Health officials seek public help in the campaign against HIV-AIDS

Bontoc, Mountain Province – Informing the public on the fight against Human Immune Virus – Acute Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV-AIDS) should be an everyday campaign.


This was the gist of the message of the health officials during the Monday Flag Raising ceremonies on June 11, 2018 spearheaded by the Municipal Health Office (MHO)/Rural Health Unit (RHU).

Despite the observance of the AIDS Candlelight Memorial every May 17 of every year, officials in the municipality led by Bontoc Mayor Franklin C. Odsey, Vice Mayor Eusebio Kabluyen, Development Management Officer IV Claudio Pancho from the Department of Health (DOH) – Provincial Office and some Municipal Department Heads lighted the candles at the stage of the Eyeb Open Gym on June 11, 2018 during the Flag Raising Ceremonies. The Candle Lighting is in remembrance of those who have died because of the disease and at the same time to offer prayers for those who are battling from HIV-AIDS.

Municipal Health Officer Dr. Diga Kay D. Gomez explained that HIV is transmitted from one human being to another through unprotected penetrative sexual intercourse with an infected partner; unsafe blood transfusion, unsafe injection; and from an HIV-infected mother to her child during pregnancy, labour, delivery and through breast feeding.

Accordingly, HIV hits the body’s defense mechanism that act against viruses. Immunodeficiency means that the body is unable to fight infections making it susceptible to pneumonia, tuberculosis and cancer. AIDS refers to clinical manifestation of HIV infection that are only seen when the body falls ill due to opportunistic infections.

Dr. Gomez clarified that HIV cannot be transmitted through air, urine and feces; mosquito bite; talking with person with HIV; borrowing clothes from an HIV-infected person; sharing utensils and drinking from the same glass with person living with HIV; shaking of hands, embracing and kissing; toilets; and swimming pool.

However, she cautioned that HIV-AIDS can spread like a wildfire. With this, she shared the ABC method to avoid and prevent the transmission of HIV-AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) or Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). The ABC stands for Abstinence, Being faithful or loyal to your partner and Correct and consistent use of condom.

Dr. Gomez also asked the help of every one to be advocates in informing the public of how HIV-AIDS is transmitted, the misconceptions on HIV-AIDS and how to avoid and prevent the transmission of HIV-AIDS and STIs.

Mayor Odsey, in his message expressed the support of the officialdom of Bontoc with their commitment in eradicating the disease, increasing awareness and fostering understanding to the victims.

The mayor also solicited the involvement of all concerned government agencies and various stakeholders in the massive information education campaign for everyone to practice safe sex as a means to avoid infection. // Alpine L. Killa, Bontoc -LGU


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Mt. Province Destinations

Alab Petroglyph

The Alab Petroglyph is a huge rock formation that was inscribed with bows and arrows and is believed to have contained the ancient fertility rites of natives.

Backstrap and Loom weaving Houses ( Samoki Weaving)

This is where one can see an actual weaving by the locals. Tourists can come to this place for a photo-op and a chance to try their hand at weaving. Souvenirs can also be bought at these houses.

Bay-yo Rice Terraces

Bay-yo Rice Terraces are a smallet type of terraces that is spectacular to look at for tourists.

Bomod-ok Falls

Cascading white water and with a forceful might sending sprays of water that even on a hot day gives you an idea of just how freezingly-cold the pool at the bottom of the falls is truly a majestic sight to behold.

Bontoc Village Museum

It features a range of artifacts crafted by the Igorots for domestic purposes, to be used for traditional celebrations or practices. Inside the museum, one could appreciate the distinct richness of the Igorot's way of life.

Mt. Amuyao

The 8th highest peak in the Philippines with an elevation of 2,702 meters above sea level. Its summit provides its climbers a breathtaking panoram of Mountain Province, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Ifugao and Cagayan Valley.

Mt. Clitoris (Tadian)

This is a sacred mountain regardless of its name. Standing proudly and serenely over 3 villages, this conical-shaped land mass is said to be home to some enchanted eels.

Mountain Province Trade Center

A mini-shopping center managed by the Department of Trade and Industry where skillfully crafted indigenous products are sold.

Sagada Hanging Coffins

Having their coffins hangng at the limestone sliffs is an imrtant tribal custom that thee locals have complied with through hundred of years.

Sumaguuing Caves

Two hundred fifty or so steps down a slipery trail, one can reach the Sumaguing Cave. This is one of the Philippines famous spelunking sites, it is a spectacular place to go to for the adventorous soul.