LOCALIZED PANDEMIC RESPONSE
Aside from the capacities afforded to LGUs for managing its local health system outlined in the Local Government Code of 1991 and the DOH Administrative Order 186 (s. 2004) on the National Policy on Health Emergencies and Disasters, local chief executives can also refer to the following frameworks to understand the critical roles and responsibilities of the local government in times of emergency situations.
COVID-19 Data Management
In times of health emergencies and disasters, data is crucial in driving the decision-making process at all levels of emergency response. Because of the rate of transmission of COVID-19, the need for real-time, actionable data is all the more urgent if the key responders are to minimize the loss of life.
Effective risk and health communication is vital in a health emergency. Part of a good pandemic response is the active effort of LGUs to help their constituents understand and practice protective behaviors that can help keep the population safe.
Ensuring Access to Essential Services
LGUs have a duty to ensure that the community continues to have access to essential services whether in public health or other basic social services.
Local chief executives can consult the following actionable standards on the six areas of case management which they can review, calibrate, and implement according to the unique needs and realities of their locality. Critical to the functionality of these is effective risk governance that provides the needed policies and administrative structures, and secures adequate resources to support each area.