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)

Ilocos Sur town records 1st COVID-19 confirmed case

BANTAY, Ilocos Sur, July 25 (PIA) – The municipality of Bantay has reported its first coronavirus disease (COVID-19) confirmed case on Friday, which is the 13th case in Ilocos Sur province.

In a statement, Mayor Samuel Parilla said IS-C13 is a 57-year-old male, residing in an apartment at Barangay III and working as a security guard at BDO Quezon Avenue Branch in Vigan City.
Mayor Parilla said the patient is asymptomatic and with no travel history.
A private entity hired by the bank company conducted a rapid test to the patient and his co-workers on July 18, 2020 where he turned out positive.
“We regret to note, and much to our dismay, that our local government unit was not immediately informed of said result. It took a week before we were informed and it was only when his confirmatory swab test result was released on July 24, 2020,” Parilla said.
He added, “Otherwise, we could have taken all preventive measures and imposed necessary protocols right from that instance the rapid test result came out. I reiterate that time is of the essence in order to effectively contain the spread of the virus.”
The local chief executive already ordered the imposition of extreme enhanced community quarantine (EECQ) to the patient’s residence and its immediate vicinity, identified as critical zone and the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) and general community quarantine (GCQ) to other parts of Barangay III serving as containment zone and buffer zone respectively, effective July 24 to August 7, 2020 unless otherwise extended for compelling reason.
He said, “The Contact Tracing Team of Bantay already commenced tracing of establishments and of people that the patient may have come in contact from the time the rapid test was out.”
Parilla earnestly asked the public to notify and disclose to the Municipal Health Office any further information that will help them resolve the situation.
“I assure the Bantayenos that the local government of Bantay is on top of the situation and we are doing all efforts to contain and manage this situation and to ensure the health and security of all,” he said.
He implored everyone to religiously follow health protocols to stay safe amid this pandemic. (JCR/AMB/PIA Ilocos Sur)By April M. Bravo




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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