Benguet passes code for reproductive and family health

Aug 26, 2017 - 8:30 AM

The Benguet Province Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Code consolidates long standing initiatives that the local government want the next administrations to continue

TRAILBLAZER. Local officials sign the Benguet Province Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Code on August 24, 2017. Benguet is said to be the first province to pass such ordinance. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

P2-M worth of agricultural damage in CAR after typhoons

Aug 05, 2017 - 3:44 PM

The provinces of Benguet and Ifugao suffer the most damage after being hit by Typhoons Gorio and Huaning

A farmer from the Cordillera Administrative Region carries some harvested crops. All photos by Mau Victa/Rappler

2 Benguet pocket miners die by gas poisoning

Aug 01, 2017 - 11:02 AM

Two miners die after inhaling poisonous gas while inside a pocket mine in Itogon Benguet

The week in photos: July 22-28, 2017

Jul 29, 2017 - 12:57 PM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

SWIM COMPETITION. China's Zhang Yufei in the women's 200m butterfly semifinals at the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest on July 26, 2017. Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

Benguet teenagers nabbed for carnapping

Jul 06, 2017 - 4:38 PM

If the 3 kids really did the heist of the vehicle all by themselves it would mean they drove more than 93 kilometers

NPA wrecks mining laboratory, tailings dam in Benguet – police

Jun 09, 2017 - 6:52 PM

The Cordillera Philippine National Police says the Chadli Molintas Command based in Benguet also engaged the 54th Infantry Battalion of the 5th Infantry Division in a brief firefight wounding one soldier and a civilian

DESTROYED. The New People's Army is said to have destroyed a mining laboratory and a tailings dam in Benguet. Photos by Frank Cimatu

Dog saves 2 boys from fire in Benguet

May 19, 2017 - 6:34 PM

Miztah the family pet wakes up brothers Wilbur and Kurt as a fire strikes their home

HERO DOG. Lander, Wilbur, and Kurt with their pet and hero dog, Miztah. Photo by Mauricio Victa/Rappler

Koreans arrested in PH over Interpol red notices

Apr 03, 2017 - 5:13 PM

Police arrest 3 South Koreans – two for fraud cases back in their home country and another for violating the Philippines immigration laws

INTERPOL NOTICES. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa presents to media 3 Korean nationals arrested by Philippine police. Photo courtesy of the PNP PIO

Negative temperature in Atok, Benguet not true, PAGASA says

Feb 17, 2017 - 8:40 PM

State weather bureau PAGASA says that if the negative temperature was indeed true then Atok and nearby municipalities should have experienced snow

NEGATIVE TEMPERATURE? State weather bureau PAGASA says there is no possibility that Atok experienced negative temperature from February 15 to 16. File photo by Fritzie Rodriguez/

1 soldier killed, 1 cop abducted in rebel clashes

Feb 09, 2017 - 8:26 PM

In the last 48 hours New People s Army guerrillas burn to the ground trucks and heavy equipment being used in government road projects in various parts of the country

NPA ATTACK. Alleged communist guerrillas torch heavy equipment owned by a company that reportedly refused to pay revolutionary taxes Quezon on February 8, 2017, the military's Southern Luzon command says. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

Benguet Electric coop exec faces graft charges

Jan 18, 2017 - 4:50 PM

Verzosa a private individual faces the graft case alone after his co accused died before the case was filed

Benguet Arabica coffee listed among 'endangered' food products

Dec 23, 2016 - 11:57 AM

The coffee variety is listed in Slow Food’s Ark of Taste a program that raises awareness about endangered food products and then urges people to protect them

Photo from Philippine Coffee Board

4 private miners killed in Benguet in past week

Nov 25, 2016 - 9:49 PM

One dies from being buried alive inside the mine while 3 die from gas poisoning in a separate incident

Benguet Corp faces P24-M fine for tailings leak in old mine

Nov 22, 2016 - 11:35 AM

The Environmental Management Bureau in Cordillera region will recommend the fine on Benguet Corporation to the Pollution Adjudication Board following the tailings leak at its old open pit mine in Itogon Benguet

DSWD to trekkers: Don't risk your lives during disasters

Oct 16, 2016 - 6:40 PM

More than 120 stranded mountaineers are rescued in Bataan and Benguet after the onslaught of Typhoon Karen Sarika

