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Friday, January 18, 2019

Kennon Road to open on Panagbenga Festival 2019

Photo Courtesy || Tuba Mps FB
Cordillera - Tourists who are planning to visit Baguio City during the Panagbenga Festival 2019 can now pass the historic Kennon Road after the Cordillera Cordillera Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) had agreed on a memorandum of agreement to open it temporarily. 
Kennon road will be opened to motorists coming to Baguio for the annual flower festival starting from February 14 until the first week of March, according to CDRRMC chairman Retired Commodore Albert Mogol.

"Kennon Road's opening will only be good from February 14 until the fist week of March, when the grand street and float parade would have been finished then, the road will again revert back to serve only the residents of Kennon Road. But still, our priority is still the safety of the residents and the commuting public, " Mogol explained.

It can be recalled that Kennon road was closed to traffic after geologists and experts from DPWH had found out the risks of accident it can caused to motorists during bad weather.
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Mogol also clarified that only light vehicles weighing five tons and below are allowed to pass Kennon Road. 

In the signed MOU, officials and representatives of the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), and concerned local government units vowed to ensure the safety of motorist who would be using the road going to Baguio. 
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Cordilleran Police Chief Supt. Empiso is the new head of PNP Special Action Force (SAF)

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Cordillera - The Philippine National Police (PNP) Special Action Force (SAF) welcomes its new chief, Police Chief Superintendent Amando Empiso on Monday, January 14.
He took over his new rule as the head of the PNP's elite force and will oversee the daily functions and and operation of SAF such as Hostage Rescue Team, Critical Incident Response Group, RAID and Police Counter Terrorism nationwide. 

Police Chief Superindent Amando Empiso is a Cordilleran from La-Trinidad, Benguet. He is a member of the Philippine Military Academy's Hinirang Class of 1987. He is a classmate of National Capitol Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Director Guillermo Eleazar. 

Before his new rule as SAF chief, Empiso once headed Northern Police District in August 2017 and became the chief of operations of NCRPO. 

Empiso had done a tremendous job in the police force, providing overview of the peace and order situation in Metro Manila as well as contributed his expertise in the crime-fighting campaign of the PNP. 
As a SAF chief, Empiso will be promoted to the two-star general rank of Director. He will serve as SAF chief until he reach the mandatory age of 56 on February 6, 2021.

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Mobile App to help Cordillera farmers monitor oversupply of vegetables in advance

Cordillera - The use of technology for the farmers to monitor the production of vegetables will greatly help in the averting of vegetables being over supplied in the market.

The first week of January 2019 had been catastrophic to majority of vegetable farmers in Cordillera as they suffered the most brutal effect of vegetable oversupply - the inability for them to sell their produce to the market.

Farmers are aware that if they plant the same crops at the same time, this would cause oversupply of vegetables. They also know that  vegetable  over supply is the major cause of reduced  price and worst discarded by buyers.

Unfortunately, these farmers don't have the necessary  tools to help them foresee and make plans about the crops they should plant or produce at a given time  to avoid vegetable oversupply.

If farmers could just have a data presented to them in real-time and  accessible anytime, it could help them decide  and plan  about the best crops to plant. This can tremendously help them know which type of crops has already been planted by the rest of the farmers in a particular area. This way, they can avoid planting the same crops. If for example, majority of farmers had planted potato in Buguias, farmers from Sayangan would know this and they will plant another vegetables other than potato.

According to the Department of Agriculture - CAR, they have a 'crop survey' report gathered from all local government units involved in vegetable production that will allow farmers to manage the supply of vegetables.

The crop survey is a report that shows how many farmers have planted a particular crop, how large is the area being planted, how long will it take before each vegetables will be harvested and also the target date that the vegetables will be harvested.

This report from the D.A. is almost complete and this is what all farmers need to know and have access to before choosing and deciding what crops to plant.

Creating a Mobile App that provides this survey report to the farmers is a great suggestion for the D.A. to consider.  This is an App that a farmer can download and access data in real-time. Each farmer will then be able to see and study the data presented in detailed form either in charts or tables.

Added to the app is a useful feature that would also project the demand of  particular vegetables in the market. The D.A. in collaboration with the officials of the  La-Trinidad Trading Post and BAPTC may collect data on crops with high demands in a particular period of the year. Such data will  be used by the farmers to decide on what vegetables to plant.

