Updates from the June 30, 2020 IATF-EID Briefing


By LCP Secretariat
June 30, 2020 - Quezon City


UPDATES FROM THE JUNE 30, 2020 IATF-EID BRIEFING

 

1. IATF-EID RESOLUTION NO. 50

• To revisit strategies in combating COVID-19 to ensure there is a balance between health and economy

• To boost confidence of people to go back to work and to restore consumption demand, testing strategy shall be expanded to include other segments of the population as recommended by the NTF.

• To consult with the LGUs on moving up the economy of Region III, IV-A and NCR

• To strengthen the mitigating measures on the following:

- Strictly enforcing minimum public health standards

- Ensuring the protection of vulnerable populations

- Maximizing the Test, Trace, and Isolate and Treat infrastructure

- Using the full support of strategic communications

- Optimizing the use of sufficient and safe public transportation to facilitate the opening up of the economy

 

2. NTF AND IATF RECOMMENDATIONS

• Testing

- Accelerate testing capacity by end of July 2020 to aid in achieving a positivity rate of 3\%

- Bayanihan II of PHP 10 billion for testing subsidy

- PHP 15 billion cash-for-work program for 50,000 contact tracers

• Public transport

- Revisit the restrictions on certain PUVs like jeepneys using latest scientific evidence

- PHP 17 billion proposed under Bayanihan II to support public transport. This amount can be used largely for service contracting of PUVs to incentivize the resumption of operations in accordance with reduced capacity and sanitation standards. The subsidy can be set at a breakeven point plus 10 percent markup less the average daily revenue. Full subsidy is not affordable and can result in moral hazard, entitlements, and overcrowding (if free).

 

3. KEY STRATEGIES TO FIGHTING COVID-19

• Strict enforcement of minimum health standards including wearing of masks, hand washing, and social distancing

• Protection of vulnerable populations: elderly, comorbidities, pregnant et al.

• Test, trace, isolate, and treat

 

4. STRATEGIES TO DRAMATICALLY EXPAND TESTING

• Hotspot areas. Lockdown barangays and informal settlements to be tested once when risk of outbreak is announced

• Border crossings. OFWs, LSIs, inter-island travelers (by ship or plane) from hotspot areas to be tested once before crossing border

• Return to work. Transport and logistics (drivers, conductors, flight attendants, and delivery staff); security and sanitation (guards and janitors); education (teachers, principals, and all other edu-carers); non-food retail (cashier and retail staff); food retail (waiters and cooks); services (hairdressers and wellness therapists); market vendors (market and street vendors); and construction to be tested quarterly first before returning to work and quarterly thereafter with testing approach informed by results

 

5. MAJOR ISSUES IN CEBU CITY

• Harmonize the LGU, health care workers, business sector, and religious centers

- Establish a similar organization like the MMDA in Metro Manila

- Establish a non-COVID dialysis center (1,500 patients)

• Resolve the acute need of doctors, nurses, and nursing staff (DOH hiring)

• Mobilization of the business sector (national)

• Prioritization of Cebu City for the second tranche of the SAP

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