IATF assigns members to 'provide stronger support' to local governments under MECQ
President Rodrigo Duterte holds a meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on April 27, 2020.
Presidential Photo/Karl Norman Alonzo
IATF assigns members to 'provide stronger support' to local governments under MECQ
(Philstar.com) - August 12, 2020 - 9:13pm

MANILA, Philippines — The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases has assigned its members to "provide stronger support" to local government units it identified as having high transmission rates of COVID-19.

According to the resolution that the task force passed, the IATF members will provide the support "inasmuch as to strictly monitor health system performance, critical care capacity, and stringent compliance to surveillance, isolation and treatment protocols."

The IATF said this is to "operationalize the national government-enabled, local government-led and people-centered response to COVID-19."

Local Government Unit Official assigned
Quezon City Health Secretary Francisqo Duque III
  Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles
Pasig City Education Secretary Leonor Briones
  Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat
Pateros MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim
Marikina

 
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III
  CHED Commissioner Prospero De Vera III
Taguig City
 
Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año
  Bases and Conversion Development Authority CEO Vivencio Dizon
City of Manila
 
ICT Secretary Gregorio Honasan II
  Anti-Red Tape Authority Director-General Jeremiah Belgica
Mandaluyong City
 
Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez
Makati City
 
National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr.
San Juan City
 
Acting NEDA Secretary Karl Kendrick Chua
Muntinlupa City Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade
Parañaque City
 
Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez Jr.
Las Piñas City
 
Public Works Secretary Mark Villar
Pasay City
 
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque
Caloocan City
 
Agriculture Secretary William Dar
Malabon City
 
Labor Secretary Bello
  CHED Chairman De Vera
Navotas City
 
Budget Secretary Wendel Avisado
Valenzuela City DOST Secretary Fortunato dela Peña
Bulacan
 
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra
Cavite
 
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana
Laguna
 
PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar
Rizal
 
Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi

While it is yet unclear how the IATF members will work with local government units, President Rodrigo Duterte in June sent Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu to Cebu City when it was put under Enhanced Community Quarantine.

Duterte said then that Cimatu would oversee COVID-19 response and "exercise the powers" of the task force there.

"All he has to do, not for permission, but to advise Manila, here, that these things are being done, these things are not yet done, these things must be done," Duterte also said in a mix of English and Filipino.

"He (Cimatu) has to do whatever that has to be done. There's now a hierarchy of laws that we're following here. And, of course, the mandate of General Cimatu comes from the president himself backed up by an executive order. He can exercise all powers that the president can exercise, he has been the beneficiary of delegated authority from the president," presidential spokesperon Harry Roque said on June 24, the same week Cimatu flew to Cebu.

"He gets to exercise all the extraordinary powers of the Office of the President in dealing with the pandemic in Cebu City," he added.

INTER-AGENCY TASK FORCE FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF EMERGING INFECTIOUS DISEASES MODIFIED ENHANCED COMMUNITY QUARANTINE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS
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