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Friday, December 10, 2021

Cordilleran film "The Headhunter's Daughter" to screen in U.S. largest film festival Sundance

Photo Courtesy || Don Josephus Raphael Eblahan

Cordillera - A film by Cordilleran-Visayan filmmaker/director Don Josephus Raphael Eblahan "The Headhunter's Daughter: Short Film is among the official selection of the 38th Sundance Film Festival happening from January 20 to 30, 2022 in the United States.

Don Josephus Raphael is an independent filmmaker born of Ifugao and Visayan descent.

Eblahan works explore themes of trauma, and nature told through the cosmic lens of post colonial spaces and indigenous identities. 

In 2021, one of Eblahan films entitled "Hilum won the Student prize and received special mention from the international jury at Clemont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival.

Launched in 1978, Sundance Film Festival is the largest independent film festival in the United States that brought wider recognition for iconic films such as “Saw,” “The Blair Witch Project,” “500 Days of Summer,” and “Boyhood.” 

This year, The Headhunter’s Daughter will be one of the two Filipino films that will be participating at the festival, the other one being Martika Escobar’s feature film, "Ang Pagbabalik ng Kwago" which was selected to compete under the World Dramatic Competition.


This Igorot musician from Kalinga sings like Freddie Aguilar

Photo Courtesy || Sherwin Tayab
Cordillera - This talented artist/musician from Kalinga sings so well that he literally sounded like the legendary folk singer Freddie Aguilar.

Mr. Sherwin Tayab is one of the talented Cordilleran singers and composers out there. He may not be popular but you might mistake him as Ka Freddie. 


Philippine's First Giant Hand Footbridge is Found in Bauko, Mt. Province

Cordillera - Looking for something new to visit this holiday season? Try the newest attraction in Cordillera - the giant hand footbridge located in Andanum (Pikaw) Bauko, Mountain Province. 

Have a 'wow' moment walking on the bridge while having a beautiful view of the surrounding vegetable plantation and feel being held high up by three giant hands.

The bridge is part of the Pikaw Hotel and Resort which is still under construction but visitors can come and experience walking and having a good photoshoot on the footbridge. 

It is easy to spot the place because it's just located along the national highway. The full view can be seen if you are passing the Bontoc- Bauko route. 

For only 30 pesos for daytime viewing and 50 pesos for nighttime viewing for the entrance fee, you can enjoy having a relaxing moment at Pikaw Hotel and Resort's giant hand footbridge.


Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Cordilleran MGen. Henry M. Doyaoen is the 2nd in command of the Philippine Army

Photo Courtesy || Philippine Army & Kalinga Journal

Cordillera - The Philippine Army has installed Maj. Gen. Henry M. Doyaoen as its 33rd Vice Commander in a ceremony today, November 29, 2021, at Headquarters Philippine Army, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.

Outgoing Vice Commander Maj. Gen. Robert C. Dauz relinquished his post to Maj. Gen. Doyaoen in a Change of Chief of Office Ceremony presided by the Commanding General Philippine Army and concurrent Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Andres C. Centino.

Maj. Gen. Doyaoen is a well-rounded General of the AFP. He is a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy “Maringal,” Class of 1988. Before his new assignment, he served as the AFP Internal Auditor. 

He also held various leadership roles in the Philippine Army units and Unified Command, such as Deputy Commander of Northern Luzon Command, Commander of the 503rd Infantry Brigade, and Chief of the Morale and Welfare Division of the Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Personnel, AFP.

Doyaoen was recognized for his meritorious performance of duty during his nearly two-year stint as lead soldier in countering insurgency in the Cordillera region.

Among his accomplishments are the dismantling and downgrading of guerilla fronts including KLG Marco and KLG Ifugao, and the neutralization of dozens of members of communist terror groups and high value individuals. 

He also played a big role in the resolution of the conflicts between the Tongrayan and Tulgao tribes, and between the Butbut tribe and Betwagan tribe of Sadanga, Mt. Province. 

