BAGUIO CITY — National Task Force (NTF) COVID-19 chief implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said that the manner of which the Baguio City government and the Cordillera Region has handled the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) health crisis could be a model for other regions’ COVID-19 preparations.
In a recent meeting with officials from the Baguio-La Trinidad-Itogon-Sablan-Tuba-Tublay (BLISTT) and Cordillera local government units, Galvez lauded the unity and discipline of the people from the region which led to its low incidence of the virus.
“It is the united factor of its people. You are very disciplined and that is your strength,” he said.
Saying that no one could be “overprepared” when it comes to dealing with the health crisis, Galvez reiterated that Cordillera is one of the best performing regions in COVID-19 control primarily for the “drastic actions” it adopted at the onset of the pandemic.
He cited the cancellation of major crowd-drawing events such as the Philippine Military Academy homecoming activity, the Panagbenga Festival, the Cordillera Regional Athletic Association sports meet and other public gatherings in Baguio City, while other Cordillera leaders also cancelled their respective events and led in the closure of tourist spots in their own localities which practically prevented the pandemic from taking root.
Making these drastic decisions of giving more importance to public safety over other interests is admirable, Galvez said, stressing that if the region is prepared for COVID-19 then it is also more than prepared for any disaster that may come.