BUTUAN CITY, May 31 (PIA) -- Facing the threat of pandemic, the Philippine government has taken steps to further strengthen its capability to curb the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
In Caraga region, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) handled the immediate distribution of the rapid test kits and personal protective equipment (PPE) sets to the different provinces.
This batch is part of the OCD-procured rapid test kits received by Caraga Regional Task Force chairperson Gov. Dale Corvera during the recent visit of the National Action Plan Against COVID-19 chief implementer Sec. Carlito Galvez, Jr. In the region.
According to OCD-Caraga regional director Liza Mazo, there are 17,800 rapid test kits and 2,000 sets of personal protective equipment that are now utilized by the frontliners at health institutions.
"The OCD is tasked to lead the logistics cluster. President Rodrigo Dutere signed the administrative order mandating our office to receive and coordinate donations of medicines and medical supplies and equipment to the government. Per Administrative Order 27, it also requires the transmission of all donations to the national government or the Department of Health (DOH) to the OCD for consolidation. For now, we are done with the delivery to the provinces," said Mazo.
The local government units in the region through their Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office extend their gratitude for the support given by the national government.
"The Agusan del Norte have already received 2,500 Rapid Test kits and PPEs. We are really thankful for these," said Jorge Vincent Pagaran, Emergency Operations Center (EOC) manager of the Agusan del Norte province.
Mazo said, the OCS, as the secretariat of the National Task Group on Resource Management and Logistics ensures the availability of resources, supplies and facilities for the COVID -19 response operations of the government.
Meanwhile, Mazo disclosed that they had catered more than 5,000 calls and requests from stranded individuals in the different areas of the country.
Mazo added that even after the management of these requests was already turned over to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)- Caraga, they still respond to queries and referred to the DILG for appropriate intervention. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)