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Showing posts with label Benguet News. Show all posts

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Young agripreneurs (farmers) can loan up to P500,000 with no collateral and zero interest from DA

Cordillera - On January 2020, the Department of Agriculture had launched the Kapital Access for Young Agripreneurs (KAYA) to enable the young Filipinos to venture into agriculture business. 
"We want to encourage the millennials to go back to agriculture and and become entrepreneurs", said DA secretary William D. Dar during the launching of the loan program in Pampanga. 

Under the DA-ACPC, young entrepreneurs can borrow up to P500,000 which is payable in 5 years without collateral and with zero interest. 

The KAYA Program will finance capital requirements of start-up or existing agri-based projects of young entrepreneurs and agri-fishery graduates ages 18-30 years old. 

To avail of the program, one must visit or contact the nearest DA office in your area or visit the official website at

DA officials will talk to you and coach you about your business plan. This is to make sure that your idea is viable and will be a successful venture in the future. 

Once approved, DA will release you the loan via KAYA cash card which you will use to withdraw the money from any ATM terminals. 

DA has recently partnered with PAYMAYA to allow disbursement of cash loans to borrowers using the PAYAMAYA app.

The loan grant from the DA is intended for young upstarts who are determined and serious to get into farming as a business.  
You don't need to have educational degree to avail of the program. You only need a viable, sustainable business idea to begin with and of course the will the succeed. 


Monday, July 6, 2020

Diligent boy from Benguet sells organic mushrooms to earn money for his school needs

Photo Courtesy || LoStories || Rober Nocum (Mushroom)
Cordillera- Growing up in the mountains of Cordillera, everyone must have spotted an organic mushroom of any kind or "oong and boo" as the locals call them.  It's been part of every locals' childhood collecting mushrooms and learning to identify what's edible and what's not.
During rainy season, the Cordilleran mountains are blessed with abundant organic mushrooms apart from edible wild plants and fruit-bearing trees. Elders call them the 'manna' from heaven relating it from the manna received by the Israelites in the Bible times.

A 10-year old, Jessie Almoza, however had taken these gifts of nature gratefully and wisely as he was seen selling bags of  'boo' to  motorists. Most of his costumers are also locals who are familiar with organic mushrooms and their health benefits.

Young Jessie's entrepreneur skills at an early age and his determination to do something worthwhile was commended and received  tons of positive comments from netizens and those from the offline community.

Some children at this stage are still discovering what's worth their time and effort, but Jessie had already found his.

"Maganda naman....., na meron silang ginagawa habang wala silang pasok. Dati rati pag ganitong season, merong ganyan na binebenta dito," Ryan, the first buyer said in an interview with TVPatrolNorthLuzon.

Unfortunately, his sales had been affected by the community lock down in his town due to the current pandemic.

The grade four pupil from Itogon Benguet, Jessie, had been saving his profits in a plastic bottle for his school needs.
 "Gagamitin ko para makaipon ng pera para pambili ng gamit ko sa school," Jessie said in the same interview.

Jessie's parents don't have have  a stable job and his father is a stroke patient. Hence, his determination to save up for his education and help his family.

His mother and sister have to climb the mountains as early as six in the morning to search and collect mushrooms for Jessie to sell. This is their main source of living.

As for Jessie and his family, they receive the gift of nature wisely and  honor the gift of life with a grateful heart as they live within their means and strive hard to survive despite the world's current battle with Covid-19.

Indeed, blessings come in any form, in any kind and in any circumstance. We are blessed more than we know. The only difference is how we recognize and acknowledge such blessings.

How have you been blessed? Do you mind sharing them with us?


Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Self-taught Igorota artist makes intricate wire sculpture by twisting single strand of wire

Photo Courtesy || DME DIY arts & craft
Cordillera - Itogon-based artist Mich Camolo created intricate wire sculpture by twisting single strands of wire and using a pair of pliers as her tool. 

What's more amazing is that Mich is a self-taught artist. 
According to the Cordillera Sun post, Mich started making wire jewelries only last year. During the months of lockdown, she took the opportunity to create bigger and more complicated sculptures. 

READ ALSO: Igorot artist from Mt. Province chosen as one of the 40 best portrait painters in the world

She was able to develop wire sculptures in the form of animals, birds, human and mythical creatures like dragon. 

Mich said, it can take a week or a month to finish a sculpture depending on the size and the complexity of the design. 

RELATED: Abra kids win National Music Competition for Young Artist in Pasay City

Take a look some of Mich creation below. You can also visit her Facebook page at DME DIY arts & crafts to view some of her amazing wire creations. 


