Lumbayao residents ask for prayers, compassion amid COVID-19 anxiety
MALAYBALAY CITY (BukidnonNews.net/ 11 April 2020)—In a video posted by LGU-Valencia today, an unidentified resident of Brgy Lumbayao appealed for prayers and compassion after their village chief tested positive for COVID-19.
She said in Cebuano that they need prayers and not bashing to help ease the prevailing anxiety in their village, which was on total lockdown since April 9.
More than 3,300 residents have been locked down in their homes after City Mayor Azucena Huervas placed them under strict enhanced community quarantine. All their establishments were also closed and land transport suspended.
Barangay chair Nelson Cabaluna, 50, contracted the virus after attending the 6-cock derby in Davao City’s Matina Gallera on March 12. He is the first coronavirus patient in the province.
In a Facebook post yesterday, his wife Urae apologized to the people of Lumbayao and appealed for the public to stop condemning their family.
“We are only victims here,” she said, adding that they are praying that everyone her husband interacted with are spared from the virus.
In a virtual press briefing yesterday, Vice Mayor Policarpo Murillo said four derby attendees were placed under monitoring since March 22.
He said Cabaluna reported having mild cough and fever on March 25 prompting staff of the city’s mobile clinic to visit and take his chest x-ray. On April 2, a test swab was taken and sent to the Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City.
Murillo said SPMC assessed Cabaluna to be most contagious from March 17 to March 20. He added that as of yesterday, extensive contact tracing led to 17 persons now placed under monitoring.
On Friday, officials from the city government started delivering sacks of rice and other relief goods to the residents.
City administrator Atty. Genaro Cadigal, Jr. also thanked the Valencia City Water District for delivering potable water to the villagers last night.
Photo: Aerial view of Lumbayao courtesy of LGU-Valencia.