Ilocos Norte boosts COVID-19 preventive efforts thru disinfection procedures


Mar. 31, 2020 ...

In efforts to sustain a coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)–free status, the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) boosts its preventive measures against the virus through conducting disinfection procedures at the Provincial Capitol, last March 29.

"We have started disinfecting the different offices within the Provincial Capitol. This is a preventive measure to secure and protect our offices from the possible entry of the COVID-19, especially this is the quarters of our frontliners," Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer, Mr. Marcell Tabije, said.

Government-managed hospitals, particularly Governor Roque B. Ablan Sr. Memorial Hospital, and Provincial Health Office were disinfected too. 

Earlier this week, authorized personnel started spraying disinfectants on vehicles entering the provincial borders. The quarantine checkpoints are located in Badoc, Pagudpud, Solsona–Apayao Road, and Nueva Era–Abra Road.  

"We have mist sprinkler that was set up by the DPWH [Department of Public Works and Highways] Second District Engineering Office in Badoc. Before we have this mist sprinkler, we used a power sprayer to disinfect livestock cargos that enter our province.

"Alongside the disinfecting knapsack sprayers provided by PGIN and power sprayers donated by Mr. Hanson Chua, the DPWH First District Engineering Office also set up a mist sprinkler to augment the disinfecting equipment in Pagudpud. We also stationed personnel in Nueva Era–Abra Road and Solsona–Apayao Road who are disinfecting vehicles coming to Ilocos Norte," Mr. Tabije explained.

Moreover, local government units are implementing disinfecting initiatives to safeguard their jurisdictions from the infectious virus.

As PGIN reinforces a COVID-free working environment, Mr. Tabije advised operating private establishments to disinfect their buildings as well.

Last March 29, Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc signed the Executive Order No. 65-20 placing Ilocos Norte under total lockdown since its neighboring provinces have already recorded confirmed cases of COVID-19.