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Saturday, July 27, 2019

Cordillera choral group wins gold medal in the 8th Bali International Choir Festival

Photo Courtesy || Jayson Manuel L Osong
Cordillera -- A choral group from the Cordillera Regional Science High School (CRSHS) wins Gold medal (Level 1) in the Teenagers Category and another gold medal in the level 4 Championship Qualifier in the ongoing 8th Bali International Choir Festival held in Indonesia. 

The said choir festival was participated by 99 choral groups around the world.

The choir group from La Trinidad, Benguet acquired 81.65 points in the Folkloric Championship round which enabled them to amass additional gold medal from the competition.

The CRSHS Glee Club is the First-ever High School from the Cordilleras that represent the Philippines in an international choral tilt. 

The competitions were adjudged by 16 internationally acclaimed choral experts. 

The Bali International Choral Society (BCIF) is a project that involves levels of choirs from children's choir, to choirs of youth and seniors. It involves various institutions, choral communities, schools, and churches from all over Indonesia and internationally. 

Moreover, the visions has been developed by organizing events that involves hundreds to thousands of participants. 

It  was founded by Mr. Tommyanto Kandisaputra in July 2000 with a vision to build a strong choral life in Indonesia.
The events can include concerts, seminars, workshops, choral music camps, collaborations, choral clinics, competitions and symposiums. 

The projects helps singers and conductors gain experiences by building skills, knowledge, and attitude in workshops, rehearsals and concerts. 
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Sunday, July 21, 2019

Mankayan, Benguet and Luna, Apayao chosen by the DICT as rural impact housing hub


Photo source: logos from DICT and municipalities of Mankayan and  Luna 
Cordillera-  The municipality of Mankayan, Benguet and Luna, Apayao  were chosen by the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) as the rural impact housing hub in the Cordillera region.

The two chosen municipalities  will benefit from the DICT's program to improve the internet connectivity that encourage the  emergence of technology-based entrepreneurs and internet-based businesses as well as the improved transactions of the local government. 

The purpose of this program is to help individuals earn a decent income and improve the living conditions of families most especially those from the remote villages of the municipality.

"We will surely take advantage of this opportunity being provided by the DICT so that we will be able to lobby for the improved connectivity in the municipality which will be beneficial to all our constituents even those from the remote villages," the mayor of Mankayan, Frenzel Ayong said.

A required training center  will be established by the local government providing at least 25 computers and other  needed facilities.  Likewise, the DICT  is incharged of sending  competent trainers to help  the trainees who are interested in online entrepreneurship.

The honorable mayor of Mankayan, who just attended the DICT workshop in Clark, Pampanga  said that the training will prioritize the locals with disabilities, single parents and other marginalized groups although it will be open on a first come, first serve basis.

Ayong affirmed that appropriate screening will be done by the concerned offices of the municipal government so that appropriate guidance and training will be given to those who seriously want to commit in building and sustaining an online business or online jobs. 

He also mentioned that the municipality of Mankayan will work closely with the Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company and the Far Southeast Goldfields Resources Inc. in the implementation of this program.  

These mining companies  will be sharing their resources on their social development and management project. The local government can greatly benefit from these companies' sustainable implementation of the noble project that aims in providing guaranteed livelihood  to local residents who are interested to work at home.

Moreover, Ayong imposed that the DICT  will do its part in coordinating with telecommunication companies to improve their internet signals so that online entrepreneurs can do their online jobs successfully and efficiently.

Resource || Herald Express


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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Honesty Store in La Trinidad Benguet now open

Photo Courtesy: Mayor's Office- La Trinidad FB
Benguet-  The first Honesty store in La Trinidad Benguet was opened on Wednesday during the La Trinidad Highland Vegetable Industry Week. The store will sell fresh organic agricultural products.

The Honesty store in Batanes wowed and informally educated every tourists who visited the place. This inspired the opening of  the La Trinidad Honesty store aiming to offer fresh and safe organic vegetables.

There are two chillers in the store to preserve and store vegetables to prolong shelf life and ensure freshness.

Supported by the La Trinidad employees' cooperative, La Organica, Organic vegetable farmers and the municipal government, you can find the Honesty Store in the municipality of La Trinidad which is open to all.

There will be a log book to record your purchases so you can leave your payments or get your change at the counter. For the members, it will be deducted in their payroll.

The Municipal Agriculturist, Filicitas Tecbaen said that once farmers bring their products, these will be registered to the cooperative so that consumers can easily buy the products 

From the name of  the store itself, this will promote honesty to all consumers who wish to purchase their organic vegetables in the Honesty Store. As there will be no one around to receive your payments,  the only policy in the store is honesty.  


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Friday, July 12, 2019

2019 Batang Pinoy- Cordilleran athletes to receive victory cash prizes

Photo courtesy: Batang Pinoy-Philippine Sports Commission
Baguio City-  A bonus amounting to nearly  900,000.00  from the winning prizes of Batang Pinoy (BP) national finals in September last year was released for the 295 athletes to receive.

The city government released the cash prizes to the athletes after a few months from winning the national competition.

