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)

APORs told to follow PIATF COVID-19 guidelines in Abra

BANGUED, Abra, Sept. 8(PIA) -- Governor Maria Jocelyn Bernos called on the Authorized Persons Outside Residences (APORs)  specifically the uniformed personnel to follow protocols and guidelines that have been set to ensure safety in the province during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Pakiusap man kadagiti APOR, haan kayo nga exempted kadagiti protocols ti probinsya tayo (My request to our APORS, you are not exempted fom the protocols in the province),” Bernos stated in a social media post over the weekend.
She stressed that APORs are not exempted from the protocols and guidelines imposed by the Provincial Inter Agency Task Force (PIATF) of COVID-19 and the national government particularly  on  locally stranded individuals,  returning overseas Filipino workers  and other individuals this community quarantine.  

Bernos noted that several APORS are among the COVID-19 positive cases reported in the province in the past days and some of them did not follow the protocols being implemented by the provincial government for incoming individuals to Abra.
On  September 5,  the provincial government reported two new COVID-19 cases,  both police personnel who Bernos  said came to Abra without prior notice or coordination made to the local government units.

The 29 year old female police officer assigned at the Tanudan Municipal Police Station in Kalinga came to  Abra to attend the wake of her father from August 24 to 31, 2020. She was  tested positive for the virus when she  returned to Kalinga and is now admitted in a facility.

The  42 year old male police officer, meanwhile,  arrived in Abra from Baguio City on August 14, and rendered duty at the Boliney Municipal Police Station from August 15 to 31. He went back to Baguio City on September 1 and underwent RT-PCR test which  result was  positive for COVID-19. He is now admitted in a facility in Baguio City.

The governor said that the provincial government welcomes APORs who come back home to the province to visit their loved ones or have a vacation after serving as frontliners in  other areas but they should follow and comply  with all the guidelines imposed by the Abra PIATF to ensure safety of Abrenians.  She added that APORs are not singled out in the call to follow the imposed protocols.  

 Bernos reiterated that APORs who would enter the province have to show IDs and proof of work such as mission or job orders from their respective offices. They should submit personal data and information sheets, Health Declaration Forms and Letter of Acceptance from the local government unit they are going to.

Incoming APORs should also have a negative RT-PCR test results in the past three days. If they do not have RT-PCR results, they could avail of the Rapid Diagnostic Test at the Tangadan boundary worth P1,500 . APORs who are regularly coming in and out of the province are required to present RT-PCR negative results upon entry to the Abra.
When allowed entry to the province, APORs should stay at their residence and follow the mandatory quarantine period and other health protocols.

Family members of APORs are also encouraged to coordinate with their respective LGUs to inform them of the arrival of their family members to ensure preparation of the respective municipality and barangays as well following all the necessary health standards.
Bernos said that the provincial government of Abra will now file necessary cases to the APORs who would not follow the protocols in the province, whether COVID-19 positive or negative.
As of September 7, Abra has recorded 66 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 62 who already recovered and one death.(JDP/ RMC- PIA CAR)

The provincial government of Abra issued an advisory for on the guidelines that should be followed by APORs before  allowed entry to the province of Abra. (photos from Abra province fb)

By Redjie Melvic M. 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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