By Billy Begas
Instead of early campaigning, Bayan Muna Rep. Eufemia Cullamat said that officials of Davao City should prioritize its pandemic responses amid the continuing high number of new COVID-19 cases in the city.
Cullamat made the statement after Davao City was repeatedly included in the list of cities with the highest number of COVID-19 cases for several weeks.
“Isa itong paalala na dapat ang pagresponde sa pandemya at pagtiyak sa kalusugan ng mamamayan ang prayoridad ng mga namamahala at hindi ang maagang pangangampanya. Hindi simple ang krisis ng pandemya, kaya dapat ito ang inuuna ng mga lokal na pamahalaan,” said Cullamat in a statement.
Cullamat however did not mention if she was referring to Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte who was earlier criticized for leaving her city to go to different places to allegedly forged alliances for her possible presidential bid next year.
OCTA Research showed that from July 13 to 19, Davao City topped the list of high-risk cities, which include Cebu, Bacolod, Iloilo, Makati, Cagayan de Oro, Baguio, General Santos, Laoag, Lapu-Lapu, and Butuan.
The number of recorded COVID-19 cases however lowered to 219 from 226 in the previous week.
From June 7 to July 19, Davao City has the most number of daily new COVID-19 cases.
The number of COVID-19 deaths in Davao City for the same period stands at 2.72%, which is higher than 1.47% recorded in Quezon City, the biggest city in the country by population.
“Malinaw sa pahayag na ito na hindi binigyan ng priority ang usaping pangkalusugan ng populasyon sa Davao,” Cullamat added. “Hahanapin talaga natin kung nasaan ang atensyon ng mga namamahala sa siyudad na yan? Sentrong lungsod ito kaya mahirap sabihing di naabot ng sapat na serbisyo. Isa pa ay siyudad itong pinagmulan ng Pangulo kaya mahirap isiping wala ito sa prayoridad ng paglalagakan ng pondo.”