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Significant drop in COVID-19 cases in Pangasinan seen – Prov’l IATF-EID

June 22, 2021

The Provincial Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) reported that the Province of Pangasinan recorded lower number of average COVID-19 cases per day for the month of June compared to the previous months.

“From June 1-15, the COVID-19 cases lowered to 59.9 average cases per day and for the last week, there is a significant drop. From June 16-20, we have an average of 47.8 cases per day,” said Pangasinan Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officer Rhodyn Luchinvar Oro during the Question Hour of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Physical Session on June 21 at the Pangasinan Training and Development Center II.

Col. Oro stated that the Province of Pangasinan recorded an average of 67 cases per day last April and an average of 71.2 cases per day in May.

Provincial Health Officer Ana Maria Teresa de Guzman revealed that 5.8% of the Province of Pangasinan populace were already vaccinated since the launching of the COVID-Vaccines.

“For Pangasinan, we have already vaccinated 114, 641 which is about 5.8% of our total eligible population which is 1, 975, 080,” said Dr. de Guzman.

According to Dr. de Guzman, about 84, 172 residents in the province already received their first dose while 30, 469 have already completed the two doses.

On the categorization, 56.5% of the A1 or the Frontline Workers received their vaccines, about 35% of the Senior Citizens already got inoculated and 8.5% of the People with comorbidities got vaccinated.

Dr. de Guzman also explained that the province is getting its ‘fair share’ of vaccines and guaranteed that the people who got their first dose will get their second dose on time.

“Meron talagang challenges sa pagdating ng mga vaccines because the national government is really working on saturating National Capital Region and the NCR Plus provinces, then lumipat ang epicenter [ng COVID-19] sa Mindanao at doon naman po sila nagbuhos ng bakuna. But we still get our fair share naman sa Pangasinan,” explained Dr. de Guzman.

Recently, the province received 87, 874 COVID-19 Vaccine vials from the Department of Health Region 1.

It is also stated by Dr. de Guzman that the factors that delays vaccination in other municipalities and cities included: local lockdown due to a COVID-positive municipal employee; Local Government Units prioritizing hundred percent of A1 and A2 vaccination; and deficient number of vaccination teams.

“We sent out already a memo advising the LGUs that once they received the vaccines, it should be consumed within the week and we asked them to revisit their micro-plans for the vaccination roll-out,” said Dr. de Guzman.

SP Member Jeremy Agerico Rosario, Committee on Health Chairperson, suggested that the roll-out of the Local Government Units shall establish clear schedules to fast track the vaccination.

Inquiries on the entrance of the visitors and tourists in the province were answered by the Provincial IATF-EID and Pangasinan Police Provincial Director Ronald Gayo.

The Provincial IATF-EID already recorded 15, 720 S-PaSS (Safe, Swift and Smart Passage) approved requests in 45 days and Quezon City was listed as the top origin of Pangasinan visitors.

Col. Oro cited that only the LGUs have the authority to approve Travel Coordination Permit (TCP) and set specific requirements such as RT-PCR and other pertinent documents.

SP Members also suggested to Pangasinan Police Provincial Director Ronald Gayo to create a new border entry arrangement for residents of Pangasinan, S-PaSS Applicants and Authorized Personnel Outside Residence (APOR) for more efficient and monitored entry.

/Jerico Cayl Samson (Photo by Jin Perez)