By Zaldy Comanda
BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Benjamin Magalong issued a memorandum requiring the city’s 128 barangays to regularly monitor and render a report on residents and visitors, both Filipinos and foreigners, in their areas of jurisdiction with travel histories to Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)-critical countries like China, Hongkong and Macau from December 2019 to the present.
The survey should include members of the households and other persons they came in contact with to facilitate contact tracing should it be needed.
Apart from this, barangay officials were asked to regularly monitor the health condition of the identified persons in case they develop symptoms related to COVID-19, and to immediately report the same to the nearest health facility.
The reports should be submitted to the City Mayor’s Office through the Interagency Task Force that is also chaired by Magalong, with a copy furnished to the Health Services Office.
Magalong recently ordered the activation of the Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams (BHERTs) to keep a list of persons with history of travel, and to enforce a 14-day home confinement period for persons arriving from the COVID-19 affected areas, in coordination with the Department of Health (DOH).
It was also taked to extend assistance and support to persons undergoing home confinement, provide assistance in the transport of suspected carriers to hospitals, conduct regular barangay-wide clean-up campaign and provide information campaign.
As of February 14, the DOH Officer-in-Charge Regional Director Dr. Amelita Pangilinan said the region remains virus-free as no positive case has been recorded.