Covid resurges in Cotabato City; Mayor appeals for cooperation

By AMIR HUSSEIN ABBAS

Cotabato City Mayor Frances Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi

COTABATO CITY

City Mayor Frances Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi has appealed for cooperation among Cotabateños amid the rising number of Covid-19 cases here.

In a video post on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, the city mayor said,” For the information of my fellow Cotabateños, the number of COVID-19 cases in Cotabato City has once again increased.”

Guiani-Sayadi, a lawyer, said it was in October last year when the city had recorded the highest number of COVID-19 positive cases. “Since then, the number slowly declined until we have reached the lowest in February of this year.”

 “We thought we were already doing fine, considering that we had days when the city recorded zero cases. And then on the latter part of March, the cases once again spiked,” she added.

Cotabato City has recorded in April a total of one hundred fifteen cases just after having already started their vaccination process.

“It is also a major concern that more and more cases are being recorded everyday ever since we started lifting our No Movement Sunday,” the lady mayor said.

She emphasized, “Mula noong tumaas ang bilang ng mga nag-popositibo sa NCR plus, naghigpit na din tayo sa lahat ng mga byaherong mula sa Manila at pababa ng Awang Airport.

“Ito ay upang maiwasan na makapasok sa atin ang mga bagong variant ng COVID dahil ang mga ito ay higit na malubha ang epekto sa ating katawan.

“Pero sa kabila nito, tumaas pa din ang mga kaso natin dito sa Cotabato City.”

Guiani-Sayadi said this only mean one thing. “People carrying virus to Cotabato City just came from nearby areas.”

“Ang iba dito ay taga-dito na din mismo sa atin na kung saan saang lugar nakaka-punta at kung sino sino ang nakaka-salamuha. Marahil dahil nga MGCQ na tayo, nabawasan na din ang pag-iingat na ating ginagawa. Kung saan saan na tayo namamasyal. Kung kani-kaninong birthday, kasal, at ano pang okasyon na ang ating pinupuntahan,” she stressed.

Guiani-Sayadi said, “Napupuno na din ang ating mga restaurant at mga mall dahil araw araw na din tayong lumalabas.

“Pero alam niyo ba na dahil sa ginagawa nating ito ay napuno na naman ang ating hospital ng mga pasyenteng may COVID-19?

“Alam niyo ba na nagkaka-ubosan na ng oxygen tank ang ating mga pagamutan dahil sa laki ng demand mula sa mga biktima ng COVID-19 na higit na malubha ang kalagayan?

“Alam niyo ba na halos linggo linggo ay may namamatay dito sa Cotabato City dahil sa COVID?

“Kaya po sa gitna nito, ako ay muling umaapela sa aking mga kapwa Cotabatenio na huwag tayong mag-kumpyansa.

NO MOVEMENT SUNDAY REIMPOSED

Because of the rising cases in the city, its City Inter-Agency Task Force on COVID-19 has decided on the re-implementation of the NO MOVEMENT SUNDAY starting on May 9.

Guiani Sayadi enjoined residents to refrain from out-of-town trips, weekend getaway for these maybe from where the virus are came from.

She said all establishments, offices, churches, terminals, markets, and other places frequented by people on a daily basis, will now be required to scan the digital IDs in their entrance and exit ways.

Strict border control is also imposed. “Kailangan ay maipakita ng lahat ng mga papasok sa Cotabato City ang kanilang mga digital ID upang ma-scan sa ating mga checkpoint, kabilang na dito ang mga APOR, government officials and employees, at iba pang mga VIP.”

Just like the mandatory wearing of face masks and face shields in public places, the implementation of the No Movement Sunday and the use of the Digital ID System is already a city ordinance and violation of these rules may cause one to pay the penalties.

“In line with this, I would like to appeal to the officials of our neighboring provinces na kung maaari ay sumunod po sa mga patakaran ng Cotabato City,” she said. “Kahit po ang inyong mga convoy ay kailangang dumaan sa aming QR code scanning.”

The lady mayor said: “I would also like to appeal further that our neighboring towns and provinces be strict in implementing the minimum health standards.

“The wearing of face masks and face shields is a practice in the whole country, sumunod naman po sana ang lahat ng ating mga kababayan sa simpleng patakaran na ito.

“Let us all remember that the COVID-19 virus does not choose who to infect.

“Walang APOR, walang pulitiko, walang doctor, walang pulis, walang sundalo, walang mayaman, at walang mahirap para sa COVID.

“Huwag po nating hintayin na lalo pang lumala ang ating sitwasyon sa Cotabato City at maging sa ating mga karatig lugar bago pa tayo mamulat sa mapait na katotohanang dulot ng COVID-19 virus.

“Again, I am asking for the cooperation and support of everyone. Let us all take responsibility in our continued fight against COVID-19,” she emphasized.

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