IEC on COVID-19 response efforts underway in Mankayan

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MANKAYAN, Benguet – Members of the municipal government’s information and education campaign (IEC) team and health workers continue to aggressively conduct IEC activities in the town’s twelve barangays to further enhance the compliance of the residents to the established basic health and safety protocols to contain the surge in Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

Earlier, the municipal government organized a number of IEC teams composed of concerned residents with background on allied medical courses to help in effectively and efficiently share information on the government’s anti-COVID response to the communities to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.

Even though COVID-19 cases in the municipality are manageable, Mayor Frenzel A. Ayong stated that people should not let their guards down because of the emerging threat of the Delta variant of the virus which is now causing the surge in cases in other countries.

He admitted that the best way to contain the spread of the virus is for the desired herd immunity among the population to be achieved through the ongoing mass vaccination.

The municipal chief executive commended the IEC team members, the individuals comprising the barangay health emergency response teams (BHERTs) and volunteers, for their continuous passion and dedication to continue informing and educating the residents on the important aspects of the government’s anti-COVID-19 response to keep people aware of the important things to do during the prevailing difficult times.

According to him, the patience and sacrifices of the members of the IEC teams, BHERTs and volunteers are duly recognized by the municipal government which could be emulated by the other personnel in other municipalities.

Mayor Ayong claimed that while the ongoing COVID-19 response of the municipal government has been steadfast even during the surge in the municipality last November and December, it is still important for the residents to be well protected from the rapid spread of the virus, especially with the presence of the Delta variant, that is why people should maintain complying to minimum public health standards.

The municipal mayor asserted that residents should be aware of the availability of the vaccine allocation from the national government and what is key to increasing such allocation is for people to start registering with the local government as the data gathered will be the basis for the allocation of the vaccines that will be provided to the different localities in the country.

Ayong revealed there are many residents who are signifying their intention to be vaccinated and they should register and await for the announcements from the concerned government agencies on the availability of vaccines. By HENT

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