Brig. Gen. Doyaoen actively promoted the role of the youth in nation building. He organized the Cordillera Youth Brigade which conducted several outreach activities like the distribution of masks to frontliners and relief donations to victims of typhoons Rolly and Ulysses. 

As chair of the security component of the joint evaluation and monitoring committee on the Cordillera Bodong Administration-Cordillera Peoples Liberation Army (CBA-CPLA), he recommended the data basing of the group’s members and the approval of its road map. 

source || Philippine Army & Kalinga Journal


Cordilleran from Abra receives highest honor distinction at Oxford University in UK

Cordillera - A proud Cordilleran has earned highest honor distinction at the prestigious university of Oxford in the United Kingdom in December 2021.

Ellaine Joy Calapao Sanidad, a native of San Isidro, Abra finished her Master of Studies in Diplomatic Studies at the university on December 2. 

Photo Courtesy || Ellaine Joy Calapao Sanidad

Before graduating in the UK, Sanidad graduated Magna cum laude at the University of the Philippines - Los Baños in 2016 and moved to the United States in 2016 to pursue higher education.

Photo Courtesy || Ellaine Joy Calapao Sanidad

She was lucky to pass the Chevening scholarship requirements and given a slot to study at Oxford University in 2020.

READ ALSO: Igorota is professor for sciences at New Mexico Military School in the United States

While pursuing her master's degree, Sanidad also worked as a professor at the University of the Philippines and as Chief Intelligence Analyst at the National Coast Watch Center which is under the Office of the President.

Photo Courtesy || Ellaine Joy Calapao Sanidad

Sanidad will be graduating next year (March 12, 2022) with the Oxford degree and award. 

In her interview with local new Interaksyon, Sanidad told to those dreaming of studying at Oxford University to give their best in the application process. 

“Think of Oxford as just any other university abroad. Considering it as an unreachable university won’t help you get there. However, that doesn’t mean working less towards getting there. Learn to always give your best in every endeavor you take, because only with giving your best could you get the best reward,” Sanidad said.


Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Supercar Blondie admired Igorot farmers' ingenuity of transporting vegies using motorcycle

Photo Courtesy || Supercar Blondie & Rural Rising Philippines
Cordillera - Famous social media celebrity and auto vlogger Supercar Blondie got the attention of these young Igorot farmers who are powering an improvised cable car to transport vegetables using a motorcycle engine. 

"These farmers invented a genius way to transport fruit up a mountain using a motorcycle," Supercar Blondie posted on her official Facebook page. 

Some farmers in the remote parts of Cordillera have been doing this innovative way to transport their produce from their farmlands to the road using a motorcycle engine, rope, pulley, and mandrel. 

READ ALSO: The 'Comboys of Benguet' - The Igorot hard workers who bring fresh veggies to your table

While waiting for the government to provide support for a more appropriate and safer mode of transport, these young farmers worked smart by creating this very helpful method of making a vegetable carrier. 


Pres. Duterte named Maj. Gen. Brawner Jr. as new Commanding General of the Philippine Army

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Cordillera - A proud Cordilleran general and a Marawi siege veteran Maj. Gen. Romeo Brawner Jr. has been installed by President Rodrigo Duterte as the new Commanding General of the Philippine Army. 

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Tuesday confirmed the appointment of Maj. Gen Brawner.

Brawner will replace Maj. Gen. Andres Centeno, who assumed command of the Philippine Army on May 2021. 

MGen. Brawner, who traces his roots to Kiangan, Ifugao is the son of the late and former Baguio and La Trinidad Regional Trial Court Judge and Commission on Election Commissioner, Justice Romeo Brawner Sr.

READ ALSO: Igorota is Class Commander in Basic Helicopter Pilot Training (BHPT) Class 2020 of PNP-SAF

Brawner is a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA)  "MAKATAO" Class of 1989. 

He finished his elementary and secondary education at the Special Education Center and University of the Philippines (UP) College Baguio High School.

