MAYOR Oscar Moreno said it is up to the public's cooperation in deciding when to lift the community quarantine in Cagayan de Oro.
Moreno said while the Covid-19 health data in the city is improving, he added that the "ball is still with the people" as to the sustainability of the data.
"Wala tay deadline, our executive order is not time-bound, you cannot impose the deadline on the virus. It's the virus that sets the deadline, not us, it is the virus. Importante pildihon ang virus para mawala na siya (It is important to defeat the virus to vanish), then we can then reopen the economy," Moreno said.
"The ball is with us, ayuhon ta lang atong collective approach aning virus, (let us do the proper collective approach on this virus) we will prevail. Dili kami ang makapildi, dili ang hospital, dili ang doctors, ang makapildi ang katawhan ra gyud. How? Pagpuyo sa balay, maghugas sa kamot (Stay at home and wash your hands)," he added.
Moreno said the City Government is intensifying its surveillance program in the communities to ensure that there is no local transmission of the new coronavirus.
On March 19, the mayor placed Cagayan de Oro City under community quarantine as a preventive measure against the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
More than a month since the declaration, the city only had one Covid-19 positive patient but already recovered.
"Only the people can deliver the winning shot, kaluoy sa Ginoo, the score looks good for us, dili ta kumpyansa (we should not be complacent), hopefully the road to recovery would not be far off for as long as our performance will be sustained. Surveillance should be intensified so we will have a better feel, a good handle of the situation," he said.