LAOAG CITY – The Ilocos Norte government will be rewarding villages that can maintain zero or reduced cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
In an announcement on Sunday, Governor Matthew Joseph Manotoc said the Barangay Incentivization Program (BIP) aims to provide cash incentives to the most resilient and disciplined local communities who could effectively manage and contain the further spread of the virus in their respective areas of jurisdiction.
“In one month’s time, we will be rewarding barangays who have lowered or maintained their low percentage of cases,” Manotoc said.
Under the program which comes with four levels of cash awards ranging from P30,000 to P120,000, the village that can demonstrate the best practice/s in reducing COVID-19 cases based on the color category of infection level per percentage of population with COVID-19 will be rewarded after a month or from Aug. 15 to Sept. 15.
The color category and its description are as follows: Green for low spread, yellow for moderate spread, orange for high spread, and red for very high spread.
Currently, two cities and 21 towns of Ilocos Norte except for Adams and Carasi are under the strictest form of localized quarantine measure due to continuing upsurge of COVID-19 cases.
To date, Ilocos Norte has recorded 4,261 active cases, bringing the cases to a total of 12,075 since the start of the pandemic last year with 7,658 recoveries and 156 deaths.