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COVID-19 cases in Cordillera reach 19

First the bad news. The Department of Health-Cordillera reported last week the confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease-2019 (Covid-19) in the region has increased to 19. But the good news, four of them have already recovered from the infection.

IN CONTRAST -- The main thoroughfare of  La Trinidad, Benguet is almost empty during the two-day extreme enhanced community quarantine on March 30 to 31 while contact tracing was being conducted following two confirmed Covid-19 cases in the valley. Gridlock resumed on April 1 when the extreme ECQ was lifted, as throngs of residents came out from their houses while most establishments opened, bringing fear to medical frontliners who cautioned the local government to adopt some measures to ensure that residents come out from their homes only when necessary. -- Ofelia Empian/Harley Palangchao

Compassion towards people in need has triggered Mayor Gabino Ganggangan of Sadanga, Mountain Province to divert relief packs from the government with a request that such relief packs be given to the less fortunate in other areas.

While assuring they can attend to patients infected by the coronavirus disease-2019 (Covid-19), the chief of the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center has reminded health facilities outside the city to also be ready for the expected rise in the number of patients.

 
Possible quarantine extension supported

Health officials will support the extension of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) if local government units so decide.

 

After the extreme enhanced community quarantine conducted by La Trinidad, other Benguet towns followed suit in implementing their own extreme ECQs.

 
 
 
City
CIVIC DUTY -- Officers and members of the Baguio General Hospital Advisory Council represented by its President Ram Sharma together with Chandru Budrani, Gloria Antoinette Hamada, and Nonnette Bennett donated 10 bags of whole milk for babies of affected families in the various city barangays during the enhanced community quarantine.
-- Harley Palangchao
Region
BUSINESS BREAK -- The La Trinidad Vegetable Trading Post took a break from its daily business hours during the extreme enhanced community quarantine imposed by the local government of La Trinidad, Benguet on March 30 to 31 following  two positive Covid-19 cases involving residents of Poblacion and Puguis. Meanwhile, the municipality conducted disinfection at the trading post and prepared the area for another busy trading when it resumed operation on April 1. -- Ofelia Empian

Health
ESSENTIALS -- The Office of the Benguet Congressional District led by caretaker Rep. Eric Go Yap of ACT-CIS gave P2.5 million worth of personal protective equipment consisting of N95 masks, goggles, alcohol, and hazmat suits, among others, to the medical workers at Benguet General Hospital. BeGH Chief Meliarazon Dulay and Vice Gov. Johnny Waguis received the donation in behalf of the province from Anthony Kuan, head coordinator of the Benguet Congressional District Office. -- Ofelia Empian
Business
UPCYCLED PPES -- While help continue to pour-in from many sectors in the region especially those with capabilities to sew and manufacture facemasks, the DTI-SLU Fabrication Laboratory Team together with  volunteer engineering students produced face-shields using acetates and upcycled items. Aided by 3D printing machines, prototypes were made and replicated by the volunteers in their respective homes. The face-shields were distributed to health workers, police, and military personnel including security guards of City Hall. -- Art Tibaldo
Sports
BAND OF BROTHERS -- The first generation of Team Lakay fighters led by multiple champion Eduard Folayang is leading the pack in training younger generation of future mixed martial arts champions from the highlands. With proper guidance from its chairman Mark Sangiao, the famed MMA team is expected to produce more world champions in the future. -- Harley Palangchao
 

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