The Provincial Government of Pangasinan is intensifying its zoning containment strategy to slow down the spread of COVID-19 in the province.
“Kinokonsidera rin ng ating Provincial Inter Agency Task Force (IATF) ‘yong changing of the quarantine status in relation to the adherence ng ating mga existing national IATF resolutions. Isa dito ay ang pagsunod natin sa zoning containment strategy,” said Provincial Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Officer Rhodyn Luchinvar Oro.
The zoning containment strategy is an approach created to limit the movement of people in certain areas to prevent the spread of the virus while testing and the treatment of affected individuals are ongoing.
During the web-based question hour of the Pangasinan provincial board held on October 5, PDRRMO Chief Oro bared that the Provincial Government of Pangasinan is conducting aggressive contact tracing to curb COVID-19 in Pangasinan.
“On the part of detection, mayroon tayong aggressive contact tracing. As reported by Department of Health Region I, mayroon tayong 100% na nako-contact trace ‘yong mga nagpositive,” said Chief Oro stressing that the Provincial Government, in coordination with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), will hire a total of 805 contact tracers in the province who will also undergo necessary training.
Committee on Health Chairman and Board Member Jeremy Agerico B. Rosario asked Col. Oro to further discuss the plans of actions taken by the provincial government to combat COVID-19 in Pangasinan.
Isolation facilities in the province are also utilized and expanded for the zoning containment strategy.
Col. Oro also assured that the Provincial Government of Pangasinan is striking a balance between opening the economy and firming up the community quarantine in the province.
“We are trying the social healing and our primary recovery program sa pangunguna ng ating butihing Gobernador Amado I. Espino III ay ‘yong ating Abig Pangasinan which is the economic recovery program of the provincial government,” said Col. Oro.
Furthermore, the PDRRMO Chief stated that the Provincial IATF is advocating a shared responsibility of the constituents, barangay officials, municipal and city government units, and the Provincial Government.
“This is a shared responsibility ng ating mga barangay, kasama ang mga munisipyo at probinsya,” said Col. Oro.
The reintegration aspect of the COVID situation also involves the increasing of awareness of reinfection as suggested by the Department of Health and World Health Organization.
“On the part of the prevention aspect, tuloy-tuloy ang ating mass media presentation kung paano maiiwasan ang COVID-19,” said Col. Oro reminding Pangasinenses of the necessary protocols to prevent the COVID-19 spread.
As of press time, the PDRRMO has also swabbed a total of 527 locally stranded individuals in the border control points of Pangasinan.
/Paula Jhea Sison