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)

USAID’s TB Platforms collaborates with public, private partners for ACF activities vs TB, COVID-19

PASIG CITY, Nov. 16 (PIA) -- The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) TB Platforms, in in partnership with the City Government of Manila, Center for Health Development National Capital Region (CHD-NCR), and the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) continues to conduct active case finding (ACF) activities for COVID-19 and tuberculosis in the City of Manila. 


Since the start of the COVID-19 community quarantine, USAID’s TB Platforms has been providing technical assistance to the city government thru its City Health Office for a strengthened TB response amid the pandemic. 

In line with this, USAID’s TB Platforms NCR team participated in the conduct of free swab testing and chest X-ray for the enlisted transport groups in Baseco Compound, Tondo Manila as well as for the market vendors in Pritil Market.

According to USAID’s TB Platforms, the PBSP ACCESSTB supported the activity and provided two (2) mobile CxR vans. In Baseco Compound, around 300 individuals participated in the COVID-19 and TB ACF activity.  A total of 235 tricycle and jeepney drivers benefitted from the free X-ray during the ACF activity.

Likewise, the City Health Office recorded a total of 119 swab test recipients. and received free x-ray for tricycle and jeepney drivers. For Pritil Market, a total of 285 individuals were screened. Patients with more than two (2) weeks of TB sympt

oms and those who were x-ray positive were collected with sputum and were sent for GeneXpert testing. 

“Aside from our launched targeted mass swab testing, [the] Manila Health Department also has free chest x-rays for other stakeholders in other areas. This is what we have done with the help of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Thank you very much! May we at least be able to give some serenity to you, your families and our customers here in Manila City,” shared Manila Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso.

Likewise, Mayor Isko uses his social media platforms in announcing the free swab testing and chest x-ray for his constituents. 

The USAID’s TB Platforms provides technical assistance to local government units in strengthening their TB response during the COVID-19 community quarantine.

Photos courtesy of the USAID’s TB Platforms

The USAID’s TB Platforms, on the other hand, partnered with the Philippine Information Agency, Radyo Pilipinas and other private media networks to raise public awareness on TB and promote positive health seeking behavior for TB during the COVID-19 pandemic. (PIA-NCR)

By Jimmyley E. Guzman




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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