February 5, 2023

The Department of the Interior and Local Government-Cordillera is reinforcing the capacities of its field offices and local government units for the implementation of zoning containment strategy against the Covid-19.
“The Zoning Containment Strategy (ZCS) can also be used to efficiently implement Covid-19 National Action Plan through the Prevent, Detect, Isolate, Treat, Reintegrate and Mainstream Strategy,” said DILG-Cordillera Director Marlo Iringan.
He said that the recently concluded video conference on ZCS puts the emphasis on the importance of limiting the movement of people while contact tracing and testing are done as a strategic approach to stem the spread of the infection in the community as soon as it has been detected.
Iringan added that areas are classified into four zones based on parameters: the critical zone refers to the areas where the initial number of cases or several clustering of cases have been identified within the past seven days.
The containment zone are areas without new cases but are adjacent to a geographic unit categorized as critical zone and the buffer zone refers to the areas without new cases but are adjacent to areas categorized as containment zone. 
 All remaining areas without new cases not categorized as containment zone or buffer zone are classified as areas outside buffer zones.
Local Government Operations Officer V Alfreiner F. Partido, ZCS focal person of the Local Government Capability Development Division, said that immediate and proactive response of the LGU is crucial to the entire chain of containment strategy, which involves contact tracing, testing, and treating of patients and their close contacts.
 “This will also equip the LGUs in safeguarding the health and safety of the residents and ensure that the local economic activities in the concerned area are unhampered,” he said. – DILG Cordillera