Aringay, La Union unveils COVID-19 Isolation Facility

The Municipality of Aringay, led by Mayor Eric Sibuma, inaugurates its COVID-19 Isolation Facility on November 18, 2020 at Pangao-aoan East, Aringay, La Union.

 

The event was graced by DILG RD James F. FAdrilan, DILG La Union PD Virgilio P. Sison, PHO II

 

Eduardo Posadas representing La Union Gov. Francisco Emmanuel “Pacoy” R. Ortega III, IC Freddie Evangelista representing OCD R1 RD Eugene Cabrera and DMO III Rose Lulu Pagaduan representing DOH R1 RD Dr. Valeriano Lopez.

 

Mayor Sibuma says that the facility is “part of our commitment to provide services especially (during) the pandemic.” He added that the project was sourced from the Bayanihan funds and cost Php 7,243,374.00

 

DILG RD Fadrilan commended the LGU for establishing the facility, saying that it “shows readiness should there be cases.”

 

The isolation facility has a 26-bed capacity which will accommodate and manage mild COVID-19 patients who do not require hospitalization.

 

In his message, DILG La Union PD Sison expressed his optimism that the health crisis will end soon. He committed to “support LGUs’ endeavors especially during the trying times.”

 

As of date, the Municipality of Aringay has recorded 18 recoveries out of 24 total cases. The LGU continues to implement national and local health policies to combat COVID-19, and promote the general welfare of its constituents.

 

-LGOO VI/ PM NICOLETTE MAY O. AMON & LGOO II HEDRICH CALDERON

La Union puts up Bahay Pag-asa

The Provincial Government of La Union and the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office inaugurated its Bahay Pag-asa situated at Barangay Sta. Rita, Bacnotan, La Union on February 22, 2021.

 

DILG La Union PD Virgilio P. Sison, Bacnotan Mayor Francisco Angelito L. Fontanilla and Bacnotan ViceMayor Divina C. Fontanilla were privileged to take part of the inauguration.

 

The Residential Care Facility is expected to cater Children in Conflict with the Law (CICL) in the province of La Union.

 

Ranilo Ipac, PSWDO, reports that they are currently furnishing the facility with equipment and hiring regional personnel before it can be accredited by the DSWD.

 

In his message, DILG PD Sison lauded the efforts of the Provincial Government in enhancing their services and preparing for the SGLG 2021.

 

One of the indicators of the SGLG is the establishment of at least one accredited Residential Care Facility for the vulnerable sector.

 

The SGLG program challenges LGUs to continue improving service delivery towards more progressive communities.

 

-LGOO VI/ PM NICOLETTE MAY O. AMON & LGOO II HEDRICH CALDERON

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Best Practice in the Public Market of Balaoan, La Union

Policy Support

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signed last March 8, 2020 Proclamation No. 922 declaring a State of Public Emergency throughout the Philippines due to Corona Virus Disease 91 (Covid-19), thus enjoining all local government units (LGUs) to render full assistance to undertake appropriate measures to curtail and eliminate the threat of Covid-19 in a timely manner.  On March 16, 2020, Proclamation No. 929 declaring the entire Philippines under State of Calamity due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Executive Order No. 2020-03-023 was issued prescribing a market scheme in adherence to the IATF directives. Said EO required all individuals entering the public market to undergo temperature check and do handwash. To be on track on the curfew hours of 6AM to 6PM, the market was declared open from 6:00 AM to 5:00PM daily, giving ample time for vendors to set up their merchandise in the morning, and for market-goers to arrive home on time. The market was also set up with one entrance and one exit point only, while market disinfection is scheduled once a week.

Due to the increasing positive case in the Province of La Union, one of the safeguard measures implemented by the municipal government is regulating the schedule of market operations. Executive Order no. 2020-04-027 prescribing the market schedule of various barangays effective April 12, 2020.

On April 8, 2020, Mayor Concepcion signed EO No. 2020-04-028 requiring the mandatory wearing of facemasks in all public places.

