AS Bacolod reverted to modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) due to the increasing number of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in the city, Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go appealed to the residents for more cooperation and to comply with the government’s health protocols.
In a virtual message, Go, chairman of the Senate health and demography committee, reminded the residents that the number of Covid-19 cases in Bacolod is increasing.
“Do not go out of your houses if it is not necessary. Always wear your masks, observe [physical] distancing and wash your hands frequently because it is still dangerous now,” he said.
The senator said that as government policies continue to balance the need to jumpstart the economy and the need to protect the health and safety of its citizens, it is important for Filipinos to continue cooperating and complying with protocols as a way to show compassion to other community members.
“As much as we want to go back to our normal lives, we have to prioritize the welfare and lives of every person. It is important that we follow the guidelines in order to protect our communities and faster we could overcome this crisis,” Go explained.
President Rodrigo Duterte ordered Bacolod City be placed under MECQ on September 7, following the recommendation of the National Task Force Covid-19 led by chief implementer Carlito Galvez Jr.
Other areas placed under the stricter MECQ until September 30 were Lanao del Sur province and Iligan City.
Local officials have called for more stringent community quarantine measures in these areas as Covid-19 cases were rising. As of September 7, Bacolod City has more than 2,000 coronavirus cases while Lanao del Sur has more than 300 infections.
Meanwhile, Senator Go also reminded them that he and President Rodrigo Duterte were always willing to assist them and listen to their concerns.
He assured them that once a vaccine becomes available, the poor and vulnerable sectors will be given access and be prioritized.
A total of 33 affected families from Barangay Taculing, Bacolod City received cash assistance, food packs, free meals, masks and vitamins from the senator’s office. The distribution was conducted in strict compliance with health protocols.
The senator’s office also gave away bikes to those who need them the most to help in their daily errands since public transportation is still limited.