Tagbilaran City tests LSIs with PCR, even without symptoms

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.

Tagbilaran City gets new PPE donations

Tagbilaran City is grateful to the Office of the Vice-President Leni Robredo for the PPEs and other medical paraphernalia given to the Barangay Health Emergency Response Team (BHERT). Photo shows Barangay Affairs and Constituency Unit (BACU) Head Alvin Acuzar receiving the donations from Provincial Board Member Aldner Damalerio. It should also be remembered that Tagbilaran City’s First Lady Jane Yap also established “Gugma Tagbilaran”, a fundraiser project geared to provide PPEs to Tagbilaran City’s modern-day heroes, the initiative targets to deliver 500 PPEs to hospitals around Tagbilaran City. The risks faced by the doctors and nurses are mitigated when safety is guaranteed. Thus, Gugma Tagbilaran did just that and partnered with the private sectors in the City to provide medical grade PPEs, food care packages, face shield, masks, hygienic and reusable PPEs made of durable and waterproof material which you can disinfect.

          FL Jane Yap rallied behind the needs of our medical doctors to arm themselves with the right protective gears as they battle in the frontlines against COVID-19.  This is a global major crisis we are facing today. Tagbilaran City will continue to do its share and remain resilient. With all the efforts of the government and the support of the private sector, Tagbilaranons will all stand together in this fight against the Corona Virus Disease. As Tagbilaran City Mayor John Geesnell “BABA” Yap underscored, “Hoping for the best but expecting the worst”. 

Tagbilaran City goes on with its infrastructure development despite the pandemic

Despite the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, the programs and projects in the City Government of Tagbilaran keep on pressing on and moving forward. City Mayor John Geesnell “BABA” Yap said that we need to look forward to the future and not dwell on the difficulties of the past, “We may have been delayed by the challenges brought about by the threat of COVID-19, but we won’t stop achieving our targets. We will not stop growing and we will look forward to the things that we have planned out to do prior to this pandemic. It’s not important what have happened in the past, the important thing is where are we heading. We will keep our priorities in focus”, Yap said. City Engineer Teodoro Estoque said the road concreting are currently on the move along the roads going to the City Health, City Engineering, City PNP, and Office of the Senior Citizens. Engr. Estoque said the rehabilitation of the City Engineering Office is also well-underway. The construction of the new tennis court near the covered court is also in progress.

But the centerpiece of it all — the Phase 3 of the City Hall Landscaping where the Musical Fountain is being constructed. The Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the project focused on the site development such as the parking area, pavements, drainage, greeneries, and fences. This last phase will concentrate on the water fountain, benches and sidewalks. The City Government Building which is a prominent landmark along the area will surely attract more visitors once this project is completed. Tagbilaranons will also be delighted once the Tagbilaran City Park is finished. This is another infrastructure project at the back of the City PNP building wherein a nature park will be established. The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) in partnership with the City Government of Tagbilaran poured in financial grant to complete the project. 

Another batch of displaced workers from Tagbilaran receive assistance

      Photo shows 1st District Representative Cong. Edgar Chatto and City Mayor John Geesnell “BABA” Yap during the distribution of the cash assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-TUPAD) in the City Hall Atrium. This is the 3rd batch of financial assistance given to displaced workers Tagbilaranons. These workers came from various sectors which was badly hit by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

      The joint efforts of the City Public Employment Service Office (PESO) and the Barangay Affairs and Constituency Unit (BACU) in coordination with Cong. Edgar Chatto ably represented by former Board Member Abeleon Damalerio gave realization to the financial assistance given by DOLE. TUPAD or Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers is a community-based package of assistance that provides emergency employment for displaced workers, underemployed and seasonal workers, for a minimum period of 10 days, but not to exceed a maximum of 30 days, depending on the nature of work to be performed. Those who are involved in social community projects, such as repair, maintenance, and/or improvement of common public facilities and infrastructure such as schools and health centers, debris clearing, de-clogging of canals, debris segregation and materials recovery, stockpiling and clearing, rehabilitation of farm-to-market roads, bridges, post-harvest facilities, public markets and common service facilities such as production and display centers, fishports, agro-forestry community projects, such as tree planting, seedling preparation, and reforestation are considered. Prior to one’s actual engagement in employment, the beneficiary will also be provided with the following: (1) basic orientation on safety and health; (2) Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in the form of T-shirt and hat; (3) enrolment in group micro-insurance, to be included in the total project cost or as counterpart of the ACP/LGU; and (4) TUPAD ID. The beneficiary should also signify his/her intention to avail of skills training to prepare towards self or wage employment after the project.

            The payment of wages of the TUPAD beneficiaries are coursed through a money remittance service provider to ensure standard application across all regions in terms of mechanics and service fee costs. In cases where an Accredited Co-Partner Is involved in the implementation, the ACP (including LGUs) shall facilitate the payment of wages of the TUPAD beneficiaries using a prescribed payroll, with representative/s from DOLE RO/PO/FO as witness/es. With the conclusion of the employment project, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) or its accredited training institutions will be tapped to conduct the skills training for the TUPAD beneficiaries under its Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP).

New Tagbilaran DRRM Operations Center soon to rise

Tagbilaran City is taking disaster risk reduction and management to a new level. A new DRRM Operations Center will soon rise in Brgy. Dampas which would be the base of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management’s (CDRRM) 24-hour operations. Photo shows the on-going construction of the new DRRM facility. It will have parking bays for the emergency response vehicles, quarters for its responders, a training hall, offices for the different units of the CDRRMO, and a much spacious Command Center. City Mayor John Geesnell “BABA” Yap has taken disaster management seriously since his assumption in office. CCTVs were installed in the strategic entry and exit points in the City. All the public elementary and high schools followed suit. A command center inside the City Hall was also constructed equipped with a state-of-the-art communication facility. Mayor Yap also acquired responder vehicles such as the search and rescue truck, water tanker, and ambulances to complete the rescue team of the City. And as an affirmation to all the hard work which the unit has accomplished, the Tagbilaran City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRM) was awarded in the 21st Regional Gawad Kalasag City DRRM Council Category. Gawad Kalasag or the “Kalamidad at Sakuna Labanan, Sariling Galing ang Kaligtasan”, is the country’s premier annual awards for outstanding contributions in the field of disaster risk reduction and management, and humanitarian assistance. The concept of Gawad Kalasag was adopted from the Filipino term ‘to shield’ which was used by early Filipinos as a means of protection from attacks of enemies or harmful animals. The Gawad Kalasag was established to give recognition or honor to various stakeholders who design and implement the DRMM programs aimed at protecting and shielding various communities against disasters.

Tagbilaran DRRM Action Officer Gerard Lavadia said the award is a testament of the unit’s continuing effort to improve its mandate, “This is a great manifestation that our beloved Tagbilaran City is improving when it comes to prevention and mitigation, preparedness, response, recovery, and rehabilitation. We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all our responders, administrative personnel, officers, and to our CDRRMC Chair, Mayor Baba Yap for their hard work and perseverance in delivering quality service to the people of Tagbilaran City. We will do more and share more with our community the essence of true service. Our willingness to serve is not just being measured by any awards, but rest assured that we will always strive to give excellent service to our people, our beloved Tagbilaran City”, Lavadia said.

With the completion of the New DRRM Operations Center in the future, disaster risk reduction and emergency management in Tagbilaran City will rise to a new level of competence.  

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