Mayor Richard Gomez speaks out, lambasts national government agencies' for bungled "Balik Probinsiya" program

Mayor Richard Gomez speaks out, lambasts national government agencies' for bungled "Balik Probinsiya" program

- Mayor Richard Gomez took to Facebook to express his anger and frustration over the handling of returning residents

- Goma said that they received a text message about three planes arriving in Tacloban and there was an instruction that they would have to receive them

- The Ormoc mayor said that they have kept their city COVID free for more than 70 days because they imposed strict controls of the border

- The mayor then said out of exasperation, "It only takes one infected person to get to our city to infect a hundred innocent people because of carelessness from the national government agencies"

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Mayor Richard Gomez was not able to contain his anger and frustration at the national government agencies, after the latter sent a text message, informing them that there are three planes arriving and that the city has to accept them.

Gomez was not at all happy and took to Facebook to express what he felt about it.

He addressed three government agencies, the DILG, NHA, and OWWA.

He asked them about the protocols that they were formulating and asked what happened to the protocols that the national government tells them to do, and yet they themselves are not doing the right thing.

Without mincing words, the mayor addressed them. Here's the full post:

"DILG, NHA, OWWA, what happened to all the protocols that you guys are trying to formulate for returning residents?!!!
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.
We have kept our city Covid-free for more than 70 days because of strict border controls and the 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?!
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?!
It only takes one infected person to get to our city to infect a hundred innocent people because of carelessness from the national government agencies.
Where is the National Task Force Covid Shield and the IATF in all of these?!!!

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In a previous KAMI report, Richard Gomez explained why Ormoc City has remained COVID-free, citing strategies implemented to keep the virus out.

Richard Gomez is a Filipino politician, former actor and husband of Lucy Torres. The couple has one daughter — Julianna Gomez.

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Source: Kami.com.ph

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