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Mayor Labella’s brother to run for councilor

A DOCTOR-of-medicine and brother of Cebu City Mayor Edgar Labella said that he is running for city councilor so he can contribute to the improvement of the services of the legislative body.

Dr. Emmanuel Labella, former executive director of the Bureau of Quarantine (BQ), said that amid Covid-19 pandemic, the Cebu City Government must upgrade the capability of health centers.

“Aside from the health pandemic, we want to reduce the infant mortality rate and maternal mortality rate. If we have ultrasound machine, the medical frontliners will know the position of the baby in the womb. But we have none at present. So, if I will become councilor, I will make a move that the barangays will have it for the benefit of the constituents,” Labella said.

He added that we need a holistic approach in dealing with health pandemic and other health problems of the people, and at the same time make measures to ensure the sustained economic operation.

“We must promote healthy lifestyle of the people and health education programs. We will encourage the people that instead of drinking wines and liquor and smoke, they should eat nutritious food to fight any disease,” said Labella who was a former Philippine health representative to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Atty. Josephus Jimenez, a law professor and former undersecretary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said that if Cebu City voters want a good leader on health, they must vote for Labella being a doctor-of -medicine.

Jimenez said that since time immemorial, only the late Pablo Abella who was elected Cebu City councilor was a doctor. That was the time that the health services of the city were improved.

For his part, Labella said that there is much to improve in the Cebu City Health Department and the Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC).

“If I will be elected city councilor in the Cebu City North, I will choose to be the chairman of the Committee on Health and review the programs and policies of the two health offices,” Labella said.