As city marks its 20th founding anniversary

TACLOBAN CITY- Mayor Nacional Mercado of Maasin City has called for unity against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as the city marked its 20th cityhood anniversary on Monday (August 10).
Following this year’s theme “Panaghiusa panahon sa pandemya,” Mercado appealed for everyone’s support and prayer for the city to surpass the challenges posed by the dreaded virus.
Maasin City has 20 confirmed COVID-19 cases.
“Due to the present situation on COVID-19 in our province and city, once again we are asking for all your understanding and cooperation to strictly follow basic and mandatory health protocols for us to be able to stop the chain of transmission. We cannot win if we cannot work together in fighting against this virus,” the mayor said.
Meanwhile, Mercado thanked the different groups and individuals who continue to extend donations to the city’s COVID-19 response.
The mayor lauded Floi Dolauta of Rotaract Maasin City Chapter for their move to distribute alcohol, vitamins, and pulse oximeter to the three health units in the city.
“In times like this, no amount is too big or small. Every donation counts,” Mercado said in a statement.
He also thanked Maasin Community Multi-Purpose Cooperative (MCCI) board members led by the Chairman of the Board Arnulfo Abiñon and its manager Alberto Gaviola for their “Feed a Returnee and Frontliner Program” from August 5 to 11.
With over 85,000 population in its 70 barangays, Maasin became a component city of Southern Leyte on August 10, 2000 by virtue of Republic Act 8796.
Under the leadership of Mercado, the fourth-class city successfully passed in the prestigious 2019 Good Financial Housekeeping from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).