READ ALSO:  First Igorota graduate of Canada's Royal Military College promoted to higher rank.

In 2013, he was awarded as one of the country's Most Outstanding Filipino soldier.  

He also served as the Commandant of Cadets of the Philippine Military Academy, Commander of the 103rd Brigade during the liberation of Marawi City, and served as the Chief of AFP Public Affairs Office.


Sunday, December 5, 2021

Cordilleran from Abra among TOP 10 in the 57th Top Outstanding Students of the Philippines

Photo Courtesy || SAMCIS

Cordillera - A proud Cordilleran from Abra province is among the top 10 awardees for this year's Top Outstanding Students of the Philippines (TOSP).

Mr. Austin Miguelle Ogad, who finished Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship in Saint Louis University was the only student among the 9 Cordillerans who vied for the most coveted national award for students leaders.

In a solemn virtual ceremony, the TOSP Foundation Inc. honored the significant contributions made by the 30 national finalists to their respective communities and feted 10 of them for their “exemplary leadership, superior academic performance, outstanding achievements, deep sense of social responsibility and involvement, and personal values anchored on good morals.”

Also given recognition during the ceremony are five (5) Cordillerans who were among the 30 finalists, namely Von Ameri Escobar of Abra State Institure of Science and Technology, Edgar Christian Dirige of SLU, Joven Wadwachan of Baguio Central University, Alladin Banez of Benguet State University, and Denmark Butic of Ifugao State University. 


INSPIRING: Igorota is professor for sciences at New Mexico Military School in the United States

Proudly Igorota. She was wearing the Devit during her graduation for her second master's. Photo Courtesy || Demvia Maslian

Cordillera - From a farmer's daughter in a small town in Kibungan, Benguet, farming works from the rice fields to planting sweet potato at age 9, but now an assistant Professor for sciences at New Mexico Military School in Roswell, New Mexico, USA.

Demvia Acosta Maslian came from a small town, in Lubo, Kibungan, Benguet. After graduating from elementary, she moved to Baguio City to continue her education. It was unfortunate that her family did not afford to send her to high school. 

In Baguio, she lived in Little Flower Convent with the Franciscan nuns, who had offered her freeboard and lodging plus a scholarship for high school until college in exchange for her labor. 

During her first two years, she worked in the kitchen and as a refectory helper. After two years, she was moved to the front desk as a receptionist and had been there until she left the convent. She earned her Bachelor in Secondary Education major in biology at Saint Louis University. She started her teaching career at Baguio City National High school in 2001, teaching various science from general science, biology, chemistry, and physics.

In 2007, Los Angeles Unified School District in Los Angeles, California, USA, hired her with a J1 visa (Teacher Exchange Program). After her visa contract expired, she moved back to the Philippines. It was part of the visa agreement. 

In 2011, Horatio School District in Horatio, Arkansas, USA, hired her to teach chemistry. While she was teaching in Horatio High School, she was going to school at the same time. 

In 2013, she graduated from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, the USA, with her Masters in Science Education Major in Advance Instructional Studies. Due to visa complications, she moved to two different states before finally settling in at Roswell, New Mexico, USA. She is currently an Assistant Professor at New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI), making a wave. In her six years as a professor at the Institute, she had received two John F. Burton Professorship Awards and one John F. Ward Professorship Award. 

She is also a very active sponsor of the Institute's STEM Club. She is one of the founders. Her STEM Club students were awarded as one of the Champions for the New Mexico Governor's STEM Challenge for two consecutive years (2019 and 2020). 

In 2020, her students joined the Southeast Regional Science Fair in New Mexico. Both students' projects had won second and third Place overall, which got them straight as a finalist into the 2021 Regeneron Science and Engineering Fair (INTEL), the world's largest international pre-college science competition. Her students had been receiving cash prizes for their winnings. The Roswell Daily Records (a local newspaper) had featured her STEM Club winnings.

