Bacolod celebrates 82nd Charter Day

Published June 19, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Glazyl Masculino

BACOLOD CITY – Mayor Evelio Leonardia has appealed to the people of Bacolod to be optimistic in the fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The awardees with the city officials led by Mayor Evelio Leonardia (1st from left), and Rep. Greg Gasataya (1st from right) during the 82nd Charter Day celebration of Bacolod City, in rites held at the Bacolod City Government Center Thursday. (Photo courtesy of Bacolod City Public Information Office / MANILA BULLETIN)
The awardees with the city officials led by Mayor Evelio Leonardia (1st from left), and Rep. Greg Gasataya (1st from right) during the 82nd Charter Day celebration of Bacolod City, in rites held at the Bacolod City Government Center Thursday. (Photo courtesy of Bacolod City Public Information Office / MANILA BULLETIN)

Leonardia, during the celebration of the city’s 82nd Charter Day on Thursday, June 18, shared how Bacolod has been able to survive so many difficulties in the past, citing the tragedy of the M/V Don Juan, in April 1980, that claimed hundreds of lives, and left several others missing; the sugar crisis; and the big fires that hit the city – all of which Bacolod had weathered through.

As Bacolod survived the many trying times in the past, Leonardia said he was optimistic that Bacolodnons will survive, and the city will rise again from the challenges of the coronavirus.

“Once the weather gets fine, let us do it with a vengeance. Let us take back what we had lost from the coronavirus,” he said.

Leonardia said that COVID-19 problems here have somehow been manageable because of the hard work and team work of the city officials, and other people who involved in ensuring the people’s welfare.

He said Bacolod experienced a lot before it became a highly urbanized city. Thus, he was hopeful that the city will gain momentum again, wherein there will be lots of prosperity activities.

For his part, Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya said that Bacolodnons remained strong and united despite the unprecedented crisis.

“Bacoleños did not falter, instead we chose to help one another amid the fear and sorrow among us,” he added.

Meanwhile, Dr. Dolores Rommela Ruiz, who was the guest of honor and speaker at the Charter Day rites, challenged Bacolodnons to stand up and be vigilant during this time of crisis.

Ruiz stressed that people shouldn’t be underestimating the virus, which she perceived to have created a drastic socioeconomic and political impact.

“We cannot remain in quarantine for long,” Ruiz said, as she warned people to be cautious in going back to some degree of normalcy because there could be possible irreparable damage and consequences.

Ruiz suggested that people must concentrate on preventing the spread of the virus by observing health protocols, like wearing of face masks in public places, and observing cough etiquette.

A specialist in infectious diseases, Ruiz said that people should arm themselves, control the reservoir, and interrupt the transmission (of the virus).

“We have to practice the fundamentals of infection control. It has to be a way of life,” she said.

She also suggested that the city should strengthen disease surveillance and capacity building; and empower more healthcare workers and the community by training them about best practices.

She said that everyone must have to work as one community regardless of any affiliation. “We have to overcome this pandemic together,” she added.

It was the second year of the city to celebrate the June 18 Charter Day, after President Duterte signed, in 2018, Republic Act No. 11146 which pegged Bacolod City’s Charter Day at June 18 instead of October 19, which had been celebrated in the past 80 years.

Also, the city government, during its simple ceremony held at the Bacolod City Government Center, awarded six outstanding Bacolodnons with a Mayor’s Special Citation.

This year’s awardees were the late multi-awarded actor, director, screenwriter and filmmaker Peque Gallaga, composer and lyricist Joel Villaluz Sr., and government employees Rizalino Dela Peña,

Rowe Bermejo, Rex Delina, for their long years of dedicated service to the government, and Ronnie Llanto for his honesty in the performance of his duty as a street cleaner.

 
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