Bais City’s ICS steps up COVID case management

CAMIGUIN, May 20 (PIA)--Replicated by other local government units (LGUs) for contact tracing, Bais City’s Incident Command System (ICS) is done meticulously by women to strengthen the capacity of the LGU to manage the coronavirus disease (COVID)-19 cases in the area. 

During the Network Briefing News, May 19, Bais City, Negros Oriental Mayor Mercedes Teves-Goñio said as of May 18, they only had 137 cases, 87 recoveries, 48 active cases, and 3 mortalities. 

“We have done such a great job that a lot of LGUs have copied our system-- how we help mitigate and do contact tracing very meticulously,” the mayor shared.  

The LGU also practices a two-pronged approach, where they post on Facebook first since it's easier for the contact tracers to look for the first as well as the second-generation contacts.

Using the said method, Goñio said they can easily advise those who are in contact with a positive case to have the swab test. If the close contacts tested negative, they can normally go back to work but for those who yield positive results, the LGU will immediately isolate them. 

“A lot of them [LGUs] have followed our system, which was very successful and thankfully we have very little cases until we loosened our opening of our borders, which is last April,” Goñio said.

Tourism reopening in Bais

Noting the effects of reopening the city’s borders and tourism, Goñio said health protocols are strictly implemented and only few people are accommodated.  

Dolphin watching for one, is named as one of the best attractions in the city. “We have reopened it but only to local Negrenses and it is still going now; once COVID ends, we can fully open it again and we have our own little cottages and mangroves to see,” the mayor said. 

Bais is also known for its Kambagahan and cultural heritage where artworks, food and other products of the city are exhibited. 

The LGU is also planning to have a garden show during their fiesta since there are a lot of bonsai growers in Bais. 

“To all the Baisanons, palangga gyud kamo namo tanan (we really love you all) and we are doing our best for Bais and what is best for Bais is what we will try to do. I want as much as possible you stay na (already) in Bais because most of you have had to leave Bais for a better future; the future is now here in Bais for you,” Goñio said. (RTP/PIA10) 

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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