OPAV honors 29 partners in fight vs. COVID

The Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (OPAV) recognized the 29 partners from private and public sectors in Bacolod City in the fight against the coronavirus disease.

Leading the rites was Secretary Lloyd Michael Dino at the Seda Hotel in Bacolod City on Thursday, October 29. He was joined by Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia, Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz II and Board Member Ryan Gamboa, both representing the provincial government.

The partners were recognized for their immense contribution to the goal of OPAV to bring down cases in Bacolod, Negros Occidental, and Western Visayas.

Those who received the plaques of recognition were Melquiades Feliciano, chief implementer of the Inter-Agency Task Force-Visayas, and his wife Mia; Richard Osmeña, regional director of Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board-6; Dr. Marlyn Convocar, regional director of Department of Health-6; Jose Roberto Nuñez, regional director of Office of Civil Defense-6; Dr. Jaime Bernadas, regional director of DOH-Central Visayas.

Also recognized were Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong, Tapaz town Mayor Roberto Palomar, Cebu City Councilor Joel Garganera, Dr. Gerardo Aquino, Dr. Mary Jean Loreche, Dr. Bryan Albert Lim, Dr. Hector Gayares Jr., Dr. Chris G. Sorongon, Dr. Nico Selibio, Lt. Gen. Roberto Ancan, and Capt. Glen Daraug.

Other partners who were honored were Kenneth Cobonpue, Romulo Galicano, James “Jojo” Ang Jr., Alma “Bing” Juaneza, Kim Wong, Edmun Liu, Jerry Sy, Prince Balaba, Leo Rey Yanson, John Dave Dueñas, Chong Hua Hospital-Cebu, Vallacar Transit Inc., Sacred Heart School Batch ’85, Philippine Coast Guard, Armed Forces of the Philippines Central Command, DOH-Central Visayas, Philippine Information Agency, and Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center.

Feliciano said in his message that Dino has been very instrumental in containing COVID in the Visayas.

He also added that the situation in Bacolod is now stable.

Bacolod is now down to less than 30 cases a day, from almost 200 cases daily in September.

The Bacolod Emergency Operations Center is the second EOC institutionalized in the Visayas. The first one was in Cebu City.

Dino said the formula to bring cases down in Cebu is now being implemented in Bacolod.*

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