The Negros Occidental provincial government will honor 31 local government units and 10 frontline offices for their contributions to the fight against COVID-19 as the 2021 Outstanding Negrense Awardees at the 123rd Cinco de Noviembre rites at the Capitol Social Hall in Bacolod City 6 p.m. Friday, November 5.
To be honored along with the LGUs are the personnel of the Hospital Operations Department, Provincial Health Office, Disaster Management Program Division, Information Communication Technology Division, Mambukal Resort, Police Provincial Office, 303rd Infantry Brigade, Bureau of Fire Protection, Philippine Coast Guard and the Philippine Red Cross in Negros Occidental, Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz.
“These are the agencies, departments, offices that contributed a lot during our fight against COVID-19….These frontliners are considered our heroes for Negros Occidental and their contributions to the health and wellbeing of every Negrense is the reason why they are awardees,” he said.
“It really is a team effort for all of these awardees,” Diaz added.
Cinco de Noviembre is commemorated annually to mark the day Negrenses bluffed the Spaniards to attain freedom.
It has been declared a special-non working holiday in Negros Occidental by virtue of Republic Act 6709 signed by then president Corazon Aquino on February 10, 1989.
A program to mark Cinco de Noviembre led by Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson will also be held following the flag raising ceremony at the Capitol Lagoon and Park at 8 a.m. Friday.*