Dagupan acts fast versus COVID 19

April 22, 2020 at 8:18 am Leave a comment


DAGUPAN CITY – When the World Health Organization officially declared COVID 19 as a pandemic, the first action that Mayor Brian Lim did was to cancel the much-anticipated Bangus Festival in the city.

“The people’s health and lives must be prioritized,” he said.

Lim went on a 14-day self-imposed quarantine when he arrived on March 13 from the United States for an official business, but behind the scene, he organized and equipped the city departments for the battle against the unseen enemy.

Daily, fire trucks disinfect and sanitize government buildings, streets, markets, schools, and other areas. The city government also set up disinfection tents at the Malimgas Market, Makong Market, and Region 1 Medical Center (RIMC).

The city government “beat” the national government by two days in requiring the wearing of mask for all vendors and customers in all private and public markets.

Food is a top priority for the city government which promptly established satellite wet markets in the villages and bring three trucks called rolling stores (for grocery items) on scheduled days, making it easier for the residents to buy their daily essential needs.  Grocery store owners were encouraged to bring their goods to the villages.

“Hot meals on wheels” goes around the villages to bring cooked food to the residents.

No one was left in the distribution of relief packs, not even the detainees and the wardens of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology.  This is because their families could not visit and bring them their needs during the “lockdown.”

A report showed that more than 50,000 relief packs have been distributed in all 31 villages, and the second round of relief packs would be distributed starting April 13. This is aside from the relief goods distributed by the barangay councils using their quick response funds.

Business owners and private persons heeded Lim’s call for help called “bayanihan drive.”

This has led to all kinds of donations, highlighted by sizeable donations from the Guanzon Group of Companies, James Dy, Chinese-Dagupeño Community, Star Plaza, Arzadon Family, Pangasinan Fourth Representative Christopher De Venecia, Secretary  Raul Lambino, and the Magic Group of Companies.

All donations in kind are logged and distributed while all cash donations are deposited into the city’s coffers complete with acknowledgment receipts.  The donations are also posted in the social media account of the city government.

Despite all the plans to stop COVID 19 on its tracks, six residents, including two medical doctors, contracted the corona virus, while three patients under investigation has died.

Lim has extended the Extreme Enhanced Community Quarantine Order to spread the virus further.

“We try to do our jobs as best as we can, humbly and quietly, trabaho hindi litrato.  We may not be perfect, but we will always try to be better.  Kung sama-sama, kayang kaya.  Dagupan will heal as one, for as long as we always keep in mind that our city is our shared responsibility.  May God bless Dagupan!” Lim said.

Entry filed under: News.

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