STAY SAFE. DSWD Sec Judy Taguiwalo calls on the youth, mountaineers to avoid climbing mountains when there's a typhoon

After heavy rains, Benguet, Mt Province roads closed

Jul 11, 2016 - 5:16 PM

‘Habagat’ rains after Typhoon Butchoy damage sections of two major roads while landslides hit Kennon Road

LANDSLIDE. Construction and softened soil due to continuous rains have caused landslides along Camp 8, Kennon Road, in Benguet. Unlike another road in the province, Kennon is still passable. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

LOOK: Duterte's portrait drawn with sunlight

Jun 30, 2016 - 5:38 PM

President Duterte gets an amazing portrait drawn with sunlight from Cordilleran solar drawing artist Jordan Mang osan

Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

LOOK: La Trinidad houses turn into gigantic, colorful mural

Jun 26, 2016 - 7:30 PM

A huge colorful mural is painted on houses on the hillside community of Stonehill Botiwtiw and Sadjap STOBOSA in Barangay Balili La Trinidad Benguet

La Trinidad residents unite to beautify their local community

Jun 24, 2016 - 6:14 PM

Davies provided environment friendly paints for the community artwork project

SC to Zambales mining firms: Prove you're not harming environment

Jun 21, 2016 - 7:07 PM

UPDATED The Supreme Court finds merit in the petition filed by the residents of Zambales who say mining operations have caused much destruction in their mountains watershed forests farmlands water systems and livelihood

WRIT OF KALIKASAN. Before nickel mining started in 2007, around 2000 hectares of farmland could be irrigated, and this year it is down to 800 hectares. Photo by Randy Datu

'Sakura' in PH: Cherry blossom park to open in Benguet

Jun 08, 2016 - 5:26 PM

A cherry blossom park is set to open in Atok Benguet in the cool northern part of the Philippines

'SAKURA' IN THE PHILIPPINES. A cherry blossom park is set to open in Atok, Benguet – a tie-up project between the Kochi Prefecture and Benguet province. Pictured are the cherry blossoms at the Yamazakigawa Riverside in Nagoya, Japan. Photo provided by Irene Maligat

Writ of Kalikasan filed vs mining firms, Zambales, DENR officials

May 25, 2016 - 8:30 AM

CCOS chairman Dr Ben Molino and his co petitioners say the continued mining operations in Sta Cruz Zambales violate RA 7942 otherwise known as the Mining Act of 1995 and its implementing rules and regulations

WRIT OF KALIKASAN. Before nickel mining started in 2007, around 2000 hectares of farmland could be irrigated, and this year it is down to 800 hectares. Photo by Randy Datu

INC endorses Baguio-Benguet incumbent bets

May 08, 2016 - 8:30 AM

Iglesia ni Cristo endorses incumbent officials Nicasio Aliping Jr for congressman Mauricio Domogan for mayor and Edison Bilog for vice mayor in Baguio City

ENDORSED. INC has endorsed Baguio-Benguet political bets Nicasio Aliping Jr for congress, Mauricio Domogan for mayor and Edison Bilog for vice mayor. Photos from Facebook and Twitter

Baguio lawmaker faces charges for forest reserve destruction

Apr 13, 2016 - 12:27 PM

To build a road to the property of Baguio City Representative Nicasio Aliping Jr nearly 300 pine trees were uprooted and hundreds of saplings were damaged in Mount Sto Tomas a forest reserve and watershed in Benguet

INDICTED. Baguio Representative Nicasio Aliping Jr gives a speech at a campaign rally. Photo from Rep Nicasio Aliping Jr's Facebook page

Court halts eviction of farmers at Benguet vegetable trading post

Mar 02, 2016 - 8:00 AM

The notice to vacate was earlier issued by La Trinidad Mayor Edna Tabanda The notice ordered over 3 000 farmers retailers and vegetable truckers to leave within 30 days – or until March 1 2016

VEGETABLE TRADING. The La Trinidad vegetable trading post. Photo by Rappler

Green groups urge 'zero vote' vs pro-mining bets

Mar 01, 2016 - 3:21 PM

3rd UPDATE They single out presidential bets Mar Roxas and Jejomar Binay and senatorial aspirant Martin Romualdez but do not cite the tandem of Rodrigo Duterte and Alan Cayetano

