Feliciano, wife named as Cebu City's 'first adopted couple'

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THE Cebu City Council has passed a resolution declaring Retired Major General Melquiades Feliciano and his wife, Mia, as the first adopted couple of Cebu City.

The move came as the City Council recognized the couple's "relentless and tireless oversight and assistance" in the city's fight against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

"Despite not being a full-blooded Cebuanos, they have greatly contributed in improving the way of life of the people of Cebu City despite this pandemic," read the resolution signed by Councilors Joel Garganera and Franklyn Ong.

Feliciano was appointed by the Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases in June as the Covid-19 chief implementer for the Visayas. He was tasked to oversee the Covid-19 emergency response in Cebu City.

He then set up the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and together with his wife, a certified nurse, led the Covid-19 emergency response operations that led to a decrease in the number of Covid-19 cases in the city.

Cebu City, in June this year, saw a spike in Covid-19 cases that it was considered then as the "epicenter" of coronavirus infections. In June alone, the city had a total of over 5,000 active cases, while the number of those who died was at 397.

This prompted the government to send a team from Manila to help address the situation.

The Felicianos facilitated and provided assistance for the EOC to reach out to different stakeholders, such as the hospitals, testing facilities, barangays, regional agencies and private establishments "in order to implement a multi-faceted approach in the emergency response in Cebu City.

"Spouses Feliciano have worked day and night, without any weekends nor holidays, in order to provide the most immediate needs and in establishing an improved system for the City's Covid-19 response," said the City Council.

"Due to their relentless and tireless efforts, together with all the volunteers and cluster heads at the EOC, the City have been maintaining a positivity rate of less than five percent, which is within the safety threshold as per the World Health Organization," it added.

Mia, in a Facebook post Thursday, November 19, thanked Cebu City for the recognition.

"Thank you God for the privilege to serve. Thank you Cebu City for this recognition. And thank you to our Cebu City EOC Family," she said.

Last November 2, Bacolod City also declared the Felicianos as its first adopted couple. (LMY)

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