September 26, 2023

KAPANGAN, Benguet – The local government saw the importance of engaging the religious sector in influencing their flock to help in the government’s campaign on the control and the spread of the Covid-19.
Mayor Manny Fermin, in an interview by Presidential Communications Operations Office Sec. Martin Andanar in the Laging Handa Network Briefing, said he met with the various members of  the religious sector and sought their help in informing and educating their flock about the health protocols and Covid-19 Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases guidelines and what the local government units are doing to  combat the Covid-19. 
“Katulong natin ang mga pari at mga pastor to implement these protocols and to pray for the municipality, the nation, and the whole world,” Fermin said.
Recognizing the influence of the religious over their followers, the mayor added, “Sa lahat ng antas ng religion, it is important for them to help us.”
He hopes that Covid-19-related information are announced during mass celebrations or religious rites.
Under the guidelines issued by the Benguet Provincial IATF on Covid-19, religious venues are allowed only up to 30 percent of the seating capacity under the general community quarantine. 
Fermin said among the measures imposed by Kapangan to strengthen the campaign against the Covid-19 are the imposition of curfew hours, scheduling trips of public vehicles, issuance of health declaration forms for essential travel only, and monitoring to ensure limited mass gatherings.
He asked his constituents to comply with the public health protocols and other guidelines, which are meant to protect not only individuals, but also their families and the community. – Susan C. Aro