In preparation for typhoon “Bising” and in response to the increasing Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Camalig, Albay the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Council (MDRRMC) held an emergency meeting at the MDRRMC Operations & Training Center, 2nd flr., Mytalic bldg., Camalig Municipal Hall, Brgy. 2, Poblacion, Camalig, Albay.
 
During the meeting, the council mainly focused on intensifying LGU-Camalig’s disaster and pandemic management capabilities through implementation of comprehensive preparation, response, and recovery protocols.
 
Key disaster management strategies were also highlighted including familiarization of the mudflow, flood, and landslide warning plans, and possible local evacuation of population at risk – a data platform containing the total number of barangays, puroks, and families in the town that are likely to be affected by natural disasters (flood, landslide, lahar, strong winds, volcanic eruption) and a reference of the local government in the allocation of resources, conduct of evacuation, and provision of welfare support.
 
As part of the local preparedness plan, concerned offices are set to trim trees, de-clog and clean canals, mobilize early warning systems, inspect evacuation facilities/temporary shelters, and distribute information, education, and communication (IEC) materials to high-risk families.
 
In matters concerning Coronavirus (COVID-19) prevention and control, the Municipal Health Office (MHO) relayed recent and upcoming interventions for the town’s latest confirmed positive cases.
 
The MHO further requested for the Philippine National Police (PNP) to strengthen monitoring efforts in barangays with quarantine facilities housing Persons Under Monitoring (PUMs).
 
Camalig, Albay recorded a total of four (4) COVID-19 cases today – the highest single-day tally of new positive cases since the outbreak of the virus in early 2020.
 
To efficiently mitigate and contain the rising of local cases, Camalig Local Chief Executive, Hon. Carlos Irwin G. Baldo, Jr. directed the Philippine National Police (PNP) to maintain police presence and ensure strict compliance with the minimum public health standards especially in frequented areas.
 
The council also eyes to push for the passing of an ordinance penalizing non-wearing of face masks in public places.
 
LGU-Camalig offices are also set to operate with limited employee and client movement to prevent possible transmission of COVID-19 in public facilities as part of the local government’s objective in promoting unhampered and safe delivery of public service amid the pandemic.
 
To date, Camalig, Albay has a total of 37 confirmed COVID-19 cases including 27 recoveries, 3 deaths, and 7 active (Patients #5817, #6252, #6253, and #6254 from Brgy. Cabangan, Patients #6044 and #6255 from Brgy. Ilawod, and Patient#6055 from Brgy. Maninila).
 
 
Article by: Mr. Tim L. Florece, PIO