The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is enjoining all Metro Manila local government units (LGUs) to endorse mild and asymptomatic patients to Oplan Kalinga hotels and quarantine facilities if their local isolation facilities are already full since there are 4,000 beds now available due to the increase in discharges or recoveries in the past weeks.
DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año said that this is compliance with IATF Resolution No. 74 where all confirmed mild and asymptomatic COVID-19 patients are now required to isolate in government-approved facilities, except those who are vulnerable or have comorbidities as certified by a local health officer.
“We urge all Metro Manila LGUs to endorse patients which they can no longer accommodate in their local isolation facilities to endorse them to the Mega TTMFs and Oplan Kalinga Hotels which now has some 4,000 beds available because many have already been discharged,” he said.
Confirmed mild and asymptomatic COVID-19 patients that are vulnerable or with comorbidities can undergo home isolation that should meet the requirements under Annex F of the Joint Administrative Order No. 2020-0001 issued by the Department of Health and the Department of Interior and Local Government. Also exempted in this rule are confirmed mild and asymptomatic COVID-19 patients in areas where the government-recognized isolation centers are in full capacity.
“Meron tayong mga Mega Quarantine Facilities and 31 COVID hotels na kung saan puwede sila mag-isolate. Importante kasi talaga na mailabas sila sa bahay kasi nakahahawa sa pamilya,” he said.
One Hospital Command Center
DILG Undersecretary and Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya said that the LGUs can coordinate directly with the One Hospital Command Center (OHCC) located at the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) which was created to facilitate a comprehensive and coordinated response to the pandemic by ensuring an efficient health facility referral in Metro Manila.
Malaya said that with the establishment of the OHCC, LGUs and individuals can now easily locate hospitals or isolation facilities near them.
The command center is open 24/7 and individuals needing treatment may call the OHCC hotlines at 0927-728-0750, 0927-728-0753, 0927-728-0755, and 0927-728-0798.
Individuals needing assistance from the OHCC may also download the PureForce Citizens App via Google Play Store or App Store.
Malaya said that some 5,000 cases have been successfully addressed by the OHCC since its establishment a few months ago.