PGIN eyes 'brgy markets' to reduce COVID-19 spread


Apr. 06, 2020 ...

The Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) eyes the creation of "barangay markets" in all of its component cities and municipalities to reduce the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

In a meeting led by Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc with all the local chief executives of Ilocos Norte last March 31, "localized markets" or "talipapa" was discussed as an alternative mode for residents to buy basic commodities without violating social distancing protocols.  

"We ask the mayors to give way to 'barangay markets' para hindi na lahat ay pupunta sa public market. Ganun ang set up na gusto natin— small, localized, barangay markets catering for our constituents," Gov. Marcos Manotoc said.  

Previously, the Governor issued an order mentioning the compliance of "Essential Supplies Day" in its provisions. Section 3 of the Executive Order 65-20, Placing Ilocos Norte Under Total Lockdown, stated the role of mayors in designating marketplace and groceries for barangays at a specific schedule, alongside with the banning of unnecessary inter-town travels.  

"To all our kapitans, let us make sure that we cater to the needs of our people.

"Let's find ways to keep our people comfortable and to supply them with what they need so they don't need to go too far," Gov. Marcos Manotoc pressed.

Moreover, the Provincial Government assured its continued efforts in paving "beneficial path" for the overall welfare of the Ilokano community amid the Enhanced Community Quarantine due to COVID-19 pandemic.