The Provincial Inter-Agency Task Force (PIATF) COVID-19 gave the green light to local government units (LGUs) to bring home their constituents provided they are ready to accommodate them in quarantine facilities and provide the needed resources as per Department of Health protocols.
The extraction of Ifugaos will be conducted until next week only through the "Oplan Gawid" program of the provincial government and the different municipal LGUs. The LGUs should coordinate with the provincial government prior to the scheduled extraction for transportation arrangement and other needed concerns.
Those interested in this opportunity are advised to send their complete personal information to their respective municipal contact person until May 8 for consolidation of the Oplan Gawid coordinator to be submitted to the PIATF as basis for the scheduling and coordination of the staggered extraction.
The PIATF will call or text the individuals for confirmation. There will be common pick-up points. During the pick-up, they should present their valid identification cards. They will be instructed to fill-up honestly the health declaration form to be provided by the fetcher and oriented on health protocols before boarding the bus. Strictly no chance passengers.
Returnees shall undergo rapid testing courtesy of their respective municipalities and shall submit themselves to the required 14-day quarantine in their designated municipal quarantine facilities.
Earlier plans to bring home stranded students and workers was stalled after the province recorded its first confirmed COVID-19 case last April 25. (JDP/MBL-PIA CAR, Ifugao)
By Marcelo B. Lihgawon