In May 2021, she graduated with her second masters at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro, New Mexico, the USA, with a degree Masters in Science Teaching with a specialization in biology. 

She earned this master with spending only 1% of her total tuition fee. Most of her tuition fees and other fees were paid by the scholarships through the state of New Mexico, the university, and her school's Faculty Development Grant (NMMI). 

In summer 2021, she was one of the eight Research Opportunities for Science Educators (ROSE) Scholars. A joint project of the New Mexico Public Education Department and the University of New Mexico. Dr. Jeffrey Rack, one of the project organizers, said that the program was very competitive, with only a 13% acceptance rate. At the program, Demvia works with Dr. Yi He, the Primary Investigator, and his research assistant, Amy Stevens. 

For four weeks, they worked on a project, PICK1: A Promising Target to Address Substance Abuse in New Mexico. With her story, she would like to inspire the youth of the Cordillera, especially those who were not fortunate to be born with money. 

Demvia knows that it is hard, but you need to believe in yourself. She always tells her students, "Hard work and sacrifices equals success." Demvia will try her very best to improve and achieve more. She is a proud Igorot.


Saturday, December 4, 2021

Igorot boxer Carl Martin dethrones Geraldo, now the new Philippine Super Bantamweight Champion

Photo Courtesy || Carl James Martin

Cordillera - Undefeated fighter from Ifugao Carl Jammes "Wonder Boy" Martin wins via unanimous decision against Parañaque fighter Mark Anthony Geraldo on Saturday, December 4 at the Elorde Sports Center in Parañaque

Defeating Geraldo has installed Martin as the new Philippine super bantamweight champion. 

READ ALSO: Igorot boxer Alvin Tam knocks out Mexican foe in 4th round in Canada

The Ifugao fighter capitalized on his counterpunching and speed in uppercuts and left hooks to seal a winning score of 117-111, 115-113, 115-113 from the judges scorecards.

WATCH: Igorot Kevin Belingon - among elite strikers in ONE Championship

Martin maintains his unblemished straight wins record in 18 matches with 15 wins coming by way of knockouts.


Thursday, December 2, 2021

Baguio temperature drops to 12 °C; La Trinidad 13 °C; Atok, Benguet 9 °C

Photo Courtesy || Biyahero si Bes

Cordillera - Baguio and Benguet residents and visitors woke up to a chilly morning today December 3, 2021 as the temperature drops. 

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) records 12 degrees Celsius in the summer capital, 13 degrees Celsius in the town of La Trinidad and 9 degrees Celsius in Atok, Benguet at 5AM today.

PAGASA said that the drop in temperature is brought by the northeast monsoon or "hanging amihan" from the northern hemisphere.

READ ALSO: Baguio city impresses foreigner: It's the best place to live because people respect you

It is expected that the temperature may further drop in the coming days. 

The coldest temperature over recorded in the city of pines was 6.3 degrees Celsius on January 18, 1961.

To protect someone from the bad effect of the cold weather, residents and tourists in Baguio are advised to dress warmly and wear warm and waterproof footwear.

READ ALSO: Baguio City awarded ASEAN Clean Tourist City Standard

They should dress in layers, wear clothes with wind resistant outer layer, wear a hat and mittens. If necessary they should also wear facemask and scarf or neck tube.

When is is very cold or when the wind chill is significant, cover as much exposed skin as possible. Protect the body's extremities, such as the ears, nose, fingers, and toes because these are the parts that easily lose heat fast.


Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Igorot pilot successful in his first solo flight using PA 101 (Cessna 150)

Photo Courtesy || Captain Danilo C. Mangigil Jr, Aviation Regiment
Cordillera - Captain Danilo C. Mangigil Jr, student aviator of Aviator Qualification Course Class 18-2020 performed his first Solo Flight using PA 101 (Cessna 150) on 25 November 2021 at Fort Magsaysay Army Aerodrome.

Captain Mangigil is a native of Sabangan, Mountain Province. 

