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)

DepEd-Baguio to pilot test new learning modalities in 4 schools

BAGUIO CITY, July 19 (PIA) -- The Department of Education – Schools Division Baguio City is set to pilot test the different distance learning modalities in  four schools in two barangays before the formal school opening of school year 2020-2021.


DepEd-Baguio Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Soraya Faculo said that the DepEd Baguio together with its stakeholders and partners will be pilot testing the learning modalities which the DepEd would be using during this time of COVID-19 pandemic when the regular face to face learning is not advised.

Faculo said the pilot test would involve at least 2,826 learners from the Guisad Valley National High School and Bonifacio Elementary School in Barangay Crescencia Village and Happy Hallow National High and Happy Hallow Elementary School in Happy Hallow Barangay. The DepEd’s Alternative Learning System is also included in the pilot testing.

DepEd-Baguio City Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Soraya Faculo said that they would be pilot testing the distance learning modalities in Barangays Crescencia Village and Happy Hallow to look into the challenges to be encountered once the classes open on August 24. RMC PIA-CAR 

The schools were selected on geographic location to look into the challenges   learners in different areas in the city may encounter.

Faculo said that Crescencia Village is located near the central business district with better internet signal while Happy Hallow barangay is located several kilometers away from the central business district and has less internet connectivity.  

Among the learning modalities to be tested are  the Modular Distance Learning which allows learners to use self-learning modules in print or digital format/electronic copy, whichever is applicable in the context of the learner, and other learning resources like Learner’s Materials, textbooks, activity sheets, study guides and other study materials; Online Distance Learning through the use of various technologies accessed through the internet and TV/Radio-Based Instruction using the cable TV and radio programs in the city.

The DepEd will also use blended learning that combines face-to-face with any or a mix of online distance learning, modular distance learning, and TV/Radio-based Instruction. Blended learning will enable the schools to limit face-to-face learning, ensure social distancing, and decrease the volume of people outside the home at any given time.

During the launching of the Opening of Classes Initiative and Support Services  last  July 16, DepEd-Baguio City Schools Division Superintendent Marie Carolyn Verano presented to the the different stakeholders and partners the learning modalities and the  Learning Continuity and Operational Plan which will be implemented in the city of Baguio for  school year 2020-2021.

In his message, Congressman Mark Go lauded the initiatives of the DepEd-Baguio in coming up with plans that would ensure continued education for the learners from elementary and high school despite the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said that the initiative which would be pilot tested in the different schools would help the city government, the DepEd and its partners determine the strengths and weaknesses which should be addressed as the distance learning starts on August 24, 2020.

In the said event,   Go, DepEd-Cordillera Regional Director May Eclar, Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong represented by Executive Assistant Marlene De Castro, Philippine Army 503rd Brigade Commander BGen. Henry Doyaoen led the commitment signing with the different stakeholders and partners as they pledge support to the opening of class initiative project.

The officials also led the ribbon cutting of the indigenous knowledge learning center at the DepEd – Baguio City. (JDP/RMC- PIA CAR)

By Redjie Melvic M. Cawis




Mt. Province


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    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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