City Mayor John Geesnell “BABA” Yap tasked City Health Officer Dr. Jeia Pondoc to be on top of the testing and monitoring of the quarantined OFWs and Locally Stranded Tagbilaranons, “The City Government has allocated funds for the PCR testing of both the OFWs and LSIs. Although it is not required by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF). We made sure that all incoming Tagbilaranons should be tested. This is to ensure that no local transmission would happen. Safety will always be our main priority, both for the returning Tagbilaranons and the local residents”, Yap said.
CHO Officer Dr. Pondoc is literally the woman of the hour. Regular rounds in all the quarantine facilities are strictly conducted. To date, PCR testing was already given to 739 Locally Stranded Individuals (LSIs) and OFWs. PCR tests were also administered to those exhibiting influenza-like symptoms, authorized persons outside residences including uniformed personnel (APOR), and asymptomatic and symptomatic health care worker who had close contact with a COVID-19 positive. Dr. Pondoc said that every quarantine facility in Tagbilaran City is equipped with an area for PCR testing and swabbing. Dr. Pondoc also assured the Tagbilaranons that all medical personnel assigned in the testing is furnished with a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and strictly observes hand hygiene. The data regarding the details of the testing is collected through phone calls to avoid exposure to the medical health worker who conducted the test. Dr. Pondoc also gave assurance that those medical workers who have conducted the tests will be quarantined for 14 days, aside from the mandatory PCR testing. Dr. Pondoc also stressed that once you are negative on the test, it does not mean that you cannot be infected with COVID anymore. Protocols like proper hand washing, social distancing, and wearing of face masks should still be strictly observed. To date, there are 6 active cases in Tagbilaran City, all of them are asymptomatic, and 3 has already recovered.