LGUs, barangays, tasked to find spaces to turn into isolation units for PUIs

Published March 16, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Ben Rosario

Local government units, especially barangays, have been tasked to play a vital role in combating coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and this will include converting condominium buildings or units into isolation units that will house persons under investigation (PUIs) for infection.

Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año (PCOO / MANILA BULLETIN)
Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año

Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año said municipal and city governments will also provide transportation for people with an urgent and important need for mobility.

Under the enhanced community quarantine directive of President Duterte, mass public transport facilities will be suspended, and land, air, and sea travel will also be restricted.

In a press conference that followed Duterte’s announcement of the new anti-COVID-19 strategy, Año said LGUs are tasked to identify isolation units where persons with mild symptoms or who are under suspicion of coronavirus infection can be confined.

“Hospitals will concentrate on serious symptoms needing (medical) interventions,” he said.

Año said putting such persons in LGU-operated isolation rooms is one strategy that will help arrest the spread of COVID-19.

Barangay units may also put up similar rooms if there are available spaces.

With the President ordering a suspension of public transport, the concerned LGUs are expected to provide temporary transport for people who need to attend to activities not covered by the social distancing program.

According to Año, the LGU’s will also partner with police units in putting up roving patrols that will help ensure full compliance with the social distancing and community quarantine directive of Duterte.