Monthly Archives: July 2020

Mayor Richard Gomez receives a Presidential Citation of Excellence in Public Administration

Mayor Richard Gomez received a Presidential Citation of Excellence in Public Administration, given by the Philippine-American Academy of Science and Engineering (PAASE), during the 40th PAASE Anniversary Online Meeting and Symposium 2020 (July 28,2020).

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MANILA, Philippines — A contact tracing application that gives real time data on who may be exposed to a person infected with coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 and their location has been developed in Ormoc City.

Called SAFE Ormoc, the app is not only helpful in contact tracing but also gives the city government valuable data analytics as the city tries to reopen its economy.

Mayor Richard Gomez said he is proud of the locally developed app.

“This is what I love about Ormoc. We may be just a small city with fewer resources, but hindi tayo nagkukulang because the people are very cooperative and helpful… Everybody is always willing to share their resources and talents,” Gomez said.

“While others scoff and say that the best is always far away, in sophisticated urban settings, we in Ormoc have made it automatic to love local. We do not have to look to far to get things done,” Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez said.

SAFE Ormoc uses the quick response system and assigns a unique QR to every person who registers at

Test runs of the app show that data on the location of a resident and who were with him can be easily accessed.

Movement of a COVID-19 patient can be traced for 30 days. The local goverment unit can send messages to advise the  patient on what to do.

The app also provide data on the number of people who go around Ormoc City everyday and traffic in various establishments.

To ensure data protection, only city health officer Edmund Kierulf city police chief Col. Armel Gongona aside from Gomez can access the information.


Magtanim ay ‘di biro: Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez share farm-to-table meals

Many Filipinos are starting new hobbies or online businesses to maximize their stay-at-home quarantine during this pandemic. This is also the case for some of the well-known personalities and politicians in the country.

It is no secret that Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez has become fond of gardening in his backyard farm. He constantly shares his “homemade” harvests through his various social media network accounts.

Farm-to-table fruits and vegetables

In one of his past vlogs, Gomez showcases some of his farm-to-table meals. “Pechay guisado – another farm to table meal. I dedicated this plot for planting pechay last month and here I am today harvesting a batch, using it to cook a very simple yet hearty dish. I also shared the harvest with some of my friends,” he mentioned on an earlier post.

But did you know that his plentiful harvest has evolved from vegetables to fruits?

In a recent Instagram post, Gomez shared a bounty of santol and avocado fruits from his backyard. The actor-turned-politician shared, “I am so happy to see how much we were able to harvest today from the santol and avocado trees in our backyard. As the saying goes ‘the thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest’.”

Going back to basic

This pandemic affected all types of individuals, despite their wealth and status. This simple yet creative way of starting a backyard farm gives more benefit than just a quarantine hobby.

Gomez also encourages people to start farming to have a healthier lifestyle. “Anybody can start their own farm at home even in a small backyard or garage. It’s true that magtanim ay ‘di biro. It gives us more benefits than just being cost-effective. With your own harvest of fruits and vegetables, you can be sure that you and your family will always have fresher and healthier food on your table all the time,” the mayor concluded.