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)

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.


Governor Melchor Diclas upon the recommendation of the Provincial Inter-Agency Task Force on COVID-19 issued Executive Order 2020-054 lifting the clustering of municipalities and scheduling the delivery of vegetables to the La Trinidad Vegetable Trading Post (LTVTP) and the Benguet Agri-Pinoy Trading Center (BAPTC) and the Nueva Vizcaya Agricultural Terminal (NVAT).

The order now alows entry of all vehicles in all checkpoints without following the earlier scheme. But drivers and helpers are mandated to abide by the safety protocols and assume full responsibility of their undisposed produce.

The clustering scheme was pursued during the community quarantine period to decongest the trading centers at LTVTP and BAPTC and to observe social distancing to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. The delivery to the NVAT was also included later on.

Mayors Ruben Tinda-an of Buguias, Raymundo Sarac of Atok   and Cesar Molitas of Kibungan supported the lifting of the scheme upon consultation with stakeholders in their respective areas for free enterprise.  

Buguias produces 50 percent of the province’s vegetable produce and losses have been partly attributed   to the clustering scheme.

Supervising Agriculturist Delinia Juan said 80 percent of the province’s vegetable produce are marketed to Metro Manila.  With the controlled movement, it has a big impact to the highland vegetable industry.

The impact on losses was experienced when Metro Manila was placed under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) from August 3 to August 18.   The latest complaints were the prices of cabbage varieties which were at their lowest during the first two weeks of August, said Juan.

Diclas said the provincial government will ready the Benguet Sports Complex with the expected influx of vegetable truckers to deliver vegetables in the trading posts.

Not all the mayors though agree to the lifting the scheme. La Trinidad Mayor Romeo Salda said the market is not yet normal. There are unsold vegetables stocked in the trading areas which at the end of the day, it is the LGU that has to dispose them. He asked that this unsold produce be brought back by the respective drivers and helpers from their point of origin. He also suggested that the respective local governments coordinate with the Kadiwa program of the Department of Agriculture for purchasing in their area to decongest the trading centers.

Kapangan Mayor Manny Fermin and Tublay Mayor Armando Lauro are also for the clustering scheme primarily for the safety and protection of the health of the farmers and stakeholders.

Tuba, Itogon, and Sablan are not so much affected with the clustering. Tuba’s products are not negotiated in any of the trading areas but are sold directly to Baguio City.

The clustered municipalities-mode of delivery gathered favorable feedback in its earlier implementation such that vegetable prices were regulated and traffic of vegetable trucks and other modes of vegetable transport  was minimized. (JDP/SCA-PIA-CAR, Benguet)

By Susan C. Aro




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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