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Cordillera crisis response wows NTF chief 

Aldwin Quitasol

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Returning Baguio residents undergo processing and testing. (Baguio PIO)

BAGUIO CITY—Cordillera Region’s handling of the coronavirus crisis impressed National Task Force (NTF) COVID-19 chief implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr.

In a recent meeting here, Galvez said the region displayed commendable preparations and unity.

“You are very disciplined and that is your strength,” Galvez said.

Galvez added the Cordilleras may be the most prepared, if not “overprepared,” citing “drastic actions” like cancellation of major events like the Philippine Military Academy homecoming, Panagbenga Festival and the Cordillera Regional Athletic Association.

The Office of the Civil Defense Cordillera, under Regional Director Albert Mogol, presented the region’s best practices against COVID-19: proactive measures and advance planning; mandatory decontamination and health and safety measures; use of high tech devices; voluntary revelation of identities of patients; early identification of quarantine and isolation facilities and strict quarantine protocols; early recovery, rehabilitation and resiliency interventions; and transparency and effective education campaign.

Also in attendance were officials of the Baguio-La Trinidad-Itogon-Sablan-Tuba-Tublay and Cordillera local government unites, heads of regional line agencies and city government departments.

Meanwhile, the Baguio LGU said the liquor ban has not been lifted in the city.

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