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Social distancing markers are painted on pavements of the public market. The Philippine National Police constantly reminds market goers, including those queuing in pawnshops, pharmacies, stores and others, to observe social distancing.

Popularizing the “Talipapa” and “Pasa-buy”

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In its effort to regulate the movement of people and gathering of crowd in the public market, Mayor Concepcion called the active participation of barangay folks to put up a talipapa (satellite market) in locations feasible to said activity. As of April 6, 2020, a total of 22 barangays have already set up a talipapa, that further complemented the efforts of the LGU to limit the movement of people.

In the absence of public transport, civic-minded people in Balaoan popularized “pasa-buy” (pasabay), a scheme which exhibits the “bayanihan” value of the Filipinos. A volunteer resident, with private vehicle, collects orders from neighbors and buys and distribute them, at no extra cost.

Likewise, the Municipal Government have been distributing food packs to the poorest of the poor every week, since the start of the Enhanced Community Quarantine.

The local government unit of Balaoan, guided by national policies, has been exploring possibilities, and implementing guidelines that serves the greater good for greater number.  The concerted effort of the townspeople of Balaoan has maintained its zero positive case on Covid-19 as of this writing.

MLGOO OLIVIA MAE N. DE GUZMAN

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La Union LGUs Ramp Up Vaccination Program at the Grassroots Level

The vaccination program in the Province of La Union is brought closer to the community through the implementation of house-to-house advocacy campaign and on-site vaccination campaign.

Due to the low turnout of vaccinated eligible population in rural communities, LGUs had to innovate and undertake aggressive vaccination drives. Equipped with advocacy materials, LGU health workers, community leaders and Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams (BHERTs) encouraged the residents, especially the eligible population, and helped them understand the need for immunization as a means to meet national herd immunity to protect their families and communities.

The house-to-house advocacy campaign enabled health workers to share accurate and adequate information about the COVID-19 vaccine among priority eligible groups. This allayed the fears caused by false news circulating in social media.

Dr. Eduardo Posadas, Provincial Health Officer, said they are providing augmentation to upland municipalities “hoping to vaccinate more residents in the remote barangays.” Focused Group Discussion (FGD) sessions were conducted and interested eligible individuals were inoculated on-site. Mobile vaccination teams were also deployed in Bacnotan, Bangar, Burgos, Santol and Tubao.

The City of San Fernando, and Municipalities of Bangar, San Juan, Sudipen provided free shuttle services among Senior Citizens and Adults with co-morbidities to identified vaccination sites increasing their access to the vaccination program.

Barangays in Balaoan and Caba used a “Bandillo” or speaker system to communicate to the people about the advantage of being vaccinated.

“LGUs in La Union are aiming to boost vaccine acceptance and confidence through the use of social and traditional media. Moreover, they see to it that remote communities are reached and informed of the COVID-19 vaccination program,” said DILG PD Virgilio P. Sison.

Even with these strategies, there are still those who are hesitant to get vaccinated and concerned about the adverse effects. Still, the Department, local government units and other national agencies continue to exert efforts to ensure the health and safety of the public.

PD Sison emphasized, “Vaccine is among the solutions to end the pandemic, but it is critical for everyone to still comply with minimum public health standards and be informed with correct information.”

-LGOO II Hedrich Calderon

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City of San Fernando opens Permanent BOSS to Business Sector

The City Government of San Fernando, La Union unveiled their permanent Business One Stop Shop (BOSS) on March 29, 2021 located beside the City Hall where applications for permits and licenses will be received and processed.

DILG La Union Provincial Director Virgilio P. Sison graced the unveiling of CSF Permanent BOSS with CLGOO Lily Ann O. Colisao, and DTI La Union Provincial Director Merlie D. Membrere.  Also present during the unveiling are Fire Chief Inspector Ferdinand Formacion, Landbank Manager Adeline Ramos, and Chamber of Commerce and Industry of La Union president Lina Flor Hizon. Acting Vice-Mayor Maria Rosario Eufrosina “Chary” P. Nisce led the City in this momentous event.