"More than 90 percent of the total athletes have already received their bonus.....They got 30 percent of the amount of the incentive," said Paul Rillota, one of the facilitators from the Baguio government's city sports office.

Athletes who won the gold, silver and bronze medal received  a cash  amounting to ₱3,000.00, ₱2,000.00 and ₱1,000.00  respectively.

The incentives distributed to the athletes came from the ₱3,000,000.00 cash price received by the city for winning the overall crown from the Philippine Sports Commission.

Last year,  among the 298 young athletes who won the gold medal received ₱10,000.00, silver medal received ₱6,000.00 and bronze medal received ₱4,000.00. 

Majority of the athletes who are 15 years old and below have already started receiving their cash prizes in May.

In 2016, the city government passed the athletes incentive ordinance stating the amount athletes can receive in certain levels of sports competitions.

Likewise, athletes who won the Palarong Pambansa 2019 received a total of ₱395,000.00. 

Source || PNA

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Sunday, July 7, 2019

Mayor Ayong of Mankayan to put up a desk for small-scale miners in his office

Small-scale miner in Mankayan Benguet
Photo courtesy: Gremar Pawid via Politiko
Benguet- The newly elected mayor of Mankayan, Frenzel Ayong recently ordered a desk for the small-scale miners  to be put up in his office. The desk aims to help with the concerns and issues of pocket miners and to improve their status in the municipality as a union.

Mayor Ayong said that the small-scale mining industry is one of the  most undervalued industries in the locality. Thus, there is a need for a desk to attend to the the issues and concerns that confront the industry.   

In the past, pocket miners have been unfortunately used by politicians during elections as observed by the mayor who was born and raised in Mankayan.



"We should not look at our pocket miners as potential sources of votes during the election period but we should look at them as our able partners in the provision of employment and sources of livelihood that will translate to better economic activities in the municipality," he said.

The mayor  emphasized that a desk for pocket miners to be institutionalized in the local government will be a great help to ensure that all issues and concerns of the industry will be addressed. This way, concerned authorities can give appropriate attention and action to uplift the miners. Since 9 small-scale mining associations in the municipality decided to unite to have a stronger voice for the improvement of the industry, a desk for their organization is just appropriate.

The newly elected local chief executive Ayong, appreciated the good intentions of the newly formed union of the different small-scale mining associations in the municipality. Now the union has  a  good and solid position to voice their issues and concerns effectively and efficiently. One good example of this is the ongoing processing of the Minahang Bayan sites to be legalized as their source of livelihood.



As a recognition to the great contributions of the pocket mining industry to the economic growth of the municipality through the years, the mayor is providing a desk exclusively for the sector. The appointed desk will focus on every issue and concern affecting the sustainable advancement of the industry as a major source of the people's livelihood in different barangays.

He then asked the newly formed small-scale miners union to continually support the programs, projects and activities of the local and national governments. With their support and cooperation, the pocket mining sector will be able to regain its strength and get back in action   after the appropriate interventions were carried out.



Mankayan was recorded as one of the five first-class municipalities in Benguet. The major source of income is the  share from the national wealth taxes remitted by the Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company (LCMC) including the  business and real property taxes being paid by the mining company to the local government.

Source: Herald Express

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Friday, July 5, 2019

Benguet Provincial Police Officers went the extra mile on their outreach program at Talinguroy Elementary School

PNP Officers, parent and teachers at TES
Benguet- Cordilleran police officers from the Philippine National Police (PNP)-Benguet Provincial Police Office (BPPO) went beyond their law and order enforcement duties to extending their outreach programs in the education sector.

Led by PLTCOL. Tessie Sarmiento, the group of snappy police officers from Benguet volunteered as teachers  for a day at Talinguroy Elementary School in Wangal, La Trinidad. Like teachers usually do, they danced, sang, and taught the children in the classroom. They even prepared some food and had a boodle fight lunch with everyone. 


Police officers dancing and singing with grades  1 and 2 pupils at TES
The  Police Officers also handed out some school supplies and slippers to which the children received with gratitude and excitement.
TES pupils receiving their gifts from BPPO
The PNP officers who volunteered and inspired the children at this outreach event are as follows: PLTCOL Tessie Sarmiento, PEMS Rufino Tarnate, PSMS Dwight Arukod, PSSg Ronelo Mates, PSSg Sandy Golocan, PCpl Reynold Abyado, Pat Geraldine Samortina and Pat Violy Poc-oran. 



On her Facebook post, the school principal Dr. Agnes Malinias expressed her heartfelt appreciation to the BPPO and Police Officer volunteers for such a memorable experience they imparted to the school children of TES.
Children with the Police Officers on a boodle fight  lunch
"Thank you sirs and ma'ams from the Benguet Police Provincial Office for the time, effort, resources and love you gave to the learners of Talinguroy Elementary School. You acted as their advisers, music teachers, values education teacher, and physical education teacher. Indeed you left a wonderful experience in the hearts of the children which they really treasure throughout their life," Dr. Malinias said.



Police officers are indeed heroes not only in the eyes of the children but also in the community they serve. The BPPO's program in developing community relations through reaching out to schools and working hand in hand with teachers in educating the young  is really commendable.


Photo courtesy: A. Malinias FB

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