Candon LGU sets quarantine facilities for returning residents

CANDON CITY — Candon City government assures that the quarantine facilities here are ready for residents returning to the city.

Dr. Joy Villanueva, Assistant City Health Officer and Spokesperson of the Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging and Re-emerging Diseases in the city, said the identified quarantine facilities here are fully operational and functional.

“The four quarantine facilities in the city primarily caters to our distressed Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) and returning residents coming from moderate risk and high risk areas,” she said.

The quarantine facilities are the Candon Beach Resort in Barangay Darapidap, the Basic Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (BEmONC) in Barangay Santo Tomas and in Barangay Tamurong 2nd, and the Candon Civic Center.

The Civic Center can accommodate 60 persons based on the cubicle tents at the basketball court area, 15 persons for the Candon Beach Resort and maximum of 10 for the BEmONC in Barangay Santo Tomas and Barangay Tamurong 2nd.

Each tent contains a foldable bed, table and chair for personal use. The city government also gives individual hygiene kit to each individual after assessment of the City Health Office triage area upon arrival. 

“I am happy to inform you that Candon City remains zero positive case, zero suspect and zero probable case. COVID-19 free pa rin po ang city of Candon as of today,” Dr. Villanueva said.

As of today, she said there are 11 individuals admitted at Candon Beach resort, five in barangay Sto. Tomas, and the Tamurong 2nd and Candon Civic Center are still on standby.

On their security, she said arangay tanods are helping the city police personnel. 

“The city government provides all the needs of the residents admitted in our quarantine facilities,” she said.

For returning residents classified as distressed OFWs, displaced workers, or stranded students who are still on lockdown from other places, they are advised to send their name, address and contact number to the hotline number: 0917-538-9191 for recording, monitoring and tracking purposes.

During the “Ammuentayo” radio program of the Philippine Information Agency Ilocos Sur Information Center on April 24 at DZTP 693 Radyo Tirad Pass, Candon City Information Officer Jun Balbin assured the safety of the residents near the said quarantine facilities.

“Nais natin ipasigurado sa ating mga kababayan na ang mga residente na naka-quarantine sa facilities ay namo-monitor as needed at kung sila nama’y nakitaan ng posibilidad na magkasakit ay sa ospital naman sila mamamalagi, hindi sa quarantine facilities. Protocol lang ito ng ating syudad to ensure that the proper health standards are implemented in the city,” he said.

Meanwhile, during the Laging Handa Network Briefing anchored by Communications Secretary Martin Andanar aired on April 30, Laguna Governor Ramil Hernandez said with the extension of enhanced community quarantine in their province, the provincial government, along with the local government units, is implementing stricter monitoring of the COVID-19 cases in their area.

“Ang ating quarantine facilities ay mas pinarami natin na nasa 41 na sa buong lalawigan. Naka-focus po kami sa patuloy na pagpapatayo ng quarantine facilities at pagpapataas ng aming kapasidad para sa testing,” he said.

Anent to this, Benjamin Aguimbag of the Ilocos Sur Provincial Health Office (PHO) said there are 59 assessed quarantine facilities in the province ready to serve returning residents.

“Continuous din po ang assessment ng PHO sa mga pinapasa ng ating mga LGU na posibleng maging quarantine facilities,” he said.