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CITY, SECTORS PLAN STRATEGIES TO IMPROVE COMPLIANCE WITH HEALTH PROTOCOLS
May 26, 2021 – The city government convened last May 21 various organizations from both the government and private sectors to plan the city’s next strategies to improve the people’s compliance with the minimum public health and safety standards (MPHS) to enhance the city’s Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) response.
Mayor Benjamin Magalong said that while the city’s infection control and case management systems on Prevent-Detect-Isolate-Treat-Reintegrate (PDITR) continue to hold up, the city needs to continually fine tune its strategies and attain a “whole-of-government-and-whole-of-society approach” in addressing the continuing health crisis.
City administrator Bonifacio Dela Peña who convened the participants representing the five sectors of medical, social services, engineering and institutional, enforcement and risk communication and public information said the planning session will zero in on the compliance to the MPHS being the possible “missing link” to achieving the city’s goal of suppressing the transmissions.
This is in the light of recent findings of a survey-study done by a group of professors and physicians showing Baguio residents are not adhering to the MPHS.
“All the while we thought that we are okay, that we are compliant but it turned out otherwise. Apparently what we have been doing is not enough because the study found that a big number or 72 percent of the respondents were not able to comply, Dela Peña said.
He said that with the strategies and measures that will be crafted, the city hopes to foster more consciousness and adherence to the MPHS among residents with the aim of reducing the COVID-19 infection in the city.
In the planning session, the groups were apprised on the current COVID-19 situation of the city as facilitated by City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit head Dr. Donnabel Panes and on the actions and best practices undertaken by the city presented by City Planning and Development Coordinator Arch. Donna Tabangin.
Each group is expected to submit its plan of action tailored for the sectors it represents specifying the strategies, activities, timeline, resources needed and other details that will work for the achievement of the targets.
Dela Peña said the meetings will continue until the plans are finalized and executed. – Aileen P. Refuerzo