THE Mandaue City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO) started to decontaminate the schools used as barangay isolation units (BIUs) on July 29, 2020.
The Department of Education (DepEd) has advised all the local government units that used their local public schools as Covid-19 isolation centers to pull out from the schools after July 30, 2020.
Of the nine public schools in Mandaue City used as isolation centers, there are three schools that will remain as isolation centers even after July 30, John Eddu Ibañez, the executive secretary of Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes, said.
Ibañez said they have received a go signal from the DepEd-Mandaue to still use the three schools as isolation centers.
The schools will be clustered, one for the northern part of Mandaue, one for the southern part and also the Mandaue City Central School or the “Mandaue City Central Isolation Unit.”
Ibañez said they are yet to determine which school from the north and south to use as there still some qualifications to be met.
Before turning over the other schools aside from the three selected, the CDRRMO will decontaminate the schools to ready them for the opening of classes on Aug. 24.
Thus, two schools in Mandaue City, from barangays Casili and Tawason, have undergone the decontamination by the CDRRMO staff on July 29.
Felix Suico, the CDRRMO operations chief, said in an interview that they will only decontaminate the schools with no current Covid-19 patients admitted in them.
He said on July 30 that they are set to decontaminate the schools in barangays Canduman, Cubacub and Pagsabungan.
Ibañez said this is the protocol of Mandaue City before turning over the schools, that decontamination must be done after which the city will give out a certificate to the school that it has been decontaminated and is ready for use. (KFD)