Cordilleras - updates

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[OPINION] The Ifugao, cowboys, and assimilation through education

Jul 09, 2020 - 4:01 PM

'[T]here are no initiatives yet to properly train teachers in indigenous history and heritage'

Berries for a cause: Women-led initiative connects Cordillera farmers to the city

Jun 28, 2020 - 11:06 AM

Fresh strawberries, jams, lemons, and more – enjoy Cordillera produce and support their famers at the same time through local online business Sadiwa

Cordillera's active coronavirus cases double in less than a week

Jun 20, 2020 - 6:08 PM

The region's second coronavirus death is a 54-year-old woman who complained of chest pains and was declared dead on arrival at the Baguio General Hospital

BAGUIO CITY. Baguio City on its  first day of modified general community quarantine on June 1, 2020. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Over 1,600 stranded individuals in Cordillera sent home – DILG

Jun 13, 2020 - 3:42 PM

OWWA Cordillera also reports that it assisted 710 OFWs in the region from May 1 to June 9

Drug courier leaps into a ravine in Kalinga to elude arrest

Jun 05, 2020 - 9:18 PM

When cops discover loaves of marijuana in his bag, the suspect panics and jump off a nearby ravine

Itogon's first COVID-19 patient a jail officer at NBP

May 29, 2020 - 10:21 PM

Mayor Victor Palangdan of Itogon town in Benguet says the patient most probably contracted the disease in the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa where he is assigned

65-year-old man first coronavirus case in Ifugao

Apr 25, 2020 - 11:33 PM

This development means only the provinces of Apayao, Kalinga, and Mountain Province remain COVID-free in the Cordillera

6 men in Kalinga stopped for not wearing masks, arrested for illegal logging

Apr 03, 2020 - 10:01 PM

They could have passed through safely at the checkpoint had they wore their face masks

Cordillera youth seek to protect frontliners with improvised face masks amid shortage

Mar 24, 2020 - 7:54 PM

Cordillera Youth Brigade hopes that through their simple efforts, frontliners will have ample protection so they can go home to their families safely

All photos from Cordillera Youth Brigade

Baguio cancels Panagbenga, CARAA games amid coronavirus threat

Mar 09, 2020 - 5:53 PM

Mayor Benjamin Magalong also suspends the night market along Harrison Road for 14 days starting Tuesday, March 10

CANCELED. After initially considering just a postponement of the event, Mayor Benjamin Magalong cancels the famous Baguio flower festival on March 9, 2020. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

P50k at stake in DILG Cordillera's peace-building poster-making contest

Mar 05, 2020 - 11:55 AM

PRESS RELEASE: Regional winners will receive certificates and cash prizes – P10k for the first prize, P6k for the second prize, and P4k for the third prize

Infant, mother among 9 observed for coronavirus in Cordillera

Feb 12, 2020 - 4:24 PM

Amelia Pangilinan, acting regional director of the Department of Health-Cordillera, says these persons voluntarily brought themselves in to be observed

Cordillera unveils 3rd SAF 44 shrine on Mamasapano clash anniversary

Jan 25, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Fourteen of the elite cops who died in the botched anti-terrorist operation on January 25, 2015, were from the Cordillera

SALUTE TO HEROES. The Cordillera police open unveil the SAF Memorial at the Ifugao Park, The Manor at Camp John Hay, Baguio City on January 22, 2020. A number of the elite cops killed in the anti-terrorist operation in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, in 2015 were from the Cordillera. Photo courtesy of JJ Landingin

SEA Games gold haul cements Cordillera's claim as center for PH combat sports

Dec 14, 2019 - 5:38 PM

Athletes from the Cordilleras collect 18 gold medals in the SEA Games 2019, mostly from combat sports

CULTURAL SHOWCASE. Crisamuel Delfin says it's important for him to honor his tribe's traditional costume. Photo by Wakil Koshar/AFP

Baguio students challenge CHED-backed army 'info campaign' in schools

Nov 09, 2019 - 2:50 PM

A Commission on Higher Education regional memorandum endorses security forces' Sulat-Kamay information campaign inside universities in the Cordillera Administrative Region

PETITION. Student leaders of Cordillera appeal the CHED's regional office to revoke a memorandum that endorses an information drive by the police and army to be held inside schools. Photo courtesy of the NUSP-Cordillera

Afraid of cemeteries? Visit these places in the Cordillera

Nov 01, 2019 - 10:21 PM

If you leave through John Hay’s main gate going to the PMA, you will pass by one of two Phil-Am veterans cemeteries.... the White Lady of Loakan sometimes hitches a ride there, taxicab drivers would attest.

(From left) Baguio Cemetery photo courtesy of World War II Archive Project; Sagada cemetery photo courtesy of Dr. Philip del Carmen; Lost Cemetery of Negativism photo by Frank Cimatu/Rappler

American human rights volunteer shot in Cordillera back in the U.S.

