DAVAO CITY – The local government of Pigcawayan in North Cotabato requested the Regional Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases to revert the town from modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) to enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) due to the increasing number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases.
As of July 22, the Municipal Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases has recorded seven cases of COVID-19.
Mayor Jean Dino Roquero endorsed the MIATF’s resolution that was passed on July 18, recommending the imposition of ECQ due to a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases in the town.
Four of the seven patients were locally stranded individuals (LSIs), while the others were patients of a hospital in Cotabato City.
Two of them are confined in Cotabato City Regional and Medical Center, while the rest are in a local quarantine facility.
One of them has recovered on July 21, according to the report of Department of Health Region 12.
In a statement, Roquero appealed to the residents of Pigcawayan to religiously follow health protocols to prevent the spread of the virus.
“Rest assured, the local government unit of Pigcawayan, through the IATF for COVID-19 is doing its best to contain the spread of the disease,” he added.
Pigcawayan is a first class municipality with a population of 66,796 people based on the 2015 census. The nearest accredited COVID-19 testing center is in Cotabato City, about 30 kilometers away.
The mayor said that contact tracing was underway for those who had close contact with the patients.
Roquero also asked his constituents for understanding as to why the local government had to assist the stranded residents.
“Hindi rin natin sila pwedeng pabayaan na wala nang makain at matuluyan. Walang sino man ang may gustong magkaroon nito at makahawa sa iba.”
The mayor further appealed to his constituents not to discriminate the patients and their families.