The first phase of (permanent BOSS) building construction was funded through the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) received in 2018. The PCF is an incentive fund granted to Local Government Units that were conferred with the much-coveted Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) by the DILG.

“Although the building was partly funded by the Performance Challenge Fund granted by the DILG, this is a product of the City’s exemplary performance,” emphasized PD Virgilio Sison. 

Increasing competitiveness and the ease of doing business is one of President Rodrigo Duterte’s 10-point socio-economic agenda. In 2018, the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery (EODB-EGSD) Act or Republic Act No. 11032, was signed into law seeking to make the process of putting up and running in the Philippines easier and more efficient. The DILG, ARTA, DTI and DICT then issued policies to aid the implementation of the said act.

For the past years, the City had set up a temporary BOSS in the city hall to cater applicants for business permitting and licensing especially during the months of January to March.

With the new permanent BOSS, more business applications will be accommodated year-round. Aside from the foreseen increase in the LGU’s revenues, the establishment of PBOSS shows the City’s commitment to people-centered, clean, efficient and effective governance.

 “This achievement is a concerted effort, and we dedicate this building to the business sector,” Nisce said.

She added that the building provides health relief among the employees of the city hall and clients for it will decongest the traffic inside the main building, thus decreasing the risk of exposure to health hazards.

During the event, the City also inked a Memorandum of Understanding with the Landbank of the Philippines to facilitate online payments, and with the Bureau of Fire Protection to assign the city as a collecting agent of Fire Safety Inspection Fees.

All these improvements aim to shorten the processing time of application, lessen the burden among business owners and curb red tape in government processes.

-LGOO II Hedrich Calderon

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San Fernando On The Go: A Digital Solution Bringing Goods to Doorsteps in the City of San Fernando, La Union

The imposition of the Enhanced Community Quarantine regulated the movement of the people in buying their basic necessities in order to prevent the transmission of the COVID-19. To address this need, the City Government of San Fernando, La Union, through the Knowledge Management and Corporate Communications - Information Communications Technology (KMCC – ICT) Section, developed the San Fernando On The Go, a web-based information system which serves as an online delivery application in aid of procuring the needed basic necessities of residents from selected barangays in the city.

The application is also the response of the LGU to the latest advisory of DILG dated April 18, 2020 encouraging LGUs to use online marketing and delivery of goods through the use of various online platforms. For its pilot operation, the City Government has recruited a total of fifty (50) tricycle drivers as third-party providers. As of April 22, 2020, the KMCC-ICT, together with the Local Economic and Business Development Office (LEBDO), trained the registered drivers on how to use and handle the digital platform. Drivers were divided into five (5) batches, with 10 drivers to be deployed daily during operating hours.

This application would not just help the residents but would also provide San Fernando On The Go: A Digital Solution Bringing Goods to Doorsteps in the City of San Fernando, La Union LGU: City Government of San Fernando, La Union opportunities to the city’s idle tricycle drivers to earn income while public transportation is suspended during the quarantine period. Moreover, selected members of the City Incident Management Team (IMT) were also trained as they will be manning the overall management of order requests and assigning of drivers using the platform. San Fernando On The Go was officially launched on April 25, 2020, operating daily from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

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COVID-19 Code of Bauang, La Union

The Municipality of Bauang, La Union,The Municipality of Bauang, La Union,thru its Sangguniang Bayan (SB), enactedMunicipal Ordinance No. 35 series of2020 entitled “Prescribing Safety andHealth Regulations in the Municipality ofBauang and Requiring Employers, Headsand Leaders to Ensure Protection of TheirEmployees, Students and the CommunityAgainst Infection, Contamination orSpread of Infectious Diseases Such as theCorona Virus (COVID-19) and ProhibitingDiscrimination Against a Person Infected,Probable or Suspected Due to theCOVID-19 Virus Including Public andPrivate Doctors, Nurses, Health Workers,Emergency Personnel and Volunteers,Service Workers Who Are Assigned to Hospitals or Other Centers Where These Persons are Being Treated, As Well as Other Acts That Will Violate the Enhanced Community Quarantine and Imposing the Appropriate Penalties Therein, Herein Otherwise Known as the COVID-19 CODE OF THE MUNCIPALITY OF BAUANG.”The said ordinance was approved by the Local Chief Executive (LCE), Hon. Menchie C. Lomboy – De Guzman, M.D. on April 17,2020.

