'Vague guidelines': Comprehensive plan from natl govt sought in COVID-19 fight

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 03 2020 12:56 PM

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MANILA - The national government needs to implement a comprehensive plan in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, Cavite Gov. Jonvic Remulla said Monday as the province is set to be reverted to a modified lockdown along with Metro Manila and 3 other areas.

The province's hospitals will most likely reach their full capacity in dealing with COVID-19 cases in 3 to 4 days, Remulla told ANC.

"The IATF has got [to] come up with a singular approach on how to do this. Other most often, we are left with very vague guidelines on how to handle situation and very few resources on how to handle this," he said.

"We had to fend for ourselves, put up own own laboratories, no support whatsoever for our isolation facilities, medicines and other goods. Cavite can do it but the other LGUs, if it gets any worse cannot cope."

Government earlier released in advance one-month of provinces' internal revenue allotment which helped "a little," Remulla said.

"More than money, what we need is a comprehensive strategy that binds us together in how to solve this problem," he said.

The governor urged local officials in areas with few virus cases to lend their medical frontliners to those in virus epicenter Metro Manila and surrounding areas.

"The more we solve it here in the Greater Metro Manila area, the less they have a chance it will spread to their province. This is ground zero and all resources, especially to frontliners, must be devoted to this area," he said.

"100,000 people come in and out of Cavite every day and that’s the major part of transmission here."

Remulla said residents of Cavite should expect stricter implementation of quarantine passes and barangay checkpoints. Its manufacturing industry, the largest in the country, will remain open, he added.

"You can have both, you can protect the economy and the health as long as there’s a national policy towards this," he said.

"We can still open the economy, especilly on the manufacturing side but we need everything in place. It shouldn’t be a choice, you can do both as long as proper leadership is there but not only in one province, it has to be in the entire area, it has to be coordinated," he said.

The province currently has 2 testing centers for the coronavirus and its biggest laboratory will open in 2 to 3 weeks with results expected within 24 to 36 hours, Remulla said.

The Philippines on Sunday reported a record-high number of infections for a fourth straight day with 5,032 new cases, raising the nationwide total to 103,185. The tally includes 2,059 deaths and 65,557 recoveries.