BACOLOD CITY – Mayor Evelio Leonardia lauded residents in this city for showing unity during the lockdown enforced in the last four Sundays to contain the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
“It’s overwhelming. It’s to the credit of the people of Bacolod. It shows their cooperation and discipline,” Leonardia said in an interview on Monday.
Lockdown Sundays is when life in the city stood still for a day, as families stay home, and streets and public spaces are empty.
He said that such act is commendable considering that in some places in other countries, people would hold rallies to protest a lockdown.
He added that a collective bid to stop for at least 24 hours the possible spread of the virus is very important for Bacolod, the biggest city in Western Visayas with a population of almost 614,000.
“The unity we have to pull off during lockdown Sundays in our city has been affirmed and validated for the fourth time when we all stayed home and emptied our public spaces. At the very least, with this measure, we can say that the global foe that is Covid-19 stands still for 24 hours. One cannot underestimate the importance of that, when the virus cannot move for a long time,” he added.
Leonardia said population density is a factor in the transmission of Covid-19, citing a survey of the League of Cities of the Philippines Secretariat showing that 70 to 80 percent of the positive cases are reported in the cities.
Since Bacolod is a big city, there is a greater chance of transmission when people gather and implementing a lockdown is a “big thing” in its battle against Covid-19, he added.
“This means we have it in us to unite to ultimately defeat this virus. We move forward confident that we do so with arms locked to each other and hearts united towards a safe and healthy Bacolod,” he said.
Bacolod, which is set to end its enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) on May 15, is seeking the approval of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) in shifting to a general community quarantine (GCQ).
So far, the city has 11 positive cases of Covid-19, including three deaths. (IA/PNA)