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)

NEDA presents updated PDP 2017 - 2022 to CAR stakeholders

BAGUIO CITY, April  23 (PIA) - - The National Economic and Development Authority presented to the  Cordillera regional development stakeholders the updated Philippine Development Plan(PDP)  that was developed to respond to the challenges brought about by the Coronavirus (COVID – 19) pandemic.


NEDA Secretary Karl Kendrick Chua addressing the Cordillera Regional Development stakeholders during the virtual caravan for the updated PDP that aims to respond to the challnges brought by COVID - 19 and bring the country forward towards recovery and a new and better normal. (CCD/PIA CAR)

NEDA Secretary Karl Kendrick Chua, in Cordillera Virtual PDP Caravan on Thursday, said the PDP that was drafted in 2017 has been updated for an effective response to the COVID – 19 and to guide the country towards recovery and transformation to new and better normal.

Chua shared that the Philippines was doing good in 2018 with poverty rate down to an all time low of 16.7 percent. If not for the pandemic, the country may have already moved up to upper middle income class which is two years ahead of the 2022 target.The COVID – 19 disrupted the country’s growth momentum and development trajectory.

The PDP, he said, was enhanced to respond to the challenges brought by the pandemic and now focused on three pillars namely, “Malasakit” - building a high trust society, “Pagbabago” or transforming towards equity and resiliency, and “Patuloy na pag-unlad” or increasing growth potential.

As NEDA is now conducting series of virtual caravans to engage the communities on the ground, Chua encouraged Cordillera stakeholders to contribute solutions for the country’s recovery.

“The reality today is that the virus is not going to go away very soon. It will continue to test our resilience, our health care system, our economic foundations and even our personal grit.”

“The challenge today is learning to live with the virus while addressing its impact on our health. This entails fully implementing the Protect, Detect, Isolate, Treat and Reintegrate strategy while gradually and safely reopening our economy, so that we can look after the total health and welfare of the people and address COVID and non - COVID threats such as hunger, unemployment and poverty.”

“We are living in unprecedented time. While we may be surrounded by fear and uncertainty, may we find hope and strength in each other towards gathering such as this. For we are joined by our fellow countrymen to share the same aspirations. We are eager to share to you the updated PDP and to listen to your experience and ideas on how we can achieve a healthy and resilient Philippines. Let us work together to bounce back from this crisis and build a better future for our country”, Chua stressed.

In the virtual caravan, NEDA Assistant Secretary for Policy and Planning Carlos Bernardo Abad Santos gave an overview of the enhanced PDP 2017 – 2022  while NEDA – CAR Assistant  Regional Director Greg Aris presented the highlights of the updated Cordillera Regional Development Plan. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)

The updated PDP framework as presented by NEDA ASEC for Policy and Planning Carlos Bernardo Abad Santos. (CCD/PIA CAR)

By Carlito C. Dar




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    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.

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Mt. Province

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  • Bontoc official appeals to 'kailians' to comply with public health standards

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    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

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    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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