BAUKO, Mountain Province April 05 – The Bauko municipal government announced that four persons under investigation (PUIs) in the municipality recently tested negative for the dreaded Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) that has greatly contributed in efforts to sustain the status of the municipality as COVID-19 free
Mayor Abraham B. Akilit disclosed that since the start of the implementation of the Luzonwide enhanced community quarantine, there were 8 PUIs and a total of 216 persons under monitoring (PUMs) that were documented by concerned health authorities in the municipality.
Akilit added that of the 8 PUIs, 4 individuals already tested negative for COVID-19 while 2 persons already completed their prescribed 14-day quarantine.
On the other hand, the local chief executive claimed that of the 2216 PUMs, 177 persons had history of local travel to areas with confirmed COVID-19 cases while 39 individuals had history of travel abroad.
He stated that the PUMs in the town, 152 persons were able to complete their 14-day quarantine in their respective residences upon the supervision of assigned health workers wile 64 individuals are awaiting the lapse of the period that they are required to undergo self-isolation.
Mayor Akilit expressed confidence that the remaining 2 PUIs and the 64 PUMs will be ble to complete their quarantine in the next several days to ensure that the municipality will no longer have individuals who will be strictly monitored because of having symptoms of the deadly virus considering that the local government remains strict in the implementation of checkpoints in the roads leading to the municipality to prevent possible carriers of the contagious virus from being able to enter the locality and eventually spread the virus to the innocent residents which will be surely a bigger problem for the local officials and health authorities.
He revealed that instead of being required to fill up health declaration forms, persons wanting to enter the municipality must present their health certificates from their places of origin attesting that they do not possess the symptoms of the virus aside from the fact that they have to prove that they have something important to do in the municipality.
The municipal mayor also advised stranded students and residents from other areas to remain in the said places and await the lifting of the enhanced community quarantine before travelling to prevent them from acquiring the virus and the risk of having to travel that might cause their health from being compromised in the future.
He appealed to the individuals who continue to encounter inconveniences in the checkpoints to understand the situation because law enforcers are simply implementing their duties and responsibilities to ensure that no carriers of diseases will be able to enter the municipality and taint its status as COVID-19 free as even vegetable dealers and traders as well as farmers are being subjected to stringent dis-infection processes before being allowed to enter the municipality to purchase their desired vegetable crops.