Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia yesterday appealed to all barangay officials in the city to make sure that their constituents follow basic health protocols to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease.
He said he is not comfortable seeing so many people moving around after the status of Bacolod was downgraded from Enhanced Community Quarantine to General Community Quarantine.
More implementers are needed, such as the police, to help the city government impose minimum health protocols, the mayor said.
But with the law enforcers having their own limitations, Leonardia said the best mechanism is for the barangay officials to police their own ranks.
They should impose the wearing of face mask, hand hygiene, and observance of social distancing at all times, the mayor said.
Social distancing should also be observed inside vehicles, he added.
“This is not a joke,” he said, adding that it seems some people do not understand how dangerous the situation is.
The virus will spread when people mingle with each other, so, it is up to the public if they want to go back to ECQ, Leonardia said.
"A second or third wave will be more dangerous. We should not allow this to happen like in the case of other countries," he said.
Leonardia said that whether Bacolod is classified as low risk area, under ECQ or GCQ, it does not change the status of the virus. It (COVID-19) is still there.
While the government was forced by economic pressure to loosen stringent measures from ECQ to GCQ, the reality of the virus threat is there, he added.
"I can even call it clear and present danger," Leonardia said.
Leonardia pointed out that while modern and big countries, which have so much money and resources, are helpless against COVID-19, here in the Philippines, the only thing we can do is to prevent similar experience from happening.
"If it were possible l would like to go down on my knees to beg the people to follow strict basic health protocols. We should not be over confident just because we have few cases of COVID-19," he said.*
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