New Bilibid Prison remains COVID-19 free – BuCor Chief

Marje Pelayo   •   April 16, 2020   •   547

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) clarified reports that a number of persons deprived of liberty (PDL) inside the national penitentiary are suspected of having coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection.

BuCor Director General Gerald Bantag in an interview with the program ‘Get It Straight with Daniel Razon’ on Thursday (April 16) assured that the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) remains COVID-19 free.

It was to allay fears of inmates’ relatives considering the situation inside the NBP.

Nevertheless, General Bantag assured they are closely monitoring the health of PDLs inside NBP.

In fact, Bantag said, the NBP has installed a tent at the maximum security compound where PDLs manifesting symptoms of coronavirus infection — like cough, cold, and fever — are checked and observed.

Minsan kasi may pagkakataon na para tayong sinisipon, iyan po ay mino-monitor kaagad natin (At times when one seems to be suffering from a cold, we make sure to monitor such conditions at once),” Bantag explained.

Ngayon, kapag nakitaan po natin ng mga flu-like symptoms, kina-quarantine kaagad po natin hanggang sa ma-reach po nila ang 14 days na clearing period nila. At kapag wala po, binabalik na natin sa dati. Kaya wala po tayong COVID dito,” he added.

(Once we notice flu-like symptoms, we immediately place them under quarantine until they complete the 14-day clearing period. Once cleared, we return them to their barracks. We are sure there is no COVID here.]

The BuCor Chief added that disinfection is regularly conducted in all BuCor facilities.

To date, there are more than 27,000 PDLs in confinement inside the NBP.MNP (with inputs from Sherwin Culubong)

Duterte to announce new quarantine status; not sure of MGCQ for Metro Manila

Marje Pelayo   •   July 15, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte is set to meet with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force against COVID-19 on Wednesday evening (July 15) to discuss the next steps with regard to the implementation of community quarantine in different parts of the country. 

He is expected to decide on the new quarantine status that will take effect on Thursday, July 16. 

According to Malacañang, there was no mention in the previous IATF meeting about easing quarantine restrictions in Metro Manila.

Specifically, there was no discussion about the shifting from general community quarantine (GCQ) to modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) in the National Capital Region considering the increase in the number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases and the full utilization of the region’s critical care capacity. 

“Hindi ko po alam dahil sa huling meeting ng IATF talagang hindi po na-discuss ang MGCQ for Metro Manila (I have no idea because in the previous IATF meeting there was no discussion about MGCQ for Metro Manila),” noted Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque. 

The Philippines has entered the fourth month since the government imposed community quarantine orders due to the outbreak of COVID-19. 

Roque assured, meanwhile, that the NCR’s hospitals have enough beds for COVID-19 patients despite the announcement of Health Undersecretary Leopoldo Vega that the region’s intensive care system has now reached the danger zone. 

“Ang pakiusap lang natin sa mga pasyente, makinig lang po tayo kung saan tayo dapat pumunta at huwag na tayong mag-insist (We only ask that patients listed [to authorities] where they are supposed to go and not insist [on what they want]),” Roque stressed.

“Huwag na tayong mag-worry kung puno ang isang ospital, ire-refer naman po kayo sa iba pang ospital, (Do not worry if the hospital is full because you will be accommodated in other hospitals),” he added. MNP (with details from Rosalie Coz)

DND main office in Camp Aguinaldo on 3-day lockdown

Marje Pelayo   •   July 15, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The main office of the Department of National Defense (DND) in Camp Aguinaldo has been placed under lockdown after one of its personnel contracted coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

In an advisory, the agency said the office premises will undergo disinfection on the duration of the lockdown. 

The agency will reopen on Friday (July 17).

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana himself earlier announced that one of the staff was tested positive for COVID-19, which prompted the official to volunteer for self-quarantine.

Based on the result of his COVID-19 released today, Lorenzana said he is negative of the disease. MNP (with details from Lea Ylagan)

Drive-thru COVID-19 testing center opens in Manila

Robie de Guzman   •   July 15, 2020

The Manila City government on Wednesday opened its own drive-thru novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing center in a bid to boost its mass testing capacity amid rising cases of infection.

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso said the testing center is open to all residents and non-residents who wish to avail of the service free of charge.

The facility is open from Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Domagoso said they only need to bring a government-issued ID to get tested in the drive-thru testing facility located in front of the Andres Bonifacio Monument along P. Burgos Street.

Blood samples collected from those who were tested will then be processed by the city government’s newly-purchased serology testing machines which have a combined capacity of 89,600 tests per month.

These machines also have an accuracy rate of 99.6 percent.

However, those who will yield positive results will still have to undergo confirmatory swab testing. – RRD (details from Correspondent Vincent Arboleda)

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