Following the extension of enhanced community quarantine throughout Western Visayas, the DILG Region 6 recently extended the operationalization of its 24/7 Emergency Operations Center (OpCen) until April 30, 2020.
The DILG R6 Emergency OpCen was activated on March 17 to monitor the situation, preparedness and responsiveness of local government units amid the present State of Public Health Emergency due to the threat of Corona Virus Disease 2019 (Covid-19), and to attend to issues and concerns emanating from the present health crisis. An orientation to the personnel assigned for duty was conducted prior to its activation.
DILG personnel in regional, provincial and HUC offices man their respective Emergency OpCen 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Observing Social Distancing protocols and guidelines set by the Department of Health (DOH), three DILG personnel at most man the regional OpCen every 12 hours, and disinfectants such as soap, water and alcohol solution are set in place.
The presence of local chief executives in their area of responsibility, number of CoVid-19 task force established and mobilized, number of functional barangay health emergency teams, relevant local special bodies activated, checkpoints established, and issuances relative to strict home quarantine issued are among those being monitored by the DILG OpCen.
The community quarantines were originally slated to end by April 15. However, due to the continuing increase of Covid-19 cases in the country especially in Luzon, several provincial governors and city/municipal mayors in Western Visayas decided to extend the quarantine period until April 30.
As of April 16, a total of 42 COVID-19 cases has been recorded in the region based on the report from the DOH.