Pagadian, Davao cities benchmark Bacolod’s COVID-19 best practices

The COVID-19 centralized, coordinated, and harmonized approach of Bacolod City is now being replicated by Pagadiaan and Davao cities.

Retired Maj. Gen. Melquiades Feliciano and his team who were in Bacolod City for two months to help implement interventions during the surge of COVID-19 cases in September, arrived in Davao City Monday on the request of Mayor Sara Duterte, just days after also helping Pagadian City establish and operationalize its own EOC.

Feliciano shared the template and best practices developed by the Bacolod City EOC-Task Force to both cities, a Bacolod Public Information Office press release said today, November 26.

Since the creation of the Bacolod EOC-TF by virtue of Executive Order No. 59 on September 3, a total of 15 LGUs in Negros Occidental, Capiz, and Aklan have conducted benchmarking visits and observed the sessions at the EOC to learn from the systems and procedures of the various COVID-19 clusters, the press release said.

The LGUs that have visited the Bacolod City EOC are the municipalities of Isabela, Murcia, Moises Padilla, La Castellana, Hinigaran, Binalbagan, Manapla and E. B. Magalona; and the cities of Bago, Himamaylan, Silay, Victorias, and San Carlos, and the provinces of Capiz and Aklan.

The Bacolod City EOC Manual which contains all of its systems, processes and best practices have been utilized by Feliciano’s team as they established the data-driven, evidence-based Pagadian City EOC, the press release said.

Mayor Evelio Leonardia said he is happy that Bacolod is sharing its best practices with other LGUs because he believes that it is a good way to improve COVID-19 responses.

We have benefited by learning from the experience of Cebu and other cities that have experienced outbreaks, while developing better ways as we tackle other emerging problems that come with the pandemic, he said.*

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