April 2, 2023

BONTOC, Mountain Province – A study that aims to look into public safety concerns in the province amidst the Covid-19 paved a collaboration between the provincial government and the Mountain Province State Polytechnic College (MPSPC).
The collaboration for the research was sealed through a memorandum of agreement that was signed by Gov. Bonifacio C. Lacwasan, Jr. and MPSPC President Rexton F. Chakas on Sept. 23.
The study will be used for policy formulation; specifically, it seeks to determine the rising problems in Mountain Province that affect public safety along education; work and employment; community health; tourism and business-related activities; food security and supply; and law and order. It also seeks to identify the good practices employed by the provincial government to mitigate the effects of Covid-19 and propose policies addressing Covid-19 related problems.
With the title, “Public safety concerns in Mountain Province amidst Covid-19: Reference for policy formulation,” the research was funded by the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.
The research team is composed of a team from the MPSPC led by Dr. Chakas, Dr. Claire Kaplaan P. Lafadchan, Dr. Annie Grail F. Ekid, Dr. Willow F. Pangket, Parline Angyap T. Ullalim, Flemington M. Comicho and Annie Lourie Y. Paredes.
The governor said the study will help the local government units and the province as whole in adjusting to the current situation.
As of Sept. 6, there were 14 recorded cases with four admissions, 16 recoveries and no deaths.
According to the background of the study, these figures mean that the LGUs and the local interagency task force on the management of emerging infectious diseases has, so far, been successful in curbing the spread of the virus. How the LGUs and the provincial government responded to the crisis is evidence of a proactive management; nonetheless, the local economy of Mountain Province took a subdued downward trend.
The provincial government and other LGUs need an empirical data to support its decisions and to craft a sound plan to improve services and to formulate other initiatives to address the problem.
It is also in the vision of the PDRRMO to provide vibrant sustainable development through proper and effective mechanisms for disaster preparedness, mitigation and response that saves lives, properties and livelihood.
The context of the research also acknowledges that there is a dearth of studies conducted on LGU initiative to mitigate the adverse effects of the Covid-19, and studies on public safety concerns on the local front have yet to be conducted, although policies are being proposed to prevent the spread of a virus in a general measure. – Erwin S. Batnag