As mandated by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Barangay Health and Emergency Response Team (BHERT) has been established in all 27 municipalities in Abra. The BHERT is composed of barangay captains, barangay councilors, tanod, and (Barangay Health Workers) BHWs who are tasked to establish a traveler’s registry.

The barangay captains shall assist in the listing of Persons of Interest (POIs) or persons who have travelled outside Abra to determine possible carriers of the 2019 Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) formerly known as nCoV. The following information should be recorded in the  traveler’s registry: name, age, place of origin, and date of arrival of the traveler in the Philippines.

Provincial Health Officer Ma. Christina Cabrera said that barangay captains shall be responsible to report any arrival of persons in their locality to the Rural Health Unit (RHU) or Municipal Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (MESU). The RHU will validate and classify whether the traveler is a PUI or PUM based on the decision tool given by the Department of Health (DOH). Persons under Monitoring (PUMs) are advised to have a 14-day quarantine while Persons under Investigation (PUIs) will be treated according to the instruction of the RHU doctor.