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)

Tourism Secretary lauds Ilocos Norte’s triage center for incoming tourists

LAOAG CITY, Oct 24 (PIA) -- In her visit to Ilocos Norte, Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat is all praises for the systematic management for incoming tourists in the tourist center located in the town of Pinili.


The DOT chief said there is availability of handwash station and footbath upon entry of the tourists, as well as proper observance of physical distancing.

The center is also an open-air facility which makes lesser transmission of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

“I was very impressed with your triage. May physical distancing, and it’s open air. I think that is what the residents want na walang makakalusot na may COVID. That is why there are strict protocols kasi we want to protect and we want to restart tourism safely,” Sec. Puyat stated.

On Oct. 20, the province of Ilocos Norte formally launched Phase II of the reopening of tourism under the “Ridge and Reef Travel Corridor”. This means, residents from the Luzon island can visit Ilocos Norte while safety and health protocols are in place.

Prior to the formal launching, the province has started welcoming tourists since Oct.15 wherein there are first four travelers from Baguio City and Antipolo City.

The triage center serves as the first stop of visiting tourists. This is where they present their travel documents and undergo rapid antigen test.

“May mga kasama kami na nauna, after 30 minutes nakuha na nila. It was fast. Maganda,” Arnel Fetalino, one of the tour managers who attended the launching of the Ridge and Reef Phase II in Ilocos Norte, shared his experience at the triage center.

As the tourism secretary toured around the province, she urges the public, especially from areas who are allowed, to experience the tourism offers of Ilocos Norte.

“Tourism is about experience and seeing the places. There are so many things to do in Ilocos Norte. The food is fantastic. ‘Find the One in Region One,’ Sec. Puyat added.

“Find the One in Region One” is the official branding of DOT Region I led by Regional Director Joseph Francisco Ortega.

Meanwhile, Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc said that the movement of tourists in the province are limited and strictly monitored to ensure safety of the locals in the province.

“I’d like to reiterate na our tourists are not roaming freely. Talagang monitored, regulated, and accompanied ang movement nila kasi one of our safeguards is delineating and minimizing yung socialization ng mga turista sa local community. But at the same time, we’ll find ways so that our tourists can patronize our local businesses,” the young governor said. (JCR/JPD/MJTAB, PIA Ilocos Norte) 

By Ma. Joreina Therese A. Blanco




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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