Beneficaries of the AquaPonics solar - powered system in a photo opt with Mayor Benjamin Magalong (backrow second from right) and BFAR - CAR officials headed by Regional Director Lilibeth Signey ( frontrow left). (CCD/PIA CAR)

Benguet Governor Melchor Diclas, La Trinidad Mayor Romeo Salda and personnel at the TTMF led by Dr. Nora Ruiz leads simple send-off ceremony for six recovered patients discharged from the Provincial Temporary Treatment and Monitoring Facility in Wangal, La Trinidad, Benguet.(photos from Benguet Governor’s Office)

Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong commends the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources for its Urban Aquaponics project with vegetable and fish production as he assures the city government's support to this project that helps ensure food sufficency and availability. (CCD/PIA CAR)

DA-CAR OIC Regional Director Cameron Odsey with ACT-CIS Representative anf Benguet Legislative Caretaker Eric Go Yap and Governor Melchor Diclas turn over assiatnce to farmer beneficiaries in the province of Benguet , and to DSWD-CAR for the implementation of the Gulayan sa Barangay for Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries and rge Department of Education Benguet for the Gulayan sa Paaralan programon at the Benguet Capitol on August 27, 2020. (RMC-PIA-CAR)

'Hatid Tulong' program to resume after MECQ

CALOOCAN CITY, Aug. 11 (PIA) -- The government’s Hatid Tulong program will resume after the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) has been lifted in Metro Manila, an official said today.


During Tuesday’s Network Briefing News on Radyo Pilipinas, Hatid Tulong Convener and Presidential Management Staff Assistant Secretary Joseph Encabo said once the program resumes its service of providing free transportation to locally stranded individuals (LSIs) in Metro Manila, they will be implementing pocket send-offs depending on the request of local government units (LGUs).

“Ngayong pagkatapos ng MECQ, mag-re-resume ang ating send-offs sa ating mga LSIs. Ito ay tinatawag nating pocket send offs kung saan magkakaroon ng limitasyon in terms of provinces na ike-cater namin at ‘yung mag number of LSIs ay batay sa request ng receiving LGUs,” Encabo said.

The official said they would work closely with LGUs to identify and better manage the number of LSIs to bring home in order to ensure proper physical distancing.

“Kumbaga, wala na po ang grand send-off.
Mas tututukan natin ang pagbigay ng assistance sa mga LSIs para maiwasan po ang isyu ng social distancing na hindi po sila magkukumpol-kumpulan o magsisiksikan,” he explained.

“This will be a better approach for us ng technical working group dahil nakita po namin na pakonti na po ang LSIs natin sa Kamaynilaan at mas magiging manageable na po ang pag-handle natin sa kanila,” he added.

“In the past week, we took advantage of this MECQ sa pag-coordinate at pakikipag-ugnayan ng technical working group sa mga LGUs. Sinulatan po natin sila, tinawagan ang mga governors and mayors na kung handa na po ba sila na magtanggap ng kanilang mga constituents na LSIs,” he furthered.

He said Hatid Tulong already coordinated with the LGUs of various provinces and they have expressed their willingness to accept their stranded constituents.

“Masaya po kami dahil marami pong sumagot na handa po silang tumanggap tulad ng mga lalawigan ng Biliran, Samar, Leyte, Romblon, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Palawan, at Bohol. Ready na rin po ang Cebu na tumanggap ng mga LSIs at ‘yun ay pinaghahandaan po ng ating TWG para sa mga susunod na mga linggo ay by batch na po ang ating send-off sa kanila,” Encabo said.

“Sumusulat na rin po kami sa mga LGU bandang North Luzon dahil marami pang LSIs na natira pauwi ng Cagayan, Batanes, Ilocos Sur at Norte,” he added.

“Masaya po kami dahil talagang naging positibo ang pagtanggap nila at naging handa na rin sila sa pag-uwi, pag-welcome ng ating mga LSIs sa kanilang mga probinsya,” he furthered.

To recall, the implementation of stricter 15-day MECQ over Metro Manila and nearby provinces to curb the surge of COVID-19 infections is set to expire on Aug. 18. (PIA NCR)


By Jerome Carlo R. Paunan



  • HPG collaborates with partners to better road safety in CAR

    BAGUIO CITY, Sept. 30 (PIA) - - The Regional Highway Patrol Group – Cordillera, in partnership with a Regional Advocacy Council and the Road Safety Marshall Association, calls  for community cooperation in ensuring road safety, which is more of a concern than hijacking and highway robbery in the national roads  in the region.

