Show of support for Mike Dino

LEADERS in the medical, business and law enforcement sectors expressed their support to Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (Opav) Secretary Michael Dino and other local chief executives in their stance on the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) response in Cebu.

Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) president Felix Taguiam said these are times when Cebuanos should “protect the vulnerable and support the disadvantaged.”

“The CCCI repeats its exhortation for everyone to work together and renews its call for support of our leaders: Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella; Cebu Provincial Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia; Presidential Assistant Michael Dino, our strong partner during much better times and even more now in this crisis; Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, special envoy of President Duterte to Cebu,” Taguiam said in a statement.

He said the CCCI has always been built on the foundation of strong partnerships.

Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Steven Yu said it is “the time when Cebuanos should close ranks to battle an invisible enemy and support leaders who are tasked to help us navigate through the storm.”

“We stand by Secretary Michael Dino and the Opav who, through the years, have worked with the business community of Mandaue by effectively championing our concerns to the national government. Through his dynamic leadership, we have felt the concern of the President to the Cebuanos,” Yu said.

Chester Lim, president of the Philippine Retailers Association Cebu Chapter, said that business owners are at a dilemma ensuring their companies stay afloat and dealing with how best they can serve their customers.

Lim said they are grateful to Opav and Dino who “extended his support to his fellow Cebuanos for his leadership and taking action and serving as a voice to Malacañang.”

Cebu Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce director Rodrigo Go Taneda also praised Dino for his efforts in helping solve Cebu’s current problems.

In the medical sector, Dr. Potenciano “Yong” Larrazabal III, president and chairman of the board of Cebudoc Group, said Dino was instrumental in finding ways for private hospitals to find credible suppliers in this time of scarcity.

“For CebuDoc Group, he recently helped us transport our nursing staff from OrmocDoc in Leyte and SanCarlosDoc in Negros that will be temporarily assigned in CebuDoc to augment our Covid-19 work force. Also, his team provided us with AC ventilated tents that will serve as our ER extension to cater to clean cases, as our ER is currently occupied with Covid cases already,” Larrazabal said.

“He also immediately helped us push the Department of Health (DOH) and the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine to hasten the accreditation and licensing process of our PCR Molecular Laboratory so it can start serving our fellow Cebuanos as soon as possible,” he added.

Dr. Pureza Oñate, medical director of Perpetual Succour Hospital, said Dino has been working hard in the coronavirus pandemic fight.

“He has apportioned to the different hospitals in the City of Cebu the national government provided (and some were donated from private individuals, and business companies) test kits, masks, PPES (personal protective equipment), medicines and currently he is trying to get the DOH and National Covid Task Force to allot and accredit PCR machines of private hospitals to complement what government institutions could not accommodate,” Oñate said.

Oñate said Dino also asked medical experts in Cebu to advise him regarding pandemic issues.

“He is well informed and well read on this. He is doing his level best amid a good number of critics and wannabes,” she said.

Brig. Gen. Albert Ignatius Ferro, Police Regional Office 7 director, attested to the help provided by Dino to frontliners and said they support him.

“In the most challenging time, we call on unity of all Cebuanos in defeating the true enemy that is destroying the lives of many. Let us cooperate and obey health protocols and abide by the government’s mandate. We can defeat Covid-19 if we listen to the protocols,” he said. (JOB)