Before his assignment to the Aviation Regiment, he served as Platoon Leader, Executive Officer and Company Commander of Bravo Company, and Battalion Staff of the 3rd Infantry “Regardless of What” Battalion, 7th Infantry “Kaugnay” Division, Philippine Army. 

His field assignments were against lawless groups in Central Luzon, Ilocos Region, Nueva Viscaya and Southern Mindanao, particularly in Davao del Norte and Davao City. 

After his field duty, he was assigned at Infantry School, Maneuver Center, Training and Doctrine Command as Military Instructor and Logistics Officer.

Photo Courtesy || Captain Danilo C. Mangigil Jr, Aviation Regiment

Captain Mangigil as one of the senior officers of AQC 18, influences his classmates and peers through his quiet but firm demeanor. Major Jay Aldrin B. Sabaten, his Instructor Pilot awarded him with the Army Aviator call sign “Confucius”.

After his successful landing, Captain Mangigil was congratulated by the Officers and Enlisted Personnel of the Regiment present led by Colonel Andre B. Santos, Regiment Commander.

source || Aviation Regiment


Baguio City bagged International Award from the World Health Organization

Cordillera - The summer capital of the Philippines bagged an international award from the World Health Organization (WHO) for its smoke-free programs. 

In its official Facebook page, the city government said it received the award for garnering the Healthy Cities Award under the category "Sharing Clean Air: Committed to multisectoral implementation of smoke-free laws."

WHO-Western Pacific Regional Office recognized the outstanding work of certain cities in promoting and protecting health of urban populations through the WHO Healthy Cities Recognition. 

All awards is related to the innovations that cities have adopted and amplified in the community to protect its citizens against the direct and indirect impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, including innovations aimed at reaching vulnerable groups. 

The awards were presented at the Virtual Ninth Global Conference of the Alliance for Healthy Cities on November 5, 2021and is officially awarded by WHO WPR.  

Smoke-Free Baguio will continue to uphold its advocacy until the last cigarette is put off in the city of pines.

source || Public Information Office - City of Baguio


Cordilleran Engr. from Abra, Top 4 in November 2021 Civil Engineer Board Exam

Photo Courtesy || Inhenyero Review Center

Cordillera - Proud Abrenean engineer Daniel James Agsaullo Molina ranked 4th in the recently held November 2021 Civil Engineer Board Exam conducted by the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC).

23-yeard-old Molina, a native of Poblacion East Pidigan, Abra got a passing rate of 91.85 percent. 

Molina graduated cum laude from St. Louis College of San Fernando in 2019 with degree of Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. 

READ ALSO: Cordilleran doctor from Abra ranks 3rd in the October 2021 physician board exam

He dreamed of putting up his own construction or engineering firm in the future. 

The PRC announces that 2,374 out of 6,474 passed the Civil Engineer Licensure Examination given by the Board of Civil Engineering in Manila, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Legazpi, Lucena, Pagadian, Rosales, San Fernando, Tacloban, Tuguegarao and Zamboanga this November 2021.

READ ALSO: UB grad is top 6 in Electronics Engineer Licensure Examination


Monday, November 29, 2021

Igorota elite runner wins Gold medal in 1st World's Highest OCR and World Record Breaking Challenge

Photo Courtesy || PSC
Cordillera - Philippines' top female ultra-marathoner/trail runner and gold medalist in the 30th SEA Games Ms. Sandi Menchi Abahan won gold in the 1st World's Highest OCR and World Record Breaking Challenge held in Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.

Teams from 26 countries conquered the world’s highest free-standing mountain with an extraordinary obstacle course race in the crater of Mt. Kilimanjaro at 5,755m.

In addition, Abahan finished in Top 1 in the National Series Leg 3 of the Spartan Race Philippines held in Batangas on October 23, 2021.

After almost 18 months of no physical activities and gatherings due to the current pandemic, the Spartan Race Philippines was successfully launch this year. 

Held in Batangas Lakelands, Balete, Batangas, participants took the lead in heading to 5-kilometer race with 20 obstacles.


