SALUTE. Samar Governor Michael Reynolds Tan extended his appreciation to frontliners who continue to report for their works despite of the risks being expose to the coronavirus disease 2019(COVID-19).
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TACLOBAN CITY – Samar Governor Reynolds Michael Tan expressed his appreciation to the frontliners who continue to work despite risking their own lives against the coronavirus disease 2019(COVID-19).
Tan made known of his gratitude to the frontliners during his speech marking the 179th Samar Day celebration last August 11.
Unlike in past celebrations, this year’s provincial founding anniversary was toned down amid the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In his message, Gov. Tan urged Samarnons to be thankful for the hard work that all health workers are doing to keep them safe from the spread of the virus.
“Allow me to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all of our frontliners for their back-breaking hard work and commitment to contain and eliminate the virus whenever it appears in our shores,” he said.
“Today as we celebrate Samar Day, let us also celebrate the heroism of our frontliners. Thank you for your sacrifices that benefit of people in Samar,” the governor added.
As of August 13, Samar province has 324 confirmed COVID-19 cases of which 202 were recovered, 120 are still active cases and two deaths, one each from Tarangan and Calbayog City.
Aside from thanking the frontliners which includes not only health workers but also uniformed personnel, village officials, local government unit officials, and volunteers, Gov. Tan also cited the municipality of Tarangnan as example of what the LGU and its residents should do in the fight against COVID-19.
“My hats off to LGU Tarangnan and the people of the municipality for bravely taking on the initial challenge. Their immediate but well-taught off response led to the containment of the virus,” Tan said.
“The same goes to every LGU that has the same positive cases that are still fighting to keep the virus contain while ensuring the recovery of their patients,” he added.