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Sunday, September 13, 2020

These provinces of Cordillera has zero number of suspended Barangay captains due to SAP anomalies

Cordillera - The Office of the Ombudsman (OMB) has suspended 89 village chiefs across the country for six months over anomalies involving the implementation of the first tranche of the social amelioration program (SAP). 

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said on a press release on Saturday that he had directed the municipal/city mayors of these barangay captains to immediately implement the OMB's order upon receipt and directed the DILG regional and field officers to ensure the orderly implementation of the mass suspension. 

"Naway magsilbing babala ang suspension na ito sa iba pang mga lokal na opisyales. Ang katiwalian ay walang puwang sa ating pamahalaan lalong-lalo na pa ngayong panahon ng pandemya," Año said.

Año said that the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and Caraga has the least number of suspended officials while the National Capital Region (NCR), and Region 2 tops the list of suspended barangay chairmans. 

Only Region 12 has not recorded any village chief to be suspended among all regions. 

In CAR, three barangay captains were suspended including Jimmy Cabiao of Barangay Quimloong, Bucay, Abra; Dennis Felina of Barangay Luzong, Manabo, Abra; and George Frederict Obal of Barangay Apatan, Pinukpuk, Kalinga. 

source || pna

Friday, May 22, 2020

Cordillera is the most prepared region in preventing the spread of coronavirus: Galvez

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Cordillera - The chief implementer of the National Task Force against coronavirus Carlito Galvez Jr. has praised the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) for the good practice and effective method in preventing the spread of the coronavirus.
"For now I believe kayo and pinaka prepared or over-prepared, nakita ko ang CAR na model (For now, I believe you are the most prepared, I can see CAR as the model)", Galvez said during a meeting with the CDRRMC and several CAR mayors. 

Galvez also recognized the culture of unity and cooperation among the Igorots and the Ilocanos as factors in making the virus at bay. 

"[The] uniting factor of the Igorots and the Ilocanos, a culture of unity and cooperation as well as being disciplined that is a good strength," he said via the Philippine Information Agency.

Galves said that he will inform the President of the Cordillera's good practices in managing the pandemic. 
Baguio City has shown a very efficient response to the pandemic where it recorded only 46 cases with eight remaining actives and only one death. The region has also recorded high clinical recovery rate of patients.

Mayor Benjamin Magalong has implemented a crime mapping application system used by the Philippine National Police (PNP) in tracing possible coronavirus carrier. 

Monday, February 10, 2020

Four nCoV PUIs in Cordillera tested negative of the Corona virus infection

Photo Courtesy || PIA Cordillera
Cordillera - The four initially declared persons under investigation (PUI) in Cordillera last week has been tested negative of the Corona infection, local health officials reported on Monday. 
During a press briefing, health officials from the Diseases Prevention and Control Cluster of the Department of Health Cordillera said the 4 individuals have been tested negative after the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine showed tests done on respiratory samples from them turned out negative. 

Earlier, DOH-CAR reported that the four PUIs, three of them are women and a two years old voluntarily submitted themselves for infections after arriving from Hong Kong.

Head of the Disease Prevention and Control Cluster Dr. Jinnefer Joyce Pira calls on the public not to panic and stay healthy. 

She advises everyone to keep their immune system strong, keep their body warm and eat healthy foods. 

She encourages the public to practice proper hygiene and hand washing, observe proper etiquette when coughing or sneezing by covering their mouth.

Pira also reiterated the health department's public advisory for the judicious use of masks to prevent the shortage of surgical and N95 masks.
She said that people of good health do not need to use face masks instead use only by those persons/care health provider who are caring for the sick person with respiratory infection/symptoms such as coughing, sneezing and fever. 

N95 masks must be reserved for healthcare and other frontline workers, Pira added.

source || PIA Cordillera

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Jeordan Dominguez from Bauko, Mt. Province wins GOLD in Freestyle poomsae taekwondo

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Cordillera - Jeordan Dominguez won Gold medal in the Freestyle Poomsae Individual Men's competition during the 2019 Southeast Asian game on December 4, 2019

Cordillera- Igorot Jeordan Dominguez marked history when he won the bronze medal scoring 7.52 points, in the World first Taekwondo Poomsae Grand Prix in Rome, Italy last Friday.

"First ever medal ng Philippines sa World Grand Prix," Dominguez told PNA

The fifth seed Dominguez scored 4.5 and 3.02  which qualified for third place after the world number 2 Lin Yu Han from Taiwan who got 7.88 points for the gold medal and third seed Dhin Khul Nguyen from Vietnam who got 7.7 points to take the second place.

