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)

Government, people winning the war on insurgency in Benguet

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Aug. 24 (PIA) -- Benguet Provincial Police Office Director PCol. Elmer Ragay said that the government and the people are winning the war on insurgency without firing shots and encounters in the mountains.

 

“For the system itself, we are gaining grounds. We are winning the war (on insurgency) without firing shots,” Ragay said during the Kapihan sa Benguet forum recently. 

Ragay explained that this is through the institutionalization of Executive Order No. 70 or the whole-of-nation approach to end local communist armed conflict in the country. 

EO 70 signed by President Rodrigo Duterte in December 2018 called for the institutionalization of a whole-of-nation approach in attaining inclusive and sustainable peace. 

Ragay said that since he assumed as the Benguet PPO Director in September last year, at least 22 members of the CPP-NPA already surrendered to the government thru the PPO. They turned over their firearms and gave vital information to the authorities during their surrender. 

The most recent surrenders to the PPO involved high ranking political officer of the NPA at the Camp Molintas in Buguias and the two combatants who surrendered during the celebration of the 33rd Cordillera Foundation Day.

He said most of the rebel returnees are not from Benguet but mostly from the nearby provinces in the Cordillera region who coordinated with the local leaders, local police officers, Army officials and others members of the community in the province of Benguet to surrender back to the folds of the law. 

The former rebels received incentives for their surrendered firearms and they were processed under the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) in order to receive welfare assistance and livelihood assistance from the government.

Ragay said that at least two have already received their livelihood packages and are now enjoying the benefits under the ECLIP program. 

He said that with the success of the whole-of-the nation approach to ELCAC, he calls on other members of the communist groups and their front organizations to surrender to the government authorities and seek for better and more peaceful life lives in the mainstream society. (JDP/RMC- PIA CAR) 

By Redjie Melvic M. Cawis

 

Baguio

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    BAGUIO CITY, Oct.  24(PIA) - - Some interventions are crucial in sustaining the gains in the reduction of stunting which is one of the nutrition concerns in the country.

  • Bayanihan 2 to boost TTMFs in Cordillera

    BAGUIO CITY, Oct. 24 (PIA) –The Bayanihan to Recover as One Act or Bayanihan 2 is set to boost COVID-19 Treatment and Monitoring Facilities (TTMFs) in the Cordillera as TTMF occupancy rate in Baguio City hits ‘danger zone.’

  • CRDRRMC calls for heightened alert for TD 'Pepito'

    BAGUIO CITY, Oct. 20 (PIA) - - Cordillera Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council chairperson and Office of Civil Defense Regional Director Albert Mogol calls for a synchronized heightened alert among the CRDRRMC member agencies  down  to  the barangay level for the possible effect of Tropical Depression Pepito.

  • DSWD pours out programs, services to conflict areas in CAR

    BAGUIO CITY, Oct. 19 (PIA) - -  Anchored on the government’s whole of nation approach under Executive Order 70 in ending local communist armed conflict (ELCAC), government agencies are  pouring in programs and services in various forms in identified conflict-affected barangays.

  • Rotary backs polio eradication campaign

    BAGUIO CITY, Oct. 19(PIA) – The Rotary Club continues to support  the  polio eradication  campaign of the government.  

Benguet

Mt. Province

  • DA-BFAR-CAR boosts fishery in Mt. Province

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Oct. 23(PIA)  –  Fish production  in this landlocked province is gaining headway as the  Department of Agriculture (DA) - Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), in partnership with the provincial government continue to provide interventions.

  • TESDA-led Project 'ESEK' benefits 45 farmers in Besao

    BESAO, Mountain Province, Oct. 14 (PIA) -- Forty-five farmers in barangay Tamboan in this municipality are engaged in the training on organic agriculture production and are expected to pursue it as a livelihood.

  • DILG family supports DepEd, learners in Paracelis

    PARACELIS, Mountain Province, Oct. 7(PIA) -- The Department of the Interior  and Local Government  tri-bureau of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Bureau of Fire Protection and the Philippine National Police   are working together to support the learning continuity plan of the Department of Education in this town  during this COVID-19 pandemic.

  • 26 former rebels in Mountain Province receive livelihood aid

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Oct. 7(PIA) -- At least 26 former rebels here received financial assistance from the government.

  • 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.

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