3 Cordilleran in Top 10 of PMA 'MASIDLAWIN' Class of 2020 (RMC- PIA-CAR)

Mayor Benjamin Magalong in a public address calls on Baguio citizens' active support and adherence to the General Community Qaurantine guidelines set by the city government. (Mann Sortejas/PIA Baguio)

Bontoc Mayor Franklin Odsey (c) with Sangguniang Bayan member and Chairperson on Committee on Health Jerome Tudlong, Jr., and Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Johanna Padaen inspect the Rapid Test Kits and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) provided by the National Task Force to the Municipality of Bontoc. (Bontoc LGU photo)

Gov. Melchor Diclas leads the relief operation in far flung sitios in Itogon, Benguet .

Relief goods are delivered to far flung villages in Benguet that could be reach by hours of walking, thanks to the Philippine Air Force Tactical Operations Group Baguio(RMC-PIA CAR)

Bontoc Mayor Franklin Odsey and Sagada Mayor James Pooten(r) expressed their gratitude to National Task Force for COVID-19 Chief Implementor Sec. Carlito Galvez(l) for the test kits and personal protective equipment during the Joint NTF-RTF meeting in Baguio City. (RMC- PIA-CAR)

DOH, BGHMC gear up for COVID – 19 mass testing

BAGUIO CITY, Apr. 8 (PIA) - - The Department of Health- Cordillera and the  Baguio General  Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC), a sub-national laboratory testing center for COVID -19,  are awaiting for additional test kits  and Realtime Polymerase Chain Reaction(RT – PCR) before the mass testing begins.

 

DOH - CAR OIC Regional Director Dr. Amelita Pangilinan, in an online media briefing, affirms the health department's support to the extension of the Enhanced Community Quarantine up to April 30 and calls for the continuing support of everyone, especially the general public, in the fight against COVID. JBZ -PIA CAR)  

BGHMC Director Dr. Ricardo Ruñez Jr. said there is a directive from the DOH Central Office for the hospital to increase its daily capacity as a COVID – 19 laboratory testing center.

The BGHMC which was recently certified by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine as a COVID – 19 laboratory testing center, averages around 150 tests per day.  Runez said they hope to increase to 700 tests per day when the new RT – PCR machine and additional test kits arrive.

Chief Implementer of the National Task Force  COVID-19   Secretary Carlito Galvez earlier announced that   government would start   mass testing of all Persons Under Investigation (PUIs) and Persons Under Monitoring (PUMs) by April 14   in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

For the mass testing,  DOH Cordillera OIC Regional Director Amelita Pangilinan clarified  that it will be a risk – based testing  where priorities are  PUIs  and  PUMs who  manifest symptoms, health workers taking care of COVID – 19 patients and other related health services, those belonging  to the vulnerable population such as senior citizens and those with co – existing illnesses.

The mass testing will greatly help in the flattening of the COVID – 19 transmission curve, said  Pangilinan who  also affirmed  the  DOH-CAR's   support to the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte to extend the Enhanced Community Quarantine up to April 30, 2020.

Ruñez said there  was no new positive case in the laboratory testing for Baguio City for the past ten days but this it does not guarantee that the transmission curve is already flattening. Only when the mass testing is conducted that the true picture can be seen, he explained.

Pangilinan  also informed that no new confirmed positive case was  reported for the past seven days. COVID – 19 patients remain  at 19 with six already recovered, 12 admitted in health facilities and one death.

Even with the good news, Pangilinan reminds the general public to remain vigilant, adhere to the rules of the enhanced community quarantine and practice infection control and prevention measures as part of their daily routine.

“Let us not lay down our guards, let us not be complacent.  The infection control and prevention measures are already a way of life. Let us stay home. Let us practice infection control and prevention measures at home”, Pangilinan said. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)

By Carlito C. Dar

 

Baguio

  • 3 Cordilleran in Top 10 of PMA 'MASIDLAWIN' Class of 2020

    BAGUIO CITY, May 22(PIA) -- Three Cordilleran are in the Top 10 graduating class of the Philippine Military Academy “Masidlawin” (Mandirigmang Isinilang na may Dangal at Lakas Upang Maging Tanglaw ng Inang Bayan) Class of 2020.

  • Magalong calls for continuing public support to city's GCQ guidelines

    BAGUIO CITY, May 23(PIA) - - Mayor Benjamin Magalong calls for continuing public cooperation, obedience and on instilling the needed discipline to ensure the safety of everyone from the COVID -19.

  • Cordillera needs P9B to reboot economy

    BAGUIO CITY—The Cordillera will require P9.2 billion to stimulate the local economy that has suffered P18.7 billion in losses during the two-month Luzon quarantine, according to the Office of Civil Defense (OCD).

