BAGUIO CITY-- The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Cordillera is reinforcing the capacities of its field offices and local government units (LGUs) for the implementation of zoning containment strategy against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

“The Zoning Containment Strategy (ZCS) can also be used to efficiently implement Covid-19 National Action Plan thru the Prevent, Detect, Isolate, Treat, Reintegrate and Mainstream (PDITRM) Strategy,” said Marlo Iringan, DILG-Cordillera Regional Director today.

He said that the recently concluded video conference on ZCS, puts the emphasis on the importance of limiting the movement of people while contact tracing and testing are done as a strategic approach to stem the spread of the virus in the community as soon as it has been detected.

RD Iringan further explained that areas are classified into four zones based on set parameters: the Critical Zone refers to the areas where the initial number of cases or several clustering of cases have been identified within the past seven days.

The Containment Zone or areas without new cases but are adjacent to a geographic unit categorized as Critical Zone, the Buffer Zone which refers to the areas without new cases but are adjacent to areas categorized as Containment Zone.

 On the other hand, all remaining areas without new cases not categorized as Containment Zone or Buffer Zone are classified as Areas Outside Buffer Zones.

Meanwhile, LGOO V Alfreiner F. Partido, Zoning Containment Strategy focal person of the Local Government Capability Development Division (LGCDD) said that immediate and proactive response of the LGU is crucial to the entire chain of containment strategy which involves contact tracing, testing and treating of patients and close contacts.

“This will also equip the LGUs in safeguarding the health and safety of the residents and ensure that the local economic activities in the concerned area are unhampered,” he said. (PMTG/DILG-CAR)

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