Provincial Health Officer Dr. Priscilla Pagada said the target of the five-day ACT are residents of the seven municipalities with surging COVID-19 cases. The towns of Lagawe and Lamut are allotted 1,000 slots each while 500 each for the municipalities of Hingyon, Kiangan, Banaue, Alfonso Lista and Asipulo.
The ACT will be conducted by the National Task Force (NTF) Against COVID-19- the Bases Conversion and Development Authority through the Regional TF headed by Office of the Civil Defense Cordillera Regional Director Albert Mogol, in coordination with the concerned local government units. This is part of the continuing efforts of the government to curb the further spread of COVID-19.
Pagada said 40 swabbers will be sent to Ifugao to do the aggressive community testing using the reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test. The concerned LGUs are tasked to contact trace the individuals to be swabbed, prepare the venues and quarantine areas.
Ifugao is classified under critical risk level. As of April 27, 2021, the province recorded a cumulative total of 2,575 confirmed cases with 1,089 active cases, 1,465 recoveries, and 21 deaths.
The capital town of Lagawe listed the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases with 598, Lamut with 498, Hingyon – 350, Kiangan – 307, Banaue – 220, Alfonso Lista – 182, Asipulo – 113, Tinoc – 105 and Aguinaldo with 76 cases. (JDP/MBL-PIA CAR, Ifugao)
By Marcelo B. Lihgawon