BAUKO, Mountain Province – The municipal government underscored the strict enforcement of prescribed enhanced or general community quarantine guidelines will help protect the health and safety of the residents in the town’s 22 barangays against the threat posed by the dreaded Coronavirus Disease (COVID) 2019 global pandemic.
Mayor Abraham B. Akilit pointed out that the implementation of the quarantine rules and regulations is not intended to hamper the smooth flow of food from the farms to the markets.
He pointed out that part of the quarantine regulations requiring delivery trucks to have two drivers, one who will drive the vehicle to the checkpoints in the borders and another to bring their agricultural produce to the La Trinidad Vegetable Trading Post, is part of the recommended precautionary measures to prevent the possible entry of the deadly virus in the municipality and not to delay the transport of crops which had been identified to be pried commodities.
Mayor Akilit reiterated it is much easier to dis-infect cargo vehicles going in and out of the province rather than allowing asymptomatic people to enter the municipality and spread the contagious virus to the populace.
According to him, it is erroneous to conclude that the municipal government is reportedly hampering the delivery of agricultural products from the farms to the market because of its stringent quarantine policies as the primordial consideration of the local officials in the crafting these strict policies is to ensure the protection of the health and safety of the people living in the 22 barangays.
He reminded people that the present enemy of the State is invisible and vicious and the best way to prevent them from acquiring the deadly virus is to restrict their movement and for them to be confined in their homes to avoid infection and subsequently spread the diseases.
In the face of these criticisms, the municipal mayor reiterated the municipal government will continue with the stringent quarantine policies being enforced in the different checkpoints around the municipality because local officials do not want that their gain as COVID-free status to be derailed by the presence of a single case in the future.
Akilit stipulated that more or less 5 minutes of dis-infection of motor vehicles in established checkpoints around the locality should not be interpreted as hampering the delivery of food products because the said activity is part of the recommended precautionary measures to ensure that there will be no virus carriers that will be able to enter the town and compromise the health condition of the populace in the future.
He cited that people manning the different checkpoints in the borders will remain to be steadfast in implementing the guidelines that were cascaded to them because the said rules are intended for the benefit of the greater majority of the people living in the municipality.