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What makes Belwang, Sadanga, Mountain Province beautiful?

Belwang is the largest Barangay in Sadanga, Mountain Province in terms of land area.

It is also one of the remotest as it sits high on the mountain slope.

To get here, one needs to hike for more or less an hour. There are no roads leading straight to Belwang.

The trek to Belwang may be tough and challenging. It entails steeps ascend and descend on narrow and winding trails.

However, it is an exhilarating and memorable experience.

Along the way, one can glimpse of beautiful rice terraces as well as crystal-clear brooks and river.

Credit: Basta Taga Belwang

#Belwang #Sadanga #MtProvince

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Noilee Mae of Sacasacan, Sadanga was diagnosed with mild cerebral palsy which impaired her movement, particularly, the half of her body. But as said, God is good and merciful. Days before her 9th birthday on October 8, she received a corrective shoe with adjustable leg brace as an early birthday gift from MRVN Prosthesis Center on October 3, 2019.

Her mother, Maricel Ongan, who is a single parent was grateful upon seeing the glow in her daughter's eyes. The joy that was captured in her daughter's wonderful smile after trying on the assistive device and while guiding her as she practiced to walk with it was priceless.

Noilee Mae together with other eight Persons with Disability (PWDs) received assistive and prosthetic devices during the turnover program at the Provincial Capitol Quadrangle. The provisions of the devices were made possible thru the coordination between the MRVN Prosthesis Center, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Provincial Local Government Unit of Mountain Province.

The recent turnover of assistive and prosthetic devices to PWDs in Mountain Province was the third time for this year. The distribution of the first batch was held in April 2019. The distribution for the second batch of beneficiaries was held on August 1, 2019 where 28 handicapped clients received prosthetic and orthopedic devices.

According to Maria Victoria Ramat Nazarita, operation manager and owner of MVRN Prosthesis Center, the aid to PWDs is a continuous program which aims to help more underprivileged PWDs in the province.

She is thankful to the provincial government headed by Gov. Bonifacio C. Lacwasan, Jr., for being supportive of this endeavor. She thanked the governor for willingly accepting their proposal to reach out to all indigent PWDs for the provision of corrective assistive devices made possible through the PCSO funding and though the financial augmentation by the Provincial Government.

The provincial government's Person with Disability Office (PDAO) was tasked by the governor to help in the completion of documents and the submission of requirements of the beneficiaries to the PCSO as the provision of assistive devices depended on the correctness and completeness of the documents submitted. The governor has also directed the MSWDOs and PWDs to coordinate with PDAO to help with other document requisites for the needs' assessment.

According to PDAO-designate Maria Codeo, her office, in partnership with the PSWDO, has been assessing PWDs to comply with other documentary requirements like valid ID and medical certificate before fully availing of the assistive device.

"The governor wants all disadvantaged PWDs in the province to avail of the program because it will surely raise their self-esteem and capabilities," Codeo said.

Meanwhile, as part of the services of the NVRM Prosthesis Center, its technical staff conducted proper gait training for the beneficiaries.

"We want to ensure that our PWDs are provided with quality and functional assistive devices," said Nazarita.

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Rice terraces at Betwagan, Sadanga, Mountain Province.

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Mayor Gabino Ganggangan of Sadanga, Mountain Province called on Cordillerans especially the officials and leaders to make discernment and collective decision as a community on the issue of insurgency.

It is time to address the insurgency problem as it is inevitable that relatives would be caught in the fighting between the leftists groups and the government forces, Ganggangan said during the Laging Handa Network Briefing hosted by Presidential Communications Operations Officer Secretary Andanar on Monday.

"Let us not pretend as if there is no problem in the Cordillera. There is an ongoing war- the legitimate government force versus the New People's Army- and to me it's a senseless killing," he said, adding that people should not wait to reach the point where it's brothers versus brothers, relatives vs relatives simply because one is an Army or police while the one is on the side of the Communist Party of the Philippines-NPA.

"We can not close our eyes that while we are sending our children na maging Army, maging pulis- when they go to the armed service of the government, it is with our blessings. On the other hand, mabibigla na lang tayo na some of our relatives also are secretly recruited and then later on join the NPA, "he stated.

"We we are all parents and as officials and leaders, we should start making a stand on this," he added.

Gaggangan also called on Cordillerans to stop supporting leftist organizations. He explained that while they may have some issues with government, there are mechanisms that can be used to air their grievances but not to the extent of trying to topple the government using violence or of arms thru the CPP-NPA.

He also challenged leftist groups, whom he said keep on denying their involvement with the CPP-NPA, for them to face the public fair and square and make a stand.

Gaggangan is currently in argument over the social media with the Cordillera People's Alliance (CPA), a front organization. This started when a CPA officer in a facebook post criticized the mayor for waiving the relief food packs from Department of Social Welfare and Development for his municipality, and linking him to supposed crimes in the past.

"They keep on denying that they are not linked with the CPP-NPA. Well, I am ready with all my evidences if they like. I can spill them all. I am once with them and I know it, " he said. (JDP/PIA CAR)

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Maligcong Rice Terraces, Bontoc, Mountain Province

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On March 10, OFWs from the Mountain Province in Hong Kong and Macau gathered at Pier 10, Central, to celebrate the so called Lang-ay Festival with a theme "Sustaining development through tourism opportunities". Lang-ay Festival is an event in which all municipalities from the Mountain Province gathered together to celebrate and to promote their cultures and traditions, as well as eco tourism of their home province.

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