Dominguez is a native of Otucan, Mountain Province but lives in Baguio. He hopes to bring his luck to the next competition in the pair on Sunday along with his compatriot Janna Dominuque Oliva who made 6.54 points to finish fifth on the women's side.

The president of World Taekwondo Federation, Chungwon Choue said that  the Rome Grand Prix included poomsae, a form component of the Korean martial arts, for the first time in his invitation to all national federations including the Philippines where Dominguez qualified.

Only the world's eight players were invited to the tournament in the "Eternal City" in which Dominguez ranked fifth.

"Ranked 1 to 8 ng world ang mag lalaban-laban and I'm so lucky po na na-invite ako. Nasa rank 5 po ako ngayon," said Domuinguez who won a bronze in the team poomsae of the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia.

Dominguez thanked the Philippine Taekwondo Association and its president Grand master Sung Chon Hong for letting him have the opportunity to compete in the poomsae competition of the World Grand Prix in his Facebook page. He also extended his  appreciation to all his fellow players who encouraged him to do his best despite sleepless nights, pains, and aches that brought the Philippines' first medal in the World Grand Prix.

Source || PNA

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

29 Cordillerans to graduate from PNPA SANSIKLAB Class of 2019 on March 22

Photo Courtesy || Philippine National Police Academy FB
Cordillera - Twenty nine cadets who will be graduating as member of the SANSIKLAB Class of 2019 or Sigasig na Itaguyod ang Kapayapaan at Ipaglaban ang Bayan are from Cordillera. 

Of the Twenty nine cadets, 26 are males and 3 are females according to Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) spokesperson Superintendent Byron Allatog. 

Allatog said that cadets from Cordillera top the list of the 201-member graduating cadets which is composed of 154 males and 47 females. 

Police Cadet Ferdinand Mark Haguiling Lagchana from Ifugao was the only Cordilleran who made it to the top 10 of the graduating class.

Cadet Lagchana grew up from the town of Mayoyao, Ifugao. He is 22 years old and  the youngest among his six siblings. 

His mother is a nurse and his father was a security guard. But according to Lagchana, his father passed away when he was 12 years old. 

Despite growing up without a father, Lagchana studied hard until he had a chance to enter the academy and now among the top 10 of the PNPA SANSIKLAB Class of 2019. 

Lagchana enrolled Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering but shifted to BS Criminology at Saint Mary's University, Bayombong Nueva Viscaya before joining the PNPA.
"Pumasok po ako dito sa Academy para po makatulong sa pamilya. Gusto ko pong makatapos ng pag aaral ng hindi ko po sila binabahala. Gusto ko pong maging pulis at gusto ko pong maging bahagi sa pagsugpo ng kriminalidad sa ating bansa." ("I entered the Academy to help my family. I want to finish my study without giving too much pressure on them. I want to be a cop and I want to be part in the crack-down of criminality in the country.") Lagchana said during a press-conference. 

"I came from a family wherein three of my brothers are graduates of the PMMA. From there, I've witnessed the hardship of my brothers working in other countries for months leaving their families behind. This made me change course and had chosen to enter in the police service through PNPA," he added.

Fulfilling his dream in becoming a police, Lagchana is set to graduate on March 22 in Silang, Cavite together with 201 members in the class. 

Monday, March 11, 2019

Cordillera doctors working overseas to put up affordable hospital for Cordillerans

Cordillera - Cordillerans who are seeking for affordable and quality health services may soon find their way in a hospital being built and ran by professional Cordillera doctors. 

La Trinidad Mayor Salda revealed recently that a group of doctors who traced their roots from the different parts of the Cordillera are looking for a suitable land to build an affordable and state-of-the-art hospital for the Cordilleran people. 

He said that Cordillerans are very lucky because  these doctors who are working abroad decided to build the hospital in Cordillera to provide affordable medical services to residents and visitors.

"The people of La Trinidad will be the luckiest Cordillerans because it is in the locality that the doctors want the hospital to be established the soonest considering the increasing need of the residents and visitors for affordable and quality health care services from state-of-the-art health care facilities," Mayor Salda said.

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

These  doctors want to render services to their fellow Cordillerans so they want the hospital to be built somewhere in La Trinidad. They also want the hospital facilities to provide affordable and quality health care services to the people. 

