The special session of the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Dumaguete on the controversial P23-billion reclamation project set today has been moved to next week after a councilor tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019.
Vice Mayor Karissa Tolentino-Maxino announced via social media yesterday that the SP would instead hold the special session on Aug. 9 as all councilors and staff members are scheduled to undergo reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction testing today.
This was after Councilor Manuel Sagarbarria posted on his Facebook page yesterday that he tested positive for Covid-19.
He said that despite being fully vaccinated, he “got hit with the virus” and is experiencing mild symptoms.
Sagarbarria said he started feeling tired Wednesday. The live-streamed session of the SP that day showed he was in and out of his seat, “taking breaks”.
The following day, he had high fever, isolated himself, and underwent swabbing.
The RT-PCR test result released Saturday showed that he was positive for the virus.
Sagarbarria appealed to people to not let their guard down despite being vaccinated against Covid-19.
The special session calendared for Aug. 2 was supposed to discuss the statements from various groups and individuals opposing the 174-hectare reclamation project proposed by Quezon City-based E.M. Cuerpo Inc.
The SP has granted authority to Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo to enter into a memorandum of agreement with the firm.
Opposition groups from the academe, church, environmentalists and scientists, and the youth are seeking a stoppage to the project because of its alleged legal, moral, environmental, and other impacts to the city and its people.
Remollo reassured that proper procedures will be strictly followed on the project, but said on a national radio interview that he was willing to junk it if there would be a valid basis to do so.*PNA