Senator Cynthia Villar does not see any urgent need for another lockdown despite appeals from the frontliners themselves that the medical system has been overwhelmed by COVID-19 with hospitals bursting with infected patients and personnel getting ill or exhausted physically and mentally.
“Hindi na siguro, pagbutihin nila trabaho nila.Hindi pwedeng isara ang ekonomiya kasi kung di naman mamamatay sa COVID, mamamatay naman sa gutom ang tao,” said Villar in an interview with DWIZ radio just hours after the frontliners held a press conference on August 1.
“We have to live with COVID 19.Hindi natin pwedeng isara ang ekonomiya, kailangan pag-igihin ng DOH (Department of Health) at iba pang agency ang kanilang hakbang. Pwede na ang parang lockdown. Kapag lockdown kasi magsa-suffer ang ekonomiya. I guess we have to live with COVID 19. Kaya nga ako namimigay ng tarp na nagpapaalala sa mga tao ng protocols, namimigay din ng mask. I guess we have to live with this and go on with our lives,” she added .
Villar, who reported a net worth of P3.5 billion in 2019, has an explanation for why hospitals have become a veritable “danger zone” according to frontliners: “Konti lang kasi inilalagay nila for covid. kung 10% lang binigay mo madaling mapuno yun. Magbibuild din ng facility ang government para sa asymptomatic.”
The medical groups led by Philippine College of Physicians (PCP) wrote the President with an urgent appeal: “We propose that the ECQ be used as a timeout to refine our pandemic control strategies addressing the following urgent conditions or problems: hospital workforce efficiency; failure of contact tracing and quarantine; transportation safety; workplace safety; public compliance with self-protection; social amelioration.”
“Our health workers should not bear the burden of deciding who lives and who dies. If the health system collapses, it is ultimately our poor who are most compromised. In the end, winning the war against COVID-19 relies heavily on being able to keep our health system capacitated to address the need of all Filipinos,” the groups said..