According to Salda, the Cordillera doctors want the hospital to be built and become operational the soonest possible time so that people can have alternative options when seeking medical care aside from going to Baguio and Benguet hospitals. 

This proposed hospital will offer cheaper health services to the public compared to the prevailing rates being imposed by the existing hospitals in town. This will benefit Cordillerans who can not afford to pay higher rates.

READ ALSO:  Bontoc General hospital receives first-class, state-of-the-art CT SCAN from St. Luke's Medical Center

source || heraldexpress

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Undefeated Ifugao boxer Carl Jammes Martin knocks out Thai foe in 3rd round.

Photo Courtesy || Carljammeswonderboy Martin
Cordillera - Promising young boxer from Ifugao  proved once again that he has the power punch of a champion after defeating his Thai opponent just before the end of the 3rd round. 

The 19-year old Martin didn't give any chances for the veteran Thai champion to dominate the fight as he scored two knockdowns in the first round and in the third round before finally ending the fight with TKO near the end of the third round.

Martin has now improved his undefeated record with 12 wins with all 11 wins coming by way of TKO.

READ ALSO: Igorota MMA fighter Gina Iniong wins at ONE: Clash of Legends in Bangkok

The young boxer is a native of Lagawe, Ifugao and had been training under his new coach Gerry Penalosa who is giving him a push in his career after his brother Abel asked help from Gerry to allow him to train in his gym after the gym where Martin used to train were destroyed by Typhoon Rosita. 

Peñalosa  donated three pairs of boxing shoes and two heavy bags to Martin  for his training. 

According to Peñalosa, Martin's explosiveness and left-handed punch reminds him of Manny Pacquiao's power. 

"The kid has charisma. He's not hard to talk to. Carl is explosive and left-handed. He reminds me of Manny and has tremendous power. What he lacks is experience. We won't rush him. We'll test him and bring him up slowly. By next year, he could be ready for a world title shot." Peñalosa said. 

At a young age, Martin revealed that Manny, Penalosa, and Z Gorres are his idols. Since he was a kid, he loves boxing and he hopes that one day, he'll make a name for himself in the ring as a champion as well. 

READ ALSO: Forbes picks 2 Igorot Martial Artists as Pacquiao's Successor

Like his cousin Stephen Loman, who is now a famous MMA fighter under Brave Combat Federation and his town mate Kevin Belingon under ONE Championship, Martin will soon become a new Cordilleran champion. 


Thursday, February 14, 2019

Important guidelines for tourists visiting beautiful town of SAGADA

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Cordillera - The beautiful town of Sagada and its humble people are welcoming tourists around the world to come and visit their place and experience the unique culture of their people.

But before you pack your things and go to their place, the local government wanted to remind you of these simple guidelines that you should keep in mind when in Sagada.

Sagada's town mayor Mr. James Pooten issued these guidelines for tourists via the Philippine News Agency website.

All visitors are required to register at the tourism office where they pay certain fees like the environmental fee and guide fee among other fees.

"Travel agencies, groups, and individuals must register for the tours at the Tourist Information Office (TIO)," Pooten said.

He reminded the tourists to bring their official receipt with them which will serve as their entrance pass to the tourism sites.

Visitors who would like to visit the Echo Valley, Lumiang and Sumaguing Cave don't need to bring their car with them because the place is near and only require short walks. They can leave their cars at the designated parking area.

"Fetching of tourist is only allowed from Sumaguing cave back to the town center. There will be no designated parking space near the cave," Pooten added.

He said all tourist vehicles, whether private or government-owned, are required to park their vehicles during their stay in Sagada at their hotel parking or in pay parking areas.

"Only local transport shall be allowed to ferry tourist to identified sites. Registered municipal tourist shuttle will have one general line up stationed at the Tourist Information Center," he said, noting that this would assure that all tourists are accounted for and are safely back at their lodgings at night.

For accommodations, Pooten said that only LGU and Department of Tourism (DOT) accredited inns, hotels or home stays under the Sagada Inns and Hotels Association (SIHA) will be allowed to operate as accommodations.

These establishments must follow the standard pricing, he added.

Regarding waste management, Pooten said tourist are encouraged to bring their own refillable water tumblers and discourage from using plastic bottles.

Pooten also remind tourist to respect Sagada's culture especially when visiting sacred sites and participating in the local rituals.

"Please respect the culture. Keep a distance from rituals or any sacred sites. Do not touch or disturb coffins or burial sites. Do not attempt to join or film any rituals without direct permission from the presiding elders," he said.

