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Showing posts with label Benguet News. Show all posts

Thursday, February 13, 2020

WATCH: Drone Footage of Halsema Highway by SEFTV

Cordillera - With an altitude of around 2,255 meters above seal level, the Halsema Highway also known as mountain trail is the highest altitude highway in the Philippines just next to the Kiangan-Tinoc-Bugias Road in Tinoc, Ifugao. 
Don't you know that Halsema Highway was name after an American engineer who was known for building Baguio's most important public structures? 

His name was Eusebius Julius Halsema who served as Baguio's mayor during the year 1920 to 1937. It was during his term that Halsema Highway was constructed.

The highway has served motorists and tourists from the lowlands to have access to the northern part of Cordillera and the Ilocos Region. 

It was also the main road use by vegetables farmers to transport their produce to the trading post in La Trinidad.

The 150-kilometer or 93.2 miles highway covers 95 kilometers of Benguet province and traverses eight of its municipalities (La Trinidad, Tublay, Atok, Bokod, Kabayan, Bugias, Bakun, and Mankayan. 

In recent years, Halsema was considered one of the most dangerous highways in the world due to sharp road curves, landslides, zero visibility during rainy season due to fog. 
But the road has now improved tremendously, as the road has been regularly repaired and cemented concrete railings have been installed and the landslide prone area has been layered with stone walls. 

Much works has been done to improve the conditions of the Halsema Highway and it now becomes one of the top tourists spot to visit in Cordillera. 
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Monday, February 10, 2020

Igorot Cop from La Trinidad, Benguet promoted 1-star PNP General

Photo Courtesy || Jaywil Yabut FB
Cordillera - A Cordilleran police officer has been promoted to one-star PNP General at Camp Crame in Quezon City on January 28, 2019. 
Joined by his wife, Police officer Fynn Eckman Dongbo received his one star rank insignia from Philippine National Police Director Archie Gamboa. 

Dongbo is a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1990 and has worked as a ranking officer in the peacekeeping missions of the United Nation in different countries back in 2005 to 2011. 

His current position is an executive officer of the PNP Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management in Camp Crame. 

Before that, he served as the company commander of the Tarlac Provincial Mobile Group and also served as the provincial director of Bataan Police Provincial Office. 

He also served as the acting city director of the Bacolod City Police Office in 2017.
Dongbo is a proud Cordilleran, who traces his roots from Alno, La Trinidad, Benguet.

He finished his secondary education from the University of Baguio.
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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Benguet caretaker Cong. Yap passes bill to re-nationalize BeGH, increase bed capacity from 200 to 400

Cordillera - Appointed Benguet Caretaker Anti-Crime and Terrorism Community Involvement and Support (ACT-CIS) Party List Congressman Eric Go Yap passed House Bill No. 6171 on Wednesday. 

The bill aims to restore the management of the Benguet General Hospital (BeGH) to the national government and increases the current bed capacity of the hospital from 200 to 400. 

Cong. Yap said returning the management of BeGH to the national government would ensure bigger and continues funds for the hospital and not just rely on the funds of the provincial government and the hospital's own fund. 

"Upang makatiyak tayo na malaki at tuloy-tuloy and pondong mailalaan para sa hospital at hindi lang basta aasa sa pondo ng Provincial Government at sariling kita ng ospital," Cong. Yap said in a statement.

He added that turning the hospital to the government will benefit those who need medical help due to the level of health service provided by the government. 

"Dahil dito, lubos na makikinabang ang mga nangangailangan ng tulong medical dahil maitataas ang antas ng health service delivery ng hospital," he said. 

House Bill No. 6171 is the first bill Cong. Yap had passed since assuming post as an appointed caretaker of Benguet. 

On January 29, Cong. Yap was welcomed by Benguet officials and employees during his visit to the province.

In a speech, he assured that he will do whatever he can for the development of the province and its constituents. 

He also said that he will continue the work of the late Congressman Nestor B. Fongwan Sr.
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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Cherry Blossoms in Atok, Benguet expected to start blooming in March and April this year

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Cordillera - After four years of waiting, the Sakura trees or Cherry Blossoms in Atok, Benguet may soon begin to bloom in March and April this year. 

Philip John Haight, caretaker of the Sakura park located in Paoay, Atok, Benguet said in a local TV station that the Sakura trees will start to bloom after the first rain of this year. 

