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)

Benguet PLGU eyes more isolation facilities for COVID-19 cases

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Nov. 5(PIA) -- The provincial government is looking for more areas to be used as isolation facilities for COVID-19 cases with the surge of COVID-19 cases in the past weeks.


Governor Melchor Diclas in a press briefing said   the province has now more than 1,400 COVID-19 cases with.  recent cases mostly from the municipalities of Tuba and Itogon.  Most are   miners in at least three mine companies operating in the said areas and their family members and other close contacts.

With the surge of cases, the provincial government is working with various government agencies and even the National Inter Agency Task Force against COVID-19(IATF) to provide additional isolation facilities in the province.

Under the “Oplan Kalinga,” IATF, the Department of Health, Office of Civil Defense, the PLGU, Itogon LGU and the city government of Baguio have negotiated to convert the V-Dorm along T. Alonzo Street in Baguio City as a new isolation facility. This can accommodate at least 80 individuals.

Under the program, the National IATF would be shouldering the cost of the maintenance and operation of facility while the DOH will be providing the medical personnel. The local government units will also provide on call doctors and other personnel.

Diclas said the province is also negotiating with the management of the Concordia College along Lamtang in Puguis, La Trinidad   to be used as isolation facility   which can accommodate at least 80 to 100 people.

He added that the DPWH-CAR is also fast tracking the construction of a collapsible structure with at least 16- bed capacity which can be used as a temporary isolation facility in the province.  

The Governor said that these facilities if approved to be used as isolation facilities will be very helpful in the management of the COVID-19 cases in the province. He clarified that these facilities will only be accommodating asymptomatic patients. Those who have symptoms such as fever and cough and flu-like illness would be admitted at the Benguet General Hospital or the different district hospitals in the municipalities.

He added that these facilities will be   addition to the existing temporary treatment and monitoring facilities of the different municipalities.

The provincial government is managing at least four COVID-19 isolation facilities including the Benguet General Hospital, the Temporary Provincial Quarantine Facility and the Regional Evacuation Center, both in Wangal, and the BSU Dormitory in KM 5, all in La Trinidad.

Diclas explained that although home isolation is not recommended for Covid positive patients, it is being allowed in the meantime due to lack of facilities as long as the patients have spaces in their homes for isolation and they will also be regularly monitored by the health workers.

Aside from providing more isolation facilities, the provincial government is also continually distributing relief goods like rice and vegetables to the communities affected by the lockdown in Tuba and Itogon.

The DSWD-CAR has also distributed food packs and is conducting assessment for the additional needs of the affected communities. (JDP/RMC- PIA CAR) 

By Redjie Melvic 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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