DOH - CAR OIC Regional Director Dr. Amelita Pangilinan reminds the public that as the Modified General Community Quarantine in Cordillera continues, all must stay vigilant and prioritize health and safety measures needed to protect themselves, their families and the communtiy from the COVID virus. CCD/PIA CAR)

Mr. Iori Kato from UNFPA and hospital staff of Santa Ana Hospital poses in front of triage tent for patients with COVID-19 symptoms donated by UNFPA supported by the Government of Australia to help the hospital with infection prevention and control.

Regional Development and Security. DA Secretary William Dar, in his capacity as the Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security (CORDS) for CAR, presided a joint meeting of the RTF - ELCAC and the RPOC at Baguio Country Club. Dar was joined by Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong at the main table as the chairperson of the Cordillera Regional Peace and Order Council. (Carlito Dar/PIA CAR)

UNFPA representative meets with the Chief of OB GYNE and Head of WCPU from Batangas Medical Center where UNFPA provided emergency maternity tent facility, WCPU tent and COVID-19 triaging tent to make their services more accessible to mothers, women, young people and COVID-19 patients.

CORDS for CAR and DA Secretary William Dar with officials of the Cordillera Regional Development Council join the toast of rice wine as part of the

Agriculture Secretary William Dar stresses Cordillera's strong potential for regional progress and advancement as strong partner for economic development and nation building. (CCD/PIA CAR)

Ilocos Sur logs 2 new COVID-19 cases

ILOCOS SUR, July 23 (PIA) – Two new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) were reported in the province on Wednesday bringing the total number of COVID-19 active cases to six.

IIn a statement, Governor Ryan Luis Singson said that despite the mitigation measures and protocols in place within the province, cases come surging in due to the inevitable lifting of movement restrictions.
IS-C9 is a 39-year-old male resident of Barangay Puro in Magsingal town who went to the National Capital Region on June 8 with two other companions.
They came home on July 2 and headed to the local government unit’s (LGU) quarantine facility while one of his companions was sent home to the barangay, him being only six year old. 
On July 13, a rapid antibody test was done, he was positive for IgM, thus the patient was swabbed, the same returned positive for SARS-CoV-2.
Contacts include those locally stranded individuals (LSIs) and returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs) accommodated in the same facility from July 2 to present, and the health workers thereat.
Since IS-C9 travelled with a companion who was not quarantined, and the other one discharged, the compound identified by the LGU as critical zone has been placed on extreme enhanced community quarantine, the immediate vicinity as the containment zone on modified enhanced community quarantine, while the rest of Barangay Puro has been placed on general community quarantine from July 22 to 30.
Extensive contact tracing shall be conducted by the Provincial and Municipal Epidemiologic Surveillance Teams in the succeeding days.
Meanwhile, IS-C10 is a 22-year-old female resident of Barangay Calongbuyan in Candon City who worked as a salesperson at a merchandise store in Rodriguez, Rizal.
She came home as an LSI together with her partner on July 19.
Upon arrival, they proceeded to a house in the barangay and stayed there for a day prior to reporting to the City Health Office.
Once tested positive for antibodies, they were referred to the Ilocos Sur District Hospital-Magsingal where RT-PCR was done.
Result came back positive to SARS-CoV-2.
With the foregoing, and considering the possible exposures, Barangay Calongbuyan has been placed on extreme enhanced community quarantine from July 22 to August 3.
In addition, Candon City, having three active cases at present, will not be receiving LSIs from July 23 to August 5.
With these new cases, Governor Singson requested everyone who may have had a traceable contact with the two cases to approach the health units closest to them.
Further, he asked the local chief executives of Candon City and the municipality of Magsingal to issue an executive order to efficiently implement the imposed localized community quarantine status resulting from the diagnoses and for the affected residents to follow the respective restrictions.
Singson assured residents that the provincial government, together with the health care experts, will continue to work earnestly to ensure that the situation is contained.
“So far, no local community transmission has yet been recorded in the province. However, we will have to come up with even more stringent measures for LSIS, ROFs, and authorized persons outside residence (APORs) since all 10 cases fall under these categories,” he said.
He encouraged everyone to adhere to the guidelines and protocols set by the provincial government for their health and safety. (JCR/AMB/PIA Ilocos Sur)By April M. Bravo




Mt. Province


  • Soldiers turn idle lands into vegetable gardens

    ASIPULO, Ifugao, Aug. 7 (PIA) - - Soldiers assigned in the province have started turning idle lands productive, environment friendly and as source of vegetables for the troopers.

  • DTI-Ifugao launches 'Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay' program

    KIANGAN, Ifugao, July 24 (PIA) - - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) launched   the  "Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay" (NSB) in the province to help propel economic growth in the grassroots.

  • Lagawe town on temporary lockdown for 2 days

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, July 20 (PIA) - - Mayor Martin Habawel, Jr  placed  this morning the whole municipality under temporary lockdown  for two days to facilitate contract tracing, testing and disinfection after three new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) were recorded today.

  • Ifugao LSP recipients commit for economic progress

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, July 17 (PIA) - - Beneficiaries of the Livelihood Seeding Program (LSP) of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) committed to use the assistance to grow not only for their enterprises or organizations but for the whole community to  achieve economic progress. 

  • DA,Philmech award machineries to 6 Ifugao farmers groups

    LAMUT, Ifugao, July 10 (PIA) - - Six farmers organizations in the province recently received agricultural machineries from the Department of Agriculture (DA) under the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) mechanization program to improve their farming systems and be competitive.





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