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Bacolod City, Philippines Saturday, June 13, 2020
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Frontliners honored
on Independence Day


Bacolod City officials honored frontliners for the unequivocal service they rendered in the “battle for freedom” against the coronavirus disease 2019, during the 122nd Philippine Independence Day celebration at the Bacolod Public Plaza yesterday.

Gasataya, who was guest of honor and speaker, thanked the frontliners both from the government and the private sector, as well as their families for “all their sacrifices to help us all survive.”

“You all went beyond what was necessary and we cannot thank you enough for doing it out of love for humanity, out of love for our city and our country as a whole,” he said.

“We should not also forget those who served out of the spotlight: garbage collectors, street sweepers, security guards, janitors, farmers, pharmacist to whom we also owe our highest gratitude,” he added.

“This is not only a celebration of freedom but a celebration of sacrifice, a celebration of humanity, a celebration of life – a life that we greatly owe to our heroic frontliners in this war against Covid-19 pandemic”, he said.

Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia said that the people are now, once again, engaged in a battle for freedom – this time freedom from the havoc wrought by the coronavirus (COVID-19).

"As we celebrate right now the 122nd anniversary of our Independence, we are again making history, since for the first time in our generation, we are engaged in a difficult battle for freedom, this time, freedom from the havoc wrought by an invisible and the minutest of enemies – the coronavirus," Leonardia said.

The mayor added that the only shield or protection from this deadly virus is understanding, patience, cooperation and a united stand with the government that has so far been implementing the best health and economic measures possible for our people.

Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran said in his welcome message, that the commemoration of Independence Day must serve as a reminder that what we are, and what we have today, is because of the thoughts, deeds, and the noble lives of our forefathers.

Familiaran, who is the local Inter-Agency Task Force chairperson, and City Councilors who were designated as heads of the different task forces against COVID-19, were given credit by the mayor for ably handling the local IATF and for doing a great job for the city in controlling the spread of the virus.

Leonardia also thanked the various City Hall departments, the private sector, doctors, nurses, laboratory technicians, hospital staff and their utility people who are in the front line in taking care of the patients.

While the virus has baffled experts who are looking for a cure, Filipinos can help them by strengthening faith and calling on the Almighty, the mayor added. "The power of prayer cannot be underestimated," the mayor said.*


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