Tabuk implements stricter border control

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TABUK CITY, Kalinga – Mayor Estrañero appealed to residents to comply with protocols specially those travelling out and into the city and at the same time ordered the strict implementation of checkpoints as the threat of the delta variant of covid-19 looms, during the joint CIATF-CDRRMC-Local Finance Committee meeting on Aug. 13.

The members unanimously approved the city’s contingency plan for the delta variant.  As per the contingency plan, checkpoints are already in place at Talaca, Block 3 (Bulanao Centro), Nambaran (spring), and Cudal manned by both the PNP and city personnel. The instruction is to flag down all vehicles leaving and entering the city and check if the passengers have the necessary travel documents.

“Masapol nga amin nga rumwar ken umuneg tatta ket ma-flag down isu nga masapol nga ipatungpal nga istrikto ti protocols tayu, this threat should be taken seriously,” Estrañero said.

The city government allotted 18 million pesos for the contingency plan anchored on the Prevention, Detection, Isolation, Treatment, and Reintegration (PDITR) strategies of the government to fight COVID-19 and covers everything from the costs of purchasing oxygen tanks, medicines, personnel protective equipment, ramped up testing and the implementation of strict travel protocols at the city’s borders. The plan covers a period of 60 days but is renewable as the situation warrants.

Schools will again be tapped as isolation units in case existing facilities exceed their capacity.  The chief executive urged the city’s residents to limit travel to essential purposes only saying that preventing a surge of COVID-19 cases is everybody’s concern.

“Nu haan nga essential haanen nga ap-apan. We prohibit people from nearby provinces but we allow our residents to go out of Tabuk freely without being apprehended, that’s a problem, what is happening in other places, may happen here. At this point in time, it is better to be prepared,” he said. By Jayson Dale B. Antonio

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