Community awareness and proper coordination with government agencies count most in a hard campaign against the threat of corona virus. This was disclosed over the weekend by barangay captain Marvin dela Cruz of Mulawin, Orani. Barangay Mulawin is recipient of numerous awards and citations from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) for good performance and implementation of best practices in local governance. Dela Cruz said an incoming overseas Filipino worker (OFW) or a newcomer in a village has to follow all health protocols after proper coordination with LGUs where he or she came from.
“Of course, the local residents should also be aware of the “new arrival” in their locality and therefore are obliged to report this to the barangay officials,” he explained. The barangay chairman known for his being outspoken and for his straightforward manner, said the Barangay Health Emergency Response Team (BHERT) plays an important role in this period of pandemic. “Even before the advent of Covid-19, the BHERT has been actively performing its important task in our Barangay,” Dela Cruz proudly declares. As to the inept and irresponsible officials in his own village, Dela Cruz related how he recommended the sacking of a government personnel for failure to act promptly on an extremely important task in the community. “We just do our job here, no matter who gets hurt, trabaho lang kami dito” the Mulawin kap said.