Mayor Evelio Leonardia is exploring other resources to help Bacolod City residents who are reeling from the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), that has threatened the local economy and livelihood.
Leonardia, who became emotional during the community prayer yesterday at the Bacolod Government Center, assured the residents “We are doing everything we can possibly do to see to it that people are taken care of.”
He said they take into consideration the city’s resources, and that he sat down with the budget officer to see which allocation they can use to help the people, aside from the emergency funds.
“Tanan sa project, concreting sang dalan (concreting of roads), drainage, taytay (bridges), etcetera...those have to come secondary to what we are facing now. Nothing should be bigger than this,” the mayor said.
He added that everything else will have to wait and stand still, because “health, safety, and the lives of the people are more important.”
He reiterated his assurance to the Bacolodnons that “we will stick with you. We will stick together as one people, and one family.”
He also called on the public to cooperate with the authorities and strictly follow the protocols, such as social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“This can only succeed if all of us will do our part. We have a role. Indi na ta mag pasaway (Let us not be hardheaded),” he added.
Bacolod has already reported one COVID-19 case.*
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