BACOLOD City Mayor Evelio Leonardia ordered the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) to assist in tightening the implementation of minimum health protocols in the city.
Leonardia tasked the BCPO to monitor compliance with the curfew hours, as stipulated in the latest executive order defining the rules under the general community quarantine with heightened restrictions (GCQ-HR), including the operations of business establishments, as well as compliance with the liquor ban.
Leonardia, in a statement, said the City Government will continue to step up the vaccination drive and adopt more interventions, where they are applicable, to get more residents inoculated.
Amid the surging number of cases nationwide, he said it has been close to two months that the city had seen a slowdown in the rate of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) infections as the city’s Emergency Operations Center and its medical team stepped up the vaccination campaign.
He added on September 9, after a considerable period with only two-digit figures, Bacolod City registered a three-digit record at 130 fresh cases.
“This development should serve as a reminder to all of us. We should not let our guard down and be complacent just because there was a downtrend of infections for close to two months,” Leonardia said.
“My dear constituents, as I have earlier pointed out, we are in for a roller-coaster ride as long as this pandemic continues and, therefore, vaccinated or unvaccinated, we should remain strictly compliant with the minimum health protocols — wearing of face mask all the time, and face shield when necessary; avoiding crowded places and staying long in closed venues; observing physical distancing and disinfecting, among others,” he said.
“The recently recorded cases in Bacolod City — although some of our neighbors in the region have higher new infection rates than ours — should serve as an eye-opener. Again, we cannot be complacent,” he added.
Leonardia appealed again for public cooperation, understanding and continued patience in these trying times, especially that the city is still under GCQ-HR status.
As of September 9, Bacolod City had a total of 17, 379 Covid-19 cases. Of the number, 15,850 patients already recovered, 1,121 active cases and 405 deaths.