"BY DOING our duties with promptness, enthusiasm and compassion, we are reciprocating what the government has been providing us with. Let us continue the hard work!"
Thus said Mabalacat City Mayor Crisostomo Garbo in front of all the City Government employees who participated in this year's first flag-raising rites held Monday, January 18, at the City Hall of Mabalacat.
During the rites, Garbo commended all the employees who have been in the frontline since the onset of the global battle against coronavirus disease (Covid-19). He urged them to continue people-centered public service despite the pressing dangers of the pandemic.
"Even the other LGUs have already started their respective flag ceremonies. This signifies a call for us to move forward and continue the work for our fellow Mabalaqueños. Rest assured that I will always join you in this battlefield," said Garbo.
"Working in the government has been one of the most stable jobs in this time of pandemic and we did not take it for granted. Since day one, we have not stopped serving our constituents and all together, we endured every challenge even if it risks our own safety," he added.
Meanwhile, the City Human Resources and Management Office (CHRMO) reiterated the stern observance of health and safety protocols as the local government resumes its regular flag raising rites.
Through Office Memorandum 04, s. 2021 circulated by CHRMO on January 11, only 50 percent of the total number of personnel per department or office is allowed to attend the flag raising activity. The other 50 percent shall attend the next scheduled rites.
CHRMO assured that minimum health protocols such as physical distancing, wearing of face masks and face shields are being observed in all the duration of the activity.
"This shall be part of our culture while the vaccine is not yet available. Let us defend ourselves in our own ways. We do not want to be exposed to any kind of danger but this is our life as public servants, that is the call of public service," Garbo said.
Just recently, Garbo disclosed that the Mabalacat City Government has earmarked P50 million for the procurement of Covid-19 vaccines for Mabalaqueños.