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SP expresses dismay over LGU-Sta. Barbara’s opposition on conversion of a gov’t facility for hospital isolation extension

March 28, 2020

The Pangasinan provincial board expressed dismay over the opposition of the Municipality of Sta. Barbara on the use of a provincial facility located in the said town as hospital isolation extension for persons under investigation (PUIs) in the province.
During their special session via teleconference on March 27, the august body passed Provincial Resolution No. 332-2020, which was authored by Board Member Jeremy Agerico B. Rosario and co-authored by all members of the board, to address the opposition of LGU-Sta. Barbara on the intention of the provincial government to convert a provincial government facility located in Baragay Tebag, Sta. Barbara.
The Sangguniang Bayan of Sta, Barbara passed a resolution on March 25 opposing the proposed plan of the provincial government.
“The Sangguniang Panlalawigan is dismayed over the said move of the Municipality of Sta. Barbara, especially, during this pressing time of public health crisis when unity and cooperation should prevail between and among the local government units of the province to combat COVID-19,” the resolution reads.
In its efforts to prevent the spread of the disease, the Provincial Government of Pangasinan aims to convert government facilities as expansion of the 14-government run hospitals in the province for those recovering from symptoms in pursuance to the directives of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Enhanced Community Quarantine.
Department of Health (DOH) protocols dictate that patients under investigation (PUIs) with mild symptoms are to stay in isolation at home, however, the Province of Pangasinan aims to protect the families of the PUIs who were confined at the hospital by not letting them come home until they have completed the 14-day quarantine period.
Hence, the provincial government intends to put up a hospital isolation extension at the Farmers Pavilion which is located within the premises of the Provincial Nursery in Tebag, Sta. Barbara.
The resolution states, “The area will be used as an isolation area for PUIs who have been confined for ten (10) days at the hospital and are about to get discharged for lack of COVID-19 symptoms, however, in order to complete the 14-day quarantine period, they will be transferred to the intended isolation area in Barangay Tebag, Sta. Barbara.”
This would also allay the fears of the people in the barangays as the PUI in their area has completed the 14-day quarantine period and they are guaranteed of a patient recovered from symptoms.
Earlier, Governor Amado I. Espino III called for concerted efforts from all local government units in the province in preparation for ‘worst-case scenario’ of the COVID-19 in the province.
“Alinsunod sa mga alituntunin at direktiba ng ating Pangulo Rodrigo Roa Duterte at ng ating national government, lahat ng paraan ay ating ginagawa para mahinto ang pagkalat ng salot na ito sa ating probinsiya. Kasama po dito ang paghahanda sa tinatawag na worst-case scenario para kung sakaling dumating man tayo sa puntong iyon, na taimtim nating ipinapanalanging huwag mangyari, ay matapang tayong haharap na may higit na kahandaan,” Governor Espino said.
“Kaya’t inihahanda po natin ang mga iba’t-ibang gusali ng pamahalaang panlalawigan na nakatayo sa iba’t-ibang lugar sa Pangasinan bilang mga naka-antabay na mga extension facilities ng ating 14 na mga ospital. Hindi natin kailanman ipagdadamot ang kakayahan nating tumulong.” he also emphasized.
Commending all frontliners at essential workers, the provincial chief executive also enjoined all Pangasinenses: “Sa mga mamamayan, manatili po sa inyong mga tahanan at sumunod sa mga patakaran. Sa mga nakakaangat sa buhay, ituloy po natin ang pagtulong sa ating mga kapwang higit na nangangailangan. Sa mga kaparehas kong nanunungkulan, gawin po natin ang mga atas sa atin, pagbutihin ang ating trabaho, at laging isa-alang-alang ang pangkalahatang kapakanan. Pag-ibayuhin pa natin ang ating mga pagkilos.”
/Shiella Mae C. De Guzman (Photos by Romulus P. Gutierrez)