Archdiocese of Manila, bumuo ng guidelines sa posibleng pagtanggap sa mga PUI at PUM

April 4, 2020, 2:16PM

Bumuo ang Archdiocese of Manila ng guidelines sa posibleng pagtanggap na maging quarantine area ng mga Person Under Investigation at mga Person Under Monitoring ng Corona Virus disease ang mga church facility at parishes.

Sinabi ni Rev. Father Jerome Secillano, executive secretary ng Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines Permanent Committee on Public Affairs, at parish Priest ng Nuestra Senora del Perpetuo Socorro na bukas ang simbahan na maging quarantine area ang mga church facilities ng PUIs at PUMs sakaling hilingin ng pamahalaan.

Narito ang mga guidelines:

Providing our facilities as quarantine areas for PUIs and PUMs is easier said than done. Aside from the fact that our facilities are not equipped for such a situation, the risk of transmitting Corona virus is high since many of our churches and facilities are very close to communities or residential areas.

Besides, there are other private facilities which are tailored for this situation since they already have rooms, toilets, and kitchens that should make proper medical and health interventions for PUIs and PUMs easier.

The government can look at hotels, motels or big apartelles before they should even consider our church’s facilities.
We also believe that there are still other huge public buildings that are owned either by the national or local government that can be properly utilized for accommodating PUI and PUM cases.

Nonetheless, in this critical and difficult situation we need to show our readiness to help and collaborating with our government at this juncture is can be for the common good.

In the event, therefore, that we are approached and asked to have our parish facilities to be considered for this purpose, we are to do the following:
1.) Ask which government agency he/she is connected. Verify his/her status. Ask for the person’s identity and the name of the superior who sent him/her. There should be a formal written request.
2.) Entertain and listen. Politely tell him/her that you are referring the matter to the Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Manila because only he can make the appropriate decision. If you belong to a Religious community, refer the matter directly to your Superior for the appropriate action.
3.) Inform the Apostolic Administrator or the Superior of your Congregation. He will act on it based on the following considerations:
a.) There is a formal request from the IATF, the DOH or the LGU for the purpose of using church’s facilities for the quarantine of PUIs and PUMs.
b.) The possible use of church’s facilities for the aforementioned purpose is a last recourse measure.
c.) The facility will be manned by DOH experts and personnel applying the necessary medical protocols and expenditures.
d.) Normally, the church itself is not to be used for this purpose. Possible facilities are gymnasium, classrooms, halls and other areas with wide spaces.
e.) The Apostolic Administrator, in his wise and prudent judgment, is to consider not only the good of the patients but of the church community as well. He, therefore, reserves the right to either allow or refuse the use of church’s facilities under his governance or administration.
f.) A distinction is to be made between facilities owned by religious congregations and those under the Archdiocese of Manila. The Apostolic Administrator has no jurisdiction over properties owned by religious congregations. Requests for their use are to be made directly to the religious superiors concerned.

Kaugnay nito, pormal ng binuksan ng Archdiocese of Manila sa mga COVID-19 frontliners tulad ng mga medical health worker, mga kagawad ng Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines at Bureau of Jail Management and Penology ang mga simbahan at mga pasilidad nito na maging pansamantalang matutuluyan.

Unang tinanggap ng Holy Trinity School sa Balic-Balic Sampaloc Manila ang 75-kagawad ng B-J-M-P na walang matutuluyan pagkatapos ng kanilang duty sa trabaho bilang frontliners.

Narito ang mga guideline ng Archdiocese of Manila para sa mga kawani ng P-N-P na naghahanap ng matutuluyan habang umiiral ang Luzonwide Enchanced Community guidelines.

The incidents regarding policemen scouting for church’s facilities for their possible accommodation should not be a cause for concern. They are not going to take-over your facilities. They are doing it merely for inventory. In the event that they’ll be needing a place to stay, your facilities may be considered but only after going through a proper and formal protocol.
Here’s what we have to do as pastors:
1.) Accommodate and talk to police-visitors and discuss with them the purpose of their visit. They are to identify themselves and give the names their commanding officers who sent them. Note these down for proper documentation
2.) Parish priests or another priest designated by the parish priest are to communicate with them.
3.) Letter of request from either the Chief PNP, City Mayor or the City Police Chief addressed to the Local Ordinary or the Apostolic Administrator of Manila is to be given. This letter will be sent to the Administrator for verification. Personal request, meaning without the behest of the PNP Chief, City Mayor or City Police Chief, should be politely declined.
4.) Once the request is granted by the Apostolic Administrator, pastors are to be responsible in determining the extent of help to be given to Police front liners. How many days will they be staying? Will they be provided food, drinks and other basic necessities? Some are merely looking for a place to stay and would not expect the above-mentioned provisions.
5.) Only schools, halls, gymnasiums and other rooms are to be used for such accommodation, not the church itself.
6.) Once they are accommodated, make a close coordination with Barangay officials and inform the latter of the presence of policemen in your church.
7.) If the parish is unable to accommodate them, politely decline such a request and refer them to the Coordinating Committee led by Fr. Jason Laguerta and Fr. Jerome Secillano and let the Committee suggest another available place if there is any.
8.) We need to exercise prudence and charity in dealing with people in need.
9.) The greater good of the parish should also be considered in this particular situation.
10.) The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila (RCAM) reserves the right to either allow or refuse the use of church’s facilities under its jurisdiction.

Bp. Broderick Pabillo, D.D
Apostolic Administrator
Archdiocese of Manila

April 3, 2020