By Jeffrey Damicog
Lawyers in the country have been asked to come to the aid of health workers amid the state of emergency in the country to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) President Domingo Egon Cayosa made the call, considering that health workers are in the front lines of the fight against COVID-19.
With this, Cayosa asked lawyers to provide “Monetary donations to procure necessary medical supplies that will assist our front line/health workers in providing quality health care services in their battle against COVID 19.”
“Drive or lend your car/motorcycle/bicycle to ferry health workers and other emergency front liners to aid our modern-time heroes in the fulfillment of their duties,” he also asked.
For the past days, health workers have been complaining about the lack of medical supplies, and the difficulty of getting to their jobs at hospitals and medical facilities with the suspension of mass transportation.
President Duterte signed Proclamation No. 292 last Monday (March 16) which placed the country under a state of calamity for six months due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Under the calamity declaration, the President mobilized government agencies and local government units to use resources to address the coronavirus threat while the police and military have been directed to keep peace and order in affected areas.
The calamity declaration was recommended to the President by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).
The same proclamation also imposed the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon beginning 12 midnight of March 17 until April 12.