SEVERAL local government leaders in Cebu showed support to Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Secretary Michael Lloyd Dino.
This, after there were calls for him to resign from his post for his alleged failure to properly manage the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) crisis in the region.
Despite the criticisms hurled at Dino, several Cebuano politicians still rallied behind him.
One of them was Cebu City Councilor Raymond Alvin Garcia, who said the Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (Opav) headed by Dino had benefited Cebu.
Garcia enumerated the projects of Dino’s office. The Opav, he said, helped in facilitating the procurement of 30,000 reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction test kits at the cheapest price, Cebu’s own testing laboratory at Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center, the Bayanihan Centers for asymptomatic Covid-19 patients and for setting up of the Malasakit Centers in the entire Visayas.
“Our troubles are mainly because of the virus and collective shortcomings as a community. It is not because of one person. The easing of restrictions contributed to the recent rise in our cases, just like the rest of the world,” said Garcia.
“The whole world is suffering. People should stop blaming and start working together,” he added.
For his part, Cebu’s fifth district Congressman Duke Frasco said Dino has his full trust and confidence.
“He has always extended a helping hand not only to us in Cebu but to the rest of the Visayas,” he said.
Dino has also the support of Frasco’s wife Liloan Municipal Mayor Ma. Esperanza Christina C. Frasco.
“In Liloan’s times of need, Sec. Mike has always been there to help. He goes out of his way to help. That is how I and many Mayors in Cebu know him,” she said.
Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes said he also supports Dino, knowing the latter personally and what he had done for the good of Mandaue City.
“Now is not the time to bicker among ourselves. We only have one common enemy... and Covid-19 ang atoang hiniusang kontra, dili ang usag usa (is our sole enemy, not each of us),” he said.
For 20 years that Dino and Cebu’s sixth district Congresswoman Emmarie Ouano-Dizon has known each other, Dizon said that Dino only has the public’s best interest at his heart.
She admired him for his efforts for the betterment of Cebu, particularly in the sixth district.
“Covid-19 is a formidable enemy, It will take all our combined efforts to defeat it. The criticism can come late. But first, let us work on a solution together,” said Dizon. (KFD)