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Posted by: RD HELEN R. TIBALDO | July 24, 2010

BAGUIO CITY – The Regional Development Council – Cordillera Administrative Region is calling all interested Private Sector Organizations (PSOs) to accredit to qualify for possible nomination as Private Sector Representatives (PSRs) in the RDC-CAR.

As provided for in Executive Order 30 dated July 30, 2001, PSRs also compose the membership of the RDC, which is the primary institution that coordinates socio-economic development efforts in the region.

PSOs may be non-government organizations, private organizations, civic/professional organizations, business/industry associations, and religious/cultural organizations.

RDC has set some guidelines for PSOs to qualify for accreditation. They must be registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) or any government agency and local government unit; must have conducted socio-economic activities for at least three years from date of registration in the Cordillera Region; and Must be a Filipino organization.

Application forms for PSO accreditation and PSR nomination are available at the RDC Secretariat (c/o Dr. Florida P. Faculo, NEDA-CAR, Botanical Garden, Leonard Wood Road, Baguio city of may be accessed at

Deadline of submission will be on or before July 30, 2010.

For further inquiries, please call 074-424-1422 (ask for Joy). ***PIA release


Posted by: RD HELEN R. TIBALDO | July 24, 2010

With the onset of the rainy season, some hotels in Baguio are offering 30% to 50% discount on rooms rates with free breakfast to attract tourists to spend longer days in the city.
Department of Tourism Director Pura Suanding-Molintas said that it is rainy season in Baguio and in the entire Cordillera at this time of the year, and is lean months for tourism as expected because of the downpour.

This is the best time, however, for honeymooners and people who need to rest and unwind. We have greener grass and trees because of the rain. It is the time for cloud catching. Travelers can experience the cool and fresher environment in the region, Molintas pointed out.

Heiner Maulbecker of Camp John Hay offers “Irresistible Baguio” offering almost 50% off on room rates which is good until September 30 this year.

“Convene at the Peak” for conventions and seminar to experience a posh accommodations and superior conference facilities in one complete package can be availed, Mualbecker said.

Jeff Ng of Hotel Supreme, one of the most popular hotels in the Baguio, is offering a two plus one promo with free breakfast. A client can stay for two nights and the third night is free lodging.

This time of the year is slack season for our hotel, there are weeks that we do not have seminars or functions, Ng said.

But the mountain resort city is expected to gradually peak up on tourism arrivals in the month of October as the busy holiday season nears and with several activities lined up.

The DOT has scheduled the annual WOW Philippines, Cordillera’s Best 2010 project at the start of the fourth quarter of this year.

The city is also host to the Fil-American Golf Tournament which usually starts last week of November.

“We are eyeing on conferences as the primary tourism activity in Baguio. We are sure that visitors will be coming this Christmas season as December is Baguio’s most visited month”, Molintas said. **joseph b zambrano/pia

Posted by: RD HELEN R. TIBALDO | July 24, 2010

BAGUIO CITY – Another 38 informal sector workers in Baguio and Benguet were given assistance by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-CAR) under their Worktrep or Starter Kit program to help them in their small businesses.

According to Leonard Doguil of DOLE-CAR, the new beneficiaries of Capacity Building for Livelihood Enhancement Program, comprised the third batch of individuals that were granted with various equipments, tools or materials so they can improve the quality of their products, increase their production and eventually increase their income.

The said assistance, with a total amount of about P214,000 was released to the beneficiaries last July 9.

Doguil stressed that DOLE’s Worktrep or Starter Kit Project, which started in 2008, already provided assistance to 249 individuals this year with a total amount of P1,088,715.26. ‘More small entrepreneurs are set to benefit from the program, as DOLE-CAR allocated a total of P1,639,867.29 for the first semester of 2010 alone with an estimated 337 target beneficiaries in the entire region. Other applications are still undergoing processing,” Doguil said.

Majority of the Worktrep or Starter Kit program beneficiaries are engaged in food processing; mobile or ambulant food vending, market vegetable or product haulers and local/indigenous product manufacturing like weaving, knitting and crocheting.

According to DOLE Regional Director, Atty. Ana Dione, the Worktrep or Starter Kit program is a very big help for our informal sector workers.

