Zamboanga City defends planned acquisition of anti-virus equipment

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The Zamboanga City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) has justified the plan of the local government to acquire P25-million worth of equipment and gadgets to prevent the spread of the infectious diseases, such as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in the city.

CDRRMO head Dr. Elmeir Apolinario, in a recent radio interview, said that even before the COVID-19 outbreak, the city government was already planning to buy anti-virus equipment.

He noted that in 2005, there was already an ordinance and recently the city was planning contingency measures that included bio-risk and infectious diseases.

“Everything was planned out long before (COVID-19),” he said.

According to Apolinario, the City Council has already given its approval for the acquisition of 20 units of thermal scanners, two dedicated units of ambulance, sprayers, anti-virus suites and other gadgets as proposed by the CDRRMO and recommended by the health experts and researches.

“So, even without the COVID-19, we will still buy these (pieces of) equipment because they had long been planned and recommended by experts and researches,” he said.

The official assured that the purchase of the equipment would be in accordance with the procurement law.