Igorot Carrot Man receives another recognition at 3rd Dangal ng Lahi Awards 2021

Photo Courtesy || Khyvie Atos

Cordillera - Igorot actor Jeyrick Sigmaton was recognized as International Actor of the Year during the 3rd Dangal ng Lahi Awards held on Saturday, November 27, at the Grand Ballroom of Okada Manila in Parañaque City.

Sigmaton is among the leading actor of a Cordilleran movie "Dayas" in which he won the Best Actor in International Film Festival Manhattan 2021.

'Dayas' is a local film produced by Be Unrivaled Production under the direction of Direk Jianlin De Los Santos Floresca. It is dedicated to the typhoon Ompong Victims in Itogon, Benguet.

It is inspired by a true-to-life story of two Igorots, Hacob and Bantay played by Jeyrick Sigmaton. 

READ ALSO: Igorota crowned Mrs. Universe Philippines Ambassadress of Education 2021

Dangal ng Lahi is an award-giving body that recognizes individuals who excel in various fields of expertise, gaining honor and recognition ultimately contributing to the Honor of our race, as Filipinos.

READ ALSO:  Igorota beauty queen crowned Mrs. Philippines EuroAsia 2021, Mrs. UK Philippines Universe 2021

Among the awardees of the said event was, Ms. Aiko Melendez as the “Most Versatile Actress of the Decade” and Ms. Jilia Clarete who received the award as the “Most Admired Multi-Media Artist”.

Congratulations Jeyrick Sigmaton.


Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Cordilleran from Kalinga graduates from Royal Military College of Canada

Photo Courtesy || PMA Masidlawin Class of 2020

Cordillera - ENS CARRIE FAITH B MAGANNON PN, from Bulo, Tabuk City, Kalinga, is a member of PMA “Masidlawin” Class of 2020 and a graduate of Royal Military College of Canada (RMCC) Class 2021. 

In September 2017, during her Third Class Year, (or second year for regular universities) Cadet 3CL MAGANNON was sent to Canada as a Foreign Service Academy Cadet along with 3CL FELIPE.

In her preparation year in RMCC she joined the Jolliet Squadron and was reassigned to Tracy Squadron in the succeeding months of her training. She took the Basic Military Officer Course and afterwards had several Naval Trainings held in British Columbia and Canada. 

Additionally, she joined the Running Club where she actively participated in Cross Country Events and other Running Events.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, she was sent back to PMA on April 4, 2020 and attended Distance Learning via VTC to complete her degree in RMCC.

She successfully completed the International Officer Training Program (IOTP) with a Bachelor of Military Arts and Science (BMASc) degree and virtually graduated on May 20, 2021.

On October 22, 2021 she was donned the rank of Ensign (ENS) in the Philippine Navy by the Chief of Staff, AFP, LTGEN JOSE C FAUSTINO JR PA and Superintendent, PMA, LTGEN FERDINAND M CARTUJANO PAF.

In her stay in Canada, she learned that diversity is power because it helped to improve and enrich the Canadian Armed Forces. Further, she believes that diversity could do the same in our country. 

Finally, “God will never give you more than you can handle” is Carrie’s mantra on her momentous journey as one of the two first Filipino graduates at RMCC.

source || PMA Masidlawin Class of 2020


Thursday, November 18, 2021

Two BSU grads in top 10 in the November 2021 Agriculturist Licensure Examination

Cordillera - Two proud graduates from the Benguet State University (BSU) La Trinidad campus made it to the list of top 10 in the recently held November 2021 Agriculturist Licensure Exam.

Mr. Alladin Albindo Banez ranked top 4 with a rating of 85.17 percent and Ms. Rachelled Del Monte Baterna followed in the top 5 spot with a rating of 85.00 percent. 

The November 2021 Agriculturist board exam was conducted by the Board of Agriculture headed by its Chairman, Dr. Fortunato A. Battad and its members, Dr. Nora B. Inciong, Inv. Gonzalo O. Catan, Jr. and Mr. Vicente L. Domingo on November 9-11, 2021.