Saturday, June 20, 2020

20 million veggie, fruit processing plant to rise in La Trinidad, Benguet - DA

Photo Courtesy || Ace 
Cordillera - Agriculture Secretary William Dar has approved the proposal for the establishment of a P20-million food processing facility to complement the Benguet Agri-Pinoy Trading Center (BAPTC) in La Trinidad.

The facility aims to add value to the vegetables and fruits produced by thousands of farmers in Benguet and nearby provinces in the Cordilleras, and thus prevent wastage and losses during peak season.
Early this month, farmers from Tinoc, Ifugao were reportedly dumping tomatoes for lack of buyers and access to markets. Following this, the Department of Agriculture in the Cordillera Administrative Region (DA-CAR) enhanced its marketing channels particularly the Kadiwa Express to find buyers.
“We have also negotiated with other vegetable buyers to purchase tomatoes from farmers in Tinoc and adjoining areas,” said DA-CAR Director Cameron Odsey.
As of June 14, he said the Tinoc farmers were linked to eleven groups of new buyers, purchasing a total of 26 metric tons of tomatoes. This week, the farmers were able to sell 18.5MT of tomatoes, totalling P166,000. Moreover, seven other private buyer-entities committed to procure vegetables from other production areas in the region, Odsey said.
“There should be no reason for farmers to lose when harvest is abundant. Dumping will not happen again,” said Secretary Dar, during the regular quarterly meeting of the BAPTC project steering board, on June 19, at the DA-CAR office in Baguio City.
The agri chief said that the food processing center will not only serve as a processing hub, but also as a learning and training site for farmers interested to process their harvest into other high value products, thus providing them additional income, and more importantly transforming them into processors.
“We want our Filipino farmers to be more than growers. We want them to become entrepreneurs. This move will level-up their game, and give them more financial benefits,” he said.
The funding will be released by the DA-Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) to the Benguet State University that oversees the management of the BAPTC.
The initiative is anchored on the DA’s vision of a food-secure and resilient Philippines with prosperous farmers and fishers.
Secretary Dar underscored that the government will continue to work hard to help food producers in the Cordilleras to bring their produce to the markets, including the further improvement and institutionalisation of the BAPTC logistics and distribution system, and in the near future into a full-fledged vegetable and fruit processing facility, which will be relevant during the COVID-19 pandemic and into the ‘new normal.’ ### (Adora Rodriguez, DA-AFID)
source ||

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Cong. Eric Yap submits House Bill No. 7011 to give free insurance to Cordilleran farmers

Cordillera- Farmers will no longer worry in the near future if they are at a big loss or if their  crops got destroyed due to natural calamities if the House Bill No. 7011 get approved.
Congressman Eric Go Yap has seen the plight of Cordilleran farmers in times of calamities and have shown great concern by finding a better way to help all farmers including their farms. 

The Congressman  submitted the House Bill No. 7011 that aims to give free weather index-based agricultural insurance to all farmers. 

This House Bill, once approved, will insure all farmers to receive financial assistance from the government if their crops were destroyed by extreme changes in weather conditions or natural calamities.

As the Cordillera region is prone to such calamities, Yap has considered all farmers  through this bill he recently submitted.  

Through the said insurance, farmers will be able to easily recover from their financial losses brought by natural calamities like typhoons. This kind of insurance provided by the government will save farmers from big troubles or from developing anxiety due to their losses.

Farmers have been overlooked for a long time not realizing that they play a great role in keeping the country afloat because they feed the entire nation. Without these farmers, there will be food shortage and people will go hungry or worse starve to death.
Indeed, farming is not an easy job, yet farmers still choose to do the hard work for everyone's benefit.

It's about time  farmers' integrity be uplifted, their hardships and sacrifices acknowledged  and their source of income be fully supported  by the government in any way it can. After all,  these farmers are the ones who feed us all.


Monday, June 15, 2020

PSA-Benguet is hiring 1, 559 census field personnel

Cordillera - The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) - Benguet Provincial Statistics Office is now hiring 1, 559 Contract of Service Workers field personnel for the conduct of 2020 Census of Population and Housing (2020 CPH) enumeration that will start on September 1 to 29, 2020 (25 days).
The 2020 CPH will be conducted all over the country which aims to provide government executives, policy and decision makers, and planners with updated population and housing data, which shall be used as bases to their social and economic development plans, policies, and programs and in the allocation of resources at various geographic levels.

