Salute to the real ones
ICYMI, Pasig city mayor Vico Sotto has (rightfully) been making rounds on social media for his new policies that aim to benefit the city’s healthcare workers and constituents.
Vico’s notable policies include – but not limited to – prioritizing pvblic transport by proposing tricycle services for frontliners (which the gov’t rejected), utilizing drones to disinfect the city, and setting up sanitation tents in pvblic building entrances.
Despite being dubbed as the ‘best gift ever‘ to Pasig, we should remember that Vico isn’t the only government official out there doing his best amidst the crisis, as times like these are when the true leaders really ought to get the credit for doing their duty.
One such example is Cainta mayor Johnielle Keith ‘Kit’ Nieto. Aside from the early fumigation of the city, massive aid drives have also been set by the Cainta gov’t.
Cainta’s municipal workers will also continue to receive full salary amidst the quarantine.
Many people sleeping on Mayor Kit Nieto of Cainta 😪 pic.twitter.com/XqFMI2qLrf
— Marbs (@MarbenPortucela) March 18, 2020
Fumigation sa street/ village namin. Thank you, Mayor Johnielle Nieto ❤️ Kahit papano nalelessen worries namin! Good…
Marikina Mayor Marcelino ‘Marcy‘ Teodoro has also kept the city’s employees in check with actions such as setting up disinfection areas for employees and free shuttle services.
Teodoro has also worked with Manila Health Tek Inc. to potentially set up a Coronavirus testing center with over 3,000 testing kits for early detection just within the city.
LOOK: Marikina City Mayor Marcelino Teodoro shows to the media on Friday the tents that will be used as disinfection areas for their employees before they could proceed to their offices. pic.twitter.com/eCIAaTbWfQ
— The Philippine Star (@PhilippineStar) March 13, 2020
A guy walked from Antipolo to Santolan bec he needed to go to PCSO to get meds for his CHEMO. The post reached Mayor Marcy. They are willing to assist him if he needs it. Kahit HINDI naman siya taga Marikina. pic.twitter.com/j8JRcC43wZ
— Angelica (@chefmaldita) March 17, 2020
Valenzuela City, headed by Mayor Rex Gatchalian, has meanwhile the liberty to provide the city’s 75,000+ families with free grocery vouchers worth PHP500 to PHP700.
Despite Valenzuela unfortunately confirming its first Coronavirus case earlier today, isolation centers had already been set up days prior in order for the city to be prepared.
LOOK: Valenzuela City prepares two central isolation centers in case the city records COVID-19 positive patients. (Twitter/Rex Gatchalian) pic.twitter.com/svKcX3OGXK
— The Philippine Star (@PhilippineStar) March 18, 2020
Although it’s only right to give these officials credit for exceptional work, we ought to remember that what they’re doing should be the rule, not the exception.
However good their intentions are or how fresh their policies might be, this is simply what we should expect from our leaders during a global pandemic/lockdown – innovative ideas and complete transparency over rehashed policies and pointing fingers.
They have the power and platform to do what’s best, and anything less than that is already a disservice to their titles.
After all, it’s in the times of crisis and instability that exposes who the real leaders are – and who they’re really serving.
We deserve nothing less
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