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Close to 8,000 police, soldiers to secure polls

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Close to 8,000 police and military personnel were deployed to secure the conduct of the May 13 midterm elections in various polling precincts in two cities and six provinces of the Cordillera.

UNIFIED FRONT -- Close to 8,000 police and military personnel are currently deployed in various parts of the Cordillera to ensure the peaceful and orderly conduct of the May 13 midterm elections. The government forces who were sent off at Camp Dangwa by ranking police and military officers led by Police Regional Office-Cordillera Director, B/Gen. Israel Dickson, and officials of the Commission on Elections and other partner agencies last week, will return to their mother units once their areas of assignment have been declared safe from any election-related incidents. -- Ofelia Empian

The Commission on Elections gathered over 700 non-teaching personnel of the Department of Education in regions I, II, and the Cordillera a week before election day for a two-day training and refresher on the general instructions and procedures for the May 13 automated national and local midterm elections.

Four commanders of the elite Special Action Force of the Philippine National Police are among the five officers who will be conferred the PNP “Medalya ng Kabayanihan,” the second highest medal in police service for their heroism in the Marawi siege.

Executives tell Gordon to honor BLISTTDA
Officials from Baguio and Benguet appealed to Sen. Richard Gordon to consider the points earlier raised by the leaders on the proposed creation of the Baguio, La Trinidad, Itogon, Sablan, Tuba and Tublay Development Authority (Blisttda), and not to create another layer of bureaucracy.


The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples has requested for the suspension of the ongoing construction of the Chico River pump irrigation project in Kalinga worth P4.373 billion pending the NCIP en banc decision on the release of the latter’s certificate of precondition.

BROTHERHOOD -- The Baguio City Police Office piloted a project that intends to give deeper meaning to brotherhood through the program called Kabsat or Keep all of Baguio Safe and Thriving – a peace and order campaign where regular dialogues between the police, religious, and civil society organizations will be called for immediate action on concerns about security in the community. A resident signs the manifesto committing to cooperate with authorities for a peaceful Baguio. -- Rimaliza Opiña
REDONE -- Public Works and Highways-Cordillera Director Tiburcio Canlas (middle) leads the inspection of a portion of Halsema Highway, particularly along Atok, Benguet, which was reported to have defects. The project is undergoing rehabilitation anew as contractor is correcting and replacing the defective works without any cost to the government. -- Redjie Cawis
CHICO RIVER PROJECT -- The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples is asking that the ongoing construction of the P4.4-billion Chico River Pump Irrigation Project in Kalinga be suspended pending the release of the certificate of precondition certifying the conduct of free prior and informed consent process with the affected communities. The National Irrigation Administration Region II will present the current situation of the project and clarify some issues to the NCIP en banc when it convenes on May 22. -- Redjie Cawis
EMPOWERMENT -- Differently-abled athletes from Benguet and Baguio City proved their mettle and were further trained during the Philippine Sports Commission’s Pilipinas Para Games held from May 9 to 11 at the Benguet Sports Complex in La Trinidad. The event, which was held for the first time in the province, has gathered around 200 strong para athletes. -- Ofelia Empian
NEXT GEN -- The vibrant festivals of the various provinces in the Cordillera remains one of the ways of encouraging young people to embrace their culture and to continue learning and owning the rich tradition passed on to them. A young lass from Sadanga, Mountain Province joined older villagers in the chant competition during the Lang-ay Festival of Mountain Province held in the capital town of Bontoc recently. -- Ofelia Empian
FARM INPUTS -- La Trinidad, Benguet officials led by Mayor Romeo Salda and Vice Mayor Joey Marrero led the distribution of farm inputs, purchased using the town’s disaster risk reduction management fund, to typhoon-affected victims in the municipality. -- Redjie Cawis
HISTORY -- The Cordillera Administrative Region Athletic Association futsal team made history when it defeated defending champion Central Visayas to claim the bronze medal in the tightly contested game in the Palarong Pambansa 2019 in Davao City. This is CARAA’s best finish in the event since it was introduced in Palaro back in 2013. In photo are the futsal girls team composed of Benguet State University-Secondary Laboratory School and Baguio City National High School athletes with coaches Martes Dionisio Jr. (left, standing) and  Samuel Mendoza Jr. (right, standing) -- Contributed photo
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