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Gov’t and people united in ‘bayanihan’ key to overcoming COVID — Go

Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Tuesday said that a people united in the spirit of “bayanihan” (community cooperation) with the government is the way for the country to overcome the current health crisis caused by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go
(Senator Christopher “Bong” Go official Facebook page / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

Nakikiusap po ako sa aking mga kababayan na patuloy tayong magtulungan at magbayanihan para malampasan natin ang krisis na kinakaharap natin ngayon dahil sa COVID-19, he said. (I am appealing to my countrymen to continue helping one another in order for us to overcome the COVID-19 crisis we’re facing now.)

Tulad ng sinabi ng Pangulo, panahon ito para magtulungan at hindi maglamangan sa ating kapwa. Panahon ngayon ng pagkakaisa,’’ he added. (As the President said, this is the time to help one another and not to take advantage of our fellowmen. It is now time for unity. Let us follow health protocols imposed and help each other by preventing infection and eventually helping this nation.)  

President Duterte delivered his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon city yesterday, discussing, among others, the various measures being implemented by the government to address the challenges caused by the current health crisis.

The President said: “Let me say that the strength of the nation rests in the hands of the people acting as one with the government.”

Duterte added that when the pandemic struck the country, “I decided to prioritize life over other considerations according to experts. Buhay muna bago lahat.” 

He further stated that the interventions in place have prevented 1.3 to 3.5 million infections. 

As Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography, Go emphasized that in order to effectively contain the further spread of the disease, he again appealed to the public to follow all health and safety protocols. 

He recently appealed to the government to be more strict in  imposing a face mask-wearing policy, noting that proper wearing of the standard mask could reduce the risk of catching the virus causing COVID-19 by as much as 85 percent.

“I am urging the government to enforce a stronger mask-wearing policy in the country. Let us make this a discipline among all Filipinos as we continue our fight to stop the spread of COVID-19,” Go said.

Kailangan nating sundin ang mga health protocols na iniimplement ng ating gobyerno. Magsuot po tayo ng tamang face mask, mag-social distancing po tayo, at huwag po tayong lumabas kung hindi naman po kinakailangan,’’ he added.  (We need to follow health protocols being implemented by our government. Wear the right face mask, observe social distancing, and do not go out of your homes unless it is necessary.)

The President, in his SONA, highlighted the government’s continuing efforts to strengthen the country’s capabilities to test, trace, and treat COVID-19 cases while appealing to the general public that their cooperation is crucial for these efforts to be successful and for resources not to be put to waste. 

The President said the country now has more accredited laboratories nationwide. “We are aiming to conduct 1.4 million tests by the end of July and ensure a quick turnaround time of test results with a maximum of 72 hours.” 

The President also recognized how the Malasakit Centers had been helpful during the health crisis.

“The Malasakit Centers have proven to be a great help to our less fortunate citizens. There are 75 centers serving Filipinos all over the country. They will be of great help in ensuring that people remain healthy and resilient during this time,” the President said.

Go, who authored the Malasakit Center Act, has been actively monitoring the operations of Malasakit Centers in many hospitals nationwide.

Marami na ang natulungan ng Malasakit Centers natin sa iba’t ibang hospital sa bansa lalo na ngayong nagka-pandemya tayo. Hindi tayo titigil sa pagpapatayo nito para lahat ng DOH-run hospital, at iba pang hospitals ay magkaroon nito. Para po ito sa lahat ng Pilipino. Pera ninyo po ito, ibinabalik lang sa pamamagitan ng mabilis, maayos, at maaasahang serbisyong medical,’’ he explained. (The Malasakit Centers have already helped many people in several hospitals in the country especially now that there is a pandemic. We will not stop establishing this for all the DOH-run hospitals and other hospitals. This is for all the Filipinos. This is your money. We’re just returning it to you  by means of fast, better and reliable medical services.)

In his SONA, President Duterte also said that the gains achieved during the first few years of his administration have been put to test when the pandemic struck globally.

“The global scale and socioeconomic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been unprecedented. Yet, we were able to withstand the headwinds,” President Duterte said.

He added that with a strong fiscal position, prudent fiscal management, and a robust banking system, “We are in a better position to weather the pandemic.”

Go emphasized that “If we all help each other, and practice the spirit of Bayanihan, we will definitely get through this pandemic altogether.

“No Filipino will be left behind,’’ he added.

Source: Manila Bulletin (

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