BARANGAY health workers (BHWs) of San Simon in Pampanga received on August 6 recognition for their contributions in the town's bout against coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
Mayor Leonora Wong led the commendation of 134 BHWs from the 14 barangays who are serving as the communities' frontliners during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Each of the BHWs was given a certificate of appreciation, P2,000 cash and t-shirts as sign of gratitude from the local government.
"More than the material things they received today, we wanted them to know that we appreciate and we are grateful for their assistance in protecting fellow Simonians against the invisible enemy," said Wong.
While everyone is asked to stay at home, Wong said BHWs go out of their houses and brave the threat of Covid-19 to perform their duties of looking after their villagemates.
She cited the efficiency of BHWs in informing and educating Simonians not reached by social media about health protocols and effectivity of vaccines, and other programs of the government.
"Some people are now enjoying the perks of technology through work-from-home set up but our BHWs, just like other Covid-19 heroes, have to go outside and sometimes even interact with persons under monitoring to check on their situation," she said.
To ensure their protection against the disease, Wong said all the 134 workers in town have already received complete doses of vaccine.
She added that the municipal health office and barangay also provide protective gears such as face masks if needed.
Wong, meanwhile, asked for the cooperation of Simonians in observing health protocols, especially that the virus is said to have mutated to more contagious variants.
"We ask for more patience especially when dealing with our frontliners as we all have the common goal of defeating Covid-19," she said.