Sakura trees tend to bloom in March or April but it could depend on the rain. 

According to Haight, if the rains come early, it is expected that Sakura should start blooming flowers already.
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34 Sakura trees were planted in Atok, Benguet in 2016 which were given to the province of Benguet by the Japanese government of Kochi prefecture as a sign of friendship.

Haight clarifies that the news published on some social media websites that the Sakura trees are in full bloom were incorrect. 

Visitors should not expect to see Sakura trees in full bloom as of this moment however, the Cosmos Flower Farms and the vegetable gardens are something they should not miss.


Photo Courtesy || Don Frank Hernandez

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

LOOK: Frost covered vegetables in Atok, Benguet

Photo Courtesy || Monette Osting D'Tailor
Cordillera - Layer of frost covered some vegetables in Atok, Benguet as the temperature in the area continues to drop.

Frost or 'andap' in local language is a yearly occurrence in the months of January of February. It usually occurred due to a cold temperature brought by the northeast monsoon or 'amihan'.
The farmers in the now becoming top tourist destination in Benguet had said that they know how to deal with the annual frost occurrence.

They avoid planting vegetables in areas that they know are frost-prone. They also choose to plant crops that can tolerate the cold weather such as cabbages and carrots. 
Photo Courtesy || Monette Osting D'Tailor
The Civil Defense Cordillera recorded 11.4 degrees Celsius today (January 22, 2020) in the city of Baguio. Temperature in Atok, Benguet could be lower than that especially in the lower areas.
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ACT-CIS partylist Cong. Eric Go Yap statement after being assigned as caretaker of Benguet

Photo Courtesy || Cong. Eric Go Yap FB
Cordillera - ACT-CIS partylist representative Eric Go Yap has been assigned as 'caretaker' of Benguet province after the passing of the late Congressman Nestor Fongwan Sr. on December 18 last year. 
According to Benguet governor Melchor Diclas, it was speaker of the House of Representative Allan Peter Cayetano, who appointed Yap as 'caretaker' and custodian of Benguet.

Meanwhile, Cong Eric Go Yap said in a statement that he wholeheartedly take his new role and he promised to do all he can to serve the people of Benguet. 

Here is his full statement:
Labis ang ating pasasalamat sa liderato ng House of Representative sa pamumuno ni Speaker Alan Perter Cayetano sa tiwalang ibinigay sa inyong lingkod at sa ACT-CIS Partylist at tayo ay naatasan maging caretaker ng Congressional District District ng Benguet.
Ganun din sa mga Kinatawan mula sa iba't ibang bahagi ng Northern Luzon ng ngayon pa lang ay nagpahayag na ng suporta para magampanan natin ng buong husay ang bagong responsibilidad na ito.
Higit sa lahat nagpapasalamat ako sa mga patuloy na sumusuporta sa ACT-CIS Partylist sa buong bansa at sa mga OFW na naglukluk sa ating bilang bumber 1 partylist noong nakaraang halalan. Kayo ang aming inspirasyon at patuloy tayong magiging boses ninyo sa Kongreso.
At sa mga kapwa nating Pilipino sa Benguet, tinatanggap natin ng buong puso ang hamon na ito at asahan ninyo na gagawin natin ang lahat ng ating makakaya upang tuloy tuloy ninyong maramdaman ang tunay na serbisyong publiko.
Agtitinulong tayo tapnu agtultuloy ti progreso ti Benguet. Agyamanak kadakayo!

Yap is expected to be in Benguet next week to assume his new post, according to Gov. Diclas.

Earlier, the provincial government of Benguet has approved a resolution asking Congress to conduct a special election in order to vote for the next permanent congressman of Benguet.
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Sunday, January 19, 2020

Batangas province thanked Cordilleran farmers for donating truckload of vegetables to Taal evacuees

Cordillera - A post from social media Facebook last week has created a huge buzz of good reactions among the netizens regarding Benguet farmers who donated truckloads of vegetables to the distress evacuees of the Taal eruption.

The Facebook post from the La Trinidad Mps shows photos of police officers and some volunteers loading  thousands kilos of vegetables into big trucks that will later leave for Batangas.

The photos has gone viral on social media with over 14,000 shares and 3.5,000 comments as of this writing. It has also been reported by some media outlets.

