March 27, 2023

BONTOC, Mountain Province – The municipal government continues to protect its employees and other government workers from the Covid-19.
The municipality purchased and provided Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and multivitamins to officials and employees including those employed under job order and contractual status, barangay health workers (BHWs), barangay officials, Bontoc Municipal Police Station (MPS), Bontoc Municipal Fire Station, and employees of national government agencies whose offices are located at the Bontoc Municipal Capitol.
The national government agencies include the Commission on Election, Bureau of Internal Revenue, and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology. The PPE includes boxes of facemask and face shields. 
Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Johanna Padaen said the budget for the purchase of the PPE and multivitamins was sourced out from the Bayanihan Grant to Cities and Municipalities.  
Mayor Franklin Odsey said these initiatives aim to protect employees and clients against the Covid -19. 
“Our frontliners and employees deserve the support and the protection that we could provide because they are exposed to the health risk,” Odsey said.
Since the start of the enhanced community quarantine and the shifting of Mountain Province to modified general community quarantine, the LGU has been providing PPE, multivitamins, alcohol, and disinfectant to its employees, national government agencies whose offices are located at the Bontoc Municipal Capitol, and frontliners from the MPS, Bontoc Municipal Fire Station, BHWs, and barangay officials. 
The LGU has also implemented strict measures to prevent and avoid the spread of the virus.
These include strict implementation of No facemask/ no face shield, No entry at the Bontoc Municipal Capitol; conduct of thermal scanning by the staff of the Rural Health Unit (RHU) to all employees and clients entering the Bontoc Municipal Capitol; adoption of the memorandum circular of the Civil Service Commission on alternative work arrangement especially to employees who are considered vulnerable; implementation of one-meter physical distancing especially to frontline services of the Bontoc LGU; and disinfection in all offices every afternoon. – Alpine L. Killa