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)

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




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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