The provincial government of Batangas thanked the farmers for  their generous act of donating truckloads of vegetables to those affected by the eruption.

"Sa mga minamahal naming Benguet farmers, malaking tulong ang donasyon ninyong gulay. Maraming salamat. Mabuhay po kayo.

Meanwhile, netizens' hearts melted for this generous act and compassionate deed by the farmers to the affected residents of Batangas. 

Many netizens wrote messages of appreciation to farmers and also thanked them for their kindness. 

"God will sustain everything you need, to our dearest farmers, you have such a wonderful and generous hears for the needy. God bless Benguet farmers and everyone who has been part of this program.. Matago tago tako amin," netizen commented. 

"Adorable kayong mga farmers and we are proud of you. You are kind hearted, loving and generous. You are really a children of God. Mabuhay kayo and I have believe God will take care of you," another citizen wrote.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Mt. Pulag Community in Benguet delivers vegetables, water, clothes to Taal evacuees

Photo Courtesy || Catherine Odanos
Cordillera - In order to help thousands of evacuees affected by the Taal volcano eruption in Batangas province, many Filipinos across the country  united to help as much as they can. 

The recent eruption of the Taal volcano  displaced many residents away from their homes and are now living in government-designated evacuation centers. 

Their homes and farms have been dumped with thick volcanic ash - fine particles of glass and rock fragments, turning them into a wasteland. 

Despite the immeasurable damage and insurmountable hardship brought by this tragic natural disaster,  Taal volcano victims didn't lost hope because help from their fellow Filipinos are pouring out from every corner of the country. 

The spirit of 'pakikipagkapwatao' and 'Bayanihan' is evident to every Filipinos so they have extended all the help they can give to their countrymen. 

Just like this group of farmers around Mt. Pulag in Kabayan, Benguet, who have decided to donate their vegetable harvest such as potatoes, chayote and Chinese cabbage to Taal evacuees. 

Another group of farmers are also gathering canned goods, bottled water, medicine and clothes to be delivered to the victims. 

A photo post on Facebook  by farmer Catherine Odanos shows volunteers organizing and packing the first batch of goods that will be delivered to Batangas. 

According to Odanos, a 2nd batch of donations will be delivered on January 24.

Earlier, Benguet farmers dispatched tons of vegetables to Batangas from La-Trinidad, Benguet.
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Mayor Isko Moreno assures Benguet farmers and traders continues sale of vegetables in Manila's Market

Photo Courtesy || Benguet Governor Melchor Diclas
Cordillera - Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso assured vegetable farmers and traders that they can continue selling their produce at Manila markets. 
In a meeting with Benguet governor Melchor Diclas together with Benguet Provincial Officials today, Mayor Isko assured them that the public markets in Manila will continue to accommodate vegetables and flowers coming from Benguet. 

Moreno told the Benguet officials that they should not worry and clarified that only on the Recto (Tondo side) is not permitted to display vegetables on Friday (January 17) evening because of the preparation for the celebration of the feast of the Sto. Niño on 17-19 January.

However, the rest of "perpendicular roads ay pwede... tuloy yun.. baka naman nagkaroon kayo ng misconception... tuloy yun" Moreno explained.

Moreno also said that vegetable vendors can resume the usual selling of vegetables on the 18th and 19th because they no longer use it.

"Yung Recto (Tondo side) pwede nang malatagan... kasi di na namin gagamiten," Moreno said.
Benguet officials earlier set a meeting with Mayor Isko to air  the concerns of Benguet farmers and traders about their fear that they will get affected with the planned closure of Divisoria for the upcoming feast of the Sto. Niño.

Mayor Isko assured the officials that the sale of vegetables will continue, although there are some little adjustments that must be supported for the meantime.
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Generous farmers of Benguet donate vegetables to the victims of Taal Volcano

Photo Courtesy || La Trinidad Mps
Cordillera - Farmers in Benguet have offered their vegetables to help those affected by the recent eruption of the Taal Volcano.

Although they suffered from huge losses due low price of vegetables and not getting enough money from being a farmer, they didn't hesitate to donate some of their produce.

On Wednesday, the La Trinidad Mps Facebook page shows tons of assorted vegetables are being loaded into trucks which later on be dispatched to the hard hit town of Batangas.