The census personnel to be hired and the minimum qualifications are as follows:

1. Enumerator (1,496)

a. preferably a college graduate, or has completed at least second year college;
b. preferably with experience and training in census/survey undertakings of the PSA;
c. with legible hand writing (preferably in printed capital letters);
d. able to speak the local dialect;
e. physically fit for field work (if female, must not be pregnant);
f. with good moral character;
g. with ability to deal with public tactfully;
h. preferably resident of the barangay;
i. willing to be assigned in any barangay or municipality;
j. willing to work on Saturdays or Sundays and holidays and beyond 5:00 p.m., if necessary; and
k. with no existing work contract with other offices/agencies.
2. Census Area Supervisor (49)
a. must be a college graduate;
b. resident of the assigned city/municipality;
c. with experience in census/survey undertaking;
d. able to speak the local dialect;
e. preferably with supervisory background in census, survey or similar operations;
f. with legible hand writing (preferably in printed capital letters);
g. physically fit and able  (if female, must not be pregnant);
h. with no existing work contract with other offices/agencies;
i. with good moral character; and
j. willing to work on Saturdays or Sundays and holidays and beyond 5:00 p.m., if necessary.

3. Headquarter Clerk (14)
a. preferably college graduate;
b. computer literate;
c.physically fit and able;
d.with experience in census/survey undertaking;
e. able to speak the local dialect in the city/municipality;
f. with no existing work contract with other offices/agencies;
g. with good moral character; and
j. willing to render overtime service, if necessary.
Interested applicants may submit the following at PSA-Benguet Provincial Statistical Office, 3rd floor Unique Printing Press, Legarda Road, Baguio City or email to on or before July 6, 2020.
 1. Application letter addressed to:
         CSS Imelda L. Buyuccan
         PSA-Benguet Provincial Statistical Office
         3rd floor Unique Printing Press
         Legarda Road, Baguio City 
2. Personal Data Sheet (CSC Form 212) with latest photo
3. Photocopy of Transcript of Records/Diploma/ Certification of Highest Grade Completed/Year Completed.

Qualified applicants will be texted/called for the schedule of examination and interview. For inquiries, please call (074) 620-5516 and look for Nalyn C. Esican/Marilyn M. Santiago.

source || PSA-Benguet

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Netizens wish Canadian 'Kulas' may visit this scenic hanging bridge in Mankayan, Benguet

Photo Courtesy || BecomingFilipino & Mankayan Tourism
Cordillera - Known for traveling around the Philippines, taking shots and drone videos of the countries' best scenic spots, as well as documenting the best of Filipino hospitality and culture, Canadian vlogger 'Kulas' may find this not so popular bridge located in Mankayan, Benguet to be interesting for his next adventure. 

According to the tourism office of Mankayan, the bridge is located at Sitio Tokgongan in Barangay Cabiten. 

READ ALSO: Igorots are one of the most civilized people' - Canadian Vlogger Kulas

The hanging bridge, which was made entirely of steel is about 200 meters long and about 200 meters high. 
Photo Courtesy || Mankayan Tourism
The bridge connects barangay Cabiten and sitio Camanpaguey, the source of the best sweet potato and pineapple in town.

For Kulas, who loves hiking mountains and crossing bridges, this is  a perfect spot for a hiking adventure and to fly his drone. 

A view of the beautiful town of Mankayan, Benguet and the nearby municipality of Cervantes, Ilocos Sur can be seen from the mountain. 

In 2019, Kulas had a short trip to the town of Mankayan particularly in barangay Bedbed where he had documented the life of a gong maker and visited the gong manufacturing facility in the said barangay. 

Kulas will be warmly welcomed as netizens wish him to visit Mankayan for the second time. Well, of course after this pandemic.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Cordillera's 'Good Samaritan' grants a PWD child's wish to have a piglet

Photo Courtesy || DSWD CAR
Cordillera - In these trying times, our spirit is uplifted when we witness others not only do good deeds but show genuine empathy and charity towards other people. It also inspire us and encourage us to do the same.

SLP PDO Roma Joy Olivar and her family have chosen to become a blessing by granting  the  wish of Manang Marietta's PWD child of Brgy. Laco, Kabugao, Apayao.

Manang Marietta is one among those receiving the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) but wasn't able to buy her PWD child's wish for a piglet.

After knowing the family's current situation and the child's request, Roma and her family contributed some cash together to afford a piglet as a donation for Manang Marietta's family.
Dismay and sadness turned to happiness with such a timely surprise, and Manang Marrieta's family are more than grateful to Roma and her family's gift and selfless act.

