‘Avoid complacency, overcoming pandemic is a shared responsibility’ – Go

‘Avoid complacency, overcoming pandemic is a shared responsibility’ – Go

By Ernie Reyes

MANILA — Senator Christopher “Bong” Go, Chair of the Senate Committee
on Health, reminded the public not to let their guard down as he
warned that the fight against COVID-19 is not yet won even as the
government gradually eases its pandemic-related restrictions on
movement and economic activities.

In an appeal issued recently, Go underscored everyone’s shared
responsibility to keep each other safe and abide by the health and
safety protocols. He highlighted the importance of addressing first
the spread of the virus in helping the government navigate and balance
managing the pandemic and reopening the economy.

“Habang lumuluwag ang mga patakaran dahil sa ating patuloy na
pakikipag-bayanihan at mga epektibong hakbang na ating ginagawa laban
sa pandemya, patuloy naman akong umaapela sa lahat na huwag
magkumpyansa. Delikado pa rin ang panahon habang nandiyan pa ang
banta ng COVID-19,” stated Go.

“Maingat nating binabalanse ang pagbangon ng ekonomiya at ang
proteksyon sa kalusugan ng lahat. Kaya habang unti-unti nating
ibinabalik sa normal ang ating pamumuhay, huwag nating
isawalang-bahala ang mga sakripisyong naipundar natin nitong nakaraang
taon para marating ang puntong ito,” he appealed.

Data shows that the overall number of new infections and
hospitalizations in the country has declined in recent weeks, with
more than 63.7 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines having been
administered as of November 6.

Consequently, the government downgraded the alert status in Metro
Manila, a hot spot of the pandemic, by one notch to Alert Level 2 on
November 5.

Under Alert Level 2, local businesses can operate at 50% indoor venue
capacity for fully vaccinated individuals and 70% outdoor venue
capacity, provided that the workers are fully vaccinated. Amusement
parks, cinemas, libraries, museums, parks, recreational venues and
venues for social events for wedding receptions and parties are also
permitted to open for the first time in over a year.

“Ngayong ibinaba na ang alert levels sa maraming lugar lalo na sa
Metro Manila, sikapin nating mapanatiling mababa ang bilang ng
nagkakasakit sa pamamagitan ng patuloy na pagsunod sa mga patakaran at
pagbabakuna,” continued Go.

“Tandaan natin na hindi porke’t pwede nang lumabas at gumala ay hindi
na tayo mag-iingat. Ang pagiging responsableng mamamayan at
pagpapakita ng malasakit sa ating mga frontliners ang pinakamabisang
ambag ng bawat isa sa atin tungo sa muling pagbangon ng ating bansa,”
he emphasized.

With the holiday season fast approaching, the senator also urged the
public to continue observing public health standards by avoiding large
gatherings in order to maintain the gains made in controlling the
pandemic. He noted the health experts’ recommendation to celebrate the
holidays in the safety of one’s home in the company of the people one
lives with.

“Just because we are slowly making great strides to bring back
normalcy in our lives, this does not mean we can be complacent. The
more we see the light at the end of the tunnel, the more we should
remain disciplined and focused on our collective goal of overcoming
this crisis as a united and more resilient nation,” he said.

Go expressed confidence that through compassionate service, shared
responsibility and cooperation, Filipinos will see brighter days
ahead.

“Bilang inyong lingkod at Chair ng Senate Committee on Health —
uulitin ko: magsuot ng mask, social distancing, maghugas ng kamay,
iwasan ang paglabas ng bahay kung hindi naman kailangan, at higit sa
lahat, hikayatin natin ang ating kapwa na magpabakuna upang tuluyang
malampasan ang pandemya!” said Go.

“Ang disiplina at kooperasyon ng lahat ang kailangan para tuluy-tuloy
ang ating pagpupunyagi sa labang ito,” he ended. (ai/mtvn)

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