  • Baguio's Sunday bike run continues to gain support

    BAGUIO CITY, Sept.30 (PIA) ---The City’s regular bicycle Sunday which promotes health and wellness, environmental protection, camaraderie and bike as alternative and sustainable transportation, continues to gain support.

  • Baguio all set to receive VISITA-registered tourists from Reg. 1

    BAGUIO CITY, Sept. 30 (PIA) - - The City of Pines is all set to receive   local tourists   from Region 1 this Friday(October 2) under the  Baguio – Pangasinan - La Union Ilocos Sur – Ilocos Norte Travel Corridor  arranged in partnership with the Department of Tourism(DOT).

  • Cordillerans commemorate 34 years of peace

    National and local leaders, elders, autonomy advocates, and representatives from various sectors gathered last September 13, 2020, in Baguio City to recollect and discuss the deep meaning of the 34th Mt. Data Peace Accord of 1986.

  • Cordi gains new autonomy allies

    BAGUIO CITY – Cordillera gained three new autonomy allies in the person of National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, Jr., HOR Majority Leader Martin Romualdez, and Committee on Local Government Chair Noel Villanueva as the region celebrated its 34th Sipat Anniversary last September 13 hosted by the Cordillera Regional Development Council (RDC-CAR).


Mt. Province

  • Farmers in ELCAC-identified brgys get livelihood intervention

    MOUNTAIN PROVINCE--Farmers from barangays affected by the issue on insurgency in the province recently received layer chickens and carabaos under the Special Area for Agriculture and Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) - Cordillera Regional Office.

  • Project ‘ESEK’ to benefit 45 farmers in Besao barangay

    BESAO, Mountain Province, Aug. 26(PIA)-- Forty-five farmers in barangay Tamboan in this municipality  are the initial  beneficiaries of  Project "ESEK" which was launched last month by  the Technical Education  and Skills Development Authority(TESDA)  in partnership with the Poverty Reduction, Livelihood and Employment Cluster  of the Provincial Task Force  on Ending Local Armed Conflict.

  • DOLE TUPAD benefits 857 informal sector workers in Mt. Province

    BONTOC, Mountain  Province, Aug. 20 (PIA) - - The Office of Congressman Maximo Dalog Jr., in partnership with the Department of Labor and Labor Employment (DOLE - CAR), provides work assistance to COVID – affected informal sector in the province through the TUPAD BKBK or the “Tulong Pangkabuhayan Para sa Ating Displaced/Disadvantage workers, Barangay Ko Bahay Ko” Program.

  • PDRRMC calls for consistency in observance of minimum health protocols

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Aug. 9(PIA) – The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Council  enjoins the public to be consistent in their observance of the minimum health protocols as the province recorded two new COVID-19 cases today.

  • DENR, MENRO pursue Chico River Cleanup Program

    Following their mandates, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO) continues to conduct a massive water cleanup along Chico river within the municipality of Bontoc.


  • Banaue police nagtayo ng bahay para sa maralitang pamilya

    LAMUT, Ifugao, Sept. 28 (PIA) - - Isang maralitang pamilya ang tinayuan kamakailan ng Banaue Municipal Police Station (MPS) ng disenteng bahay sa tulong ng mga ibang police units at donors.

  • Ifugao town bans entry of live pigs, pork products

    AGUINALDO, Ifugao, Sept. 29 (PIA) - - Entry of live pigs, pork and related products and by-products, whether cooked or processed, is totally banned here as a measure   to prevent the further spread of African Swine Fever (ASF)   in the municipality.

  • Institutionalization of MOVE vs VAWC in Ifugao town sought

    KIANGAN, Ifugao, Sept. 30 (PIA)- -The ordinance institutionaling the Males Against Violence Everywhere (MOVE) as a strategy in advocating anti-violence against women and children and appropriating funds thereof to stop rape, domestic violence, child abuse and the protection of women and children in the municipality  is being mulled.

  • LGU-Lagawe locks down 3 barangays for contract tracing

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Sept. 26(PIA) - - The local government unit here conducts intensified contact tracing activities to abate the spread of the Coronavirus Disease – 19 (COVID)-19 as the municipality recorded its 11th case on Thursday.

  • DA-CAR holds Corn Derby Field Day in Ifugao town

    ALFONSO LISTA, Ifugao, Sept. 22 (PIA) - - The Department of Agriculture – Cordillera (DA-CAR) initiated a corn derby field day at barangay Busilac in this municipality last week attended by corn farmers and other stakeholders.





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