By Warren Elijah Valdez
DAVAO CITY – Valencia City Mayor Azucena Huervas has designated the Valencia City Central School (VCCS) as the sole and centralized quarantine facility for all persons under monitoring (PUMs) and persons under investigation (PUIs) for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Huervas said the VCSS will be the only facility where the city’s PUMs and PUIs showing mild symptoms will be brought as part of the city government’s overall strategy for the “phased reopening” of its economy.
In a letter addressed to vice mayor Policarpo Murillo dated April 21, 2020, Huervas gave the vice mayor authority to issue orders and guidelines to ensure that all PUMs and PUIs housed at the quarantine/isolation area at VCCS are given proper medical monitoring, evaluation, and care.
Huervas said that this shall include all residents of Valencia City who sneaked in the boarders from the areas with travel restriction or a history of exposure to a person who is COVID-19 positive.
The city mayor also said that PUIs classified as severe or critical, as well as those undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy, shall be brought to appropriate medical facility in accordance with the Department of Health (DOH) protocols.
“In enforcing this authority, you may seek the assistance of the PNP (Philippine National Police) Valencia City and the City Task Force under the City Administrator’s Office,” said the city mayor.
Huervas also gave the vice mayor the authority to mobilize all resources in containing the spread of COVID-19 and assign personnel to monitor all the PUMs and PUIs, in coordination with the city health officer, the local government’s medical and healthcare workers.
The city mayor also directed barangay captains to coordinate with vice mayor Murillo and promptly report all of their PUMs and mild PUIs to the Valencia City Task Force COVID-19.
Excluded from this directive, however, are the residents of Barangay Lumbayao as they are still under a strict enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) until 6 p.m. of April 26.