"Do not disturb mass in the church or shoot videos/photos in or around the church during mass," Pooten added.

Sagada has so many places to spend time during the holidays and it's one of the most visited places in the Cordillera especially this coming months where a lot of festivals will be celebrated.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

9 Cordilleran policemen receive award for their hard work, cooperation and perseverance

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Cordillera - Nine Cordilleran police from different municipalities were awarded medals for their cooperation, hard work and perseverance.

Two different police medals were awarded to them. These are the Medalya ng Kalingan and Medalya ng Papuri.

The Medalya ng Kagalingan was awarded to Supt. Radino S. Belly, Senior Police Officer 2 Geofrey Langbayan, and SPO1 Benafin Dacuyong Jr. 

The cops received award after a successful anti-illegal drug operation that resulted in the confiscation of illegal drugs worth more than 3 million pesos in Kayapa, Bakun and Tacadang, Kibungan, Benguet last month.

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Another Cordilleran cops who received the same award are Sr. Insp. Edwin Sergio, SPO1 Melvin Llanes, and SPO1 Arsenio Vidal, for serving a search warrant against Jomar Barbosa Puruggganan and the confiscation of 21 sachets valued at P102,690.20 during a drug bust on Feb. 1 in Sitio Pacpaco.


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Meanwhile, the Medalya ng Papuri was given to Insp. Nicasio Sacliwan, SPO3 Washington Kitongan and SPO2 Prudencio Tinong, for the arrest of Real Gold Boclongan Olsim, and Celso Bayongan Capuyan, who were arrested of illegal-drugs worth P17,043.52 in Purok Datu, Bulanao, Tabuk City Kalinga in January.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The Most Disciplined Cops in the Philippines - The Cordilleran Cops

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Cordillera - The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) listed cops from the Cordillera Administrative Region were among the country's most disciplined law enforcers.

The assessment report by NAPOLCOM which was released by the Regional Internal Affairs Service (RIAS) of the Police Regional Office-Cordillera (PRO-COR) stated that Cordillera policemen were included in the country's top three most discipline cops.
The reason according to RIAS-CAR director Senior Superintendent Jimmy Catanes is that only 1.6 percent from the 6,224-strong regional police force have been subjected to charges ranging from simple to grave offenses only. 

READ ALSO: Cordilleran Police S/Supt. Jesus Cambay to be promoted one star general

According to Catanes, this is so far the lowest ratios of policemen being charged among all the 17 regional police offices. 

"We are proud of our law enforcers from the Cordillera because of their professionalism in the discharge of their duties and responsibilities to serve and protect the people. We observed that law enforcers from the region are faring well compared to their counterparts from other regions, especially when it comes to discipline," Catanes said.

In order for this good reputation to continue, Catanes urged the public to help them in removing those so-called police "scalawags" who are  putting bad image to the police force by reporting them to the concerned authorities. 

READ ALSO: Cordilleran Police Chief Supt. Empiso is the new head of PNP Special Action Force (SAF)

Last year Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Oscar Albayalde urged the police to never slow down in their works which requires deep commitment, dedication to duties in order to keep the community safe and peaceful.

"As Chief PNP, I want to underscore the fact that under my term, we will not leave no stones unturned in addressing the nation's peace and order problems particularly on illegals drugs and crime, as well as police scalawags," Albayalde said.

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He repeatedly emphasized the importance of discipline in the ranks of the police as he sent the message to all commanders that they are responsible for disciplining their personnel.

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Cordilleran Police S/Supt. Jesus Cambay to be promoted one star general

Cordillera - The Philippine National Police (PNP) is set to administer the oath of office to a newly promoted Cordilleran Police in a ceremony to be held at Camp Crame in Quezon City.

READ ALSO: NAPOLCOM says Cordilleran cops among most disciplined law enforcers in the country

Philippine National Police chief Director General Oscar Albayalde will administer the oath taking to Senior Superintendent Jesus Cambay in his promotion to one-star general.

S/Supt. Cambay is a native of Lagawe, Ifugao and Baguio City and a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1988.

Cambay was the head of Police Regional Office-6 (Western Visayas) and has been designated as the Commander of the Metro Boracay Task Force (MBTF) in leading the 610-strong police personnel deployed in Boracay, Aklan in preparation for the six months closure and rehabilitation of the famous Boracay Beach. 
During his leadership in the Boracay  index crimes fell by 80 percent. Only 10 cases of crime against property, including two robberies and eight theft, were recorded. 

