The Office of the Vice President (OVP) launched an “aggressive” prevention campaign against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in a bid to provide accurate information to different sectors and establishments, which will jumpstart the reopening of the economy.
In a Facebook post, Vice President Leni Robredo said they will pilot the program called KOLAB: Komunidad Laban sa Covid in her home town of Naga City.
“Aside from the Swab Cab and Bayanihan E-Ataman, we have also decided to come together and launch an aggressive Covid Prevention Campaign,” she said Wednesday night.
The OVP’s Swab Cab is in Naga to provide free mobile antigen testing to residents. So far, the vice president said they have swabbed 336 people, with 44 of them testing positive.
“That’s a positivity rate of 13.09 percent. Still high. Our goal is a 7-day average of less than 5 percent,” she added.
The only way to pull down the positivity rate to below 5 percent is to do more tests, the World Health Organization (WHO) said.
Robredo’s official Facebook page invites businesses in Naga to join the dialogue.
“Layuning makapagbigay ng tamang impormasyon sa iba’t ibang mga sektor at kompanya ukol sa (The goal is to provide the correct information to different sectors and companies about the) preventive measures at (and) minimum public health standards,” the post said.
The OVP worked with Tarabangan Kontra Covid, the City Government of Naga, and Metro Naga Chamber of Commerce and Industry to make the campaign possible.
It also asked help from Active One Health (Reliance, UNILAB) “to guide us in pandemic proofing the offices, business and other institutions in Naga.”
Aside from the information campaign, the OVP will also hold today, July 8, a webinar entitled “Empowering Communities to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19.”
It extended an invitation to workers in customer-facing services—restaurants, retail stores, malls, banks, gyms, event suppliers, sports venues, apartments, hotels, and dormitories.