Kamakailan lang ay naging viral sa social media ang tungkol sa naging pahayag ni Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez na kung saan pinatamaan nito ang naging desisyon ng national government tungkol sa Balik Probinsya Program.
Sa facebook post ng alkalde hindi niya maalis ang kanyang pagkadismaya matapos siyang sabihan na hindi umano dapat gawin ang health protocols sa mga beneficiaries ng ‘Balik Probinsiya program’.
“DILG, NHA, OWWA, what happened to all the protocols that you guys are trying to formulate for returning residents?!!!” saad pa ng alkalde.
“I just would like to share what is happening right now about this Balik Probinsya program. This morning the DILG regional office and OWWA texted, “texted”, us informing us that there are 3 planes arriving in Tacloban and telling us to receive them without following COVID protocols, undocumented and untested,” dagdag pa nito.
Sinabi rin nito na ginagawa nila ang lahat sa Ormoc City para lamang maging COVID-free, at nakakadismaya umano dahil mababaliwala ang lahat ng kanilang ginawa.
“We have kept our city Covid-free for more than 70 days bec of strict border controls and implementation of health protocols. Then here comes a TEXT from the National government agencies telling us that there are repatriates coming in our city and telling us to accept them?” saad pa ng alkalde na si Richard Gomez.
“What happened to all the protocols that we’ve been working on? What happened their protocols that they have been telling us to do if they themselves are not doing the right thing?!” dagdag pa nito.
Kaya naman hindi nag atubili si Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte na paalalahan ang alkalde at nanawagan na respetuhin nalang ang karapatan ngg mga OFW na gustong umuwi sa kanilang probinsiya.
“I do not have a quarrel with Richard Gomez. He was the one who said that he’s not going to accept anybody from entering, or for that matter, leaving the place,” saad pa ni Pangulong Duterte.
“Okay man lang ‘yan. It’s part of maybe the vigilance that a person nurtures in his heart of how to do it. But you know there are also constitutional issues involved and those are sacred ones” dagdag pa nito.
Sinabi rin ng Pangulo na wala umanong rason kung bakit hindi sila tanggapin ng kanilang mga probinsiyano, nangako rin ang Pangulo na sasagutin ang gastusin kung mayroon man nag positibo sa mga Balik probinsiya beneficiaries.
“And for those who are not really pronounced to be infected positive, there’s no reason why you should not accept them especially those who are returning to their homes from doing work abroad,”
“Kawawa naman kasi. So ‘yung constitutional right, there’s no — there’s no really a reason why you should not accept them with open arms. I think this has been understood by everybody. And — unless, well for one, if you are positive, you can stay with the place where government has to provide for the hospitalization,” dagdag pa ng Pangulo.
“That is really an order of the national government to the local governments. Help, do not deny, and you must expedite the hospitalization until he is cured. No problem about payment. I will pay. Just bill me and I will pay,” saad pa nito.