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)

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.


The Department of Social Welfare and Development - Cordillera Region (DSWD-CAR) presented its programs and projects for the identified Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) barangays in a meeting of the Strategic Communication Cluster of the Regional Task Force ELCAC on October 16.

According to DSWD-CAR Regional Information Officer Nerissa Faye Villanueva-Trinidad, their office from January to May this year implemented projects, programs, and services worth P80, 323,331.67 in   49 RTF-ELCAC priority-areas.  

She reported that in June, some 3,298 families-households received Pantawid Assistance with a total amount of P26, 581,500.00. Known as Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program  or 4Ps, this is DSWD’s conditional cash transfer  that provides conditional cash grants to the poorest of the poor in the country to improve the health, nutrition, and the education of children.

In July, 1,417 individuals were provided with Family Food Packs worth P594, 777.20. Moreover, a total of 3,336 families or households were provided monetary subsidy during the COVID pandemic under the Social Amelioration Program both for Pantawid and non-Pantawid beneficiaries from conflict-affected areas. The SAP for said beneficiaries amounted to a total of P14.026 million.

In August 2020, 72 former rebels from Ifugao and 17 from Kalinga were assessed for Sustainable Livelihood Program. The SLP is for families and communities developed as the graduation program for beneficiaries of the 4Ps for micro-enterprise development and for employment facilitation.

The CTG - affected areas in the Cordillera Region are in the municipalities of Lacub, Malibcong and Tubo in Abra; Bauko, Besao, Sagada, and Bontoc in Mountain Province; Asipulo and Tinoc in Ifugao; Tabuk City, Pinukpuk, Lubuagan and Balbalan in Kalinga, and Flora in Apayao. (JDP/SCA-PIA-CAR)

By Susan 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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