The University of Baguio, through its supportive administration, is the first identified mega - site under the Baguio City's Vaccination Action Plan. On Monday, it also hosted the first vaccination simulation program led by the City Health Services Office. (CCD/PIA CAR)

Mayor Benjamin Magalong assures the city government's readiness with Vaccination Action Plan and Operation Center and enough manpower in place. (CCD/PIA CAR)

Higher Education Institutions offering medicine and allied health programs may now open limited face-to-face classes according to Commission on Higher Education - CAR Director Danilo Bose (second left). (SCA-PIA-CAR, Benguet)

BFAR-CAR Regional Director Lilibeth Signey turned over solar-powered venturi aeration system to the fisherfolks in Barangay Santa Filomena in Calanasan to officials led by Sangguniang Bayan Member Kyle Mariah Bulut, Municipal Agriculturist Luisa Magna and fisherfolk Loreto Asuncion. BFAR-CAR photos

The Big Kettle is a new come on of the Polig's Berry Farm in Ambassador, Tublay in Benguet. It is one of the tourist attractions opened even during the General Community Quarantine. (photo courtesy of the Polig's Berry Farm)

Ifugao adopts national IATF guidelines

LAGAWE, Ifugao, Feb. 5 (PIA) - - Governor Jerry Dalipog  has issued Executive Order No. 03 series of 2021  adopting  the Inter-agency Task Force guidelines under the new general community quarantine (GCQ)  from February 1  to 28.


 “A continuous practice of these guidelines in accordance with all orders released during the period of GCQ is imperative and vital for the preservation of our community’s health, safety and welfare,” Dalipog stated.

 The Philippine National Police (PNP) are empowered to ensure that the implementation of these guidelines is carried with utmost consideration for the order, safety and security of all persons involve.

Under the guidelines, all person within the province must wear face masks/face shield at all times and strictly observe physical distancing whenever outside of their residences. Any person below 15 years old, those who are 65 years old and above, those with immunodeficiency and pregnant women shall be required to remain in their residences at all times.

 The movement of all person shall be limited to accessing essential goods and services and for work in the office or industries permitted to operate hereunder. Provided that movement for leisure purposes shall not be allowed.

 Work in the government offices may still be at full operational capacity or under such alternative arrangement, in accordance with the Civil Service Commission rules and regulations. Other office requiring employees to report physically may be provided transport services.

 Public and private construction projects will be allowed but with strict compliance to the construction safety guideline issued by the Department of Public Works and Highways for the implementation of infrastructure projects during the COVID-29 pandemic.

 Face-to-face classes shall be suspended. For higher education, the recommendation of the Commission on Higher Education shall be adopted. For technical vocational education and training of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), training and assessments maybe conducted subject to public health guidelines.

 All permitted establishments and activities shall be allowed to operate or be undertaken at full operational capacity adhering to the health protocols and other guidelines. Mass gatherings such as but not limited to concerts, sporting event, other entertainment activities, community assemblies and non-essential work gatherings shall be prohibited.

Gatherings that are for the provision of critical government services and authorized humanitarian activities while adhering to the prescribed minimum health standards shall be allowed while religious gatherings are up to 30% of the seating capacity.

 Outdoor non-contact sports and other forms of exercise such as but limited to walking, running, biking, golf, swimming, tennis, badminton, equestrian, range shooting are allowed provided, the minimum public health standards are observed. Provided further that operations of the relevant clubhouses or similar establishments, if any shall be limited to basic operations and restaurants and cafes therein are allowed to operate at 30% venue capacity following social distancing protocols and that such establishments are compliant with proper protocols prescribed by the Department of Trade and Industry.

 Sectors of public transportation shall be allowed to operate at such capacity and protocols in accordance with guidelines issued by the Department of Transportation. 

Movements of all types of cargo, trucking and courier delivery of food, essential goods, basic commodities, agriculture inputs and products shall remain unhampered provided only a maximum of five personnel shall operate the cargo, trucks and delivery vehicles. Movements of identified authorized persons outside their residences shall be permitted.

Dalipog directed the provincial information office, police provincial office, all members of the Provincial COVID-19 Task Force, municipal mayors, punong barangays and all other concerned to cause the widest dissemination of the order, (JDP/MBL- PIA CAR, Ifugao)

By Marcelo B. Lihgawon




  • La Trinidad dads bat for mental health breaks for students

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Feb. 19 (PIA) - - Local officials here see  the need for students mental health breaks  during this COVID-19  pandemic  following reported suicide cases in the municipality  

  • DOH issues license to Benguet Gen. Hospital molecular lab

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Feb 19(PIA) -- The Benguet General Hospital (BeGH) can now operate its molecular laboratory for COVID-19 testing as the  Department of Health   finally issued its license to operate.

  • Successful Valentine’s Day bloodletting in Alapang amid GCQ

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Feb. 20 (PIA)--The Philippine Red Cross – Benguet Chapter and Barangay Alapang in this capital town sustained their annual blood donation activity on Valentine’s Day amid general community quarantine status.

  • CCDC grad is Top 7 in Social Worker board exam

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Feb. 19(PIA) -- A Cordilleran is among the topnotchers in the recent Social Worker Licensure Examination.

  • PSA seeks public cooperation in nat'l ID system registration

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Feb.12 (PIA) - - The Philippine Statistics Authority – Benguet seeks the   support and cooperation of the community andbarangay officials for the smooth gathering of relevant  information in line with the government’s   Philippine Identification System (PhilSys)  project which establishes a single national ID system that would ease and simplify government and private transactions.

Mt. Province

  • Bontoc official appeals to 'kailians' to comply with public health standards

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Feb. 8(PIA) -- A municipal councilor in this capital town is appealing to his “kailians”  or townmates to always comply with the minimum public health standards as the municipality reverts back to General Community Quarantine(GCQ)  status starting Monday(February 8). 

  • Sagada extends cultural lockdown until Feb. 11

    SAGADA, Mountain Province, Feb. 4(PIA) -- The cultural lockdown has been extended in this mountain resort due to the continuing and   expected spike in COVID-19 cases.

  • Enhanced contact tracing of COVID UK variant cases' contacts ongoing in Mt. Province

    BONTOC Mountain Province, Jan. 25 (PIA) - - The Department of Health is now doing an intensified contact tracing of  the contacts of the 12 COVID – 19 UK variant cases here as part of the   Prevent-Detect-Isolate-Treat-Reintegrate   strategy against COVID – 19.

  • NTF-BCDA conducts aggressive community testing in Bontoc

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Jan. 26(PIA)--Bontoc residents voluntarily submit themselves to  be  swabbed for   RT-PCR testing  in the Aggressive Community Testing (ACT) being conducted by the National Task Force (NTF) Against COVID-19 through the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) and the Bureau of Fire Protection.

  • Suspension of work at Mt. Province PLGU offices extended until Jan. 29

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Jan. 25 (PIA) -- Governor Bonifacio Lacwasan Jr.  ordered the extension of the suspension of work in the provincial government offices   due to the increasing   COVID-19 cases and the detection of the UK variant of the COVID-19 in this capital town.






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