Indeed, Olivar and her family have found joy and happiness when they decided to show their love and share their blessings to another less fortunate family, and in return,  the source of all blessings will favor them a thousand fold.

source || DSWD CAR

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Kindhearted lady cop in Benguet offered to take care of baby as mom purchases needs

Photo Courtesy || Kabayanmps PNP
Cordillera - A good-hearted lady cop in Benguet offered to take care of a sleeping baby to allow the mother to go purchase essential needs during a rolling store conducted in the municipality. 

In a post by Kabayanmps Pnp, the lady cop was seen holding the baby in her lap as she took good care of the infant like any mother would.

The post says, 
"When the Tiongsan Rolling store came into our Municipality, residents took the opportunity to purchase their necessities and provisions and the Kabayan MPS personnel  conducted police presence in order to remind the customers to maintain public health standards and provided security assistance as well.
Photo Courtesy || Kabayanmps PNP
It was during this time that PCpl Nimfa B. Camis spotted a mother carrying her baby who wished to purchased her groceries. 

Upon interviewing the mother why she brought the baby with her as it is not supposed to be considering our current situation, she narrated her circumstance and condition. 
PCpl Nimfa B. Camis offered to carry the baby instead until the mother finished procuring her needs."
The good deed of PCpl Camis is highly commendable as she not only demonstrated one of the essential duties of a police officer- serving their people, but also went beyond her duties to show compassion and empathy to a mother and her child.

Mabuhay ka ma'am Nimfa B. Camis.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Mushroom hunters accidentally discovered new cave in Tawang, La Trinidad, Benguet

Cordillera - A newly discovered cave located in Tawang, La Trinidad, Benguet has been revealed on social media lately by a group of mushroom hunters. 
Apparently, the cave was accidentally discovered by a group of young guys who went to look for mushrooms however, they ended up inside a beautiful cave that is seemingly untouched by humans. 

Photo Courtesy || Pawid Gemar
Photos from inside of the cave show deep countless rock formations which was shaped naturally by nature over thousands of years. 
Photo Courtesy || Pawid Gemar
The interior of the cave is huge and impressive with a height of up to 20 to 30 feet.
Photo Courtesy || Pawid Gemar
The guys were seen enjoying seeing the breathtaking stalagmites and stalactites formations that comes in white, yellowish and red colors. 
Photo Courtesy || Pawid Gemar
The Tinedkaw cave is one of the hidden gem of La Trinidad ready to become a top tourist destinations for cave adventurer who wanted to have a glimpse of another planet down under the town of La Trinidad, Benguet.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

A family in Kapangan builds beautiful fence using hundreds of recycled plastic bottles

Photo Courtesy || Labueg, Kapangan
Cordillera - Looking from a distance, you will notice a colorful wall like it might be made with metal or iron sheet. But the wall is actually built using hundreds of recycled (Gatorade) bottles. 
A family in Labueg, Kapangan, Benguet has came up with an innovative idea to  recycle plastic bottles by using it to build a fence along the pathway going to their residence. 

Photo Courtesy || Labueg, Kapangan
The result is a beautiful and colorful fence that attracts anyone to take notice and encourage others to recycle their own plastic waste. 

Aside from making their pathway attractive, the family is helping their community and our country of getting rid of plastic waste.

Photo Courtesy || Labueg, Kapangan
By using plastic bottles to build a fence, the family is inspiring everyone to do the same. 

ASEAN countries Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand are among the five countries throwing the most plastic waste into the oceans, according to a 2015 report by the Ocean Conservancy.

Monday, May 11, 2020

How a high school graduate with no degree in film-making produces one of the top Igorot movies

Photo Courtesy || Boyong Daguines
Cordillera - To become a professional filmmaker, one must have at least a bachelor's degree in film making, but this man from Buguias, Benguet has successfully made and directed his own film without a formal education in film making.. 

Nestor Daguines  known as "Boyong" is the creator of the popular animated series in the Cordillera called 'Lampitok'. 

Daguines used to be a van driver however, his interest and passion in how movies were created since he was a kid, has inspired him to pursue film making. 

By watching tutorials from YouTube and attending seminars and workshops related to film making, Daguines gained knowledge, perfected his craft and began directing and creating movies by himself. 

In fact in 2012, he and fellow Igorot director Sendong successfully directed the first Igorot Indie film "Busol", which was shown in one of the biggest gathering of Filipino independent films in Cebu city along with other locally produced films from the various regions of the country. 

