ILOILO CITY, Aug. 5 (PIA) - - League of Municipalities of the Philippines - Iloilo Chapter president and San Enrique mayor Rosario Mediatrix "Trixie" Fernandez appealed to the public to continue supporting and cooperating with the government's efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
She urged them to follow the health and safety protocols to protect themselves and others from the virus as the government is also doing its part to help them.
"The government is doing its part to help you and I hope you will do your part to make our efforts successful and to overcome this crisis. So, we have to work together, we have to support each other so that we could overcome this COVID pandemic that we are facing," said Fernandez during an interview over Laging Handa Network Briefing, Aug. 5, hosted by Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar.
To ensure compliance with health protocols, Fernandez said local government units here have intensified their campaign on the wearing of face mask and observing social distancing.
She said LGUs and the Philippine National Police in the province are working together to implement the health protocols to make people understand the benefits when complying with the directive to prevent the spread of the virus.
Fernandex added that another strategy of LGUs to further increase awareness and compliance with health protocols here is through "recorida."
She said she recorded her appeal for public support and cooperation in the fight against the virus and this is played through a sound system mounted in a vehicle that goes around the villages in the municipality.
"In my case, it is really my voice appealing to the people. Ako talaga nagsasalita over the sound system, umiikot ito sa buong bayan ko, nag-stop stop ito sa mga malalaking sitios," Fernandez said.
She added that their efforts in the fight against COVID-19 are still a struggle but they do their best to make people understand the importance of compliance by following the health protocol.
"I believe they cooperate more and they support more if they understand more," said Fernandez.
As of August 4, the province of Iloilo has recorded 30 new cases of COVID-19 per Department of Health-Center for Health Development 6 Bulletin No. 130. (JSC/laf/PIA6 Iloilo)