Food security in the countryside. Police Regional Office - Cordillera Regional Director PGEN R’Win Pagkalinawan and DA - CAR OIC Regional Executive Director Cameron Odsey, with DA Secretary William DAR as witness signing a MOA for the “Binhi ng Pagpapapala” program, wherein PRO-Cor through the Regional Mobile Force Batallion will distribute agricultural inputs and assist in backyard farming of DSWD 4Ps household members and people in identified ELCAC barangays. (Carlito Dar/PIA CAR)

Urban Agriculture. BFAR - CAR Lilibeth Signey and DA - CAR Regional Executive Director Cameron Odsey with Agriculture Secretary William as guest of honor, awards a Solar Powered AquaPhonics System for Miss Earth Philippines Roxanne Allison Baeyens for being DA - CAR';s ambassador for Urban Gardening. The AquaPhonics System was received by her mother Julia Baeyens. (Carlito Dar/PIA CAR)

Gulayan sa Barangay. Agriculture Secretary William Dar, assisted by DA - CAR officials headed by OIC Regional Executive Director Cameron Odsey, awards agricultural inputs and gardening equipments with a total amount of 769,596 for vegetable gardeing projects of 12 barangays in La Trinidad Benguet. (Carlito Dar/PIA CAR)

Victory Day celebrates gallantry, sacrifices of WWII & modern day heroes

KIANGAN, Ifugao Sept. 4 (PIA) - - The province of Ifugao successfully commemorated   the 75th Victory Day  in this municipality  on Wednesday(Sept. 2) honouring the gallantry and  sacrifices  of World War II soldiers and guerrillas,   and the frontliners   against the  Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) .


Governor Jerry Dalipog (right) and Lt. Col. Franz Josef S. Diamante, commander of the 54th Infantry Battalion lead the formal opening of the 75th Victory Day celebration in Kiangan town. (MBL, PIA CAR, Ifugao)

With the theme "75 Years.. Celebrating the Heroism of the Past, Present &  Future", the activity started with Eucharistic celebration, wreath laying, gun salute and the program with Congressman Solomon Chungalao as keynote speaker ,  represented by his chief of staff lawyer Edmond Kindipan.


Some state forces and civilian officials pay tribute to World War II heroes. (MBL, PIA-CAR, Ifugao)

Chungalao stated that the commemoration is not for the surrender of Japanese General Tomoyuki Yamashita, rather it for the gallantry, heroism, valor and sacrifice of the Filipino soldiers including Ifugao guerillas that gave us the independence that we now enjoy yet on many occasions take for granted, as well as the modern day heroes leading the fight against an unseen enemy-the COVID-19.

“While today’s occasion afford an opportunity to commemorate the gallantry, heroism and valor of people who fought during the World War II, I also take this opportunity to pay tribute to our modern heroes – our frontliners. God bless your sacrifices and best efforts. And may God keep you safe always,” Chungalao said.

He also reiterated the government’s appeal to the populace of obeying basic health protocols, courtesy and discipline.

Lawyer Edmond Kindipan delivers the speech of Congressman Solomon Chungalao  enjoining  everyone to cherish every moment of this freedom  achieved  through  the great sacrifices of those who fought in the war front 75 years ago. (MBL, PIA CAR, Ifugao)

Governor Jerry Dalipog , meanwhile,   said  everyone should be thankful as the Victory Day is not only a momentous day but a precious moment in the Philippine history, the tribute which was written and sealed teaches every Filipino the virtue of patriotism and comradeship, as we are determined to embrace the common thread of peace, freedom and victory.
He also stressed that in this time of peril, everyone should stay strong, brave and resilient and should not only live for themselves but for others as only then that peace exists.

“Let us be heroes ourselves and follow what our government says – to be disciplined and follow protocols. In this way. We will save lives, especially the lives who will mold the future of our nation. May we all be victorious in our fight against this pandemic. So let us all keep safe,” Dalipog stated.

Soldiers of the 54th Infantry Battalion offer salute  during the Victory Day Celebration. (MBL, PIA CAR, Ifugao)

Retired Brigadier General Ramon Yogyog of the Philippine Army narrated some important accounts about the WWII and how General Yamashita of the Japanese Imperial army entered and surrendered in Kiangan, Ifugao on Sept 2, 1945 ending   WWII in Asia Pacific.

In commemoration of this historic event, Republic Act No. 11120 declared September 2 of every year a special nonworking holiday in the province of Ifugao.  

As precautionary measure for the health and safety of everyone,  the organizers  in this year’s event established  a  triage area,  and the  limited attendees  wearing  face masks and face shields were  checked  based on the submitted lists of participants. Social distancing was also implemented. (JDP/MBL- PIA CAR, Ifugao)

By Marcelo B. Lihgawon




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.


  • Ifugao PLGU provides financial aid to landslide victims

    BANAUE, Ifugao, Nov.19 (PIA)--The provincial government released a total of Php440, 000.00 as financial aid to the victims of typhoon Ulysses in the province and a nearby province.

  • DSWD provides Php1.4M financial assistance to Ifugao FRs

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Nov. 13(PIA) – More than P1.4 million financial assistance was awarded  to  former rebels from the province  who surrendered to government authorities  and embraced peaceful life in their respective communities.

  • OCD turns over financial aid to 12 Ifugao typhoon-affected families

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Oct. 19 (PIA) - - Twelve families affected by typhoon “Ompong” in the  municipalities of  Mayaoyao and Tinoc received financial assistance from the government through the Office of the Civil Defense – Cordillera Administrative Region (OCD-CAR).  

  • Ifugao town resumes market days with compliance to health protocols

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Oct. 20(PIA) - - Regular market days in this municipality resumed recently with strict compliance to  the mandatory proper wearing of face mask/shield and physical distancing ordinance and other issued health protocols.

  • Ifugao reorganizes Provincial Task Force-ELCAC

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Oct. 14 (PIA) - - The Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) and Provincial Development Council (PDC) passed Joint Resolution No. 2020-01 reorganizing the membership of the Provincial Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (PTF-ELCAC).





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