Youth groups raise 7 demands to gov’t to address COVID-19 crisis

Published March 17, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Chito Chavez

Seven national youth groups on Monday have raised seven-point demands in a bid to control the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic that has caused worldwide fears and panic.

Commuters walking along United Avenue, Manila wears face mask as precautionary method from COVID-19 on Thursday. According to World Health Organization (WHO), COVID-19 is already considered as "Pandemic"

These groups are Anakbayan, Panday Sining, League of Filipino Students (LFS), National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP), College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP), Student Christian Movement of the Philippines (SCMP), and the Kabataan Party-list.

“The 7-point demands are immediate, concrete, actionable points that the Duterte administration should immediately take to ensure that COVID-19’s danger to Filipinos’ health and livelihoods are mitigated,” Anakbayan Spokesperson Alex Danday said.

Their demands are:

1)         Implement immediate medical solutions instead of military actions;

2)         Ensure the health and safety of workers and employees in the public and private sector;

3)         Ensure free and mass COVID-19 testing and services;

4)         Re-channel the P4.5-billion confidential and intelligence funds to health services;

5)         Impose stringent price freezes and control prices of basic goods;

6)         Immediately ensure constant, 24/7 access to clean water supply;

7)         Support and fund local scientists and health workers.

A online petition is also being circulated by youth groups to gather support for this.

The groups said this is the time for Filipinos to unite, saying these demands were based on numerous consultations provided by health and medical experts.