For the very first time, a film made by an Igorot was chosen to be shown in the event. 

His eagerness and passion in producing films for the Igorots has prompted him to continue despite having no formal education and enough equipment for film creation

There are other films that Daguines has created and directed including the film "Sik-a Et Baw", "White Lady", "Di ka Maupay, "Timplan di Layad" and many more. 

He has also learned film animation and made the first animated series called "Lampitok", a funny Igorot cartoon movie that went viral in Cordillera. 

With his success in film making, Daguines hopes that he'll continue producing more Igorot films and more Cordillerans will support him. 

Some of his films are already out in CD and DVD format and  are available in Igorot movie outlets in Baguio and La Trinidad.

Generous OFW donates another P50,000 to his hometown in Kabayan, Benguet

Photo Courtesy || Jemmer Tasing Tagure
Cordillera - "I know what it feels like of having less and nothing. I don't have so much to give but, I'm willing to share whatever I have. We are all affected by this crisis, some may have less and some have nothing. Share whatever we have"
This is the message of Jemmer Tasing Tagure, an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) who donated a total of P100,000 to his hometown in Kabayan, Benguet. 

Tagure didn't forget to look back where he came from, and out from his own pocket, he willingly donated cash to his town mates who are affected with this current covid-19 pandemic. 

Last month, he initially donated P50,000 which was used to purchase cavans of rice and distributed to the residents of Kabayan Bario.
Now he donated another P50,000 to Barangay Adaoy in the same town. 

Thank you sir Jemmer Tasing Tagure for your generosity. May the Lord in heaven bless you a thousand fold. God Bless and Take Care. 

Friday, May 8, 2020

Concerned farmer's daughter from Benguet reaches out to Ben Tulfo's Bitag for help

Photo Courtesy || BITAG OFFICIAL YT Channel
Cordillera - A concerned young lady and her friends in Benguet reached out to Bitag Media for help regarding the problem of unsold vegetables in their community. 

Richel Mendoza Saguid talked to Ben Tulfo of Bitag Media about the current plight of vegetable farmers who are having a hard time selling their produce to the market especially during this covid-19 crisis. 

She said that many farmers specially those who have planted carrots are struggling how to dispose their crops. As a result, the carrots were either rotten or thrown back on the soil as fertilizers. 

Some farmers opted to donate tons of carrots to the city residences who were affected by the lockdown.

Saguid is hoping that through Ben Tulfo's program, concerned authorities will listen and find a way to provide financial assistance to the farmers so that they can can get back to their feet and cope with their lost capital.

Watch the full episode of Bitag Media below

Monday, May 4, 2020

Ikapangan police officer to become lawyer after passing 2019 Bar exams

Photo Courtesy || BCPO Kapanaligko
Cordillera - A police officer of the Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) is now a lawyer after passing the 2019 Bar examinations.

In a Facebook, BCPO Director PCOL Allen Rae Co congratulates PSSG. June Diwag who recently passed the 2019 Bar Exams. 

The 34-year old Diwag is a native of Kapangan, Benguet. 

He took up Bachelors Degree in Criminology in 2005 and obtained his degrees of Law in 2019 from the University of the Cordilleras (UC).

READ ALSO: Baguio boy lands on the top ten of the 2019 Bar Examinations

Diwag is among the 2,103 passers of the Bar exams held at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in November last year.

The now lawyer, Diwag has served as a police officer in Metro Manila for five years before he was assigned at the Baguio City Police Office.

READ ALSO:  Inspiring Story: Igorot security guard turns Attorney

He is currently assigned in the Investigation and Detection Management Unit of the BCPO. 


PCol. Jimmy Almora Catanes of Buguias, Benguet has been promoted to the rank of PNP General

Photo Courtesy || Police Regional Office 3
Cordillera - Police Colonel Jimmy Almora Catanes has been formally promoted to the rank of Police Brigadier General at Camp Olivas in San Fernando City, Pampanga this morning, according to Police Regional Office 3. 
PBGEN Catanes who traces his roots from Buguias, Benguet was earlier promoted by Malacanang to police brigadier general on March 19, 2020.

PBGEN Catanes became the first police officer from Buguias, Benguet to be donned of the rank of police brigadier general while on active duty.
Photo Courtesy || Police Regional Office 3
Catanes was a member of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNP) Class of 1989 and currently serving as the regional director of the PNP Internal Affairs Service in Region 3. 
Congratulations PBGEN Catanes for the well-deserved promotion. 

