Mayor Benjamin Magalong, in a press conference at the City Hall Multi – purpose Hall, Monday, announced the total cancellation of the Panagbenga 2020 traditional events initially re-scheduled from February to March, upon the recommendation of the Baguio Flower Festival Foundation Inc.
He also announced the 14 – day suspension of the operation of the Baguio night market starting March 10.
Further, the Department of Education – led Cordillera Administrative Region Athletic Association regional meet that has been re-scheduled for the third week of March is also suspended.
The announcements were made following the meeting of the Inter – Agency Task Force COVID.
As of March 8, there were 10 confirmed COVID cases in the country that included two cases with no history of travel to COVID-affected countries or local transmission.
For Cordillera, DOH – CAR OIC Regional Director Dr. Amelita Pangilinan, said the region has no confirmed case with the 30 Persons Under Investigation (PUIs) all tested negative. Of the 30 PUIs, 28 were already discharged while two are completing their 14 - day observation period.
Pangilinan reiterated for the public to remain calm but vigilant and help in government’s fight against COVID through adherence to the public health advisories.
She appealed for united from in the fight against COVID especially in monitoring/reporting person who came from COVID- affected countries or those who may have been in contact with the persons that have tested positive for COVID infection.
Remember the “POWER ON” as we unite to fight against COVID – 19. P is for practice cough and sneezing etiquette: O – Obtain Information only from verified sources; W – wash your hands properly and regularly; E – Eat Nutritious food and stay healthy; R – Refrain from going to crowd drawing events; especially if sick, O – Only use facemask, if necessary; and N – No to eating/handling uncooked meats, especially the wild, Pangilinan stressed
On Sunday, March 8, 2020, Pres. Rodrigo Duterte signed Proclamation Order 922 declaring state of Public Health Emergency throughout the Phiilippines. The said declaration will enable a whole of government response to mitigate its effect and impact on the country and its people.
DOH earlier raised Code “Red” alert as an anticipatory and pre-emptive measure and it would also capacitate the health department to access appropriate resources to implement urgent and critical measures. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)
By Carlito C. Dar