COVID-free Bataan Freeport prepares for GCQ

MARIVELES, Bataan-- Freeport Area of Bataan (FAB) remains free from coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and is preparing for the implementation of General Community Quarantine (GCQ).

In his virtual public briefing Wednesday, Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan (AFAB) Administrator Emmanuel Pineda stressed there are no reported cases of confirmed COVID-19 inside the Freeport.

“We made it possible through our collective efforts. Moving forward, a preparation for GCQ is already on hand,” Pineda said.

He stressed that AFAB locators are being encouraged to set up their respective screening and triage areas to systematically identify COVID-19 probable and suspect cases.

“AFAB shall complement these screening and triage areas with personnel to help operate such areas and will provide oximeters and thermal scanners as well,” he furthered.

Moreover, a Memorandum of Agreement with FAB locators, Bataan General Hospital and Medical Center and Philippine Health Insurance Corporation is being crafted for a reliable polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing to FAB workers.

Pineda added that a FAB Business Continuity Plan is being finalized as an initiative of AFAB to identify areas and sectors affected by the COVID-19 pandemic which shall be given priority for immediate action and support.

AFAB employees are now under skeletal workforce as a prescribed protocol for areas declared under the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ).