Governor Melchor Diclas shared during the Laging Handa Network Briefing hosted by Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar that the WHO and DOH officials visited their Temporary Provincial Quarantine Facility in Wangal, La Trinidad on July 10. This was part of the mission to learn and understand the situation, efforts and practices of Cordillera, to learn more from what the LGUs of Benguet and Baguio have accomplished in terms of COVID – 19 response, and to look on where DOH could provide further technical assistance and recommendation to sustain the good practices.
Diclas said the local government units of Benguet welcome locally stranded individuals (LSIs) and Returning Overseas Filipinos (RFOs) with complete documents but may subject them to local health protocols and procedures,
Usually the provincial government fetches ROFs and LSIs from Manila and other areas. Upon arrival, they are brought directly to the triage facility where they are checked of their documents and swabbed. If with negative result, they call the concerned LGUs to bring home their respective residents.
If they need to be quarantined, they will stay at the Temporary Provincial Quarantine Facility, he said.
“Agree naman ang WHO dito. Ang sina-suggest lang nila is magdagdag pa ng quarantine facility,” Diclas said.
The Governor informed that the PLGU is now preparing another quarantine facility which is a 40-bed capacity.
Meanwhile, Diclas thanked the national government for the Bayanihan Grant to Provinces. equivalent to half month Internal Revenue Alllotment. The P50 million released to the province which was used primarily to purchase ventilators, and personal protective equipment for frontliners at the Benguet General Hospital and district hospitals, is a big help in the province’s efforts against COVID-19.(PIA - CAR)
By PIA CAR