‘80 % or roughly 8 million of the total workforce of our country is composed of these small entrepreneurs or the so-called informal sectors. We really cannot discount their contribution to our economy and these so called informal sector workers could be found selling their products and services in their homes, on the streets, market and even in buses, just to earn for a decent living”, Dione said.

Another good thing about this program, Dione said, is that the assistance given is according to the requested or needed materials, tools or equipment of the beneficiaries. The beneficiaries are also personally involved in the procurement of what they are requesting, so as to ensure that they will get what they really need, which is also a good way of ensuring that the government’s assistance would really help them and would not just be wasted.

The DOLE-CAR is optimistic that the said program will continue under President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino’s administration, since it is really a big help in uplifting the economic situation of its target beneficiaries. **Lito Dar/PIA

Posted by: RD HELEN R. TIBALDO | July 24, 2010

BAGUIO CITY – There is still a need for a massive information, education and communication (IEC) campaign in the region especially on the Indigenous People’s Rights Act (IPRA) and Republic Act 9262 or the Anti - Violence Against Women and the Children (VAWC) law.

This was bared by Commission on Human Rights (CHR-CAR) Supervising Special Investigator and designated Administrative Officer, Lyman Salvador, in a radio interview last week.

According to Salvador, the Cordillera boasts of many indigenous people(IP) communities which need to be educated or empowered on their rights.

In line with its mandate of human rights protection and promotion that includes education on the existing human rights law, the CHR-CAR in partnership with the New Zealand HR Commission is implementing a HR Community Development Project in Kibungan, Benguet .

Kibungan, which is a 100% IP municipality, is among only three pilot IP areas in the country. According to Salvador, the program which started in 2008 and is set to be culminated before the year ends, aims to empower the identified IP communities of their rights.

Cases of VAWC are also among the cases that the CHR is looking into. Salvador noted that there are now more and more victims of VAWC who are coming out to complain. He also stressed the need for more IEC campaign on the rights of both women and children under RA 9262.

Salvador also informed that the CHR, in coordination with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), is pushing for the re-activation of Barangay Human Right Action Centers (BHRAC) in every barangay in the region.

He explained that in the BHRAC program, which was already in existence since 1984, a barangay HR Action Officer will be designated to help in providing HR information/education and in receiving HR violations in their respective barangay.

Meanwhile, Salvador assured that the CHR-CAR is always ready to accept HR violation and complaints and to provide appropriate investigative interventions. In addition CHR is also ready to provide legal aid and counseling services, to conduct monitoring of cases/complaints that was already filed and to conduct monitoring on the country’s compliance to international HR treaties/convention’s obligation.

Even without complainants, we also do HR investigation on our own initiative when we receive news or issues of HR violations in the region, Salvador stressed.

In fact, we already formed a team to investigate the recent ambush incident in Mt. Province which killed seven soldiers who were on their way to a medical/dental mission, he disclosed.
The CHR has also sent a team to Kalinga to investigate the case of a journalist killed there.

Other from the said cases, Salvador also cited that they have just also finished investigation on the mining exploration cases in Bakun and Kibungan, which involve indigenous peoples communities who complained that they have not issued Free-prior and Informed Consent for the exploration.

Salvador also stressed that the CHR is always ready to conduct lectures or seminars with regards to existing HR laws and policies both local and international, to any group, community or institution which will request. **Lito Dar/PIA

Posted by: RD HELEN R. TIBALDO | July 24, 2010

BAGUIO CITY – Humble beginnings, perseverance and giving your best on every thing you do. This is the formula of success for hairdresser/make up artist Reynante Cobcobo, the regional winner for Technical Education and Skill Development Authority’s “TESDA IDOL” Search.

The TESDA IDOL search was conceptualized to give recognition to graduates of technical-vocational (Tek-Bok) programs who have attained skills excellence and success in their chosen occupation and contributed to the economic growth in their communities. The search also aims to increase the level of awareness and appreciation of Tek-Bok education among the general public in the country and to raise the self-confidence level and boost the morale of Tek-Bok graduates.

For Cobcobo’s success story, he is the eldest among 10 siblings and he grew up watching his mother work doubly hard just to support them. After finishing high school, he enrolled and finished a cosmetology summer course at the Baguio School of Business and Technology in 1994. He started working on apprentice jobs as hairdresser and make-up artist at various small beauty salons in Baguio City and La Trinidad to help her mother in putting up food for their table and in sending his younger siblings to school.

