Netizens couldn’t help but say ‘SANA ALL!’ on the governance of Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez for keeping Ormoc City COVID-19 free.
Mayor Richard revealed during an interview with ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) that one of his decisions was to close its borders very early as the country fights the pandemic.
“It’s been over a month already since the time we closed it. We’ve been very strict in allowing people to enter Ormoc City,” Ormoc City started to be stringent in allowing entry into town on March 13 just before the national government declared a Luzon-wide lockdown.
“I think this infection will not end anytime soon. There’s a very clear indication that we will continue our closing down of border control and our quarantine control in Ormoc City.”
Not just closing down the borders, but the local government even set up its own isolation hospital and has been strict in accepting patients from nearby areas with respiratory diseases.
“Our neighboring towns have declared already that there are deaths because of COVID. We have five major borders in Ormoc City. In all of those border areas, we’ve been very strict. The PNP and the Philippine Army have been there 24/7 including medical staff, nurses.”
Despite the rigor, Mayor Gomez promised that grocery stores in Ormoc City will receive basic supplies unhampered.
Other than this, Ormoc City receive positive responses when netizens praised Mayor Gomez on how not being stingy in giving relief good to his constituents.
On a viral Facebook post, it showed they were able to give one sack of rice per household and it only took him 4 days to give out the relief goods.
“If I opted to repack, I won’t be able to distribute everything on time. Matapos na lang ang ECQ, di pa maaabutan lahat. Giving them one sack of rice at once will save me a lot of time and effort.”
In order to continue this situation in the region, Gomez reiterated that strict adherence to protocols imposed by authorities is necessary for his constituents.
“We cannot see our enemy. It’s a difficult kind of war this time. But what will save us now really is the discipline coming from people. If only people will follow what the authorities are saying – social distancing, stay at home, don’t linger with people – there’s a big chance the infection curve will go down.”
Netizens showered praise on Mayor Richard for his efforts.
Common sense is seeing things as they are; and doing things as they ought to be.🙌 mabuhay ka #richardgomez #philippines pic.twitter.com/pBIbzuDrYX
— Cora chan (@sakura_wildfire) April 25, 2020
What Mayor Richard Gomez to his constituents in Ormoc is very positive. #GoodGovernance
— j.l.a (@AJoey1975) April 24, 2020