“This is a collaborative effort down from the Barangay to the Provincial Level. This is also because of the cooperation of the Provincial Inter-Agency Task Force and we have a good communication down the line. This is the reason why the strategies that we are conducting aided to the lowering of active cases in Pangasinan.”
This was stated by the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) Chief Rhodyn Luchinvar Oro during the web-based Sangguniang Panlalawigan Regular Session question hour held on November 16.
The Province of Pangasinan has reduced the number of COVID-19 active cases by 45% from the Mid-September number of cases of around 450 to the current 246 active cases in the province.
According to PDRRMO Chief Oro, the Provincial Government of Pangasinan is following the FIT3 (Find, Isolate, Test, Trace, and Treat) approach to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the province.
In-line with this approach, all the local government units in the province have active isolation and quarantine facilities that can house about 1,200 capacity. Moreoever, the provincial government hospitals also have designated isolation and quarantine facilities.
Additional facilities were also inaugurated by the Provincial Government including Pangasinan Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory and a blood bank located at the Pangasinan Provincial Hospital, and the Provincial Ligtas COVID-19 Centers and two Provincial Halfway Houses in Burgos and Sta. Barbara.
PDRRMO Chief Oro also bared that 809 contact tracers hired by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) are working with the LGUs to facilitate the contact tracing in the province.
“The Provincial Health Office (PHO) was able to have a contact assessment tool as to who will be tested from the low risk to the high risk,” said Chief Oro mentioning that the contact assessment tool will prioritize high risk individuals in the swab testing.
As for the reintegration part, the Provincial Government is continuously conducting the Abig Pangasinan Karaban, a flagship socio-economic recovery program of Governor Amado I. Espino III, to assist Pangasinenses affected by COVID-19.
Furthermore, the Provincial Government of Pangasinan has also incorporated mental health programs to address mental health concerns in the province due to COVID-19.
“This is in collaboration with the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) and PHO to have an inventory of skills. We also had series of orientation and training so we have to equip the competence of our psychological first-aiders,” said Chief Oro.
On the other hand, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan also commended the Pangasinan Provincial Police Office (PPO) for the consistent improvement of COVID-19 control and prevention in Pangasinan in-line with the border control point policy implementations.
“We are manning our 18 border control points and 169 quarantine control points. Our implementation is adjusting to the progression based on the issuances of National IATF,” bared Pangasinan PPO Director Redrico Maranan.
PD Maranan also clarified that some individuals, 15 years old and below and 60 years old and above, are only allowed to go outside under certain circumstances.
“As provided by IATF Resolution No. 79, 15 years old and below and 60 years old and above, are allowed to go out when indispensable under the circumstances for obtaining essential goods and services or for work in industries and offices and other activities permitted,” said PD Maranan.
Meanwhile, PDRRMO Chief Oro advised Pangasinenses to coordinate with the Provincial Government and PDRRMO regarding the donations for the Typhoon-affected provinces in Northern Luzon.
“Mayroon tayong protocol and incident command system and we wouldn’t want to burden the receiving LGU lalo na ‘yong mga individuals who are not properly coordinated with the LGU. The protocol is existing and our office can help facilitate these individuals,” said Chief Oro.
Col. Oro said, “Inaayos lang natin and we will have a specific date on when can we bring these relief efforts – food and non-food items — para mapakinabangan ng ating mga kababayan sa Cagayan and Isabela.”
/Paula Jhea Sison