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)

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.

 

Governor Melchor Diclas said the provincial government sent a letter addressed to Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, chairperson of the National Interagency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, appealing that the community classification of Benguet will revert back to General Community Quarantine (GCQ) for the month of June.

Unfortunately, the appeal was denied and MECQ or a stricter quarantine classification is again imposed in the entire province.
 
“We appealed that we be under GCQ dahill kapag MECQ walang retaurants, walang ibang mga activities kaya iniisip natin ang hanap buhay ng maraming tao,” Diclas said in press briefing following the Provincial IATF meeting on Thursday(June 3).

The Benguet PIATF meeting at the provincial capitol in La Trinidad, Benguet. RMC PIA-CAR  

Diclas said Benguet now is on a downtrend on its COVID-19 cases compared to the previous months and this was stressed in the appeal sent to the National IATF on May 28.

He explained that the decreasing trend in the number of new confirmed cases in the province leads to the declining bed occupancy in isolation facilities and hospital utilization rate.
 
As of June 1, the Provincial Health Office reported a total of 8,664 COVID-19 cases recorded in the province with 8,101 recoveries or 94 percent while 355 are active cases (4 %) and 208 COVID-19 related deaths (2%).
 
From May 19 to June 1, the Average Daily Attack Rate is at 5.41 with a -41 percent 2-week Daily Growth Rate.
 
On the hospital utilization rate, Benguet is under low risk in terms of occupancy rate with 60% of the 125 hospital beds occupied. He added that the number of cases admitted in the hospital decreased compared to the previous two weeks when no beds were available for admission.
 
Among the LGUs in the Cordillera, the province of Benguet has a relatively high vaccine utilization rate of 96% based on allocation. The municipalities in the province have also requested 12,000 doses from the DOH this June 2021 as the demand for the vaccination has been increasing.
 
Despite the low cases, some municipal government units still opted to place their COVID-19 cases under home isolation which may have contributed to the decision placing Benguet under MECQ, Diclas said.
 
He appealed to the public to strictly comply with all the health protocols and all the restrictions provided under the MECQ guidelines. He stressed the strict adherence to the minimum public health standards such as wearing of masks and face shields, maintaining proper hygiene including frequent washing of hands, observing cough etiquette, avoiding crowded areas and mass gatherings and maintaining good health are the  as it is the best defense Covid 19. (JDP/RMC- PIA-CAR)

By Redjie Melvic M. Cawis

 

Baguio

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    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.

Benguet

  • 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

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IFUGAO

  • Ifugao LGU forms COVID-19 action team

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  • Aggressive community testing in Ifugao starts today in Lagawe

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  • 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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