January 29, 2023

LAMUT, Ifugao – The plan to bring home students and some workers stranded  within and outside the province when the enhanced community quarantine in the province is lifted on April 30 has been postponed indefinitely after Ifugao recorded its first Covid-19 case on April 25. 

In an statement, Gov. Jerry Dalipog reported that a 65-year old male from Lamut tested positive of Covid-19 and that the provincial government is initiating measures such as contact tracing, disinfection, and Covid testing. 

“The intention of bringing home our stranded kabobleyans from outside and within the province is now indefinitely suspended pending the improvement of the situation,” Dalipog said.

He assured that the provincial government in coordination with municipal local governments and the Office of the Congressman will extend assistance to those stranded due to the ECQ.  

As of April 25, the Haggiyo Incident Command Center has received and listed more than 3,000 stranded Ifugaos consisting of students and displaced workers. The provincial government through the Provincial Covid-19 Task Force has already provided 1,833 of them with financial and relief assistance. The remaining individuals will be validated for possible assistance.

Dalipog told the public to continue with preventive measures like frequent handwashing, social distancing, wearing of facemasks outside of residence, and practicing proper cough etiquette.

Lamut Mayor Mariano Buyagawan, Jr. mandated all barangay officials to establish their respective checkpoints and inform their constituents to stay home. – PIA-Ifugao