Eleven local government units (LGUs) – not only in Negros Occidental but also from some parts of Western Visayas – have sent their officials and personnel to visit the daily huddle of the Bacolod City Emergency Operations Center Task Force (EOC-TF) for benchmarking, a press release from the Bacolod City PIO.
These visits, which focused on observing the daily operations of the EOC-TF, allow other LGUs to pick up some points that may be useful in enhancing their very own response against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The LGUs that made visits in the past two weeks include the Municipalities of Isabela, Murcia, Moises Padilla, La Castellana, Hinigaran, and Binalbagan; and the Cities of Bago, Himamaylan, and Silay – all in Negros Occidental.
Representatives from the Provincial Health Offices of Aklan and Capiz also conducted visits at the Bacolod EOC-TF.
Aside from the LGUs, various agencies likewise took time to observe the EOC-TF operations, including the Office of Civil Defense (OCD-6), the Department of Health (DOH-6), the Negros Occidental Provincial Mobile Force Company (NOCPMFC), and the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) in the Visayas.
Mayor Evelio Leonardia had issued Executive Order (EO) No. 59 creating the Bacolod City EOC-TF to provide a body that will gather and harmonize data for better policy implementation against COVID-19.
The EO was issued in light of the sudden spike of cases in Bacolod City last August.
The EOC-TF is headed by Leonardia; with its operations under the supervision of IATF-Visayas chief implementer Major General (Ret.) Mel Feliciano.
Its officers are City Administrator Em Ang as executive director and deputy for administration and operations; Dr. Anna Maria Laarni Pornan as isolation facilities cluster head; Dr. Chris Sorongon and Dr. Hector Gayares as deputies for medical; and John Dave Dueñas as deputy for data collection and management.
Feliciano said the point of having the EOC-TF is to centralize the efforts and activities against the spread of COVID-19.
Mayor Irene Montilla of Isabela, after making her visit last October 7, said she will replicate the EOC-TF in her locality.
“It’s good to know that other LGUs are looking forward to replicate our COVID-19 Emergency Operations Center. We would be happy to share our best practices with them,” Ang said.*/CITY PIO