Benitez, who signed the EO on July 5, said in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the increasing number of the Bacolodnon affected by Covid-19 infection, Bacolod City created EO No. 59, Series of 2020, or an order creating the EOC-TF, tasked to undertake all planning, operations, and coordination needed to manage the increasing number of Covid-19 infections at that time.
He said the President issued EO No. 151, Series of 2021, on November 11, 2021, approving the nationwide implementation of the alert level system for Covid-19 response.
“Currently, the National Inter-Agency Task Force (NIATF) for the Management of Emerging Diseases, issued last June 27, 2022, Resolution No. 169-A, Series of 2022, placing Bacolod City under Alert Level 1 effective July 1, 2022 until July 15, 2022,” the mayor added.
Benitez said that Bacolod City has maintained its downward trend on Covid-19 incidents, prompting this administration to step up its effort to transition to a new normal and strategize action plans geared toward economic recovery and resiliency.
Section 2 of the EO stated that there shall be created a Covid-19 Action Team for the city to come up with a coordinated action for Covid-19 response that will be led by the city mayor as the chairman and Dr. Anna Maria Laarni Pornan, head of the DRRMO, as the vice-chair or focal person.
The Covid-19 Action Team members include Dr. Ma. Carmela Gensoli, of City Health Office (CHO); Pacita Tero, of Department of Social Services and Development (DSSD); Ramon De los Reyes, of Management Information Technology and Computer Services (MITCS); and Agnes Lira Jundos, of Public Information Office (PIO).
The CHO was also tasked to lead the vaccination drive to be led by Dr. Edwin Miraflor and Dr. Wendy Marie Yap; management of swab test team, Dr. Grace Tan and Dr. Yani Fernandez; management of Bacolod Respiratory Outpatient (BRO) Center and City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (Cesu), Dr. Ava Joy Infante; data collection, management and status reporting as needed by the various local and national agencies, Ramon De los Reyes and Engineer Edrian Robete; teleconsult, Dr. Juvy Vergara, Dr. Luz Maapni, Dr. Babylin Drilon and Dr. Georgina Habaradas; information, education and training of medical personnel involved in the management of Covid-19, Dr. Infante and PIO; one hospital commander center, Dr. Geraldine Sy and Dr. Antonio Javi; patient monitoring and contact tracing, Dr. Rosalie Deocampo and Dr. Carlo Ortega; mental health, counseling and psychological wellness program as needed, Dr. Romeo Orcajada and Psycho-social Support Consultancy Hub; and temporary treatment and monitoring facilities, Dr. Claire Capiral.
The DRRMO was also tasked with quick response action plan; quarantine, isolation and disinfection; extraction logistic/transport of vaccine, food and non-food items’ and reporting, while the DSSD shall be responsible of the social services and relief operations for the Covid-19 victims and their families.
The CHO and DRRMO shall also conduct daily reporting to the chief executive as head of the Action Team.
Benitez said regular evaluation and reporting as to the status of the current Covid situation in the city must be forwarded to the relevant local and national offices as per guidelines of the NIATF.
He said recommendations and advices from DRRMO and CHO may form as basis of the local policies and guidelines of the city to ensure that it is on top of the Covid-19 situation.