READ ALSO:  Mayor Isko Moreno assures Benguet farmers and traders continues sale of vegetables in Manila's Market

A short message thanking the farmers of Benguet was posted on their social media page. 
"Gulay para sa mga Kapatid na Taga - Batangas. Salamat sa mga magsasaka dito sa Benguet. Ang inyong mga donasyong Gulay ay makaka-abot sa Batangas. Ang mga busilak niyong puso para tumulong sa mga biktima ng Ash Fall ni bulkang Taal. Alam namin na mahirap magtanim ng gulay at tamaan pa ng mababang presyo pero di kayo nagdalawang isip magbigay."

Benguet farmers are already reeling the effect of the low price of vegetables due to oversupply and lack of demand after the long holiday season. 
Photo Courtesy || La Trinidad Mps
READ ALSO: Bayanihan Spirit alive in Buguias, Benguet as volunteers rebuild family's house destroyed in fire

On Wednesday, Benguet Governor Melchor Diclas met with Mayor Isko Moreno to allow Benguet farmers and traders to bring their produce to Divisoria or lose millions of pesos if vegetables are not disposed.
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Saturday, January 11, 2020

Bayanihan Spirit alive in Buguias, Benguet as volunteers rebuild family's house destroyed in fire

Photo Courtesy || Novelyn Amlos Balangui, Angle Suaya Sandra, Alex Simeon
Cordillera - The true spirit of Bayanihan was exemplified when a crowd of local volunteers responded to a call to rebuild houses that were ravaged by the fire in sitio Kimpit, Amlimay, Buguias, Benguet.

But just before that, On January 9, 2019, at 2 p.m., three families were left homeless after their homes caught fire. Flames destroyed their entire houses and left them with nothing but little clothes and some household items they had managed to save.

The Bayanihan spirit of the community began immediately after the fire broke out.

Novelyn Amlos Balangui, a netizen who witnessed the tragedy, said that nearly two hundred individuals in the community came rushing to help in putting down the fire and brought everyone to a safe place. She said that no one was hurt in the fire accident.

"Out of four individuals who first witness the house being burned, almost two hundred individuals in the community came to help and within two hours the fire ceased. Everything vanished but everyone is safe. Truly God is good," Balangui said.

In an unfortunate event, three houses of family Bugtong, Babad and Aquila were burned to ashes, according to the report.

Officials from the government, police and fire officers were also part of the quick response to aid the family. The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) distributed food packs hygiene kits and temporary shelters. 

A donation campaign was launched by the family and community members to get aid from those who would gladly help and share their blessings in this time of need.

Once again, the Bayanihan spirit was shown as the public responded to the call and many had donated in cash and in kind to the affected families.

The help didn't stop there, as a group of volunteers composed of those who have knowledge in house building gathered together and started the rebuilding process. 

A Facebook user, Alex Simeon, shared on social media photos of volunteers working with the construction of a house skeletal structure. 

Indeed, it was a manifestation of the true spirit of Bayanihan in a community not to mention the spirit of brotherhood and camaraderie.

Members of the families wanted to extend their heartfelt gratitude to all those who extended their help in any way they can.  
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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

President Duterte appoints Cordilleran lawyer as new Director of the NCIP Legal Affairs Office

Cordillera - President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has appointed a Cordilleran lawyer to head the Legal Affairs Office of the National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP).

Attorney Marlon P. Bosantog, formally assumed the post as the new Director of The NCIP after a taking his oath on December 26, 2019, according a report from PTV Cordillera. 

A graduate of Saint Louis University College of Law, Atty. Bosantog started his career as an Associate Solicitor-General III under the Officer of the Solicitor-General since 2011. 

He also became a member of the Anti-Money Laundering Council Task Force and became a member of the NCIP Task Force that primarily solve cases involving indigenous people.

Atty. Bosantog became an instructor at the Data Center of the Philippines and later served as a legal assistant of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH-CAR).

He also served as a member of the Task Force KALASAG of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) in the fight against insurgencies in Metro Manila, PTV - Cordillera reports. 

In 2019, Atty. Bosantog represented President Rodrigo R. Duterte and seven other respondents in a petition for writs of Amparo and heabeas data filed by National Union of People's Lawyer (NUPL) in April.

