By Patrick Paez
(April 8, 2020) – The Philippines’ summer capital, which has not reported any single coronavirus case in the last nine days, maybe ready to implement a modified enhanced community quarantine, its local chief executive said, believing the mountain resort city has reached the peak of infection.
Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong, a retired police major general who used to be the head of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), said he helped the city’s medical experts in contact tracing people who were exposed to infected persons using his sleuthing skills.
Like any other cities around the country, Baguio did not have enough test kits to screen residents who may be at risk of coronavirus infection, so Magalong applied what he knew best: police investigative techniques.
“Contact-tracing is parang trabaho ng imbestigador,” Magalong said in an interview with Cignal TV’s One PH. “Parang naghahanap ka ng suspek.”
He quickly drilled doctors and medical staff on techniques learned from the Australian police that involved the use of an expensive software for “link” and “geospatial” analyses. Every gap in the contact-tracing exercise meant four potential cases of infection.
Another technological tool they used was a virus scanner from Huawei that Magalong said helped them isolate potential cases even before proper testing for COVID-19 can be done.
As of this writing, Baguio City has a total of 14 confirmed cases: six are in the hospital, seven have recovered, and one died—a 49-year old woman who had tuberculosis.
More than 3,700 people have been infected nationwide, the second highest in Southeast Asia behind Malaysia, and 177 had died in less than a month after the outbreak.
Baguio’s patient no. 1, a 69-year-old who traveled to Italy, has recovered and is out of the hospital.
“We forsee na lahat sila [patients], makaka-recover,” said Magalong.
Baguio has not also seen any new cases. The mayor spoke with President Adviser on the Peace Process Carlito Galvez, who was designated as the chief implementor of the government’s fight against the pandemic, and asked, “kung puwede sana, kung ang isang LGU sa kanilang pananaw, capable naman i-manage ang kanilang situation, pabayaan na natin sila i-localize o i-modify [ang quarantine].”
Magalong, who became famous for leading the inquiry on the ill-fated police commando operations against a Malaysian terrorist which led to the death of 44 police officers, said he wants to allow construction of government projects to resume.
He said Baguio will remain closed to non-residents throughout the Luzon-wide lockdown, so contractors will have to hire locals or subject outside laborers to 14-day quarantine before entering Baguio. (MM)
Our Privacy Commitment
TV5 Network Inc. values and respects your right to privacy. We are committed to safeguarding your personal data in compliance with Republic Act No. 10173 or the Data Privacy Act of 2012 and its Implementing Rules and Regulations.
Why do we collect your personal information (as applicable)?
We collect and maintain basic information about you as users of TV5 sites for the following purposes:
Where do we get your personal information?
There are several ways we collect your personal information.
Information that you personally provided.
Most of the personal information we have are those that you have provided us when you:
Information we collect during your engagement with us
We also collect information as you use our products and services, like:
Information we collect from other sources
We also collect your personal information through other activities such as our market research initiatives, when you visit and use our websites and mobile apps, and from our subsidiaries, affiliates, and third-party business partners to whom you have given consent to share your information to us.
When do we disclose personal information?
There are circumstances when we are required to share some of the information you have provided us. In these cases, we ensure that your personal information will be disclosed on a confidential manner, through secure channels that is in compliance with the Data Privacy Act and other privacy laws.
In some instances, we may be required to disclose your personal information to our agents, subsidiaries, affiliates, business partners and other third-party agencies and service providers as part of our regular business operations and for the provision of our programs and services. This means we might share your information with:
How we protect your personal information
We also put in effect the following safeguards:
TV5 will not collect, use, or disclose your personal information for any purpose other than those identified in this Commitment, your Service Agreement or our Terms of Service, and any other purpose that you may have given your consent for.
For greater clarity, unless you provide specific consent, we shall not:
What are your choices?
You are given certain rights in relation to your personal data under the Data Privacy Act. We would like to ensure that we have your consent to continue to collect, use, and disclose your personal information for the purposes that we have identified. We want you to know that you do have choices and can object or withdraw your consent and/or edit your consent preferences at any time.
If you wish to have access to your personal information in our records; or you think that such personal information we have of you is incomplete, not up-to-date, or otherwise inaccurate, you may get in touch with our Data Privacy Officer through the contact details provided below. In some instances, we may request for supporting documents or proof before we effect any requested changes to your personal information.
Data Protection Officer
TV5 Network Inc.
Reliance corner Sheridan Streets
What happens when there are changes in our Policy?
You will always be provided notice if these changes are significant and, if we are required by law, we will ensure to obtain your updated consent.