Mayor Evelio Leonardia yesterday ordered that flags at the Bacolod City Government Center, Old City Hall, and Public Plaza be flown at half staff starting Monday until end of the month.
Leonardia said this is to honor the healthcare workers and frontliners who have died in the line of duty in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
This is also in time for the observance of the National Heroes’ Day (Araw ng mga Bayani) on August 31, the day in honor of the bravery of all Filipino heroes who fought bravely for the nation's freedom, a press release from the Bacolod Public Information Office said.
Leonardia’s directive is also in consonance with Resolution No. 2 series of 2020 of the Negros Association of Chief Executives (ACE) to “display the Philippine flag at half-mast from August 17 to 31 in honor of the frontliners who have succumbed to COVID-19.”
The resolution said the virus has claimed the lives of 2,426 people, based on the latest update of the Department of Health, as of the time of the ACE meeting on August 12.
Among these fatalities were frontliners, mostly medical practitioners, who have served the country - saving other people’s lives to the detriment of their own health and safety, the press release said.
“Their heroic deeds deserve recognition from the people for whom they have laid down their lives,” the resolution stated.
The resolution was passed during the ACE virtual meeting on August 12.
It was signed by Victorias City Mayor Francis Frederick Palanca - president, Silay City Mayor Mark Andrew Arthur Golez - secretary general, and San Enrique Mayor Jilson Tubillara - treasurer and acting secretary.*
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