Atty. Bosantog is a proud Igorot, who traces his roots from Bagnen, Bauko, Mountain Province and Sinipsip, Buguias, Benguet.

source || PNA & PTV Cordillera

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Monday, December 30, 2019

Benguet cops celebrate Christmas by helping vegetable farmer harvest crops

Photo Courtesy || Benguet Provincial Mobile Force Company
Cordillera - Celebrating Christmas hasn't not always been doing the usual way of going for caroling, partying and giving gifts. 

These good police officers from Benguet celebrates Christmas in a very special way by going to a carrot farm to help the farmers harvest their crops. 

In a Facebook post by Benguet Provincial Mobile Force Company, a group of police officers is seen in a carrot farm carrying loads of carrots and transporting them to an elf truck.

READ ALSO: Abra Police officers act of kindness help struggling woman harvest 'palay' in her field

The post said, "Be a blessing this Christmas, in a rather special way. Because we came upon the time to gather.."

Photo Courtesy || Benguet Provincial Mobile Force Company
Imagine how happy the farmers felt when they saw many Santa Clauses landed on their farm and granted their wish that their carrots would be harvested on time to catch up with the good price of carrot at the trading post.

Of course, many netizen were amazed of the good deed this cops were shown to the farmers. 

"Nice to have a helpful and kind hearted police officers.. snap salute to all of you. May your tribe increase," one netizen shared.

READ ALSO: Brave Policemen of Kalinga risk their own lives to save a family lost at NPA ambush point

Indeed, Police officers always continue to make positive impact in the community from keeping the residents safe to small acts of service. 

The good deed of these PNP officers are worth to be commended and recognized. They go above and beyond their duties to become real-life superheroes for the community. 

Kudos to these policemen of Benguet. 

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Sunday, December 15, 2019

Benguet awarded Most Competitive Province in Cordillera in 2019

Cordillera - The province of Benguet emerged as the most competitive province in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), based on the four pillars of index that gauged performance in Economic dynamism, Government Efficiency, Infrastructure and Resiliency. 

According to the 2019 Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) released by the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) website, Benguet ranked 10 most competitive province in the country with a score of 39.3493.

READ ALSO:  Coming Soon: First Kimchi Factory in the Philippines to be built in Benguet

The annual undertaking of the NCC aims to look at the competitiveness ranking among local government units with the participation of various government agencies, such as the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

READ ALSO: Cordillera doctors working overseas to put up affordable hospital for Cordillerans

The awarding ceremony was held on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at the Holiday Inn Baguio Centre. 

Congratulations Benguet Province.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Julius Maguiwe - First Igorot officer graduated from US Coast Guard Academy

Photo Courtesy || Julius Maguiwe
Cordillera - An Igorot officer made the Philippines proud when he graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy (USCGA) in New London, Connecticut in the United States.

Julius Maguiwe from Mankayan, Benguet was sponsored by the Philippine Coast Guard and was appointed as an international officer to the USCGA. 

In his Facebook post Maguiwe thanked the academy and the PCG for the opportunity bestowed to him. 

"My sincere gratitude to United States of America for a fulfilled American dream experience. Thank you PCG for the trust and confidence for giving me the opportunity to represent the Philippines," Maguiwe said.

"I'm humbled to be the first Igorot to complete a Course in this Academy, Leadership Development Center. Thank you to all my seniors and leaders out there who inspired me so that I can also inspire others in my own little way," he added. 

Maguiwe also noted his achievements at the Officer Indoctrination School 2019 where he received the highest grade in Survival at Sea, highest grade in marksmanship and earned the US Pistol Sharpshooter. 

READ ALSO: Cordilleran soldier Pvt. Louis Dulawan promoted PSG Officer donned by President Duterte

He also got the highest grade in Physical Fitness Test (FPT).
Photo Courtesy || Julius Maguiwe






The United State Coast Guard Academy is the service academy of the United States Coast Guard located in New London, Connecticut.

It was founded in 1876 and it is the second smallest of the five federal service academies and provides education to Future Coast Guard officers. 

The PCG has announced that they are looking for qualified civilian applicants nationwide to study for the International Cadet Program of the USCGA Class of 2024.

