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)

NTF-ELCAC to fund development projects in 2 Ilocos Sur barangays

ILOCOS SUR, May 10 (PIA) - - Regional Development Council in the Ilocos Region (RDC-1) Chairperson and Vigan City Mayor Juan Carlo S. Medina said that the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) through its Barangay Development Program (BDP) will fund various development projects to be implemented in two barangays in Ilocos Sur this year.


“Sa BDP, we are happy to say that two barangays in Ilocos Sur particularly in Barangay Baluarte, Salcedo and Barangay Nagbettedan, Sto. Domingo, are allotted with Php20 million each for the implementation of various development projects,” Medina said during the recent episode of the Kapihan sa Ilocos of the Philippine Information Agency.

Regional Development Council in the Ilocos Region chairperson and Vigan City Mayor Juan Carlo S. Medina during the Kapihan sa Ilocos hosted by the Philippine Information Agency on April 29 in San Fernando City, La Union. (Screenshot from PIA Region 1's live stream)

Of the 822 barangays cleared of insurgency nationwide from 2016-2019, which were approved by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to be given Php20 million each under the BDP, the said two barangays in Ilocos Region were included as beneficiaries of the BDP 2021.

As per the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in Ilocos Sur, development projects such as the rehabilitation of barangay health center, construction of public toilets, farm-to-market roads, classroom, assistance to indigent individuals/families, and livelihood, technical-vocational training are programmed to be implemented in the two villages.

These projects are identified by the residents and the local government unit, the DILG said.

Medina recalled during the forum that for the 2020 budget, 30 projects from the Departments of Agriculture, Science and Technology, Social Welfare and Development, Environment and Natural Resources, Public Works and Highways,  the  National Commission on Indigenous Peoples and the Philippine National Police were implemented.

“Nakikita talaga namin na dahil sa mga projects na nagawa rito, bumaba ang insurgence dito sa atin at kaya noong 2020 ay mayroong 18 na former rebel ang nag-surrender at nabigyan ng assistance worth P1.1 million kasama na rito ang reintegration activities at livelihood projects para sa kanila,” he said.

For the first quarter of 2021, 11 former rebels from Ilocos Sur were also given assistance worth P400, 000.

With the dismantling of the only existing guerilla front of the CPP-NPA-NDF in the Ilocos Region particularly in Ilocos Sur, Medina hopes that Ilocos Sur will be insurgency-free through the whole-of-nation approach to end armed conflict institutionalized through Executive Order 70.

“Kailangan talaga ang mga ito para ipaabot ang serbisyo sa ating mga kababayan na nasa far-flung barangays kasi iyon ang inaasam at hinihintay nila na umabot ang serbisyo sa kanila and through the efforts of the NTF-ELCAC through National Security Adviser at CORDS-1 Hermogenes Esperon, Governor Ryan Luis Singson at mga kapwa ko local chief executives, talagang umaabot na ang serbisyo sa kanila so kung makikita niyo itong mga projects, from education to economic, iyong farm-to-market road to trainings for our farmers, students, at children, malaking bagay talaga ang NTF-ELCAC,” Medina added.

“We are hoping that in the next quarter or two quarters, Ilocos Sur will be insurgency-free,” Medina ended. (JCR/VHS/JMCQ, PIA Ilocos Sur)

By Joyah Mae C. Quimoyog



  • More tourism industry workers benefits from DOT-DOLE program

    BAGUIO CITY, June 4 (PIA) -- Close to 1,500 workers from different tourism business establishments, tourism support service and community – based tourism organizations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in Baguio City are beneficiaries of cash assistance from the Department of Tourism and the Department Labor and Employment.

  • TESDA –CAR allots P7.65M for skills trainings in 8 ELCAC brgys

    BAGUIO CITY, June 4(PIA) - -The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority – Cordillera (TESDA – CAR), in support to the whole – of – nation approach to end local communist armed conflict, is bringing technical-vocational and skills development training and other programs to identified ELCAC barangays in the region.

  • Baguio, San Fernando agree on ’Summit and Sea’ tourism bubble

    BAGUIO CITY, May 11 (PIA) --- Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong and San Fernando City La Union Acting Mayor Alfredo Pablo Ortega have formalized an agreement to establish with a tourism bubble to spur economic recovery between the two cities.

  • Apayao & Benguet placed under MECQ until May 23, 2021

    BAGUIO CITY, May 11 (PIA) -- The National Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has placed Apayao and Benguet under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) from May 10 to 23, 2021.

  • Conner District Hospital Malasakit Center launched

    BAGUIO CITY, May 7 (PIA) -- The Conner District Hospital (CDH) in Conner, Apayao has now a Malasakit Center.


  • 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.

  • Benguet remains under MECQ until June 15

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet,June  4 (PIA) -- The province of Benguet remains under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) classification from June 1 to June 15, 2021.

  • 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.

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). 

  • 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.


  • 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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