The City’s Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases is adopting the two-pronged strategy of deploying health marshals and is accelerating the vaccination of eligible residents to control the spread of COVID-19 virus and prepare for the new normal.
Health Marshals led by Executive Assistant for Security Concerns retired General Rey Lyndon Lawas are deployed daily in the streets and housing projects to enforce the health protocols that prohibit minors and the elderly outside of their homes, ban on mass gatherings, observance of social distancing, wearing of face masks and frequent hand washing.
Meanwhile, more than 11, 000 residents belonging to priority groups A1 (medical frontliners), A2 (Senior Citizens); A3 (Persons with Comorbidities) and A4 (frontline personnel in essential sectors, including uniformed personnel) have already been vaccinated by the City Health Office and volunteers from different organizations including the Negros Oriental Medical Society.
The authorities also inspected business establishments to enforce the protocols inside their premises, provide alcohol and sanitizers to employees and clients and to conduct daily disinfection.
The Health Marshals are composed of personnel from the City Health Office, Philippine National Police, Traffic Management Office, Special Enforcement Unit, Department Trade Industry, City Administrator’s Office, City Social Welfare and Development Office and Bureau of Fire Protection.