The Sorsogon State College (SSC) has been identified as the first quarantine center in Sorsogon to accommodate persons under monitoring (PUMs) and persons under investigation (PUIs) as the number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients continue to increase.

According to J. Prospero De Vera III, chairman of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Sorsogon Governor Chiz Escudero requested CHED and the SSC to come up with a quarantine center within the college campus.

Earlier, the Interagency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) directed LGUs to sign first a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with CHED to ensure “consistency and accountability in the operation of these facilities.”

In response, CHED laid down implementing guidelines to local government units (LGUs) which intend to use state universities and colleges (SUC) as quarantine facilities.

The formation of the quarantine site within SSC was approved during a teleconference meeting between President De Vera, Governor Escudero and other CHED officials.

“By opening the doors of the College and allowing the utilization of the facilities therein for a very noble cause, it is a strong statement and manifestation of the College community that we are actively joining the fight against this invisible and deadly enemy and we will continue to do so until we contain the same,” SSC President Helen R. Lara said. (Jojo Mangahis)