To provide for a wider scope of survey and to make the app more farmer-friendly is to include a survey form for the farmers to input necessary data regarding the crops they planted such as kinds of crops, location of farms or municipality and province, estimated volume to be harvested, projected time of harvest and the price of the vegetables.

Farmers may also create an account in the app so that they can show their personal information, vegetable information (as provided earlier), photo of his/her farm and contact numbers for marketing purposes.

The app may also have  features that vegetable dealers and buyers alike can access. It can have a search bar that allows buyers to search for vegetables they want to buy.  Say for example, if a buyer is looking for potatoes to sell, he can open the app, search for potato, then the data of all farmers who planted potato will be projected. He can view the farm, contact the farmer and negotiate that upon harvest, the farmer will deliver the vegetables straight to the buyer. No middle-man is involved and bigger income for the farmer.

With the collaboration of PAGASA, the app can also display weather-forecast two or three months in advance so that farmers will have an advance planning on how they can prepare for a storm or typhoon.

The app can also provide crop management to farmers. Say for example, when farmers need more information about dealing with  pests or other problems, they can just open the app, type in the name or kinds of the pests, then an information will be presented to them in an easy to understand step by step way to deal with the pests.

Sounds cool right? Yeah, we believe we have some I.T professionals and developers that can do this and the D.A. can possibly work this out.

Let's hope that this simple recommendation to the D.A will reach Secretary Manny Pinol for him to consider and learn about the importance of this app.

Likewise, we know Cordillera has the best universities and colleges teaching web and app development. For the teachers,  please do encourage your students to consider making worthwhile projects such as apps like this as it could greatly help our farmers in the Cordillera.

Contributed article by || @concernedCitizen

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Stephen 'The Sniper' Loman voted Fighter of the Year for Brave

Photo Courtesy || Brave CF FB
Cordillera - Brave's Bantamweight King Stephen Loman has been chosen by fans to be the Fighter of the Year for 2018, Brave CF announced yesterday. 

The Ifugao MMA champ has won the majority vote from fans dominating fellow Brave Champs Abdul-Kareem Al-Selwady, Jarrah Al-Selawe, Ikram Aliskerov and Jeremy Kennedy. 

Lomans performance over the past years has been very exciting for MMA fans all over the world. He was the first champ to defend his crown twice against Frans Mlambo and Felipe Efrain; earning him another record being the longest reigning bantamweight champion in Brave's fight history. 

The 27-year old Loman is ranked the 4th of 217 active pro bantamweights in Southeast Asia and ranked 2nd of 86 in the Middle East. 

He is currently holding a record of 12 Wins and 2 Loses.

This year 2019, Loman is set to defend again his belt in the main event of Brave 22, which is scheduled to happen on March 15th at the Mall of Asia Arena. 

This will be the first time Brave Combat Federation boxing event will take place in the Philippines - the  home country of Stephen Loman. 


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Inspiring Story: Igorot security guard turns Attorney

Photo Courtesy || Inquirer.net
Cordillera - Gone are the days when all of his friends and colleagues called him 'guard' because as soon as the news came that he was among the 1,731 takers who passed the bar exam for lawyers, he has now a new name 'Attorney' Roy Lawagan - a name he truly deserves after many years of sacrifices and dedication to finish his degree in law.

His story has gone viral back in 2016 and has given a lot of inspiration to all those working Filipino men and women who strive to do their best to finish an honorable education while working and supporting their families.

Roy Lawagan who hails from Sagada, Mountain Province used to work as a security guard at the Regional Office of the Commission of Audit in La Trinidad, Benguet.

He was humbled and overjoyed yet couldn't believe that he passed the exam.

"Hindi pa din ako makapaniwala pero tuwang-tuwa po ako. Nakakailang na tinatawag nila akong attorney ngayon, guard lang po kasi ang tawag sa akin," Lawagan said during an interview.

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Lawagan, a Criminology graduate at the University of Baguio and a graduate of Bachelor of Laws at Saint Luis University had to help himself out by working as a security guard.

Lawagan  had a fair share of struggles and  hardships  while studying and preparing for the bar exam. He said, he works as a security guard at night and take care of his family at day time. In his days off at work, he reviews for the bar exam and used the COA office as his review center.

