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)

New PNP Chief is Baguio Boy

BAGUIO CITY, Sept.  3(PIA) – President Rodrigo Duterte has designated Philippine National Police Deputy Chief for Administration Lt. Gen. Camilo Cascolan as the new chief of the police force with the rank of Police General effective September 2, 2020


In the virtual change of command rites presided by DILG  Undersecretary Bernardo Florece Jr. who represented DILG Secretary Eduardo Año   in Camp Crame on Wednesday, Cascolan took over the command of the 228,000-strong PNP as the 24th Chief PNP upon the retirement of PNP Chief Gen. Archie Gamboa   culminating  his 38-year career in the uniformed service. 

Cascolan hails from Baguio City and is the first Cordilleran to assume the   highest post of the PNP organization. 

Cascolan finished elementary at the Maryknoll Convent School and his secondary education at the University of the Philippines Baguio High Schol. He is a member of the Philippine Military Academy "Sinagtala" Class of 1986 together with past PNP chiefs Gamboa, Senator Ronald ‘Bato’ Dela Rosa and Oscar Albayalde.

His various experiences in the field and in administrative positions have prepared him to assume the role of the top police officer in the country.

President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed  Lt. Gen. Camilo Cascolan as the new  PNP chief effective  September 02, 2020. Cascolan hails from Baguio City and a member of PMA Class of 1986. in this file photo,  Cascolan met with Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong during his courtesy call at the Baguio City Hall in September last year. (RMC PIA-CAR)

Upon graduation from PMA, Cascolan was assigned in Parang, Maguindanao as Junior Officer and Platoon Leader in the Regional Special Action Force of Central Mindanao until 1988.

From Mindanao, he was assigned to Western Visayas where he was designated to various positions. After serving 13 years in the field, he was assigned to an administrative post as Chief of the Special Research Division of the Philippine Center on Transnational Crime in Camp Crame from 1999-2001, and as Security Officer to then-Police Director-General and DOTC Secretary Leandro Mendoza until 2003.

From 2004-2008, he held several positions in various capacities in the PNP Aviation Security Group. His other assignments included Chief of Police of Taguig City in 2008, PNP Provincial Director of Compostela Valley in 2012, a deputy Regional Director for Operations of Police Regional Office –ARMM in 2015 and as Deputy Regional Director for Administration for Western Visayas in 2016.

He was named PNP Director for Operations in 2016 where he operationalized the Double Barrel Strategy to implement the national anti-illegal drugs campaign. 

In 2018, he was the Regional Director of the National Capital Region Police Office and briefly served as Director of the Civil Security Group before he was elevated to the PNP Command Group as Chief of Directorial Staff.

Prior to his newest appointment, as the Deputy Chief for Administration on concurrent capacity,  he was Commander of the Administrative Support to COVID -19 Operations Task Force that provided administrative support and formulated strategic policy on PNP response to the national health crisis.

Cascolan, a 2015 Country’s Outstanding Police Officer conferred by Metrobank Foundation, is the brother of Dr. Celia Flor Brillantes, the Deputy Health Officer of the Baguio City Health Services Office. (JDP/RMC-PIA CAR)

By Redjie Melvic Cawis



  • 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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