ILOILO CITY, May 28 (PIA6) - - The Iloilo City government is aiming to produce around 200,000 cloth masks as part of its safety and precautionary measures for residents against the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID 19).
"We are targeting to produce a total of 200,000 cloth masks which will be given out to the different barangays just to make sure that everyone will have mask as we start to slowly open up the economy," said Mayor Jerry Trenas.
In an interview on MugStoria Ta! program of the Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (OPAV) hosted by Assistant Secretary Jonji Y. Gonzales, Trenas said that they have embarked on an art sale project where the proceeds go to the seamstresses who sew the cloth masks.
Trenas shared in a post on the Iloilo City Government official page on May 20 that more than P1 million was already collected through sales of paintings of Ilonggo artists who supported the fund raising project.
To make sure that wearing of masks is complied with in this city, the city mayor has created and institutionalized the Iloilo City Compliance Monitoring Team through Executive No. 76 s. 2020.
"At the moment part of our personnel, a total of about 200 plus of them, mostly job hires, have been commissioned to act as compliance officers for first, social distancing, second, the use of face mask and availability of alcohol and sanitizers in all the business establishments that will be opened," said Trenas.
The compliance officers were also tasked to implement the ordinances relative to the prevention of the spread or local transmission of COVID-19 and issue citation tickets to those who violated these ordinances.
Trenas said the initiative will be formally launched this Friday, May 29, in this city.
He also shared during the interview the other significant efforts launched by the city government in fighting the COVID 19 pandemic such as the Uswag Kitchen Patrol, Community Kitchen in barangays, conduct of PCR and RAPID tests, and preparations are ongoing for the building of a complex that will include a laboratory for COVID tests and isolation quarantine center.
Trenas emphasized that while this city moves forward to slowly opening its economy after months of strict quarantine measures, public safety is still of utmost importance.
"We have to make sure that the economy moves forward because if we go on at this state then there will be businesses that will close down and work will no longer be available to most of our constituents, it will cause a problem. While we move forward, we want to believe that we have to make sure that our people are still safe," said Trenas. (JSC/laf/PIA6-Iloilo)