Mayor Jerry P. Treñas urged Ilonggos to stop discriminating against health workers as they are frontliners in the fight against Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
In his official Facebook page, Treñas posted that he received reports that the health workers are being evicted in boarding houses and denied in public transport and food establishments.
“I have been receiving messages today that our fellow Ilonggos who are in the medical field are discriminated. Buses reject them, karinderyas won’t sell to them, their landlords evicted them. We should not allow this to happen,” Treñas said.
“Please keep in mind if they cannot eat or sleep well, they cannot go to work. Who will take care of you if you will be infected? Would you also want them to treat you the same?”
Treñas also announced that he will be setting up accommodation for these health workers in the city-run Iloilo City College located along MH Del Pilar Street in Molo district.
“To keep our medical staff safe, and with messages of concerned Ilonggos, I would like to inform the medical staff that we will be setting up Iloilo City College for your accommodations. Please bring beddings and food in the meantime,” he said.
Treñas also urged all Ilonggos to help especially those in the medical field by sponsoring their food and lodging.
“To everyone reading this, let us help each other and be heroes in our own little ways. Let us make our fathers and forefathers proud. You can sponsor a medical staff for food and lodging. Any help will go a long way. Mag binuligay lang kita kay kung mag binuligay kita, malampasan ni naton tanan,” he concluded.