As a professional, Cambay had served as the Police Director of the Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) in 2012.

He was also assigned in different areas in the Cordilleras, both in the provincial and the regional offices from 1989 to 2008. 

He has also received various police and military medals for his performance such as the Medalya ng Mabuting Asal, Medalya ng Pambihirang Paglilingkod and many other awards by various civic and socio-economic organizations. 


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Cambay is a product of Lagawe Central in Ifugao, he had his secondary education in Isabela State University Science High School at PMA and took up his Masteral Degree at the Baguio Central University. 

He was a graduate of local police courses in comptrollership, basic intelligence and senior officer executive course and in vital installation security in New Mexico, USA in 2003.

READ ALSO: Filipino from Cordillera successfully joins Canada's Royal Police Force


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 2020 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 at a reasonable price.

Farmers are aware that if they plant the same crops at the same time, this would cause oversupply of vegetables. 

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


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 built 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

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Government to compensate Cordillera vegetable farmers - DA Piñol

Photo Courtesy || Manny Piñol
Cordillera - Vegetable farmers in the Cordillera region who threw away truckloads of unsold vegetables will be compensated by the government according to Department of Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol. 

The announcement came after he had received reports from Cordillera Agriculture officials that the reason why farmers weren't able to sell their produced was due to typhoon Usman that hit the Bicol region.
Officials from the DA-CAR reported that 'traders refused to buy the vegetables delivered by the farmers to the Benguet Vegetable Trading Center because the floods in Bicol prevented them from shipping the commodities to Bicol and the Visayas'.

When Tropical Depression Usman hit Bicol region last week of December, it caused flooding to the national highways thus, preventing traders to transport vegetables.
Photo Courtesy || Manny Piñol

Although some farmers were able to sell their produce, they have sold it with a very low price.

To help the Cordillera farmers, DA Piñol said that his department and the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation will conduct a validation process next week to identify those affected farmers so that they will be given appropriate insurance payment. Issuance of payment could take two weeks.

"Tomorrow, the DA and the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) will start the validation process which would involve the identification of farmers who suffered losses and the estimated value of the vegetables they threw away," Piñol said.  

"I would like to assure our farmers that the administration of President Rody Duterte listens to the voices of our farmers and fishermen," he added. 


Monday, December 17, 2018

He died a hero: Igor drowns while saving two boys and his girlfriend drifting out to sea of La Union

Photo Courtesy || Pearl Alvarez FB
Cordillera - A hero rescuer drowned as he saved two boys and his girlfriend who were carried away by strong waves in a local beach in La Union. 

He was identified as Igor Sebio Donga-el, 29-year-old and a local resident of Pico La Trinidad, Benguet. 

Donga-el, a member of Team Lakay died last night on a beach where the team had gone to celebrate their advance Christmas Party.

An eyewitness said that she saw her teammate signaling for help and all the others on the water waving their hands calling for help because three people were drifted out to sea.

"I looked closer to what was happening and was shocked to see three (2 boys, 1 lady) people going further and further away into the deep sea. I turned my back around, shouted for help along with others," Pearl Alvarez said on a Facebook post.

Many rescuers including residents and surfers nearby heeded to the call and came rushing to help. 

Two boys and one lady (his girlfriend )were safely brought to the shore except Igor. His girlfriend went looking for him but she was told that only three of them made it to the shore. She didn't believe it because Igor was there carrying her, trying to make her float. 

One of the boy said that Igor tried to keep him afloat by pushing his feet from under the sea and then disappeared. 

When they can't find Igor, some good hearted residents rushed in the middle of the sea to check on him, according to Alvarez.

After several minutes of looking and waiting for Igor, the sea brought him back lifeless. 

"Minutes turned into an hour and everyone was still waiting.. Minutes after the 1st hour from disappearance, we are witnessing a floating body on the sea, still on his blue shirt.. there goes the body of the HERO, tossed by the waters..The man who, until his last breath, with all his might, poured out everything he has to keep others from losing their lives," Alvarez wrote. 

Igor was brought to the nearest hospital but he was not able to survived. 

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Team Lakay Coach Mark Sangiao wrote an encouraging message for Igor. 

"Igor, you taught us a very important lesson in life. "Nothing defeats the purpose of life when it ends for the purpose of sparing live. "You are a warrior, you are a hero," Sangiao wrote in his FB account.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Abrenean Lucas Bersamin takes oath as Chief Justice before Durterte

Photo Courtesy || Presidential Communication
Cordillera - Newly appointed Supreme Court Justice Lucas Bersamin took his oath before Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday at the Malacanang Palace. 

