KIDAPAWAN CITY, North Cotabato, May 12 (PIA)-- The Provincial Inter-agency Task Force (PIATF) on COVID-19 here is mobilizing barangay officials and Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams (BHERTs) to combat the further spread of the deadly coronavirus disease 2019.
Barangay officials and BHERTs are leading the monitoring and strict implementation of the minimum health protocols in their areas of responsibility. Particularly, they are focusing on Returning Overseas Filipinos and Locally Stranded Individuals.
PIATF incident commander Dr. Philbert Malaluan said this was pushed through knowing that one of the major steps needed to control the spread of the virus is to discipline residents and have them observe health and safety protocols. Malaluan is also optimistic that local government units will strengthen implementation of COVID-19 ordinances by imposing penalty on violators of the protocols.
At present, the official noted, the PIATF is not requiring documents such as travel authority, medical certificate, and RT-PCR test negative result in border checkpoints for those entering the province.
"Wala sa border kundi nasa tao ang disiplina," the incident commander said emphasizing the importance of discipline and cooperation this time of pandemic.
As of May 10, 2021, the province has 1,380 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Out of this number, 224 are active cases, 1,079 already recovered, and the province recorded 75 COVID-19 related deaths.
Meanwhile, Malaluan is urging residents to help in achieving herd immunity in the province by getting themselves vaccinated against COVID-19.