With good things started going his way, Cobcobo took the opportunity to pursue his studies and finished Physical Therapy course from Baguio Central University (BCU) in 1999. He also took some units on Masters in Business Administration at the University of Cordilleras.

Now at only 32 years of age, Cobcobo has already put up three salons through the help of his family, relative and friends. These are located at Km. 4 and Km 5 at La Trinidad, Benguet and at the Walter Clapp Centrum, Bontoc, Mt. Province.

According to Cobcobo, he is happy with how good things turn out for his life. Aside from helping his family, he also provides employment to others through his salons.

“I am proud to have started in a Tek-Bok course. Hindi din naman lahat ng graduate ng 4-year course ay assured to have a good job. Kkailangan pa din ng perseverance at hard work, to develop skills and be highly competitive. All a person needs to succeed is to always do his best in whatever he does or plans to do. Kahit anung work saan man sila mapunta,’ Cobcobo averred.

Cobcobo, who hails from Bauko, Mt. Province and presently residing in La Trinidad Benguet, has already various credits to his name. He represented the country in the Asian Hairdressing Awards 2001 in Malaysia. He was also a finalist in the men’s category of the 2007 Philippine Hairdressing Awards. Reynante Cobcobo writes a column entitled ‘Beauty Secrets’ on Sunstar Baguio’s Lifestyle section, which usually comes out every Thursday.

Cobcobo will represent the region in the National TESDA IDOL Search. The winners will be awarded during the TESDA anniversary on the last week of August . **Lito Dar/PIA

Posted by: RD HELEN R. TIBALDO | July 24, 2010

BAGUIO CITY – Baguio Center for Young Adult’s (BCYA) youth program entitled ‘Bridging the Gap between Self and Culture’, is recognized as one of the Best Practice Youth Program in the region.
This was one of the best practices program in the region featured in an exhibit during the Cordillera Day celebration last July 15 at the Baguio Convention Center.

The said project aims to contribute to adolescent health, development and empowerment program, specifically to address indigenous youth’s health issues and health-seeking behaviors, as well as to advocate for their active participation in community processes and to advocate for a sustainable community youth activities.

According to BCYA head Marlene De Castro, the said three-year program which is a collaborative project between BCYA and the municipal government of La Trinidad and with fund assistance from Consuelo Foundation Philippines, started in 2008 and piloted in seven barangays in La Trinidad, Benguet namely Balili, Lubas, Pico, Poblacion, Shilan, Tawang and Wangal.

‘Our program has already reached out to almost 9,000 youth, through Adolescent Reproductive Health (ARH) and Life Skills Session, medical outreach, cultural workshops/presentations and youth conventions, in which the program showed positive results in addressing adolescent/youth issues and concerns, such as lack of self-confidence, basic life skills, inadequate information on ARH, in developing cultural appreciation/identity and in promoting health seeking behavior,’ De Castro said.

BCYA project coordinator Diahreen Colas also confirmed that through her interactions with the adolescent/youths in their various reach-out activities, the program really has positive results especially on behavioral changes and better understanding against teenage sex/pregnancy, substance abuse (including smoking and alcohol) and on the issue of violence against women and children.

According to Colas, the program affirmed its intended results which include the development of critical thinking, decision making and problem in solving or facing life changes among adolescent/youth; giving value to their personal health and health-seeking behavior; the promotion of active youth participation in the community and gaining pride in their indigenous cultural identity.

With the implementation of the program, two barangay youth centers and five IEC corners were established in the project pilot areas and each of the seven pilot barangays have also integrated ARH activities in their annual Barangay Development Plans, Colas added.

In addition, De Castro stressed that the La Trinidad Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office and Population Office have already integrated ARH in their annual investment plan. They are also considering the establishment of a municipal youth center. **Lito Dar/PIA

Posted by: RD HELEN R. TIBALDO | July 24, 2010

BAGUIO CITY – A total of 13,056 cavans of rice are distributed to the 128 barangays in the city under the Food for Work Program(FWP).

The City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) confirmed that the rice assistance is part of the United Nation’s World Food Program (UN-WFP) assistance to the country which was devastated by Typhoon ‘Pepeng’ last year.