Successful candidates will be provided with free tuition, monthly pay and allowances, free board and lodging, transportation expenses and government benefits, according to PCG. 
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Sunday, November 17, 2019

LOOK: Farmer from Tuba, Benguet grows gigantic white 'Ube'

Photo Credit || Abs Cbn News FB
Cordillera - A farmer from Tuba, Benguet has been dubbed the "Ube Man" after growing a gigantic 'Ube' from his garden.

Homer Menzi was able to uproot a 6 ft. tall white 'Ube' in his garden weighing 28 kilograms.

According to Menzi, this was the first time he was able to grow this size of 'Ube'.

"We planted this before but we just harvested it recently because we went to Agoo and we just saw this today so it's a bit bigger than usual," Menzi said.

Menzi's neighbors were amazed so they posted it in the social media.

"There used to be something similar,  but it only weighed 13 kilos. We were happy because of the size of the 'Ube', we were just amused to post it, " Jayson Pacio, Menzi's cousin said.

According to the agricultural technologist of Tuba, Menzi's white ube is unusual.

"The longer the ube stays under the ground, the more it shrinks, it will decrease in size or there's what we call 'palayon' or it will rot to the ground. So we will subject this for further study," Michel Saingan said.

It is believed that having a giant 'Ube' depends on the good quality of soil.
"It is better if the soil is soft, not hard, so that it can easily grow, just like this the soil is fertile," Menzi said.

Nevertheless, Menzi sold the white ube to Good Shepherd, one of the most famous Pasalubong shop in Baguio.

Good Shepherd was also surprised with Menzi's ube

"Besides being our organized farmers, the seedlings that they plant are also of good quality, so the  harvest is also of good quality, I was just surprised to see an 'Ube' that big," Michael Amagod, the purchasing officer of Good Sheperd said.

The 'Ube' plantation in Tuba is about 12 hectares, second of the largest plantation in province of Benguet.

source || ABS CBN NEWS
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Saturday, June 1, 2019

19-year-old golfing pride of Cordillera wins amateur golf tilt in Florida

Photo Courtesy || Fil-am Golf Media  via PNA
Cordillera - A young parbuster from La Trinidad, Benguet won the Bridgestone Tournament of Champions held at the Grand Cypress in Orlando, Florida on Tuesday.

19-year-old Luigi Paolo Wong who is a member of the Philippine team closed with a three under par for a three-round total of five under 211 to win the games in Florida.

Wong, who saw action in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) in Malaysia had earlier rounds of two under 70 and even par 72 to take the crown in the event, which he had "accidentally" joined. 

"Paolo was supposed to just visit his coach in Florida for some swing adjustment, but he took advantage of joining this tournament which is played just an hour drive away from his coach's place," his sibling Da Net Wong told told the Philippines News Agency (PNA).

Paolo shot a total of 5 under for three days, a 2-under 70 on the first day, an even par 72 on the second day and three-under 69 on the last day, according to Da Net. 

Wong learned and honed his skills at the Baguio Country Club and John Hay golf course about seven kilometers from his hometown in La Trinidad. 

He is the second Cordilleran to make good in national golf, the first is Baguio-raised Mars Pucay who was the best amateur golfer in the city and later became a top pro. 

Wong, together with Carl Jano Corpus, Sean Jean Ramos and Aidric Chan will be leaving for Japan in two weeks to compete in the Toyota World Junior Championship. 

source || PNA

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Young farmer from Buguias earns PHP54,000.00 a month planting cucumbers in greenhouse

Cordillera - Integrating technology, innovation and of course hard work can produce incredible results to the earnings of farmers.

A young farmer from Benguet is earning around Php54,000.00 a month planting cucumbers in a greenhouse. 

Sergio Capsuyan, 29, a farmer from Abatan, Buguias is reaping the benefits of the knowledge he had learned in Japan. 

He was one among the youth members of the Buguias-Japan Agricultural Trainees Association (BJATA). He is also one of the Board of Directors in the said association. 

The association was organized for the members and trainees who acquired the Japanese agricultural and technological skills to apply them in their local farms in Abatan. 

Capsuyan said that he can earn an income of Php54,000.00 in one month or one cycle of weekly harvest by planting at least 8 beds of cucumber. He attributed his bountiful harvest from using a greenhouse  given to him by the Department of Agriculture Cordillera (DA-CAR) High-Value Commercial Crops Development Program. 

He said that it is very productive to grow crops in a greenhouse because he can control and maximize his irrigation including his production inputs. 

