TESDA - CAR Regional Director Dante Navarro with Mountain Province Provincial Director Alvin Yturralde, in a recent Kapihan sa Baguio media forum for TESDA program updates especially on scholarships and training programs. (CCD/PIA CAR)

PDEA - CAR Regional Director Gil Cesario Castro reports the 2nd quarter accomplishments on the campaign against illegal drugs in the Cordillera Region. (CCD/PIA CAR)

Sec. Bello leads awarding of DOLE assistance in Mt. Province

SABANGAN Mountain Province(PIA) - - Labor  and Employment Secretary  Silvestre Bello III recently  led here  the awarding of assistance under the various programs of the Department of Labor and Employment to beneficiaries in the province.


Under the TUPAD or Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Displaced/Disadvantage workers, around P46.71 million was awarded for the payout of 4,281 COVID – 19 affected informal sector workers in the municipality of Sabangan , who rendered community work for a minimum of 10 days with daily wage of P350.


DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III (middle) is assisted by Governor Bonifacio Lacwasan in the awarding of assistance to one of the beneficiaries. (Mt. Province PLGU photo)

Sabangan Mayor MarcialLawilao Jr. expressed gratitude for the DOLE TUPAD program, as the worker beneficiaries were also helpful and instrumental in the repair of Gotong Bridge in Busa that was damaged due to the monsoon rains.

Still under TUPAD, Bello also awarded around P59.3M to the local chief executives of the municipalities of Paracelies, Natonin, Barlig, Bontoc and Tadian to benefit 5,617 program beneficiaries.

For the DOLE CAMP (COVID – 19 Adjustment Program) which is  in partnership with the Department of Tourism, 412 worker beneficiaries from the Maligcong Homestay and Tour Guides Association, Talubin Tour  Guides Association and Bontoc Federated Association of Tricycle Operators and Drivers received assistance of P5,000 each.

Under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program, 24 parents of child laborers from Paracelis received a total assistance P405, 675 to help them in their home businesses such as hog raising, bread and pastries, mobile food, hollow blocks production and massage parlor.

Two associations namely the Kamem-an Chinakop Organization of Bontoc and Mabato Farmers Group received P963, 968 livelihood grant for egg production and retail business and P390, 264.40 assistance for mobile mill set, respectively.

In line with the government’s whole – of – nation – approach to End Local Communist Armed Conflict, five rebel returnees also received a total of P132, 780 livelihood assistance from DOLE for their proposed welding, carpentry and rice and corn milling services.

There were also two recipients of the ELAP (Emergency Livelihood Education Program) which provides an annual educational assistance to children of deceased overseas Filipino workers and one beneficiary of the ODSP (OFW Dependent Scholarship Program) which is for children of OFWs whose salary abroad is less than 600 US dollars.


DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III calls on the people of Mountain Province to support the national vaccination program and to always dispay unity and cooperation in the fight against COVID - 19. (Photo by PLGU Mountain Province)

Bello, in his message, outlined that DOLE is only following the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte to make sure that the people receive the assistance which is    money of the people. “That is your money, so take care of your money”, he said.

With the continuing threat of the COVID – 19 pandemic, Bello  encouraged the people of Mountain Province, to support the national vaccination program and for the local leaders and the community to continue to work together in the fight against the pandemic.

“There is no substitute for unity,” he stressed.

In the said  visit Bello and his entourage were warmly welcomed  by provincial  leaders headed by Governor BonifacioLacwasan and Congressman Maximo Dalog Jr. (JDP/CCD with Valerie Taguba-PIA CAR)


By Carlito Dar




  • Anti-communist campaign gets new name in Cordillera

    BAGUIO CITY, Benguet, Philippines — A controversial plan to implement the government’s anti-drug tactic “tokhang” (contraction of Visayan terms for “knock and plead”) on activists, journalists, and government employees in the Cordillera has been replaced with a similar anti-communist strategy called “dumanun makitungtung” (Ilocano for “visit and discuss”).

  • Fast connectivity happening soon in remote Cordillera towns

    BAGUIO CITY – The Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) is expected to have strong and reliable connectivity by 2023 after an internet service provider committed to provide a fiber-optic broadband network and a satellite global technology even in the most remote mountain towns.

  • DOH calls for vax contingency plan as LGUs' risk levels rise

    BAGUIO CITY (PIA) - - The Department of Health advises provincial/city vaccination operations centers to be ready with their contingency plan as the rising COVID – 19 risk and response alert levels may affect the vaccination activities in the communities.

  • RPOC backs multi-sectoral peace dialogue with CFO members

    BAGUIO CITY (PIA) - - The Cordillera Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) approved  the adoption of the Regional Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee (RLECC) resolution for   multi – sectoral groups to conduct peace dialogues with members of  the communist front organizations(CFOs)  in line with the whole-of-nation approach to end local armed conflict.

  • 25,158 senior citizens in Baguio fully vaccinated

    BAGUIO CITY (PIA) - - The City Health Services Office reported  that  25,158 senior citizens in Baguio  City are already fully vaccinated which is equivalent to 77.16 percent of its target 32,603 master listed priority A2 population, as of its  August 28 data .


  • Benguet town declares state of calamity

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet (PIA)--The municipality of Kabayan is declared under a state of calamity due to the effects of the recent weather disturbances especially the prolonged heavy rains brought by the southwest monsoon or “habagat” in the past weeks.

  • Mayor lauds arrest of drug personality in Kibungan

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet(PIA) -- Kibungan Mayor Cesar Molitas lauded the operatives of the Philippine National Police(PNP)  and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency(PDEA)  for arresting a drug personality in Kibungan who is involved in selling and distribution of   shabu.

  • DOST provides S&T enhancement to Kibungan coffee growers

    KIBUNGAN Benguet (PIA) - - The Department of Science and Technology – Cordillera thru the Provincial S&T Center turned – over a one – unit of automated roaster to the local government unit of Kibungan that is set to benefit a coffee grower association in the municipality.

  • Safety seal urged for biz establishments, other facilities

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, June 4 (PIA) - - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is pushing for the adoption of a safety seal certification among business establishments, workplaces, hotels and other facilities which assures the consumers and the general public of their safety and compliance with the minimum public health standards set by the government to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Mt. Province

  • Sec. Bello leads awarding of DOLE assistance in Mt. Province

    SABANGAN Mountain Province(PIA) - - Labor  and Employment Secretary  Silvestre Bello III recently  led here  the awarding of assistance under the various programs of the Department of Labor and Employment to beneficiaries in the province.

  • Sagada mourns death of Col. Bawayan

    SAGADA, Mountain Province (PIA) -- The municipality of Sagada is mourning the loss of one of its sons, the late Sulu Police Provincial Office Director. Police Colonel Michael Cadiogan Bawayan Jr.

  • Abandoned NPA caches, belongings found in Mt. Province

    BONTOC. Mountain Province (PIA)—Two abandoned caches and belongings linked to the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army (CPP-NPA) were recently found in the province through the cooperation of residents and former rebels.

  • TESDA trainings underway in 18 ELCAC brgys in Mt. Province

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, July 6 (PIA) - - Provision of skills training under the Retooled Community Support Program (RCSP) that can help provide livelihood to people in 18 (Communist/Terrorist Group) cleared barangays here in the province, underway.

  • DENR, MENRO pursue Chico River Cleanup Program

    Following their mandates, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO) continues to conduct a massive water cleanup along Chico river within the municipality of Bontoc.






321B Lopez Bldg., Session Road, Baguio City