AT least P400 million was spent to combat the spread of COVID-19 virus in Misamis Oriental, Governor Bambi Emano revealed during his State of the Province Address dubbed: “Taho Nato sa Katawhan” on Monday, January 3, 2022, at the Capitol.
Governor Emano lauded Provincial Inter-agency Task Force (PIATF) chief Dr. Jerie Calingasan for efficiently using the funds resulting to effectiveness in knocking down COVID-19.
Since January 2020, Dr. Calingasan has implemented minimum health protocol in public areas, including Misamis Oriental Provincial Hospitals (MOPH) in Magsaysay, Gingoog, Balingasag, Claveria, Alubijid, Initao and Lugait, two months ahead of The World Health Organization’s (WHO) declaration of COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020.
Dr. Calingasan has said Governor Emano had alarmed the Provincial Health Office in December 2019 of the possibility of alert levels. Hence, series of meetings in the Capitol were held in preparation supposedly for the pandemic.
Governor Emano ordered the stricter checkpoints in the boundaries of Misamis Oriental to monitor and check those coming in and out of the province; providing frontline workers with protective gears, free breakfast, lunch and dinner; and provided health care workers also with personal protective equipment (PPE) where most cut of the budget went.
He also ordered the establishment of COVID-19 isolation facilities in different towns in Misamis Oriental to cater locally stranded individuals (LSIs), Overseas Filipino Workers and expected victims of locally infected individuals.
Misamis Oriental only recorded its first COVID-19 positive case in June 2020, in time for the massive accommodation of LSIs and returning OFWs.
The Governor is also thankful to the Department of Health and the National government for sparing COVID-19 vaccines to his constituencies, which caused the province to remain in alert level 1 until today, with 559,004 individuals inoculated hitting record high 82.02 percent herd immunity against the killer virus.