- Richard Gomez has been receiving praise online for successfully keeping his city free from COVID-19 so far
- The mayor recently opened up about the strategy he used to keep the virus out from his city
- He explained that he decided to close their borders as early as March 13, with police officers and soldiers doing their best to be strict about who can enter and exit the city
- According to Gomez, the only ones they allow to enter Ormoc are those who need emergency operations and those who are about to give birth
Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez has been receiving praise online for successfully keeping his city free from COVID-19 so far.
In a video interview with ANC, the mayor opened up about the strategy he used to keep out the virus from his city.
According to Gomez, he decided to close their borders as early as March 13, with police officers and soldiers doing their best to be strict about who can enter and exit the city.
The popular mayor said that the only ones they allow to enter Ormoc are those who need emergency operations and those who are about to give birth.
“We closed our borders very early on. We started closing our border on March 13. It’s been over a month already since the time we closed it. We’ve been very strict in allowing people to enter Ormoc City. I think this infection will not end anytime soon. There’s a very clear indication that we will continue our closing down of border control and our quarantine control in Ormoc City…
“Our neighboring towns have declared already that there are deaths because of COVID. We have five major borders in Ormoc City. In all of those border areas, we’ve been very strict. The PNP and the Philippine Army have been there 24/7 including medical staff, nurses…
"We only allow entry in Ormoc City if people need emergency operations, if they’ll be giving birth. For those patients complaining of respiratory ailments, they need to get a doctor’s clearance from our City Health Office,” Gomez told ANC.
Days ago, Gomez also took to social media to share his prediction that the country’s battle with the COVID-19 pandemic will not be ending soon.
For this reason, he also showed his social media followers a video of how he has been preparing for his predicted long battle with the health crisis.
It turned out that Gomez has prioritized raising chickens and growing his own vegetables so that he would not be relying on going to groceries, markets, and shops to buy food for his family amid the pandemic.
He also shared photos of his quiet life at home with his wife and daughter amid the pandemic.
Richard Gomez is a Filipino actor and politician. He is now serving as mayor of Ormoc City. Gomez and his wife Lucy Torres has a daughter named Juliana.
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