December 10, 2022

A village leader in Sagada, Mountain Province has placed all households in his barangay under mandatory quarantine for one week in a bid to curb the rising cases of Covid-19.

Dennis Lopez, punong barangay of Patay in Central Sagada, has issued on April 15 an executive order that declared a “lockdown” on all households to help minimize the spread of the virus that causes the Covid-19.

The lockdown will be from April 17 to 23.

“Based on data, Patay is one of the leading barangays with active Covid-19 cases in the municipality, which is upsetting, while the spread is alarming. To curb the continuous surge of Covid-19 cases, it is imperative for the barangay to impose stringent measures,” Lopez stated in Executive Order 1, s. 202, which was posted on the Facebook account of Sagada.

In the EO, residents were ordered to stay 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 established to monitor the movement of residents.

Each household was told to assign a member to access food, water, and other essential needs and services for the family.

Those allowed to access basic needs and services for the family must not be under 15 and over 65 years old and should not have comorbidity or is not immuno-compromised.

Farmers and construction workers were allowed to tend to their farms or go to work, provided they have not been swab tested and waiting for their results.

All those who underwent swab test were ordered to stay in their homes.

Employees of government and other offices allowed to operate were also ordered to limit their movement to their homes and places of work.

Residents were also told to observe the 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. curfew hours and the total liquor ban.

As of April 14, Mountain Province logged 3,296 cases of which 388 were from Sagada.

The local government unit has implemented an aggressive community testing on April 15 to 16. – Jane B. Cadalig