In its regular session held last Monday, September 21 via Zoom App, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan ng Bataan presided by Vice Governor Cris Garcia, unanimously approved for enactment, as a Provincial Ordinance, the Bataan IATF Resolution No. 23, sponsored by Committee on Health Chair, BM Godofredo Galicia, Jr.
To be known as “An Ordinance Implementing the Bataan Incentives for COVID-19 Free Barangays and for other Purposes, the IATF devised an incentive based and merit centered strategy to address the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the province resulting from community transmission, particularly in the barangays.
Said strategy which compels barangay officials to be more vigilant in safeguarding and protecting their respective areas of jurisdiction against the corona virus, covers all the 237 barangays in the province, Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams (BHERTs), Local Contact Tracing Teams (LCTTs), and Rural Health Units (RHUs).
Barangays will be assessed through a set of criteria that include the 20% reduction of confirmed cases in the barangay as compared to the previous 15-day period and the maintenance of zero (0) confirmed cases in the barangay for the next 15-day period; by the Assessment, Incentives and Awards Committee (AIAC) composed of the PHO, PDRRMO, DOH-Bataan and PNP-Bataan.
Successful barangays shall be entitled to a certificate of recognition and monetary incentive of Php 25,000.00.
Initially, this measure that likewise aims to recognize the performance of the barangays and their COVID-19 responders in their efforts and accomplishments in curbing the COVID-19 virus in their respective communities, shall be implemented in all barangays at Lower Mariveles as pilot areas and thereafter, provincewide.