Department of Agrarian Reform officials led by Secretary John Castriciones with La Trinidad officials led by Mayor Romeo Salda sprearhead the ribbon cutting and turn over ceremony of the solar power irrigation system in Barangay Alno, La Trinidad, Benguet on Thursday, April 8, 2021. The P800, 000.00 irrigation system was turned over to the Alno Rural Community Development Cooperative which is expected to provide water to more than 15 hectares of cut flower and vegetable farms in Alno. RMC PIA-CAR

POPCOM Regional Director Magdalena Abellera(3rd from left) and partner panelists in the forum push for a whole of society approach in addressing women's concerns including repruductive health in this time of health pandemic. (CCD/PIA CAR)

NCCA Chairperson Arsenio Lizaso (with mic) during the PIA Cordillera- led Kapihan media forumabout the first Montañosa Film Festival. Joining him (from left to right) are Film Academy of the Philippines chairperson Vivian Velez, Baguio City Vice Mayor Faustino Olowan, NCIP Chairperson Secretary Allen Capuyan (4th from left), NCIP Commissioner for Central Visayas Jennifer Pia Sibug-las and NCIP Commisioner for Region 1 and CAR Gaspar Cayat. (CCD/PIA CAR)

Benguet Governor Melchor Diclas presides over the Provincial Inter-Agency Task Force Meeting on COVID-19 on March 29, 2021 at the Benguet Provincial Capitol attended by task force member agencies. (photo by RMC-PIA-CAR)

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)



  • Cordillera RTF adopts enhanced reg’l action plan vs COVID-19

    BAGUIO CITY, April 15 (PIA) - - The Cordillera Regional Inter-Agency Task Force and the Regional Task Force COVID – 19 have approved a joint resolution adopting an enhanced Regional Action Plan(RAP) against the Coronavirus disease.

  • CAR records high risk Ave. Daily Attack Rate, 76% 2-Week Growth Rate

    BAGUIO CITY, April 16 (PIA) - - The Department of Health Center for Health and Development Cordillera (DOH-CAR) reiterates anew the need for the full cooperation of the public in the fight against COVID – 19  as cases in the region continue to increase with clustering happening inside workplaces, households and within members of the same community.

  • DA-CAR, Baguio LGU hold Kadiwa trade fair at Session Road

    BAGUIO CITY, April 16(PIA) -- The Department of Agriculture - Cordillera and the city government of Baguio opened another business opportunity to support local farmers and entrepreneurs of  the  City and the nearby towns of Benguet.

  • POPCOM reports rise in teenage pregnancies this COVID pandemic

    BAGUIO CITY, April 10(PIA) - - The Commission on Population and Development - Cordillera (POPCOM – CAR)) calls for a whole of society approach in addressing health concerns of women and girls  during  this Coronavirus disease (COVID-19_ pandemic especially on the increasing cases of teenage pregnancy.

  • PHO Apayao wants moratorium of non-COVID activities

    BAGUIO CITY, April 12 (PIA) -- The Apayao.Provincial Health Office is recommending the temporary suspension of non-COVID related activities to prevent further spread of the virus in the province.


  • Stay disciplined, do good deeds, new PRO-Cor chief tells cops

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet,April 16(PIA)-- The newly installed director of the Police Regional Office-Cordillera(PRO-Cor)  called on Cordillera police officers to continue to stay disciplined as he vowed  continue the good practices started by  his predecessors.

  • Cut flower, vegetable farmers to benefit from solar powered irrigation system in Alno

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, April 12 (PIA) -- The Department of Agrarian Reform formally turned over and inaugurated the new solar powered irrigation system to cut flower and vegetable farmers in Barangay Alno in this capital town.

  • Prov'l IATF issues policies to address spike of COVID cases

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, March 31(PIA) - - The Provincial Inter-Agency Task Force (PIATF) on the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease issued an advisory on  policies to be enforced   to address  the recent spike in COVID 19 cases  and as the province reverts  to General Community Quarantine status  for the whole of  month of April.

  • COVID cases surge seen in some Benguet towns

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, (PIA)-- Upsurge of COVID-19 cases  has been  recorded  in some municipalities placing the province at high epidemic risk level for the past two weeks  and resulting to overwhelmed health system in hospitals and health facilities.

  • Kibungan healthcare workers urge others to get inoculated

    KIBUNGAN, Benguet, March 28 (PIA) - - In bracing up for the massive vaccination on COVID-19 ,  healthcare frontline workers in the municipality  who already got their first shot of  the COVID-19 vaccine  are sharing their testimonies which may convince   others  to submit themselves for inoculation  when the vaccines are  made available.

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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