  • NTF pushes to build up testing capacity for COVID-19

    BAGUIO CITY, May 21 (PIA) - - It is the goal of the national government to slowly move the country from the Enhanced Community Quarantine to General Community Quarantine  towards  the new normal  where   economic activities will be moving forward without compromising public safety.

  • PH to adopt Cordillera Covid-19 response

    BAGUIO CITY – National Task Force against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) chief implementer Carlito Galvez Jr. said on Thursday they will adopt the good practices in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) in preventing the spread of the disease.

Benguet

  • Benguet shifts back to COVID-19 operations after typhoon

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, May 22, (PIA) -- Governor Melchor Diclas is thankful that the province of Benguet was spared by typhoon Ambo over the weekend   and the provincial government shifts back its attention to  COVID-19.

  • DPWH spells out construction safety guidelines under GCQ

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, May 23(PIA) - -  With the province  now under General Community Quarantine, all projects under the Department of Public Works and Highways(DPWH) are given the green light to proceed but must comply with construction safety guidelines.

  • PRO-Cor reaches out to almost 13,000 indigent families in CAR

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, May 22(PIA) -- The Police Regional Office – Cordillera (PRO-Cor) has provided relief assistance to more than 13, 000 indigent families in the Cordillera region thru the “Kapwa Ko, Sagot Ko! Adopt-A-Family Program.”

  • Relief goods reach more far flung areas in Benguet

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, May 16(PIA) -Families in far flung areas in  two municipalities in the  province  received  relief goods  which were  airlifted over the weekend. 

  • Benguet PVO fears recurrence of ASF

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, May 15 (PIA) - - As local government units are focused on protecting their constituents from the corona virus (COVID-19), Benguet is faced with another concern involving its swine industry.

Mt. Province

  • Bontoc, Sagada thank NTF for PPEs, test kits

    BAGUIO CITY, May 22(PIA) -- Bontoc Mayor Franklin Odsey and Sagada Mayor James Pooten expressed their gratitude to National Task Force for COVID-19 Chief Implementor Secretary Carlito Galvez for the test kits and personal protective equipment (PPE) they received recently.

  • Mt. Province CTFs convene to set unified GCQ local guidelines

    BONTOC, Mountain Province-- In the province’s aim to come up with a set unified guidelines for all municipalities in the province for the next phase of community quarantine from May 16 to 31, 2020, the Provincial COVID-19 Task Force (PCTF) met with the League of Municipalities-Mountain Province Chapter (LMP-MP) on May 15   at the Mountain Province Disaster Operations Center.

  • Mt. Province honors 2 fallen soldiers, gives aid to families

    BAUKO, Mountain Province, May 1 -- The  provincial  government  here gave due recognition to two  of its  sons -   soldiers from  the municipality of Bauko who  sacrificed their lives  for the country.

  • Work in PLGU frontline services resumes May 4; observance of preventive measures stressed

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, May 3(PIA) – With the province now under General Community Quarantine (GCQ), work for frontline services at the provincial local government unit (PLGU) will resume on Monday May 4.

  • Coping with crisis, the Cordillera way

    PARACELIS, Mountain Province, Philippines —The government-imposed lockdown across Luzon to arrest the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has activated age-old amelioration practices in the Cordillera.

IFUGAO

  • PNP’s charitable program serves more than 1,000 Ifugao families

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, May 20(PIA) - - Amidst the threat of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), more than a thousand families in the province were provided assistance by the Philippine National Police (PNP) through its charitable program.

  • Ifugao PLGU sets rapid triage for returning employees

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, May 20 (PIA) - -As  precautionary measure against  COVID-19,the provincial government has started on May 18 the conduct of rapid triage assessment for its workforce and capitol-based agencies including clients and visitors with the province  now placed  under the  general community quarantine.

  • DTI invites ECQ- affected MSEs to avail of its loan facility

    LAMUT, Ifugao, May 15(PIA) - - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in the province enjoined Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) affected by the Enhanced Community Quarantine to avail of the  agency’s Enterprise Rehabilitation Financing (ERF) facility.

  • Ifugao town records second COVID-19 case

    LAMUT, Ifugao, May 14 (PIA) - -  The  local government  here reiterates to the public to  follow   guidelines  such as staying  at home,  practicing  proper hygiene, wearing  protective mask and  observing  social distancing  as the   municipality recorded its second confirmed COVID-19 case.

  • Ifugao PLGU sets 'Oplan Gawid' for stranded students,workers

    LAMUT, Ifugao, May 7 (PIA) - -  Stranded students and displaced workers outside the province  due to the  enhanced community  quarantine may now  be allowed to come  but  will have to follow the set protocols.

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