To provide guidance and appropriate information to all local government units (LGUs) and government offices in the region, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)-10 in partnership with Department of Health (DOH)-10 discussed protocols in handling COVID-19 outbreak in their respective offices.
DILG-10 Regional Director Arnel M. Agabe stressed the need for government offices, LGUs, and uninformed personnel to continue delivering public service even amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Given the risks posed by the virus, there is a need for us to come up with protocols. And if, God forbids, there will be cases in your offices then we already know what to do to minimize infection of other personnel,” said Agabe who is also the head of Region 10 Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (R10 IATF-MEID).
On the specifics of COVID-19 response in the office, Dr. Ian Christian Gonzales, head of the Infectious Diseases Cluster of DOH-10, discussed the Prevent, Detect, Isolate, Treat, and Reintegrate (PDITR) strategies.
Part of the advocacy of the DILG and DOH is BIDA ang may Disiplina: Solusyon sa COVID-19, encouraging the public to practice self-discipline to mitigate the spread of the virus in the communities.
BIDA stands for B – Bawal ang walang face mask/shield, I – I-sanitize ang mga kamay, D – distansya ng isang metro sa isa’t isa, and A – Aksyon base sa tamang impormasyon.
Agabe encouraged the participants to instill discipline among themselves as he reminds them that “protecting yourself means protecting your family, colleagues, and community.”
The forum was participated by representatives from the region’s government agencies and local health officers. It was conducted via virtual teleconference 22 and livestreamed on DILG-10’s Facebook page.