By Junex Doronio
LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu — Feeling empathy to the small businessmen who were adversely affected by the pandemic, Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan on Thursday distributed cash assistance to 500 individuals at the local government-run Hoopsdome indoor arena.
The mayor of the highly-urbanized city in Cebu province noted that many small businessmen were forced to close shop as a result of the order from higher authorities to impose strict community quarantine to prevent the spread of the dreaded novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
“Sayod ug nabati nako ang tumang kalisud nga nahiaguman sa kadaghanan. Tungod niana, ania kita sa Hoopsdome kuyog ang 500 ka mga beneficiaries para mag-apod-apod og financial assistance nga P10,000 cash para sa kadtong mga adunay ginagmay nga negosyo nga nasirado atol sa kwarantina (I know and I feel the hardships that many have experienced. Because of this, we are now in Hoopsdome to distribute P10,000 financial assistance to each of the 500 beneficiaries whose small businesses were closed due to the quarantine),” Chan said.
He pointed out that the goal of such financial assistance was to serve as capital in order to restart their small businesses after several months.
Chan said the said program for the Lapu-Lapu City residents was made possible with the coordination and efforts of the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) headed by Annabeth Cuizon.
On Wednesday, December 16, Chan announced that for 17 straight days Lapu-Lapu City has remained Covid-free with zero cases reported by the Department of Health in Region 7 (DOH-7).
Recently, the mayor scolded the contractor of the public Lapu-Lapu City Hospital because of their “snail-paced” construction works.
He said that once the Lapu-Lapu City Hospital is finished, his constituents will no longer have to cross from Mactan island to Cebu City in the island of Cebu to get medical services.
“Magkulit pod kini og bag-ong kasaysayan sa atong syudad kay, kung ugaling mahuman na, mamahimo na kining “SECONDARY HOSPITAL” kay magbutang kita og Intensive Care Unit kon ICU, mas mapadako nato ang Emergency Room kon ER, maka-perform na kita og minor ug major surgeries sa atong mga bag-ong surgey rooms ug uban pa… Kita maoy pinaka-unang ‘government run’ hospital nga mamahimong secondary hospital sa tibuok rehiyon siyete (Once the construction is done, this will be carved as another historical milestone for our city. It will be established as a secondary hospital, with an Intensive Care Unit and a bigger emergency room. Minor and major surgeries will be conducted in new surgery rooms… We will be the first government-run hospital that will become a secondary hospital in the entire Region 7),” Chan said. (AI/MTVN)