Dalipe sounds alarm over PH’s first monkeypox case

Mayor John Dalipe marked his first month in office yesterday with an appeal for the Zamboangueños to look after their welfare, ensure their safety and be aware of the symptoms of monkeypox.

Dalipe sounded the alarm on the heels of the country’s first case of monkeypox, which has been declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO).

“Let us protect each other from the threat brought by monkeypox, knowing that Zamboanga City is still under the [Covid-19] pandemic. Let us not take the situation for granted,” the mayor said in his flag raising message Monday.

“Let us continue to safeguard ourselves, our families, our friends and our communities,” he added, reiterating that his administration is driven by the will of the people, a government that brings about changes that are felt, development that is inclusive and progress that will bring Zamboanga City to its best.

Meanwhile, Dalipe has issued an administrative order that regulates the travels and attendance of city government officials and employees to seminars, symposia, conferences, fora, meetings and other management interventions.

Assistant City Human Resource Management Officer Roderico Lucero made the announcement during the flag raising ceremony, stressing that from now on all requests for travel and attendance to seminars have to pass through CHRMO at least 10 days prior to the event.

“Since the mayor wants to be prudent in government expenditures, we will approve only those that are essential to the organization, essential to the office and as part of the capacity development program that each office submits to us,” Lucero said.-(Vic Larato)