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)

Mr. Iori Kato from UNFPA and hospital staff of Santa Ana Hospital poses in front of triage tent for patients with COVID-19 symptoms donated by UNFPA supported by the Government of Australia to help the hospital with infection prevention and control.

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)

UNFPA representative meets with the Chief of OB GYNE and Head of WCPU from Batangas Medical Center where UNFPA provided emergency maternity tent facility, WCPU tent and COVID-19 triaging tent to make their services more accessible to mothers, women, young people and COVID-19 patients.

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

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)

49 OFW remains arrive home from Saudi

CITY OF MANILA, July 10, (PIA) -- The remains of 49 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from Saudi Arabia arrived in the Philippines this morning at the Villamor Airbase in Pasay City, as government works to repatriate 274 bodies amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


Cabinet officials honored the 49 OFWs whose remains were repatriated from Saudi via a Philippine Airlines (PAL) charter flight that arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport at 10 a.m. 

During the simple ceremony at Villamor, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, representing President Rodrigo Duterte, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, and Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. were among those who paid their last respects to the bodies.

Of the 49 OFWs, 20 died of COVID-19 cases, while the other 29 of other causes.

"We condole with the families of our modern-day heroes as we receive them back on our soil and give them honors in an extremely extraordinary situation,” Bello said.

Bello also apologized for the delays in the repatriation process, citing the lockdowns and strenuous processes they had to undertake. No family members were allowed on site.

“If today, we have 32 of our beloved OFWs from Dammam and 17 from Riyadh, next to be brought back are those from Jeddah and other parts of the region. To endeavor on the repatriation of the human remains of our OFWs of this magnitude is a first for the government,” the DOLE chief added.

Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac said this is the first time that the national government is embarking on a mass retreival of human remains.

The bodies of those who died from COVID-19 will go directly to the crematorium, while those who died from natural causes, their relatives have an option to either cremate immediately or retrieve the body and bury it within 24 hours in a cemetery of their choice, Bello said in an earlier interview.

Aside from the repatriation of human remains, Cacdac reported that government have so far facilitated the repatriation of close to 80,000 OFWs back into their home provinces.

“We’ll get their details. Then we will contact them and their licensed manning agency so we can ensure their return home. It’s just a matter of coordination with their shipping lines and manning agencies so these can act quickly to get our people home,” Cacdac said. 

The repatriation of OFWs is part of President Duterte’s directive to help reunite OFWs with their families amid the challenges of the current global health crisis.

“We continue to provide food, accommodation, and transport services to returning OFWs averaging 1,000-2,000 individuals daily,” Cacdac said. (PIA NCR)

By Lucia F. Broñio




Mt. Province


  • Soldiers turn idle lands into vegetable gardens

    ASIPULO, Ifugao, Aug. 7 (PIA) - - Soldiers assigned in the province have started turning idle lands productive, environment friendly and as source of vegetables for the troopers.

  • 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.





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