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Cadiz OFW buried as ‘heroine’

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• GILBERT P. BAYORAN

The newly-built Cadiz City Evacuation Center inside the Cadiz Viejo National High School (CVNHS) finally bears the name Loreta V. Alacre Evacuation Center (LVAEC) in an unveiling ceremony held on Nov. 5, in honor of the slain Cadizeña OFW who died in Hamas attack on Gaza Strip in Israel.* Bilis Cadiz photo

Overseas Filipino Worker Loreta “Daday” Alacre, proclaimed by Mayor Salvador Escalante Jr. as a “heroine” of Cadiz City, Negros Occidental, was laid to rest on November 5, as Negrenses also marked the 125th Cinco de Noviembre, remembering a bloodless revolution against Spanish colonizers in 1898.

Alacre, 49, and a native of Sitio Camay-an in Barangay Cadiz Viejo,Cadiz City, died on October 7 during the attack by Hamas militants at the Gaza Strip in Israel, where she had been working for about 15 years as a caregiver.

Department of Migrant Workers officer-in-charge Hans Leo Cacdac, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration regional head Rizza Joy Moldes, and Mayor Escalante yesterday led the unveiling of a marker for the Loreta V. Alacre Evacuation Center (LVAEC) at the Cadiz Viejo National High School compound, where she completed her secondary education.

“LVAEC will always serve as a reminder to all Cadiznons that we have our own ‘heroine’ in the person of Daday,” Escalante stressed, as he described her as “icon of perseverance, persistency, hope and selflessness.

“She’s really beyond copycat. She always thought of her family’s welfare – neither less nor more,” the mayor said.

Naming the newly-established evacuation center after her is the city government’s way of saying “Thank You, Daday!” for putting Cadiz in the world map as “Home to a great heroine,” Escalante added.

“She’s our ‘Bagong Bayani’, thus she deserves this lasting marker within an edifice fit and worthy to be her remembrance to all of us.”

“She’s finally out of our sight, but her lasting memories highlighted by her unique heroism will forever linger in us (Cadiznons),” added Escalante.

Likewise, the mayor appealed to other families of Overseas Filipino Workers from Cadiz City to be prudent in spending the income of their loved ones abroad.

“May Daday’s case will serve as an eye opener to all OFWs from Cadiz and their respective families to always value their earnings by being canny enough,” Escalante said.

On the other hand, Escalante will meet with the Alacre family as to the possible lifetime assistance it could extend – be it the employment of any of the seven remaining siblings, scholarship for nieces and nephews, or livelihood, among others.

“We will do our share in helping Daday realize her ‘dreams’ (even in death) for her beloved family,” the mayor stressed.

Hundreds of Cadiznons also joined the Alacre family members and relatives in delivering Loreta to her final resting place at a public cemetery in Brgy. Caduha-an, Cadiz City, Negros Occidental.*

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