DILG tells LGUs, PNP: Strictly enforce health protocols to arrest spike in COVID-19 cases

Robie de Guzman   •   March 8, 2021   •   712

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Monday said it has directed all local government units (LGU) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to crack down on quarantine violators and intensify the enforcement of health protocols amid the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the country.

The DILG issued the directive after the country registered more than 3,000 COVID-19 cases a day for three days now.

DILG officer-in-charge Bernardo Florece Jr. ordered the Joint Task Force Shield to ramp up police deployment, particularly in Pasay City, Malabon, Navotas, Cebu City, and Cebu Province, which have recently registered higher number of cases.

“Naging kampante ang ating mga LGUs maging ang PNP sa enforcement ng ating mga minimum health standards kaya’t inaatasan ko ang ating mga local officials kasama ang mga barangay at kapulisan na puspusang ipatupad ang basic health protocols sa lahat ng barangay sa ating bansa,” Florece said in a statement.

Florece reiterated that the wearing of face masks and face shields and physical distancing should be strictly imposed in all localities and that violators should be fined based on the prevailing ordinances.

Temperature checks and filling out contact tracing forms manually or thru the Stay Safe app should also be a must in all establishments and workplaces, he added.

Additional contact tracers will also be deployed in areas with rising cases to aid the local contact tracing teams in identifying and testing of close contacts.

Florece also directed the PNP to strictly enforce the prevailing curfews imposed by LGUs in certain areas which has been adjusted by some to 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. 

“Isang taon na tayong naka-lockdown kaya dapat memorize na natin ito. Gawin na nating bahagi ng araw-araw na pamumuhay natin ang pagsunod sa basic health protocols para hindi na tumaas pa ang mga kaso,” he said.

Based on the latest case bulletin released by the Department of Health, the total number of new cases in the country reached 3,045 last Friday, 3,439 on Saturday, and 3,276 on Sunday. Cases in the National Capital Region, Region 7 and Calabarzon reached 1,533, 491, and 341, respectively, on Sunday.

Florece said LGUs should have enacted local ordinances providing sanctions to those who violate the minimum health standards set by the national government thru the Interagency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID). 

“If the ordinance they passed have no penal clause, they should immediately amend this because an ordinance with penalties have no teeth,” he said.

“Kailangang patawan ng kaukulang sanctions ng mga LGUs ang mga matitigas ang ulo na hindi sumusunod sa health protocols. Ang pagsuway at pagkakamali ng iilan ay katumbas ng mas maraming kaso,” he added.

According to Florece, LGUs can reverse the rising trend of coronavirus cases by ensuring zero lag time from symptom onset, testing, contact tracing, and isolation. The 10-day isolation and 14-day quarantine for those positive and with symptoms should also be strictly implemented.

“LGUs should also see to it that there is good ventilation in work spaces and other settings to prevent the transmission of the virus,” he said.

Florece also said that LGUs can implement localized lockdown in their respective jurisdictions without the need to request approval from the IATF.

The DILG likewise urged the public to “politely call out each other” if they observed simple breaches of health protocols, as this could lead to higher transmission of the virus more cases and possibly deaths. 

“Huwag nating iasa lahat sa gobyerno at kapulisan. Bantayan natin ang isa’t isa para ang lahat ay sumusunod, sa health guidelines ng IATF,” DILG Spokesperson and Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said.

“Sayang ang isang taon nating pagsasakripisyo kung magrerelax tayo ngayon. Lahat tayo ay dapat maging bida sa pagiging disiplinado at hindi maging pasaway,” he added.

Pagbabantay sa PH borders, mas hihigpitan vs COVID-19 Delta variant — DOH

Robie de Guzman   •   June 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Mas hihigpitan pa ang gagawing pagbabantay sa lahat ng border sa bansa, mula sa mga paliparan, pantalan hanggang sa mga boundary ng bawat lugar sa Pilipinas, ayon sa Department of Health (DOH).

Ayon kay Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, naabisuhan na ang lahat ng lokal na pamahalaan para sa paghihigpit sa kani-kanilang mga border upang mapigilan ang pagkalat ng Delta variant, isang uri ng COVID-19 na mas nakakakahawa kumpara sa ibang variant.

“Nasa heightened alert po lahat. Lahat ng local governments were informed, lahat po ng mga regional offices were informed na kailangan bantayan maigi ang Delta Variant across our borders,” ani Vergeire.

Ayon sa opisyal, mas paiigtingin pa ng pamahalaan ang pagpapatupad ng COVID-19 testing at quarantine protocols, at contact tracing pati na ang pagpapalawig sa entry ban sa mga magmumula sa bansang India, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, at Nepal hanggang June 30.

“We are going to uphold the directive of the IATF as well as the Office of the President. This is because we want to prevent further entry of this Delta Variant,” ani Vergeire.

