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Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso addressed the employees of his government unit Tuesday (January 11), saying that city hall services must continue despite the surge in COVID-19 cases.
“Tuloy-tuloy lang tayo, walang titigil, walang tulugan, this is the price we have to pay in public service – dahil wala namang ibang aasahan ang ating mga kababayan (We must continue, we will not stop, we will not rest, this is the price we have to pay in public service – because the people have no one else to rely on),” he said.
Manila currently has 1,760 active cases as of January 10, 510 of which are newly documented.
Moreno said that the city will do everything in its capacity to serve the public regardless of social status.
“Gagawin natin na manatiling mailigtas ang bawat tao. Mayaman, middle class, mahirap, lahat ng tao pantay-pantay. Pipilitin nating yakapin sila at ang layunin natin ngayong mga panahong ito dala ng surge ng Omicron ay mabuhay ang tao. Ang bawat buhay ay mahalaga (We will do everything to save every person. The wealthy, middle class, poor, all people are equal. We will embrace them and our goal for them to survive during the surge of the Omicron variant. Every single life is important),” the mayor said.
The mayor emphasized the need for cooperation, especially that some of the employees cannot go to work due to the virus.
“Life must go on. We must serve. Inaasahan tayo ng taongbayan (The people depend on us),” he said. “Bagamat nahihirapan kayo sa kanya-kanyang ahensya dahil marami sa ating hindi pumapasok at hindi natin pinapapasok, ang hinihingi ko lang na talagang dapat magtulung-tulungan tayo (Although many of you are having a hard time in each agency because many of us cannot go to work, all I ask for is for us to help each other).”
“Gusto ko ligtas kayo, gusto ko may trabaho kayo, gusto kong makapag-lingkod tayo sa ating mga kababayaban (I want you all to be safe. I want you all to have jobs. I want all of us to serve our countrymen).”
Mark Ernest Famatigan is a news writer who focuses on Philippine politics. He is an advocate for press freedom and regularly follows developments in the Philippine economy. The views expressed are his own.
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