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Archbishop Urges Tacloban Residents To Get COVID-19 Vaccine

“Of course, we believe in God but God said that we help you but you have to help yourself also. Don’t say that God will take care of me. If you are exposing yourself to danger and you are not careful, the Lord will say that you are careless,”

Due to the rising cases of COVID-19 in Tacloban, an Archbishop has urged the public to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Archbishop John Du of Palo, Leyte urged the public to get inoculated in order to fight the virus and put an end to the pandemic. The prelate said that he has completed his second dose with the help of Tacloban Mayor Alfred Romualdez.

“Don’t be afraid to get the vaccine. I am done with my second dose. Thanks to the city government and to Mayor Romualdez,” he said during his homily in the Pontifical Mass for the city’s 132nd annual fiesta at the Sto. Niño Church on Wednesday, June 30. (Read: DOH: Minors Aged 16 to 17 With Comorbidity Can Get Vaccine)

“Of course, we believe in God but God said that we help you but you have to help yourself also. Don’t say that God will take care of me. If you are exposing yourself to danger and you are not careful, the Lord will say that you are careless,” he added.

Du particularly directed his message to medical workers and frontliners, those with existing illnesses, and seniors. He encouraged them to cooperate and get the vaccines.

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Photo from Tacloban City Government Facebook

COVID-19 Surge

Tacloban City has been experiencing a surge in COVID-19 for the past few weeks, with 3,851 cases recorded yesterday as per the data of the Department of Health (DOH).

Mayor Romualdez has repeatedly called on Taclobanons to follow the minimum health protocols in order to curb the spread of the virus. He insisted that no form of quarantine could help slow down the infection if the public is not following the health and safety protocols imposed by the DOH. (Read: Common COVID-19 Vaccine Fake News And Myths–Debunked!)

Last month, the city has cancelled all public in-person assemblies in the city.

“As a precautionary measure and in anticipation of any development that may arise and in accordance with inter-agency task force regulations and relevant issuances, all public in-person assemblies such as school graduation ceremonies, concerts, sporting events, and other similar gatherings are prohibited until further notice. All previously issued permits to hold such events are hereby withdrawn,” Romualdez said.

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The merged celebration of the Pintados Festival and Kasadyaan Festival in Tacloban City based on the body-painting traditions of the ancient tattooed “pintados” warriors. Dancers paint their bodies in patterns that resemble armor to represent past warriors. The festival, officially called Leyte Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival and also known as the “Festival of Festivals,” is held annually on June 29, the day of the Feast of the Señor Santo Niño de Leyte. (Photo from Love Pilipinas blog)

Fiesta protocol

Moreover, Mayor Romualdez urged officials to strictly impose movement restrictions for the annual fiesta celebration. Villages in the city are asked to impose fines for those who will accept guests from outside their village. The amount varies in each village but most areas imposed a P2,000 fine to violators. (Read: 3 Things to Do After Getting Your COVID-19 Vaccine)

“There would be no lockdown in the city, but we have already canceled all traditional activities related to the fiesta celebrations to discourage large gatherings. We want to stop the surge of coronavirus disease 2019 cases in the city,” the mayor said in a statement.

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