Capsuyan also shares how he mitigate insect pests in his crops by applying a method called fertigation. This is by fermenting a sack of chicken dung and 4 liters of Mukosako in a drum of water. This will become a liquid fertilizer that helps in the growth of plants and acts as a repellant to insect pests.

Mukosako is a wood vinegar condensed from a chimney attached to a fire chamber where wood and other combustible materials are burned. 

Fertigation is indeed a very good natural combo of fertilizing the soil and controlling pests not to mention the splendid production volume and quality wise. The raw materials used are organic, inexpensive and harmless to both humans and the environment.

Capsuyan also grows vegetables in the open field but he said that in terms of quality and productivity, greenhouse farming is the best.

Capsuyan was very appreciative to the help extended to him by the BJATA, the DA-CAR and other DA agencies that promote new technologies, new vegetable crops, crop programming and market development to young farmers like himself. 

Very soon, Mr. Capsuyan will receive a certificate as a Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) practitioner from the DA. 

source || Robert Domoguen Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/robert.domoguen/posts/2829156093762948

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Monday, February 4, 2019

Coming Soon: First Kimchi Factory in the Philippines to be built in Benguet

Kimchi || Pixabay.com
Cordillera - Kimchi - the famous traditional side dish that screams Koreans, may soon be produced in the Philippines and the factory will be located in the capital town of Benguet - La Trinidad. 

That is, if the Korean investors are successful in locating a suitable land for their proposed 3,000-hectare kimchi factory.
According to La Trinidad Mayor Romeo K. Salda, the Korean investors have not yet able to locate the said land area so they need to reduce the land size. 

Mayor Salda said that the local government is now helping the South Korean investors in locating a suitable land for the said factory which will add another avenue for vegetable farmers to sell their produce especially cabbage.

Establishing the first Kimchi factory in Benguet province will greatly help the local vegetable farmers considering that one of the top ingredients of Kimchi  are cabbage, radish, and other vegetables that can be produced in the province. 

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"We were able to identify some public and private properties in the municipality which might be suitable for the proposed kimchi factory  but most of them were not able to pass the standard of the Korean investors that is why we continue to look for other areas that will be offered to them for the realization of their desired project that will contribute in spurring the significant increase of economic activities in the municipality," Mayor Salda said.

Mayor Salda said that the investors had reduced the land area for the proposed kimchi factory so that it could be easier to find a suitable land. This according to Salda shows how the Koreans are eager to set up the factory the soonest possible time. 

READ ALSO: Mobile App to help Cordillera farmers monitor oversupply of vegetables in advance
If the factory is going to push trough, it would not only benefit the farmers but also generate additional jobs to local residents of the province, according to Salda.

The market for Kimchi in the world market has grown significantly over the years and establishing a factory here in the Philippines would not be a problem because the supply of raw materials is abundant despite greater demands.
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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Benguet remains the most peaceful province in Cordillera

Cordillera - The province of Benguet remains peaceful with an observed decrease in crime rate of focused crimes except carnapping incidence. 


The average crime rate of the province recorded from January to October 2018 decreased by 34 percent compared to the same period last year, according to Police Provincial Deputy Police Supt. Luisito Meris during a recently concluded Peace and Order Council meeting. 

All of the focused crimes were observed to have been decreased and this is a positive news for the province of Benguet. 

According to Meris, the decrease in crime rate is attributed to the increase of police operation activities, increase in the latching of criminals, and good police community relations. 

He also said that the lowering of crimes may also be attributed to better and improved life of the people thus those crimes committed for survival reasons were minimized.

Governor Cresencio Pacalso is happy to note of the maintained peace and order in the province. This, he said, is a reflection and manifestation of the cooperation of all member agencies on peace keeping efforts which he hopes will continue even during the election period. 

Pacalso said so far, the province has never experienced any election-related violence and still remains the most peaceful. 

Lawyer Elenita Julia Tabangin-Capuyan, Comelec-Benguet Election Supervisor noted that she never encountered any election-related violence in the province. 

She said that the people of Benguet are peaceful and they go door to door campaigning for more personal communication with the electorate.

"Benguet, ever since, has been very peaceful. It's 99-percent peaceful, as there have never been cases of election-related violence in the province," Capuyan said. 

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