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)

DOH-CAR sets up Regional One Hospital Command Center

BAGUIO CITY, Oct. 14 (PIA) - - The Center for Health and Development of Cordillera (DOH – CAR) is establishing a regional One Hospital Command Center (OHCC) to improve COVID – 19 control, prevention and case management in the region.


The regional OHCC is patterned after the National OHCC set up by the DOH at the MMDA Complex, which generally aims to improve health facility coordination and referral of suspect, probable and confirmed COVID - 19 by establishing a system of transfer of patients to appropriate health facilities, as well as on the coordination of the provision of adequate medical transport and pre-hospital services for COVID – 19 response.

The OHCC will also ensure rational utilization of medical care services in hospitals and other health facilities rendering care for COVID – 19 patients by proper triaging of COVID – 19 cases, DOH Health Emergency Management Bureau Health Policy Systems and Research Fellow Melanie June Pucay explained during the joint coordination meeting of the Cordillera Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council and the Regional Task Force COVID – 19. 

Pucay reported that the target date of operation of the Regional OHCC is on October 23, and orientations of stakeholders   are currently being conducted. 

OHCC designated Command Center Manager, DOH – CAR Assistant Regional Director Amelita Pangilinan,   in an interview shared that the Cordillera OHCC will put into one system the functions already being done by the DOH – CAR Emergency Operation System and the Health Emergency Management Services.  It will work more on the referral of the confirmed COVID – 19 cases because of the recent upsurge of cases and some of the region’s hospitals and Temporary Treatment and Monitoring Facilities (TTMFs) are already fully booked.

It will be a big help in COVID – 19 case management because the primary goal of the Cordillera OHCC is to properly refer patients to hospitals and TTMFs with vacancies and taking into consideration the status of the patients, whether asymptomatic, mild, moderate or severe, as well as the provision of transport providers, if the patients need one, Pangilinan added.

The Cordillera OHCC will have strong coordination and linkages with the DOH Central and other regional OHCC, the Cordillera RTF COVID – 19, regional line agencies, local government command centers, and private and government hospitals, among other stakeholders. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)

By Carlito C. Dar



  • Interventions crucial in reduction of stunting

    BAGUIO CITY, Oct.  24(PIA) - - Some interventions are crucial in sustaining the gains in the reduction of stunting which is one of the nutrition concerns in the country.

  • Bayanihan 2 to boost TTMFs in Cordillera

    BAGUIO CITY, Oct. 24 (PIA) –The Bayanihan to Recover as One Act or Bayanihan 2 is set to boost COVID-19 Treatment and Monitoring Facilities (TTMFs) in the Cordillera as TTMF occupancy rate in Baguio City hits ‘danger zone.’

  • CRDRRMC calls for heightened alert for TD 'Pepito'

    BAGUIO CITY, Oct. 20 (PIA) - - Cordillera Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council chairperson and Office of Civil Defense Regional Director Albert Mogol calls for a synchronized heightened alert among the CRDRRMC member agencies  down  to  the barangay level for the possible effect of Tropical Depression Pepito.

  • DSWD pours out programs, services to conflict areas in CAR

    BAGUIO CITY, Oct. 19 (PIA) - -  Anchored on the government’s whole of nation approach under Executive Order 70 in ending local communist armed conflict (ELCAC), government agencies are  pouring in programs and services in various forms in identified conflict-affected barangays.

  • Rotary backs polio eradication campaign

    BAGUIO CITY, Oct. 19(PIA) – The Rotary Club continues to support  the  polio eradication  campaign of the government.  


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.






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