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)

Two Cordillerans among topnotchers in PNPA Class 2021

BAGUIO CITY, April 23 (PIA) -- Two Cordillerans are among the top graduates of the Philippine National Police Academy “Hinirang” Class of 2021.

Police Cadet Joel James Jose De Guzman who hails from Malubibit Norte, Flora, Apayao is the Top 3  while Police Cadet Ian Poyaoan Limbawan of Baguio City and Ifugao is the Top 8 of the 225 –strong PNPA Class of 2021 who graduated on April 21, 2021 in a blended ceremony.

De Guzman received the Secretary of Interior and Local Government Kampilan award from DILG Secretary Eduardo Año.

Police Cadet Joel James Jose De Guzman from from Malubibit Norte, Flora, Apayao ranks third in the PNPA graduating class of 2021. (PNPA photo)

De Guzman and Limbawan led the 47 Cordillerans who walked the “Long Maroon Line” as members of the Hinirang or the “Henerasyong Inihanda ng Panahon Upang Magsilbi at Isakatuparan ang Responsibilidad Alang-alang sa Bayang Sinilangan” Class of 2021. Cordillerans are among the highest number of graduates of the PNPA this year.
The second child among the six children of retired soldier of the Philippine Army, Joel De Guzman and a housewife, Mercy, De Guzman grew up on a farm and has experienced hardships and the true meaning of hard work in order to have food on their table.  

He finished his primary education at Malubibit Elementary School as a valedictorian and his secondary education at the Flora National High School. He took up Bachelor of Science in Criminology at Cagayan State University – Sanchez Mira Campus prior to being accepted at the PNPA.
Limbawan is the eldest of three sons of Police Lieutenant Rogelio Limbawan from Lamut, Ifugao and wife Jesusa, a laundry service cashier from San Carlos City, Pangasinan.

He graduated as salutatorian at the Aguinaldo Elementary School and high school at the Pines City National High School in Baguio City. He took BS-Criminology at the University of the Cordilleras where was a Dean’s Lister scholar before moving to the PNPA.

Police Cadet Ian Poyaoan Limbawan of Baguio City and Ifugao is No. 8 in thr PNPA Class of 2021. (PNPA photo)

Limbawan is inspired by his father who is serving country as police officer for 25 years now starting at Police Officer 1 and currently the Officer-in-Charge Chief of Police of the San Quintin Municipal Police Station in Abra.
The two Cordillerans are among the 193 new police lieutenants who will be assigned either to the PNP National Support Units to fill-up requirements for officers or to be assigned in their home regions as part of the PNP regionalism policy on assignment of personnel.
PNP Chief General Debold Sinas administered the oath of office of the 193 new Police Lieutenants; Bureau of Jail Management and Penology Chief Allan Iral for the 14 newly-appointed Jail Inspectors and   Bureau of Fire Protection Chief Jose Embang for the 18 freshly-hailed Fire Inspectors.
In his keynote message, President Duterte reminded the graduates to keep in their minds and hearts the values instilled by their Alma Mater. He also pointed out that the new lieutenants and inspectors of the tri-bureau that service should go beyond their call of duty, always taking care of themselves while maintaining utmost vigilance amidst terrorism across the nation. (JDP/RMC- PIA-CAR)

By Redjie Melvic M. Cawis




  • Stern imposition of COVID-19 ordinances pushed

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, May 10 (PIA) - - Strict imposition of  ordinances on health safety protocols with unsparing penalties is  seen as a move to stem the transmission of corona virus disease 2019 (Covid-19) virus.

  • Benguet coffee picking up steam

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, April 27 (PIA)--The province of Benguet is known for its highland vegetables and strawberries but its coffee product is also fast gaining recognition.

  • 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.

Mt. Province

  • DOST brings S&T projects to 3 ELCAC brgys in Bontoc

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, May 11 (PIA) - - The Department of Science and Technology (DOST – CAR)  through its Provincial S&T Center here has  partnered with the local government unit and community stakeholders  for  Community Empowerment through Science and Technology(CEST)   program in three identified End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC ) barangays in this municipality.

  • 107th Malasakit Center opens at LHRMH in Mt. Province

    MOUNTAIN PROVINCE -  Poor and indigent patients  in the province and other nearby areas will now be confident  to seek hospitalization and treatment with the opening of  a Malasakit Center at the Luis Hora Regional Memorial Hospital(LHRMH) in Abatan, Bauko on Friday(May 7).

  • 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). 

  • Mt. Province officials reiterate call for public compliance with health protocols, quarantine rules

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Jan. 23(PIA)--With the COVID-19 UK already in Mountain Province as confirmed by the Department of Health Friday night, local officials reiterate their appeal to the public to strictly comply with the quarantine protocols of their respective municipalities, adhere to the minimum health standards and not to let their guards.

  • Sagada LGU cancels Etag Festival 2021 due to COVID

    BAGUIO CITY, Jan 15 (PIA) -- The scenic town of Sagada will skip the 10th edition of the Etag Festival this year   due to the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).


  • Ifugao LGU forms COVID-19 action team

    HINGYON, Ifugao May 7 (PIA) - - The local government unit here initiated an additional measure to address the surge of Coronavirus – 2019 Disease (COVID-19) in its different barangays.

  • Aggressive community testing in Ifugao starts today in Lagawe

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, May 4(PIA)--The five-day Aggressive Community Testing (ACT) in the province kicked-off today in this municipality at the Lagawe Central School gymnasium and Caba barangay covered court.

  • 5 Ifugao barangays on lockdown due to surge of COVID-19 cases

    HINGYON, Ifugao, April 28 (PIA) - - Five barangays of this municipality were placed under temporary lockdown recently in efforts  to avoid the further spread of the Coronavirus Disease – 2019 (COVID-19).

  • Aggressive community testing in Ifugao targets 4,500 individuals

    LAMUT, Ifugao, April 28 (PIA) - - Around 4,500 individuals in the province are expected to be swabbed   in the   the aggressive community testing   scheduled on May 4-8, 2021 following the surge of COVID-19 cases this month.   

  • Ifugao youth group, partners set up 'Good Samaritan' pantry

    LAMUT, Ifugao, April 23 (PIA) - - The Ifugao Youth Association (IYA) is initiating the establishment of  community pantries  in the province as a way of reaching out to town mates who may be hardly affected  by  the COVID-19 pandemic and have  little capacity to buy basic necessities which they need.





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