Department of Agrarian Reform officials led by Secretary John Castriciones with La Trinidad officials led by Mayor Romeo Salda sprearhead the ribbon cutting and turn over ceremony of the solar power irrigation system in Barangay Alno, La Trinidad, Benguet on Thursday, April 8, 2021. The P800, 000.00 irrigation system was turned over to the Alno Rural Community Development Cooperative which is expected to provide water to more than 15 hectares of cut flower and vegetable farms in Alno. RMC PIA-CAR

POPCOM Regional Director Magdalena Abellera(3rd from left) and partner panelists in the forum push for a whole of society approach in addressing women's concerns including repruductive health in this time of health pandemic. (CCD/PIA CAR)

NCCA Chairperson Arsenio Lizaso (with mic) during the PIA Cordillera- led Kapihan media forumabout the first Montañosa Film Festival. Joining him (from left to right) are Film Academy of the Philippines chairperson Vivian Velez, Baguio City Vice Mayor Faustino Olowan, NCIP Chairperson Secretary Allen Capuyan (4th from left), NCIP Commissioner for Central Visayas Jennifer Pia Sibug-las and NCIP Commisioner for Region 1 and CAR Gaspar Cayat. (CCD/PIA CAR)

Benguet Governor Melchor Diclas presides over the Provincial Inter-Agency Task Force Meeting on COVID-19 on March 29, 2021 at the Benguet Provincial Capitol attended by task force member agencies. (photo by RMC-PIA-CAR)

Tabuk City is ready for COVID-19 aggressive community testing

CITY OF TABUK, Kalinga, Feb. 17 (PIA) – The city is ready for the four-day COVID-19 aggressive community testing (ACT) set on February 18-21.

City Health Officer Henrietta S. Bagayao explained the ACT is set here due to continued spiraling in COVID-19 cases, now with 932 confirmed cases, 276 active and 13 deaths.

The activity is recommended by the Cordillera Inter-agency Task Force (IATF) on emerging diseases to areas put on high-risk level with the municipalities of Lubuagan and Pasil in the province, as a crucial measure to curb the spread of the virus.

The city is allotted 5,000 free testing slots for at least 10 barangays marked as COVID-19 critical zones or barangays having at least five clustered COVID-19 cases per three puroks. Covered barangays are Bulanao Centro, (1,500 tests), Bulanao Norte (800), Bado Dangwa (500), Casigayan (400), Dagupan Centro (400), Dagupan Weste (400), Malin-awa (300), Balawag (300), Casigayan (300), and New Tanglag (300).

Dr. Bagayao informed the testing is free with priority given to government employees including teachers, barangay officials, tanods, and barangay health workers; uniformed personnel; senior citizens; persons with co-morbidities; tricycle and public utility vehicle drivers; vendors and grocery store workers; and close contacts of COVID-19 positive individuals.

Other interested persons are also welcome to avail of the testing as it is “better to exceed the target” in order to catch all carriers of the virus, she said.

 Bagayao said orientation is done with various stakeholders down to host barangays for the activity.

School facilities shall be used as swabbing centers after proper coordination with the city IATF with the Tabuk Schools Division. Host barangays have readied their isolation shelters to augment the existing isolation facilities of the city in time for the swab test results.

Similar activities will also be conducted in Cagaluagan, Guina-ang and Maluksad in Pasil municipality on February 23; Mabongtot, Lower Uma, and Poblacion in Lubuagan on Feb. 24, and in Mabilong and Dangoy, also in Lubuagan on Feb. 25.

Officials are urging the identified priority individuals to actively participate in the testing. (JDP/LL/PAB-PIA CAR, Kalinga)  

Tabuk City Health Officer Henrietta S. Bagayao presents the city's 10 COVID-19 crtical zone barangays to be covered under the Aggressive Community Testing (ACT) this February 18-21.

By Larry T. Lopez

 

 

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