Pasig steps up a month after SOCA
Updated: Aug 2, 2020
By Kirsten Arlan Uy
The first implementer of Universal Healthcare Law, helping the barangays by rehabilitating their health centers, allotting more budget in Covid-19 responses, among others were the few things that was proudly mentioned by the Sotto administration in the State of the City Address last July 2.
One month after, we have witnessed four streets go under localized enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), Ventura Compound go back to being in lockdown, the infamous Lander’s supermarket close down for a quarantine violation, and a part of the Pasig City Hall in a two-week lockdown. All in the efforts of Mayor Vico Sotto to strictly monitor the progression of the virus in Pasig City.
On a Facebook live by Sotto last July 24, he discussed the city’s plan to revive the local economy. The administration has recently launched the Tulong at Pampuhunang Ayuda sa Taga-Pasig (TAPAT) program which aims to provide 5,000 to 10,000-peso loans to small businesses and budding entrepreneurs in the city. It is also geared towards encouraging the Pasiguenos to venture into business, especially those who were laid off in the middle of the pandemic.
Sotto also announced the recruitment that is currently happening for the City Epidemiology and Surveillance Units (CESU), “We are hiring right now. We are accepting applications for the healthcare staff who could fit in contact tracing, preferably Pasig residents. We are also accepting applicants from other places because we need more workforces for contact tracing," Sotto stated.
Pasig City has also started accepting walk-in patients who are showing symptoms and mentioned that there are 42 health centres who are welcoming walk-ins.
With the uncertainty of Covid-19 being rampant, Sotto urges the public to cooperate with guidelines, and understand once certain areas or business establishments are placed under lockdown. "Let's all do our part to save as many lives as we possibly can and the local government unit will always do its part. Let's all do our part to make sure that this fight ends as soon as possible and we will win against Covid-19," the Mayor said.