The Department of Health (DOH) has called on governors of provinces to tackle the COVID-19 crisis proactively and to increase their testing and isolation capacities.
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III urged the League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP) to be proactive in modifying health interventions to best reflect local considerations on containing the disease.
Local government units (LGUs) were challenged to ramp up their testing capacities, isolation capacities, and management of all suspected, probable, and confirmed cases.
“The COVID-19 response has demonstrated that this is not just the fight of a lifetime by the health sector. COVID-19 is the collective battle of every Filipino,” Duque said.
The governors, cited as vital role players in establishing the new normal ahead of the pandemic, were briefed of DOH’s 5-point strategy.
This includes: 1) Increase resilience, 2) Stop Transmission, 3) Reduce Contact Rate, 4) Shorten Duration of Infectiousness, and 5) Enhance Quality, Consistency, and Affordability of Care Provision.
Guided by this strategy, LGUs must establish enabling policies and mechanisms to guarantee the effective implementation of public health standards at the local level, Duque said.
“What is clear to us at this point is that this will require all of our commitments for long haul solutions. All of us will have to take on the role of public health leaders and managers to deliver our 5-point Strategy to defeat COVID-19 and [advance the] new normal for the entire Philippines,” he said.
A total of 44 incumbent governors joined the virtual meeting Tuesday which was hosted by LPP National President Presbitero Velasco, Jr., governor of Marinduque; and National Chairman Dakila Dax Cua, governor of Quirino.