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)

Detection, isolation & contact tracing stressed as COVID cases surge

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Oct. 28 (PIA) - - The Provincial Health Office (PHO) stressed the importance of detection, isolation or quarantining of cases, and contact tracing following the surge of COVID-19 positive cases in the province.


PHO Medical Specialist I Dr Antonette Agpas presented a data analysis on the place and nature of exposure of close contacts of a total of 207 COVID-19 positive cases in a recent meeting of the Provincial Inter-Agency Task Force.

Clustering of cases was observed to have surged in households, social and religious gatherings and in workplaces. Clustered cases were also observed in the work force, those with travel history and contacts of symptomatic cases.

The highest at 60 percent were close contacts in households followed by those who work and travel at 18% and social or religious gatherings at 14%.

The surge in cases was notable in the mining areas in Tuba and Itogon affecting   many households in bunk houses. Cases in these areas drastically increased in two- weeks time.  

Another case is attendance to a religious gathering of a positive case from Ifugao that infected other members.

For infection in the work places, police officers are the most affected. Transmission was noted in a national line agency and a barangay office.

 Exposure was also observed in health facility, through government transactions, from neighbors and stores.

Agpas said the likelihood of virus transmission is in areas with closed spaces, crowded and with close contact settings or the so called three Cs, which must be looked into in communities to steam the transmission of COVID-19.

As a containment strategy, the promptness of detecting and isolation of COVID cases   and their close contacts are crucial.  

Meanwhile, in Itogon  which has  181 active cases as of  October 26, Mayor Victorio Palangdan  stated that  all  these  cases are isolated in  different  facilities and  they are   preparing  for the testing of 1,500 close contacts.

Oplan TuGon (Tuba & Itogon) initiated by  the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council is now  assisting the municipality in  addressing  surge of COVID cases in the municipality. (JDP/SCA-PIA-CAR, Benguet)

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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