BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA
Personnel of the Talisay City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO) are under isolation while the offices of the Bureau of Internal Revenue in Bacolod City were temporarily closed for disinfection.
Talisay Mayor Neil Lizares said that even before the pandemic, the CDRRMO has played a vital role in attending to emergency cases in the city.
“Our CDRRMO personnel are also part of our valuable frontliners during this Covid-19 pandemic. They are exposed to the virus every day as they continue to cater to emergency situations, transport our constituents to dialysis centers, and many more,” he said.
Despite observing the strictest of health protocols, the CDRRMO personnel are still vulnerable to the virus given the nature of their work.
He said more than half of the CDRRMO personnel are showing symptoms. “They are currently in strict isolation as they await the schedule for their swab testing,” Lizares said.
“In order to protect our constituents, the CDRRMO will only cater to emergency cases in the meantime. We know that our dialysis patients are also immunocompromised and we would like to protect them as much as we could,” he said.
He advised the families of dialysis patients that, for now, the CDRRMO will not be able to transport their patients to dialysis centers. “We cannot risk our dialysis patients and expose them to the virus,” the mayor added.
He assured his constituents that CDRRMO will continue to accommodate emergency cases, and he urged everyone to pray for the frontliners.
The Talisay City government will also implement a “No Movement Sunday” on September 27, as its public market will be closed for disinfection and public transportation will be suspended.
Other business establishments will remain open, and Talisaynons are requested to remain in their homes on Sunday.
As of September 21, Talisay City has 382 confirmed Covid cases, 215 recoveries, and 13 deaths.
Meanwhile, the BIR Regional Office 12 and Revenue District Office No. 77 in Bacolod will be closed starting today until Friday for thorough disinfection, Antonio Jaminola, BIR regional director, said.
He said they will resume operations on September 28.*