By Raymund Antonio
Vice President Leni Robredo pushed for mass testing in high-density areas and establishment of isolation areas in line with the government efforts to stem the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Robredo said the COVID-19 testing should be prioritized because the deadly virus may easily spread in densely-populated areas if someone gets infected.
“I-prioritize na ang testing sa mga komunidad para mahiwalay na ang may mga sakit,” she said in her latest public address and recommendations to the administration.
(Prioritize the testing in communities to separate those who have the disease.)
The vice president noted that “most Filipinos live in high-density areas, where their families are cramped in a room,” a pressing concern that needs to be addressed in the fight against COVID-19.
“Umaasa po tayo na sa lalong madaling panahon ay mailalatag na ang mas detalyadong plano para sa mga high density areas, kung saan hindi maiiwasang magsiksikan ng mga tao,” she said. (We are hoping that a more detailed plan will be laid out at the soonest time possible for high-density areas where people are overcrowded.)
Robredo suggested that isolation units should be readied for people who are exhibiting symptoms of the infectious disease.
In doing so, every community must follow clear and specific protocols so they know what to do during the health crisis, Robredo said.
“Dahil ang mga barangay officials ang magiging pangunahing mukha ng mga otoridad at maraming iaasa sa kanilang trabaho, dapat silang bigyang-lakas, sapat na pagsasanay, kagamitan, at resources upang maipatupad ang kanilang mga tungkulin,” she said. (Because the village officials are the primary face of authorities and have a lot of work to do, they should be strengthened and given sufficient training, equipment, and resources to enable them to fulfill their duties.)
Robredo said it is important to give special attention to the elderly to protect them from COVID-19.