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)

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



  • 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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