COVID-19 and the Philippines' Fight for National Survival

The Philippines and the rest of the world is suddenly facing an unseen enemy and dealing with a situation full of uncertainties. It is not just about containing the spread of the disease and finding a vaccine. It is now about humanity fighting for its survival.

By the time this article appears on The Lobbyist, Luzon is on the fourth consecutive day under an Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) and the Philippines is under a State of Calamity, no thanks the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), which has caused the deaths of thousands of people around the world. The highly contagious disease is being caused by new pathogen, a novel coronavirus. The symptoms of COVID-19 could be confused for a common flu such as dry cough and fever, which could bea fatal mistake for an individual if he treats them as such.

The Philippines and the rest of the world is suddenly facing an unseen enemy and dealing with a situation full of uncertainties. It is not just about containing the spread of the disease and finding a vaccine. It is now about humanity fighting for its survival.

This is the first time since World War II that the Philippines is fighting for its survival as a nation and as a people. At the forefront of the war against COVID-19 are doctors, nurses and other health care workers who are working long and tiring shifts to attend to both the sick and protect the living. They are joined by our men and women in the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine National Police who man checkpoints around Luzon to implement the ECQ, ensure that people are inside their homes and protect the communities from all seen and unseen threats. Food industry workers, supermarket and public market workers, pharmacists and pharmacy assistants, food industry workers, bank employees, utilities company workers, security guards, and maintenance crew members continue to report for work to keep the nation afloat at such a crucial time.

It is for this reason that I urge all of us, as a nation and as a people, to unite in order for us to survive. I know that it is tough for most of us, especially those who depend on a daily wage to feed themselves and their families, but we all have to adjust to the situation if we want to live another day and protect ourselves and our beloved against an unseen enemy. This is the worst possible time for us to fight each other, be divided along political lines and go against a government that is trying its best to save the nation and its people.

We are all in this together. Call it passé but there is truth to the saying, "United, we stand; divided, we fall." Our survival, our family’s survival and our nation’s survival depend on us. We Filipinos should rally behind our leaders and help each other in our greatest fight for national survival. I believe firmly that we, as as united nation and as a people, can win against COVID-19 and live another day.

Take care and stay healthy, my fellow Filipinos.

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Benedict is an agricultural economist, academician and writer. He has gained experience and expertise in various fields of economics, business, political science and public relations after through professional ventures in the academe, and in the public and private sectors. He has authored or co-authored key publications on topics ranging from agriculture and food security to global affairs and politics.
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