CORDS for CAR and DA Secretary William Dar with officials of the Cordillera Regional Development Council join the toast of rice wine as part of the

Regional Development and Security. DA Secretary William Dar, in his capacity as the Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security (CORDS) for CAR, presided a joint meeting of the RTF - ELCAC and the RPOC at Baguio Country Club. Dar was joined by Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong at the main table as the chairperson of the Cordillera Regional Peace and Order Council. (Carlito Dar/PIA CAR)

Agriculture Secretary William Dar stresses Cordillera's strong potential for regional progress and advancement as strong partner for economic development and nation building. (CCD/PIA CAR)

DOH - CAR OIC Regional Director Dr. Amelita Pangilinan reminds the public that as the Modified General Community Quarantine in Cordillera continues, all must stay vigilant and prioritize health and safety measures needed to protect themselves, their families and the communtiy from the COVID virus. CCD/PIA CAR)

Agricultural Development. DA Secretary William Dar (3rd from left) awards the Special Program for Agricultural Development (SAAD) projects to Sabangan Mayor Gabino Gangganan for P6.86 million worth of agriculture projects that aims to improve food production and reduce poverty in the municipality. Dar as the Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security (CORDS) for CAR, includes 163 barangays, mostly Communist Armed Conflict affected areas, in 25 municipalities in the province of Apayao, Kalingan and Mountain Province in the DA SAAD program. (Carlito Dar/PIA CAR)

End Local Communist Armed Conflict. Sabangan Mayor Gabino Ganggangan raised to the joint RTF ELCAC and RPOC body, his campaign to declare all front organizations of the CPP - NPA as persona non grata or unwelcome in their municipality. DA Sec. William Dar as the Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security (CORDS) for CAR presided joint meeting of the RTF - ELCAC and the RPOC at Baguio Country Club here, Friday. (Carlito Dar/PIA CAR)

RTF COVID-SecDar. Cordillera Regional DRRM Council and Regional Task Force COVID - 19 chairperson Albert Mogol with directors of the RTF member agencies handing over to DA Secretary and Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security (CORDS) for CAR William Dar the accomplishments of the task force in COVID control and prevention efforts in the region. (Carlito Dar/PIA CAR)

LGU-Vigan launches Audio Visual Education-Capability Building Network

VIGAN CITY, July 5 (PIA) - The city government of Vigan, through the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO), launched AVE-CBN or Audio Visual Education-Capability Building Network on its local television (TV) channel – TVigan (Channel 9).


CDRRM Officer Milagros Alquiza said that AVE-CBN is an alternative training program, an innovation to cope up with the “new normal” due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), which airs filmed modules on various topics especially on disaster preparedness.

“In line ito sa observance ng Vigan City sa National Disaster Resilience Month at since pinagbabawal pa ang face-to-face interaction, we have to use the TV and social media to disseminate information and educate the community on disaster risk reduction and management measures,” she said.

Out of the eight modules to be aired, two modules were launched on Friday at 6:00 in the evening after the Ciudad Vigan News Patrol program.

The first two modules showed the step-by-step process on how the CDRMMO responds to vehicular accidents.

On the module, a witness called the hotline of the CDRRMO to report a self vehicular accident.

Then the receiving officer asks what exactly happened, time and where it happened, number of victims involved, name of the caller and if the caller is aware if the victim is a COVID-19 suspect or probable case.

The module also showed that it didn’t take long for the CDRRMO to respond and arrive at the scene as the vital information was already provided by the witness and the communication between the receiving officer and the responders was efficient.

The module demonstrates the basic steps on how to prolong the life of the victim or patient while waiting for the arrival of the first-aider.

Types of first aid to be applied to the patient based on the type of emergency situation were also demonstrated, the responsibilities of a first-aider and how to respond during an emergency under the emergency action principle were also explained.

“Sa likod ng modules na ito ay ang mismong mga miyembro ng Vigan emergency response team. Kung dati namamasyal sila sa mga barangay o nag-i-invite ng mga sector para mag-training, ngayon, filmed na lahat. Magtuturo sila sa TV. Kaya kapag may access ka sa TVigan o may Facebook account ka, pwede ka ng mag-undergo ng training sa AVE-CBN. Every Friday night ito mai-ere para continuous ang pag-capacitate natin sa mga Bigueño, hindi lang sa mga taga-Vigan, kundi sa karatig bayan,” she said.