Cordillera is very proud of you. 

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Cordilleran nurse in the U.K. wrote inspiring Message of Hope amidst Covid-19

Photo Courtesy || Dreena Daw-as & BSU Nursing Community
Cordillera - The suffering and pain of those who are sick with the coronavirus is unfathomable. 
This is what Mrs. Dreena Daw-as, a Cordilleran nurse working in the United Kingdom felt when she tended to the needs of patients suffering from the dreaded coronavirus that has killed thousands of people worldwide. 

As she personally witnessed many deaths in her career as a nurse, Daw- as was not able to hold back her tears when she thinks of Covid-19 patients who are going through a physically painful death alone with no loved ones around.

By this, she was inspired to write a message of hope for those who are suffering from this pandemic, that despite their condition, nurses around the world are there to tend to their needs and make them feel better. 

And most of all, they are there to be their friends giving them hope. 

Here is the full message of Mrs. Dreena Daw-as
Photo Courtesy || Benguet State University Nursing Community


Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Former Igorot Youth Mayor in Australia donates P49,000 to the province of Benguet

Cordillera - The very first Igorot Youth Mayor of Frankston, Australia has donated cash to the province of Benguet to help in the fight against Covid-19. 

The office of the Benguet Governor has thanked Mr. Gerard Felipe for donating an amount of AUD 1,655 or 49,427.67 in its peso equivalent which was received by the office through remittance. 

"The very first Mayor to become mayor of Frankston, Australia and a proud Igorot never forget where he came from by donating AUD 1,655 to the province of Benguet in support for the province's fight against Covid-19," the office said. 

Mr. Felipe was a proud Igorot and Cordilleran from Tublay, Benguet.

Felipe has served for 12 months in the local government of Frankston and has worked together with the local community in helping the youth council in addressing youth disengagement, bullying and mental health. 

In his term as youth mayor, Felipe had never forgotten where he came from and took pride in sharing the rich culture of the Igorots in Australia. 

He has also helped in encouraging the youth within the community to reach their highest potential.

Monday, April 27, 2020

35 honest SAP beneficiaries in Bakun, Benguet waived their slots to the more needy families

Photo Courtesy || Bakun-MDRRMC
Cordillera - Some thirty-five (35) honest individuals in Barangay Gambang, Bakun, Benguet who are recipients of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) of the government have voluntarily waived their slots to the more needy families in the town.

The Bakun-MDRRMC thanked and expressed appreciation to the 35 individuals who have shown a remarkable act of kindness in this time of crisis.

READ ALSO: Couple from Bontoc, Mt. Province celebrated wedding anniversary by donating food to the frontliners 

"We would like to thank and express our appreciation to those individuals in Barangay Gambang who voluntarily and honestly waived their slots on Social Amelioration Program (SAP) because they possessed any of the qualification set by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) guidelines so that other qualified families will be accommodated on the said program," Bakun-MDRRMC says.

Photo Courtesy || Bakun-MDRRMC
It further says that this act of compassion shows the unity of the people of Bakun during this time of pandemic. 

READ ALSO: Kindhearted Fire Officer from Benguet donates 1 month salary (P32,000) to PWDs affected by covid-19 pandemic

"This act of kindness shows that we-iBakun unite as one to survive this kind of pandemic.. May the Lord show his Blessing upon us and give us knowledge and wisdom," it added. 

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Former DA Sec. Manny Piñol admires Cordilleran farmers for 100% repayment of loans

Photo Courtesy || Manny Piñol
Cordillera - Former secretary of the Department of Agriculture (DA) Manny Piñol has admired the Igorot vegetable farmers for the fantastic 100 percent repayment of loans under the Production Loan Easy Access (PLEA) program. 
Piñol said that during his term as DA Secretary, he was amazed with the commitment of the Igorot farmers for the repayment of their loans well ahead of the maturity period. 

"In every opportunity, even now as Chairman of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), I share the story of the Igorot farmers' 100% repayment of loans to serve as an inspiration to other," Piñol said. 

As a result, according to Piñol, some farmers in many other parts of the country has posted high repayment rate for the PLEA loans. 

"If all of our farmers would have the industry, tenacity, honesty and reliability of the Igorot farmers, there is hope that we could achieve security in this country," Piñol added. 
For this reason, Piñol said that he loves the Igorot farmers for being hardworking and industrious. 

Indeed, the Cordilleran farmers are truly amazing, hardworking and reliable Filipino food producers. They are the pride of our beloved country. 

source || Manny Piñol

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