Paranaque model city vs COVID-19

August 07, 2020

THE National Task Force COVID-19 has considered Parañaque as a “model city” in the  country in combatting the dreaded disease.

Secretary Carlito Galvez, COVID-19 chief implementer, commended city officials led by Mayor Edwin Olivarez for their best practices in fighting the spread of COVID-19.

The task force held a meeting Thursday at the Paranaque city hall to introduce the round-the-clock “One Hospital” Command Center, leading to a more resilient and responsive healthcare system in Metro Manila amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Aside from Galvez, the meeting was attended by Health Undersecretaries Leopoldo Vega, Ricojudge Echeverri, and Dr. Beverly Loraine Ho and Pamela Pascua, of the Department of Welfare and Social Development.

Galvez said Parañaque can be considered a model city considering the unity of effort and also the systematic workflow.

"When you are united, you will win the war," he said. The city government have been conducting aggressive testing and tracing amid the continuing increase in COVID-19 cases in the country.

For her part, Dra. Olga Virtusio, Parañaque health officer, said key to the successful fight against COVID-19 is the support of all local officials, active barangays, and of course health workers and proper isolation facilities.

In the latest city records, there are 2,896 COVID-19 confirmed cases and 724 of them are active cases. However, the city recorded  2,084 or 72 percent recoveries, the highest among the cities in Metro Manila.