QUEZON CITY, March 10 (PIA)–As the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) rose to twenty four (24) on Monday (March 9), local government units in Metro Manila and the Metro Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MMDRRMC) heightened precautionary measures to contain the virus.
Former MMDRRMC Head Tim Orbos, who was also former OIC Chairman of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority teamed up with Filipino inventor Edgardo Vasquez to provide local private initiatives to combat the virus.
Vasquez invented the energy-saving “Mistykool” air-cooling systems which is being used in sanitizing operations. This technology sprays ultra-fine microns of water to cool off an area. It also repels insects, dusts, smoke, and pollen.
The partnership, dubbed as Sanitary Anti-Viral Entry Point or SAVEPOINT, is working on misting tents and tunnels and mobile indoor / outdoor disinfectant teams to address the spread of COVID-19 in the communities.
Orbos joined San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora in disinfecting and sanitizing all public schools in the city including San Juan National High School today. The team also inspected Greenhills Shopping Center to see the measures the management has put in place.
The disinfection and sanitation measures were done as Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque earlier confirmed that the fifth coronavirus patient frequented a Muslim prayer hall in Barangay Greenhills in San Juan.
According to Orbos, sanitation systems from the private sector should be utilized to help the government in containing the virus, for the benefit of all.
The former MMDRRMC official also said that it is important for all to be hand-in-hand in the fight against COVID-19.
“Aside from the government efforts, the private sector also needs to step in and do its share to help contain this virus,” he stressed.
“It is better to err on the side of caution than be complacent and just be alert when it’s already late.”
Last March 7, San Juan LGU together with Ortigas Complex already begun their disinfecting operations after the DOH reported the first local transmission case of COVID-19 in the country.
Zamora previously assured residents that local authorities are prepared and are in continuous coordination with the DOH for COVID-19 response. (PIA-NCR)