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MANKAYAN, Benguet – The municipal government will conduct of basic health protocol training among concerned sectors in the municipality to prepare them in effectively and efficiently handling the prevailing situation now that the town recorded its first Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) case.
Mayor Frenzel A. Ayong said that the municipal government will not buckle down after registering its first COVID-19 case after nearly 3 months under community quarantine but instead, local officials and concerned stakeholders will continue to aggressively equip the residents with sufficient knowledge and skills in handling probable and suspected COVID-19 cases in the locality.
“We are saddened by the sudden emergence of the first COVID-19 case in the municipality which happened to one of our frontliners, a midwife. We saw it coming because of the continuous entry and exit of our farers but we do not want to put the blame on anyone. We just have to closely work together for us to effectively and efficiently handle the situation to prevent more people from contracting the deadly virus,” Mayor Ayong stressed.
He disclosed concerned offices of the municipal government will just have to remain focused in engaging the relevant sectors of the community to train them in basic health protocols that will widen their awareness on the importance of strictly adhering to these established health and safety protocols that will help in preventing the spread of the virus in the community.
According to him, the schedule of training for the officers of the Parents-Teachers Association (PTA) and teachers of the remaining 31 schools in the different barangays are being finalized after the successful conduct of the first training in Cabacab which drew a significant number of participants among the stakeholders.
The municipal chief executive revealed he is inspired at the good feedback from the participants of the training, and the municipal government will strive within the ambit of the law to reach out to stakeholders and empower them to be fully aware of the appropriate precautionary measures that should be implemented to prevent the transmission of the virus in the community.
He admitted the municipal officials and residents are in a very peculiar situation because the enemy is invisible and vicious, or the same is even in the midst of the community, thus people must continue staying at home, observe physical distancing, and for them to wear face asks when in public, and to practice good hygiene at all times.
Earlier, the municipal government successfully conducted similar basic health protocol training among the members of the different barangay health emergency response teams in the town’s 12 barangays with barangay officials and appointed members being impressed on how the training were conducted making them aware of the established basic health protocols that have to be observed for the protection of residents from the effects of the deadly virus.
He expressed his gratitude to the concerned stakeholders for appreciating the initiative of the municipal government in equipping them with the appropriate knowledge and skills in preventing the transmission of the disease in the community which is already a headway towards controlling the virus.