Benguet folks told to stay safe during the holidays

Benguet folks told to stay safe during the holidays

By Redjie Melvic Cawis

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet (PIA) — With the expected family and other social gatherings during this Christmas season, the public is urged to strictly observe health and safety protocols against the COVID-19.

Governor Melchor Diclas explained that it has been proven that the COVID-19 virus spreads widely and faster during gatherings and with the upcoming celebrations, there is a possibility of having “super spreader events” but this could be prevented through the strict observance of the minimum public health protocols.

The call for more vigilance this holiday season is also due to the confirmation of cases in the country of the Omicron variant of the COVID-19.

Aside from strictly practicing the MPHS, those who have symptoms or are feeling sick are also reminded not to mingle anymore with their loved ones during celebrations. It is also better to isolate the elders and the young children to protect them.

It is also good to note that celebrations and gatherings could also be done thru technology such as attending masses and parties online or thru social media and internet to avoid crowded areas as well.

People are also reminded to maintain health and wellness during the holidays such as eating healthy and nutritious foods and protecting oneself from the cold weather being experienced in the province.

 Provincial Health Officer 1 Dr. Meliarazon Dulay also advised that while COVID-19 cases continue to drop and more are getting vaccinated, the people should not let their guard down.

“The provincial response is on the right track and is continuously working towards recovery but efforts should be sustained to maintain the downtrend in cases and let us strengthen our vigilance this coming holiday season and let us not put our guards down,” Dulay said.

Meanwhile, the Department of Health in partnership with the Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of Trade and Industry, Bureau of Fire Protection, and the Philippine National Police virtually launched the annual holiday campaign with the theme, “Ligtas Christmas sa Healthy Pilipinas ”.

This year, the campaign focuses on three main behaviors to keep Filipinos healthy amidst the pandemic – (1) continuously practice the minimum public health standards (2) choose healthier options during feasts and similar activities, and (3) prevent fireworks-related injuries by avoiding its use and being prepared for accidents. (JDP/RMC- PIA-CAR)