Bacolod seeks postponement of Japanese employers’ visit due to COVID-19

Published March 10, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Glazyl Masculino

BACOLOD CITY – The Bacolod City Inter-Agency Task Force Against CoronaVirus Disease (COVID-2019) has recommended to Mayor Evelio Leonardia the postponement of the scheduled visit of 87 Japanese employers here due to the deadly disease outbreak.

 Mayor Evelio Leonardia (right) and Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran during a press briefing at Bacolod City Government Center recently. (Glazyl Masculino Photo)
Mayor Evelio Leonardia (right) and Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran during a press briefing at Bacolod City Government Center recently (Glazyl Masculino / MANILA BULLETIN)

Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, in a press conference recently, said that the employers were scheduled to arrive here on March 12 to screen skilled worker applicants for Japan, which is one of the COVID-19 affected countries.

Familiaran said the foreign employers will interview the applicants here through different accredited recruitment agencies, and will also meet some of them in Murcia, Negros Occidental for trainings.

For his part, Leonardia said that he believed the move of the task force was only appropriate, given the prevailing circumstances.

“We welcome them. How we wish they are more with the same purpose of providing jobs to our people here but under the present situation, our health and safety should come on top,” he added.

Leonardia said that COVID-19 was no longer an isolated case, but has evolved into a national concern.

“We just need to inform them ahead and we will do it diplomatically,” he said.

He also asked the cooperation of hotels in case these foreigners will pursue their visit here.

“If they won’t be prevented to come over here, I will ask them not to step down from their cars when they pass Bacolod as part of our protocols here to minimize the possibility of an untoward scenario,” the local chief executive said.

He said he understood that it was a matter of business for hotels, but management should also act in accordance with the health and safety measures of the government.

 
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