BACOLOD CITY – The city government of Bacolod has recognized Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF)-Visayas Chief Implementer retired Maj. Gen. Mel Feliciano and his wife Mia as the first “Adopted Couple” of Bacolod City during a testimonial dinner and appreciation night tendered for the couple and the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) team at the Bacolod City Government Center (BCGC) on Saturday.
The conferment was stated in Executive Order (EO) No. 69, issued by Mayor Evelio Leonardia on October 30, which was the first of its king in the 82 years of cityhood.
Feliciano was among the officials deployed by the national government to Bacolod in response to the city government’s appeal to address the spike in the number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases here in the past months.
He was accompanied here by his wife, who is a nurse with extensive clinical background and patient care experience in the Philippines and the United States.
Leonardia acknowledged Feliciano’s wife in the EO, saying that she willingly took the responsibility to replicate in Bacolod City, the successful strategy that their team had employed in Cebu City during the COVID-19 outbreak there, through the creation of the Bacolod City Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Task Force.
Leonardia said that Feliciano was supposed to stay here only for the month of September, but decided to remain in the city, along with his wife, to continue advising, coaching, and guiding the EOC task force members until it could competently and confidently stand on its own.
Feliciano arrived here last August and stayed here for about two months traveling between Bacolod and Iloilo City to help both local government units in the fight against the pandemic.
Leonardia stated in the EO that the EOC, through the leadership, energy and dedication of Feliciano, has shown its own level of commitment and competence that ensured its success, as evidenced by the marked decline in the number of COVID-19 cases.
Leonardia added that the couple had generously shared their expertise and invaluable wisdom, and exemplified the true spirit of altruism, commitment, and dedication for the welfare of the Bacoleños.
The mayor also cited Feliciano as having been was instrumental in facilitating access to logical support for test kits and convalescent plasma for patients here from the Department of Health (DOH)-7 through the Office of the Presidential Asssistant for the Visayas (OPAV)
Through their committed effort, Bacolod now has a stable EOC and fewer COVID-19 cases that can be attributed to the effective interventions of the EOC, the order said.
Meanwhile, Feliciano, in his message, thanked the Bacolodnons and the members of the EOC for their support and dedication in helping the battle against COVID-19.
“I am confident that whatever happens to Bacolod, it can hold on,” Feliciano said.
Being away does not mean we are not part of the EOC, we will be forever part of the EOC being Bacolodnons now, he said.