LINGAYEN,Pangasinan, Sept. 25 (PIA) -- The provincial government of Pangasinan urges the full cooperation of all Pangasinenses to protect every single resident as cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) continue to rise in the province.
Gov. Amado Espino III called for intensified efforts from local leaders to help curb the spike of the dreaded virus and reduce the burden of doctors, nurses, and other frontline workers during this health crisis.
Pangasinan reported 49 new cases on Sept. 15, its highest single-day increase of new COVID-19 cases since March.
This was followed by 26, 28, and 18 new COVID-19 cases on Sept. 16, 17, and 18 respectively, mostly due to the implementation of mass testing in every local government unit and offices.
"Nakikita ko po ang sitwasyon ng ating probinsya. Sana huwag na nating dagdagan pa," urged Gov. Espino during the 'Abig Pangasinan' activities in various towns of the province.
In a separate report, Police Provincial Director Col. Redrico Maranan said strategic plans in slowing the recent rapid spread of COVID-19 in the province include stricter border control points and more quarantine requirements.
Maranan also urged barangay captains and barangay enforcement teams to set-up barangay checkpoints especially in towns and cities which recorded a spike in confirmed cases.
Meanwhile, in the Laging Handa Network Briefing anchored by Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo echoed the same intensified efforts to control COVID-19 in their area.
"We used the guerilla technique because we have no molecular laboratory. We lack hospitals equipped with respirators. If we break out here, it will be worse than Metro Manila so the only weapon we have is prevention," Mayor Remollo said during the Sept. 24 episode.
Strict protocols are also being implemented even for Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APOR).
"We have to explain to them that being an APOR does not exempt them. COVID does not choose status or rank," the mayor explained. (JCR/JPD/VHS, PIA Pangasinan)