day from the 950 liters a day production from the 4 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily milking activity,” he said.

FRESH MILK. Marie Macalintal of the Mountain High Dairy Cooperative shows the product they sell from the milk production of the Baguio Animal Breeding and Research Center in Baguio City. The dairy farm processes and sells as pure milk, ice cream, cheese, or yogurt to the public. (PNA photo by Pigeon Lobien)

He said they were supposed to get 100 heads but they opted to cut it into half since a cow needs one hectare to roam and feed.

Based on the official record, the BABRC has a total of 94 hectares of which 60 percent is forested, eight hectares of which have been given to the city government under a usufructuary agreement, while some 60 hectares have been applied for a certificate of ancestral land title by an Ibaloy family.

“Actually, we only have some 15-20 hectares for pastureland, and ideally a cow needs one hectare,” said Raponcel Saguilot, a BABRC veterinarian.

He said to maximize the milk-producing capability of the cows, they feed the animal with corn silage.

Aside from being used as a dairy farm, a portion of the BABRC is used to produce seeds and seedlings for Baguio’s urban gardens where eggplants, lettuce, pechay, and beans are produced.

The BABRC also produces its own vermicompost utilizing the African nightcrawler worm, cow dung, and other biodegradable materials that is used in producing the seedlings which they give to Baguio residents for their “survival garden”.

They also conduct training on how to grow these vegetables that is very much a need especially during the lockdown caused by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, Lang-oy said.

MP town’s dairy dev’t project from DA

The DA’s “dairy development project” had also reached the town of Sadanga in Mountain Province where PHP6.9 million worth of support for integrated farming on legume, swine, cattle, and poultry production with heirloom rice in the barangays.

DA Secretary William Dar in his visit to the city last June 19 turned over the certificate of release to Mayor Gabino Ganggangan for the municipality’s project under DA's Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) program.

Around 50 calves of the Sawihal breed arrived Wednesday at the Dairy farm en route to Sadanga.

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 towns identified by the Philippine Statistics Authority and 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. (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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