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Lockdown in Palayan City barangay extended

Palayan City frontliners share a light momen at Plaza Concepcion before administering the rapid tests Photo by STEVE A. GOSUICO.

PALAYAN CITY – The lockdown in Bgy. Militar here has been extended until October 29.

This after the appeal of City Mayor Adrianne Mae “Rianne” Cuevas was approved by the Regional Inter-Agency Task Force (RIATF) to declare it as a critical zone area in order to contain the threat of COVID-19 in the city.

Cuevas, head of the city inter-agency task force on COVID-19, also urged the implementation of the zoning containment strategy in the affected area from October 16 until October 29, subject to early lifting depending on the situation.

The RIATF, in a resolution dated October 19, unanimously concurred with the mayor’s request after finding it well-justified as an appropriate precautionary measure to counter the spread of the disease in the area.

Cuevas also directed the holding of a mass COVID-19 rapid anti-body testing in Bgy. Militar to ensure the safety of local residents. Those tested positive through the rapid test were immediately subjected to a swab test.

Due to the lockdown, the mayor said thousands of food packs were also distributed immediately in the affected barangay. The CSWDO and the CDRRMO headed by Tess Ramos and Bong Hilado, respectively, led the distribution assisted by barangay captain Rodolfo Arizabal.

Earlier, the mayor and her husband Vince “Bong” Cuevas through the Palayan City Swab Team also gave free swab testing kits to eight towns of the province – (first district)– Quezon and Sto. Domingo; (2nd district)– Rizal, (third district)– Gabaldon and Bongabon; (fourth district)– Cabiao, Jaen, and General Tinio.

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Steve A. Gosuico
Past President, Nueva Ecija Press Club, Inc.