June 2, 2023

BONTOC, Mountain Province – The NCR edition of Oplan Suma-ar (NCR Edition) scheduled this June 18 push through. 

This was the consensus of the Municipal Inter-Agency Task Force (MIATF) chaired by Bontoc Mayor Franklin C. Odsey, Rep. Maximo Y. Dalog, Jr., Luis Hora Memorial Regional Hospital Medical Center Chief I Eduardo B. Calpito, Provincial Health Officer II Nenita D. Lizardo, Provincial Health Officer I Carolyn Yawan, Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Edward Chumawar, Jr., during their meeting on June 11. 

The MIATF assured that all locally stranded individuals will be triaged at the basement of the Bontoc Municipal Capitol by personnel of the rural health unit and will be escorted to the LGU quarantine facilities where they will stay for 14 days. 

All locally-stranded individuals will also be swabbed for Covid testing. Also, the local government will provide food for the locally-stranded individuals during their 14-day quarantine to ensure that no visitors will be allowed in the quarantine facilities except for RHU personnel who will conduct monitoring. 

The Oplan Suma-ar (NCR edition) is a joint activity of the local government of Bontoc and the Office of Rep. Maximo Dalog Jr.

Meanwhile, 79 locally stranded individuals in Baguio City and La Trinidad, Benguet will soon be reunited with their families after they complete their 14-day quarantine.

The 79 returning residents were provided with free transportation aboard five chartered buses on June 5.

Similar with the two previous implementations of Oplan Suma-ar, the local government of Bontoc set two pick-up points, one at the Benguet State University parking area at Km.6, La Trinidad, Benguet and the other at the D’ Rising Sun Transportation Terminal at the Slaughterhouse Compound, Baguio City. – Alpine L. Killa, Bontoc