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Thursday, May 7, 2020

WATCH: Miss Philippines-Earth Igorota Beauty Queen Roxanne Baeyens Eco-Video

Photo Courtesy || Miss Philippines Earth YT Channel
Cordillera - Igorota beauty queen Roxanne Baeyens was among the official candidates in the upcoming 20th edition of Miss Earth Philippines Earth 2020. 

The 23-year old Baeyens was a tourism graduate from the Saint Louis University and works as a model and endorser. 

She has participated at Miss Tourism and Culture Universe 2019 held in Yangon, Myanmar where she was placed as the first runner-up. 

Miss Baeyens also participated at Miss Mandaluyong 2019 where she was placed as the fourth runner up. 

She is considered as one of the strong contenders for the Miss Philippines 2020 because of her experience in the field of pageantry. 

Baeyens currently lives in Manila where she actively advocates the environment on her social media account. 

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Baguio City shows the whole world how social distancing is done properly

Photo Courtesy || Dante Domingo Agdeppa FB
Cordillera - The city of Baguio has been showing to other cities and provinces in the country and even to the whole world how to effectively implement social distancing which is a huge factor in curbing the spread of the coronavirus diseases (COVID-19).

The public market is one of the places where the spread of the virus is very high, as people flock to buy their basic needs, and at some point the social distancing rule was disregarded.

To ensure that social distancing is observed, The Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) has painted portions of the roads leading to the market with visual cues, one meter apart to indicate where market goers should stand. 

Photo Courtesy || Dante Domingo Agdeppa
The one meter is what the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended distance to prevent people from contracting and spreading COVID-19.

Photos from a netizen shows the effectiveness of painted visual cues on the road, as people stand organized and disciplined while going to buy goods at the public market.

Netizens expressed their commendation for the creative idea out in place by local government of Baguio and the cooperation and discipline of the residents.

A Facebook user Dante Domingo Agdeppa said, "These Filipinos are Residents of Baguio City showing the whole World how social distancing is done properly. I hope this will be followed  by all Filipinos in the whole Philippines",

"I'm proud of my birthplace. Baguio has always been a good role model city among all the Philippine cities. We'll grow up disciplined and responsible because our parents and teachers modeled good behavior," one netizen commented.

"Kudos to both the Police Office and the citizens for obediently following simple instructions. Congratulations to all of you. Job well done. You are simply the best..." a Facebook user said.

Honest trike driver in Mt.Province returns lost P15,700 cash to owner

Photo Courtesy || PnpMtprovince Sabangan
Cordillera - In this time of crisis where many have been hit hard financially specially those who are working in the transport sector, a tricycle driver returned a wallet containing cash to the police station. 

According to a post by PNP Mountain Province Sabangan Facebook page, Mr.Eddie B. Mercado went to the Sabangan Police station to turn over a brown wallet containing P15,700.00 and other valuable documents which he found along the road while transporting his passenger. 

Mr. Marcelo Galeng Jr. the owner of the lost items later came to the station to claim his wallet and documents from Mr. Mercado. 

The noble deed of Mr. Mercado is indeed an inspiration, an uplifting account about a simple tricycle driver with a pure heart who, despite affected by the crisis himself, still do the right thing by not keeping the money for the benefit of himself.

This is a similar story of honesty from a tricycle driver in Kalinga who returned a long brown envelope containing cheques amounting to P2.1 million. 


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

Police in Kiangan, Ifugao donates hazard pay to provide relief packs to 32 indigent families

Photo Courtesy || Kiangan Municipal Pulis Station
KIANGAN MPS, Ifugao (April 26) [PRESS RELEASE] - Police Major Edgar L. Tapo, Chief of Police of Kiangan Municipal Police Station (MPS) donated his hazard pay to provide relief packs to the 32 indigent families affected by COVID-19 pandemic living in the remote areas at Barangay Julongan, Kiangan, Ifugao this Sunday morning, April 26, 2020.
Breakdown of the families benefited from the distribution of relief packs are as follows: 

Sitio Motwa-on - 4 families
Sitio Iyak - 2 families
Sitios Pulitang and Nuntu-ul - 8 families
Sition Banaguy and Tikma - 2 families
Sitio Muyyung - 2 families
Sito Gayum-ud 1 family
Sitio Bilid - 1 family
Sitio Manuling - 1 family
Sitio Pud-awan - 3 families
Sitio Wingiyon - 8 families

Each family received relief pack containing rice, sugar, coffee, salt, can goods, dried fish, and bread. The relief packs given to them will augment their daily basic needs in order to survive with this pandemic crisis.

The distribution of relief packs is anchored to the PNP Adopt A Family "Kapwa Ko, Sagot Ko!" program which aims to help indigent families who are greatly affected by this public health emergency crisis.
Meanwhile, other personnel who joined the distribution of relief packs were Police Senior Master Sergeant Edward P. Belingon, Police Staff Sergeant Keilyn B. Ballacay, Police Corporal Donabel T. Immadpang, Police Corporal Errickson H. Baglan, Patrolman Mark Hil M. Habawel, and NUP Jessica B. Olnangon. 

The team was assisted by three barangay officials of Julongan namely, Kagawad Eddie Agustin, Kagawad Filemon Guimbongan Jr, and Kagawad Romy Tuguinay.

Source || Kianga Muncipal Pulis Station

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.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Baguio boy lands on the top ten of the 2019 Bar Examinations

Photo Courtesy || SLU
Cordillera - A graduate from the Saint Louis University (SLU) in Baguio City was among the top 10 bar passers in the recently concluded 2019 Bar Exam released by the Supreme Court Public Information Office on 29, April 2020.

Anton Luis A. Avilla landed on the 8th spot with an average score of 87.5820%. 

The Supreme Court on Wednesday said that only 2,103 out of the 7,685 bar takers passed the bar exam. 

Meanwhile, Mae Diane M. Azores of the University of Santo Tomas-Legazpi topped the bar exam with a score of 91.0490%.

READ ALSO: SLU graduate from La Trinidad, Benguet tops Architect Licensure Examination

Here are the list of the examinees who go the 10 highest scores.
1. AZORES, Mae Diane M. – University of Santo Tomas-Legazpi 

2. PARAHIMAN, Princess Fatima T. – University of the East

3. BARANDA, Myra M. - University of Santo Tomas-Legazpi 

4. BANDIOLA, Dawna Fya O. – San Beda College-Alabang
5. FABELLO, Jocelyn B. – Palawan State University

6. MANUEL, Kenneth Glenn L. – University of Santo Tomas
7. BUERGO, Rhowee D. - Jose Rizal University
8. AVILA, Anton Luis A. – Saint Louis University
9. ROJAS, Jun Dexter H. - Polytechnic University of the Philippines
10. MADERA, Bebelan A. – University of St. La Salle

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. 

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