Koronadal City, South Cotabato – South Cotabato Provincial Governor Reynaldo S. Tamayo, Jr, expressed his gratitude to Koronadal City Mayor Eliordo U. Ogena for his warm welcome during the governor’s personal visit on September 11, 2020 at the City Hall of Koronadal.
The governor came to meet with the local chief executive to discuss on the COVID-19 Surge Plan of the Provincial Government of South Cotabato, in response to the alarming and increasing number of confirmed positive cases not just in the city and the province, but also in the entire region.
The governor conveyed his desire to lend a hand to the city government in its fight against COVID-19, right after a number of healthcare workers in the city have tested positive, and several City Health Office (CHO) staff and South Cotabato Provincial Hospital (SCPH) employees are currently isolated and are undergoing quarantine after being exposed to confirmed positive patients. Most, if not all, of these medical frontliners are residents of the city.
Governor Tamayo’s proposal to Mayor Ogena is mainly about creating a composite team comprised of the workforce from the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) and the Koronadal CHO, and their goal to aid and support the medical society health workers until they all fully recover.
The governor also relayed to the mayor that the South Cotabato Medical Society wrote a letter to him requesting for an Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in the province “to halt the movement of people and slow down, if not prevent, the further spread of the virus in the locality.”
The meeting lasted for almost two (2) hours and was also attended by City Vice Mayor Dr. Peter B. Miguel, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Rogelio B. Aturdido, Jr, DILG Provincial Director Atty. Rochelle Mahinay-Sero, City Health Officer Dr. Edito Vego, Provincial Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (PESU) Officer Dr. Alah Baby Vingno, and other officials.