NCR + local officials told to comply with COVID-19 case protocols

Published April 12, 2021, 9:30 PM

by Chito Chavez

The Department of Interior and Local  Government (DILG) reminded the local chief executives (LCE) of Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal on Monday, April 12, to comply with the case prevention, detection, contact tracing and case management protocols in their respective areas.

DILG officer-in-charge (OIC) Bernardo Florece Jr. said the local government units (LGUs) have the duty to comply with the “proper case prevention, investigation, contact tracing and case management protocols for suspected, probable and confirmed coronavirus disease-2019 (COVlD-19) individuals within their respective localities.’’

“On case prevention protocols, it has come to the attention of this department that a number of LGUs have failed to observe basic health protocols during the distribution of cash and in-kind assistance to its constituents. Areas used for the distribution are often seen crowded and the failure to observe proper social distancing is evident,’’ Florece said.

With these circumstances, Florece asked the concerned local chief executives to ensure that the basic health protocols such as the wearing of masks and face shields, and proper social distancing measures are strictly followed during the distribution of assistance. 

“Proper social distancing should, at all times, be observed. It is highly encouraged that these LGUs utilize spacious, and open areas as venues rather than enclosed spaces. It is likewise encouraged that these LGUs adopt a systematic schedule for the beneficiaries to claim their assistance that will aid in lessening the volume of people staying in the distribution areas at any given time,’’ he added.

For case detection protocols, the ILG emphasized the duties of LGUs to conduct proper profiling of suspected, probable and confirmed COVlD-19 individuals. 

“Proper isolation should be done for these cases. LGUs should regularly check and survey those who are under isolation, especially home isolation, to ensure that their needs are properly met and that appropriate measures are observed in order not to infect other members of the household. LGUs must make sure that the mandated 14-day quarantine and ten-day isolation are monitored and completed,’’ Florece noted in the memorandum.

The DILG also reminded the concerned LGUs to conduct proper and prompt contact tracing. 

“It is once again emphasized that LGUs should be able to trace, isolate/quarantine close contacts within 24 hours of case notification in compliance with lATF Resolution No. 106-A,’’ the DILG OIC said.

To manage confirmed COVID-19 cases, Florece said the LGUs must ensure that the referral mechanism of treatment facilities is well coordinated and that the support for such facilities is adequate.

He added that the concerned LGUs must also ensure that there are sufficient number of COVlD-19 dedicated beds, complementary health human resources, and well-coordinated triage and referral systems in place at the LGUs, isolation and quarantine facilities, and health facilities.

“The DILG Regional Directors of NCR, Region 3 and Region 4-A are hereby directed to ensure that LGUs within their respective jurisdiction comply with the above directives,’’ Florece said.