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The security guard who just recently turned attorney encouraged everyone to persevere in their studies and not give up with their dreams.

"Sa lahat ng tao, kahit sino man, magpursige kayo hanggang matupad nyo ang pangarap niyo. Pag nadapa kayo bangon agad, para maabot ang pangarap," Lawagan said.

Let Attorney Lawagan's  journey to success inspire not only students but everyone from all walks of life to strive hard and be persistent to realize  their dreams.
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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Cordilleran female cadet graduated from Australian Defense Force Academy


Cordillera - One of the two young cadets who graduated from the Australian Defence Force Academy was a young female officer from Cordillera. 

According to Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) website, Filipino cadets Midshipman Yvette Baybay and Officer Cadet Jaryd Nicolasora were among the successful graduates from the Australian Defence Force on 13 December 2018 in Canberra. 

Both Cadet Baybay and Cadet Nicolasora had completed a three-year training and academic program with Australian military officers.

The Australian Defense Force Academy (ADFA) is a tri-service military Academy that provides military and tertiary academic education for junior officers of the Australian Defence Force as well as officers from other countries like Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore and the Philippines.

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After their graduation, Midshipman Baybay will be joining the Philippine Navy, while officer Cadet Nicolosora will be joining the Philippine Air Force.

Australian Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) recognized the graduating students and he "encouraged them to take what they have learned in service to their respective countries and maintain the friendship they have build during their time in Australia".
Photo Courtesy || Australian Defence Force FB Page

According to DFA, Australia is the Philippines' second largest partner in defense and security cooperation and that has 36 military and civilian students who were given scholarship grants and training courses in Australia last year.

"The presence of Filipino military students in Australian institutions year after year is a hallmark of the shared history and values of our two countries. The defense cooperation and interoperability of our our forces is a priority of our government," Ambassador De La Vega said.

source || DFA
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Saturday, January 12, 2019

PH candidate for Miss Multinational pageant Kimi Mugford proud of her Igorot roots

Photo Courtesy || Miss Kimi Mugford Instagram
Cordillera - Philippine representative for the Miss Multinational pageant Miss Kimi Mugford, a  Filipino-Canadian who is vying for Miss Multinational crown is asking support from her 'kakailyan' in Cordillera.

Miss Multinational is the international beauty pageant for girls across the world with a goal of becoming competitive as one of the top 6 pageants in the world.

In her intro video,  she mentioned that her family is proud of their Igorot heritage and she is learning how to speak the kankanaey dialect.

"My family has roots in Bangnin, Bauko, Mt. Province. My mother is proud of her heritage teaching me kankanaey."

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Her advocacy is focused more in the field of education wishing  to preserve The Igorots'  way of life despite outside  influence and other ideas being introduced in this fast changing world. She also hopes that the public recognize the Igorots' unique lifestyle.
Photo Courtesy || Miss Kimi Mugford

She believes that education is the key to more opportunities.

Miss Mugford is proud to represent her country and the Filipino people. She is also grateful for everyone's love and support in her presentation video.

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"I'm proud to be here competing on behalf of my country and to all Filipinos around the world. Thank you so much for the love and support you have shown me. My heart is full."

Yesterday, the Igorot-Canadian beauty queen has arrived in India and is very excited to compete for the Miss Multinational crown on January 21, 2019.


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Friday, January 11, 2019

Ex-PNP chief Ronald 'Bato' dela Rosa admitted he loves Cordillera culture and the people

Photo Courtesy || Municipality of Bontoc
Cordillera - Retired police chief Ronald 'Bato' dela Rosa visited Mountain Province this week  on the 9th January 2019 and has said that he loves everything about Cordillera especially the culture, place and the people. 

Dela Rosa also admitted that the province is one of the places closest to his heart that's why he keeps coming back to visit the province.

With a remark, "para na rin akong kinantahan ng aking ina", Dela Rosa became emotional when the Bontoc Market Vendors Association (BOMARVA) members who were mostly women welcomed him with a serenade during his visit at the Bontoc Municipal Capitol.

He said that he is proud of his given name "Moling", in his message. "Moling" means "unbreakable " or "firm" in Bontoc dialect. It also means a river boulder that is hard, smooth and almost unbreakable. 

His Ibontoc name Moling, was given to him in April last year during the Mountain Province Founding Anniversary as sign of being an adopted son of the province, which he gladly accepted with pride and honor.

