BANAUE, Ifugao, Jan. 25 (PIA) - - Two municipalities of the province temporarily prohibit public gatherings and suspended government works due to the effect of the Coranavirus Disease - 2019.
Banaue Mayor John Raymund Wesley Dulawan issued Executive Order No.03 temporary prohibiting all forms of public gatherings for two weeks from January 24 - February 7, 2021 and reviving the market window for the barangays of the municipality.
These gatherings include weddings, thanksgivings, church gatherings, cluster meetings of the Department of Education and distribution of modules or giving instructions to parents and students, operations of billiard halls, or "moma" engagements.
Exceptions are wakes but those present must be limited only to immediate family members and nearest kin and must observe the minimum health standards but no gambling. "Honga" and other cultural practices as a cultural demand or need for the sick, but shall not mean for thanksgiving purposes, are limited only to immediate family members.
Dulawan also revived the old market window/schedules for said period as follows: Monday - Ducligan, Banao, Anaba and Bangaan; Tuesday - Bocos, Poblacion, Tam-an, Viewpoint; Wednesday - Poitan, Amganad and Balawis; Thursday - Gohang, San Fernando and Uhaj; Friday - Bocos, Poblacion, Tam-an and Viewpoint and Saturday - Batad, Cambulo, Pula and Kinakin.
The curfew hours from 8:00 PM to 5:00 AM shall be maintained. Personnel of the Banaue Municipal Police Station shall conduct patrols and all violators shall be apprehended and dealt with by law.
Meanwhile, Agunaldo Mayor Gaspar Chilagan, Jr. prohibited all unnecessary travel to and from Bontoc, Mountain Province until further notice due to the detection of COVID-19 UK variant (B.1.1.7).
"All incoming persons from Bontoc shall be allowed only upon the presentation of negative RT-PCR result issued within the last 72 hours but still be subject to mandatory 14-days quarantine before going home or allowed to the community," Chilagan stated.
Moreover, travel from the same must be coordinated with the Municipal Local Government Unit through the municipal inter-agency Taskforce COVID-19 hotline number 0975 072 4730. All are directed to adhere to local health protocols and encouraged to join daily prayer hour every 5:00AM and 7:00PM.
The mayor also suspended office works in municipal and national offices within the MLGU compound including the business one stop shop on January 25-26, 2021 except for emergency frontline offices to give sufficient time for contact tracing and swabbing and while waiting for the results of the first set of swab tests sent for testing. Among the five active COVID-19 patients in the municipality, four are employees of the MLGU.
All activities within the MLGU compound are suspended during the aforementioned dates including the Business One Stop Shop. (JDP/MBL-PIA CAR, Ifugao)