The ALE are conducted in different testing centers located in Metro Manila, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Koronadal, Legaspi, Lucena, Pagadian, Pampanga, Rosales, Tacloban, Tuguegarao and Zamboanga.

According to Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), less than half or only 1,172 out of 3,927 takers passed this month's agriculturist licensure examination.

Ella Hazel Estrada of the Visayas State University - Baybay campus emerged as the batch's topnotcher with a score of 86 percent followed by John Carlos Boyles, who came from the same school with a score of 85.83 percent and Vivian Timple of the University of the Philippines-Los Baños with a score of 85.50 percent.S


LTO-Cordillera to start issuing 10-year validity driver's license

Cordillera - In line with the provision of Republic Act (RA) No. 10930 which amended the Land Transportation and Traffic Code, the Land Transportation Office - Cordillera (LTO-CAR)  will start the regionwide issuance of driver's licenses with 10-year validity. 

LTO-CAR Regional Director Francis Almora said in a radio interview that LTO offices will start issuing license that is valid for ten years to those qualified motorists who possess both driving skills and knowledge of road safety and road courtesy.

Section 3 of the RA 10930 mandates that all motorists who will be renewing their expired driver’s licenses will have to pass the Comprehensive Driver's Education (CDE) which is composed of a refresher seminar and an examination designed to make sure that only deserving applicants who have sufficient driving skills and are knowledgeable of road safety and proper road courtesy will have their licenses renewed.

Motorists renewing their licenses in LTO offices that are now ready to issue 10-year valid licenses, will be required to take the CDE seminar and its accompanying examination.

The CDE seminar will be conducted for a maximum of five (5) hours and can be taken for free in driver’s education centers (DECs), and for a fee in LTO accredited driving schools. Motorists can also take the seminar online via the LTO’s LTMS portal.

Motorists who will fail in the examination following the CDE seminar will be required to retake the test.

Under Republic Act No. 10930 which amended the Land Transportation and Traffic Code, the new licenses that are valid for 10 years will be given to all driver’s license holders who do not have any traffic violations on file. Those with traffic violations recorded during the validity of their expired licenses, will be issued renewed licenses that are only valid for five (5) years.


Sunday, November 14, 2021

Igorota pilot receives Leadership Award in Basic Helicopter Pilot Training (BHPT) Class 2020 of PNP-SAF

Igorota Pilot. Photo Courtesy || PMAJ Malnat

Cordillera - A proud Igorota cop received the Leadership Award in the just concluded Basic Helicopter Pilot Training (BHPT) Class 2020 of PNP-SAF  on November 8, 2021.

PMAJ Jonalyn B. Malnat who hails from Ifugao is the only woman in the class who graduated in the BHPT.

Igorota Pilot. Photo Courtesy || PNP Air Unit

Malnat is now a member of the PNP-SAF Air Unit aviators  who will be in command of the PNP fleet of rotary wing aircraft.

READ ALSO: How an Igorot Math Teacher Became AFP's Military Pilot

PNP-SAF Air Unit is the only technical unit of the SAF along with its 15-line battalions. 

The air unit provides support to all PNP units during police operations, tactical operations, disaster relief, search and rescue operations, and other field and staff flight operations.

Igorota Pilot. Photo Courtesy || PMAJ Malnat via PNP Air Unit

Aside being a pilot of the PNP, PMAJ Malnat works as the 
Assistant Chief, Operations Branch and OIC of the Police Community Relations Section, PNP SAF.

Read the Inspiring Story of PMAJ, Malnat here: The First Igorota Pilot of the Philippine National Police


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Igorot actor Jeyrick Sigmaton won Best Actor in International Film Festival Manhattan 2021

Photo Courtesy || Jeyrick Sigmaton Cordillera - Igorot actor Jeyrick "Carrotman" Sigmaton won the Best Actor for the Int...