Likewise, Bontoc Mayor Franklin Odsey warmly welcomed Dela Rosa as their brother and extended the best regards of the people and officials of Bontoc. 


Photo Courtesy || Municipality of Bontoc

"You are our brother "Moling". I know that it is a sentimental trip for you to come back home as an adopted son of Mountain province", Odsey said.

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He was welcomed by the employees and officials of Bontoc Municipal Government, officials from the 16 barangays of Bontoc, members of the Municipal Peace and Order Council (MPOC), members of the BOMARVA, Bontoc women's brigade, senior citizens from the central barangays, stakeholders and the whole Ibontoc community.

No wonder why Moling loves to keep coming back because it can't be denied that he is truly welcomed, loved and respected by his adoptive family in Cordillera.

source || Municipality of Bontoc FB page
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Thursday, January 10, 2019

U.C. student sells 'pugo balot' and 'chicharon' on free time to support his education.

Photo Courtesy || Bombo Radyo
Cordillera - Knowing the great importance of education is a powerful weapon which can be used to change the world and an investment that pays the best interest.

This hardworking student in the city of Baguio worked out his way to support his own education by selling popular Filipino snacks during his free time. 

A photo posted by Maria Michelle Awing-tauli on Facebook shows a young student still wearing his university uniform holding a basket full of 'pugo balot' in his left hand while holding a plastic bag full of 'chicharon' in his right hand roaming around the city establishments to sell his products. 


Photo Courtesy || Maria Michelle Awing-taulie

The hardworking student was identified as Jonel M. Tejedo, a student of the University of the Cordilleras and taking up BS. Hospitality Management based on his ID card. 

According to Maria, Mr. Tejedo roams around the city center to sell balut pugo and chicharon after his classes in the university most probably during his free time or break time.

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"Was so speechless when I saw him. I admire him for his act. May the young generation imitate his perseverance.. He came from school and need to roam around to sell balot pugo and chicharon. The road may be long and bumpy but the success is still at the end of the road." Maria wrote in her post.

Photo Courtesy || Maria Michelle Awing-taulie

The post has been shared almost 1.3K and 4K Likes as of this writing and many netizens has expressed their admiration to Mr. Tejedo.


One netizen wrote,


"This is something that young generations of today should learn from.. Ang edukasyon na minsan at kadalasan we take for granted... Keep going young man.. Your dreams will surely run after your in time."

Although, Mr. Tejedo didn't grew up with a silver spoon in his mouth, he has the courage, resilience and 'diskarte' in life to earn money for his studies by being a working student of his own. He is considered a young entrepreneur on the making. 

Truly, may this young hardworking man become an inspiration to all students to always give value to their education. 
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100 year-old Igorot man credits long life and health with eating camote, banana and squash

Cordillera - There are no other secrets to having a longer and healthier life than choosing the right  and healthy food to eat and living a healthy lifestyle.

A centenarian from Bontoc, Mt. Province shared how he was able to reach 100 years of his life. 

Mr. Herbert Malecdan Todyog just reached another milestone in his life when he just turned 100 years old last year - a long years of living that most people can not reach. He was born in March 10, 1918 in Bontoc.

Todyog shared that living in the village eating organically-grown food like camote, banana, squash and legumes are the reasons he believed help him reach 100 years. 

He also claimed that he was never been hospitalized, can still walk and has clear eyesight, according to a post from Municipality of Bontoc FB page. 

The organically-grown vegetables in his backyard like camote and squash are pesticide-free and these gave him long life and clear eyesight despite his age.  

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It's a known fact that camote or sweet potato are full of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, potassium, calcium and other nutrients that act as antioxidant, anti-cancer, antidiabetic and anti-inflammatory properties. 


As a centenarian, Todyog recieved PHP100,000 from the social welfare department and another cash worth PHP30,000 from the local government of Bontoc.
Photo Courtesy || Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office
Social Welfare Officer III Araceli Shane Bayanos of the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO) said that Todyog was blessed with one child, four grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren. He has an adopted daughter who lives in Baguio City. 

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Mr. Todyog chose to live alone in his house in Bontoc where his daughter, grandchildren and great grandchildren visit him, attends to his needs, and provide for his basic necessities. 


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