Some members of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (PPPP) Provincial Advisory Council (PAC) sign a Memorandum of Agreement with the provincial government to enhance the implementation of social services in the province. (MBL, PIA CAR, Ifugao)

DTI - CAR Regional Director Myrna Pablo (right) and DTI Baguio - Benguet Provincial Director Samuel Gallardo (2nd from left) with the officials of the LGUs of Baguio City, and the Benguet towns of La Trinidad, Sablan and Tublay in a photo opt during the awarding of top performers in the 2020 Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index. (DTI Photos)

Governor Jerry Dalipog (fourth from left) and other provincial officials receive the two plagues of the Condition Matching Grant to Provinces (CMGP) Annual Governance Reform Award from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in the province. (Photo: R. Buenconsejo)

Cordillera Regional DRRM Council and Regional Task Force COVID - 19 Chairperson Albert Mogol presides the first joint coordination meeting to look into the 2020 accomplishments and lay down a proactive roadmap for 2021 in dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic and other possible threats and hazards that may endanger life and properties in the region. (OCD - CAR photos)

Mankayan strengthens measures with surge in COVID cases

MANKAYAN, Benguet, Dec. 4(PIA) – The local government unit strengthens  measures as the   municipality   faces increasing cases of COVID-19.

Mayor Frenzel  Ayong said since mid-November, there have been a surge of COVID-19 cases in the mining community of Lepanto with the   69 single day infections  recorded on Thursday (Dec. 3).

Of the 69 new cases, 38 new patients came from Barangay Paco, 27 from Barangay Sapid, three in Barangay Poblacion and one from Barangay Tabio. They  were part of the aggressive contact tracing of the local government unit and the expanded testing of the mining company. 

 He also confirmed the first COVID-19 related death in the municipality, a 59 year old male from barangay Paco with co-morbidity, who expired on November 29.  

From 24 COVID-19 cases in Nov. 15 when two cases were confirmed from the mining community in Mankayan, the municipality already recorded a total of 192 cases as of Dec. 3.

To abate the further spread of infection,  the LGU announced that there will be no issuance of health declaration forms during Saturdays starting on Dec.  5 to give the health workers time to give attention to other equally important functions especially in helping the contact tracing teams in the municipality. Residents who intend to travel on Saturdays and Sundays should obtain their health declaration forms on the weekend prior to their travel. 

The LGU   will also close the municipal public market and its premises including the slaughter compound and the Cervantes Road every Sunday for disinfection and decontamination measures. 

Market schedule will be implemented in the municipality effective Dec. 7 as follows: Monday- Barangays Balili and Tabio; Tuesday- Bulalacao and Colalo; Wednesday- Guinaoang and Taneg; Thursday-Suyoc and Bedbed; Friday: Poblacion and Cabiten. and Saturday- Paco and Sapid. 

Ayong also extended the lockdown imposed in Sitio Marivic, Barangay Sapid and the entire Barangay Paco for 10 more days following the Enhanced Community Quarantine guidelines until Dec.  7 as advised by the municipality’s medical and contact tracing team. The lockdown was issued on Nov.  20 due to the sudden surge of COVID-19 cases. 

Ayong directed the mining company last week to come up with possible alternative work schedule to minimize exposure of more mine workers and other measures for the company to cope   with the increasing   cases. 

The local chief executive also is looking forward to the request for mass testing to be conducted in the municipality thru the National Task Force against the COVID-19. 

Meanwhile, Governor Melchor Diclas said in a press briefing that the provincial government already provided 50 cavans of rice for those affected by the COVID-19 in the mining community of Lepanto in Mankayan. 

Ayong added that while the joint forces of the government and the mining company are undertaking containment and remedial measures, the public is asked to continue cooperating with the authorities. (JDP/RMC- PIA CAR) 

By Redjie Melvic Cawis



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