Tubod, Lanao del Norte: With the presence of the Omicron (B.1.1.529) variant in the country, Provincial Governor Imelda ‘Angging’ Quibranza Dimaporo called an urgent meeting yesterday, January 10, 2022, with all Local Chief Executives, Punong Barangay, Municipal Health Offices, including the Philippine National Police agency led by PCol Isiais Bacurnay Jr. with the AFP through Lt. Col Julius Librada of the 5th Mechanized Infantry Battalion. Through a virtual platform, the activity of the Department of the Interior and Local Government under the provision of DILG-LDN Provincial Director Bruce Colao facilitated the conference. It was set to stress the need to sustain strict measures and enhance local health services as preparation for possible omicron entry in the province of Lanao del Norte.
Through Ms. Xyza Enterina, the Provincial Health Office emphasized the risk that the new variant could bring to the community.
 
“This variant is likely could spread more easily than the original strain, so there is a need to continue adhering to the minimum health protocols and intensify the implementation of our vaccination program,” Ms. Enterina said. She also reported the status of active cases in the province with a comparative analysis on the trend of infections and the vaccination status. As of the recent data, there are already 212,924 fully vaccinated individuals, 41.33% of the target population.
 
Governor Dimaporo sees the need to boost the campaign in attaining herd immunity as soon as possible.
” I appeal for the support of everyone, especially to all Local Chief Executives, Barangay Captains, and to the Philippine National Police (PNP). We need to re-assess our protocols and plans on our current station.” Governor Dimaporo stated.
 
Meanwhile, PD Colao called the attention of all Barangay captains and said, “We are enjoined to take the lead in implementing the inoculation program in the different LGUs, especially to those areas with a low percentage of vaccinees.” He also proposed the adoption of the Alert level system.
 
“Based on reported figures, our province is currently still under the Alert Level 2” Engr. Abulcair Lindao of DILG said.
Alert Level 2 covers the areas with low and declining COVID cases but with escalated hospital admissions.
Aside from strictly following the standard health protocols, Governor Dimaporo also encourages the cooperation of every citizen to be more responsible and stay physically active. She also highlighted the importance of using the face masks correctly and staying at home when symptoms begin to show – whether vaccinated or not.
 
“Our experience in recent years has not been easy because of COVID 19. Let’s not wait for this variant to spread further, increase the cases among those who are positive, and there will be lockdowns again. We need to be accountable with one another, for this is not a joke”, Governor Dimaporo added.
 
The DILG, PNP, and Governor Dimaporo warn the public not to buy or manufacture fake vaccination cards or else they would be penalized. PIO-LDN