‘Let’s Not Blame Each Other Anymore’ - PRRD

Addressing the nation, PRRD called for the stop of blaming one another. The President assured the public that the government is doing its best to combat the pandemic and that the various departments are all doing everything in their capacity to help the Filipino people. 

Addressing the nation, June 22, PRRD opened his statement with a call that “wag na lang tayong magsisishan [let’s not blame each other anymore].” The President asks every government official to work and utilize government resources as necessary for the people and to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. 

With his talking points, PRRD is much hopeful due to the development of potential vaccines around the world. The President also added that he hates the idea of the community quarantine but was left with no choice due to the situation. The President promised that the government is doing its best and that every official has the capacity to call on the military to help, if needed.

Going into the problem of terrorism, PRRD said that “it has undermined the national security of the country.” With this, the President ordered the military to do everything in its extent to mitigate this. Adding, the President assured that “I do the very best I know how, the very best I can, and I mean to keep doing so at the end.”

Starting with the reports from various departments, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III started with his update from the Department of Health (DOH) and cleared various controversies concerning him and the department as a whole. Answering to some allegations, Secretary Duque cleared that the DOH was pro-active in their approach against the COVID-19 pandemic, and in fact, procured the necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as early as February. He also updated that as early as June 9, the families of health workers that died fighting COVID-19 were already given their compensation, along with the other health workers that got severely-ill. 

This was followed by a report from National Task Force chief implementer, Secretary Carlito Galvez, Jr. Secretary Galvez assured that the procured PPE were the best and up to the highest standard. Almost 10 million test kits were procured along with Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Machines. 

A report from National Defense Secretary, Delfin Lorenzana, provided an update on the Filipino repatriates and as of the current, there are a total of 56,000 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) that were already accompanied to their hometowns and 40,000 more waiting. On the Locally Stranded Individuals (LSIs), Secretary Lorenzana assured that the agency is doing its best to aid the LSIs. He also left a message to the LSIs in the airport that they must not bother going to the airport if they do not have a ticket since it will make the life of everyone harder. 

Into Environment and National Resources Secretary, Roy Cimatu, Secretary Cimatu accepted the challenge of PRRD to oversee Cebu’s pandemic quarantine. Addressing the President “I’m very certain that we will be able [to do this]” – referring to containing COVID-19. 

Interior and Local Government Secretary, Eduardo Año, reported on the status for various LGUs and as far as the agency is concern, LGUs are following the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) guidelines. There still, however, some local officials that failed to do this in which the department filed both administrative and criminal cases. The distribution of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) is also smoothly underway and the full blast distribution has already commenced. Secretary Año also reported on the expansion of testing capacity and contact-tracer. On the LSIs, Secretary Año said that they are partnering with Local Government Units (LGUs) to ensure the smooth transfer and administration of the LSIs.

 

Concluding, PRRD asks the LGUs to accept their local repatriates, “You cannot deny them to go home”, he said. Into the Anti-Terror Bill, the President stated that the bill is already on the legal team and is awaiting their recommendations. Reiterating, the President said that life would never be the same as before – minimum health standards must always be observed now.

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