By Raymund Antonio
Vice President Leni Robredo expressed her heartfelt gratitude towards the health workers and other frontliners who are putting their lives to protect the public from coronavirus disease (COVID-2019).
Robredo showed her appreciation for the hard work of the medical professionals, military and police personnel, village officials, social workers, and University of the Philippines scientists who developed the COVID-19 test kit.
“[I’ve] been receiving a lot of thank you messages, but what we’re doing is nothing compared to our frontliners,” she said in a Facebook post.
In her latest public address, the opposition leader said it was important for the government to ensure COVID-19 frontliners are being taken care of while they work to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.
“Magkaroon sana ng paghahanda upang masigurong hindi mapuputol ang serbisyong hatid nila sa atin kung aabutin sila ng pagod, o kung sakaling mahawa rin sila sa sakit,” she said.
(I hope there will be preparations to make sure their services to us will not stop in case they get exhausted and infected.)
The Office of the Vice President (OVP) has raised P17.3 million so far in its fund drive for the purchase of 36,503 personal protective equipment (PPE) sets for 2,433 frontliners amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Of this number, OVP personnel already delivered the first batch of 7,350 PPEs to nine hospitals in Quezon City and Manila.
Starting on Wednesday, Robredo’s office has also provided free shuttle service for hospital workers amid the suspension of mass transportation due to the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine.
The six major routes are Alabang-Magallanes to Tayuman in Manila, EDSA-Roxas Boulevard to EDSA Quezon Avenue, SM Mall of Asia EDSA to Sta. Lucia East in Cainta, EDSA Ext./Macapagal Ave. to Monumento LRT, SM Fairview to Lawton Manila, and Balintawak LRT to Heritage Hotel in EDSA.
The vice president took to Facebook to thank OVP volunteers for the shuttle service and the Angat Buhay partners that provided the buses.
“Truly, we should never underestimate the power of collaboration,” Robredo said.
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