Emergency center goes full blast
Caecent No-ot Magsumbol (The Freeman) - July 14, 2020 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines —  Cebu City’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC)’s organizational structure is now in place and is expected to go fully operational this week.

“Yung EOC naka-in-place na yung straktura, lahat ng clusters, may manning na, kumpleto na and yung mga functions ng kada clusters.  Kasi dugtong-dugtong yan eh, kadugtong ng admin at logistical support, coordination, sa barangay,” said IATF Deputy Implementer for the Visayas Mel Feliciano, in an interview with The FREEMAN.

The EOC will have Councilor Joel Garganera, a COVID-19 survivor himself, as its head of operations, while Dr. Michelle Linsalata stands as the focal person for health facilities.

The city had established cluster clinics in four different strategic locations, but its functions have not been clearly maximized and there is no flow chart or structure for guidance.  This is why Feliciano had advised to plot it carefully on how to fight the invisible enemy.

Since cluster clinics are only operational from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, it will be complimented by the barangay hall which will be the one to contact the EOC where a doctor will be on standby 24/7 via tele-medical consultations.

Feliciano said there are now doctors lined up for medical consultation up to next month.

“Hina-harmonize na lang, dun sa mga activities para may coordination lahat. Multi-sectoral target yan, there will be some situations and instances, ma-incorporate lahat ng kailangan ng coordination. Although nagpa-function na, although there is still some coordination na ina-iron out pa,” added Feliciano.

With the barangays involved, Feliciano has also coordinated with the barangay captains to update the situation and ask for their full cooperation and support.

Feliciano has also laid out the plans with the City council, the business sector and the executive division of the Cebu City government.

“First, introduction ginawa natin. Tapos ngayon, mayroon ng understanding and awareness kung anong gagawin ng EOC at kung anong magiging participation nila later on,” said Feliciano.  GAN (FREEMAN)

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