City to put up new isolation/quarantine facility
The city council on Monday has approved Ordinance 113, s. 2020 for the establishment/creation of barangay agriculture and fisheries committee in Baguio.
The BAFC shall work actively to support farmer organizations, cooperatives, associations, and individuals in various programs and projects such as information dissemination campaigns, skills trainings and capacity building, project development and implementation, and project monitoring.
It shall coordinate with the Baguio Highly-Urbanized City Agriculture and Fishery Council on the city’s direction, programs, and policies in agriculture and fisheries.
The committee is composed of the punong barangay – chairperson; president of the farmer’s association, urban gardeners or similar organization –vice-chairperson; two members of the barangay council; two youth representatives – one from 4H Club and the Sangguniang Kabataan/out-of-school youth; sectoral representatives – each from livestock and poultry, fisheries and aquaculture, coffee and other commercial crops, urban gardening; and private sector, non-agriculture (may be from business, education/academe, or fait-based organizations; and an ex-officio member from the City Veterinary and Agriculture Office with no voting rights.
The ordinance was submitted to the office of City Mayor Benjamin Magalong for his signature.
In Resolution 457, s. 2020, the body has designated the Roxas Hall of Teachers Camp as another isolation or quarantine facility to be called Baguio Teachers Camp Isolation Unit.
The new isolation facility will complement the existing community isolation unit at Sto. Niño Jesus Medical Center at Lower P. Burgos barangay with 45 to 90 bed capacity to meet the 148 beds for the city pursuant to Department of Health Administrative Order 2020-0016, which requires a minimum bed capacity for province or city based on 1:2,500 ratio out of the city’s projected population of 370,218.
The isolation facilities shall be manned by doctors and nurses hired by DOH-CAR, while the renovation, supplies, utilities, food,housekeeping, and security guards will be provided by the city government.
In Resolution 460, s. 2020, the body has authorized the city mayor to enter into a memorandum of agreement with the Department of Public Works and Highways for the repair and rehabilitation of the community isolation unit and for the construction of a one-story health facility container van at the Baguio Convention Center, which is expected to help in expediting the city’s response facilities given the increasing Covid-19 cases.
Under the contract, the DPWH will provide technical and fund assistance of P12 million for the repair and rehabilitation of BCCIU and another P8M for the construction of the health facility van.
In a separate action, the city mayor was authorized to enter into a MOA with the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center for the provision of psychosocial and psychiatric management services for patients admitted at the BCCIU.
This is in consonance with DOH Administrative Order 2020-0016, which requires mental and psychosocial support and services to be made available to patients and health care workers, such as providing mindfulness activities/sessions, in-house counseling sessions, online counseling, and support groups.
In Resolution 449, s. 2020, residents and barangay officials were reminded of the existence of Ordinance 44, s. 2020 or the Anti-Covid-19 Discrimination Ordinance, which penalizes acts of discrimination committed against persons affected by Covid-19, medical personnel, other health workers, and essential workers.
The resolution also appealed to the retailers and sellers not to overprice their goods in the spirit of “bayanihan to heal as one.”
In Resolution 453, s. 2020, DTI was urged to issue guidelines to prevent online selling or bartering of stolen/shoplifted goods.
The resolution stated robbed, stolen/shoplifted goods/items from residences, offices, and business establishments are being sold or bartered online and that persons selling or bartering and those buying or accepting the barter of these stolen goods are liable under Presidential Decree 1612 or the Anti-Fencing Law.
It further warns that parties involved are likewise liable under Republic Act 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 and RA 8792 or the E-commerce Act for using online platform in committing the crime.
In joint Resolution 455, s. 2020, Luisa A. Igloria was honored for being appointed on Aug. 2, 2020 as the Poet Laureate of the State of Virginia in the United States of America and for garnering honor for her poetry.