ZERO VOTE. Green groups urge the public not to vote candidates with ties to mining operations in the Philippines. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

Farmers told to vacate Benguet vegetable trading post

Feb 07, 2016 - 8:32 PM

La Trinidad s Kilometer 5 vegetable trading post will be converted into a commercial complex evicting its traditional clientele of farmers traders and disposers

BUSINESS AS USUAL. The La Trinidad Vegetable Trading Post remains vibrant despite an impending eviction of farmers and traders to a million worth trading facility. Rappler photo

Help needed for 100 children displaced by Benguet orphanage fire

Jan 28, 2016 - 9:51 PM

The Bethesda Children’s Home is a Christian run orphanage that has operated in Itogon Benguet for 68 years

BURNED TO THE GROUND. The Bethesda Children's Home, which has taken care of orphans in Benguet for 68 years, is destroyed, along with its clinic and dormitory on January 26, 2016. Photo by Rafael C Valencia

Hit the road: 4 destinations for your family and barkada

Dec 19, 2015 - 12:10 PM

Buckle up These exciting hotspots are just a drive away

Mt Pulag hikers now required to show health clearance – DENR

Nov 13, 2015 - 6:43 PM

The advisory is issued after a 51 year old tourist from Novaliches Quezon City died of heart attack inside her tent at the famous forest park in Benguet

ONLY FOR THE PHYSICALLY FIT. The management of the Mount Pulag National Park adopts a no-health-clearance-no-hiking policy after a tourist from Quezon City dies of cardiac arrest in her tent. Photo courtesy of Mount Pulag National Park

UP experts asked to investigate Benguet sinkhole

Nov 07, 2015 - 12:17 PM

A village in Virac Itogon is now akin to a ghost town as hundreds of residents have fled their houses after sighting cracks in the ground

SINKHOLE. This 20-meter-wide void in Virac, Itogon already swallowed at least 7 houses as of November 2. Photos courtesy of Cordillera Office of Civil Defense thru Ompong Tan

DENR Cordillera approves 7,000 land patents

Oct 23, 2015 - 8:38 AM

DENR CAR declares it was able to meet its target number of processed and issued land patents for 2015 under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program

Typhoon Lando: Benguet death toll climbs to 14

Oct 21, 2015 - 4:06 PM

The regional police in the Cordillera lists 14 dead in Benguet but the official tally from the national disaster management council lists only 11 dead

AFTERMATH. A pedestrian braves the strong wind and heavy downpour brought by Typhoon Lando in Baguio City on October 19, 2015. Photo by Mau Victa

Why Pangasinan is under signal 1 but still on red alert

Oct 20, 2015 - 6:39 PM

Ang ulan ay hindi bahagi ng typhoon signal natin Rainfall isn t part of our typhoon signal says PAGASA s Dr Vic Malano

Who is running in the Cordillera Administrative Region | 2016 Elections

Oct 11, 2015 - 1:00 AM

UPDATED Rappler s list of candidates for local positions in the Cordillera Administrative Region

Last of 17 missing miners in Mankayan retrieved

Sep 17, 2015 - 12:22 AM

But aside from the snafu the recovery of all the missing bodies is a tribute to Calixto s men and almost all the people of Mankayan who had been here since August 21

RETRIEVED. The body of a miner among those trapped in a landslide in Mankayan, Benguet, at the height of Typhoon Ineng is recovered by retrievers. Photo by Sam Hidalgo Aday/Rappler

Favela art eyed to boost tourism in Benguet village

Sep 06, 2015 - 3:29 PM

The village of Stone Hill home to over 500 houses will soon be turned into a vibrant mountain of painted walls if plans will push through

STONE HILL, home to over 500 houses, will soon be turned into a vibrant mountain of painted walls if DOT plans will push through. Photos by Jessa Polonio

11 of 17 missing miners in Mankayan retrieved

Aug 31, 2015 - 9:56 PM

The small scale miners have been buried after a huge part of a mountain fell on their temporary barracks at the height of Typhoon Ineng

RETRIEVED. The body of a miner among those trapped in a landslide in Mankayan, Benguet, at the height of Typhoon Ineng is recovered by retrievers. Photo by Sam Hidalgo Aday/Rappler

Rise in Metro Manila veggie prices blamed on Typhoon Ineng

Aug 24, 2015 - 7:00 PM

The typhoon has damaged almost P41 million worth of crops in the Cordillera Administrative Region most of which are high value crops like vegetables

