November 30, 2022

The week-long lockdown in a village in Sagada, Mountain Province from April 17 to 23 was extended until May 2 after several residents tested positive for Covid-19 following the conduct of a community mass testing.

Dennis Lopez, punong barangay of Patay in Central Sagada, has issued on April 21 Executive Order 01-A extending the duration of the households’ lockdown after 33 residents contracted the virus infection.

The Sagada Municipal Health Office has conducted on April 15 to 16 community testing in which 118 of the 1,244 samples collected showed positive results.

The EO also provided additional guidelines, including the schedule of entry of residents from other villages to Barangay Patay and the prohibition of door-to-door peddling of goods, solicitations, and canvassing (including pataya).

Among the prohibitions in the EO Lopez issued earlier included the confinement of residents within their homes, except in emergency cases, if they are accessing essential services, or if a member is working in the sector allowed to operate.

Barangay hubs on roads leading to and from the barangay were also established to monitor the movement of residents.

Central Sagada was placed under lockdown from April 17 to 23 when the punong barangays of Dagdag and Demang also issued similar orders mandating their residents to stay within their homes.

Of the three villages, only the lockdown at Patay was extended for another week.

As of April 22, Mountain Province logged 3,699 cases of which 533 were recorded in Sagada.

Of the town’s total cases, 203 are active and nine were recorded as Covid-19-related deaths. – Jane B. Cadalig