Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo has created the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of the first Confirmed First Case of Novel Corona Virus (2019 nCov) Entry in the City to help contain the spread of the Emerging Infectious Diseas (EID).
Mayor Remollo’s Executive Order No. 03 series of 2020 enumerates the functions of the Inter-Agency Task Force:
a. Conduct the relevant press conference to provide a direct social awareness for the benefit of all the constituents, residents and guests of the Metropolis, and thus post public advisories as well as precautionary measures to inform and educate the general public on the necessity of maintaining proper hygiene and regular hand washing and thereby thwart mass hysteria, fear or panic;
b. Employ the DOH proposed system to identify, screen, and assist Filipinos and foreign nationals suspected or confirmed to be infected with this disesase;
c. Afford an immediate training of the respective City and Barangay Health Workers as well as capacitate Local Health Units and Private Care Facilities on nCov prevention, containment, and control with its possible campaign in coordination of the Department of Health (DOH);
d. Coordinate with the Bureau of Immigration, airport & sea port authorities together with other government agencies for entry and exit of passengers coming from nCov affected countries so that adequate quarantine procedures may eventually be effected to those suspected of said disease;
e. Afford Contact Tracing tracking down of all individuals that came or may possible have contact with the Chinese Nationals recently tested positive of nCov disease thereby institutionalizing surveillance, alert and similar quarantine process in all ports of entry;
f. Inform directly the DOH on a reasonable basis in case of dire need to place an individual under quarantine;
g. Perform frontline work exercising extreme caution and vigilance in handling and strictly monitoring these suspected individuals possibly infected altogether ensuring the safety of all responders;
h. Pronounce its official and public statements thru the City Public Information Office;
i. Address all concerns and make close coordination for inter-agency cooperation to extend all possible assistance on this regard; and
j. Perform such other functions and activities as may be just, immediate and necessary to carry out the provisions of this Order, or as the City Mayor may direct.
The composition Task Force are: Mayor Remollo, Chairperson; City Health Officer Maria Sarah B. Talla, Vice-Chairperson with members Vice-Mayor Alan Gel Cordova, Councilor Edgar Lentorio Jr., Chairperson of the City Council Committee on Health; Dr. Dinno T. Depositario, Assistant Administrator and Chief-of-Staff of the City Mayor’s Office; Lilibeth Filipinas, OIC of the Social Welfare and Development Office; Reynald Patula, Public Relations Officer, City Mayor’s Office; Emiliana Rosario G. Abordo,CHO Nurse; Rizal Benatiro, Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officer; Jacqueline V. Antonio, City Tourism Officer; Dems Rey T. Demecillo, of the Public Information Office; Lt. Col. Wilfredo Alarcon Jr., City Chief-of-Police; Sr. Insp. Heidi Lynn Virtudes, City Fire Marshal; Christopher M.. Pastor, City Local Government Operations Officer, Dr. Kenneth Coo, Volunteer Doctor; Nimfa M. Virtucio, DTI Negros Oriental; Mark M.A.P. Diamaoden, CAAP Airport Manager Negros Oriental and Atty. Sarah R. Mijares, Port Manager of the Philippine Ports Authority.
The Task Force will enhance the inter-sectoral collaboration to establish preparedness and ensure efficient government response to assess, monitor, contain and prevent the spread of any potential epidemic of the novel coronavirus,