- Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez got irked over the photos taken at the Rizal Memorial Stadium which shows it was crowded with people for the Hatid Tulong program
- He lamented the lack of social distancing and appealed to President Rodrigo Duterte to address the situation
- Gomez said whoever is the organizer of the program should be held accountable
Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez expressed his frustration over photos of throngs of people camped at the Rizal Memorial Stadium for the government’s Hatid Tulong program.
On Facebook, Gomez wrote an open letter to President Rodrigo Duterte to appeal a more organized action for the displaced people. He said the President needs to see the real situation and how it posed a great risk regarding the possibility of the spread of COVID-19.
Gomez said, “Mr. President, This is the situation right now at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum for the Hatid Tulong program. Just in case no one is showing the real pictures. (the other one with Inquirer was from yesterday’s news).”
He went on to say that the organizer of the Hatid Tulong should be held accountable for the violation of social distancing protocols.
Gomez said, “Who is your person in charge of this program? I am sorry but in my opinion, that person doesn’t know what he is doing in organizing something as big as this. He cannot tell the people to be in an orderly manner. No social distancing for more than 2 days!”
The city mayor said the crowded place will surely pose a risk for public health. He said, “How many of them will be infected with Covid as they head home to their provinces this week because of this arrangement!?”
“Whoever that person heading this program should be fir
ed for insensitivity and no regard for public health,” Gomez ended.
The Hatid Tulong program aims to send home batches of locally stranded individuals, which include those who lost their jobs, in the Metro (LSIs) to their home provinces.