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)

Contact tracing czar role a huge challenge -Magalong

BAGUIO CITY, July 20 (PIA) - - As the National Task Force COVID – 19 Contact Tracing czar,  Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong said it would be a big challenge to  control and manage infection to help the country fast track the road to recovery but   we have to be optimistic and dynamic.


In an interview, Magalong admitted that the NTF task given to him is  a huge challenge with the  increasing cases especially in high risk areas.  But helping the other regions in terms of COVID – 19 infection control and management will also be beneficial to Baguio being a tourism hub and center of education and employment, he said.

Magalong, along with Secretary Vivencio “Vince” Dizon, Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar and Health Undersecretary Leopoldo “Bong” Vega were recently    designated as anti-COVID czars in a bid to intensify COVID-19 response measures.

He  assured that will continue to be on top of the situation in the management of city affairs including the city’s COVID – 19 control and prevention measures even as he immediately settled down to work   sharing contact tracing know-how to various local government units  in the National Capital Region and Region VI-A struggling with  COVID-19 cases.   

The city’s contact tracing   system   developed by Magalong and the city government   involves cognitive interviewing skills and use of technology which is a powerful tool in analyzing data. It involves   identification or detection of the source and possible sources of infection; isolation of these persons; testing; and tracing of the close and remote contacts for quarantine, testing, disinfection and medical protocols as well as convincing patients to disclose their identities to help in tracing contact and cut down tracing time and resources.

The Cordillera Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council  last week honored Magalong in the “Panangpadayaw iti Bituen ti Aminanan”, an award for exemplary leadership in building disaster- resilient communities in this time of the COVID pandemic, for  his leadership in  Baguio City becoming  a model community not only in the region but in the  country notably on  its COVID – 19 contact tracing scheme  and control and prevention measures.

Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong receives the "CRDRRMC "Bituen ti Amianan" (North Star) award for exemplary leadership for community resilience amid the COVID pandemic. (CCD/PIA CAR)

Meanwhile, on the COVID situation in Baguio, Magalong reiterated his call for discipline and cooperation of the people, especially on wearing of mask, physical distancing,   and on staying at home as much as possible with    increasing new confirmed cases mostly due to the pro – active testing, opening of the economy and movement of returning residents and Overseas Filipinos and locally stranded individuals.  He also reminded residents to avoid the 3 Cs: Crowded conditions, Close spaces, and Conversations in short distances.

As of July 18 data of the City Health Services Office, there are a total of 58 confirmed COVID-19 cases recorded in Baguio,  with 10  admitted in hospitals, 46 already recovered and  two deaths.(JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)

By Carlito C. Dar




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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