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HINUNDAYAN, Southern Leyte, Mar. 8 (PIA) -- The local government unit here has continued to hold on to its title as a Covid-free municipality, with only three confirmed cases thus far, the least number in the entire province.

But that was a fallback status, as the LGU almost went on record as the only place in the province with zero COVID-19 patient.

“We really wanted to maintain our image as the municipality without a single case -- until the very first case came out on December 9, 2020,” Hinundayan Mayor Elisa Cadingan shared with local reporters during the field Kapihan sa PIA session last week.

Her sharing carried a sense of intimacy, with hints of an opportunity lost in her pensive looks, yet she emphasized that the LGU met the challenge squarely.

Still, she was grateful to note that so far, they managed to keep the numbers low, as low as three (3), the lowest province-wide, and those three individuals had since gone home to their families, re-integrated into the mainstream of the community.

On the issue of acquiring the Covid vaccines, Mayor Cadingan said she was looking for a budget of about P7 million to P8 million as their 70 percent counterpart to the 30 percent budget prepared by the provincial government for the municipality.

When told that the national government through the Department of Health (DOH) will be the one to give 50 percent of the vaccines for their priority population -- the other 50 percent to be shared 70-30 by the LGU and province -- Cadingan declined to comment, inasmuch as the DOH has yet to deliver the items. (ldl/mmp/PIA8-Southern Leyte)