BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
With 30 percent of its population hesitant to be vaccinated, Salvador Benedicto Mayor Marxlen dela Cruz wants to ban the entry of unvaccinated individuals in its seven public markets, and the non-renewal of contracts of municipal government job order employees, starting January 1 next year.
It is unfair that those who are unvaccinated gets the same privileges, as those who are vaccinated as mandated by the government,” de la Cruz stressed.
He said that they will enclose the markets and implement a “one entrance, one exit policy”. We want everyone to be vaccinated against coronavirus, dela Cruz said.
The municipality of Don Salvador Benedicto has zero COVID-19 cases since November 23.
“But we remain vigilant because the virus is still there,” Dela Cruz said.
We will sweep all barangays in the town through an intensified vaccination campaign, with many of its villages are remote areas.
We will conduct vaccination campaign, from barangay to barangays, then sitios to sitios, house to house and if needed room to room,” Dela Cruz said in jest.
Targeting 5,687 town residents during the three-day national vaccination program, dela Cruz said the municipal local health office was able only to achieve 70 percent of its objective.
Don Salvador Benedicto, which is 47 kilometers northwest of Bacolod City, is the summer capital of Negros Occidental, with temperature similar to Baguio City and Tagaytay all year round. It has a population of 26,922 as of year 2020.
Dela Cruz also announced that all tourism facilities are now open to serve tourists in Don Salvador Benedicto, with some limitations, such as strict observance of the mandated health protocols.*