“For now I believe kayo ang pinaka prepared or over-prepared, nakikita ko ang CAR na model (For now, I believe you are the most prepared, I can see CAR as the model),” he said during the meeting with the Cordillera Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CDRRMC) and several CAR mayors here.
Galvez said he will inform President Rodrigo Duterte of Cordillera's good practices in managing the pandemic.
“[The] uniting factor of the Igorots and the Ilocanos, a culture of unity and cooperation as well as being disciplined that is a good strength,” he said.
He said they want to adopt the good practices in Baguio and the rest of CAR having recorded only 46 cases with eight remaining actives, only one death and the high clinical recovery rate of patients.
Meanwhile, Albert Mogol, CDRRMC chairman and Office of Civil Defense (OCD)-CAR regional director, said the region’s 4S (system, synergy, synchronize, sustain) and 4-Ps (predict, plan, prepare, perform) define the good practices of the region.
In its detailed report during the meeting, the OCD among the measures implemented in the region includes proactive and advanced planning; mandatory decentralization and the wearing of personal protective equipment; effective contact tracing; the use of high-tech devices and information technology; early identification of quarantine isolation facilities and strict ECQ/ GCQ protocol implementation; early recovery and rehabilitation and resiliency interventions and transparency and effective information, education, communication campaigns.
The OCD said the cancelation of major crowd-drawing events and early raising of the “red alert” status of the region contributed to the current gains of low positive cases.
The strict implementation of the curfew which the majority of the residents complied with also added to the status of the region.
Mayor Benjamin Magalong said the application the city is using is the same as the crime mapping application system of the Philippine National Police which he pushed to be developed during his time as regional director of the Police Regional Office Cordillera and eventually adopted by the national headquarters of the PNP.
He said the system is worth PHP100 million which the PNP nationwide is using to map crimes.
“We can help other LGUs transform it as a Covid-19 contact tracing system. It's there, it's available,” he said.
During the visit, Galvez turned over 8,200 complete sets of personal protective equipment which will be distributed to all local government units in the region.
Each set includes a pair of goggles, face mask, face shield, bunny suit, and shoe cover.
He also gave1,300 rapid testing kits and 200 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test kits, each capable of testing 50 persons.
Galvez also said they are procuring two automatic extraction machines, which will boost the testing capability of the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center, a sub-national testing center, to 1,200 a day from 600. (PNA)
By Liza Agoot