PRICEY VEGGIES. The price of Chinese Kangkong rose from around P100 to P142 per kilogram last August 22, 2015 in Shopwise Libis. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

4 Benguet miners die of gas poisoning

Aug 24, 2015 - 5:12 PM

The victims die in two separate incidents in Itogon town

Typhoon Ineng kills 26 in PH, now threatening Japan

Aug 24, 2015 - 3:33 PM

Goni hit parts of the northern Philippines hard over the weekend destroying nearly a thousand houses and forcing more than 12 000 people to flee officials say

FLOODED. Residents and motorists make their way through a flooded street due to heavy rains brought about by typhoon Goni (Ineng), in Candon City, Ilocos sur province, northern Philippines on August 24, 2015. AFP

16 dead in areas hit by Typhoon Ineng

Aug 23, 2015 - 11:38 PM

UPDATED The victims died in the provinces of Zambales Benguet Mountain Province and Ilocos Norte

MUDDY PATH. A worker cuts up a fallen tree while heavy equipment (in background) works to clear debris and soil after a mountainside eroded due to heavy rains brought about by Typhoon Goni, along Kennon Road, a main road leading into the Philippine city of Baguio on August 22, 2015. JJ Landingin/AFP

Landslides, bloated rivers leave 15 dead in Cordillera

Aug 23, 2015 - 5:50 PM

UPDATED 15 roads in the region are closed The province of Benguet is declared under a state of calamity

MUDDY PATH. A worker cuts up a fallen tree while heavy equipment (in background) works to clear debris and soil after a mountainside eroded due to heavy rains brought about by Typhoon Goni, along Kennon Road, a main road leading into the Philippine city of Baguio on August 22, 2015. JJ Landingin/AFP

'Marriage trees' getting popular in Benguet towns

Aug 23, 2015 - 10:00 AM

The towns of Itogon and Kibungan require engaged couples to plan at least 5 trees before they are issued marriage licenses

BALD MOUNTAINS. Conversion of forests for industrial use – particularly mining – has led to deforestation in Itogon, Benguet, which authorities hope to address by requiring those applying for wedding licenses to first plant trees. Photo by Jessa Mardy Polonio/Rappler Jessa Mardy Polonio

10 killed as typhoon hits northern Philippines

Aug 22, 2015 - 4:12 PM

UPDATED NDRRMC says 10 were reported injured in the Mountain Province Ilocos Norte Ilocos Sur Batanes and Cagayan; while 3 are missing in La Union Ilocos Norte and Cagayan

DAMAGE TO INFRASTRUCTURE. Filipino villagers inspect a damaged road in the town of Bacarra, Ilocos Norte province, Philippines after Typhoon Ineng triggered deadly landslides and floods. EPA/Bernie Sipin Dela Cruz

Typhoon Ineng: Brothers buried in landslide; Baguio suffers blackout

Aug 21, 2015 - 6:35 PM

Strong winds and rains isolate many towns in the Cordillera Some major roads are closed

BLACKOUT. Power has been out since 3 am Friday, August 21, 2015, in Baguio City after Typhoon Ineng (Goni) destroyed power lines. Rappler photo Rappler photo

2 Benguet miners die after being trapped in tunnel

Aug 07, 2015 - 9:24 PM

The small scale miners were trapped for 16 hours before rescuers found their bodies

Slippery roads in Benguet leave 3 dead

Aug 02, 2015 - 5:17 PM

Slippery roads and fog cause a number of deaths in the upland province

2 dead, 5 hurt in Kennon Road landslide

Jul 13, 2015 - 12:10 PM

UPDATED Over the weekend a miner also died in a mudslide in Itogon Benguet due to the continuous heavy rains in the area

CLEARING OPS. Rescuers try to get passengers out of a passenger van that got hit by a landslide along Kennon Road in Benguet on July 13, 2015. Photos courtesy of Paeng Valencia, 911-On Call Baguio

ABS-CBN waits for mayor's notification on filming 'Forevermore' in Benguet

May 14, 2015 - 3:18 PM

This after a Writ of Kalikasan was issued by the Court of Appeals ordering the mayor of Tuba to stop issuing permits due to a discovery of an illegal road excavation in the area