Salinlahi hits Duterte’s failure to present concrete solutions vs. COVID-19
“Paano na ang kabuhayan ng milyon-milyong manggagawa na lumuluwas sa Metro Manila lalo na ang mga hindi maaaring mag-work from home at yung mga arawan ang kita? Paano na ang kanilang mga pamilya laluna ang panganagailangan ng mga bata? Dapat magbigay ng emergency assistance para sa mga apektadong bata,” said Eule Rico Bonganay, secretary general of Salinlahi Alliance for Children’s Concerns in response to the statement of President Rodrigo Duterte regarding the COVID-19.
The umbrella organization of child-focused groups in the country has expressed concern over the recent pronouncement of President Rodrigo Duterte imposing community and localized quarantine in the National Capital Region as a measure to counter the spread of Corona Virus 2019.
“Obviously, the order was made public without due preparation and consultation among the affected populace. Such a draconian measure poses negative implications to millions of Filipino families and subjects them to unnecessary anxiety and difficulties. A simplistic way of dealing with the problem – simply via crowd control. There’s no statement about adequate assistance from government,” said Bonganay.
According to Bonganay, the press briefing of President Duterte presented more gray areas than clarity and failed to ease the public apprehension over the pandemic. “The President did not present any concrete actions being taken by the government to address the problems haunting our health care services. Has the government already identified quarantine facilities? Do we have enough testing kits for COVID-19? Will they provide it for free and on a massive scale? Duterte did not even mention any steps to ensure the welfare of our front liners including doctors and nurses,” added Bonganay.
“Instead of deploying additional medical personnel in hospitals and Barangay health centers, the government recklessly resorted to increased police and military presence without setting defined parameters about their roles as well as safety nets to avoid excess and abuse of power,” stressed Bonganay who also expressed concern over the punitive sanctions against individuals who will violate social distancing policy as defined by the Department of Health (DOH).
Bonganay noted that the government should redirect its focus on intensifying public information campaign at the community level and increase and properly allocate the budget for health.
“The Duterte government should release additional funds for COVID-19 and make health care services free and accessible to the public. At the same time, immediate and appropriate assistance should also be given to affected communities,” Bonganay ended. ###
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