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)

CAR local execs included in jab priority list

BAGUIO CITY – A number of local chief executives in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), whose jurisdiction were listed as among the critical or high-risk areas for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), were thankful for their inclusion in the priority list.


Kalinga Governor Ferdinand Tubban, whose province is experiencing a surge in Covid-19 infections recording a total of 335 cases for the period April 1 to 6, said they are happy for their inclusion in the priority list.

In February, Tubban was tested positive of the virus and was cleared in the same month after undergoing self-quarantine.

Tubban, 57, said he looks forward to receive the vaccine. "I want to receive it. This is just what I have been waiting for -- to be vaccinated."

Meanwhile, Abra Governor Joy Bernos, who chairs the Regional Development Council (RDC), said: “I am very grateful that the IATF (Inter Agency Task Force) realized the danger on us, leading the whole province in the fight against Covid-19. I hope we could fast track everything in the vaccine roll-out so we could give protection for all the Abrenios.”

Bernos was infected in March and has already recovered.

Sagada, Mountain Province Mayor James Pooten, whose town is also experiencing a surge in Covid-19 cases with 462 new cases recorded in a span of six days (April 1 to 6), said, “(Para) sa akin dapat lang kasama ang LCEs (local chief executives) (For me, it is just right to include the LCEs in the vaccination program of the government)."

"As for my case, kaya ako nag positibo, according to our MHO (municipal health officer) contact tracer, transmission was done when we went to barangays doing house-to-house to convince people to go for RT-PCR (Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction) test (In my case, the MHO contact tracer said I got infected when we went house-to-house in the barangays to convince people to go for RT-PCR test),” the mayor said.

“LCEs are also always with the front-liners whether at the barangay health centers, triage, checkpoints, hospitals and the like. LCEs are most of the time in the frontlines,” he added.

Buguias town Mayor Ruben Tindaan, who tested positive for Covid-19 on April 5 and whose town is listed in A-1.5, said: “All of us mayors are happy that we have been included in the A-1.5 list of priority to be vaccinated. It is in the nature of our job to be in direct contact with our people and our front-liners, so we are often exposed and prone to infection."

"We welcome this especially in light of the recent Covid-19 positive cases involving mayors in our province and neighboring LGUs. Our vaccination would likewise be helpful in generating community awareness and vaccination acceptance,” he added.

He, however, said he is not qualified to be vaccinated due to the infection.

Advisory No. 26 of the National Vaccination Operations Center (NVOC) approved by the national IATF for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases on April 5 has identified 57 high-risk and critical provinces, 25 highly urbanized and independent component cities as well as 321 component cities and municipalities all over the country whose mayors and governors can be inoculated, after all the health workers who are on the A-1 priority list have been vaccinated.

The LCEs were categorized as A-1.5 priority or after the health workers and before the senior citizens.

In the Cordillera, all the chief executives in the provinces of Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, Mountain Province and Baguio City were included.

Two towns in Kalinga -- Tabuk City and Pasil; eight in Mountain Province -- Sadanga, Barlig, Bauko, Tadian, Besao, Sabangan, Sagada and capital town Bontoc; two in Apayao -- Flora and Pudtol; five towns in Benguet -- Atok, Buguias, Kibungan, Kabayan and capital town La Trinidad; four in Ifugao -- Alfonso Lista, Lamut, Hingyon and capital town Bangued were also on the list.

The national advisory also said if localities not on the list become high-risk or in critical risk as determined by the Department of Health, the LCE of the locality shall be qualified for inoculation with Covid-19 vaccines. (PNA) 

By Liza Agoot




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