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)

DSWD FOCAR intensifies augmentation support to LGUs' COVID response

BAGUIO CITY, Feb. 5(PIA) - - The Department of Social Welfare and Development- Field Office Cordillera Administrative Region (DSWD – FOCAR) is intensifying its effort to augment the local government units in the region in terms of responding to the needs of the population that are affected by the Coronavirus disease (COVID – 19).


For January alone, DSWD – FOCAR already released for augmentation 11,763 Family Food Packs (FFPs) amounting to around P6.19 million, of which 10,910FFPs were for COVID – 19 response operations.

Some 5,500 FFPs were provided to Mountain Province for COVID response in the municipalities of Bontoc, Sagada and Sabangan; 3,400 FFPs were delivered to Kalinga; 722 FFPs for Abra; 500 for Apayao; 334 for Baguio – Benguet and 14 FFPs were provided for Ifugao.

DSWD personnel and volunteers sealing the repacked rice for the production of Family Food Packs. (DSWD FOCAR photo)

Prepositioning of FFPs is being conducted this early days of February   wherein 1,500 FFPs    will go to Abra; 1,700 to Kalinga; 420 for Buguias in Benguet, and 700 for Apayao. 700 FFPs and 50 hygiene kits were prepositioned in Mountain Province.

DSWD – FOCAR also targets the prepositioning of 16,868 FFPs in the different production hubs in the provinces of Cordillera and at its Regional Warehouse in La Trinidad, Benguet.

Production or repacking of FFPs is also ongoing at the regional warehouse with the help of volunteers.

Just recently, the Kings College of the Philippines in Barangay Pico of La Trinidad also allowed the use of its facility as FFP production hub for DSWD FOCAR.  

DSWD FOCAR Regional Director Leo Quintilla assured that along with the implementation of their regular programs and services, their department will continue to support LGUs in helping the communities that are affected by the COVID pandemic.

“Ang focus ngayon ng DSWD FOCAR ay matugunan ang pangangailangan ng mga komyunidad at LGUs sapatuloynaepektong COVID – 19 pandemic. Kasama na ditto ang pag hahanda ng mga plano para sa recovery at rehabilitasyon. At tuloy pa rin ang iba’t – ibang programa ng ahensiya katulad ng Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, Supplementary Feeding, Sustainable Livelihood Program, Social pension at iba pa”, Quintilla said.

Meanwhile, under  the Bayanihan 2, DSWD FOCAR is  processing the Emergency Subsidy Assistance under the Social Amelioration Program for the qualified beneficiaries in areas that implemented granular lockdowns.

Under Bayanihan 1 or the  Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, DSWD – CAR facilitated the provision of P5,000 SAP subsidy to 298,176 qualified families in the  Cordillera. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR) 

Police personnel assist in the reloading of the Family Food Packs delivered at the DSWD FOCAR Sattelite warehouse in Abra. (DSWD photo)




  • 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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