BAGUIO CITY — With the recent surge in the number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases among the cadets and personnel in the Philippine Military Academy (PMA), the Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) has collaborated with the city government to train the personnel of the prestigious military school in contact tracing.
BCPO Director Allen Rae Co said16 personnel of the PMA attended the one-day training on contact tracing, which consisted of four modules being used by the COVID19 National Task Force (NTF): COVID 101, Retooled Contact Tracing System, Contact Tracing Analytical Tools and Cognitive Interviewing Skill.
Based on the report from Department of Health (DOH) Cordillera, the academy has logged 72 COVID-19 infections, consisting of 53 cadets, and16 waiters and three cooks working at the cadets’ mess facility. This was the result of testing conducted last January 4.
Contact Tracing Czar Mayor Benjamin Magalong, who is an alumnus of the academy, graced the activity and lauded the participants for their willingness to learn and support in controlling the spread of the virus not only in the PMA, but in the city.
Co shared the measures the BCPO have used in handling positive cases of COVID-19, which include the conduct of ocular inspection and strategizing engineering and administrative adjustment to contain the spread of the virus in the workplace.
The one-day training ended with Magalog’s challenge and encouragement for the PMA to organize their own Contact Tracing Team, which the participants committed to adapt.