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Gov’t assigns Cabinet execs to help LGUs in coronavirus crisis

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By Prince Golez

The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has assigned Cabinet members to provide “stronger support” to local government units with high coronavirus (Covid-19) cases.

Its latest directive was contained in Resolution 62 approved on Wednesday.

The move, according to the IATF, will “further operationalize the national government-enabled, local government-led, and people-centered response” against Covid-19.

Here are the Cabinet members’ respective assignments:

-Health Secretary Francisco Duque III and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles (Quezon City)

-Education Secretary Leonor Briones and Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat (Pasig City)

-Metropolitan Manila Development Authority chairman Danilo Lim (Pateros)

-Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III and Commissioner on Higher Education chairperson Prospero de Vera III (Marikina City and Malabon City)

-Interior Secretary Eduardo Año and testing czar Vivencio Dizon (Taguig City)

-Information and Communications Technology Secretary Gregorio Honasan II and Anti-Red Tape Authority director general Jeremiah Belgica (Manila City)

-Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez (Mandaluyong City)

-National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. (Makati City)

-Socioeconomic Planning acting secretary Karl Kendrick Chua (Muntinlupa City)

-National Task Force Covid-19 chief implementer Carlito Galvez Jr. (Parañaque City)

-Public Works Secretary Mark Villar (Las Piñas City)

-Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. (Pasay City)

-Agriculture Secretary William Dar (Caloocan City)

-Budget Secretary Wendel Avisado (Navotas City)

-Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato dela Peña (Valenzuela City)

-Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra (Bulacan)

-Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (Cavite)

-Communications Secretary Martin Andanar (Laguna)

-Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi (Rizal)

The resolution also mandates the IATF members to strictly monitor health system performance, critical care capacity, and stringent compliance to surveillance, isolation, and treatment protocols.

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