THE city council, through a resolution, is urging the city’s 128 barangays to establish “health protocol desks” to help efforts in containing the COVID-19 disease in the city.
The approved resolution, according to Vice Mayor Faustino Olowan, is intended to ensure that health protocols are observed by all barangay residents at the grassroots level.
Olowan said that the resolution came about in support of recent research indicating low compliance and observance of health protocols among barangay residents at the local level as a major factor in the spread of the disease.
As such, the council resolution urges barangays to be more proactive with enforcing health protocols and conducting information drives and other education methods to inform residents of proper protocol observance.
The desk itself is intended to be manned by a barangay health worker or a member of the barangay health emergency response team.
The Department of Interior and Local Government has also previously issued several advisories reminding all barangay leaders nationwide to closely monitor the practice of wearing of face masks, physical or social distancing, regular hand washing, and the availability of sanitizers, clean water and soap in their jurisdictions.