Davao de Oro Province—The Provincial Government of Davao de Oro strictly implemented preventive measures amidst the threat of COVID-19. At the Provincial Capitol alone, employees underwent a thermal scanner upon entering the executive and legislative building with their hands sanitized. A memorandum was also issued last week to sanitize hallways, corridors, stairways and external windows. While employees regularly disinfected their respective offices.
Alcohol and hand sanitizers are available at the main entrance of the lobby for employees and other visitors. The provincial capitol executive building only uses one main entrance and exit point as part of the policy while usage of elevator shall be only for PWDs, Pregnant Women and Senior Citizens. Social Distancing has also implemented including meetings such as done during the Inter-agency Task Force (IATD) meetings.
Meanwhile, employees only used facial recognition mechanism in the biometrics. The Civil Security Unit in the capitol premise monitors the strict compliance of the precautionary measures and coordinates with the Provincial General Services Office for any untoward incident in the course of the implementation of the measures.
These strict preventive measures were made in accordance to keeping Dabawenyos safe from acquiring the dreaded disease. More so, with the recent development where the Department of Health Davao Center for Health Development (DCHD) disclosed the first confirmed case identified as PH130, a 21-year old Filipino female, in the province.
Relative to this, a meeting for the Provincial Inter-agency Task Force for the Emerging Infectious Disease was held on March 16, 2020 attended by Governor Tyron Uy, Vice-governor Maria Carmen Zamora, Provincial Administrator Virgilia Allones, PG Department Heads and other concerned individuals regarding the emerging crisis.
The province would ensure the availability of the basic needs of the people and will monitor prices of goods in the market. Health workers and other individuals giving frontl-ine services will be given the right assistance and support towards containing the disease. The role of technology is also vital for communication this time. The right information will be spread using social media accounts to avoid making crowds and maintain social distance.“Buot nakong ipaniguro kaninyo nga ang Provincial Government of Davao de Oro kauban ang atung municipal local government units ug DOH nagatinabangay para himuong luwas ang matag usa kanato sa risgong dala sa COVID-19. Panahon karun sa pagtinabangay, pagsinabtanay, ug sa pagtambayayong. Ipakita nato ang atong bayanihan. Panahon sa kalisod ug pagsulay, walang iwanan gihapon ta sa Davao de Oro.” said Governor Jayvee Tyron L. Uy.
(Jasteen Abella, ID DAVAO DE ORO)