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MANKAYAN, Benguet Some forty two officers of the Parents-Teachers Association (PTA) and public school teachers joined the initial conduct of basic health protocol training dedicated for PTA officers and teachers to equip them with the skills and knowledge on how to handle probable and suspected Corona Virus Disease (COVID) 2019 cases in the schools when classes resume in August.
Mayor Frenzel A. Ayong said that the initial conduct of the aforesaid training in Cabacab, Balili barangay is just the start of the programmed series of basic health protocol trainings that will be done in all the 32 public schools based in the different barangays.
“We are elated to learn about the positive response of the concerned stakeholders in the local government’s effort to reach out to them and equip them with the skills and knowledge on how to effectively and efficiently implement basic health and safety protocols and how to handle probable and suspected COVID cases in their schools without causing panic among the people in the community, especially during the resumption of classes,” Mayor Ayong stressed.
The local chief executive claimed that the upcoming schedules of the basic health protocol trainings that will be undertaken in all the schools in the locality will be announced depending on the availability of the prospective trainees, the venue for such activity and the designated speakers from concerned offices of the local government.
Under the agreement of the municipal government and the PTA, the local government will provide the speakers and the training materials required for the said activity while the PTA guaranteed the participants and the meals and snacks during the conduct of the trainings in the different schools.
Earlier, the municipal government embarked on similar training for members of the different barangay health emergency response teams (BHERTs) to guarantee their readiness during worst case scenarios to prevent them from being exposed to danger when handling probable or suspected COVID cases.
However, Mayor Ayong expressed his gratitude to the residents of the town’s 12 barangays because of their vigilance that contributed in ensuring the maintenance of the municipality’s status as COVID-free to date.
According to him, the PTA and the municipal government will exert efforts to ensure that the basic health protocol trainings in all the 32 public schools in the locality will be completed by August before the programmed opening of classes to guarantee the preparedness of concerned stakeholders in dealing with whatever situation that will transpire in their places.
Ayong underscored that it is still best to ensure that concerned sectors in the municipality will be ready for whatever scenario that will transpire in the locality, especially that the fight against the deadly virus is not yet over, and that the shift to the new normal will not be a guarantee that COVID-19 will no longer exist.
Mankayan is one of the ten municipalities in the province that was able to maintain a COVID-free status since the start of the implementation of the Luzonwide enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
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