Senator and presidential aspirant Manny Pacquiao waves to his fans and supporters MP bus on his way to file his certificate of candidacy last October. (Photo: Xinhua/Rouelle Umali)
By Tracy Cabrera
MANILA — Incumbent senator and PROMDI presidential aspirant Manny Pacquiao is urging the government to extend all-out support to medical research and development to boost the country’s preparedness in dealing with pandemics like the coronavirus (Covid-19) as well as other health-related problems.
In a statement, Pacquiao said that the problems that health authorities were confronted with at the start of the pandemic, as well as concerns over the availability of vaccines and shortages of medicines and even syringes for vaccination, should all serve as a wake-up call to health officials and that a necessary support system must be provided to Filipino scientists.
“Sa halos dalawang taon na nating nilalabanan ang pandemya, ang malungkot na reyalidad na nakita natin ay ang patuloy nating pag-asa sa ibang bansa ukol sa lahat ng kagamitan para makapagsagawa ng sapat na pagtugon sa Covid-19 at iba pang mga sakit,” the People’s Champ noted.
“Lagi naman nating sinasabi na magagaling ang ating mga siyentista pero hanggang ngayon ay wala tayong masasabing sariling bakuna, wala tayong sariling mga gamot, wala tayong sariling mga test kits at pati mga syringe at face mask ay puro na lang imported mula sa ibang bansa,” he added.
In praise of President Rodrigo Duterte’s initiative to promote scientific researches and studies being conducted by Pinoy scientists in the field of medicine and other related fields, the PROMDI standard-bearer lauded the Balik Scientist Program started by the Duterte administration, which the eight-division world champion tagged as a good start that serves as a manifestation of the government’s realization of the importance of support to science and technology.
In addition, another program that the government should support, he stressed, is for government to provide the necessary support to our student scientists, which spans from the equipment they need to conduct their studies to scholarships and educational grants in local and international institutions, as well as an additional incentive system for all Pinoy scientists.
“Kailangan na nating kumilos para bigyan ng halaga at suporta ang ating mga scientist dahil sa ganitong paraan ay magagawa nating makagawa ng Filipino-made na mga bakuna, gamot at iba pang mga bagay sa larangan ng kalusugan at medisina. Hindi puwede lagi na lang tayong nganga dahil sa huli ay malalagay tayo sa hindi magandang situwasyon tulad ngayon,” Pacquiao concluded.