REP. RON P. SALO
Committee Vice-Chair, Public Accountability, Public Information,
Human Rights, Government Reorganization, and Constitutional Reforms
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8 STANDARDS FOR EVACUATION CENTERS TO PREVENT COVID-19 SPREAD
The spread of COVID-19 in evacuation centers can be prevented with the implementation of eight standards or goals, according to KABAYAN Party-list Rep. Ron Salo.
Salo proposed the eight standards in House Resolution 874 that he filed.
“Dahil tag-ulan na at panahon na naman ng mga bagyo, siguradong marami na namang ililikas lalo na sa mga nakatira sa mababa at coastal areas, kaya minarapat kong ihain ang Resolusyong ito,” Salo explained.
The standards the congressman wants instituted are the following:
- Optimize the capacity of evacuation centers following the appropriate Department of Health (DOH) guidelines, including social distancing;
Ensure the provision of adequate food supply and equipment during the duration of evacuation;
Ensure the provision of clean toilet, handwashing facilities, and potable water supply, among others;
Undertake regular disinfection and proper waste collection and management in the premises;
Ensure the presence of properly equipped medical personnel in evacuation areas to regularly check the evacuees for possible symptoms of COVID-19 and other diseases;
Ensure the provision of personal protective equipment to the responders and health personnel;
Adopt appropriate entrance and exit scheme to control the movement of people; and
Arrange contactless distribution of food packs, hygiene kits, and other essential goods.
Salo said these standards must update current protocols because the old procedures were prior to COVID-19.
“Ang mga naka-enumerate na standards ang magsisilbing checklist ng DILG at mga mga lokal na pamahalaan na kailangang sundin sa paghahanda ng kanilang mga evacuation centers tuwing may kalamidad gaya ng bagyo, baha, pagsabog ng bulkan, o sunog habang nananatili ang banta ng COVID-19 pandemic,” Salo said.
“Kailangang magpairal ang mga ganitong pamantayan sa buong bansa upang masiguro ang kaligtasan at kalusugan ng mga kababayan nating pansamantalang manunuluyan sa evacuation centers,” Salo added. (END)