PRESIDENTIAL spokesperson Harry Roque on Monday commended local officials and residents of Northern Mindanao in general for continuing to run the economy and not panicking in spite of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Roque made the statement when he conducted his daily press briefing in Cagayan de Oro City on that day.
In particular, Roque praised the efforts of Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno, Misamis Oriental Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano and Iligan City Mayor Celso Regencia for acting on appropriate measures against the coronavirus despite the increasing number of cases here.
“If only the people of the Philippines can see Northern Mindanao, tapang na ipinagpatuloy nila ang kanilang hanapbuhay. Iyan po ang nakita ko ditto sa Misor at CDO (referring to Misamis Oriental and Cagyaan de Oro City). Ang mga tao rito hinaharap ang pandemya. Nandiyan pa ang pandemya pero sila ay nag-iingat dahil nais pa nilang mag-hanapbuhay. Napakaganda po ang sitwayson dito sa Northern Mindanao,” Roque said.
“Ngayon po kinakailangan na nating buksan unting-unti ang ekonomiya kaya ang panawagan natin, ingat buhay para sa hanapbuhay,” he added.
For his part, Moreno said the implementation of minimum public health standards is very important as well as the intervnetions of the local government units. The city government here has provided four RT-PCRs to the Department of Health (DOH) that can be used starting October 2020. “Testing in the region is now leveling up. Hopefully by October, we can also serve Caraga and BARMM,” he said.
Meanwhile, Emano attributed the relatively low number of local COVID-19 transmissions in the province to the early declaration of the state of calamity here. As of presstime, Misamis Oriental has only 306 cases.
Lastly, Regencia reported that Iligan City was able to decrease its active cases from 182 to 151 in two weeks due to the implementation of a modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) there.
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