Former MMDA chairman and concurrent interior and local government secretary Benjamin Abalos Jr. (UNTV photo courtesy)
By Tracy Cabrera
QUEZON CITY, METRO MANILA — Stressing the importance of ensuring the welfare and safety of the public as the Department of Education (DepEd) gears up for the opening in-person classes for this school year, interior and local government secretary Benjamin ‘Benhur’ Abalos Jr. has reminded local government units (LGUs) not to let their guard down in the fight to contain the spread of Covid-19 pandemic, especially as in-person classes are set to begin by November.
Abalos issued the reminder following a pronouncement from the Department of Health (DoH) last week that the national Covid-19 positivity rate has unfortunately increased to 10.6 percent— double the World Health Organization (WHO)’s ideal threshold of 5 percent.
“We should not let our guard down because we have an unusual rival here which is the coronavirus disease. Let us remember that our every action has a consequence that not only affects us and our families but the whole country as well,” the former chairman of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) pointed out.
He underscored the importance of ensuring the welfare and safety of students who are scheduled to attend their in-person classes for SY 2022-23.
“We must ensure that schools in our areas comply with the government’s health safety standards and COVID-19 prevention mechanisms,” said Abalos stressed.
“I know the road to recovery remains an arduous task. But I am confident that with the cooperation and partnership of our LGUs and national government, we would be able to hurdle this season of hardship and emerge victorious as one Filipino nation,” he added.
Based on data from the health department, as of June 16, the country’s total Covid-19 case load has reached 3,730,545, with 18,990 current active cases, 3,650,914 recoveries and 60,641 deaths. (ai/mtvn)