National Task Force COVID-19 assists LGUs in addressing issues, concerns in crisis situation
BUTUAN CITY, April 11 (PIA) — With the recent crisis situation on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in the country, the National Task Force (NTF) COVID-19 also provides assistance to the different local government units not just in the Caraga region but all the regions in the country.
Knowing that the region has declared lockdown of all its entry and exit points to individuals from outside who wish to enter the region, Sec. Carlito Galvez, Jr., chief implementer of the National Task Force COVID-19, said that the NTF respects the decision of the One Caraga Shield as it only wanted to protect the lives of the people from the dreadful virus.
“We will respect that (lockdown in the region). What the President wants to reiterate is that we don’t discriminate those who are not from our places or regions. For OFWs coming in, we let them undergo proper sanitization and quarantine. Before they are being allowed to go back to their respective regions, we make sure that they have already undergone the necessary quarantine,” said Galvez.
The official added that the task force is closely coordinating with the concerned government agencies to continuously provide assistance to the stranded individuals in Luzon who are from Visayas and Mindanao.
When asked on how the national task force could help address the different concerns in the regions, Sec. Galvez bared that the NTF helps capacitate the personnel of the health facilities through the Department of Health (DOH) and helps them address their logistical needs.
“All the COVID-19 task forces at the regional level in the country are also intensifying their strategic communications and initiatives to address and execute appropriate actions and response to all pressing issues in the regions,” Galvez added.
For donations intended to address the crisis situation on COVID-19, Sec. Galvez emphasized that donors could coordinate with the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) offices in the different regions for proper accounting/recording and intended hospitals for their donations. The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) could also help facilitate in delivering the goods and donations to the different regions.
“Let’s just trust our President and the government on whatever it is doing for our country. The government only wants to save our lives from the COVID-19 pandemic. Please continue to follow all the health protocols. We are here to help especially our local government units. Stay at home. Keep safe. Practice proper hygiene and social distancing,” underscored Galvez. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)