Under the CSWDO- proposed FWP program, 10 kilos of rice per identified beneficiaries are given in exchange for a whole day of work, particularly in cleaning or clearing public facilities such as barangay health and day care centers, roads and parks, canals and drainage system. Work period or cleaning schedule can be expanded to about four to five days.

Priority beneficiaries are indigent families. Initial CSWDO estimate shows that about 20,000 families in the city are set to be benefitted by the program.

The CSWDO also suggested that beneficiaries be divided equally among men and women and should not be limited to few family beneficiaries for every barangay. Each barangay were also tasked to submit a report which contains the names of the beneficiaries, the tasked or work they made and the number of kilos of rice they received for every barangay cleaning or clearing day activity.

In an interview, Baguio City Association of Barangay Council (ABC) president and City Camp Central Barangay Chairman Joel Alangsab said he was tasked by the CSWDO to help in informing all the barangay heads in the city about the program. The barangay chairmen were given responsibility and to submit their report regarding the implementation of the program in their respective areas.

For his barangay and the 26 other barangays composing the City Health District, Alangsab said they have organized a clean-up drive against dengue. ‘The program is timely, there is a report of increase in dengue cases in the city so we took the opportunity and scheduled a date for a clean-up drive on all the barangay under the city’s health district,’ he said.

Alangsab also assured the proper distribution of the work and the corresponding rice for each day of work in their district. **Lito Dar/PIA

Posted by: RD HELEN R. TIBALDO | July 24, 2010

The Department of Public Works and Highways has created a quick response team that will be dispatched in the fastest way possible with landslides and road cuts again posing as major problems during this rainy and typhoon season.

DPWH Administrative Division Chief Francis Almora said that the DPWH-CAR created the quick response unit to assure that roads in the region will be open and be of service during times of disaster.

The DPWH quick response team will have two functions - road restoration and search and rescue operations.

Road restoration team will be will responsible for clearing landslides and road blocks during typhoons. The Search and rescue team will be working together with the Office of Civil Defense and other concerned agencies in any operation as needed. The teams will be under the Office of the DPWH Regional Director – Operation and Management Center.

Almora said that the teams are always ready. When heavy rain pours for at least two hours, the teams will be alerted especially the road rehabilitation team for possible road clearing in major highways in the region. He added that the teams will be equipped with a back hoe, loader and a dump truck which will be used during the operations.

The DPWH will give priority to the landslide prone and geo hazardous areas in the regions particularly and roads going in and out of Baguio City, and other main roads in the region such as Halsema Highway and Bontoc-Tabuk Road.

Kennon road will be close guarded being identified as the most vulnerable road leading to Baguio City having many landslide prone areas, Almora said. He added that they have identified geo hazard or vulnerable areas for landslides and most of them were damaged during typhoon Pepeng last year.

According to Almora, the DPWH Cordillera is the only one that has created the quick response teams. Every district engineering office in the region has its own quick response team also.

Almora said that the teams trained under the Office of Civil Defense in first aid, search, rescue and recovery operation procedures during disasters.

DPWH Regional Director Enrico Guilas said the creation of quick response teams is in line with the disaster preparedness being done by the agency especially this National Disaster Consciousness Month of July. **Redjie Cawis/ PIA

Posted by: RD HELEN R. TIBALDO | July 24, 2010

Department of Health – Center for Health Development(DOH-CHD) Regional Operations Division Chief, Dr. Amelita Pangilinan, said that there is an alarming increase of cases of dengue in the region.

Pangilinan said that they recorded 956 cases of dengue from the period of January to July compared to the 582 cases of the same period last year. A 64 percent increase compared to last year is a cause for alarm , she said.

The highest increase is recorded in Ifugao where 302 cases have been recorded since January – July this year compared to 50 cases during the same period last year. Mountain Province also recorded 180 cases this year compared to 46 last year. Pangilinan said some barangays in the two provinces have declared dengue outbreak in their communities.

Baguio City also recorded more than 200 cases of dengue since January.

Pangilinan reported that there are already three recorded deaths this year in the region caused by dengue. The latest was a 23 year old female from Mountain Province.

