Provincial Health Officer Dr. Priscilla Pagada said the target of the ACT are residents of the seven municipalities with surging COVID-19 cases with market vendors, tricycle drivers, government workers, and other concerned sectors as the priority targets.
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 for a total of 4,500 individuals.
Lamut town is scheduled on May 5, followed by the towns of Kiangan and Asipulo on May 6, and the municipalities of Hingyon and Banaue on May 7. The activity will end on May 8 in Alfonso Lista.
Thirty three personnel from the Bureau of Fire Protection are doing the mass testing using the reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test.
“ACT is one strategy to screen those who maybe positive to be immediately isolated to prevent transmission because if they are roaming around without knowing their status, local transmission will go and we will expect an increase in the number of positive cases,” Pagada added.
The ACT is being conducted by the National Task Force Against COVID-19- the Bases Conversion and Development Authority and the BFP through the Regional TF headed by Office of the Civil Defense Cordillera Regional Director Albert Mogol, in coordination with the concerned local government units, in efforts to curb the spiraling COVID cases in Ifugao recently.
The DOH CAR COVID-19 Updates as of May 3 showed 3,015 confirmed cases in Ifugao (613 active cases, 2,389 recoveries and 13 deaths) from the 662 cases as of April 1, 2021. (JDP/MBL- PIA CAR, Ifugao)
By Marcelo B. Lihgawon