DESPITE the rising number of local cases in the city, Cagayan de Oro remains to be the city with the lowest Covid-19 cases recorded among the top 10 most competitive cities in the Philippines, Mayor Oscar Moreno said Friday, October 9.

Cagayan de Oro has been a consistent winner in the top 10 list of most competitive cities for six years. In the 2019 Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI), it is the seventh most competitive city in the country.

As of October 8, Cagayan de Oro crossed the 1,000 mark after it recorded 33 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 1,017.

The city has 344 active cases, 20 of whom are admitted at the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC), 314 are outpatients, and 10 are returning overseas Filipinos or locally stranded individuals.

The total number of recoveries is at 627 and total deaths is at 46.

"Obviously, the virus is stronger than we had imagined. In that grabe na ang atong mga interventions pero gasaka pa gihapon ang local cases and we have been pointing this out every day over the last month," Moreno said.

"Murag balewala na lang pud kining report kung dili pa ni mo-register int he minds of the people kay at the end of the day, ang katawhan man gyud ang makapapildi sa virus, not the government," he added.

The mayor said while the City Government has been doing everything it can in the best way possible and their interventions have been effective, it is important that the public knows what to do to prevent the spread of the virus.

"We will overcome the virus, we will win this war, but we need the people to support us and consider this war as their own," Moreno said.

Also included in the 2019 CMCI list with the highest Covid-19 cases are Quezon City (27,210), Manila (17,922), Pasay (6,849), Makati (9,194), Pasig (8,118), Davao (2,220), Iloilo (2,986), and Bacolod (4,272).