LA UNION, Philippines – Naka-red alert na ang Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) ng La Union na kasalukuyang nasa ilalim ng storm signal number 3 dahil sa Bagyong Labuyo.
Sinabi ni Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Region 1 Director Melchito Castro na paraan ito upang agad na makaresponde sa mga pinsalang maaring idulot ng bagyo sa lalawigan.
“Lahat ng ating disaster risk management and council at ganun din sa lahat ng member ng agencies government nakaalerto since yesterday morning, katunayan nga may representative tayo dito coast guard at other agency at continues na nagmomonitor sa sitwasyon dito sa Region 1.”
Ngayong hapon ng Lunes ay nakakaranas na ang lalawigan ng malakas na hangin at walang tigil na pag-ulan.
Kasama sa mga mahigpit na binabantayan ng PDRRMC ang mga landslide at flood prone areas kasama ang mga bayan ng Agoo, Bauang, Caba, Bangar, Balaoan, San Fernando City, La Union at Santa Ilocos Sur.
Nakahanda na rin ang mga lugar na maaring gawing mga evecuation centers kung sakaling kailanganin. (Cristine Miranda / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)
The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) has denied that the disinfectant solution supplied to the quarantine facilities of the Philippine National Police (PNP) which caused the death of a police doctor came from them.
National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Spokesperson Mark Timbal said the OCD only supplied the PNP with food, janitorial services, Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), and other medical equipment.
“Iyong ginamit nilang pang spray hindi po sa amin iyon. Kaya po ang gagawin namin ay makikipagtulungan kami sa PNP to determine itong bagay na ito to an investigation (The spray they used did not come from us. So we will coordinate with the PNP to determine this through an investigation),” he said.
Timbal also said they are prepared to face investigation, if necessary, to determine who needs to be held accountable for the death of Dr. Casey Gutierrez who lost his life after inhaling the disinfectant used at the Philippine Sports Arena Quarantine Facility.
“We welcome the investigation para po malinawan iyong nangyari dyan sa facility na iyan at sa kasamahan nating doctor (to shed light on what happened in the facility and to our fellow doctor),” he said.
On May 24, Gutierrez was said to have had difficulty in breathing after he reportedly inhaled the chemical from the disinfectant spray used during the decontamination procedure. He died on May 30.
Meanwhile, four other police officers were also admitted to the hospital after inhaling the said chemical. –AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
MANILA, Philippines — The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) on Sunday, April 12, announced that the Office of Civil Defense will now lead the contact tracing efforts of the government amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis.
IATF-EID spokesperson Cabinet Secretary Karlo Alexei Nograles, on a virtual presser on Sunday, said that to enhance the contact tracing of the government, disclosure of personal information of COVID-19 cases will now be mandatory or required.
“The Office of Civil Defense (OCD), in coordination with other agencies and Local Government Units (LGUs) as may be appropriate, shall hereafter lead the contact-tracing efforts of the government,” Nograles said.
The IATF spokesperson said this is among the new set of guidelines that were approved by the IATF-EID on Wednesday (April 8).
He also said that the OCD and the Department of Health (DOH) are directed to enter into a data-sharing agreement (DSA) in accordance with the “Data Privacy Act” or Republic Act10173.
Contact tracing involves three basic steps namely contact identification, contact listing, and contact follow-up, based on the World Health Organization (WHO) definition.
Besides leading contact-tracing efforts, the OCD shall also be the one to prepare an inventory of all medicines and medical supplies donated to the national government under Administrative Order No. 27 signed by Duterte last March 31.
As of Saturday (April 11), the DOH reported a total of 4,428 Covid-19 cases, with 247 deaths and 157 recoveries. – mbmf
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