ECQ status for Benguet supported

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LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – The provincial government will support the decision of the national inter-agency task force to place the Benguet under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in the future as part of the ongoing efforts to contain the spread of the dreaded Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)  in the locality.

Gov. Melchor Diclas stated that there is a need for the people to adjust to whatever will be the decision of the task force on the future quarantine status of the province so that there will be a significant decrease in the number of cases being recorded daily from the different parts of the province in the coming days.

He said that the province will respect whatever will be the decision of the task force on the future status of the province because the same is equipped with the substantial data that will guide decision makers on what will be the future status of the different local governments to address the surges in cases around the country.

The governor pointed out that people should also be extra careful because the reported deaths are now getting younger compared to the previous data where those belonging to the old age are the ones dying from the deadly virus, thus, compliance to the implementation of basic health and safety protocols should be the primordial concern of the people to prevent them from contracting the same.

According to him, restricting the movement of people is one of the strategies to help contain the spread of the virus and the ongoing surge in the number of cases in most parts of the country that is why people should abide by the prescribed rules and regulations governing their mobility to help in addressing the full capacity of the health facilities and isolation units.

He emphasized that the provincial government and the health department are doing their best to address the current problems caused by the surges in cases so as not to compromise the local health care system and stress the frontliners that is why the utmost cooperation of the people to the prevailing guidelines is required to abate the occurrence of the worst case scenario in the province.

Dr. Diclas claimed that the provincial inter-agency task force continues to assess the condition of the province and the number of COVID cases being record so that the concerned municipal task forces will be given the guidance on what appropriate strategies to undertake to contain the spread of the virus and limit the number of individuals dying due to the deadly virus.

While it is true that there is a need to balance health and economy because of the heavy impact of the pandemic to the overall economic situation of various local governments, he emphasized the need to consider the health and safety of the people so that they will be able to be engaged in productive activities that will allow them to hurdle the serious negative impact of the various levels of community quarantine to their living condition.

Diclas appealed to the residents to continue to cooperate with the implementation of the prevailing community quarantine rules and regulations for them to be healthy and safe from the virus. By HENT