Oct 28, 2019 - 4:35 PM

Brandon Lee is airlifted to San Francisco, California for his safety and further treatment

Photo from Brandon Lee's Facebook page

Teenagers caught as marijuana couriers in Cordillera

Sep 20, 2019 - 9:01 AM

Cordillera police reports show 12 teenagers have been arrested for transporting cannabis since July

ILLEGAL. File photo of a marijuana.

Police form task force to probe shooting of Ifugao farmers' group volunteer

Aug 09, 2019 - 8:24 PM

The task force seeks to immediately identify the perpetrators behind the shooting of 37-year-old Brandon Lee, a paralegal volunteer for the Ifugao Peasant Movement

Long-time indigenous peoples' rights activist wins international award

May 20, 2019 - 6:07 PM

Joanna Cariño, a long-time champion for indigenous peoples' rights, is one of the many activists and human rights workers the Philippine government wants to tag as terrorists

Demystifying the age of the Ifugao Rice Terraces to decolonize history

Apr 14, 2019 - 10:00 AM

The way mainstream Filipino consciousness imagines the Ifugao in connection with the age of the terraces needs to change

IFUGAO RICE TERRACES. The Ifugao Rice Terraces are the products of a very rich and complex Ifugao culture that resisted the Spanish conquest for more than 200 years. All photos courtesy of the Ifugao Archaeological Project

Cop dies in NPA encounter in Mountain Province

Apr 02, 2019 - 9:42 PM

Police Corporal Marlon Casil is killed in the Tadian encounter

PCpl Marlon Casil. Photo by Harley Palangchao

Kennon Road temporarily reopened for test run this weekend

Mar 17, 2019 - 8:56 AM

The simulation aims to check if it is viable to permanently open Kennon Road to two-way vehicular traffic on weekends

TEMPORARY REOPENING. Kennon Road is temporarily reopened this weekend until 6 am on Monday, March 18, 2019, for a test run. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Number of teenage moms decreasing in Cordillera

Feb 27, 2019 - 10:03 PM

Non-governmental organizations are instrumental. The Forum for Family Planning and Development, for example, has joined forces with Benguet and Ifugao provinces for the campaign.

EDUCATING TEENS. Advocate Chi Vallido (in photo), along with Kevin de Vera of Forum for Family Planning and Development and Karen Gaqui of Dep-Ed Provincial Health Office, speak to teachers and students of Tublay School of Home on how to prevent teenage pregnancy. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

DOH records 508% increase in measles cases in Cordillera

Feb 08, 2019 - 9:45 PM

(UPDATED) The regional health office has monitored 79 measles cases in the region from January 1 to February 2 – more than 5 times what it recorded in the same period last year

Gov't will offer loans to Cordillera vegetable farmers – Piñol

Jan 10, 2019 - 6:40 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says farmers will be able to borrow up to P50,000, with interest

Mayor issues new traffic ordinance to end 'Sagada Carmageddon'

Dec 27, 2018 - 6:26 PM

Parking will not be allowed in all major roads, sidewalks and other passages in Sagada from 6 am to 8:30 pm. This means, tourists are advised to walk or take public transport.

Photo by Dr Philip Del Carmen

Roads closed due to Severe Tropical Storm Rosita

Oct 31, 2018 - 12:13 AM

Many roads and bridges are closed to traffic, especially in Mountain Province and Benguet

Dead young man found in Baguio finally identified

Oct 02, 2018 - 5:41 PM

The PNP-SOCO Cordillera says the victim was Arthur Loberiano of Tarlac

Dead young man found in Baguio finally identified. Photo from Roi Reyes in Facebook

Duterte declares state of calamity in CAR, Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon

Sep 27, 2018 - 7:05 PM

The proclamation is intended to hasten relief and rehabilitation efforts after Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut)

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is welcomed by members of his cabinet upon his arrival at the Cagayan Provincial Capitol in Tuguegarao City on September 16, 2018 for a situation briefing to discuss the disaster response measures on the aftermath of Typhoon 'Ompong.' KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Filipina tagged by gov't as 'terrorist' wins UN's highest environmental award

Sep 27, 2018 - 11:46 AM

Joan Carling joins French President Emmanuel Macron and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as recipients of the 2018 Champions of the Earth award

'CHAMPION TO COMMUNITIES.' Joan Carling is among the recipients of the United Nations' 2018 'Champions of the Earth' award. Photo from Joan Carling's Facebook page

At least 95 dead due to Typhoon Ompong

Sep 21, 2018 - 11:36 AM

Most of the fatalities come from the Cordillera Administrative Region

SEARCH. Police and rescue teams search for individuals buried by the landslide in Ucab, Itogon in Benguet. File photo Jire Carreon/Rappler

Benguet rescuers, evacuees ask for 'momma' with relief goods

Sep 20, 2018 - 11:21 PM

Momma, a type of quid made from betel nut, areca leaf, lime powder and tobacco, is one of the insistent requests of evacuees and rescuers in Itogon

At least 81 killed by Typhoon Ompong

Sep 19, 2018 - 11:10 AM

Dozens remain missing in the Cordillera Administrative Region, which was heavily affected by landslides

