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Schools as isolation centers allowed til Aug 15
By: Mylen Manto | Published Friday, August 7, 2020
Liloan Mayor and League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) Cebu Chapter President Christina Frasco shared that LGUs can still use schools as quarantine facilities until August 15 after the RIATF approved her request for an extension. (Junjie Mendoza)

The Regional Inter-Agency Task Force (RIATF) approved the extention of the use of classrooms as isolation facilities across the Province until August 15. 

This as Cebu Province is now seeing a "flattening of the curve" of Covid-19 cases, shared Liloan Mayor and League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) Cebu Chapter President Christina Frasco on Thursday, August 6.

She said that in Liloan alone, the number of recoveries exceeded the positive cases most days for the past two weeks.

“We’re seeing a tapering down of the cases of Covid-19, notwithstanding that our efforts, not only in Liloan but the entire Province, continue to be as responsive and proactive as we can be,” the mayor stated.

Earlier, Frasco requested that local government units be allowed to continue using schools as isolation centers since physical classes are not yet allowed.

“Magpasalamat ta sa RIATF sa pagsanong sa atong hangyo nga hatagan nila og lugway ang mga mayor aron makapadayon ta og gamit sa mga eskwelahan isip atong mga isolation centers,” Frasco said, adding that schools as quarantine facilities are great help to the local government units (LGUs) as they continue to fight the pandemic. 

“Which is why we continue to need the isolation centers but we realize as well that the DepEd (Department of Education) will be needing these classrooms,” she added.

Moving forward, she said, the direction of the mayors in line with the DepEd and the Capitol is to identify big isolation facilities in each LGU to be used after August 15.

By then, they will be able to focus their resources not on many schools but on one school that serve as the LGU's isolation facility. 

Aside from schools, Frasco said LGUs also use covered courts, multi-purpose halls and buildings as isolation centers.

The mayor urged the Cebuanos to maintain self-discipline and observe the basic health and safety protocols like the wearing of masks, physical distancing, and no mass gathering.

Meanwhile, after Governor Gwendolyn Garcia's presentation to the RIATF on Cebu Province's Covid-19 status on August 4, Frasco said the worries of IATF Chief Implementer for the Visayas Roy Cimatu were wiped out.

Cimatu earlier expressed concern on the total number of positive cases in the Province. 

“As I recall, what Secretary Cimatu said was that he was initially worried seeing the total number of cases of Cebu Province. But after having heard the presentation of Gov. Gwen on the actual data of the active cases versus the number of recoveries and the number of deaths as well as listening to the best practices presented by the mayors including Mayor Techie Sitoy-Cho of Cordova and myself as mayor of Liloan, I’m very heartened to hear from Secretary Cimatu na napapas ang iyang kaguol,” Frasco explained. 

Frasco said Cimatu was also assured that under Garcia's leadership, the Province was able to appropriately manage its cases of Covid-19 as shown by its high recovery rate.

In fact, Liloan town has a recovery rate of 68 percent. 

“So all in all, we thank Secretary Cimatu for his concern as we continue to assure him and the national government as well as our President that all of our LGUs of the Province of Cebu under Governor Gwen Garcia continue to fight this pandemic through data and policy driven by the facts on the ground, innovation, and inclusive governance,” she stated. (Mylen Manto)