MANILA — Fully acknowledging the huge contributions and sacrifices by the country’s frontline workers during this time of the still raging pandemic, presidential candidate Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. is calling on the national government to declare March 15 as Frontliners Day.

The UniTeam standard-bearer said that March 15 is the most appropriate day to honor and recognize the frontline workers since it was on March 15, 2020 when the government first placed the entire country under the most stringent enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

As a result, chaos and confusion ensued but all the essential workers and frontline workers hold the fort and performed their tasks despite the dangers posed by the coronavirus.

“Kung hindi sa kanila baka lalo nang huminto ang pag-ikot ng ating mundo. Maraming salamat sa ating mga frontliners at panahon naman siguro para sila’y kilalanin ng ating pamahalaan dahil sa kanilang kabayanihan,” Marcos said.

He added that in recognition of their heroism and sacrifices the government must initiate moves to declare March 15 as Frontliners Day.

To recall, the entire country and the government were caught off-guard during the first months of the pandemic and it took some time before the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act was enacted.

The law somehow brought some stability which also paved the way for the government to provide all forms of financial and economic assistance to the people, especially the millions who were displaced from their jobs.

Throughout those trying times and until the present, frontliners like health and medical workers, law enforcers, barangay officials, employees of groceries, markets, banks and delivery riders carried on their tasks some of whom got sick and many also lost their lives.

“Maaaring maliit na bagay para sa iilan ang panukala nating ito pero napakalaking bagay po ito para sa ating mga frontliners at sa kanilang pamilya. At dapat kilalanin din natin ang mga nasawing frontliners sa gitna ng pandemya,” he pointed out. (ai/mtvn)

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