The Department of Interior and Local Government has chosen Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo as Regional Ambassador of Central Visayas for the “Bida ang may Disiplina: Solusyon sa COVID-19” campaign.
The joint campaign is the merging of the DILG-led “Disiplina Muna national campaign advocacy and the DOH-led “BIDA Solusyon sa COVID-19.” It promotes discipline among citizens in practicing the following behaviors simplified in the BIDA acronym:
B-Bawal walang mask at face shield;
I-Isanitze ang mga kamay; iwas-hawak sa mga bagay
D- Dumistansya ng isang metro at
A -Alamin ang totoong impormasyon
Mayor Remollo will lead the campaign and advocacy to “promote discipline as the new normal to prevent contracting or spreading COVID-19.”
The new normal practices requiring discipline to be part of people’s habit and lifestyle adopting the minimum health safety standards prescribed by the World Health Organization such as: frequent handwashing; cough etiquette; avoiding touching one’s face; observance of at least one-meter physical distancing in public; regular disinfecting of frequently touched objects and surfaces; isolating oneself from others if feeling unwell and seeking care if needed; avoiding confined and closed spaces with poor ventilation; avoiding crowded places; and avoiding close contact setting, especially where people have close-range conversations and use of face masks.
With the upsurge of COVID cases, Mayor Remollo has been strongly advocating for people to observe minimum health protocols and has activated the Quarantine Control Points across the City to enhance the monitoring and implementation of the restrictions and health standards. The Philippine National Police and other law enforcers have been apprehending those who are not using face masks and curfew violators.
Being the component city and the center for trade and commerce, Dumaguete City could not enforce a lockdown unless approved by higher authorities.