Amid the growing concern over the novel coronavirus (nCoV) as well as the African Swine Fever (ASF), Tacurong City is exerting necessary efforts to prevent the entry of said emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases in Tacurong.

Early this afternoon, February 10, City Administrator Roberto Ayco called for another meeting of involved offices and agencies to discuss more initiatives to undertake in the wake of confirmed nCoV cases in Luzon and ASF cases already recorded in nearby South Cotabato province.

Present during the meeting were City Health Officer Giovanni Deles, OIC City Veterinarian Allan Alimajen, Jr., LDRRM Officer Rodrigo Jamorabon, and Joint Task Force Talakudong Commander Col. Ferdinand Lacadin.

Representatives of the office of local DILG, Information Section, Agriculture, and City Schools Division were also present.

The Local Government Unit (LGU) has already established today an Incident Command System (ICS) that would integrate all efforts and responses relative to nCoV and ASF.

Mayor Angelo Montilla is also set to issue an executive order for the purpose.

To date, no patient under investigation (PUI) has been monitored yet in Tacurong.

There was also no reported case of ASF yet and local authorities are adamant to prevent the disease in entering our city.

Meanwhile, to avoid misinformation on coronavirus that engenders paranoia, the LGU also urged the Offices for City Health and Veterinary Services to intensify information advocacy.

Last Thursday, representatives of the two offices appeared on the LGU’s Kapihan with the media to give information and update on nCoV and ASF. (LGUTacurong-Info)