The University of Baguio, through its supportive administration, is the first identified mega - site under the Baguio City's Vaccination Action Plan. On Monday, it also hosted the first vaccination simulation program led by the City Health Services Office. (CCD/PIA CAR)

Mayor Benjamin Magalong assures the city government's readiness with Vaccination Action Plan and Operation Center and enough manpower in place. (CCD/PIA CAR)

Higher Education Institutions offering medicine and allied health programs may now open limited face-to-face classes according to Commission on Higher Education - CAR Director Danilo Bose (second left). (SCA-PIA-CAR, Benguet)

BFAR-CAR Regional Director Lilibeth Signey turned over solar-powered venturi aeration system to the fisherfolks in Barangay Santa Filomena in Calanasan to officials led by Sangguniang Bayan Member Kyle Mariah Bulut, Municipal Agriculturist Luisa Magna and fisherfolk Loreto Asuncion. BFAR-CAR photos

The Big Kettle is a new come on of the Polig's Berry Farm in Ambassador, Tublay in Benguet. It is one of the tourist attractions opened even during the General Community Quarantine. (photo courtesy of the Polig's Berry Farm)

Sagada extends cultural lockdown until Feb. 11

SAGADA, Mountain Province, Feb. 4(PIA) -- The cultural lockdown has been extended in this mountain resort due to the continuing and   expected spike in COVID-19 cases.

 

Mayor James Pooten said the observance of the “sedey” or the cultural lockdown is extended in the entire municipality   until February 11, 2021.

The cultural lockdown is to assist in mitigating the spread of COVID-19 as well as to facilitate cleansing within the Sagada community.

“In view of the rise in cases in Sagada and its nearby municipalities, the wide coverage of the ongoing contact tracing efforts, and of the province-wide response to implement strict border controls, the current Cultural Lockdown in the Municipality of Sagada earlier advised to end on February 04, 2021 is hereby extended until February 11, 2021,” Municipal Advisory No. 45 issued by Pooten stated. .

Following the surge of COVID-19 cases in Mountain Province in January reaching the critical epidemic risk level, the Sagada local government initially implemented   “sedey”   in the entire municipality from January 29 to February 4.

On the last week of January, the National Inter Agency Task Force against COVID-19 thru the Bases Conversion Development Authority and the Bureau of Fire Protection, in coordination with the Cordillera Regional Task Force against COVID-19 and the local government units in Mountain Province conducted Aggressive Community Testing at the different towns in the province including Sagada.  

Pooten said results of the mass testing conducted are seen to bring another surge in   COVID-19 cases.

As of February 2, Sagada already recorded 40 COVID-19 cases with 25 active cases and 15 recoveries. 34 cases were recorded   just this year.

During cultural lockdowns, entry to the municipality will be prohibited unless for purpose of extreme emergency.

 Movement of persons in the community will be limited to emergency and essential purposes such as purchasing of essential goods and accessing or reporting to offices and industries which are allowed to operate.

 Establishments allowed to operate will be open from 6:00AM to 8:00PM only.  Those allowed to operate include the municipal and barangay offices, financial institutions, hospitals and medical facilities, agricultural sector covering local farms and fisheries, utilities and utility services which include but is not limited to water, gas, and electric services and the public safety services.  

Social and mass gatherings are temporarily prohibited including religious gatherings and cultural rites unless obligatory such as in case of death.

Vehicles only intending to pass through Sagada going to other municipalities will be allowed passage but are strongly advised to take the Sagada-Dantay road and pass through Pegeo Control Point for record purposes.

Regular workers from Sagada employed in other municipalities are advised to make suitable work arrangements for the duration of the Sedey.

All cargo will have to be met by the receiving party at the Pegeo Control Point except for the entry of essential goods namely LPG, rice, and animal feeds will be granted provided that a negative antigen test result is presented while aggregates with operations along the Chico River will be allowed entry for drop and go transactions but the drivers are consequently advised to go on self-isolation.

The issuance of Letter of Acceptance is temporarily suspended given the guidelines on the restriction of entry to the municipality of Sagada except for those passing through to other municipalities, the entry of essential goods, and transit for emergency purposes. (JDP/ RMC- PIA CAR)

By Redjie Melvic M. Cawis

 

Baguio

Benguet

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Mt. Province

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  • Suspension of work at Mt. Province PLGU offices extended until Jan. 29

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