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Prevention measures upped across Rizal Province as COVID-19 cases on the rise

By Kier Gideon Paolo M. Gapayao
March 14, 2020

The Rizal Provincial Government applies hand sanitizer to both employees and constituents alike at the Provincial Capitol. (Photo by Rizal PIO)

ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal - Local governments in Rizal have taken extra steps to protect its citizens against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) as the number of confirmed cases in the country continues to rise.

The Rizal Provincial Health Office has started using infrared thermometers to determine the body temperatures of employees and constituents entering the provincial capitol. Thermal imaging and hand sanitizers are also available in all capitol entrances.

Those who are identified to have a high body temperature or flu will be immediately brought to the health office for medical assistance.

Rizal Governor Rebecca "Nini" Ynares through the provincial government's official Facebook page has called on residents to take extra precautions such as frequent washing of hands, using face masks and avoiding crowded areas.

"Report to the authorities immediately if you encounter individuals with symptoms of the disease," Ynares said.

The Department of Health earlier identified a couple from Cainta, Rizal as among the 33 patients who tested positive of the virus.

Meanwhile, San Mateo Mayor Cristina Diaz has met with representatives of religious sector, academe and barangay chairpersons for a "whole of society" approach in discussing COVID-19.

San Rafael Elementary School in Rodriguez, Rizal undergoes disinfection. (Photo by Bayan ng Montalban (Rodriguez) Facebook Page)

The towns of Cainta, Taytay, Rodriguez and San Mateo have recently suspended classes in all levels as a precautionary measure and to allow the disinfection of classrooms.

Classes in Cainta and Taytay are suspended until March 14.

Classes in San Mateo are suspended until March 13 while classes in Rodriguez were suspended on March 11.

Cainta Mayor Johnielle Keith "Kit" Nieto directed private schools to conduct their own misting and fumigation activities starting March 10 as a condition for resumption of school operations.


The LGU requires documentation reports to be submitted to the Office of the Mayor for appropriate action.

Taytay Mayor George Ricardo "Joric" Gacula also directed school officials to coordinate with the LGU or their respective barangay officials if fire trucks or water tankers are needed for cleaning operations.

University of Rizal System President Nancy Pascual issued an office advisory that classes from March 11 to March 15 are suspended in all levels as a preventive measure against COVID-19.

The announcement also states that all URS non-teaching employees, whether permanent, contractual or casual as well as farmworkers and job order/emergency personnel are instructed to refer to their heads of office for provisional reporting schemes for the extent of the suspension.

The Municipality of Angono, headed by Mayor Jeri Mae Calderon, has scheduled class suspensions in several schools in cooperation with their respective Parent-Teacher Associations in order to conduct sanitation activities.

Classes are suspended at the Regional Lead School for the Arts, Carlos Botong Francisco Memorial High School, Doña Justa Phase II Elementary School, San Roque Day Care Center, Doña Nieves Songco Elementary School and Dr. Vivencio Villamayor Memorial National High School for March 11; University of Rizal System – Angono Annex for March 13 and; Angono National High School, San Vicente Elementary School and Angono Elementary School for March 14.

Private schools in Angono are also encouraged to coordinate with the Municipal Sanitation Office and Municipal Health Office for scheduling of sanitation activities. (MCA/GG/PIA-Rizal)


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