“We cannot have non-uniformity in the implementation of our border control. So iyan po napag-usapan, napagkasunduan, nakausap na rin po ang mga officials, regional directors ng iba’t ibang ahensya last Saturday,” dagdag pa niya.

Ang mas mahigpit na border control sa Pilipinas ay kasunod ng pahayag ng World Health Organization na ang Delta variant na ang dominant variant ng COVID-19 matapos itong mapaulat sa mahigit 80 bansa.

Ang Delta variant ay unang natuklasan sa bansang India.

Sa Pilipinas, 17 na ang kabuuang kaso ng Delta COVID-19 variant matapos itong madagdagan nang magpositibo sa naturang variant ang apat na returning overseas Filipino mula sa South Korea at Saudi Arabia.

Iniulat din ng DOH na 14 na dagdag na kaso ng Alpha variant (United Kingdom), at 21 Beta variant (South Africa) ang naitala sa bansa batay sa ulat ng Philippine Genome Center at ng UP-National Institutes of Health ngayong Lunes.

Ayon sa DOH, lubhang nakababahala kapag lalo pang kumalat sa bansa ang mga variant na ito, lalo na ang Delta variant, dahil mataas ang tiyansang maospital ang isang individwal na kakapitan nito.

“Walang sinabi sa mga ebidensyang nakalap natin, even our experts are saying, walang sinabi na deadly pero sinabi na mas nakakahawa talaga siya,” ani Vergeire.

“Ang delta variant is 60% more transmissible than the Alpha variant. So, ibig sabihin po kung ang alpha variant ay nakapanghahawa ng 4-5 tao per every individual infected, ang Delta Variant po can have 8 individual infected sa isang taong may sakit. So ganoon kabilis ang pagkakahawa kapag Delta Variant ang pinag-uusapan,” dagdag pa niya.

Muli ring paalala ng DOH sa publiko na mag-doble ingat at sundin ang ipinatutupad na health protocols kontra COVID-19. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Aiko Miguel)

Filipinos are allowed to get vaccinated anywhere in PH — DOH

Robie de Guzman   •   June 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Filipinos can get inoculated against novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) anywhere in the country under the government’s “no wrong door policy” in its vaccination drive, the Department of Health (DOH) said Monday.

 “Meron ho tayong tinatawag na no wrong door policy. Ibig sabihin, kung ikaw ay nagpunta sa Davao at ikaw ay puwede nang bakunahan, puwede ka bakunahan doon kahit hindi ka taga-Davao,” Health Undersecretary Mari Rosario Vergeire said in a press briefing.

“Hindi po natin sinasara ang ating mga pinto sa mga bakunahan dahil hindi ka taga doon na lugar,” she added.

The health official, however, stressed that the vaccination should be done through appointments and that walk-ins should be discouraged as this tends to result in crowding.

The DOH previously said that local government units may open separate walk-in lanes in their COVID-19 vaccination centers as walk-ins may be used as substitutes for those who are scheduled for inoculation but do no show up on a certain date.

The agency, however, said that the number of walk-ins that would be accommodated per day in jab sites should be limited.

The DOH earlier urged the public to pre-register for the vaccination and get inoculated when it’s their turn.

DOH says surge in COVID-19 cases in Visayas, Mindanao due to ‘multitude of factors’

Robie de Guzman   •   June 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The rise in COVID-19 cases in the Visayas and Mindanao areas could be attributed to a “multitude of factors,” the Department of Health (DOH) said Monday.

In an online press briefing, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said they have noted some factors that have contributed to the spike in infections in the Visayas and Mindanao areas, including the complacency in enforcing and observing health protocols.

The DOH also observed the clustering of infections in workplaces and prisons in the said areas.

“Lagi po nating sinasabi na pag may tumataas po na kaso sa bawat lugar, we need to look at a multitude of factors because we know that there are these different factors which causes the transmission of the virus,” Vergeire said.

“Meron tayong pang-indibidwal at pang-komunidad na pagpapatupad po natin ng minimum health protocols at ‘pag tiningnan natin there are reports already coming to us from our different regional epidemiological and surveillance units na talagang mukhang nagkaroon ng complacency sa pagpapatupad ng health protocols,” she added.

Vergeire said the presence of coronavirus variants in some parts of the Visayas and Mindanao may also have contributed to the surge.

“Totoo po na meron na tayong na-detect na variants sa iba’t ibang lugar dito sa Visayas and Mindanao and these can also be drivers of the infection but let us not just rely or let us not just say that it’s just because of the variants, there are a multitude of factors,” she said.

“Kailangan po kapag tayo ay tumitingin sa response natin, it’s a continuum. So we will need to address, not just the variants, but also the other forms of response that we are having,” she added.

Data from the DOH showed that active COVID-19 cases in the Visayas stood at 13,313, and 14,426 in Mindanao as of June 20.

The DOH reiterated its call to the public to continue adhering to health protocols mandated by the government to help break the chain of COVID-19 transmission.

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