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Prov’l IATF issues  policies to address spike of COVID cases 


Prov’l IATF issues  policies to address spike of COVID cases 

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, March 31(PIA) – – The Provincial Inter-Agency Task Force (PIATF) on the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease issued an advisory on  policies to be enforced   to address  the recent spike in COVID 19 cases  and as the province reverts  to General Community Quarantine status  for the whole of  month of April.

The advisory issued by PIAT Chair Gov. Melchor Diclas is based   on agreements adopted during the regular  meeting last March 29,   and anchored on the Department of the Interior and Local Government Memorandum Circular No. 2021-035 on uniform travel protocols for government officials/personnel and other travellers, and on the strict enforcement of minimum health protocols.

Effective April 1, travel authority is no longer a requirement when entering the province.  But the Provincial Emergency Operations Center will still issue for essential travels upon request subject to the requirements of the local government of destination.  Quarantine is not required unless there are symptoms exhibited.

All deaths within the municipality must be registered with their  respective Municipal Mayor’s Office, and that  wakes  be limited to only three days including day of burial   of the cremated remains of COVID patients   as well as  non-COVID deaths   to control the gathering of people in the community and prevent the spread the virus. 

Police personnel, barangay health workers, and barangay tanods and other authorized personnel will be tapped to closely monitor all social gatherings such as wakes, weddings to ensure that minimum public health standards are strictly followed.

Movement of Authorized Persons Outside of Residences (APOR) and other government personnel carrying out critical services shall continue to be unimpeded under any form of community quarantine.

The 13 local government units are required to pass ordinances with penal provisions regarding strict compliance with the minimum public health standards with penal provisions.  

The district hospitals and infirmaries are mandated to admit confirmed COVID-19 patients while waiting for  accommodation to any hospital or health facility.

Movement of all types of cargoes remains to be unhampered with a maximum of five personnel or depending on the type of vehicle used.

Border check points will still operate for proper monitoring of travellers coming in and out of the province.

 Diclas urged the cooperation and support of the local government units to minimize the spread of the virus.

The IATF has   declared  the whole of the Cordillera Region  under GCQ  from April 1  to 30.  (JDP/SCA-PIA-CAR, Benguet)

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)



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