DOH assures Batangas townsfolk over COVID-19

Ibaan, Batangas

THE Department of Health-CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) has allayed fears among residents of Ibaan town in Batangas of infection from COVID-19.

Dr. Eduardo C. Janairo, DOH regional director, gave the assurance during the turnover and MOA signing ceremony of the Provincial Isolation and Quarantine Facility Isolation Facility for Persons Deprived of Liberty on May 21. 

“Nauunawaankoanginyongpangamba at makakaasapo kayo nahindikakalatang COVID-19 sainyonglugardahilmagigingligtas at pagbubutihinnaminangpagbabantay at pangangalagasakalusuganngmgakababayannatinnamailalagaysaating quarantine at isolation facility nanasainyongbayan, katuwangnatinditoangatingkapulisan at anginyonglokalnapamahalaan,” he said.

Janairo added that the isolation facility is located in Barangay Malainin which is far from residential area. “Residents need not to be afraid because it is safe and well-equipped,” he said.

The plan for the conversion of the provincial drug rehabilitation center to an isolation facility was met with protests from residents and local government officials of the town fearing for their health and safety.

Janairo said plans are already underway to establish health facilities and complete the facility which can also serve residents of nearby barangays in the area. 

“KailangannatinditoangtulongnglokalnapamahalaanngIbaanupangmadagdagan pa angserbisyongpangkalusugankasamanaditoangpagsasaayos at pagpapaunladng health system ngbuongbayanngIbaan,” he said.

Janairo aims to have at least one major quarantine facility per province in Calabarzon.

As of May 23, the Municipality of Ibaan recorded 1 confirmed case with a total of 1,462 cases in the region.

Ibaan is a second class municipality in the province of Batangas with a population of 52,970 people according to the 2015 census. It is located 96 kilometers south of Metro Manila.