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)

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.


Diclas said this in his interview with Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar in the Laging Handa Network briefing on July 16.The province has allotted P3.2 million for the affected cutflower and vegetable farmers.

"Sila po ang inuuna natin bigyan ng ayuda para po makapagsimula ulit sila” (We have prioritized them in terms of extending financial assistance so they have something to start with),  he said.

At least 50 affected farmers for every municipality will benefit from this assistance. Cutflower farmers who are the most affected as they were not able to sell during the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) will receive P5,000.00 each while vegetable farmers like those whose crops were not sold will be granted P2,500 each, according to the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPAG).

Financial assistance for some farmers in Sablan, Buguias, Kapangan and the capital town whose documents are complete are already on process.

Requirements are certification from the barangay captain that they are not recipient of any government assistance and attachment of certified photo copy of identification card.

Earlier, the Department of Agriculture released loans to affected cutflower growers in some parts of the province. The loan amount is P25, 000.00 at zero-interest rate with no collateral requirements and is payable within 10 years. The amount will be used for them to recover from the effect of the ECQ so they can start their farm operations or invest in other ventures.

Diclas also mentioned the P20M- worth DA financial assistance for the establishment of a vegetable processing plant in partnership with the Benguet State University for the conduct of research studies.

PCOO Sec. Martin Andanar  visits Strawberry Farm at Betag, La  Trinidad, Benguet. (RMCawis-PIA CAR0

For the African Swine Fever-hit areas, DA extended P2.8M financial assistance to affected swine raisers and were advised to shift to poultry production.

Meanwhile, on the query of Sec. Andanar  on new of varieties of potato being propagated in Benguet, Diclas said research studies on the imported potato varieties which initially started in the past administration are still ongoing exploring on the production of potatoes with lesser moisture content ideal for potato fries which is the demand of food chains.

What are being produced are the table potato variety used as ingredients for adobo, Diclas said, but the Buguias LGU and the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist are continuously doing research studies on the different potato varieties. (JDP/SCA-PIA CAR. Benguet)

By Susan C. Aro




Mt. Province


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    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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