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Robredo: COVID-19 cases and deaths are not mere statistics

Vice President and opposition leader Leni Robredo said the country’s coronavirus cases and deaths are not mere statistics as it shows how COVID-19 pandemic has negatively affected every Filipino family.

VP LENI ROBREDO (SCREENSHOT FRO VP LENI ROBREDO’S FACEBOOK VIDEO / MANILA BULLETIN)

Robredo noted more people have to endure hardships that resulted from the weaker economy and continuous rise in the number of infections and deaths.

“Conversely, as more people get sick because of COVID-19, so does the suffering of our people get prolonged. Many have died; they are not mere statistics,” she said.

”Each of them had a story, had a dream, has a family that mourns their loss. And as cases continue to rise, it becomes harder move forward towards a better normal,” she added.

The vice president reminded the administration the pandemic is the root cause of these problems, and if it has a clear plan, Filipinos can overcome the challenges of COVID-19 and move forward.

Robredo bared a comprehensive list of suggestions in a videotaped public address, dubbed “Message of Hope”, on her Facebook page.

This was perceived by many as her own roadmap on how the country can recover from the ill-effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Her recommendations include a correct data regarding COVID-19, safety nets for affected families, tax incentives for companies, equitable and systematic provision of resources to hospitals.

Robredo also batted for pooled testing and timely contract tracing, better wages of health workers, and harmonization of COVID-19 efforts of the public and private sector, among others, instead of just waiting for a vaccine to become available.

The opposition leader said she supports the government’s P31-billion “Plant, Plant, Plant” program that will be implemented nationwide to benefit farmers, fisherfolks, and consumers.

This program mentioned by President Duterte during his last Monday’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) falls under the “Whole of Nation” approach, which Robredo said she is also supportive of.

“We support the whole of nation approach. But a true whole nation approach should be directed toward a common goal,” she said.

The lady official is also keeping her faith on the goodness and capability of Filipinos in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

“It is not wishful thinking to dream that we can also achieve what Taiwan, South Korea, Vietnam, and New Zealand have achieved….We can also do this. We have the right skills, we should have sufficient resources. We have what it takes,” she said.


Source: Manila Bulletin (https://mb.com.ph/2020/07/30/robredo-covid-19-cases-and-deaths-are-not-mere-statistics/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=robredo-covid-19-cases-and-deaths-are-not-mere-statistics)

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