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The National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) is continuing its goal to extend its hand to the different municipalities in the country by bringing its developed technologies that would help on the decision-making process of the local government units (LGUs) related to the surge of the COVID-19.

It was reported last January 7, 2022 that there has been a high increase in the COVID cases in Laguna which led them to be placed again into alert level 3 together with other provinces, such as Cavite and NCR.

According to the latest update from the Philippine Intelligence Agency Laguna, there were 273 active cases of COVID as of January 4, from just 25 cases on December 29, 2021. Likewise, cases are increasing in Santa Rosa, Calamba, San Pablo, and Los Banos.

With this, Calamba City has shown its interest in the CCMon or the CoVid-19 Cases Monitor Tool.

Last February 9, 2022, NRCP conducted an orientation meeting with the City of Calamba in Laguna LGU. The City was represented by Nurse Montecarlo Rivas, Assistant Disease Surveillance Officer. During the orientation meeting, Nurse Rivas showed his interest in the tool.

The question that was raised includes, where does the data of this CCMon dashboard come from. Dr. Jomar F. Rabajante, NRCP Governing Board Member-at-Large, informed them that the dashboard data is based on the Department of Health data drop. He added that it would be more useful for the city if the data will be coming from the LGU itself. From that, according to Rabajante, NRCP can now create its own dashboard for Calamba City, which is parallel to the main dashboard of the CCMon.

Dr. Rabajante presented the data dashboard that he recently developed for the province of Bataan as his model program for Calamba City. This dashboard has been turned over to the province and was managed by the team of Dr. Rabajante.

Dr. Jomar Rabajante mentioned the uniqueness of the CCMon dashboard from the other dashboards in the province, such as the epidemiological analysis, R-Nat, and growth rate, which can be used in the decision-making of the policymakers. He said that the datasets that came from the city will be integrated by his team into the dashboard that will be developed.

The City of Calamba requested the integration of the data on number of vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals in their community. Dr. Jomar Rabajante encouraged the use of LGU own datasets; and that CCMon will not  duplicate the existing dashboard of the LGU. Rather, it will provide additional information that could help them in monitoring cases down to the barangay level..

NRCP, through Executive Director, Dr. Marieta Ba┼łez Sumagaysay, mentioned that the Council will be happy to extend CCMon technology to Calamba City to aid decision making. (Phoebe Ann Hadaza Villasanta, DOST-NRCP)