Pangilinan explained that the increasing number of dengue case is caused by the rapid change of climate and the rainy season. Mosquito breeding grounds are most likely to increase with the continuous rain fall causing water containers to be filled and become their breeding sites especially in homes and schools.

Most dengue cases are students who are very vulnerable to illness, Pangilinan said.

The DOH has already coordinated with school heads and barangay officials to have a weekly clean up drive in their respective schools and communities to prevent the increase of dengue cases.

Meanwhile, the DOH is also alarmed with the increase of influenza- like illness in the region. From January to July this year, the DOH has recorded 3741 cases compared to the 344 cases recorded the same period last year. Baguio City has the highest increase with 1618 cases of influenza- like illness.

With the reported flu cases, 20 is confirmed of the Influenza AH1N1 in the Cordillera Region. ** Redjie Cawis /PIA

Posted by: RD HELEN R. TIBALDO | July 24, 2010

Department of Labor and Employment Undersecretary Romeo C. Lagman in a press conference held to announce the result of Project JobsFit: The DOLE 2020 Vision said that Filipinos looking for employment would be better off if they focus on agriculture and cyber-services, two of the sectors that would drive employment growth in the next five to ten years.

“Agriculture/agribusiness and cyber-services are two of the 12 key employment generators (KEGs) that have the potential for absorbing the most number of Filipino workers from 2011 to 2020,” said DOLE Undersecretary Romeo C. Lagman.

Project JobsFit is a ten-month, nationwide research project that involved environmental scanning, information gathering, networking, consultation, and ‘signaling’ activities aimed at identifying local and global industries that would drive employment growth, including the corresponding skills requirements, for the next ten years.

The positions in the agriculture sector that would most likely be in-demand during the next five to ten years are animal husbandry, agricultural economist, aqua-culturists, coconut farmer, entomologist (plant), farmer (fruit, vegetable and root crops), fish nursery workers, shrimp and fish grow-out workers, prawn farm cultivators, aquaculture farm caretakers and aides, aquaculture facilities, repair and maintenance workers, plant mechanic, rice thresher-operator, veterinarian, and pathologist.

Hard-to-fill in the cyber-services industry are animators, accountant, HR outsourcing specialist, call center agent, medical transcription editor, medical transcription, computer programmers, developer (software, web), IT (MIS Developer, Platform Engineer), specialist (learning solution, system and technical support), clean-up artists, in-between artists, art checkers, animation checkers, multi-media artists, library builders, and layout artists.

Project JobsFit has identified the following as the other KEGs in the next ten years: health and wellness; hotel, restaurant and medical tourism; mining; construction, banking and finance; manufacturing; ownership dwelling and real state; transport and logistics; wholesale and retail trade; and overseas employment.

Aside from the KEGs, Project JobsFit has also identified four emerging industries that will likely provide greater employment opportunities in the next 10 years. These are creative industries; diversified/strategic farming and fishing; power and utilities; and renewable energy.

On the other hand, results of the CAR regional stakeholders’ consultation showed that tourism, agribusiness and mining are the key industries in the region but found cyberservices and health and wellness as emerging industries. Found as hard-to-fill for the next 5-10 years in the tourism industry are trained-tour guides, waiters/waitresses, and experienced Barista. In the agribusiness industry, entrepreneurs, agricultural engineers, animal husbandry, and horticulturists are most likely to be in-demand for the next 5 years while entrepreneurs is found hard-to-fill. In the mining industry, geologists and young skilled miners with experience for overseas employment are the hard-to-fill jobs. For the emerging industries, the listed cyberservices jobs above are more or less the same for the region while for the health and wellness, hard-to-fill jobs are dental/oral maxillofacial surgery, cosmetic surgeons, eye care and sight restoration, and cancer care and treatment.

“With the results of Project JobsFit now available, students, new entrants to the labor market, and the out-of-school youth, will have a primary guide on what college or technical/vocational courses they should pursue or take,” Lagman said, adding: “The results will also serve as basis for policy makers to formulate appropriate policies; for education officials to re-design curricula and tailor-fit scholarships; and for private sector stakeholders to fashion out training and career development programs that are responsive to the needs and demands of the labor market.”

The labor undersecretary said that the DOLE’s Projects JobsFit also seeks to address the major problem of skills and jobs mismatch. ***DOLE press release


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