April 20, 2024

The city government stepped up the monitoring aspect of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) mitigation through a heightened surveillance of the entry of persons with history of travel to countries covered by the ban imposed by the Philippine government.
Mayor Benjamin Magalong issued on Feb. 11 a memorandum requiring barangays to regularly survey and report residents and visitors, both Filipinos and foreigners, in their areas of jurisdiction with travel histories to Covid-19-critical countries like China, Hong Kong, and Macau from December 2019 to the present.
The survey should include household members and other persons the subject individuals came in contact with to facilitate contact tracing, if needed.
Barangay officials were also asked to regularly monitor the health condition of the identified persons in case they develop symptoms related to Covid-19 and to immediately report the same to the nearest health facility.
The reports should be submitted to the City Mayor’s Office in behalf of the inter agency task force chaired by Magalong, copy furnished the Health Services Office.
As of Feb. 14, Department of Health-Cordillera Officer-in-Charge Amelita Pangilinan said the region remains Covid-19-free as no positive case has been recorded.
The mayor recently ordered the activation of the barangay health emergency response teams tasked to keep a list of persons with history of travel and to enforce a 14-day home confinement for persons arriving from the Covid-19 affected areas, in coordination with the DOH; extend assistance and support to persons undergoing home confinement; provide assistance in the transport of suspected carriers to hospitals; conduct regular barangay-wide cleanup campaign; and provide appropriate information regarding the infection. – Aileen P. Refuerzo