Quezon governor activates provincial task force on COVID 19

Published March 12, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Danny Estacio

LUCENA CITY– Quezon Governor Danilo Suarez, on Thursday, activated the Quezon Provincial Inter-Agency Task Force on COVID-19 as the province braces for the onslaught of the virus, although Quezon remains negative as of Thursday.

Governor Danilo E. Suarez (FACEBOOK / MANILA BULLETIN)
Governor Danilo E. Suarez (FACEBOOK / MANILA BULLETIN)

Suarez led the Emergency Meeting on COVID-19 at Queen Margarette Hotel in Barangay Domoit, attended by different local agencies and LGU departments.

Dr. Grace Santiago, head of the Integrated Provincial Health Office reported that the last seven patients under investigation (PUIs) were cleared during the 14-day self-quarantine period.

Suarez said the newly-formed task force will be composed of key personnel from the IPHO led by Santiago, the provincial disaster risk reduction and management office (PDRRMO), members of the provincial council, Provincial Administrator Roberto Gajo and barangay chairmen led by Association of Barangay Chairpersons Pres. Ireneo Boonggaling, the PNP and AFP, all the mayors and with the governor as chairman.

Suarez also enjoined all the municipal and city mayors to strictly adhere to Pres. Duterte’s directive by adopting all the preventive measures to ensure that the province remains negative on COVID-19.

He added that they will heed the DILG’s order to form Barangay Health Emergency Response Team (BHERT) where barangays shall designate a team to monitor all persons under monitoring (PUMs), especially those who have history of traveling from the 114 countries currently affected by COVID-19.

The meeting was concluded by the signing of the pledge of commitment by all the concerned agencies complying to the proclamation no. 922 of President Rodrigo Duterte declaring the State of Public Health Emergency nationwide.
Suarez encourages despite of the COVID 19 issue business is as usual and reiterating the province is remains “negatives” as of the latest report of the IPHO.