The Department of Interior and Local Government has ordered all local government units for the activation of their respective Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams.
In a Memorandum Circular No. 2020-018 dated January 31, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año enjoined all LGUs to “effectively intensify information education campaign against Coronavirus and implement programs, projects and services that will promote the health and well-being of every Filipino”.
All local chief executives are ordered to become anti-coronavirus information manager, local crisis manager, and environment health manager while the coronavirus health scare is gripping the country.
Barangay captains, mayors, and governors are their specific roles in the creation, operation and maintenance of the BHERTs which would serve as the front-liners in the fight to stop the spread of the virus.
The governors and mayors are mandated to get a copy of the list from the Bureau of Immigration of their constituents who recently travelled to a Coronavirus-affected country.
The punong barangays are the ones tasked to supervise the BHERTs operation that will monitor residents who manifest flu-like symptoms and immediately report them to the proper health authorities for action.
The local chief executives are also mandated to require all those who recently travelled to Coronavirus-affected to submit to a compulsory 14-day home confinement.
A minimum of one BHERT for every 5,000 residents is mandated which is composed of an executive officer, a barangay tanod, and two barangay health workers of which one is preferably a nurse or a midwife.
The mayors and governors are mandated to provide support to the BHERTs in terms of logistics.
On Sunday, the Department of Health declared the second confirmed case of Coronavirus in the Philippines and the death of one of the victims.
Both are from Wuhan, China and have arrived in the country via Hong Kong.