Bersamin was accompanied by his family during the oath taking at the Heros Hall of Malacanang.

The president appointed Bersamin to replace former Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro who retired last October 8. 

Atty. Bersamin was appointed as the new Supreme Court Chief Justice last November 26, 2018 based on seniority.

The 69-year-old Bersamin is a native of Bangued, Abra, a brother of former Abra congressman Luis P. Bersamin.

Prior to his new appointment, Bersamin served as a trial court judge and appellate court magistrate before being appointed to the Supreme Court in 2009. He also served as a presiding judge of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 96 in 1986.

He was also appointed by former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to the High Court in 2009. 

Bersamin studied law at the University of the East in 1973 and place top 9th in the Bar Examinations of the same year.

He was a recipient of the Judicial Excellence Award for Best Decision both in Civil Law and Criminal Law.


Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Biodegradable plastic bags made from potatoes: An innovation challenge for Cordillerans

Photo Courtesy || Bosigan Multipurpose Cooperative
Can we actually make plastic bags out of potatoes? Surprisingly, yes! There’s nothing impossible nowadays. Potatoes can be an answer to plastic pollution.

Did you know that a plastic bag from potato  was accidentally discovered by a twenty four year old Swedish designer Pontus Tornqvist? This kind of plastic is biodegradable and can actually decompose in soil in just two months compared to regular plastic which lasts for 450 years or more.

In fact, a plastic bag or wrapper made from potatoes can be edible. Imagine  buying your favorite treats in a plastic wrap or a soda drink  in a plastic container and straw made from potatoes. After consuming the goodies, you then proceed eating the wrappers or containers that came with it. That will be a huge help in solving plastic pollution because you reduce the use of non-biodegradable plastics.

Cutlery made from potato. Photo Courtesy || the Sun

The good thing is, Cordillera has an abundance of potatoes. One can use it for his pinikpikan dish and french fries 'merienda' and now it can be used to create plastic bags.

Now that a plastic bag and cutlery can be made from potatoes, Cordillerans can put those potatoes including those rejected ones into good use. Since the raw materials are locally available, it is an advantage for interested researchers and inventors to learn from Tornqvist's original idea with his existing invention, enhance his techniques  and come up with the same or other unique biodegradable and eco-friendly products.

Coming up with a valuable invention that can help solve people’s problems doesn’t need to have complicated materials, equipment or process. The Swedish Pontus Tornqvist used mainly potato starch, water and glycerol to make a thick mixture by heating then placed into molds then heated further until solid.
Pontus Tornqvist. Photo Courtesy || the Sun

The human inquisitive nature is just perfect for this kind of  innovation. Brilliant  Cordillerans may be able to make biodegradable plastic bags using different raw materials from their backyard, that  have similar texture and components with potatoes.

This is an environmental campaign to share awareness of what we can do to contribute in solving the problems that we now face regarding plastic pollution not only in the Philippines but worldwide.

The Philippines is one of the five countries that produce half of the world’s plastic waste with almost 7,000 tons of plastic wasted everyday which mostly ends up polluting bodies of water according to the 2015 report of Ocean Conservancy and McKinsey Center for Business and Environment.

It is such an alarming situation that 80 percent of pollution in the sea with eight million tons of plastic waste each year comes from the land as reported by the UN. This water pollution not only endangers but kills millions of marine life and destroys the marine ecosystem overtime. Worst, it affects the populace as well.

Different government Agencies and NGO's are looking into ways to reduce the negative impacts of plastic pollution and find a solution for this problem on the long run. The city of Baguio and other major cities in the country move to impose ban on single-use plastics as a support to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Since we all use plastic products and has become an integral part of our daily activities, we should be aware of the catastrophic threats this plastic pollution can do not only to the environment but to our health as well.

Some informed individuals are already taking part in preventing more plastic pollution by reducing the use of plastic through constant practice of garbage segregation and proper waste disposal by reusing, reducing and recycling while adopting alternatives for plastic products by using personalized tumblers, mugs, cloth bags, and other eco-friendly items.

Some  municipalities in Cordillera are already implementing the "no plastic bags" at the market so everyone is encouraged to use biodegradable wraps and bring their own bags and “bayong” when going shopping.

Now it's high time to help protect the environment. Creating  eco-friendly plastic bags from potatoes could greatly help. The solution to plastic pollution is just around our backyard.



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