Barangay captains and representatives of seven barangays in Bacolod – hailed for their strict implementation of COVID-19 minimum health protocols – have shared their best practices with the Emergency Operations Center Task Force (EOC-TF) at the Government Center Tuesday.
These are barangays 11, 12, 22, 24, Felisa, Alangilan, and Montevista. Most of them have been declared “Covid-free” for over 40 days, according to data from the EOC.
The barangay officials, upon invitation by the EOC, shared to the deputies and personnel their “best practices” in helping contain the spread of the disease.
“The strategies and expertise of each barangay are crucial. We hope to learn from their stories and for them to be an inspiration to everyone,” Dr. Chris Sorongon, deputy medical for data analysis and assessment of the EOC-TF, said.
Barangay Captain Diosdado Mayo of Barangay 22 said he usually asks for cooperation from his constituents, especially when it comes to the most basic protocols of social distancing and wearing of masks and face shields.
Barangay Captain Ramon Jardin of Felisa, meanwhile, said they established a One Command Center for better data management. Jardin also said they appointed “output-oriented” individuals as members of their Barangay Health Emergency Response Team (BHERT).
Barangay Montevista, on the other hand, is focused on the enforcement of curfew. Barangay Captain Glo-ann Tambasen said they always see to it that “establishments prone to breach of protocols” – like the gym, tennis courts and plaza – are regularly checked.
“We also require our BHERTs to always wear personal protective equipment (PPE) in all of their transactions. We are also thankful for the donations made by Montevista citizens to people in the lockdown areas,” Tambasen added.
Barangay Captain Degie Tanista Sr. of Alangilan said that he is “proud” of his “well-behaved” citizens. Tanista added that his constituents also “make sure to take care of (others living in) the lockdown areas.”
Being a center of commerce, Barangay 24 is extra strict in implementing minimum health protocols. The barangay also provides its citizens with vitamins, face masks and face shields.
Meanwhile, Barangay 11 is enforcing stringent protocols when it comes to the entry of people from other barangays.
“Only organic boardinghouse occupants are allowed. We also have barangay personnel monitoring the area until 12 midnight,” Acting Barangay Captain Loynnie Grace Morales said.
Barangay 12, where the Central Market and downtown area are located, was represented by Jan Cordova. He said they are conducting house-to-house visits in their two puroks.
“Since the last locally stranded individual (LSI) from Cebu in March, Barangay 12 no longer accepts any boarding house occupants,” Cordova added.
Dr. Sorongon said the EOC-TF hopes that these barangays sustain their momentum in halting the spread of COVID.
“They all have presence, visibility, and enforcement in their own barangays. They all consider personally visiting their areas for better implementation of protocols,” Sorongon added.*PIO