BRTTH signs agreement for COVID-19 surge augmentation

Author: Cyra Corral

MOA Signing


Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital (BRTTH) on May 27 signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Police Regional Office 5 (PRO5), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to address the surge of COVID-19 cases in Bicol Region in coordination with Office of Civil Defense (OCD).

The MOA was based on the request of BRTTH for additional assistance from the uniformed personnel who will help the existing healthcare workforce of the institution in fighting the pandemic.

“We are thankful for the additional support from PNP and BFP. We are now experiencing an increasing number of COVID-19 cases that’s why we have to request additional manpower from PNP and BFP,” Department of Health 5 (DOH-5) Regional Director Ernie V. Vera said in his speech during the MOA signing.

Under the MOA, the personnel will be deployed to BRTTH and shall be assigned in non-covid areas designated by the institution in the hospital premises. The engagement of the services of the personnel was for a period of three months and was renewable based on the needs of BRTTH.

According to Regional Director Vera, it was important to utilize the services. BRTTH was really experiencing lack of manpower for COVID-19 services. There was a need to augment the healthcare workforce of BRTTH in order to continue its services.

“The request of BRTTH for additional health personnel is indeed right,” Regional Director Vera said.

Meanwhile, Col. Jesus Rebua said that the PNP, especially the PRO5 was always ready to help fight against COVID-19.  

“Rest assured that we will cooperate and participate in any programs and activities to protect our fellow citizens against the pandemic,” Col. Rebua added.

BRTTH also requested the BFP for additional nurses and allied medical workers during this time of pandemic.

F/SSupt. Ricardo Perdigon said that he was honored that the BFP would be able to assist the health service through the MOA of deploying BFP nurses to augment hospital workforce.

He also said that the nurses who will be deployed have special trainings as paramedics and in emergency medical services.

“We are capable and most importantly we have the heart to serve and protect,” F/SSupt. Perdigon added.

Despite the fear, adhering to the call of duty was one of the reasons why most of the nurses from PNP, BFP and AFP volunteered to serve and be deployed in different areas.

“The fear is there, but our sworn duty in BFP to serve the public remains steadfast,” FO2 Maria Victoria Oro said in an interview.

According to FO1 Gabriel Joseph Bragais, applying their skills and knowledge as a nurse, for the most part, will keep them safe from the danger brought by COVID-19, especially as all of them have been fully vaccinated.

Ms. Marlyn Daguno, Chief Nurse of BRTTH said that the presence of the nurses will be of great help to the institution in order for it to continue its services to the patients especially in this unprecedented time.

On behalf of the Bicol Inter-Agency Task Force (BIATF), DILG 5 Regional Director Atty. Anthony Nuyda commended the heads of PNP, BFP and AFP for acknowledging the request of BRTTH for augmenting healthcare workforce to combat the virus.

“I would like to thank you all for volunteering, for your services to the country and to Bicol Region,” Atty. Nuyda said.

“Hopefully the cases will lessen. We will work hard to fight against COVID-19,” he added.

In the signed agreement, 21 BFP nurses, four qualified nurses from PNP, and one AFP nurse will be deployed and augment the healthcare workforce of BRTTH.

DOH Regional Director Vera stressed the importance of the agreement between the different agencies. He said that they cannot beat COVID alone. They have to live symbiotically, move as one and support each other especially in this time of pandemic where the lives and the well-being of the people were at stake.