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)

Bontoc official appeals to 'kailians' to comply with public health standards

BONTOC, Mountain Province, Feb. 8(PIA) -- A municipal councilor in this capital town is appealing to his “kailians”  or townmates to always comply with the minimum public health standards as the municipality reverts back to General Community Quarantine(GCQ)  status starting Monday(February 8). 


Councilor Jerome Tudlong made the appeal to his kailians with the central barangays of Bontoc Ili, Caluttit, Poblacion and Samoki including barangay Tocucan now under GCQ after being placed under Enhanced Community Quarantine status due to the surge of COVID-19 and the detection of the UK variant COVID-19 in two of the said barangays in January.

"Again, we ask our kakailians to always comply with our minimum health standards established by our health experts," said Tudlong who is the Sangguniang Bayan Committee on Health and Sanitation chairperson, and incident commander of the COVID-19 UK Variant Incident Command Post in Bontoc.  

Bontoc Councilor Jerome Tudlong, the  SB  Committee on Health and Sanitation Chairperson,   appeals  to his fellow Ibontocs to comply with the minimum public health standards to prevent the further spread of the COVID-19 in Bontoc, Mountain Province. (Bontoc LGU photos)

With the five barangays back to GCQ status starting February 8, it means some restrictions will be eased like border checkpoints in Samoki, Amlosong, and Caluttit will be removed and public transportation will now be allowed.

Always remember that this virus is still very much within our midst; the battle against the COVID has not yet ended so there is a need for the public to protect themselves from COVID-19 infection and the UK variant which has been detected in the municipality, Tudlong stressed.

Mayor Franklin Odsey has issued Executive Order No. 13 series of 2021 providing the guidelines for the municipality while it is under GCQ until February 28.Among these are the strict compliance of minimum public health standards such as wearing of facemasks and face shields, physical distancing, frequent handwashing or hand sanitation, proper hygiene and cough etiquette, healthy lifestyle and the strict prohibition of indiscriminate spitting including “momma”.

Department of Health – Cordillera Regional Director Dr. Ruby Constantino has also appealed to the people of Bontoc to strictly follow the minimum health standards to prevent another surge of COVID-19 with reports of the DOH that the fast spread of the COVID-19 in Bontoc was caused by people not following the health protocols.

Last Feb. 6, the Department of Health and UP- Philippine Genome Center announced that three new positive UK variant cases have been detected again in Bontoc.  The initial 12 cases of UK variant in Bontoc were reported on January 22, 2021.

It can be recalled that Odsey imposed ECQ status to the five barangays from January 25 to 31 after the surge of COVID-19 cases and the detection of the COVID-19 UK variant in Bontoc, It was   extended until February 7 to limit the movements of people while contact tracing, community testing and other activities were conducted by NTF-DOH and local teams   to prevent the spread of the virus.

As of February 7, Bontoc has   558 confirmed cases with 370 recoveries, 183 active cases and five COVID-19 related deaths. (JDP/RMC-PIA CAR)

By Redjie Melvic M. Cawis




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