Elected officials of the Manila City government—the Mayor, the Vice Mayor and all City Councilors—will donate their entire salaries for the month of April to the Philippine General Hospital (PGH).
Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso on Saturday, April 4, said about P4.7 million worth of their salaries combined will be turned over to the PGH.
Domagoso said this is the city government officials’ way of showing unity and compassion to the nation’s healthcare workers who are battling the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Mayor thanked Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna-Pangan and all City Councilors for helping him raise the donation.
“In our own little way, sana po ay makatulong po ito sa pagpapalakas ng kakayanan ng ating mga frontliner, particularly sa healthcare sector,” the Mayor said.
“Sa pagkakaisa po ng mga halal ng bayan, mas marami po tayong magagawa upang labanan ang global pandemic ng COVID-19,” he added.
Domagoso also thanked the House of Representatives for heeding the people’s call after Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano bared that nearly 200 of their members have pledged to donate their salaries to fund the government’s anti-COVID-19 efforts.
From the City of Manila, the Mayor said Rep. Lito Atienza (Buhay), Rep. Manny Lopez (Manila District 1), Rep. Rolan Valeriano (Manila District 2), Rep. Yul Servo Nieto (Manila District 3) and House Minority Leader Benny Abante (Manila District 6) were among those who will donate their salaries.
In addition, Mayor also thanked the nation’s Cabinet secretaries who will donate 75% of their salaries for the cause.
Domagoso then reminded his constituents to always follow the government’s directives to comply with the implementation of enhanced community quarantine.
“Sana naman po ay tayong mga mamamayan mismo ang tumugon po sa panawagan ng pamahalaan na mag-social distancing at mag-home quarantine para maiwasan ang paglaganap ng COVID-19,” he said.