The newly constructed facilities will augment the quarantine facility of the local government unit (LGU) at the Tourism Village considering the influx of returning residents to the municipality.
Mayor Mariano Buyagawan, Jr. said the construction of the said facilities is in compliance to Executive Order No.54 mandating all the 18 barangays of Lamut to rehabilitate their agricultural booths at the Lamut Trading Post (LATRAP) as isolation and/or quarantine facilities for COVID-19 patients.
" I am grateful and proud of all the 18 punong barangays with their council members who are truly public servants devoting their precious time, effort and resources for two months to achieve the noble purpose of addressing the current problem of COVID-19," Buyagawan said.
After the pandemic, these facilities will be used as agricultural booths during fiestas or festivals, satellite barangay halls, venue for barangay affairs/activities, evacuation area during disasters or the BLGUs may opt to have it rented as transient house or business stalls when the LATRAP is in full operation.
Liga ng mga Barangay President Manuel Kalahi, Jr. of Pugol disclosed that the 18 barangay councils of Lamut together with the Sangguniang Kabataan Federation joined forces for the said project utilizing all available resources of each BLGU for the completion of the multi-purpose facility.
“We may be judged at the end of what have we become but one thing for sure, we have done this project for a noble purpose. We did not just sit waiting until this pandemic will end but we know ourselves that we have done something good for the general welfare of our people,” he stated.
Kalahi lauded his fellow punong barangays and their councils, the LGU, SK and other stakeholders who supported the realization of the project. “With so much joy, all our joined efforts, sacrifices and with God’s mercy we were able to do and accomplish something in our own little way,” he said.
Department of the Interior and Local Government Cordillera Regional Director Marlo Iringan said the structures are labor of love and sacrifices of the BLGUs as he praised all local officials for the effort to set up said facilities.
"This only shows your sincere desire to be true to your oath of office. With the grave danger that the world is facing due to COVID-19, these structures stand to show that the people of Lamut are united and determined to “heal as one” as they stand strong and resilient against the pandemic," he added.
Iringan underscored the spirit of volunteerism, sharing and creativity of the people of Lamut manifesting in this time of pandemic once again proved that “Umuna talaga ti Lamut” (Lamut first).
“The newly constructed isolation/quarantine facilities are the first not only in Ifugao but also in the whole of Cordillera Administrative Region,” Irigan disclosed.
Buyagawan said the management of 18 native houses at the Tourism village that are currently used as isolation facilities will be turned-over to the barangay SKs in the coming days.
Vice Mayor Victomar Bunnol also expressed the support of the legislative body to the endeavor of the municipal government. (JDP/MBL- PIA CAR, Ifugao)
By Marcelo Lihgawon