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)

CRDRRMC goes online in strengthening disaster resilience in CAR

BAGUIO CITY, Aug. 28 (PIA) - - The Cordillera Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CRDRRMC) engages local DRRM stakeholders for the second year of the Cordillera Resilience Caravan via an online platform.


The Office of Civil Defense in 2019 led the conduct of Provincial DRRM Caravans in the region which served as a platform for the Regional and the Provincial DRRM Councils to interface and discuss important matters pertaining to the implementation of various DRRM-related programs and activities, as well as for CRDRRMC to update stakeholders on the programs, projects and activities being implemented in the region.

This year  in embracing the “new and better normal” resulting from the coronavirus disease 2019(COVID-19), OCD – CAR led the first of two -scheduled Cordillera Virtual Resilience Caravan last August 25 that was participated by provincial and municipal DRRM officers of  42 LGUs in the provinces of Apayao, Benguet, Kalinga, and Ifugao.

In said event, OCD Director for Policy Development and Planning Service Tecson John Lim gave updates on the move to create a Department of Disaster Resilience and on the Accredited Community Disaster Volunteers initiative.

At the Regional level, Frankie Cortez of OCD – CAR Operations Section, provided updates on COVID – 19 responses in the Cordillera. Representatives from the regional offices of Bureau of Local Government Finance, National Economic Development Authority and Department of the Interior and Local Government presented a status report on the Bayanihan and Local DRRM funds, the Cordillera Rehabilitation and Recovery Plan for COVID – 19 and the preparedness initiative for hydromet hazards amidst the COVID pandemic, respectively.

CRDRRMC Chair and OCD – CAR Regional Director Albert Mogol outlined the importance of the activity which is to impart relevant information, strengthen harmony and intensify convergence among all stakeholders from the national, regional to local DRRM stakeholders .    

 In response, Kalinga Provincial DRRM Chairperson Governor   Ferdinand Tubban lauded OCD - CAR and the CRDRRMC for spearheading such activity that is very important in sharing knowledge, experiences and good practices, as well as for exchange of ideas and analysis that will help ensure a maximum level of preparedness through harmonization of strategies and approaches.

Tubban also assured that the Kalinga provincial government and DRRM Office will do their part as we embrace the new normal brought by the COVID pandemic and in preparedness and response for possible ible hydromet hazards that the rainy season may bring.

National DRRM Council Executive Director and OCD National Administrator USEC Ricardo Jalad, in a video message, commended OCD – CAR, the CRDRRMC, Cordillera LGUs and other partners in pushing for a safer, adaptive and disaster- resilient Cordillera as the danger posed by the COVID pandemic can further be aggravated by other natural hazards.

The second Regional Resilience Caravan is set on September 1 to be joined by DRRM stakeholders in 40 LGUs from the provinces of Abra and Mountain Province and Baguio City. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)   

CRDRRMC chairperson and OCD - CAR Regional Director Albert Mogol, in the virtual Cordillera Resilience Caravan 2020, calls for a continuing partnership and enhanced collaboration among regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management stakeholders in ensuring disaster- resilience Cordillera given  amd the COVID - 19 pandemic and  possible hydromet hazards this rainy season .  (photo by  OCD - CAR)

By Carlito C. Dar



  • 2 Cabinet officials laud Baguio’s effort in opening up economy

    BAGUIO CITY, Sept. 18 (PIA) - - Secretary Vince Dizon, National Action Plan Against COVID – 19 Deputy Chief Implementer and Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque  laud  the Baguio  City government’s effort and the people’s cooperation in slowly opening up  the  city’s economy.

  • Suicide is preventable with everyone’s help,health expert says

    BAGUIO CITY, Sept. 14 (PIA) - - Suicide is preventable and each and everyone can do something to help, Dr. Gwendolyn Cayad of the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center Psychiatry Department stressed in a kapihan media forum   promoting  World Suicide Prevention Day on  September 10.

  • CRDRRMC drafts Regional Disaster Response Plan for Pandemic

    BAGUIO CITY, Sept. 13 (PIA) - - The Cordillera Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CRDRRMC)  is   set  to convene  a technical working group that will work on the drafting of the Regional Disaster Response Plan (RDRP) on Pandemics and Emerging/Re-emerging Infectious Diseases.

  • NMIS issues safety guidelines on meat online selling & delivery

    BAGUIO CITY, Sept. 8(PIA) - - With online selling and home deliveries now  a trend for those looking for livelihood or income opportunities this COVID – 19 pandemic, the National Meat Inspection Service(NMIS) reminds  Cordillera consumers and sellers and traders on the importance of ensuring the safety of meat products and of proper transporting and handling.

  • TESDA turns over bicycle rack to Baguio City LGU

    BAGUIO CITY, Sept. 3 - -The local government’s initiative of promoting the bicycle as an alternative mode of transportation gets support from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Regional Training Center which recently turned over bicycle racks to the city.


  • Benguet Guv wants coordination among LGUs, DOT on Baguio's tourism opening

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet , Sept 13(PIA) -- Governor Melchor Diclas appealed to the local government of Baguio and the Department of Tourism to coordinate with the local government units of Benguet particularly those in the BLISTT areas with the planned opening of Baguio City for tourists.  

  • Qualified PUV drivers to receive SAP subsidy

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Sept. 12 (PIA) - - Qualified public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers  are set to  receive  cash subsidy under the Social Amelioration Program(SAP) of the government on a scheduled basis from September 15-18, 2020.

  • Benguet IATF lifts veggie scheduled delivery by clustered towns

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Sept. 4(PIA) - - The scheduled delivery of vegetables by clustered municipalities to the government-run trading centers in this capital town and in Nueva Vizcaya has now been lifted on the clamor of farmers and stakeholders.

  • More COVID-19 facilities needed in Benguet

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Aug. 28(PIA) -- The provincial government is looking for other facilities to accommodate COVID-19 patients as cases continue to rise in the province.

  • Benguet farmers, govt agencies receive assistance from DA-CAR

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Aug. 28 (PIA) -- The Department of Agriculture - Cordillera turned over seeds, equipment and other agricultural inputs to farmer beneficiaries in seven Benguet towns as part of the continuing  support during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mt. Province

  • 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.

  • DOST-CAR assists community-based muscovado processing in Besao

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, June12 (PIA) -- The Department of Science and Technology – Cordillera Administrative Region  (DOST - CAR) through its Local Grants in Aid project continues  to provide appropriate science and technology intervention to micro, small and medium enterprises to increase productivity, improve the quality of their products, and strengthen product market competitiveness.

  • Police, APF, priest engage Mt. Province youth in songfest while under CQ

    SAGADA, Mountain Province, June 11(PIA)-- The  joint project  of the uniformed personnel and  a Catholic priest here to engage  the youth  creatively making  use of their time and improving  their  musical talent  while on community quarantine is a big success that a second round is set in motion.






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