BACOLOD CITY – Following the series of reductions in the number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases here, the city government launched on Thursday, October 29, a campaign to attain a COVID-free Bacolod.

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Bacolodnons join the launching of a campaign urging everyone to cooperate and be cautious against COVID-19. (Photo courtesy of Bacolod City PIO / MANILA BULLETIN)

Dubbed “Halong, Ugyon Bacolod”, Mayor Evelio Leonardia cited that the campaign would emphasize on the use of caution and cooperation to make the city free from the virus.

“The program calls for all of us to be careful – ‘halong’ – and at the same time “ugyon,” we need cooperation,” Leonardia said.

Leonardia stressed that there was a need for everyone to play their respective roles to stop the transmission of COVID-19.

The campaign primarily focuses on the conduct of simultaneous inspection, monitoring and education activities, that will be under the direction and oversight of the Emergency Operations Center Task Force (EOC-TF), the body at the forefront of Bacolod’s fight against COVID-19. 

Under the campaign, four clusters composed of two teams will hold inspection, monitoring and education activities in targeted business establishments, including restaurants, carinderias, variety stores, hardwares, school and office supplies stores, vehicle accessories stores, pharmacies, cellphone accessories and repair shops, “ukay-ukay” shops, terminals, markets, boarding houses, and other establishments often frequented by crowds.

Leonardia believed that targeting business establishments was a strategic move for the EOC, considering that these entities were “very vital” in the daily life of Bacolodnons.

The launch covered the Downtown, Burgos, East, and Libertad areas. The campaign will continue until the entirety of Bacolod is covered.

Leonardia, who heads the EOC-TF, said the new initiative will further ensure strict observance of the minimum health protocols in Bacolod, following the improvements that the city has already made insofar as its COVID-19 response is concerned. 

Meanwhile, Inter-Agency Task Force-Visayas chief implementer MGen (Ret) Mel Feliciano said the campaign should be sustained “as long as COVID-19 is still active.”

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime work to contribute to save lives and to help the EOC to contain and stop the spread of COVID- 19,” he added.

As of October 30, Bacolod had 4,796 COVID cases, including 4,392 recoveries, 126 deaths, and 278 active cases.

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