It provides the citizens with a body of current and enforceable laws relative to COVID-19 in a way that makes the Code easy to use as a reference. A modified public hearing was conducted on April 15– 16, 2020 wherein Sangguniang Bayan COVID-19 Code of Bauang, La Union LGU: Bauang, La Union Members (SBMs), together with the SB Secretary, went to all barangays of Bauang and informed concerned officials on duty and constituents alike about the guidelines as to the contents of the proposed measure which was certified as urgent by the LCE. Through this legal instrument,the municipality aims to institutionalize its efforts in its battle against COVID-19 and hopefully lessen its impact to the locality.

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Provincial Government of La Union Opens Disinfection Water Generating Facility Amid COVID-19

The Provincial Government of La Union (PGLU) opens its disinfection water generating facility on March 24, 2020 at the Mabanag Compound, City of San Fernando, La Union. Using Japanese technology, the facility can produce 40,000 liters of disinfectant solution per day which will be used for the disinfection operations in the district Provincial Government of La Union Opens Disinfection Water Generating Facility Amid COVID-19 LGU: Provincial Goverment of La Union hospitals, checkpoints, and PGLU offices.

Households and private establishments will also be distributed with disinfectant solution in order to maximize disinfection in the province. This facility is extremely beneficial in assisting the provincial government in its priority actions to deter the persistence of the virus in critical spaces where huge populations could be exposed.

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Provincial Government of La Union Hires Additional Nurses in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

The health care workers have always been at the forefront in the battle against the COVID-19. They have been tirelessly working day and night in order to provide the much-needed medical attention of those who were affected by the disease. Provincial Government of La Union Hires Additional Nurses in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic LGU: Provincial Government of La Union.

Healthcare workers who directly work with exposed patients are outnumbered and due to their firsthand exposure, some staff undergo self-quarantine thus reducing their numbers drastically. To address this issue, the Provincial Government of La Union decided to hire ten (10) Project-Based Nurses to render their service starting on April 7, 2020 at Naguilian District Hospital. The said project aims to augment the present under-staffed situation of the Nursing Service Department since 15 employees are on strict home quarantine.

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“Kalinga para sa Kumakalinga”

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to challenge local government units to craft innovative plans to address community concerns, and with the Enhanced Community Quarantine being implemented, the city government is working tirelessly to bring genuine solutions to problems that may arise. One of the commitments by the city government is to protect those who courageously preserve the community – the city’s frontliners, that is why the Kusina ng Kalinga (KnK) has been reactivated.

Kusina ng Kalinga is a feeding program aimed at fighting hunger and it has been operational since March 19, 2020 supplying meals for frontliners of the People’s City of San Fernando. “Kalinga para sa Kumakalinga” LGU: City Government of San Fernando, La Union LOGISTICS The Central Kitchen of KnK, located at Canaoay Elementary School, is manned by three (3) local government employees and five (5) volunteers operating from Monday to Sunday, from 4:30 in the morning to 7:00 in the evening.

Since the reactivation of KnK up to April 22, 2020, the City Government has served 54, 420 meals, inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner, to the city’s doctors, nurses, and other frontliners who ensure the safety and security of the entire citizenry. With the reactivation of KnK, the city government was able to save around PhP 50.00 – PhP 70.00 per meal which was utilized to augment the needed funding to support other programs, such as relief operations, and procurement of PPEs for the frontliners.

