January 29, 2023

TABUK CITY, Kalinga – The province’s largest school in terms of population joined the local government in its fight against the coronavirus disease-2019 (Covid-19) by offering their newly constructed school building as a quarantine facility.

Tabuk City National High School (TNHS) prinicial Mildren Cabay led school personnel in heeding the call for assistance and offered their school building as one of the quarantine facilities. The building is capable of housing 100 persons.

The newly constructed four-story building has 20 classrooms.

Cabay asked the help of volunteers to prepare the classrooms to accommodate those who would be quarantined.

Aside from TNHS, other schools here like the Dilag Integrated School were also identified as municipal quarantine areas.

Aurora Amilig, Tabuk City executive assistant to the mayor, said the city is preparing for the possible influx of would-be quarantined persons, identifying Tabuk City gymnasium with 80 beds, TCNHS, and Agbannawag Evacuation Center as its isolation facilities.

Department of the Interior and Local Government Provincial Director Max Mayer Adong reported that the agency issued on April 17 a memorandum to all mayors reiterating the need to establish their own isolation facilities.

With the issuance, the number of barangay isolation units increased from 82 to 93, which is a 61 percent completion rate out of the 152 barangays in the province.

The IATF identified Kalinga as among the areas in the country that could shift from  enhanced community quarantine to general community quarantine after April 30. – Jesse Maguiya