ARD Paula Paz M. Sydiongco of DOH Region IV-A reported the updates on COVID-19 during the First Quarter 2020 RDC Full Council Meeting.

The CALABARZON Regional Development Council (RDC) during its First Quarter Full Council Meeting on March 12, 2020, passed a resolution disseminating the protocols of the Department of Health (DOH) on COVID -19 to local government units in the region for their information and proper implementation. This is in support to the state of public health emergency issued through Presidential Proclamation No. 922, series of 2020.  

DOH Region IV-A Assistant Regional Director Paula Sydiongco discussed the protocols to minimize and prevent the entry and spread of COVID -19. The protocols are based on DOH’s four-door framework wherein each door corresponds to an operational objective. During the RDC meeting, the country was in the fourth door or Alert Level 4 (Sublevel 1) wherein there is already local transmission of the virus.

Among the initiatives to combat COVID-19 were intensified contact tracing of individuals who have interactions with confirmed cases and patients under investigation. Suspected COVID -19 carriers were instructed to undergo self-quarantine for 14 days in their homes. Testing and management of severe and critical cases and vulnerable high-risk groups were also prioritized.

The Inter-Agency Task Force in CALABARZON continuously conducts information dissemination on how to effectively contain and ensure the safety of the region’s populace as well as medical front liners.  

The Philippines has been declared under Code Red Sublevel 2 on the night of March 12, 2020. This means that sustained community transmission has been established. As of March 15, the CALABARZON has a total of 11 confirmed cases: one in Laguna, two in Cavite, four in Rizal, and four in Batangas.

Temperature screening of participants was facilitated by medical professionals from the University of Rizal System. This was done as a safety measure in view of the COVID -19 national concern.

Mary Deemple D. Ariate, NEDA Region IV-A| March 15, 2020