The good news: quarantine measures have managed to decrease local transmission and flatten the curve in Western Visayas. The bad news: a surge in imported cases in the region has led to testing backlogs and strained quarantine facilities. Given this, UP Visayas researchers and ThinkWell Philippines recommend more preparations for local transmission outbreaks in the LGUs, maintenance of minimum public health standards, and a review of the repatriation protocols in terms of testing, tracing and treatment.

Continuing from Policy Note No. 1 ( and analyzing the updated number of cases, local incidence and public health data, this Policy Note No. 2 offers some recommendations for measures to keep the COVID-19 infection rates controlled and in decline in Western Visayas.