Awingan lauds LT businesses for adherence to protocols

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LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – The town’s Health and Safety Protocols Monitoring Team lauded the sustained compliance of various businesses in the municipality to the prevailing prescribed basic health and safety protocols that has contributed in containing the rapid spread of the dreaded Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in the locality.

Vice Mayor Roderick Awingan, who was appointed as overall head of the task force by Mayor Romeo K. Salda, reported that during the weekly surprise inspections on the compliance of business establishments to the basic health and safety protocols, they found high compliance rate among the establishments.

However, he admitted that the problem lies on the compliance of the individuals on the aforesaid protocols, particularly the wearing of face mask and adherence to proper physical distancing.

The vice mayor pointed out that the different monitoring teams were advised to constantly remind people of the importance of having to comply with these protocols as it is still the best way to prevent them from contracting the deadly virus.

Earlier, the municipal council enacted a number of ordinances prescribing the penalties for violators on the non-wearing of face masks and observance of physical distancing.

He claimed that as much as possible, the municipal government does not want to penalize the violators but there is a need to do so because of the unabated daily increase in the number of COVID cases to remind people on the need for them to embrace the protocols to safeguard their health and safety.

According to him, the teams will continue to perform their assigned duties and responsibilities while the prevailing community quarantine classifications of regions will not be changed by the inter-agency task force for the management of emerging infectious diseases because it is still important for the municipal government to engage the various sectors to help convince people to observe health and safety protocols being enforced at the moment.

Vice Mayor Awingan expressed his gratitude to the representatives of concerned government agencies and the personnel of the municipal government for regularly joining the teams in the weekly surprise inspections as their commitment to ensure that there will be high compliance among businesses and individuals on the established health and safety protocols.

On the other hand, he also congratulated owners of businesses in the municipality for compliance to the current protocols and reminded them not to put their guards down since the uphill battle against the virus is not yet over.

La Trinidad is the center of trade and commerce in Benguet being its capital town, thus, people converge in the municipality to transact their businesses with private and public offices for their individual and business activities. By HENT