CALOOCAN CITY, Sept. 5 (PIA) — Agriculture Secretary William Dar on Saturday expressed his full support to the efforts being extended by the Caloocan City Government to win the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
As the cabinet member tasked to provide stronger support for the northern metro city having areas identified with high COVID-19 community transmission, Dar co-lead the Coordinated Operations to Defeat Epidemic (CODE) Team Visit together with National Task Force COVID-19 Chair and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and representatives of Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) member agencies.
The team met with Mayor Oscar Malapitan and discussed the national and local governments’ situation, action plans, strategies, interventions, and best practices.
“We are happy to note that in the last two weeks, there is a downtrend of cases here in Caloocan City. This shows that the whole of nation approach works through our strategies such as prevention, detection, isolation, treatment, recovery, and eventually reintegration to society,” Dar said.
The city’s average daily case of 1,696 has gone down to only 61, so far.
The city, however, also currently has 186 contact tracers and in need of 1,114 more. To enhance the local government’s efficiency in contact tracing, the use of Quarantine Bands for individuals who have undergone swab testing will be implemented in the coming weeks.
“The bottomline is it’s improving everyday so congratulations to Mayor Malapitan,” Dar said.
“You will never lose the war if you have these strategic and tactical plans. Here in Caloocan City, you have these elements,” he added.
Dar also underscored the importance of understanding the strategy of balancing health management and opening the economy.
“We need to open up the economy so that there will be more jobs, more employment opportunities, and more food will be produced,” he said.
As one of the major responsibilities of the Department of Agriculture, Dar enjoined the team to continue to elevate the country’s food production efforts, which ensured sufficient food supply in the last six months.
“We are one with all of you to really fight and win over this war against COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.
He also suggested for the city’s distribution of food packs to support micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) by buying processed products from them and for the local government to buy fresh products like fruits and vegetables.
The agriculture chief said the establishment of sustainable urban gardens in each of the city’s 188 barangays will also benefit the community in terms of the food supply. (PIA NCR)
Published at Sun, 06 Sep 2020 10:38:25 +0000