MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Monday urged local government units (LGU) in Metro Manila to endorse to Oplan Kalinga quarantine facilities mild and asymptomatic novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients that could no longer be accommodated in local isolation centers.
In a statement, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said there now 4,000 beds available in Oplan Kalinga facilities due to the increase in discharges or recoveries in the previous weeks.
“We urge all Metro Manila LGUs to endorse patients which they can no longer accommodate in their local isolation facilities to endorse them to the Mega TTMFs and Oplan Kalinga Hotels which now has some 4,000 beds available because many have already been discharged,” he said.
Año said this is in compliance with Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) Resolution No. 74 which states that all confirmed mild and asymptomatic COVID-19 patients are required to isolate in government-approved facilities, except those who are vulnerable or have comorbidities as certified by a local health officer.
Also exempted in this rule are confirmed mild and asymptomatic COVID-19 patients in areas where the government-recognized isolation centers are in full capacity.
“Meron tayong mga Mega Quarantine Facilities and 31 COVID hotels na kung saan puwede sila mag-isolate. Importante kasi talaga na mailabas sila sa bahay kasi nakahahawa sa pamilya,” the DILG chief said.
According to DILG spokesperson, Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya, LGUs can coordinate directly with the One Hospital Command Center (OHCC) located at the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) which was created to facilitate a comprehensive and coordinated response to the pandemic by ensuring an efficient health facility referral in Metro Manila.
Malaya said that with the establishment of the OHCC, LGUs and individuals can now easily locate hospitals or isolation facilities near them.
The DILG said the command center is open 24/7 and individuals needing treatment may call the OHCC hotlines at 0927-728-0750, 0927-728-0753, 0927-728-0755, and 0927-728-0798.
Individuals needing assistance from the OHCC may also download the PureForce Citizens App via Google Play Store or App Store, it added.
The Vietnamese government has turned over US$50,000-worth of COVID-19 RT-PCR test kits with accompanying extraction kits to the Department of Health (DOH).
The test kits were delivered to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM). Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr., and Health Undersecretary Carolina Taino ceremonially received the donation from Vietnamese Ambassador Hoang Huy Chung.
“Describing the donation as a manifestation of the enduring close friendship between the Philippines and Vietnam, Ambassador Chung assured Secretary Locsin of the Vietnamese government’s support for the Philippines’ ongoing efforts in fighting COVID-19, as well as in promoting and protecting the welfare of the Filipino people,” the DFA said in a statement.
The donation comes ahead of the 5th anniversary of the establishment of the Philippines-Vietnam Strategic Partnership on November 17. AAC
Cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) among Filipinos abroad increased to 20 more as of Thursday (October 28), according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).
Total confirmed cases, based on the recent report of the DFA, went up to 11,224 with 3,153 undergoing treatment and 7,254 recovered. Meanwhile, the total number of deaths reached 817.
“Figures [today] show 20 new confirmed cases, 6 new recoveries, and 1 new fatality due to COVID-19 among Filipinos in Asia and the Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East and Africa,” the DFA said.
The total number of countries and regions with confirmed cases among Filipinos remains at 81.
“The DFA, together with its foreign service posts, remains fully committed to monitoring and assisting our nationals abroad amidst this ongoing battle against the COVID-19 pandemic,” the department said. AAC
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