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LGU Bayambang Makes Use of Technology to Implement Vaccination Program

The advent of the “new normal” brought by the COVID-19 pandemic has called for the launching of innovations in order to help the people adapt while finding the balance between a safe citizenry and a developing economy. One of the most effective ways in which the municipality can do this is the massive vaccination campaign that aims to build herd immunity among the citizens, so the Local Government Unit of Bayambang has been directing its efforts towards encouraging the people to get vaccinated and providing safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines to Bayambangueños.

Here are some of the innovations and steps undertaken by the LGU-Bayambang for an efficient Vaccination Program in the municipality:

Creation of Task Force Bakuna

As early as January 7, 2021, LGU-Bayambang created a Task Force Bakuna to oversee the preparatory work in anticipation of the massive COVID-19 vaccination, and spearhead the implementation of the program once the vaccines arrive. The Task Force prepared the Vaccination Plan based on the guidelines from the Department of Health and communicates with the higher ups for the swift provision of vaccines in the municipality.

Once the Task Force was created, the LGU has been set in finding ways and means to make the vaccine freely available to all willing constituents.

IEC in Full Swing

This was immediately followed by a massive information-education campaign by the Task Force in the different barangays, with the help of the Rural Health Units, Public Order and Safety Office, and Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, on top of a special orientation program targeting all 77 barangay captains, an activity that was broadcast on Facebook Live for a wider audience reach.

Vaccination Program Started

In preparation for the first vaccination day, a simulation activity was conducted on March 25 involving top officials to assure the smooth flow of vaccination and to encourage would-be vaccinees in the face of hesitation from a huge majority of our constituents.

The local vaccination program officially began on March 30 at the Pugo Evacuation Center, which was converted into the LGU-Bayambang Vaccination Site. The site is conducive to assembling a large group of people without violating the minimum health protocols and without requiring people, especially seniors, to line up under the heat of the sun or in the rain. To ensure smooth flow, different areas were roped-off and labeled. There was a conspicuous registration area, vaccination area, post-vaccination observation area, counseling area, and so on.

As per IATF's policy, the medical frontliners, lay rescuers, and security forces were the first ones to be vaccinated. Photo-op sessions were conducted, and the photos were quickly published on the official Facebook page as further encouragement to the public.

Later on, Mayor Cezar Quiambao -- with full publicity -- had himself vaccinated to help convince the public to get themselves vaccinated.

ICTO Devises an Electronic Vaccination Management System to Speed Up Client Data Retrieval

The Information and Communications Technology Office created the Bayambang Electronic Vaccination Management System to automate the handling of COVID-19 vaccination data. RHU personnel are now taking advantage of the system using a QR code scanner to scan data printed in the vaccination cards, to pull up the existing record of a vaccinee and serve as basis for giving a 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. This small yet significant initiative helps fulfill the vision of Bayambang as a smart (i.e., digitally enabled) town.

The System encompasses 1. vaccinee profiling, 2. vaccinee screening 3. vaccine consent capturing, 4., vaccine dose recording and card printing, 5. vaccine administration database (daily accomplishment, progress), and 6. vaccine after-even following immunization incident management database.

Free Ride to and from the Vaccination Site

To control the influx of people and further encourage them to be vaccinated, the LGU provided free rides from the barangays to the Vaccination Site and back. This is also in consideration of Bayambangueños whose money for the fare going to the site can be used for their more pressing needs. 

Local transport groups, whose livelihood was severely affected by pandemic restrictions, were tapped as partners in this initiative. The LGU also makes use of the vehicles previously purchased for the different offices for more efficiency in public service.

The Task Force also assures that each vaccinee gets free snacks after the inoculation.

Advisories

Advisories are posted every now and then on our official Facebook page to update the people on how many people have been vaccinated so far according to the IATF's group prioritization, how many vaccine vials (and what brand) are available, and when the next vaccination dates will be.

Meanwhile, the Task Force Bakuna continues with its information drive in the barangays to convert hearts and minds and turn the previously unwilling into vaccine advocates who will actually show up at the site on vaccination day -- to help contribute to the much-desired herd immunity in the country at the soonest possible time.

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