SEARCH AND RESCUE. Rescuers retrieved a body buried from the landslide in the mining town of Itogon, Benguet on September 17, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

66 dead, 66 missing in Cordilleras after Typhoon Ompong – CRDRRMC

Sep 18, 2018 - 11:41 PM

Rescuers in Itogon, Benguet are searching for survivors of massive landslides that overran small-scale mining areas and destroyed bunkhouses and, in the worst case scenario, recovering the dead

Typhoon Ompong death toll rises to 74

Sep 18, 2018 - 1:30 PM

Majority of fatalities and the missing are in the Cordillera Administrative Region

LANDSLIDE. 5 bodies recovered from the Portal 070 Lower Gumok landslide in Ucab, Itogon. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

PNP: Typhoon Ompong death toll climbs to 66

Sep 17, 2018 - 11:42 AM

(UPDATED) The Philippine National Police says 52 remain missing, nearly all of them in the Cordillera Administrative Region

CASUALTIES. Bodies retrived from the landslide in Portal 070 Lower Gumok, Ucab, Itogon on September 16, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

At least 59 dead in Philippines due to Typhoon Ompong

Sep 16, 2018 - 10:05 AM

(5th UPDATE) Most of the fatalities are in the Cordillera Administrative Region, which was badly hit by landslides

A massive landslide in Portal 07, Loacan, Itogon buried a number of bunkhouses killing 13 people. Forty more more remained missing. Photo courtesy of Lily Ann Rosal-Ullani

Roads closed due to Typhoon Ompong

Sep 15, 2018 - 6:38 AM

(5th UPDATE) Many national roads and bridges are closed to traffic, especially in the Cagayan Valley, Cordillera, and Ilocos regions

DSWD sends response teams to regions for Typhoon Ompong

Sep 14, 2018 - 5:00 PM

These teams will help manage evacuation centers in areas most affected by Ompong (Mangkhut)

OMPONG PREPARATIONS. The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office in the Cordillera Administrative Region taps police to help deliver 1,000 family food packs. Photo from DSWD Region 2

3 dead in Benguet landslides

Aug 26, 2018 - 4:25 PM

A 27-year-old man and a couple, both farmers, are killed in two landslides on Saturday, August 25

DOTr dismisses two Cordillera officials

Aug 24, 2018 - 4:58 PM

Despite the dismissal order, Assistant Regional Director Datu Mohammad Abbas refuses to obey, saying only President Rodrigo Duterte can remove him from his post

Cordillera council wants power to go after publishers of erroneous textbooks

Aug 21, 2018 - 9:11 PM

While the Committee on Indigenous People's Concerns condemns the mistakes and misrepresentations, the Department of Education's Cordillera Education Program Supervisor, Ethielyn Taqued, says the books did not pass evaluations

Scholars who didn't take science courses owe P6.8M to PSHS

Aug 21, 2018 - 4:23 PM

The COA report says the students come from the Philippine Science High School campuses in Western Visayas and Cordillera Administrative Region

MONEY OWED. The COA says students from the Philippine Science High School who did not take science and technology courses in college owe the school some P6.8 million. Photo from Philippine Science High School

Police: 8 dead in Cordillera due to continuous rains

Aug 17, 2018 - 8:15 PM

Listed as missing by the Cordillera police is the barangay secretary of Bedbed, Mankayan, Benguet

LANDSLIDE. Monsoon rains the past week has triggered landslide in the Cordilleras. Photo by Kurt Linus, Lepanto Consolidated Mining Corporation

Expect expensive veggies: P28M in Cordillera vegetable damaged

Aug 17, 2018 - 8:05 PM

The heightened monsoon rains last weekend have damaged crops mostly in Mountain Province, Abra, and Baguio City

RAIN OR SHINE. Porters in Baguio City load vegetables onto dealers' trucks for delivery to lowland areas like Manila and nearby provinces. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Habagat claims 3 lives in Benguet

Aug 14, 2018 - 5:23 PM

The Cordillera remains at risk of landslides and flooding with torrential rains and wind raging for the past 4 days

2 dead, 3 injured in Cordillera during rainy weekend

Aug 13, 2018 - 6:13 PM

One person is confirmed drowned in Baguio City and Cordillera police report another death after an Isuzu Elf truck falls into a ravine in Kibungan, Benguet

PAGASA Baguio Synoptic Station recorded 249.2mm amount of rainfall in  Baguio City from August 11 to August 12, 2018 today acording to Office of Civil Defense Cordillera. Expect contonues rainfall according to OCD -CAR. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Cordillera deals with landslides, damaged schools after heavy rains

Jul 24, 2018 - 9:32 PM

Classes resume but 22 schoolhouses were totally or partially destroyed in the region

Some roads closed in Benguet, Ifugao due to heavy rains, landslides

Jul 18, 2018 - 5:50 PM

The Banaue-Hungduan-Benguet Boundary Road and Balbalan-Pinukpuk Road are closed due to the rain and landslides, while Kennon Road, Abra-Ilocos Road, Acop-Bakun Road were pre-emptively closed on July 17