Bacolod mayor thanks President Duterte for quick COVID response

Published November 5, 2020, 12:56 PM

by Glazyl Masculino

BACOLOD CITY – Mayor Evelio Leonardia has expressed his gratitude to President Rodrigo Duterte for Malacañang’s quick response to Bacolod’s plea for help at a time when the city experienced a surge in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases two months ago. 

Mayor Evelio Leonardia (GLAZYL MASCULINO / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)
Mayor Evelio Leonardia (GLAZYL MASCULINO / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

“Madamo gid nga salamat, Mr. President” (Thank you so much, Mr. President). Please accept the grateful thanks of the people of our City for the immediate help you provided in our fight against COVID-19 when our positive cases suddenly spiked last August and September,” Leonardia said in his letter dated November 3 to President Duterte.

Leonardia had appealed for help from the President on August 26. Malacañang sent Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, an official of the National Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF); Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Michael Lloyd Dino, IATF-Visayas deputy chief implementer retired Maj. Gen. Melquiades Feliciano, and Department of Health (DOH)-7 regional director Jaime Bernadas to Bacolod.

Leonardia said the assessment visit of the Cabinet members and the team from DOH-Region 7 made that help from Malacañang “more real and immediate” when it resulted in the return on September 1 of Feliciano and his nurse-wife Mia and their team, who helped organize the Bacolod City Emergency Operations Center (EOC) for more focused anti-COVID protocols.

Leonardia called the team of Feliciano as “God-sent, in answer to the prayers of Bacolodnons.” This team helped set up the systems at the EOC that included training the various clusters on how to hunt down the virus and helping those afflicted with it.

Leonardia said the Feliciano couple and their team were instrumental in bringing down the COVID cases in Bacolod from its highest peak of triple-digit cases per day in mid-September to early-October to the present low 2-digit, or sometimes even single-digit, cases per day.

“Only God knows how many lives they have helped to save with what they have done for us here,” the mayor added.

Leonardia noted that the Emergency Operations Center that the Feliciano couple helped establish is now becoming a practical academy of sorts for other local government units (LGUs) in the province who come to observe how to operate it. 

“That is another legacy of the (Feliciano) couple that we are deeply grateful for,” the mayor added. 

The mayor also acknowledged their “effort” and “tireless service” to Bacolod, before they left the city on November 2.

Leonardia said “they gave us the guiding light to see to it that we could reach the final destination.”

“We may not be in the final destination yet but one thing is for sure, we are on the right track,” he added.

“We now see the results of their hard work and guidance of the EOC,” Leonardia said.

 
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