The airing of these modules will continue until face-to-face training is allowed, she added.

“Marami pang dapat idagdag, pero since nagta-transcend pa kami from before to the “new normal,” basic DRRM measures muna ang ni-launched namin,” she said.

As the first two modules served as warm-up training for the viewers, when all modules are filmed and aired, a registration fee will be collected as they will be mandated for a return demo and take electronic exams to officially complete the training.

“Sa mga susunod na modules, kapag meron na 'yung mga skills training like bandaging, splinting, CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), at iba pa, may registration fee na next time kasi mag-hold kami ng return demo at electronic exams para kapag maipasa nila, magbibigay kami ng certificte of completion,” she said.

The CDRRMO also aims to train more youth volunteers and community responders to increase the capacity of barangay responders on disaster preparedness.

“Malawak ang Vigan City kaya nais nating palakasin ang kapasidad ng ating mga barangay responders gayun din na paramihin ang mga youth volunteers upang may tumayo na unang mag-responde sa panahon ng kalamidad,” she said.

With the onset of the COVID-19, Alquiza reminds Bigueños to be vigilant and to never hesitate to approach the city government for their concerns and needs.

“Lagi tayong maghanda, makinig at magbasa, sa panahon ngayon wag muna tayong maging pilosopo. At kung kayo ay may gusto malaman, open ang aming hotline at opisina to address 'yung tulong na kailangan ninyo as long as kaya namin, hindi namin kayo tatalikuran. Let’s pray and take care of each other,” she said.

In partnership with the city government, through the leadership of Mayor Juan Carlo Medina, the CDRMMO’s mission is to make Vigan City a safe and disaster resilient city. (JCR/AMB/JMCQ/PIA Ilocos Sur)

By Joyah Mae C. Quimoyog




  • EU-funded civil society empowerment project launched in Itogon

    ITOGON, Benguet, July 27 (PIA) – A  project that seeks to empower civil society organizations (CSOs) in the area and take part in the undertakings of the local government on climate and disaster risk resiliency was recently launched in this town.

  • DOST,DepEd-CAR introduce interactive learning tool for Math & Science in 'new normal'

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, July 19-- The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Department of Education (DepEd) in the Cordillera Region  joined forces in  introducing  the DOST Courseware to science and mathematics teachers in the region as an interactive  learning tool  in the “new normal.”

  • Gov bares economic recovery measures for Benguet farmers

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet,July 17 (PIA) - - Governor Melchor Diclas said the provincial government earmarked some amount for  affected cutflower and vegetable farmers as part of its economic recovery program on agriculture for those affected  by  the COVID-19 crisis.

  • 2 NPA members surrender in Benguet on Cordillera Day

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, July 17(PIA) -- The Benguet Provincial Police Office presented two rebels who surrendered to government authorities at the Benguet PPO Headquarters at the Camp Bado Dangwa here on July 15 as the Cordillera Administratove Region  commemorated its 33rd  foundation anniversary.

  • Benguet Gov stresses on sticking to essential travel,health protocols this MGCQ

    KAPANGAN,Benguet, July 16(PIA)—As the province transitions  from general community  quarantine(GCQ)  to modified GCQ effective today, Governor Melchor Diclas  calls on the  people of Benguet to  only go for essential travels  and to  stick  to  health  standards.

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.  


  • DTI-Ifugao launches 'Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay' program

    KIANGAN, Ifugao, July 24 (PIA) - - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) launched   the  "Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay" (NSB) in the province to help propel economic growth in the grassroots.

  • Lagawe town on temporary lockdown for 2 days

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, July 20 (PIA) - - Mayor Martin Habawel, Jr  placed  this morning the whole municipality under temporary lockdown  for two days to facilitate contract tracing, testing and disinfection after three new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) were recorded today.

  • Ifugao LSP recipients commit for economic progress

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, July 17 (PIA) - - Beneficiaries of the Livelihood Seeding Program (LSP) of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) committed to use the assistance to grow not only for their enterprises or organizations but for the whole community to  achieve economic progress. 

  • 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.-





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